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The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe

The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe



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. 


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 & Crew

The Doctor Matt Smith
Madge Arwell Claire Skinner
Cyril Arwell Maurice Cole
Lily Arwell Holly Earl
Reg Arwell Alexander Armstrong
Co-pilot Sam Stockman
Wooden King Spencer Wilding
Ven-Garr Paul Bazely
Droxil Bill Bailey
Billis Arabella Weir
Wooden Queen Paul Kasey
Director Farren Blackburn
Executive Producer Steven Moffat
Producer Marcus Wilson
Writer Steven Moffat
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