Digital Spy

Search Digital Spy
8

Cult Blog

'Doctor Who' Christmas special 'The Snowmen' - Spoiler-free preview

By
Last night, the Week in Geek was lucky enough to get a sneak preview of this year's Doctor Who Christmas special - Steven Moffat's 'The Snowmen' marks a mini-revamp for the BBC sci-fi drama, with a new title sequence, a new version of the iconic theme tune and - of course - a new companion, in the form of Miss Jenna-Louise Coleman...

Read on for our preview of the fun-packed festivities that await you at 5.15pm on December 25 - and don't worry, no major spoilers lurk within. We wouldn't want to spoil the BBC's Christmas cheer...

> Week in Geek - Being Human: Why we're excited for Series Five
> Week in Geek - Elementary: Who should play Moriarty in the CBS drama?

A new face aboard the TARDIS...
Doctor Who Christmas Special: Jenna Louise Coleman

© BBC / Adrian Rogers


Jenna-Louise Coleman's not-quite-debut Who performance will of course be the main focus of the audience's attention come Christmas Day, so it's just as well she's brilliant here.

We've already seen one side of the talented 26-year-old actress when she played spirited Oswin Oswald in 'Asylum of the Daleks' and she shows her range again as new character Clara - there's more to this Victorian lady than meets the eye...

Coleman also has a clear and instant chemistry with Matt Smith, who continues to bring new and brilliant shades to his Doctor - 'The Snowmen' opens up with our Time Lord hero cast as a grumpy Scrooge figure, but later he displays wonderfully awkward attempts at laddishness and - as in 2010's 'A Christmas Carol' - shows that he's a hopeless romantic at heart(s).

A frosty reception...
Doctor Who 'The Snowmen': Close-up image of the snowmen

© BBC Pictures


The Doctor and Clara battle a most unusual threat in this hour-long special - while the premise of deadly snowmen could have come off as rather silly if mishandled, Doctor Who has always thrived on making the seemingly commonplace scary and these icy killers are in fact a rather menacing presence.

It helps that the snowmen are brought to vocal life by Ian McKellen, who delivers a suitably chilling performance - no pun intended. Richard E Grant is also great fun as chief human villain Dr Simeon, pulling his best dead-eyed scowl throughout - that said, the Withnail and I actor is perhaps a little underused in the episode's second half.

It's bigger on the inside...
'Doctor Who' new Tardis interior (BBC 'web res' spec)

© BBC Pictures / Adrian Rogers


As previously mentioned, 'The Snowmen' also introduces a new TARDIS - one that's been gradually revealed to fans through a series of drip-fed teaser images...

The moodily-lit interior is a great piece of design work by Michael Pickwoad - more dynamic and less cluttered than previous sets. It's also more reminiscent of the classic series TARDIS than the last two post-2005 models.

But is it any good?
Doctor Who - 'The Snowmen': Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman as Clara

© BBC / Adrian Rogers


Of course, the real question everyone wants answered is... is it worth plonking yourself in front of the telly for an hour on Christmas Day to watch 'The Snowmen'? Well, the short answer is yes - Moffat's third festive-themed effort is part chilly thriller, part fun caper.

The early scenes are surprisingly dark in tone, but as the Doctor meets Clara and finds his spirit of adventure once more, the episode mirrors his journey and becomes more of a romp.

It's jolly and jokey in parts as any good Christmas special should be, and unlike last year's "Humany-Wumany" misstep, packs in plenty of emotion without straying into over-the-top, saccharine territory.

As 'The Snowmen' hurtles towards its climax, we take another dark twist, which leads to an intriguing and emotional coda, and the final sequence is packed with surprises - setting up the eight episodes that will follow in 2013 wonderfully.

Doctor Who is about to begin all over again and we'd definitely recommend that you tune into BBC One in eight days' time to find out what's in store.

> Matt Smith teases Christmas Doctor Who: 'We have killer snow'
> Doctor Who to get revamped theme music, title sequence at Christmas

Watch a trailer for the Doctor Who Christmas special below:



Are you excited for 'The Snowmen'? Did our preview whet your appetite? Let us know below!

You May Like

Comments

Loading...