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    Visit the Episode GuideDOCTOR WHO SERIES 31
    A CHRISTMAS CAROL
    EPISODE NUMBER - 3114 (514)

    To save everyone on board a crashing ship the Doctor must change the heart of a bitter old man who controls the planet's clouds -- and who is holding has a beautiful young woman in cryonic stasis in his home.

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    Default Re: Doctor Who Christmas 2010 Speculation/Discussion *Spoilers for ALL of Series 5*

    Just watched the Christmas Special, but dont know where to post,theres no official thread. So I might as well post here.

    Well worth the wait. Something a little different, but different is good
    I loved the new spin on the the Scrooge story.
    Michael Gambon was brilliant as the grumpy old man (cant remember his name)
    Katherine Jenkins did get a bit boring with her singing though lol

    And bloody hell, series 6 looks awesome!
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    The Ood are back!
    And the Doctors going Wild Wild West
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    Default Re: Doctor Who Christmas 2010 Speculation/Discussion *Spoilers for ALL of Series 5*

    Overall this was much better than the others over the years, Michael Gambon was great as Scrooge, although Mr R says Patrick Stewart could do it better. The only thing that ruined it for me was Katherine £$%&!#& Jenkins, I'm sick to death of the sight of her this xmas, She can't bloody act either.

    I'm so looking forward to the new series, looks really good
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    even Mr R was interested in the Nazi episode, and he never watches DW

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    Default Re: Doctor Who Christmas 2010 Speculation/Discussion *Spoilers for ALL of Series 5*

    My favourite Special remains Christmas Invasion, but this is not just a close second but also the only one that really comes close. Wow, what an episode. Slightly confused as to why the Reapers didn't appear, but can live with it as the episode was awesome!

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    Brilliant Christmas tale in the spirit of decades gone by!

    I loved this story so much, and despite not being a roller coaster ride, it's become my favourite of all the Xmas Specials.


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    1. Good point about the Reapers. *interstellar ship entering plothole*

    2. Ignoring plothole(let's assume that what the Doctor did wasn't big enough to get the Reaper's attention) his plan was pretty solid in theory - just blew up in his face due to something neither he nor I would have thought to double check.

    3. Having said that, why wouldn't Sardek snr not have given Karzan control over the cloud machine? Karzen effectively became if not the same person in each timeline, then, well...as the Doctor said, he wasn't different enough and I'd dare say, not different enough for his father to notice.

    4. Not too sure what I make of the ep being partially used to showcase some opera singer but that part of the story was solid enough.

    Overall, a very different take on the Xmas specials and definately fun

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    Welp, file me under "extremely disappointed". After the fantastic Series 31 (and the Christmas Specials of years past) I had pretty high expectations for this. But in the end it was just boring
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    clever that they incorporated the words "silence will fall" into the song the opera singer was singing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian-S View Post
    clever that they incorporated the words "silence will fall" into the song the opera singer was singing.
    Ha! I didn't notice that.

    This was the best Christmas special and one of the emotive episodes ever, emotive in regards to the Sardick/Abigail story. Great job from the cast and crew, and of course the Moff. Great CGI, incredible little story, wonderful dialogue and overall just an enjoyable ride to tie us over until the series returns, whilst at all times keeping to the theme of Christmas without having it too cheesy and overwhelmingly childlike. What this episode does very well and shifts the focus almost completely to the Doctor, unlike previous episodes which have often flipped between him and his companions in different places to further the story, and hat-off to Matt who once again cemented his place as one of the greatest and most lovable Doctors (even after just one series).

    I think since Moff's intervention after the Specials this show has really reopened its doors to its dedicated veteran followers, as well as the next generation of Whovians. Well, well worth the wait (which is more than I could say for The End of Time). Bring on Series 6.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian-S View Post
    clever that they incorporated the words "silence will fall" into the song the opera singer was singing.
    Didn't notice that, did like when Sardik refereed to the people in the vaults as "Surplus Population" wonder how many other Christmas Carol references were in there that I didn't get...

    Did anyone else think the sound mix was a bit off here, a lot of the Doctor's funniest lines I only just caught and then I had to repeat them back to the family because they didn't hear it and just got my laughter. The one I remember best was the one about either kissing the girl or going back to your room to invent a new type of screwdriver: "learn from my mistake".

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    The Reapers may have very well not shown up because, simply...he wasn't that big of a deal. The Reapers showed up in force because the situations changed the life of not only a time traveler, but Rose Tyler, who eventually became...well...the super-power that she is/was. The size of the change that would amount from indirectly affecting Amy Pond (in a non-paradoxical way) by if she lived/died there, and between changing the existing Rose, may simply have been vastly different

    In other words, it could be a Companion/Time Lord/etc thing where Reapers will exist, yeah, but you only see them like that when the Doctor or his companions themselves are changed.

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    I can buy that explanation. Thanks.

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    Default Re: A Christmas Carol ( 2010)

    LOOOOVED IT

    this was the best one so far =) moffat has a really good grip on time travel and using it so it makes sense.

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    Definitely one of my favorite Doctor Who episodes. I think this one is actually the most Christmas-y off all the specials. While I loved last years The End of Time, this one in time may actually grow to my favorite Christmas Special.

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    Awesome-coated awesome with a Christmassy filling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattSilver 3k View Post
    Awesome-coated awesome with a Christmassy filling.
    I did like the special quite a bit. My one criticism would be that Amy & Rory didn't get as much involvement in the story as I would have liked. Other than that, it was something wonderfully appropriate for the season.


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    Why was Amy and rory wearing past season clothing? I didn't understand that

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    I liked it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pharaoh Atem View Post
    Why was Amy and rory wearing past season clothing? I didn't understand that
    Honeymoon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pharaoh Atem View Post
    Why was Amy and rory wearing past season clothing? I didn't understand that
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