This year’s Christmas special, written by Steven Moffat, takes place during World War II, as Madge Arwell and her two children, Lily and Cyril, evacuate to the house of their relative. At the front door, they are met by the Doctor, who introduces himself as a Caretaker. Just before Christmas, Madge receives news of her husband’s death but she doesn’t want to tell the children yet. On the first night of their stay at the house, Cyril’s curiosity gets the better of him and he opens a big box lying near the Christmas tree, which turns out to be a portal into a forest covered with snow. That’s where things start to get dangerous.
It’s always great to have new Doctor Who, and this year’s Christmas special combines everything from suspense and action to truly heart-warming moments. I was especially impressed with Claire Skinner’s portrayal of Madge – she brought great depth to her character and ended up saving the day. The ending, especially, was very touching, as Arwell family reunited and Doctor went to visit Amy and Rory on Christmas day. Overall, it was a very enjoyable, sometimes funny and sometimes bittersweet, Christmas special.