The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe: The Time Lord travels to war-torn Britain… and escapes to a Narnia-type world in this year”s Christmas special
He”s travelled to the the destructive and dark days of war-torn Britain many a time in his years as a Time Lord.
But this Christmas, Doctor Who finds himself not only back in the early 1940s again, but in a Narnia-type world, thanks to the curiosity of a little boy.
In scenes revealed today of this year”s festive episode, The Doctor, played by Matt Smith, turns up in Dorset in south west England in 1941.
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Where are we The Doctor, played by Matt Smith and his young female friend, find themselves in a Narnia-type world in this year”s Christmas episode
From the skies: A large spaceship lands in the middle of the snow-capped forest
He makes his temporary home in a drafty old house and welcomes a mother and her two children who have fled to the countryside from London.
But a huge parcel underneath their Christmas tree soon leads them on an adventure in a magical land where they encounter wooden men and human spacemen, played by comedian Bill Bailey and actress Arabella Weir.
The episode, entitled The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe, also stars Claire Skinner as Madge Arwell, the mother who brings her children to Dorset to escape the war.
I guess we”re not in the 40s anymore: Claire Skinner, who plays the war widow, finds herself inside the space ship
The Doctor will save you: The Time Lord and his young friend think of a plan as he brother sits on a chair guarded by wooden men
But she also has a secret, which writer Steven Moffat revealed at a screening of the episode in London this week.
He said: “Recently widowed Madge Arwell hasn”t told her children, Lily and Cyril, that their father has died flying hisbomber home over the channel, because she doesn”t want Christmas to become the day that broke their hearts.
“But when they”re evacuated to a draughty old house in Dorset for the holidays, and meet a mysterious young caretaker in a bow tie, events take an unexpected turn. What couldbe inside that big blue parcel under the tree
Your Time Lord senses tingling The Doctor holds up his glowing sonic screwdriver in front of one of the wooden men
Little angel: One of the wooden men prepares to put a glowing halo on the little boys” head…
… but it”s the Doctor to the rescue once again – but will be able to overpower it
“Soon the Arwells find themselves in abattle for survival in a magical new land. As ever, at this time of year, the Doctor is trying to make things right, and as always it doesn”t go according to plan. But maybe he”s reckoned without the power of a determined mother.”
A trailer has been released of the episode, which airs at 7pm on Christmas Day and the BBC today unveiled more scenes to fans.
Hello, anyone home The family arrive at the house in Dorset at the begging of the episode…
… and are welcomed by the Doctor who they think is their landlord
The episode does not feature The Doctor”s companion Amy Pond, played by Karen Gillian, who yesterday announced she would be leaving the show during the next series.
The flame-haired actress will exit the hit BBC1 show in the next series as she and her on-screen husband Rory (Arthur Darvill) meet a ‘heart-breaking end’.
Funny man in space: Comedian Bill Bailey also stars in the festive episode
Gillan joined the show when Smith took over from David Tennant and last night, Smith said of her departure:”She’s great.We’ve had the most incredible journey. We took over the show and really had to hold hands and help each other through, it is very disappointing.
“That is what the show is about – change and regeneration. But we will see a lot of Amy in the next series.”