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London, 1892. Snow is trying to evolve, feeding off of the nightmares of a little girl. But the Doctor has given up on saving the world. It is up to a young governess named Clara to convince him, with just one word, to save the day.


Saul Metzstein


Steven Moffat




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Smith ... The Doctor
Jenna Coleman ... Clara (as Jenna-Louise Coleman)
Tom Ward ... Captain Latimer
Richard E. Grant ... Dr. Simeon
Catrin Stewart ... Jenny
Neve McIntosh ... Madame Vastra
Dan Starkey ... Strax
Joseph Darcey-Alden Joseph Darcey-Alden ... Digby
Ellie Darcey-Alden ... Francesca
Liz White ... Alice
Jim Conway ... Uncle Josh
Cameron Strefford Cameron Strefford ... Walter
Annabelle Dowler ... Walter's Mother
Ben Addis Ben Addis ... Bob Chilcott
Sophie Miller-Sheen Sophie Miller-Sheen ... Clara's Friend


The Doctor is living in 1892 London, still despondent over the loss of his friends. He has no interest in what is happening in the world even after he learns that the snow is strangely sentient and can form into rather vicious snowmen. A local barmaid, Clara, is intrigued by the Doctor and he is soon intrigued by her when it turns out she also works as a governess caring for Captain Latimer's two children. Together, they fight Dr. Simeon who has known the evil snowmen since he was a child. The Doctor is shocked when he realizes that he's met Clara before....and will no doubt meet her again. Written by garykmcd

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The original concept for the new companion was that she would be a Victorian governess named Beryl. Over the next few months, however, the production team reconsidered the difficulty of writing for a regular character who was more than a century behind the viewing audience. See more »


When The Doctor helps Clara out the window on the roof and they fall over his hand goes from being in the center of her back to on her waist between shots. See more »


The Doctor: [to Strax] Where is it?
Strax: Where's what, sir?
The Doctor: I sent you to get the memory worm.
Strax: Did you? When?
[referring to Clara]
Strax: Who's he? What are we doing here? Look, it's been snowing.
The Doctor: You didn't use the gauntlets, did you?
Strax: Why would I need the gauntlets? Do you want me to get the memory worm?
The Doctor: [muttering] You...
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Referenced in Master When: Public Domain Doctor Who (2015) See more »


Silent Night
Music by Franz Xaver Gruber
Whistled by Matt Smith
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Far from abominable
25 December 2012 | by LejinkSee all my reviews

A new Steven Moffat written Dr Who episode introducing his new companion, the sassy Jenna-Louse Coleman, made for a fine festive treat this Christmas. Moffat continues his predilection for making inanimate objects dangerous, after the previous season finale with the statues, this time making the protagonists sharp-toothed snowmen - next series can we expect to see the attack of the killer garden-gnomes?!

Naturally the Doc is still in a period of mourning for the loss of Rory and Amy and indeed takes some time to make an appearance and snap back into his old self but when he does the action picks up and of course he gets to save the world again. The meeting with his new co-traveller Clara (in fact a reunion, for those who saw the previous series' Daleks episode) was neatly got over with the crisp sharp dialogue we've come to expect and some clever in-jokes too, not least the references to Moffat's other recent successful creation Sherlock Holmes and later the nod to Amy Pond. It shouldn't be forgotten that a Christmas perennial in the UK at this time is Raymond Briiggs' animated story "The Snowman", "Walking In the Air" and all that, Moffat making a monster out of a snow-hill to good effect.

The special effects were excellent, especially the "Stairway to Heaven", ice-monster governess and Richard E Grant's transformation into a freezing ghoul just before the end. Along for the ride are Vastra and wife, plus potato-head Sontaran Straxa for comic effect. I must admit I got a little lost with how Clara came back to life and by crying a tear destroyed the alien menace, but I'll allow Moffat his McGoffin.

Everyone acts well, Matt Smith far from bored and boring and Coleman, with her crush on the Doc, adding even more sexual chemistry than Karen Gillan's Amy Pond. This one-off episode bodes well for next year's new series, where interestingly the preview trailer showed no sign of River Song at all, but thankfully the return of my favourite Who monsters the Cybermen.

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