The latest in my series of Reviews of the Matt Smith Doctor Who years
Summary: Can the doctor change the heart of a Miser in time to save thousands
Plot: Amy & Rory are in the Honeymoon suite of a ship that is crashing. The Doctor has to change the mind of lonely old man Kasran Sardic who hates Christmas by delving into his past and present and future. Can the change him in time to save the day.
Writing: Ok since he is basically doing the Dickens tale Dr. Who style the constant paradox are necessary and the story is really a lot of fun but for Stephen Moffat as it is one giant paradox it must have been his ultimate dream tale.
Acting: Our Three Kasrans Michael Gambon (old), Lawrence Belcher (young) and Danny Horn (young adult) do an incredible job,. Matt Smith is having a spectacular time and it shows
Memorable moments: focusing on the Positives, Christmas past, the photo album.
Oddities: This episode establishes the concept that every time the Tardis disappears in an adventure he can be off having months or even years of adventures as long as he comes back in time to save the day. Additionally as Kasran becomes a time traveler he should have all of the memories of all the time lines.
Pet Peeves: The doctor seems quite willing to throw out all the laws of time here to save Amy & Rory, he wasn’t willing to do it for Adric not to mention again violating the rules from Maudwin Undead and this time you don’t have the same outs as the previous episodes.
Kazran as a child: Are you really a babysitter?
The Doctor: [holds up psychic paper] I think you’ll find I’m universally recognized as a mature and responsible adult.
Kazran as a child: It’s just a bunch of wavy lines.
The Doctor: Yeah? It’s shorted out. Finally, a lie too big.
Rory: Eyes off the skirt.
Final Verdict: Five Stars Just plain fun
Ranking in Series 6 to date 1st out of 1
1. A Christmas Carol
Ranking out of 11th Doctor specials 1st out of 1
1. A Christmas Carol
Ranking in Matt Smith Era (top 10 shown 5th)
1. The Pandorica Opens
2. The Eleventh Hour
3. The Big Bang
4. The Lodger
5. A Christmas Carol
6. Time of the Angels
7. The Vampires of Venice
8. Amy’s choice
9. Flesh and Stone
10. Cold Blood