|Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman|
Coming into the new Doctor Who Christmas special, especially knowing that the most recent beloved companions were no longer going to be there (Oh Ponds), I was anxious to see how they were going to pull off bringing in Clara, the new companion played by Jenna-Louise Coleman. Last season, Coleman played Oswin, a modern girl who tragically and heroically died after realizing she was a Dalek. How then, would the writers of Doctor Who bring her back from the dead? While the episode only added to the mystery, it managed to offer some truly terrifying carnivorous snow. In no particular order the episode was an above par Christmas story for the following reasons.
1. Matt Smith, the Doctor, grieved for the Ponds, but ultimately couldn't resist the call to save the world and don a bowtie, because bowties, quite like snow, are cool.
2. The Doctor pretended to be Sherlock Holmes, which is a wink to fans of the BBC's other brilliant show Sherlock, which is also headed by Doctor Who show runner Steven Moffat. If we can't have new Sherlock episodes until 2014, at least we get a bone.
3. Gandalf played the voice of the evil snow. I kept telling my little brother that the villain's voice sounded like Sir Ian McKellen, and was very happy to verify my guess with IMDb. I kept wanting the snow to shout, "You shall not pass!"
4. Multiple times, the phrase, "Winter is coming" was uttered. I love a good Game of Thrones reference. At least, I really hope it was intentional.
5. Did I mention that Gandalf was in the episode? That is pretty much the best surprise of all.
6. The END! When Clara revealed that she remembered being Owsin, I screamed. Clara is full of such energy and stands to bring a new, shiny spark to the show. Her pluck and brains, and of course the mystery surrounding her make her an ideal companion for the show. As much as saying goodbye to the Ponds made me weep, it was in the spirit of regeneration.
I am so ready for the new season and all the surprises and energy it will bring. Doctor Who is truly a wonderful Christmas gift, and this year's special was no exception.