Doctor Who, 6.14 - Holly Earl, Maurice Cole, Claire Skinner and Matt Smith
"The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe" - Lily (Holly Earl), Cyril (Maurice Cole), Madge Arwell (Claire Skinner), and the Doctor (Matt Smith) © 2011 BBC

Doctor Who will be returning for a Christmas Special on Christmas Day on both sides of the Atlantic.

Titled “The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe” it follow last years Christmas Special in taking it’s inspiration from a classic story. Last years was an adoption of Scrooge and this as you gave guest is an adoption of The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe.

We thought last years worked really well – far better than the some of the previous ones in recent years. Let hope this one follows that success.

[pullquote]Nu Who Christmas Specials
2005 “The Christmas Invasion”
2006 “The Runaway Bride”
2007 “Voyage of the Damned”
2008 “The Next Doctor”
2009 “The End of Time”
2010 “A Christmas Carol”[/pullquote]

Although the trend for stories specially written for Christmas only started when the show was brought back in 2005 Doctor Who has been on around the Christmas period from the start. Of particular note is the 1965 episode transmitted on the 25th there was a scene where the Doctor and his companions celebrate Christmas and William Hartnell’s Doctor breaks away to address the audience straight to camera to wish us a happy Christmas!

Original Who Christmas’s
1963 ‘The Daleks’ second episode “The Survivors”
1964 ‘The Dalek Invasion of Earth’ sixth and final part “Flashpoint”
1965 ‘The Daleks’ Master Plan’ seventh episode “The Feast of Steven”
1966 ‘The Highlanders’ second episode
1967 ‘The Enemy of the World’ first episode
1968 ‘The Krotons’ first episode
1973 ‘The Time Warrior’ second episode
1974 ‘Robot’ First episode
1978 ‘The Power of Kroll’ first episode
1979 ‘The Horns of Nimon’ second episode
1988 ‘The Greatest Show in the Galaxy’ third episode

Official Details

Doctor Who Christmas Special


In the new Doctor Who Christmas Special, the Doctor (Matt Smith) finds himself in war-torn England embarking on a magical and mysterious adventure with a young widow and her two children. A stellar guest cast including Claire Skinner (Outnumbered), Bill Bailey (Black Books), Arabella Weir (Skins, The Fast Show) and Alexander Armstrong (Armstrong & Miller), join Matt Smith in the emotional festive special, packed full of Christmas thrills and chills.

Matt Smith (The Doctor) is joined by Claire Skinner (Outnumbered), Bill Bailey (Black Books), Arabella Weir (Skins, The Fast Show) and Alexander Armstrong (Armstrong & Miller) in the new festive special packed full of Christmas thrills and chills from lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat (The Adventures of Tintin).

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…

Madge Arwell is played by Claire Skinner, Lily Arwell by Holly Earl and Cyril Arwell by Maurice Cole.

Doctor Who: The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobepremieres Sunday, December 25, 9:00pm ET/PT. 

Airdate December 25, 2011. UK 7.00pm / US 9.00pm