A Christmas Carol

First Broadcast December 25th 2010 @ 6.00pm (12.11m viewers)

Steven Moffat wrote the script for A Christmas Carol borrowing the theme from Charles Dickens’ original but set it on a distant planet in the future. This was then cleverly manipulated to facilitate the revisiting of Kazran Sardick’s Christmases.

Memorable Moment (Spoiler Warning)

There was something about Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor which really connected with younger members of the audience. This is brilliantly highlighted by the scenes with The Doctor and young Kazran. Smith’s boyish innocence and excitement for exploring the universe proved to be a hit. The sequences with the shark are also very well achieved and it’s impossible for the viewer not to share the thrill of seeing a shark in the clouds, pulling a rickshaw. It is exactly the right level of imagination and magic which an audience loves at Christmas.

Abigail Pettigrew (KATHERINE JENKINS) Kazran (MICHAEL GAMBON) Young Kazran (LAURENCE BELCHER) The Doctor (MATT SMITH) TX: BBC ONE, TBC 2010 (c) BBC
Abigail Pettigrew (KATHERINE JENKINS) Kazran (MICHAEL GAMBON) Young Kazran (LAURENCE BELCHER) The Doctor (MATT SMITH) TX: BBC ONE, TBC 2010 (c) BBC

Michael Gambon plays a character in Kazran Sardick who is certainly a lot different from Dumbledore in the Harry Potter franchise. However thanks to The Doctor he softens and like Ebenezer Scrooge in the original ‘A Christmas Carol’ learns the true meaning of Christmas. Steven Moffat had used the concept of The Doctor travelling back in time to change an individual in a short story for Decalog 3 which I remember reading over 20 years previously. It is a strong idea and works very well. Singer Katherine Jenkins also never looks out of place opposite the acting talents of Gambon and Smith. Abigail’s song is beautiful and caps off a triumphant Christmas Special.

Also First Aired On This Day…

  • The Daleks’ Master Plan: The Feast of Steven
  • The Christmas Invasion
  • The Runaway Bride
  • Voyage of the Damned
  • The Next Doctor
  • The End of Time: Part One
  • The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe
  • The Snowmen
  • The Time of the Doctor
  • Last Christmas
  • The Husbands of River Song
  • The Return of Doctor Mysterio


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