Despite the presence of naturally occurring Christmas trees, a self-spinning Christmas tree, a bona fide Christmas miracle and a big blue box that isn’t the TARDIS but still transports people to a distant planet in the far future, the 2011 DOCTOR WHO Christmas special really didn’t feel all that…Christmas-y to me. Not that I minded; I still enjoyed “The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe” immensely. The Doctor wanted this to be “the best Christmas ever,” but that title still resides with last year’s “A Christmas Carol.”
Set in the English countryside in 1941, TDTWATW saw the Doctor (Matt Smith) posing as the eccentric caretaker of a manor to be occupied by Madge Arwell (Claire Skinner) and her children, Lily (Holly Earl) and Cyril (Maurice Cole), who are avoiding . Madge has been resisting telling the children that their father, Reg, was lost flying a mission over the Channel, for fear of ruining the holiday for her children forever.