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The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe is the seventh Christmas special since the show’s revival in 2005. The episode will feature Claire Skinner, Bill Bailey, Arabella Weir and Alexander Armstrong.
The story is partly inspired by The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. The Doctor, The Widow And the Wardrobe was shown at 7:00pm on Christmas Day on BBC1/BBC1HD on the 25th December 2011.



The story is set during World War II and is about a family of Blitz refugees, Madge Arwell and her two children, Lily and Cyril, who have to relocate to Dorset, where they meet the Doctor.


It’s Christmas Eve, 1938, when Madge Arwell comes to the aid of an injured Spaceman Angel as she cycles home, in this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special. 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…


Matt Smith as the Doctor
Madge Arwell as Claire Skinner
Bill Bailey as Droxil
Arabella Weir as Billis
Alexander Armstrong as Reg Arwell
Maurice Cole as Cyril Arwell
Holly Earl as Lily Arwell
Paul Bazely as Ven-Garr

Writer Steven Moffat

Director Farren Blackburn

Executive producers:  Steven Moffat, Piers Wenger, Caroline Skinner
Length 60 min


A sneak preview was aired on 18 November 2011 for BBC Children in Need. The BBC announced in September 2011 that production had started for the special and filming was due to be complete by mid October 2011. However, filming was disrupted on 30 September due to a 24-hour protest at BBC Wales
because of compulsory redundancies.

The Dvd release date is not known yet.

Below is the previous Christmas Special.

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* The previous Doctor Who episode to "The Doctor, The Widow & The Wardrobe" was "The Wedding of River Song" and the next episode will be in Series 7.

* Happy Anniversary!
Doctor Who is 48 years old in 2011! On 23 November, 1963, BBC ONE broadcast a spooky and exciting episode entitled An Unearthly Child. It began with two inquisitive school teachers following a student to her home, only to find she apparently lives in a junk yard which contains what looks like a police call box. Believing their student is inside the incongruous blue box, they ignore the protests of a mysterious old man known as the Doctor, and force their way in... The teachers are stunned to discover it's a craft that's bigger on the inside! A struggle ensues and the ship somehow 'takes off', flinging its occupants back in time... And so began a series of adventures that continues to enchant and enthral
audiences around the world.

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