Doctor Who – A Christmas Carol (2010) – 6/10 science fiction adventure TV review

Cast / crew
Matt Smith: The Doctor
Karen Gillan: Amy Pond
Arthur Darvill: Rory Williams
Writer: Steven Moffat
Producer: Sanne Wohlenberg
Director: Toby Haynes
Michael Gambon: Kazran / Elliot Sardick
Katherine Jenkins: Abigail

Doctor Who xmas 2010 Christmas Carol, A (2010)

Amy and Rory are on their honeymoon but their spaceship gets into serious trouble and needs to land. However, the controller of the planet below, Kazran Sardick, doesn’t care and won’t let them land just because he can. The Doctor attempts to change his heart before the 4003 people on the spaceship crash to their death.


Adaptations of Dicken’s A Christmas Carol always have the same gigantic problem: why does Scrooge change? Invariably, it’s just not convincing that he has a change of heart and it always happens too quickly. Christmas Past and Present don’t get it done but Christmas Future does just like that. It a problem that Moffat’s adaptation here suffers from. Michael Gambon’s character is all over the place emotionally, he doesn’t appear to grow or change over the course of the story but simply blub or not depending on whether the writer told him to. Still, there are compensations. Matt Smith’s Doctor is still a hoot, an effervescent whirlwind of hair and fashion advice, the flying fish are cool and the climax works emotionally.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.


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