2011 Christmas Special Round-up

Everything we know about the 2011 Doctor Who Christmas special, The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe, so far.

Updated 10 December


  • 25 December 2011 at 7pm on BBC1
  • 25 December 2011 at 9/8pm CT on BBC America
  • 25 December 2011 at 9pm ET on SPACE (Canada)
  • 26 December 2011 at 7.30pm on ABC1 (Austrailia)


  • Matt Smith – The Doctor
  • Arthur Darvill – Rory Williams (cameo)
  • Karen Gillan – Amy Pond (cameo)
  • Claire Skinner – Madge Arwell
  • Alexander Armstrong – Reg Arwell
  • Holly Earl – Lily Arwell
  • Maurice Cole – Cyril Arwell
  • Bill Bailey – Droxil
  • Arabella Weir – Billis
  • Paul Bazely – Ven-Garr
  • Spencer Wilding – Wooden King
  • Paul Kasey – Wooden Queen


Written by Steven Moffat. Directed by Farren Blackburn.

It’s Christmas Eve, 1938, when Madge Arwell comes to the aid of an injured Spaceman Angel as she cycles home. He promises to repay her kindness – all she has to do is make a wish. Three years later, a devastated Madge escapes war-torn London with her two children for a dilapidated house in Dorset. She is crippled with grief at the news her husband has been lost over the channel, but determined to give Lily and Cyril the best Christmas ever. The Arwells are surprised to be greeted by a madcap caretaker whose mysterious Christmas gift leads them into a magical wintry world. Here, Madge will learn how to be braver than she ever thought possible. And that wishes can come true…



Other bits

  • It’ll be set partly on Earth, but not completely
  • It begins with a gigantic spaceship looming over Earth
  • There will be lots of snow, chases through a wintry-style forest
  • Moffat: “It will be as Christmassy as Hell”
  • Moffat: “The Doctor’s heading back down the chimney.”
  • The Doctor wears a black spacesuit with the head on back to front
  • The Doctor tries to find his TARDIS with Madge but ends up in the wrong telephone box
  • Matt Smith is madder than ever
  • Claire Skinner will break your heart
  • Bill Bailey, Arabella Weir and Paul Bazely are very funny
  • Droxil, Billis and Ven-Garr are incompetent harvesters who are working in the forest
  • Contains the words ‘looms’, ‘panthers’, and ‘wish’
  • Contains the line, “Watch and learn, kid,” followed by a loud crash
  • It’s a lovely, heartwarming, touching tale and literally magical
  • “It’s full of the usual concoction of things that spew out of Steven Moffat’s imagination”
  • It’s more of an ensemble piece than last year’s special – “more family”
  • The last ten minutes are really emotional
  • Amy and Rory ARE in the episode, but it’s only a cameo
  • The Doctor will pay the Ponds a visit at their home
  • The monsters are the Wooden King and Queen
  • Quotes: “I got dressed in a hurry”, “Why does a forest need people?” and “Happy crying…”


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