Doctor Who Liveblog: S06E00 – A Christmas Carol, by Steven Moffat

I am liveblogging each episode of Doctor Who as I watch it. This is more or less a raw stream of consciousness list of things I am considering and wondering about as I watch. (Sometimes I add links later for reference, but otherwise it’s all exactly what I typed at the time.) In the interest of not spoiling anything for anyone I am putting all of it behind the jump.

This episode is the Christmas Special episode of Season Six (or Thirty-Two depending who you ask), called A Christmas Carol. BBC Page

Ooh look, a planet. And an active one at that.
This looks crashy. And that’s a VERY odd outfit.
Christmas Cancelled right off the bat?
And Geordie can’t help them out? Come on LaForge!
Who’s in the Honeymoon Suite?
Wait what?
Rory! Nice outfits you two…
Ah, and Rory helpfully explains. Thanks for that.
Come along, Pond… cute.
WTF? Oh it’s cute? I rather like this mashed up world.
Richard Harris! Ah, Dumbledore. Now I can listen to what he’s saying now that I placed his voice. (:
Looks a bit Scroogey.
Wireless old style phone. I love it.
Oh I know that noise.
I love it. Quite the entrance.
“My brain just went…what the hell?” Hee!
Big flashy lighty things have got me written all over them. (:
I’ll never understand how he “reads” any information off the sonic.
Daddy? What IS he missing? What’s all this then?
Fish what now?
I love the running lights on the carriage.
Oh that’s a giant shadow behind him.
A Christmas Carol, eh? So the old man will get three ghosts?
Oh he got himself! Nice! Did the Doctor do that?
Everyone at school has seen the fish? WHAT?
Quantum enfolding and a paper clip? Nice!
Is he gonna show up back in the video? I hope so.
Hey look!
There isn’t any lottery! Hee!
“You’re twelve years old so we’ll stay away from under the bed.” Hee!
Mature and responsible adult and it’s too big a lie. I LOVE THAT!
Funny, I thought boys laughed in the face of danger.
“I wear it and I don’t care.” (:
Uh oh. This won’t end well will it?
Big color? Hahahahaha!
Within reach? !!!
!!! Half a screwdriver? Oh my.
And now it’s dying? Oh no!
An icebox? Oooh! Really?
Tell me this works. Please oh please!
“Just what I was after! Thank you!”
Hey it’s her. I kinda figured.
Hello Abigail Pettigrew.
How does he know she talks about the fish?
Why are they getting a signal from the shark?
Oh noes.
Later I bet it’s awesome to look back at. Chased by a shark, bowtied babysitter…
Cute homage to Jaws there in the score.
She sings? It’s beautiful.
She’s singing to the shark!? What the-!?
Nothing seems to be biting him.
The fish like the singing? I like that explanation better too.
What a nice song.
And the painting changed?
My reaction to all that was the Ninth Doctor’s voice in my head saying “fanTAStic!”
Pictures? Pictures!
Every Christmas?
Her number goes down? Uh oh.
Mad. Absolutely mad.
I love it. Honestly, how much fun is that!?
Fezzes! Hee!
!!!! The scarf!!!!!!!!!! (twitch)
Oh NO! Her number keeps going down, what happens when it gets to zero?
She can’t go inside? That’s terrible.
“I have absolutely no idea.” At least he was honest.
Oh Doctor! That’s wonderful. (:
You’re doin it wrong! Hee!
Crackers! I love crackers!
Those are the best Christmases, aren’t they? A bit rambunctious.
Doctor, for the love of Pete, TAKE A HINT!
“I THINK you’re right.” Cute.
I like their friendship here.
“It’s this or go to your room and design a new kind of screwdriver, don’t make my mistakes!” tee hee!
Oh my.
Oh they’re lovely! Look at all those photos!
“The Doctors is gonna do a duet with Frank!” I love it.
The truth? Oh noes!
Accidentally got engaged to Marilyn Monroe?
Good night? Is this the last one? Is that what she told him?
Yup. Her number is one. So what now? She can’t ever come out again?
Oh no, it’s like the Doctor said, “not as much as I had hoped”.
Oh man, the picture is his dad again.
Sound waves were right, that’s why it looks like an organ…
Make a change, make a change, make a change…
Hit it Kazran, please!
Oh man. Shut the curtains?
He sounds like the same guy as before.
“As a very old friend once took a very long time to explain to me, life isn’t fair!”
I had hope for him. I thought he’d change.
How does this planet in this whole other place so far away know Silent Night?
How do you choose which day?
“Better a broken heart than no heart at all.” “You try it!” Oh he has, Kazran. He has.
Please let this work. I know there’s a good guy in there or he wouldn’t have cared about Abigail.
Oh work!!
Use the boy version! That will work won’t it?
No, they’ll need her to sing won’t they?
Oh I rather like her.
A bit carnivorous moon? All right?
Halfway out of the dark? Huh.
Look! OMG!

Overall I loved it. Awesome. Fun. Impressive. Charming. Clever. Wonderful. Mad. Sweet.

This Doctor is definitely growing on me. In the good way. I liked that episode a lot. Christmas ain’t the same without Grampy Wilf, sure, but you can’t have Grampy Wilf EVERY Christmas. (: