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Doctor Who: Series 5 Christmas Special - A Christmas Carol (2010)

Released on 24 January 2011

Featuring: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan & Arthur Darvill

Format: DVD | Rating: PG

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 Best Doctor Who Christmas Special

| | See all Rimmer72's reviews (53)

Have to disagree with the review below. How can you say you didnt want to watch it, then did, then didnt like it? This implies you are not a long term Who fan. Then you stipulate K Jenkins sings (as usual) - sorry but she isnt usually singing in who! This is a Christmas story with a Sci Fi twist. Amy and Rorys appearance on the ship is explained sufficiently for the story to move forward. The story is heart warming and the singing, snow and everything that we associate with Chrismas in our hearts is included. Not sure what some expect but most seem to whinge at anything now DT has left.

Unlike previous stories this one is about Christmas and it takes the Dickens story (of which I am a big fan, have read the original and have all the films) and introduces clever alternative interpretations. If you are remotely interested in Doctor Who, like Christmas and can string together a sentence without resorting to text speak then I encourage you to revisit this. Plus the preview of the next season looks set to blow everything we have seen to date out the water

 Love Matt Smith as the doctor but this was average

| | See all miksvids's reviews (30)

I love Matt Smith as the doctor and i like the Christmas carol story but this episode was a bit of a mess to be honest. A more true version of the Christmas carol story would have been better. Love the last series but this was not very good.

 another xmas special not-so-special

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Like the other not so complimentry reviewers, I am a big Dr Who fan, and a big Matt Smith fan. But any one calling this a "special" should be done under the trade descriptions act. An ok story, decent acting by the leads, but Amy and Rory only there for the fans. And as for Kathrine Jenkins, an overt media cry for publicity. If this had been an ordinary episode,I wouldnt have cared.But to have waited so long for my fix of The Doctor, this was so, so disappointing.

 Poor Xmas Present (Past and Future)

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Let me start by saying I love Dr Who and Matt Smith. However, this for me, was a major disappointment. For me it tried too hard to be clever and failed. A confusing story and very little use of Amy and Rory (who spent their time on a Star Trek rip off spaceship). Being a completist I will have to have it but this one will no doubt collect a lot of dust on the shelf.

 Absolutely fantastic bit of Christmas cheer

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It's a shame to see the negative reviews, after years of incoherant nonsense finally we have a superb christmas special. The underlying premise is clever and well executed.
Jenkins shows she may have a successful secondary career as an actress (and given this is her first acting role that was particularly impressive) and Gambon is superb as ever.

I can understand some people taking issue with things such as the shark sleigh ride, it definitely only works at christmas (the Christmas themes run non stop throughout the episode). Buy it, but perhaps don't watch it until next christmas. It's not bad who, but it is fantastic holiday cheer (and I feel sorry for anyone who was bah humbuging it all the way through).

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ActorsMatt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Michael Gambon, Leo Bill, Katherine Jenkins, Peter Bowles & Pooky Quesnel
CertificatePG
Year2010
ScreenWidescreen 1.78:1 Anamorphic
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
SubtitlesEnglish
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.