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Doctor Who: The Snowmen

Morose after the deaths of Amy and Rory, the Doctor isolates himself from the world, having decided the universe no longer needs him. However, when a young girl, Clara, is threatened by animate snowmen, the Doctor becomes involved despite himself and soon finds himself fighting an old enemy at the dawn of its creation.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 7x0
Airdate: Tuesday December 25th, 2012
Special Airtime: 05:15 pm
Special Runtime: 60 Minutes

Director: Saul Metzstein
Writer: Steven Moffat

Alternate Airdates:

US (BBC America) Dec 25, 2012
AU (ABC) Dec 26, 2012

Guest Stars
Richard E. GrantRichard E. Grant
As Dr Simeon (Walter Simeon)
Catrin StewartCatrin Stewart
As Jenny
Neve McIntoshNeve McIntosh
As Madame Vastra
Dan StarkeyDan Starkey
As Strax
Tom WardTom Ward
As Captain Latimer
Ellie Darcey-AldenEllie Darcey-Alden
As Francesca
Liz WhiteLiz White
As Alice
Jim Conway (2)Jim Conway (2)
As Uncle Josh
Annabelle DowlerAnnabelle Dowler
As Walter's Mother
Ben AddisBen Addis
As Bob Chilcott
Sophie Miller-SheenSophie Miller-Sheen
As Clara's Friend
Daniel HydeDaniel Hyde
As Lead Workman
Ian McKellenIan McKellen
voiced Great Intelligence
Juliet CadzowJuliet Cadzow
voiced Ice Governess
Main Cast
Jenna-Louise ColemanJenna-Louise Coleman
As Clara Oswald
Matt Smith (3)Matt Smith (3)
As The Eleventh Doctor


England 1842..

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Episode Notes
Richard E. Grant had previously appeared in a Comic Relief version of Doctor Who in 1999, in this special he played one of five Doctors who appeared, the others were; Hugh Grant, Jim Broadbent, Rowan Atkinson, and Joanna Lumley.

Episode Quotes
Madame Vastra: Was she nice?
The Doctor: I just spoke to her.
Madame Vastra: And made your usual impact, no doubt.
The Doctor: No, no impact at all. Those days are over.
Madame Vastra: You can't help yourself. It's the same story every time and it always begins with the same two words.
The Doctor: She'll never be able to find me again. She doesn't even have the name. "Doctor." What two words?
Clara: Doctor? Doctor who?

The Doctor: When you find something brand-new in the world, something you've never seen before, what's the next thing you look for?
Strax: A grenade!
The Doctor: A profit. That's Victorian values for you.
Strax: I suggest a full-frontal assault with automated laser-monkeys, scuttle mines, and acid.
The Doctor: Why?
Strax: Couldn't we at least investigate?

The Doctor: I've had a thousand years of saving the universe, Strax. You know the one thing I've learned? The universe doesn't care.

The Doctor: Sontaran. Clone warrior race, factory produced, whole legions at a time. Two genders is a bit further than he can count.
Strax: Sir, do not discuss my reproductive cycle in front of enemy girls. It's embarrassing.
The Doctor: Typical middle child of six million.

The Doctor: Clara who?
Clara: Doctor who?
The Doctor: Oh, dangerous question.
Clara: What's wrong with dangerous?

Great Intelligence: Tomorrow the snow will fall and so will mankind.

Strax: Do not attempt to escape or you will be obliterated. May I take your coat?

The Doctor: Nice office. Big globey thing. Now, don't tell me. I see from your collar, sir, you have an apple tree and a wife with a limp. Am I right?
Dr Simeon: No.
The Doctor: Do you have a wife?
Dr Simeon: No.
The Doctor: Bit of a tree? Bit of a wife? Some apples? Come on, work with me here.

The Doctor: Talking snow. I love new things.
Great Intelligence: You are not of this world.
The Doctor: It takes one to snow one.

The Doctor: What are you doing here?
Strax: Madame Vastra wondered if you were needing any grenades.
The Doctor: Grenades?
Strax: She might have said "help."

The Doctor: Don't be clever, Strax. It doesn't suit you.
Strax: Sorry, sir.
The Doctor: I'm the clever one. You're the potato one.
Strax: Yes, sir.
The Doctor: Now go away.
Strax: Yes... Mr. Holmes.
The Doctor: Oy. Shut up! You're not clever or funny. And you got tiny little legs.

Strax: It's the human male from the Institute. What's he doing here? Suggest we melt his brain using projectile acid weapons and then interrogate him. (Vastra and Jenny stare) Other way around.

Francesca: Is it one of your stories? Your definitely true ones?
Clara: Ha. All my stories are true.
Digby: Like how you were born behind the face of Big Ben.
Clara: Accounting for my acute sense of time.
Francesca: And you invented fish.
Clara: Because I dislike swimming alone.

Strax: Sir, please do not noogie me during combat prep.

The Doctor: Oy, I told you to stay in here.
Clara: Oh. I didn't listen.
The Doctor: You do that a lot.
Clara: So you like me.
The Doctor: Who said I like you? (Clara kisses him)
Clara: I think you just did.
The Doctor: You kissed me.
Clara: You blushed.
The Doctor: I... when... shut up!

Clara: After you.
The Doctor: After you.
Clara: After you. I'm wearing a dress. Eyes front, soldier.
The Doctor: My eyes are always front. (starts climbing)
Clara: Mine aren't.
The Doctor: Stop it.
Clara: No.

Clara: Look at this.
The Doctor: Go on, say it. Most people do.
Clara: It's smaller on the outside.
The Doctor: Okay. That is a first.

Cultural References
The Doctor: You're the clever one, you're Moriarty.

James Moriarty, the "Napoleon of Crime," is the nemesis of Sherlock Holmes, first appearing in "The Adventure of the Final Problem" (1893) where he and Holmes apparently kill each other in a final battle. He subsequently appears in The Valley of Fear (1915), set chronologically before "Final Problem."

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerCaroline Skinner  |  Steven Moffat
ProducerMarcus Wilson
EditorWill Oswald
Line ProducerDes Hughes
First Assistant DirectorNick Brown (4)
Second Assistant DirectorHeddi Joy Taylor
MusicMurray Gold
Costume DesignerHoward Burden
Make-upElin Rhiannon  |  Vivienne Simpson  |  Katie Lee (2)
GripGary Norman
Camera OperatorJoe Russell
Set DecoratorJoelle Rumbelow
Location ManagerIwan Roberts
Property MasterPaul Smith (2)
Production AssistantRachel Vipond  |  Samantha Price
Script SupervisorSteve Walker (2)
Production CoordinatorClaire Hildred
Assistant EditorBecky Trotman
Post Production SupervisorNerys Davies
GafferMark Hutchings
On-Line EditorGeraint Pari Huws
Director of PhotographyStephan Pehrsson
StuntsAnnabel Canaven
Stunt CoordinatorCrispin Layfield  |  Gordon Seed
Production SecretarySandra Cosfeld
Storyboard ArtistAndrew Wildman
Art DirectorAmy Pickwoad
Assistant Production CoordinatorGabriella Ricci
Production ManagementPhillipa Cole
Dubbing MixerTim Ricketts
Sound RecordistDeian Llyr Humphreys
Third Assistant DirectorDelmi Thomas
Costume SupervisorCarly Griffith
Art Department CoordinatorDonna Shakesheff
Main Title ThemeRon Grainer
Production AccountantJeff Dunn  |  Rhys Evans
Set DresserJayne Davies  |  Austin J. Curtis
Camera AssistantEvelina Norgren  |  Meg De Koning
Best BoySteve Slocombe
Casting AssociateAlice Purser
Assistant DirectorGareth Jones  |  Danielle Richards
Production ExecutiveJulie Scott (2)
Graphic DesignerChris J. Lees
Unit ManagerMonty Till
Foley EditorJamie Talbutt
ColoristMick Vincent
Assistant Costume DesignerFraser Purfit
ConductorBen Foster (3)
Focus PullerJulius Ogden  |  James Scott (2)
Additional EditorMatt Cannings
Assistant Art DirectorRichard Hardy
Casting DirectorAndy Pryor
Sound Effects EditorPaul Jefferies
Graphic ArtistChristina Tom
Dialogue EditorDarran Clement
Production BuyerAdrian Greenwood  |  Holly Thurman
Supervising Art DirectorPaul Spriggs
Standby Art DirectorNandie Narishkin
Construction ManagerTerry Horle
Standby PropsRob Brandon  |  Helen Atherton
Scenic ArtistJohn Pinkerton
Sound Special Effects EditorPaul Jefferies
Make-up DesignerBarbara Southcott
VFX EditorJoel Skinner
Script ProducerDenise Paul
Costume AssistantGemma Evans  |  Katarina Capellazzi  |  Florence Chow
Assistant Script EditorJohn Phillips (6)
ADR EditorMatthew Cox
Location AssistantIestyn Hampson-Jones
Dressing PropsMike Elkins  |  Paul Barnett  |  Jamie Farrell
Sound Maintenance EngineerChris Goding  |  Ross Adams
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