fidesquaerens (marta_bee) wrote,
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Doctor Who episode rec: A Christmas Carol

  I just saw the Christmas special between series five + six. The Doctor is trying to crash a spaceship from crashing into an impenetrable planet atmosphere, killing everyone on board. There's a device that can let them through but the only one who can operate it is - well, he's a Scrooge. And that's kind of the point. The episode send this man on a journey modelled after "A Christmas Carol," and it's really well done with all the optimism and almost mythological quality you expect, only there's the Doctor and timey-wimey nonsense and the eternal optimism of the Matt Smith years thrown in there as well.

Plus, the Scrooge character is played by Michael Gambon, the Dumbledore of the later Harry Potter movies, and his younger self who also features heavily in the episode is Laurence Belcher, probably best known as the young Xavier in X-Men: First Class. Really, quite a gifted kid. And while Amy + Rory feature on the edges, this is really Matt Smith's story. Imagine Matt Smith and Michael Gambon engaged in an existential battle for an old man's soul, throw in a heap of Chrstmas spirit and faerie, and you've got the idea.

It's only $2 at Amazon, or free if you have Amazon Prime. Do check it out. I suspect it's probably free through Netflix as well, but I don't have that service, so I can't offer a link. (If anyone does find it there let me know and I'll post a link here.)  I liked it!
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