Blu-ray Review “Doctor Who: The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe”

doctorchristmas2012Actors: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Paul Kasey, Arthur Darvill, Nicholas Briggs
Directors: Farren Blackburn
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
Release Date: February 14, 2012
Run Time: 60 minutes

Special: 4 out of 5 stars
Extras: 3.5 out of 5 stars

If you are a fan of “Doctor Who”, then like myself you look forward to the holiday season each year for the “famous” Christmas specials. While some of the past Christmas specials were completely independent from the series, “The Doctor, The Widow, and The Wardrobe” fits itself into the timeline very well. This seems to be a trend now also with the recent special “The Snowmen”. The story is a nice homage to “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” and is easily one of my favorite specials. Currently this special is only available to purchase on a solo Blu-ray but I assume it will be included on the “The Complete Seventh Season” when it is released later this Fall. So if you can’t wait, this is a sure steal!

Official Premise 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…

The Blu-ray presentation for the episode is impressive as it always has been with BBC Home Entertainment. The 1080i transfer is quite clear and sharp. The DTS-HD High Resolution 5.1 surround audio track kicks some major ass and deliver for the special. It also packs a nice festive punch for the holidays. The special features are damn impressive, especially just for the one special. There is the short but sweet prequel to this special. There are also three featurettes with for “The Best of the Doctor”, “The Best of the Companions” and “The Best of the Monsters”. On top of the great extras, inside the Blu-ray there is a free in-game reward code for the online game “Doctor Who: Worlds in Time”.

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