Peter Capaldi as the Doctor: S8 E13 Last Christmas

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Peter Capaldi as the Doctor: S8 E13 Last Christmas

Sum­mary: Will Santa Give the Doc­tor & Clara what they really want for Christmas

Plot: Clara is woken up by a crash and dis­cov­ers Santa’s sled crashed on her roof. As she cycles through that fact the Doc­tor sud­denly appears and takes them to the North Pole where a group of Sci­en­tists are under siege by mys­te­ri­ous crea­tures. Or are they? And only Santa Claus can save them, the Doc­tor & Clara, or will Danny Pink save the day?

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Writ­ing: This episode is as close to per­fect as you can get and it reminds me of the thing that frus­trates me about Steven Mof­fat the most. Last Christ­mas has absolutely every­thing, a ter­ri­fy­ing vil­lain, a won­der­ful hero, com­edy, poignant moments, plot twists within plot twists and an end­ing that is inspir­ing. Best of all he man­ages this with­out a sin­gle time para­dox. I sus­pect I’ll be watch­ing this one over and over again and that’s the frus­tra­tion, It’s hard to put up with C-​List episodes when he’s capa­ble of amaz­ing things like this.

Act­ing: Capaldi and Cole­man are absolutely per­fect in this episode with more chem­istry that a lab at a phar­macy com­pany. Com­bine that with an incred­i­ble per­for­mance by Nick Frost as Santa Claus and excel­lent sup­port­ing per­for­mances by every sin­gle cast mem­ber from Dan Starkey to Faye Marsay and you get an episode you can’t put down.

Mem­o­rable Moments: Who you gonna call? Dying man­u­als , can I drive? That’s racist.

Doc­tor Who Flash­backs: Dri­ving a sleigh (11th Doc­tor a Christ­mas Carol) The cracker (Time of the Doc­tor 11th Doc­tor) Tan­ger­ines (The Christ­mas Inva­sion: 10th Doc­tor), There was one man (School Reunion 10th Doctor) .

Odd­i­ties: Shouldn’t there be some rea­son why these ran­dom humans became involved in this adventure?

Pet Peeves: The Doctor’s plan to detect the dream shouldn’t have worked since as soon as the first per­son read the man­ual aloud the oth­ers should have said the same thing. Only writ­ing it down would have worked with The Doc­tor being able to over­ride the Dream Crab’s attempt to force him to see the same thing on all the sheets.

Great Quote(s)

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Shona:Argh! Argh!
Ash­leyShona? Shona, what’s wrong?
Shona: We’ve, we’ve got ghosts!
Ash­ley:Ghosts?
Shona: Yeah, yeah, it’s a skele­ton man and a girl in a nightie!

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Ash­ley: [To Santa who has just entered] Who the hell are you?
The Doc­tor:Oh, take a guess, go on. Push the boat out! Tooth Fairy, maybe? Easter Bunny?

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Clara:OK, Doc­tor, are you going to explain? What is going on?
Santa Claus:It’s an inva­sion, Miss Oswald.
Clara:An inva­sion of what, elves?
Wolf the Elf:Whoa! THAT is racist.
Ian the Elf:Elfist!
Wolf the Elf:Which is a bit hyp­o­crit­i­cal, from some­one of your height.

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The Doc­tor:You all right?
Shona: Yeah, yeah, yeah. I’m try­ing to talk sense into Beardy-​Weirdy.
The Doc­tor:You don’t seem much like a sci­en­tist.
Shona:That’s a bit rude, com­ing from a magician!

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The Doc­tor: Beardy-​Weirdy.
Santa Claus:Yeah?
The Doc­tor: How do you get all the presents in the sleigh?
Santa Claus:It’s big­ger on the inside.

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Pro­fes­sor Albert Smithe:They’re a bit like Face­hug­gers, aren’t they?
The Doc­tor:[Con­fused] Face hug­gers?
Pro­fes­sor Albert Smithe:You know, Alien. The hor­ror movie, Alien.
The Doc­tor: There’s a hor­ror movie called “Alien?” That’s really offen­sive. No won­der every­one keeps invad­ing you.

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Clara:I miss you.
Danny Pink:Five min­utes.
Clara: What?
Danny Pink:You can miss me for five min­utes a day. And you’d bet­ter do it prop­erly. You’d bet­ter be sad. I expect my five. But all the rest of the time, Clara, all the rest of the time, every sin­gle sec­ond, you just get the hell on with it. Clear?

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The Doc­tor: This makes per­fect sense. The Dream Crab tries to make the dream as real as pos­si­ble to trap you inside it. It cre­ates dreams within dreams so you can never be sure if you are really awake. But your brain knows some­thing is wrong. Your sub­con­scious fights back. THIS is your mind, try­ing to tell you this isn’t real.
Santa Claus: So it gives you me. Sweet Papa Chrimbo!
Ian the Elf:It gives you com­edy elves, fly­ing rein­deer.
The Doc­tor: Exactly!
Santa Claus: A time-​travelling sci­en­tist dressed as a magi­cian.
Ian the Elf: Clas­sic!
The Doc­tor: No, no, no. hang on. No, no, no, no.
Wolf the Elf:Liv­ing in a phone box.
The Doc­tor: It’s a space­ship in dis­guise!
Santa Claus: You see how none of this makes any sense?
The Doc­tor: Shut up, Santa!

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The Doc­tor:No, no, no. Line in the sand. Santa Claus does not do the sci­en­tific expla­na­tion!
Santa Claus:All right. As the Doc­tor might say, “Arr, it’s all a bit dreamy-​weamy!”

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Santa Claus:For­tu­nately, I know all your home addresses.

Thanks to this site for hav­ing a tran­script so I could recover all I lost after hours of copy­ing this stuff by hand.
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Final Ver­dict: 5 stars. As close to a per­fect Doc­tor Who episode as you can get. Wor­thy of the Baker era.

Rank­ing of Sea­son: 1st of 13. I thought for a short while before rank­ing it above The Care­taker but this episode not only had every­thing but actu­ally moved me emo­tion­ally. Was caught totally by sur­prise by Cole­man decid­ing to stay.

1. Last Christ­mas
2. The Care­taker
3. Mummy on the Ori­ent Express
4. Into the Dalek
5. Dark Water
6. Lis­ten
7. Flat­line
8. Robots of Sher­wood
9. Time Heist
10. Kill the Moon
11. Death in Heaven
12. Deep Breath
13. In the For­est of the Night

Summary: Will Santa Give the Doctor & Clara what they really want for Christmas

Plot:   Clara is woken up by a crash and discovers Santa’s sled crashed on her roof.  As she cycles through that fact the Doctor suddenly appears and takes them to the North Pole where a group of Scientists are under siege by mysterious creatures.  Or are they?  And only Santa Claus can save them, the Doctor & Clara, or will Danny Pink save the day?

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Writing:  This episode is as close to perfect as you can get and it reminds me of the thing that frustrates me about Steven Moffat the most.  Last Christmas has absolutely everything, a terrifying villain, a wonderful hero, comedy, poignant moments, plot twists within plot twists  and an ending that is inspiring.  Best of all he manages this without a single time paradox.  I suspect I’ll be watching this one over and over again and that’s the frustration,   It’s hard to put up with C-List episodes when he’s capable of amazing things like this.

Acting:   Capaldi and Coleman are absolutely perfect in this episode with more chemistry that a lab at a pharmacy company.  Combine that with an incredible performance by Nick Frost as Santa Claus and excellent supporting performances by every single cast member from Dan Starkey to Faye Marsay and you get an episode you can’t put down.

Memorable Moments: Who you gonna call?  Dying manuals , can I drive? That’s racist.

Doctor Who Flashbacks: Driving a sleigh (11th Doctor a Christmas Carol)  The cracker (Time of the Doctor 11th Doctor) Tangerines (The Christmas Invasion:  10th Doctor),  There was one man (School Reunion 10th Doctor) .

Oddities:  Shouldn’t there be some reason why these random humans became involved in this adventure?

Pet Peeves:   The  Doctor’s plan to detect the dream shouldn’t have worked since as soon as the first person read the manual aloud the others should have said the same thing.  Only writing it down would have worked with The Doctor being able to override the Dream Crab’s attempt to force him to see the same thing on all the sheets.

 

Great Quote(s) 

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Shona:Argh! Argh!
AshleyShona? Shona, what’s wrong?
Shona: We’ve, we’ve got ghosts!
Ashley:Ghosts?
Shona: Yeah, yeah, it’s a skeleton man and a girl in a nightie!

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Ashley: [To Santa who has just entered] Who the hell are you?
The Doctor:Oh, take a guess, go on. Push the boat out! Tooth Fairy, maybe? Easter Bunny?

***********************************

Clara:OK, Doctor, are you going to explain? What is going on?
Santa Claus:It’s an invasion, Miss Oswald.
Clara:An invasion of what, elves?
Wolf the Elf:Whoa! THAT is racist.
Ian the Elf:Elfist!
Wolf the Elf:Which is a bit hypocritical, from someone of your height.

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The Doctor:You all right?
Shona: Yeah, yeah, yeah. I’m trying to talk sense into Beardy-Weirdy.
The Doctor:You don’t seem much like a scientist.
Shona:That’s a bit rude, coming from a magician!

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The Doctor:  Beardy-Weirdy.
Santa Claus:Yeah?
The Doctor:  How do you get all the presents in the sleigh?
Santa Claus:It’s bigger on the inside.

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Professor Albert Smithe:They’re a bit like Facehuggers, aren’t they?
The Doctor:[Confused] Face huggers?
Professor Albert Smithe:You know, Alien. The horror movie, Alien.
The Doctor:  There’s a horror movie called “Alien?” That’s really offensive. No wonder everyone keeps invading you.

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Clara:I miss you.
Danny Pink:Five minutes.
Clara: What?
Danny Pink:You can miss me for five minutes a day. And you’d better do it properly. You’d better be sad. I expect my five. But all the rest of the time, Clara, all the rest of the time, every single second, you just get the hell on with it. Clear?

****************************************************

The Doctor:  This makes perfect sense. The Dream Crab tries to make the dream as real as possible to trap you inside it. It creates dreams within dreams so you can never be sure if you are really awake. But your brain knows something is wrong. Your subconscious fights back. THIS is your mind, trying to tell you this isn’t real.
Santa Claus:  So it gives you me. Sweet Papa Chrimbo!
Ian the Elf:It gives you comedy elves, flying reindeer.
The Doctor:  Exactly!
Santa Claus:  A time-travelling scientist dressed as a magician.
Ian the Elf:  Classic!
The Doctor:  No, no, no. hang on. No, no, no, no.
Wolf the Elf:Living in a phone box.
The Doctor:  It’s a spaceship in disguise!
Santa Claus:  You see how none of this makes any sense?
The Doctor:  Shut up, Santa!

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The Doctor:No, no, no. Line in the sand. Santa Claus does not do the scientific explanation!
Santa Claus:All right. As the Doctor might say, “Arr, it’s all a bit dreamy-weamy!”

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Santa Claus:Fortunately, I know all your home addresses.

Thanks to this site for having a transcript so I could recover all I lost after hours of copying this stuff by hand.
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Final Verdict:   5 stars.   As close to a perfect Doctor Who episode as you can get. Worthy of the Baker era.

Ranking of Season:   1st of 13. I thought for a short while before ranking it above The Caretaker but this episode not only had everything but actually moved me emotionally. Was caught totally by surprise by Coleman deciding to stay.

1. Last Christmas
2. The Caretaker
3. Mummy on the Orient Express
4. Into the Dalek
5. Dark Water
6. Listen
7. Flatline
8. Robots of Sherwood
9. Time Heist
10. Kill the Moon
11. Death in Heaven
12. Deep Breath
13. In the Forest of the Night