After the first half of Season 7 aired with the departure of Amy Pond and Rory Williams, Doctor Who returned for its Christmas Special with the official introduction of Jenna-Louise Coleman as the new companion – Cara.
The episode opens with a nice new title sequence (with a spot of Matt Smith’s face in it) and reconfigured music, to prepare for this year’s 50th Anniversary. We see a Doctor that still carries the painful memories of The Angels Take Manhattan and Clara almost steps into the shoes of the Doctor for the episode – she isn’t surprised by what she finds something we don’t see in new companions. She leads the Doctor out of his sadness and into the mystery that unfolds over the hour regarding the snow. She also leads a double life, adding to her character’s mystery. By the time the Doctor has allowed himself to let her in, she is cruelly taking away and you can see the hurt returning as he loses yet another person who he has let in. By the end of the episode however, he has figured out that Clara is in fact the same girl from Asylum of the Daleks (thanks to a few carefully placed lines from Moffat). The special ends with a tantalising teaser of what’s to come for the rest of Season 7, which should air around March/April of 2013.
This Christmas Special was certainly a cracker under the tree – I’ve always thought the Christmas Specials have never been as good since the Christmas Invasion (maybe because that’s when my true love affair with David Tennant started?) However, this year’s had me hooked from the beginning thanks to a few choice gems thrown in: first off Richard E. Grant was deliciously creepy and it is such a shame we can’t see more of him. But it looks the true baddie of the episode the Great Intelligence will be back (and hopefully we’ll get Ian McKellon’s iconic booming voice back!) It is also fair to say that a new spin off could be well on the way thanks to the epic comedy and partnership of Madame Vastra, Jenny and Strax. Matt Smith is still on form, but it truly is Jenna that steals this episode. She’s just as incredible as she was in the opening of Season 7 – she’s charming, inquisitive, funny and not afraid to stand up to the Doctor. I cannot wait to watch her every week, and I think she will be a companion to remember.
With this year bringing the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who, the latter half of this series will lead to some interesting questions and storylines for the Anniversary special in November. Possible storylines are already being speculated on, but Moffat and the Who team are keeping things very tight. With the possibility of previous Doctor’s and companions returning, and what monsters/villains will come out of the woodwork, I am very intrigued as to the next instalment of Doctor Who.
Clara: (about the TARDIS) It’s smaller on the outside (Doctor Who)