"The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe"

"The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe" Christmas 2011

After a Doctor Who dry spell Whovians are looking forward to this years Christmas special. The past Christmas specials have been excellent. Steven Moffat has a huge job. Whovians are excited and can’t wait for Santa and “The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe” on Christmas day.

I am excited to see how former Doctor Who writer Douglas Adams and author of the “Hitchhikers Guide To The Universe” is worked into the story. Maybe The Doctor brings a towel.

This is their second Christmas together, Moffat, Smith and the Doctor. Where previous show runner Russell T. Davies, who revived the series after a 16-year hiatus, liked to get epic at year’s end — “The Voyage of the Damned” was a full-on disaster movie, “The End of Time” was the swan song both for Tennant and for Davies himself — Moffat keeps things intimate and domestic and dressed for the holiday. Last year’s special used “A Christmas Carol” as a model — you could tell that from its title, “A Christmas Carol” — and this year the writer turns toward C.S. Lewis.

Like Lewis’ “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” Moffat’s “The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe” — something of a giveaway, again — is set during World War II and concerns children evacuated to a country house, where a “dimensional portal thingy” leads to a wooded world all covered in snow. (And Lewis’ description of heaven as a place that grows larger the further in you go has always reminded me of the Tardis, the Doctor’s bigger-on-the-inside time machine.)

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