Well, confirming what we basically already knew, it’s reassuring to finally have an official episode synopsis for the Doctor Who Christmas special, The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe.
Yes, it dives right back to Steven Moffat’s favourite era, which is World War II in case you hadn’t picked up on that already. And just as last year’s Christmas Special played on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, this one will be *ahem* borrowing from C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Let’s face it, if you were Moffat, you wouldn’t be able to resist the parallels between the blue box that’s bigger on the inside and the wardrobe with mystical land called Narnia inside it, would you?
It’s Christmas Eve, 1938, when Madge Arwell comes to the aid of an injured Spaceman Angel as she cycles home, in this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special, starring Matt Smith as the Doctor.
He promises to repay her kindness – all she has to do is make a wish.
Three years later, a devastated Madge escapes war-torn London with her two children for a dilapidated house in Dorset. She is crippled with grief at the news her husband has been lost over the channel, but determined to give Lily and Cyril the best Christmas ever.
The Arwells are surprised to be greeted by a madcap caretaker whose mysterious Christmas gift leads them into a magical wintry world. Here, Madge will learn how to be braver than she ever thought possible. And that wishes can come true…
Madge Arwell is played by Claire Skinner, Lily Arwell by Holly Earl and Cyril Arwell by Maurice Cole.
We’re not quite sure what the danger factor will be with this episode, or if it’ll simply be Christmassy Doctor-related shenanigans, but here’s the trailer. Which is sadly Pond-free. But what about those creepy tree-creatures – anyone else reminded of the Ents from Lord Of The Rings? Have a look at the trailer: