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Here’s The Official Synopsis For The Doctor Who Christmas Special

We would be remiss here at Nerdist if we did not mark the 48th anniversary of the debut of Doctor Who on the BBC, so here we are, and it is merely a coincidence that the show’s birthday coincides with that of one Chris Hardwick. Or… IS it?

Anyway, with the special day comes some additional news about the Doctor Who Christmas Special, “The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe,” and it arrives courtesy of our friends over at BBC America’s Anglophenia blog, where they have some new photos from the episode (click that link to see ’em) and, more importantly, a more complete and official synopsis than we’ve previously seen. There’s not a lot more to go on, but the plot’s just slightly fleshed out. Nothing spoilerish in the least, though.

Here it is:

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, starring Matt Smith as the Doctor.

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…

Madge Arwell is played by Claire Skinner, Lily Arwell by Holly Earl, and Cyril Arwell by Maurice Cole.

Like you needed another reason to look forward to Christmas.

HT: Kevin Wicks at BBC America’s Anglophenia

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  1. Gabriel says:

    So does this mean that The Doctor is a Jesus allegory?

  2. Livius says:

    I hate when I make typos >_<

  3. Livius says:

    So Chris is a Timelord….
    Happy Birthday, thank you for bring such awesomeness to the world.

    Also, the Christmas special was already awesome from the reference to The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.