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5.14 - A Christmas Carol

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Reviewed By: EcclestonSmithReview Date: 1/30/19 9:35 pm
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This is the best christmas story ever nothing is better than this, almost every thing is perfect
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Reviewed By: MercuryReview Date: 1/26/19 4:26 pm
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This Christmas Special has the Doctor giving us a spin on the famous Charles Dickens 'A Christmas Carol' as he tries to change an old miser into a better man by showing him his own past, the present and the impact of his behaviour upon the future. The aim is to get Kazran Sardick (played fantastically by the wonderful Michael Gambon) to relent on his decision to not help to allow a ship to safely land. If the Doctor fails to get a change of Sardick's mind by midnight the 4003 passengers including Amy and Rory will be killed.

The story is great fun, humorous and very entertaining but also quite deep and moving. The take on the old story makes it a perfect Christmas treat and all the acting is top notch so really this should be a 10/10 all time classic. However there are, as often is the case with Steven Moffatt in charge, problematic aspects of things not quite making sense. We all naturally accept the Doctor having a limited time to save the day and his companions being in peril but when the Doctor is zapping back and forth along the timelines of characters involved in the story as well as zapping back and forth to the crashing ship and involving passengers in his attempts to change Sardick's mind it all pushes plausibility to the brink. Why does the Doctor feel able to travel around Sardick's timeline changing his entire life and that of Abigail (played admirably by singer Katherine Jenkins) but not travel along the timeline of the ship or its passengers to avert the disaster? We could normally argue that once the ship is crashing in the Doctor's own timeline he cannot go back and alter that but Moffatt has allowed the Doctor to travel across his own timeline in other stories and his jumping about and changing events to alter Sardick's character once he has already met Sardick does not seem that different in terms of what would normally be acceptable. It just does make that much sense even if you accept all the stuff like flying sharks pulling carriages etc.

As a result of the stretching of the plot to accommodate Moffatt's 'timey-wimey' obsession I cannot rate this 10/10. However, there is so much brilliance in the script, lovely, moving drama, Gambon's performance is fabulous and there is a lot of enjoyment if you just go with it. The issues of the time travel are not clear cut plot holes but just make it a bit contrived and inconsistent in my opinion and a major plus has to be recognised in the heart and charm that this story has so I won't be miserable and will rate this as 9/10.
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Reviewed By: BrainofMorbius23Review Date: 12/1/17 12:55 pm
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Easily the best Christmas special and by a fair margin , it’s beautiful and I felt a step up in visuals for the show. The setting is a dark and industrialised colony. Which really add to the tone. And as is the label , the story is who twist on a classic tale.

Michael Gambon is great as the nasty Kazran, who needs to be convinced to allow a ship of 4003 to land safely ( includes honeymooners Rory and Amy ) but he’s so harsh he says it’s there problem when only he has the needed gear to get it grounded safely. So the doctor has a hour to convince him!

11 uses the Tardis cleverly to manipulate Kazrans life for “the better” but causes as much damage as he has caused repair.

He must then resort to a shock of emotion for Kazran to finally give in.

It’s both cruel and sweet and the episode just oozes beauty. Even now that it’s 2018 I think this is one of best looking , sweetest and well played stories of new who. Definitely at least a high step up for the Christmas specials in quality. I love them but normally they are rather light and forgettable If a bit fun.

Some may agree and some may not, but to me this is still the standard to meet for Christmas specials. Moff himself hasn’t done one as good since and russel didn’t before.

Enjoy it. It’s magic 10/10

Ps replace the grinch with this each Christmas!
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 12/20/15 3:06 am
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The Eleventh Doctor needs to change one man who can save the life of his companions and 4,000 other passengers aboard a spaceliner, so he sets out to do his own version of A Christmas Carol.

This is a gorgeous spectacle of sight and sound. It's a marvelous fantasy tale that takes place on a world where fish swim through the skies and it's brilliantly realized on screen. The direction is top notch and the entire production is brilliantly shot and compelling. Then there's Katherine Jenkins' singing which is heart breakingly beautiful.

Matt Smith is at his best in this story, playing the Eleventh Doctor at his most fun and quirky in a way that's perfectly appropriate to the piece and very endearing and isn't at all overdone. Michael Gambon is perfect as Kazran, the Scrooge of the piece turning in a memorable performance as a miser whose life is changed by the Doctor. And Jenkins brings the role of the beautiful yet tragic Abigail to life as a character as well as providing the singing.

The story's plot is the source of some controversy as the Doctor goes back into Kazran's past and tries to change it by giving him a positive experience. Young Kazran himself sets the Doctor to coming back every Christmas Eve and therefore changes the whole of Kazran's personal history.

While the ethics of the Doctor's actions are debatable, I really like the twist in the plot as Young Kazran learn to love and gets a heart only to have it broken and to end much the same only with a broken heart rather than a frozen one. The story suggests that while love brings joy, it also can bring sorrow, and how that's resolved is very powerfully played out.

The story is not without its faults. It leans more heavily towards Fantasy than any Doctor Who story ever. The scene where Young and Old Kazran meet and hug doesn't lead to Giant Time Dinosaurs flying out to correct time as happened in, "Father's Day." There's some other questionable points in the plot, but the production so utterly enchanting that I found most faults utterly forgivable. I also found the limited roles played by Amy and Rory forgivable though unfortunate.

Despite some minor faults, this is an absolute joy of a production to watch.

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