“Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol”
The “Doctor Who” Christmas special starring Matt Smith as the Doctor comes to DVD. While it's not exactly the time of year for a Christmas story, this is nonetheless a charming episode that mixes the Charles Dickens tale with the science-fiction zaniness of “Doctor Who.”
Matt Smith is the latest to play the Doctor, a time-traveling alien who is the last of his kind. He looks human, though he has a sonic screwdriver that can overcome nearly any technological impediment, and the TARDIS, a time-traveling ship that looks from the outside like a 1950s police call box. He often traverses time and space with companions to avoid being alone; as “Christmas Carol” begins, his latest companions have been married and are honeymooning aboard a space cruiser.
When their space cruiser runs into difficulties and may crash, the Doctor attempts to intervene. Michael Gambon plays Kazran Sardick, the “Scrooge” of this tale, an elderly man who controls the skies of his planet. With the Doctor's companion Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and her husband, Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill), trapped in the spaceship above, the Doctor needs Kazran to allow the ship to safely land. But Sardick refuses.