Doctor Who: The Snowmen Recap: A Merry Homeric Companion

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doctor who snowmenDoctor Who: The Snowmen, the sci-fi franchise’s annual Christmas special, wasn’t so much about the battle to defeat an army of destructive Frostys as it was about getting our titular hero back in the business of saving the universe — and pairing him up with the charismatic (and crazy gorgeous) new companion (Jenna-Louise Coleman) who’ll make that journey worthwhile.

And so while, as a stand-alone episode, “The Snowmen” didn’t quite live up to the thrilling, emotional heights of “The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe” or “Voyage of the Damned,” it nevertheless earns an important place in the overall Doctor Who mythology. Plus, it was stuffed like the stocking of a good little child with patented Whovian zingers.

Before we get to the episode’s best lines, let’s do a quick recap of the plot…

A prologue from 1842 showed us a lonely boy and his snowman, but instead of a corncob pipe, a button nose, and a jaunty Christmas carol, the faceless frozen friend mimicked the child’s disdain for his playmates: “Don’t talk to them; they’re silly.” (Yes, if the snow beast sounded familiar, it was indeed the voice of Ian McKellen)

Cut to 50 years later, where that same little boy had become a fully grown adult named Dr. Simeon, who was plotting something nefarious with a giant, talking snowglobe and wasn’t opposed to feeding his workers to packs of carnivorous, nightmare-inducing snowmen. (Seriously, those teeth! At least we didn’t have to see ‘em stained with blood, I suppose.)

Outside The Rose and Crown Pub, a barmaid named Clara noticed the sudden and suspicious formation of one of those menacing snowfolks, and mentioned it to a passerby who just so happened to be the Doctor. Our hero, reeling from the loss of Amy and Rory in “The Angels Take Manhattan,” was no longer interested in investigating mysterious events and saving the planet, choosing instead to brood in the TARDIS (now parked atop a cloud). And yet, despite his (hilariously unsuccessful) efforts to have his pal Strax dismiss Clara via memory-erasing worm, the young woman eventually followed the Doctor to a nearby park, and then up a hidden ladder to the TARDIS, which she surprisingly failed to enter.

Instead, Clara headed back to the ground to do some groundwork: It turned out her Rose and Crown gig was just a temp job. She was actually a governess at the estate of Capt. Lattimer, and his daughter Francesca was having nightmares that her drowned former nanny was going to emerge from the frozen lake out front and wreak havoc come Christmas Eve. And hrmmm…that lake looked hinky to Clara.

When she made a scene trying to relocate that blasted ladder, Clara caught the attention of the Doctor’s pal Jenny Flint, who brought her back home for an audience with Madame Vastra. What ensued was one of the episode’s best scenes — Clara, limited to one-word answers to a series of inquiries, conveying the potential threat in that frozen body of water as well as her own burning curiosities about the last remaining Time Lord. I particularly loved the exchange where Vastra explained the Doctor’s new and selfish stance on the universe, then asked “Do you understand what I’m saying to you?” To which Clara keenly replied, “Words.”

More important to Vastra, though, was Clara’s choice of word in enticing the Doctor down from his perch: “Pond.” Yep, our governess wanted to know what was going on in a frozen body of water, and our Time Lord heard the surname of his late, great companion. And since there’s no such thing as cosmic coincidence, the Doctor put on his best Sherlock Holmes disguise and got to work.

Long story short: The sentient snow (aka “the Intelligence”) had performed a body scan of sorts on the dead, frozen nanny, and was learning to “evolve” by taking her form. Cut to an ice-governess stalking the Doctor, Clara and the kids; Clara planting a mid-chase kiss on the Doctor (whoa!); the Doctor and Clara heading to the TARDIS to lure the frozen creature away from the snow (so those carnivorous crystals wouldn’t be able to mimic her form and wipe out humanity); and then a shocking scene of ice nanny gripping onto Clara as the duo fell from the Doctor’s perch to their imminent deaths.

Wait! Clara’s not supposed to die!

“I don’t think the universe makes deals,” Vastra told the Doctor. But our hero felt like maybe — after so many planets and peoples saved — he was owed one. And so he brought his memory worm to Dr. Simeon, and by wiping his brain, hoped to defeat the creatures who’d fed off his memories. Alas, though, the Intelligence just got stronger…until…it was faced with the only force that could melt the snow: “A whole family crying on Christmas Eve.” Yes, Clara was slipping away, and the snow began to mirror the weeping of everyone in the room. No more toothy snowflakes coming down, but rather tear drops from the sky. A little hokey? Yeah. But hey, it’s the Christmas special, so let’s not let our inner cynics question it too much, okay?

More importantly, though, were Clara’s dying words to the Doctor. Yes, the gal with a penchant for making souffles (clue No. 1 to the Doctor that something fishy was going on) batted those gorgeous eyes and declared, “Run, you clever boy. And remember.” And remember he did. He’d heard Clara’s voice — and those exact words — once before: In “Asylum of the Daleks,” from the sweet, helpful, flirtatious and ultimately ill-fated Dalek named Oswin! And that’s when the Doctor realized some kind of cosmic connection — some weird bit of timey-wimey something-or-other — was afoot.

I’m not exactly sure how Doctor Who and Clara Oswin Oswald are connected, but I suspect the next season’s worth of episodes will give us a twisty good journey to fulfilling her gravestone epitaph: “Remember me, for we shall meet again.”

And now a rundown of the Episode’s Best Zingers…

* “Good evening. I’m a lizard woman from the dawn of time, and this is my wife.” –Vastra, arriving at the Captain’s door

* “Sir, please don’t noogie me during combat prep.” –Strax, not exactly thrilled by the Doctor’s playfulness

* “Bowties are cool!” –the Doctor, misunderstanding Clara’s comment about the room’s temperature getting cooler

* “It’s smaller on the outside!” and “Is there a kitchen?” –Clara, responding to her first look inside the TARDIS (both firsts, according to the Doctor)

* This exchange:
The Doctor: “You kissed me!”
Clara: “And you blushed!”

* “Sir! Emergency! I think I’m being run over by a cab!” –Strax, having been touched by the memory worm while trying to extract it from underneath the carriage

* “Shut up! I’m making deductions! It’s very exiciting!” –the Doctor, back doing what he does best

* “A grenade!” –Strax, responding to the Doctor’s question of what one looks for when one see something new in the world

* Clara’s story to the kids about inventing fish because she doesn’t like swimming alone

* “It takes one to snow one.” –the Doctor, snapping back when the Intelligence observes he’s not of this world

What did you think of Doctor Who: The Snowmen? Are you excited about Clara as the Doctor’s new companion? Any theories about what the heck is happening with these two in the overarching mythology? Sound off in the comments!

Comments (95)

  • It was wonderful! I want the rest of the season NOW!!! Wish we didn’t have to wait until April!

    Comment by Ross – December 26, 2012 08:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • awesome

      Comment by Johnny Mindell – December 26, 2012 08:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Agreed – the one word summation is ‘awesome’!

        Comment by Temperence – December 26, 2012 09:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • i think its march btw not April. But it was awesome

      Comment by Dave – December 26, 2012 01:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • no its april, or at least thats what the latest rumours say

        Comment by Alan – December 26, 2012 01:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m still confused over the Intelligence’s timeline in connection to its first apperance in Abominable Snowmen. Wasn’t it said there that the Intelligence had been in control of the monk for hundreds of years? If that was the case, how could he be in control of this kid in the 1800s?

    Comment by Michael Sacal – December 26, 2012 08:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The Snowmen apparently is a prequel to the Great Intelligence’s first appearances

      Comment by powerturtle90sdudemon – December 26, 2012 08:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • It was more of a prequel to its second apperance in The Web of Fear (the map of the underground). I just confirmed on the TARDIS Index File that the intelligence had been in control of the monk for 300 years since the 1600s, 200 years before The Snowmen.

        Comment by Michael Sacal – December 26, 2012 08:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • who’s to say the intelligence couldn’t have been doing other things at the same time

      Comment by Alan – December 26, 2012 09:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I actually don’t know if it can. can it multitask like that?

        Comment by Michael Sacal – December 26, 2012 10:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • probably, it was on earth for long enough that it must have branched out its operations. its called the great intelligence for a reason so it would be kinda stupid for it to only have one scheme going

          Comment by Alan – December 26, 2012 10:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • and none of them worked?

            Comment by Michael Sacal – December 26, 2012 10:47 AM PDT  
          • clicked post comment prematurely.

            and none of them worked? so much for being the GREAT intelligence, lol. you’d think someone that goes by that name could come up with some sort of smart plan that actually works.

            Comment by Michael Sacal – December 26, 2012 10:48 AM PDT  
          • guess we havent seen how the doctor foiled those yet. it did seem like there was a brief shot of snow attacking someone in the coming soon bit at the end of the episode

            Comment by Alan – December 26, 2012 10:53 AM PDT  
    • i’m a bit confused as well, so is owin (finale episode) supposed to be a descendant of clara (christmas episode)? Or is it more like they are the same person but in different timelines (a la fringe)

      Comment by jenna – December 26, 2012 01:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • it appears to me like they are the same person in three eras, the past, the present, and the future. figuring out who she is will be the mystery the Dr will tackle. I for one am hoping the show goes back to solving the plot about the question that must not be answered.

        Comment by Michael Sacal – December 26, 2012 01:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • the question gets answered at the fall of the eleventh, which i interpret as being the time the eleventh doctor dies so thats at least a few years away

          Comment by Alan – December 26, 2012 01:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • why does fall have to mean death? it could mean failure. hopefully this will be tackled during the anniversary special.

            Comment by Michael Sacal – December 26, 2012 01:50 PM PDT  
      • I’m going to go with the same person, different timelines thing. It all seems very ‘Cloud Atlas’ to me.

        Comment by Sara – December 26, 2012 06:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Amazing episode as usual. I love the ponds but Clara might easily become a new favorite.

    Comment by Amanda – December 26, 2012 08:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thought it was way better than last year’s which was just awful. Love the callback to Two, with the London Underground & Yeti story as well.

    Plus, the new opening credits with the face back in it were delightful.

    Clara is fun and gorgeous and mystery to her. Should be fun to see how that plays out.

    Comment by rmiriam12 – December 26, 2012 08:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “The Snowmen” didn’t quite live up to the thrilling, emotional heights of ”The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe” or “Voyage of the Damned,”. You mean the two worst Christmas specials by far?

    Comment by Naomi – December 26, 2012 08:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agreed. Just about spit my coffee out when I read that line. Ah well, to each their own?

      Comment by rmiriam12 – December 26, 2012 08:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I was just about to say the same! The best special is still “A Christmas Carol”!

      Comment by Diann Walling – December 26, 2012 08:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • It’d be too soon if I ever have to sit through “A Christmas Carol” or “The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe” again. This is the first Matt Smith special I’ve come close to enjoying. “Voyage of the Damned” and “The Runaway Bride” are specials I could (and do) watch often.

        Comment by Scott – December 26, 2012 01:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • hah voyage of the damned. aside from the fantastic monologue from the doctor explaining who he is its utter crap, i actually enjoyed last years more than that. it still boggles my mind that it was that episode that the bbc decided to give that one extra time over the usual 60 minutes, as if it needed more than 30 for that paper thin story

          Comment by Alan – December 26, 2012 02:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Sorry, the “Voyage of the Damned” was absolute crap. This might be the first Christmas special that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed. “The Runaway Bride” was actually pretty unmemorable for me, at least until Donna actually became the companion. But other than introducing Donna, it was also pretty insignificant.

          Comment by Sara – December 26, 2012 06:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Loved Christmas Carol – watched it again tonight as a matter of fact. VotD wasn’t crap but I wouldn’t call it a high point by any stretch. Next Doctor is the weakest Xmas special imo. Still at least 50% more watchable than most stuff on tv. But hey its the internet – everything has to be totallly awesome or absolute crap.

          Comment by shark troll – December 27, 2012 03:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Agreed. Next Doctor was my least favorite by far, because there was no companion (Jackson Lake and his flying balloon did NOT count), the Cybermen are the worst of the recurring DW monsters, and the story was just lazy. Let’s face it, DW Christmas specials are just a fix for those cold, long hiatus months. Their individual merits (or lack thereof) aren’t really the point.

            Comment by Emily – December 27, 2012 11:03 PM PDT  
  • I think “Great Intelligence” will be similar to Bad Wolf etc as it will be a theme throughout the season.
    I also wonder who Clara is? Maybe she really did invent fish because she was lonely.

    Comment by Robert Fertig – December 26, 2012 08:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • i thought so as well but then i read online that the intelligence was a villain in a couple of episodes back in the 70′s or 80′ so im guessing that was just a callback to those episodes and wont be important to the future stories

      Comment by Alan – December 26, 2012 09:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I was hoping Clara wouldn’t be a 21st Century Earther. What we got in the special certainly wasn’t, but that ending…

    Comment by Matt – December 26, 2012 08:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I did too originally. I thought it might be neat to have 1800′s Clara, but then I thought that perhaps the “Wow! What’s that?” to a simple car in the present might get irritating if they were to go to the present. The point of the companion is to be a character that we can really relate to so we can really understand The Doctor. If she was from the 1800s, in the long run we might find her to be less relatable. I dunno. That’s how I see it.

      Comment by Jessica M – December 26, 2012 11:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I had the same idea! Thought it might be nice, like Leela from the Tom Baker years.

        Comment by Sheila – December 26, 2012 05:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great episode in my opinion, though I honestly thought Oswin would be Clara’s descendant who just had traits of Clara passed down through the generations…

    Comment by powerturtle90sdudemon – December 26, 2012 08:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Loved the sherlock bit with the outfit and music. But given his history I would think he wouldn’t want her because for all he knows he is the reason she gets turned into a dalek his past her future. I guess the ending says otherwise but that was what I was thinking during the episode. But boy was eager to take her with shoving his key on her. I will need to watch it again.

    Comment by Kelly – December 26, 2012 09:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • He never saw the face os Oswin so he had no idea they were connected until the last few mins of the app

      Comment by Ron – December 26, 2012 04:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • In two episode Jenna-Louise Coleman, have done what Karen Gillan could not in this entire run…

    Finnaly, one good change in Doctor Who

    Comment by El S Boy – December 26, 2012 09:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think the writers are just going to mess with us, and kill Clara in every episode. I can just see the writers giggling to themselves, “You guys thought we killed Rory a lot, huh? Watch this!”

    Comment by Erin – December 26, 2012 09:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That was just what I was thinking! Clara and Rory competing on who dies the most number of times! :)

      Comment by Auntie Em – December 26, 2012 09:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • They killed Clara. “You Bastards!”

      Comment by Joan – December 26, 2012 11:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hmm…shades of “Cloud Atlas” with Clara? Or is she something else entirely? Anyway, it was a very good episode. I liked the new opening credits. Was getting tired of the “themes on a wormhole” openings. Only complaint came from my daughter, “I don’t like the new TARDIS insides.” She’ll get used to it.

    Comment by Bob – December 26, 2012 09:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • anything strax related was absolutely hilarious, i hope we get to see more of him.
    vastra and jenny proved to be a fun addition again, loved vastra’s line announcing herself and jenny when she got to the lattimer’s place.
    cgi was a bit hokey at times but that didnt take away from the story.
    jenna-louise coleman may be the best thing that’s ever happened to this show, they are making really good use of the fact that she can talk as quick as matt smith.

    Comment by Alan – December 26, 2012 10:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Suggestion: when you call a woman “crazy gorgeous” in your article, you should show a photo of her.

    Comment by JC – December 26, 2012 10:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Really enjoyed the episode, definitely better than last year! Love, love, love Jenna-Louise, and it was great seeing Vastra & Jenny again (spin-off, please!). Strax was also very entertaining. Love the classic vibe of the new TARDIS interior, particularly the console itself. Also liked the new opening title sequence, though it wasn’t as “WOW!” as I’d hoped. Nice to see the Doc’s face, albeit in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it extent. Revised theme arrangement is an improvement too.

    The fairly routine snowmen plot almost took a backseat to all the other great aforementioned stuff. I, too, had hoped Victorian era Clara would be the new companion rather than the modern version seen at the end, but I won’t complain when JLC returns in the spring (hate that we have to wait so long!!)

    Comment by JeffDJ – December 26, 2012 10:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Loved this Christmas episode as much as A Christmas Carol. Kudos to the Doctor Who producers for continuing to pick great companions. Clara is going to rock Doctor Who’s world.

    Comment by tvdiva – December 26, 2012 10:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Loved it loved it loved it!!! I can’t wait for the new season.

    Comment by KND – December 26, 2012 10:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Loved the episode!! The dialogues were very well written! I think that the Doctor is connected to Clara somehow.
    And as for the dead-alive thing, that is an intriguing storyline.

    Comment by Sierra – December 26, 2012 11:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This show never disappoints. It’s always a thrilling ride filled with plot twists you never see coming and unconventionally likeable characters. Tonight was no exception.

    Comment by Zoe – December 26, 2012 11:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hey, I finally saw my first Dr.Who! My brother recorded it and watched it while I was editing family pictures, so I kind of ended up involved watching it with him. It wasn’t bad.

    Comment by Britta Unfiltered – December 26, 2012 11:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • you should watch more. considering your opinions on tv have essentially matched up with mine in the past i reckon you would enjoy the show a lot. if you are interested look up an episode called “blink”, one of the best episodes of tv ive ever watched

      Comment by Alan – December 26, 2012 11:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • “Blink” is the PERFECT starter episode for a newbie: great story, and no real need for too much prior knowledge about the show. Best Angel episode, period (as much as I loved Amy & Rory’s exit episode, I’ve had issues with the Angels in all of their appearances after Blink).

        Comment by Erin – December 26, 2012 03:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • No, no, NO! To get into the show properly, he needs to start with Christopher Eccleston’s year at the very least. You can’t start him off with absolutely no introduction and certainly not with MARTHA! Ugh! Have you no sense of history?

          Comment by Sheila – December 26, 2012 05:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Well, of course you’re right, but I’m talking about people who are unsure if they want to watch the show at all. Blink is totally “Doctor Who-ey” without needing to know the other stuff. If the newb likws Blink, you’ll know it’s OK to have them start watching the series.

            Comment by Erin – December 26, 2012 07:05 PM PDT  
          • Good God, Martha was not that bad, give her a break already. And I started with Christopher Eccleston, but if I hadn’t already known that Tennant and Smith were coming up, I never would’ve gotten through the first series, because it was a snooze. If we’re really talking history, go back to Hartnell. Otherwise, any regeneration episode or new companion introduction will suffice.

            Comment by Emily – December 26, 2012 10:40 PM PDT  
      • absolutely second blink!! I originally started watching doctor who because I was in a carrie mulligan obsessed phase (she is in the episode!) and it remains to be in my top 5 if not my favourite who episode

        Comment by jenna – December 26, 2012 03:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • that episode started my carey mulligan obsession, it lasted until i saw wall street 2

          Comment by Alan – December 26, 2012 04:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I really did enjoy most of the episode. I’m a huge fan of family-pond and I hope River doesn’t get written out of the series. We need Mrs. Doctor to pop-in every so often. Still, Clara was a nice change of pace. The reincarnation aspect of the character is interesting. Maybe we’ll find out she’s related to the Doctor.Heck, the Doctor’s grand-daughter goes all the back to the beginning of the series and we have no idea what happened to her; and the 50th anniversary is coming up…

    Comment by taliesin – December 26, 2012 01:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I can’t wait to see the first time River meets Oswin!

    Comment by Hope – December 26, 2012 01:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hopefully worth the new companion we can finally be done with river song. I loved Amy and Rory but river never sat right with me.

    Comment by Rochelle – December 26, 2012 02:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • @Britta Definitely should AT LEAST start with the Matt Smith episodes! That way you kind of get the backstory on the characters who appeared with the Doctor in this one :-) Welcome to Whoville(Sorry Doctor Seuss.)

    Comment by Daniel Eddington – December 26, 2012 02:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Absolutely Loved It ! :D

    Comment by Adam Bramble – December 26, 2012 02:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Loved it, still a bit confused (a good thing with Doctor Who, means there are answers to be found in future episodes :-D ) But the one thing referenced that i didnt get was the “Great Intelligence” stuff. Is that stuff pre-Eccleston? If so then that makes sense cause i havent seen those. If not, then i must have missed something or cant remember it. I have watched Eccleston-Matt Smith on Netflix a few times over and dont remember a “Intelligence”.
    Loved the new Companion and the mystery surrounding her. She is gorgeous and has a amazing personality and spark with the Doctor. Cant wait to see The Doctors Wife (River) meet her and give her 2 cents about her being all up on her Hubby.
    Not sure i LOVE the new Tardis insides…i wonder if its colder..more metal and structured and clinical because that’s how he has been feeling without the Ponds. Before so it was so open and magical and the bronze walls with the little windows.

    Comment by M3rc Nate – December 26, 2012 03:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • yeah the intelligence comes from the second doctor era i had to look it up after watching the episode

      Comment by Alan – December 26, 2012 03:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Finally an eppie from Smith’s era I wanted to re-watch. All it took is dumping the overexposed Amy for the spunky Clara. The revamped TARDIS and titles were also a big improvement. Now I can finally look forward to new eppies. If they could just stop with the snogging would be appreciated.

    Comment by Crochetowl – December 26, 2012 03:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I have a wild theory about Clara. what if she is a manifestation of one of the Six Guardians? After all, The Doctor is eventually going to become the Red Guardian.

    Comment by David – December 26, 2012 05:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • That’s not a bad guess David, I’d also point out that the Great Intelligence reminds me of another great episode where the unnamed creature was a mimic…. “Midnight.” Which leaves us with connections to the Second (Great Intelligence), Fifth (If the Guardians are involved), and Tenth doctor (Midnight). The Tardis looks like it did in the 80′s(Sixth and Seventh Doctors) . I’m sure I’m missing other indirect nods. But that’s five in the Christmas special alone. Did any of the doctors have London Underground stories?

    Comment by Max – December 26, 2012 06:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I didn’t even know about the Guardians until David’s and Max’ posts. Looked them up right away, and there could well be something to this speculation.

      Comment by rwfblog – December 27, 2012 08:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Loved this! You forgot the part about the souffles and the TARDIS key (or I just read way too fast) – my favorite scene. Blew my mind.

    Comment by Rachel – December 26, 2012 06:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I have to say, casting Jenna-Louise Coleman as Matt Smith’s companion might have been a stroke of genius. Those two are a banter match made in heaven.

    Comment by Sara – December 26, 2012 06:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Seriously, his name is not Doctor Who. His name is The Doctor.

    Comment by Emily C – December 26, 2012 07:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Calling the Doctor “Doctor Who” = automatically discredited

      Comment by Leah – December 27, 2012 12:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Except, in the classic series, the doctor was always in the credits as “Doctor Who.”

        (People who haven’t watched classic Who = automatically discredited)

        Comment by Sara – December 27, 2012 12:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • People also forget that Series 1 with Eccleston inexplicably listed him as “Doctor Who” in the end credits. You’d think RTD would’ve known better.

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          Comment by Jeff Jacques – December 27, 2012 04:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • I know, right? I can’t stand it when people make smarmy comments such as “oh he’s the DOCTOR, not Doctor Who.” Just watch the show! Is it really necessary to pick on the small nuances? No, it doesn’t make you smarter–it makes you immature.

            Comment by Sara – December 27, 2012 10:56 AM PDT  
        • That doesn’t mean it wasn’t a mistake. His name is very simply NOT “Doctor Who.” “Who” is not his last name. That’s ridiculous.

          Comment by Emily C – December 27, 2012 01:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Uh, nobody said “Who” is his last name. Who says he even has a last name? What’s ridiculous is you trying to imply that I said “Who” is his last name. Going by your logic and your original comment, “The” would be his first name (which is ridiculous).

            The whole point of my comment is that, for a good thirty plus years, people did refer to him as “Doctor Who.” He was credited as such and THE CREATORS referred to him as such. And what is wrong with people saying “Doctor Who” anyway? People who watch the show know who/what you’re talking about. It’s like making a big deal over calling a tiger “tiger” instead of “Panthera tigris.” All it does is annoy people.

            Comment by Sara – December 27, 2012 01:54 PM PDT  
          • Jeez, Sara, calm down. People discovering a wonderful show for the first time being subjected to a Classic Who superiority complex: that’s pretty annoying too.

            Comment by Claire – December 27, 2012 11:19 PM PDT  
          • Um, I don’t know if you noticed, but she’s not exactly a new viewer discovering the show for the first time if she’s already insisting that the Doctor should never be referred to as “Doctor Who.” And did you miss the part where I said, “Is it really necessary to pick on the small nuances?” I don’t care whether people call the Doctor “Doctor Who” or simply “The Doctor.” What I DO care about is when people attempt to criticize a well-written review (see original comment of “automatically discredited”) by acting as though they know more about the show than the writer, who is a long-established fan of the show. Michael has said many times that he started watching from the Tom Baker years; if new fans are going to insist on the naming of the Doctor, they should at least maintain respect for what is not a misnomer.

            Comment by Sara – December 28, 2012 12:44 AM PDT  
          • He doesn’t mind Doctor Who or The Doctor. Just don’t refer to him as “Doc”. ;P

            Comment by David – December 28, 2012 07:59 AM PDT  
        • And Sara, no one is here to JUST “watch the show!” You wouldn’t be here if that’s all you were doing.

          Comment by emilycohen1028 – December 27, 2012 01:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Oh really. My comment was a direct reference back to my former comment of watching classic Who, but hey, let’s go with your statement. What else am I going to do then, besides just watching the show? As much as people like to gripe about trivialities, they can’t do much more than watch the show. Unless they’re writers on the show. But if they were, I highly doubt they’d be wasting their time on comment boards.

            Comment by Sara – December 27, 2012 01:59 PM PDT  
  • Christmas special was just over the top awesome. Really enjoyed watching it!

    Comment by SanaA – December 26, 2012 08:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Loved it all. I love all the Doctors since the reboot with Christopher. Got hooked during the Tom Baker era. I got to say though that I will miss Amy & Rory, I believe I will really enjoy Clara with Matt. He does an awesome job!

    Comment by JAO – December 26, 2012 08:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Perhaps Clara is Jenny the Doctor’s Daughter who was told as she “died” “We had a lot of running to do”

    Comment by Ralph – December 27, 2012 03:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Jeez, I really hope Clara doesn’t have some convoluted connection to the Doctor, aside from the fact he already met her (sort of) as Oswin in the future. Her own existence can be convoluted all it wants, but if she ends up being his 3rd cousin half removed by way of genetic offspring or somesuch, I’ll be pretty upset. Remember when the companions were just random normal people who went on crazy adventures with the Doctor?

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      Comment by Jeff Jacques – December 27, 2012 05:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think the new companion is a gift to the doctor from the universe.

    Comment by Todd – December 27, 2012 06:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Amen! Word! Right on!

      Comment by rwfblog – December 27, 2012 08:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’m not discounting that either. After a 1,000 years of saving the Universe in a way does owe The Doctor so why not a companion who could be his equal more than any of his previous companions. Besides Matt and Jenna’s chemistry is so right. I have not seen that since Tom Baker and Lalla Ward’s partnership of the Fourth Doctor and Romana Two.

      Comment by me – February 4, 2013 12:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This will be a great season! JL Coleman is already close to my favorite companion. Back when Asylum of the Daleks first aired, did anyone know she was scheduled to be one?

    My speculation about her character: It will always be dual-natured.

    In Asylum, she wasn’t only a maker of souflees, but a Dalek as well. In Snowmen, she was both a barmaid and a governess. The first pairing was genius, and integral to the plot. But for the second, there was no reason plotwise to have the barmaid persona. *Unless* her being dual (or even multi-) natured will be an ongoing theme.

    I don’t believe she is the Doctor’s daughter. It doesn’t explain the Dalek connection. I think it will turn out weirder and more fantastic than any of us (except the dementedly brilliant Steven Moffat) can imagine.

    Comment by rwfblog – December 27, 2012 08:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yeah, she’d already been announced as the next companion. Her appearance in Asylum was kept a secret, because she was showing up so much earlier than expected. I do believe that JLC said, “Surprise!”

      Comment by Emily – December 27, 2012 11:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • A really good Christmas special IMHO.
    I liked the “pond” references (the obvious one, and the fact the doctor wears Amy’s glasses from the previous episode).
    As for Clara, I don’t want to speculate about her identity : I have some ideas but I don’t know enough about the classic era to have an explanation that could tie everything for the 50th birthday of the show (considering Clara was born November 23rd, day of the first Dr Who airing in 1963, I imagine there will be a connection).

    Comment by loui – December 28, 2012 12:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Clara, Rory and Jack can have a die off

    Comment by Addie – December 30, 2012 11:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hi, thanks for sharing

    Comment by maid service – April 9, 2013 09:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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