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Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol

When the passenger spaceship liner that Amy and Rory are aboard for their honeymoon plummets toward an alien planet, the Doctor is unable to rescue them or the other 4,001 passengers and crew. To save the ship, the Doctor must convince Kazran Sardick, a ruthless businessman, to use his control of the planet's cloud banks to allow the ship to land. When Kazran refuses, the Doctor sets out to change the old man's past and make him a nicer person... but his attempt backfires.


Episode Info


Episode number: 5x0
Airdate: Saturday December 25th, 2010
Special Airtime: 06:00 pm
Special Runtime: 61 Minutes

Director: Toby Haynes
Writer: Steven Moffat

Alternate Airdates:

Ireland Dec 25, 2010
US (BBC America) Dec 25, 2010

  • Currently 8.1/10
8.1/10 (13 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Michael GambonMichael Gambon
As Kazran / Eliot Sardick
Katherine JenkinsKatherine Jenkins
As Abigail (Abigail Pettigrew)
Laurence BelcherLaurence Belcher
As Young Kazran
Danny HornDanny Horn
As Adult Kazran
Leo BillLeo Bill
As Pilot
Pooky QuesnelPooky Quesnel
As Captain
Micah BalfourMicah Balfour
As Co-Pilot
Stephen NorthStephen North
As Old Benjamin (as Steve North)
Bailey PepperBailey Pepper
As Boy & Benjamin
Tim PlesterTim Plester
As Servant
Laura RogersLaura Rogers
As Isabella
Meg Wynn OwenMeg Wynn Owen
As Old Isabella
Main Cast
Matt Smith (3)Matt Smith (3)
As The Eleventh Doctor
Karen GillanKaren Gillan
As Amy Pond
Arthur DarvillArthur Darvill
As Rory Williams

Recap

Above a cloud-covered world, a passenger spaceship falls out of orbit and plummets toward the surface. The captain detects a distress signal coming from the honeymoon suite, and tries to determine who it is. Amy and Rory enter the bridge, and Amy informs the captain that she’s sent a signal to a friend who can help. A small shuttle-sized capsule approaches the spaceship and they realize that it’s the Doctor...

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Episode Notes
Sir Michael Gambon is only the second knighted actor to act in the series. The first was Sir Derek Jacobi, who starred in a David Tennant story.

Arthur Darvill is listed in the opening credits for the first time, third after Karen Gillan.



Episode Quotes
Kazran Sardick: On every world wherever people are, in the deepest part of the winter, at the exact midpoint, everybody stops and turns and hugs. As if to say, "Well done! Well done, everyone! We're halfway out of the dark." Back on Earth, we call this Christmas, or the Winter Solstice. On this world, the first settlers called it the Crystal Feast. You know what I call it? I call it expecting something for nothing!

The Doctor: Ah. Yes. Blimey. Sorry. Christmas Eve on a rooftop, saw a chimney, my whole brain went, "What the hell?" Don't worry, fat fellow will be doing the rounds later. I'm just scoping out the general chimneyness. Nice size, good traction. Bit tick.
Eric: Fat fella?
The Doctor: Father Christmas. Santa Claus. Or, as I've always known him, "Jeff."
Boy: There's no such person as Father Christmas.
The Doctor: Oh, yeah? (whips out a photo) Me and Father Christmas, Frank Sinatra's hunting lodge, 1952. See him at the back with the blonde? Albert Einstein, the three of us together. Rrrmm. Watch out. Okay? Keep the faith.

The Doctor: Ooh, now what's this then? I love this. A big flashy lighty thing. That's what brought me here. Big flashy lighty things have got me written all over them. Well, actually, give me time, and a crayon.

The Doctor: Who's she?
Kazran Sardick: Nobody important.
The Doctor: Nobody important? Blimey, that's amazing. Do you know, in 900 years of time and space, I've never met anyone who wasn't important before.

The Doctor: Tamed the sky. what does that mean?
Kazran Sardick: It means I'm Kazran Sardick. How can he possibly not know who I am?
The Doctor: Well, just easily bored, I suppose.

Kazran Sardick: Whoa, look at you, you're tough now.
The Doctor: There are four thousand and three people I won't allow to die tonight. Do you know where that puts you?
Kazran Sardick: Where?
The Doctor: Four thousand and four.
Kazran Sardick: Was that a sort of threaty thing?
The Doctor: Whatever happens tonight, remember... you brought it on yourself.

Amy: Have you got a plan yet?
The Doctor: Yes, I do.
Amy: Are you lying?
The Doctor: Yes, I am.
Amy: Don't treat me like an idiot.
Rory Williams: Is he lying?
Amy: No, no.

The Doctor: Okay, the good news. I've tracked the machine that accesses the cloud belt. I can use it to clear your flight corridor and you can land, easily.
Amy: Hey, hey, that's good news.
The Doctor: But I can't control the machine.
Amy: That's great.
The Doctor: But I met a man who can.
Amy: Ah, well, there you go?
The Doctor: And he hates me.
Amy: Were you being extra charming and clever?
The Doctor: Yeah, how did you know?
Amy: Lucky guess.

The Doctor: Oh, I won't bother calling your servants. They quit. Apparently they won the lottery at exactly the same time. Which is a bit lucky when you think about it.
Kazran Sardick: There isn't a lottery!
The Doctor: As I say, lucky.

Kazran Sardick: Who are you?
The Doctor: Tonight... I'm the Ghost of Christmas Past.

Young Kazran: Who are you?
The Doctor: Hi! I'm the Doctor. I'm your new babysitter.
Young Kazran: Where's Mrs. Montebuoni?
The Doctor: Ahh, you'll never guess. Clever old Mrs. Montebuoni. She only went and won the lottery.
Kazran Sardick: There isn't any lottery!
Young Kazran: There isn't any lottery.
The Doctor: I know! What a woman!
Young Kazran: If you're my babysitter, why are you climbing in the window?
The Doctor: Because if I was climbing out the window, I'd be going in the wrong direction. Pay attention.

The Doctor: Cupboard! Big cupboard! I love a cupboard! Do you know, there's a thing called a face spider. It's just like a tiny baby's head with spider's legs. And it specifically evolved to scuttle up the backs of bedroom cupboards. Which... I probably shouldn't have mentioned.

Young Kazran: Are you really a babysitter?
The Doctor: I think you'll find I'm universally recognized as a mature and responsible adult. (flashes his psychic paper)
Young Kazran: It's just a lot of wavy lines.
The Doctor: Yeah, shorted out. Finally a lie too big. Okay, no, not really a babysitter. But it's Christmas Eve. you don't want a real one. You want me.
Young Kazran: Why? What's so special about you?
The Doctor: Have you ever seen Mary Poppins?
Young Kazran: No.
The Doctor: Good. Because that comparison would have been rubbish.

The Doctor: You want to see one fish? We can do that, we can see a fish.
Young Kazran: But aren't you going to tell me it's dangerous?
The Doctor: Dangerous? Come on, we're boys. And you know what boys say in the face of danger.
Young Kazran: What?
The Doctor: "Mummy!"

Adult Kazran: Abigail's crying.
The Doctor: Yes.
Adult Kazran: When girls are crying, are you supposed to talk to them?
The Doctor: I have absolutely no idea.

Adult Kazran: I've never kissed anyone before. What do I do?
The Doctor: Well, try and be all nervous and rubbishy and a bit shaky.
Adult Kazran: Why?
The Doctor: Because you're going to be like that anyway, you might as well make it part of the plan. Then it'll feel on purpose. Off you go, then.
Adult Kazran: Now? I kiss her now?
The Doctor: Kazran, trust me. it's this or go to a room and design a new kind of screwdriver. Don't make my mistakes.

Captain: Sir, I understand you have a machine that controls this cloud layer. If you can release us from it, we still have time to make a landing. Nobody has to die.
Kazran Sardick: Everybody has to die.
Amy: Not tonight.
Kazran Sardick: Tonight's as good as any other night. How do you choose?

Rory Williams: Uh, got anymore honeymoon ideas?
The Doctor: Well, there's a moon that's made of actual honey. Well, not actual honey, and it's not actually a moon. And technically, it's alive and a bit carnivorous. But there are some lovely views.
Rory Williams: Yeah. Great. Thanks.

Amy: It'll be their last day together, won't it?
The Doctor: Everything's got to end sometime. Otherwise nothing would ever get started.



Episode References
During one of the Christmas Eves, the Doctor and Young Kazran don long scarves like those worn by the Doctor's fourth incarnation.




Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerBeth Willis  |  Steven Moffat  |  Piers Wenger
ProducerSanne Wohlenberg
Production DesignerMichael Pickwoad
EditorAdam Recht
CastingAndy Pryor
First Assistant DirectorMick Pantaleo
Second Assistant DirectorJames Dahaviland
MusicMurray Gold
Costume DesignerBarbara Kidd
Make-upAlison Sing  |  Vivienne Simpson
Camera OperatorRob Arrowsmith
Set DecoratorJulian Luxton
Location ManagerIwan Roberts
Property MasterPaul Aitken (2)
Production AssistantCharlie Coombes
Script SupervisorPhillip Trow
Production CoordinatorClaire Hildred
Assistant EditorBecky Trotman
Post Production SupervisorNerys Davies
GafferMark Hutchings
On-Line EditorMark Bright (2)
Director of PhotographyStephan Pehrsson
StuntsGordon Seed
Stunt CoordinatorCrispin Layfield
Production SecretaryScott Handcock
Storyboard ArtistRod Knipping
Art DirectorStephen Nicholas
Assistant Production CoordinatorHelen Blyth
Post Production CoordinatorMarie Brown (2)
Production ManagementSteff Morris
Dubbing MixerTim Ricketts
Sound RecordistBryn Thomas
Third Assistant DirectorHeddi Joy Taylor
Costume SupervisorBobbie Peach
Boom OperatorLaura Coates
Main Title ThemeRon Grainer
Production AccountantDyfed Thomas (2)  |  Rhys Evans
Sound SupervisorPaul McFadden
Camera AssistantSvetlana Miko  |  Simon Ridge
Best BoyPeter Chester
Casting AssociateAlice Purser
Visual Effects ProducerBeewan Athwal
Assistant DirectorJanine H. Jones  |  Michael Curtis (2)
Production ExecutiveJulie Scott (2)
Graphic DesignerChristina Tom
Unit ManagerRhys Griffiths
Foley EditorJamie Talbutt
ColoristMick Vincent
Assistant Costume DesignerSamantha Keeble
ConductorBen Foster (3)
Focus PullerSteve Rees  |  Simon Walton
Visual Effects ArtistCraig Higgins
Concept ArtistShaun Williams
Production BuyerBen Morris (4)
Standby Art DirectorCiaran Thompson
Construction ManagerMatthew Hywel-Davies
Standby PropsSilas Williams  |  Katherine Archer (2)
Sound Special Effects EditorPaul Jefferies
Make-up DesignerBarbara Southcott
VFX EditorCat Gregory
Make-up SupervisorPam Mullins
Costume AssistantYasemin Kascioglu  |  Jason Gill (2)
Script ExecutiveLindsey Alford
Props BuyerAdrian Anscombe
Sound MaintenanceDafydd Parry
 
Warning: Doctor Who season 5 episode 0 guide may contain spoilers
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