Reviewed By: adamelijah
Review Date: 12/27/15 4:55 am
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Last Christmas takes an incredibly difficult task and pulls it off: including Santa Claus in the story without\going completely off the rails. It manages to mix in a little bit of horror, a bit of comedy, and the character drama between Clara and the Doctor that has really worked so well throughout the Eighth Series.
Nick Frost is great as Santa, making his role believable (at least as believable as it's supposed to be), and bringing the perfect mix of humor and seriousness to the role. And then there's Jenna Louise Coleman and especially Peter Capaldi who continue to be one of the most impressive acting duo to play Companion and Doctor. Capaldi's performance was superb as this story really seemed to mark a shift in the twelfth Doctor. The Big Smile we see late in the episode when it comes across the face of what has been one of the most grumpy Doctors in Doctor Who history. While I love the audio medium, Capaldi and Coleman show the advantage Television and Movies can have but, so rarely do. With these the facial expressions, hugs, and gestures speak volumes because they do them so well.
The plot has been done before and yes "Amy's Choice' was somewhat better in the way they dealt with dreams, but Last Christmas manages to do something very different with all the elements it has. The plot has logical holes, but most can be overlooked due to the dream element . Some of it, particularly the ending are left up for interpretation. The rest of the guest cast is servicable but not really outstanding.
Still, I think it was a wonderful special. It managed to tell a good story, be relevant to the ongoing series, and leave people with some thoughts to ponder and how life is too short for lies and unforgiveness.