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Doctor Who: The Doctor, The Widow, and The Wardrobe

After the death of her husband, a bomber pilot, Madge Arwell and her two children, Lily and Cyril, evacuate to their uncle's home in Dorset. However, they discover that the caretaker is a strange individual in a jacket and bow tie. He has a present for them, a box that leads to a miraculous world. However, when Cyril goes through before Christmas morning, he finds himself in danger and the Doctor, Lily, and Madge go through to rescue him.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 6x0
Airdate: Sunday December 25th, 2011
Special Airtime: 07:00 pm

Alternate Airdates:

US (BBC America) Dec 25, 2011

Guest Stars
Alexander ArmstrongAlexander Armstrong
As Reg Arwell
Spencer WildingSpencer Wilding
As Wooden King
Paul KaseyPaul Kasey
As Wooden King
Claire SkinnerClaire Skinner
As Madge Arwell
Maurice ColeMaurice Cole
As Cyril Arwell
Holly EarlHolly Earl
As Lily Arwell
Sam StockmanSam Stockman
As Co-Pilot
Paul BazelyPaul Bazely
As Ven-Garr
Arabella WeirArabella Weir
As Billis
Main Cast
Matt Smith (3)Matt Smith (3)
As The Eleventh Doctor
Karen GillanKaren Gillan
As Amy Pond
Arthur DarvillArthur Darvill
As Rory Williams


The Doctor has successful triggered an explosion aboard an alien battleship approaching Earth. However, he has no way off the ship. Running through the corridors, the Doctor gets to the airlock and spots a spaceship. Another blast takes off part of the ship and the vacuum finally pulls him and the spacesuit out of the ship and down toward Earth. As he falls, the Doctor tries to grab the suit...

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Episode Quotes
The Doctor: I can't see! I'm blind!
Madge Arwell: Oh, no, love, no. I think you've just got your helmet on backwards. How did you manage that?
The Doctor: I got dressed in a hurry.

The Doctor: I just need to find the, uh... the key.
Madge Arwell: Ooh, do you want me to do it with a pin? I'm good with a pin.
The Doctor: Multidimensional, triple-encoded temporal interface. Not really susceptible to pointy things.
Madge Arwell: Got it.
The Doctor: Okay. Suddenly, the last 900 years of time travel seem a bit less secure.

The Doctor: Right, then. May I take your cases?
Madge Arwell: Thank you.
Lily Arwell: Thank you.
Cyril Arwell: Thank you.
The Doctor: Lovely. Would you mind carrying them for me? I need to show you around.

Madge Arwell: Are you the new caretaker?
The Doctor: Usually called "The Doctor." Or "The Caretaker." Or "get off this planet." Though, strictly speaking, that probably isn't a name.

The Doctor: Mum's bedroom. Grown-up. Your basic boring. Lily and Cyril's room. I'm going to be honest--masterpiece! The ultimate bedroom. Sciency wiency workbench, a jungle, a maze, a window disguised as a mirror, a mirror disguised as a window, a selection of torches for midnight feasts and secret reading, zen garden, mysterious cupboard zone of tranquility, rubber wall, dream tank, exact model of the rest of the house--not quite to scale, apologizes--dolls with comical expressions .The Magna Carta, a football, Cluedo!, a yellow ball.
Cyril Arwell: Where are the beds?
The Doctor: Well, I couldn't fit everything in. There had to be sacrifices. Anyway, who needs beds when you've got... hammocks! I know.
Cyril Arwell: How do you get on?
The Doctor: Watch and learn, kid. (throws himself in, misses)
Madge Arwell: For god's sake.
The Doctor: That hammock has developed a fault.

Madge Arwell: I don't know why I keep shouting at them.
The Doctor: Because every time you see them happy, you remember how sad they're going to be. And it breaks your heart. Because what's the point in them being happy now if they're going to be sad later? The answer is, of course, because they are going to be sad later.

Lily Arwell: Well, what are you doing?
The Doctor: Rewiring.
Lily Arwell: Why would you rewire a wardrobe?
The Doctor: Have you seen the way I dress?

Ven-Garr: Sorry, sir, she's wearing wool, sir. Natural fabrics, they interfere with...
Droxil: Please say we can tell the difference between wool and sidearms.
Ven-Garr: We can tell the difference, sir.
Droxil: Can we?
Ven-Garr: Not always, sir, no.

Billis: Sir, I think she's a time traveler.
Droxil: And we're sure it's not her cardigan?

Droxil: Ma'am, please stop crying. I can't interrogate you while you're crying. This is a military engagement! There's no crying in military engagements!

Billis: Um, sir, uh, with regret. I'm going to have to lower my gun.
Droxil: Why?
Billis: She is a crying, unarmed, female civilian. I'm thinking of the visual.
Droxil: Nobody's looking.
Billis: Doesn't mean there's no visual.
Droxil: That's exactly what "nobody's looking" means. It means there's no visual!

The Doctor: Happy crying. Humany wumany.

Reg Arwell: What the hell was that?
Madge Arwell: Just the caretaker returning to the Time Vortex. It's a lovely place. I've been there myself. Shall we go downstairs?

Amy: So, you’re not dead.
The Doctor: And a Happy New Year!

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerRussell T. Davies  |  Caroline Skinner  |  Piers Wenger
ProducerMarcus Wilson
Associate ProducerDenise Paul
Production DesignerMichael Pickwoad
EditorTim Porter
Line ProducerDiana Barton (2)
First Assistant DirectorMatthew Scrivener
Second Assistant DirectorJames Dahaviland
MusicMurray Gold
Costume DesignerEdward K. Gibbon
Make-upVivienne Simpson
GripGary Norman
Camera OperatorJoe Russell
Set DecoratorAdrian Anscombe
Location ManagerIwan Roberts
Property MasterBernie Davies
Production AssistantSandra Cosfeld
Script SupervisorCaroline Holder
Production CoordinatorClaire Hildred
Assistant EditorBecky Trotman
Post Production SupervisorNerys Davies
GafferMark Hutchings
On-Line EditorMark Bright (2)  |  Matt Mullins (2)  |  Jeremy Lott
Director of PhotographyStephan Pehrsson
StuntsWilliam Willoughby  |  Tracey Caudle
Stunt CoordinatorGordon Seed  |  Crispin Layfield
Art DirectorKarl Probert
Post Production CoordinatorMarie Brown (2)
Production ManagementPhillipa Cole
Dubbing MixerTim Ricketts
Sound RecordistRobert Flanagan
Third Assistant DirectorHeddi Joy Taylor
Costume SupervisorRebecca Duncan
Boom OperatorPaul Naughton
Main Title ThemeRon Grainer
Production AccountantRichard McNeill  |  Rhys Evans
Camera AssistantBecky Pesco  |  Owain Thatcher  |  Tom Hartley
Best BoySteve Slocombe
Casting AssociateAlice Purser
Assistant DirectorDanielle Richards
Production ExecutiveJulie Scott (2)
Graphic DesignerChristina Tom
Unit ManagerRhys Griffiths
Foley EditorJamie Talbutt
ColoristMick Vincent
ConductorBen Foster (3)
Focus PullerJon Vidgen  |  Simon Walton
Assistant Art DirectorDan Martin (2)
Casting DirectorAndy Pryor
Makeup ArtistJulie Davies (2)
Dialogue EditorDarran Clement
Standby Art DirectorSophia Stapleton
Standby PropsHelen Atherton  |  Phill Shellard
Art Department Production ManagerBen Morris (4)
Sound Special Effects EditorPaul Jefferies
Make-up DesignerBarbara Southcott
VFX EditorJoel Skinner
Costume AssistantLloyd Middleton  |  Claire Polydorou  |  Gemma Evans
Script ExecutiveCaroline Henry
Location AssistantBeccy Jones
Props BuyerLizzie Wilson
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