Doctor Who

The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe

Radio Times
Review by:
Patrick Mulkern

A s we hotly anticipate next week’s special, The Snowmen, here’s a quick dip back to last year’s snow-covered, Narnia-esque adventure, The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe, which developed into a paean to motherhood, perfectly timed for Christmas Day.  Outnumbered’s Clare Skinner is Madge Arwell, a resilient wartime mum who believes her RAF pilot husband (Alexander Armstrong) to be dead, and must rescue her children from a spooky forest. Matt Smith is beguiling as ever as the Time Lord, who realises the value of “happy crying – humany wumany” in his eventual reunion with Amy and Rory. 

About this programme

The Time Lord crash-lands on Earth during the Second World War, where he tries to make sure two unfortunate evacuees and their mother have the best Christmas ever. He transports them to a magical land dominated by an enchanted forest - but that is when their troubles really begin. Claire Skinner, Bill Bailey, Arabella Weir and Alexander Armstrong join Matt Smith in the 2011 festive special, inspired by CS Lewis's Narnia stories.

Cast and crew


The Doctor
Matt Smith
Madge Arwell
Claire Skinner
Cyril Arwell
Maurice Cole
Lily Arwell
Holly Earl
Reg Arwell
Alexander Armstrong
Sam Stockman
Wooden King
Spencer Wilding
Paul Bazely
Bill Bailey
Arabella Weir
Wooden Queen
Paul Kasey


Farren Blackburn
Executive Producer
Steven Moffat
Marcus Wilson
Steven Moffat