Doctor Who Series 5 A Christmas Carol
Based on Dickens classic
tale of A Christmas Carol, we find the good Doctor in an adventure that
takes many parts from Dickens and modifies them to suit a Time Lords
The main crux of this
story is that Scrooge is a man called Kazran Sardick and he has the
power over thousands of people that he could save yet refuses to do so.
The story is mixed with
all sorts of currents and social commentary, with the writers doing a
good job of still keeping in with the story of Dickens, albeit with
flying fish at one point! There are many poignant scenes, along with a
lot of wry wit. Matt Smith does an awesome job on this feature, and his
comedic timing is second to none. It certainly appears that the cast had
a lot of fun making A Christmas Carol and the best bit is that we got to
share in it with them.
The story is pulled
cleverly all over the place with little surprises constantly revealing
themselves. The Doctor travels through Sardicks timeline, letting Kazran
view himself at a younger age. Foes are well thought out and have real
purpose here, with everything explained and making sense despite the
general insanity of the feature.
Video quality is what
you would expect of a modern production and no general complaints could
be make. Audio fared similarly with no problems, and a nice clean mix to
As always, Christmas
purists can expect that the Doctor saves the day and the sinners are
redeemed. The writing that Stephen Moffat does for this tale is the
strongest that has come to light in a Doctor Who Christmas Special and
was a good hour of viewing. There is a certain blonde who appears during
the show that takes the good Doctor's fancy as well which will delight
older viewers with the sheer fun and nonsense of it all.
This is a solid tale
that fans will love and newcomers will be intrigued by. It's certainly
worth the time to watch. Stellar performances round out this piece and
Michael Gambon in the role as the villian is an absolute delight as he
clearly relishes the role and has a lot of fun with it.
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