Review: ‘Doctor Who’ – ‘The Snowmen’

12.31.12 5 years ago 37 Comments

A quick review of last week’s “Doctor Who” Christmas special coming up just as soon as I am a lizard woman from the dawn of time, and this is my wife…

“The Snowmen” was a fun Christmas outing, albeit one that felt more overstuffed than these specials sometimes get. (the snowmen ultimately felt more besides the point, for instance, than I think Steven Moffat might have wanted, but I understand why he’d prefer to write more material for Madame Vastra and Strax), and it proved once again that Jenna-Louise Coleman was a fine choice to play the new companion…

… except, of course, that we still haven’t met the actual new companion. Oswin the talent manager and uber-hacker from the future is dead. So is Clara the the proper governess by day, blue collar barmaid by night. The final scene suggests that the ongoing version of the character will be a contemporary woman, who will presumably have the same cheeky confidence of the others. I understand that the companions are there in large part as point of view characters for the audience, and it’s easiest to make that work if they’re from the same period we are, but I think it would’ve been a nice change of pace for the modern era if we had the Oswin who was either used to outer space, aliens, etc., or the one who doesn’t even have science-fiction movies to lean back on as the Doctor takes her on journeys through time and space.

In general, though, I’ve learned to trust Moffat, and am looking forward to the show’s return in April.

What did everybody else think?

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