Though technically, therefore, not a " Doctor Who Christmas Special", it is now generally regarded as a part of "classic series lore". First Doctor.
It was written, at least in part, out of obligation, with Steven Moffat volunteering to fill the gap between his final series and Chris Chibnall's debut series in 2018.
And the whole thing ends on an unexpected and daring note — one that followed 'Asylum of the Daleks' in effectively setting up the arc of the Impossible Girl...
It's still one of the most powerful and heartbreaking stories that the show's produced in its 53-year history, with stellar performances from David Tennant and Bernard Cribbins in particular.
Hopefully, he could do it in time to save his companions from yet another plummeting spaceship — it seems to be a serious problem at this time of year. It was once suggested that Doctor Who is really all about " the triumph of intellect and romance over brute force and cynicism " and 'A Christmas Carol' is about as pure an example of that as you can imagine.Ranking the Doctor Who Christmas Specials from Best to Worst
It's not a bad effort — the Princess of Pop actually puts in a decent performance as tragic Astrid Peth she did used to be an actress, y'know and the Angel Hosts make for an effectively chilling monster.
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Damn you for making us sob at Christmas, Doctor Who. Plus, there's a gigantic Cyberman stalking the streets of Victorian London.
Not to worry, though — he soon cheered up with the help of a snowman-themed plot from an old enemy, and a strangely familiar new friend called Clara Jenna Coleman …. Sign up.
Romantic, sweeping, optimistic, yet tinged with a hint of melancholy so as to never become sickly sweet, this triumphant sci-fi take on the Dickens classic is perfect Christmas Day fodder, with a touching turn from Michael Gambon and Matt Smith absolutely on fire.
With the best will in the world, the BBC doesn't have the budget of a Marvel or Warner Bros and any attempt to ape their blockbusters could have — should have — ended in embarrassment.
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