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Synopsis


The Snowmen Attack
The Snowmen Attack
 London, 1892. A fresh snowfall brings something ancient and alien to Earth. But The Doctor has retired. His only three friends - 'the Great Detective' Madame Vastra, her maid Jenny, and Sontaran butler Strax - assist him in his isolation. But that does not mean they approve.

 And then - The Doctor meets Clara, and everything changes. 'It's the same story, every time," says Vastra. "And it always begins with the same two words..'.



General Information

Season: Thirty Three (New Series 7)
Production Code: 7-6
Story Number: 231 (New Series: 75)
Episode Number:790 (New Series: 94)
Number of Episodes: 1
Percentage of Episodes Held:100%
Production Dates: August 2012
Broadcast Date: 25 December 2012
Colour Status: HD Colour
Studio: BBC Wales (Roath Lock Studios, Cardiff)
Location: Newport (Wales); Portland Square (Bristol)
Writer:Steven Moffat
Director:Saul Metzstein
Producer:Marcus Wilson
Executive Producers:Caroline Skinner and Steven Moffat
Assistant Directors:Danielle Richards and Gareth Jones
Script Producer:Denise Paul
Script Supervisor:Steve Walker
Script Editor:John Phillips (Assistant)
Editor:William Oswald
Production Executive:Julie Scott
Production Manager:Phillipa Cole
Production Assistants:Rachel Vipond and Samantha Price
Post Production Supervisor:Nerys Davies
Production Designer:Michael Pickwoad
Director of Photography:Stephan Pehrsson
Casting Director:Andy Pryor CDG
Line Producer:Des Hughes
Costume Designer:Howard Burden
Make-Up Designer:Barbara Southcott
Cameramen:Evelina Norgren (Assistant), Meg De Koning (Assistant), Sam Smithard (Assistant) and Joe Russell (Operator)
Incidental Music:Murray Gold
Special Sounds (SFX Editor):Paul Jefferies
Sound Recordist:Deian Llyr Humphreys
Visual Effects:The Mill
Special Effects:Real SFX
Prosthetics:Millennium FX
Stunt Co-ordinators:Crispin Layfield, Gordon Seed and Jo McLaren
Stunt Performer:Annabel Canaven
Title Sequence:Frame Store
Title Music:Ron Grainer and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Arranged by Murray Gold
Music Orchestrated By: Ben Foster
Music Performed By: Crouch End Festival Chorus
Music Conducted By: David Temple
Music Recorded and Mixed By: Jake Jackson
Number of Doctors: 1
The Doctor: Matt Smith (The Eleventh Doctor)
Number of Companions: 1The Companion: Jenna-Louise Coleman (Clara Oswald) (Joins and Dies) Number of Acquaintances: 3The Acquaintances: Neve McIntosh (Madame Vastra), Catrin Stewart (Jenny Flint) and Dan Starkey (Strax) Guest Cast: Richard E. Grant (Dr Simeon) Additional Cast: Tom Ward (Captain Latimer), Joseph Darcey-Alden (Digby), Ellie Darcey-Alden (Francesca), Liz White (Alice), Jim Conway (Uncle Josh), Cameron Strefford (Walter), Annabelle Dowler (Walter's Mother), Ben Addis (Bob Chilcott), Sophie Miller-Sheen (Clara’s Friend), Daniel Hyde (Lead Workman), Ian McKellen (Voice of The Great Intelligence), Juliet Cadzow (Voice of the Ice Governess)Setting: London (1842 and 1892) Villains:Dr Simeon, Ice Governess and The Great Intelligence

The Episodes

No. Episodes Broadcast
(UK)
Duration Viewers
(Millions)
In Archive
790The Snowmen25 December 201259'40"9.9Yes

Total Duration 60 Minutes


Audience Appreciation

Average Viewers (Millions) 9.9
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2013)80.10%  (Position = 2 out of 9)
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2014)76.56% Lower (Position = 68 out of 241)


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Notes


Written by head writer, Steven Moffat, this one hour-long festive story is the sixth story of Season Thirty Three (New Series 7) and is the eighth Christmas special since the show’s revival in 2005. It stars Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor and Jenna-Louise Coleman as his new companion, Clara Oswald, following the departure of Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) in the previous story.

Like the previous two Christmas specials, this story takes its name and some of its themes from a famous piece of literature, albeit altering the title slightly.

This story, set in the Victorian era, reintroduces Clara, who first appeared in "Asylum of the Daleks", albeit under the name 'Oswin'. The production team requested that the press and fans who attended advanced screenings keep Jenna-Louise Coleman's appearance a secret until "Asylum of the Daleks" was broadcast; the effort was ultimately successful.

Jenna-Louise Coleman was cast because of her chemistry with Matt Smith. She auditioned for the role of Clara, not Oswin from "Asylum of the Daleks". The concept of the two characters being the same only occurred to Steven Moffat whilst casting for Clara. Matt Smith has said that Clara was different from her predecessor Amy Pond, which allowed the audience to see a different side of The Doctor. Steven Moffat felt that the introduction of a new companion made ‘the show feel different’ and brought the story to ‘a new beginning’ with a different person meeting The Doctor.

This is the first full-length story since the Tenth Doctor’s era not to feature Karen Gillan. But familiar faces include: The sword-wielding Silurian Madame Vastra (Neve Mclntosh), her capable young friend Jenny Flint (Catrin Stewart), and penitent Sontaran nurse Strax (Dan Starkey). The Doctor’s three friends were previously seen in the 2011 story "A Good Man Goes to War".

All three, who also reprised their roles in the prequels, were considered popular characters from "A Good Man Goes to War" with some fans hoping for a spinoff series, but while Steven Moffat stated then he had no time to work on such a show, instead, he decided to bring them back in the main series.

This story guest stars Richard E Grant and Sir Ian McKellen as the villains. Richard E Grant, who plays villain Dr Simeon, is best known for his role as Withnail in the 1987 film Withnail and I, opposite Paul McGann (who played the Eighth Doctor). Richard E Grant has also previously played The Doctor on two occasions; as an alternative Tenth Doctor in the Comic Relief spoof charity special "Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death" in 1999, and as an alternative Ninth Doctor in the animated story "Scream of the Shalka" in 2003 which had been intended to be a continuation of the show before it was revived in 2005. "Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death", which was also written by Steven Moffat, also starred Rowan Atkinson, Hugh Grant and Jim Broadbent as other alternative Doctors. Matt Smith has commented that Richard E Grant was ‘born to be a Who villain. He pitches it on that perfect level and tone’.

Sir Ian McKellen provides the voice of The Great Intelligence, the disembodied malevolent force The Doctor first encountered in the 1967 Second Doctor story The Abominable Snowmen and he previously encountered in the 1968 Second Doctor story "The Web of Fear". This later confrontation is referenced in this story.

Also appearing in this story is Tom Ward, who plays the part of Captain Latimer, previously played Harry Cunningham in BBC One's Silent Witness. He also starred in the BBC's adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World in 2001 and played science-fiction author, HG Wells in the 2001 TV mini-series The Infinite Worlds of HG Wells.

Liz White, who plays the part of Alice, was a regular in both series of BBC One drama Life on Mars in 2006 and 2007, in which she played Annie Cartwright. The following year she starred in the series The Fixer as Jess Mercer and more recently she could be seen as Jennet in the chilling The Woman in Black.

Captain Latimer’s son and daughter - Digby and Francesca - were played by real-life brother and sister Joseph and Ellie Darcey-Alden. This is also the second Christmas special in a row with a character named Digby, after the unseen Uncle Digby in the 2011 Christmas special "The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe".

This is the third story that has been directed by Saul Metzstein for this season. He previously directed "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship", that was written by Chris Chibnall, and "A Town Called Mercy", that was written by Toby Whithouse.

Writer Steven Moffat has stated that he wanted an ‘epic’ quality to this Christmas special. He compared the withdrawn Doctor seen at the onset of the story to that of the first appearances of the First Doctor (played by William Hartnell) in 1963 and the Ninth Doctor (played by Christopher Eccleston) in 2005. He also attributed the idea of a retired Doctor to a plot proposed by Douglas Adams in the 1970s, but rejected by the production team at the time.

This Christmas Special was originally intended to be produced in the fourth production block of the series and be the first story Jenna-Louise Coleman shot as her character; however it did not begin filming until the week of 6th August 2012 after Jenna-Louise Coleman had worked on later stories while Steven Moffat was writing this story. The read-through took place on the 2nd August 2012.

This was the first Christmas special to be filmed in BBC Wales' new Roath Lock studios. The scenes featuring Jenna-Louise Coleman and several guest stars in a Victorian setting were filmed in Newport, Wales, while Jenna-Louise Coleman and Matt Smith were also spotted filming in Bristol. The park and Georgian buildings featured are in Portland Square, Bristol, where filming took place overnight on 21st – 22nd August 2012. Other locations for filming include Treowen Manor, which was used for filming in the 2006 Tenth Doctor story "Tooth and Claw".

Clara Oswald's introduction to the TARDIS introduced two novel effects for the show. The first was a single-shot camera tracking from Clara's point of view, from a few feet away from the TARDIS to its interior, with the implication of the TARDIS's trans-dimensional nature shown to the audience. This was a shot that has been postulated throughout Doctor Who's production history, as documented in the Doctor Who: Thirty Years in the TARDIS special, but only first to be realised in this story. In the following shot, the camera does a complete circle of the TARDIS console, an effect not seen since the early days of the show. Director Saul Metzstein wanted to include this shot to further emphasise the ‘bigger on the inside than the outside’ nature of the time machine.

However, upon first entering The Doctor's TARDIS, Clara is heard to describe it as being ‘smaller on the outside’ rather than ‘larger on the inside’ - which The Doctor describes as being a first. Clara then asks if it has a kitchen (another first). Clara is then heard to mention her fondness for soufflés puzzling The Doctor as Oswin Oswald, who The Doctor encountered in "Asylum of the Daleks", also talked about making soufflés.

Clara is given a test by Madame Vastra to ask The Doctor why he should help in one word. She chooses ‘pond’ – referring to the frozen pond in the front of Captain Latimer’s mansion – not realising that this is in fact the surname of The Doctor’s former companion Amy Pond. It was this that convinced The Doctor to finally investigate the snow. In order to convey the emotional effect this word has on The Doctor, during the scene in which he hears it he is wearing the reading glasses Amy left him with at the close of "The Angels Take Manhattan".

It therefore appears that The Doctor has kept Amy Pond's reading glasses, and he seems to use them as his ‘brainy specs’, as related between the Fifth Doctor and the Tenth Doctor in the 2007 Children in Need special scene "Time Crash".

As well as the obvious reference to Amy Pond this story contains several other signs that could be interpreted as more oblique allusions to former companions. The pub where we discover Clara is called The Rose and Crown which brings to mind Rose Tyler and Donna Noble (where ‘Crown’ being suggestive of ‘nobility’) and the Ironmongers that is glimpsed is called J.P. Jameson & Sons. Leela - the Fourth Doctor’s companion - was played by Louise Jameson.

Strax's death, in the Battle of Demon's Run that occurred in "A Good Man Goes to War", is stated by The Doctor as having been reversed (‘He gave his life for a friend once. Another friend brought him back’), but the circumstances of how this occurred are not explained in full.

Strax still has confusion over the difference between human females and human males as he did in "A Good Man Goes to War". Another Sontaran, Linx, was initially confused when he encountered Sarah Jane Smith in the 1973 Third Doctor story "The Time Warrior".

It is revealed that Madame Vastra has a telephone that can connect to the phone in The Doctor's TARDIS.

The Second Doctor previously encountered The Great Intelligence in the 1967 story "The Abominable Snowmen", that was set in the 1930s, and the 1968 story "The Web of Fear") which may have been set in the 1960s or 1970s (depending on one's view of the UNIT dating controversy). In both these stories, The Great Intelligence uses robot Yeti as its physical presence.

The events of "The Web of Fear" are alluded to by The Doctor in "The Snowmen" when he is seen showing The Great Intelligence a lunchbox with a map of the London Underground, circa 1967 (and so an anachronism in 1892). In "The Web of Fear", which was filmed in 1967 and 1968, The Great Intelligence lures The Doctor to a trap in the London Underground.

However, in this story The Great Intelligence, on seeing the London Underground map design on the tin, is heard to state ‘I do not understand these markings’. The Doctor is then heard to remark that the London Underground is a ‘key strategic weakness in metropolitan living’, referring to (and possibly setting in motion) the future Yeti attack on London via the Underground. In this respect from The Great Intelligence's perspective, "The Snowmen" occurs before the two Second Doctor Yeti stories and several elements from this story could be seen as establishing the origin for the Intelligence and explains its knowledge of the London Underground.

The Great Intelligence has also previously appeared in the Reeltime Pictures direct-to-video films Downtime and the Virgin Books' The Missing Adventures novel "Millennial Rites".

Dr Simeon posits that Doctor Doyle is basing his stories in The Strand Magazine on the exploits of Madame Vastra, a reference to Arthur Conan Doyle's stories of Sherlock Holmes. The Doctor later uses the alias 'Sherlock Holmes' to gain entrance to Dr Simeon's house, bearing the deerstalker and magnifying glass associated with the character. Steven Moffat is also the co-creator of the BBC series Sherlock, a contemporary update of Arthur Conan Doyle's works, for which Matt Smith auditioned for the part of Doctor Watson. The New Adventures novel "All-Consuming Fire" features the Seventh Doctor sharing an adventure with Sherlock Holmes.

Though the Tenth Doctor was able to erase Donna Noble's memories using just his telepathic abilities, the Eleventh Doctor attempts to use a Memory Worm to erase Clara's memory.

Clara’s gravestone indicates her birthday was the 23rd November. The same day and month as Doctor Who’s birthday as the show’s very first episode was transmitted on that day in 1963.

The words on her gravestone read:

Clara Oswin Oswald
Remember Me
For We Shall Meet Again


This story features several major design changes for the show – namely a redesigned TARDIS Console Room, a new title sequence and a new variation of the theme tune (although the closing credits still use the previous version of the tune).

The new look Console Room was designed by Michael Pickwoad. It is the third one used by the Eleventh Doctor if you count fleeting appearances of the older version in "The Eleventh Hour", "The Doctor’s Wife" and during the final moments of the second part of "The End of Time".

The reason for the redesigned TARDIS has been revealed by Steven Moffat who had noticed that the TARDIS' design was getting ‘progressively whimsical’ and resembled more of a ‘magical place’ rather than a machine.

The new title sequence now includes a brief glimpse of The Doctor's face - the first to do so since the 1989 Seventh Doctor story "Survival" and like all previous opening titles of this season’s stories the Doctor Who logo texture matches with the theme of the story – This time the letters appear to be made of ice and snow.

This story also includes a major change to The Doctor's costume, tying in to the purple colour scheme, which Matt Smith has described as ‘a bit Artful Dodger meets The Doctor’. Steven Moffat has described The Doctor’s new outfit as a ‘progression’ as The Doctor was in ‘a different phase of his life now’ and felt more ‘grown-up’ and father-like. Talking about his Victorian attire, Matt Smith has commented, ‘Howard Burden has done marvellous work.

The Doctor repeats his belief, first declared in the 2010 story "The Eleventh Hour", that, ‘Bow ties are cool!’ and at one point he wistfully muses, ‘Those were the days…’. He delivered the same line in a similar fashion in "Closing Time", when responding to Craig’s belief in his ability to ‘always win’. It is also implied that he has not worn bowties for a while.

The Doctor previously dressed in Sherlock Holmes type attire in the 1977 Fourth Doctor story "The Talons of Weng-Chiang" that was set in 1889.

As is routine for the Christmas specials, a "COMING SOON" trailer, containing clips, for the following stories is shown after the credits.

This story was first broadcast on Christmas Day in 2012 at 5.15pm on BBC One and BBC One HD. It was also broadcast on the same day on BBC America, in the US, and Space in Canada. In Australia it aired on 26th December 2012.

In the programme information for the BBC iPlayer, "The Snowmen" credits Ian McKellan as ‘Voice of the Snowman’ rather than ‘Voice of The Great Intelligence’ and Sophie Miller-Sheen's character as ‘Girl’ rather than ‘Clara’s Friend’.

Continuing the long relationship between Doctor Who and Children in Need, the BBC's annual charity telethon - which took place on Friday 16th November 2012 on BBC One - a specially recorded teaser scene, titled "The Great Detective" that was written by Steven Moffat was shown. In this prequel, Silurian Madame Vastra, her human assistant Jenny Flint, and Sontaran Strax describe a number of strange phenomena to a shadowed fourth detective. The fourth detective is revealed to be The Doctor but he tells the group that he has retired.

There was also an exclusive trailer for the festive story, providing the first glimpse of the Eleventh Doctor alongside his new companion.

A second prequel, titled "Vastra Investigates", was released online on 17th December 2012. At the end of a case, Madame Vastra and Jenny Flint converse with an officer from Scotland Yard, apologising for Strax's violent wishes for the culprit's punishment. Madame Vastra explains Strax's alien origin as well as her own to the officer, much to his astonishment. She was awoken by an extension to the London Underground and initially disliked humans, though that changed when she fell in love with Jenny, which leaves the officer flabbergasted. On the carriage ride home, during a discussion about The Doctor's retirement, Jenny notices it is beginning to snow. Madame Vastra voices that the snow is impossible due to the fact that there are no clouds in the sky.



First and Last

The Firsts:

 The first appearance of the The Great Intelligence, in the revived television series, and for 44 years - since the 1968 Second Doctor story "The Web of Fear".

 The first time the TARDIS has been described as being ‘smaller on the outside’ rather than ‘larger on the inside’.

 The first Doctor Who story, since "The Eleventh Hour", to have a new title sequence and a new variation of the theme tune.

 This story is the first to include The Doctor's face in the opening titles since the 1989 Seventh Doctor story "Survival".


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The Plot

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Deadly Snowmen

Walter Simeon
Walter Simeon

In England 1842, a young boy is building a snowman but refuses to play with the other children. The snowman starts speaking to the boy, repeating his assertions that the other children are ‘silly’ and that he ‘doesn't need anybody’. Fifty years later, the boy has grown up to be Dr Simeon, proprietor of The Great Intelligence Institute. He hires men to collect samples of snow, which he places in a large snow-filled globe in his laboratory. He then later feeds the men to a group of animated snowmen.

Meanwhile, The Doctor, still despondent after losing his former travelling companions Amy Pond and Rory Williams, has parked his TARDIS above London among the clouds, descending to the surface via a long circular staircase. He wants nothing to do with what is happening on Earth despite three of his allies, the Silurian Madame Vastra, her human companion Jenny Flint, and the Sontarian Strax, scouting around London looking for any oddities even when Madame Vastra and Jenny encounter Dr Simeon and follow him, curious as to his interest in the snow.

Elsewhere, Clara Oswald, a barmaid, investigates a disturbance outside an inn called The Rose & Crown, where she works. She is surprised to see a snowman standing there that wasn't there before. Then The Doctor walks by. After accusing him of creating the snowman The Doctor realises that it is made of snow with some type of memory. As more snowmen start to appear and become animated with intent to harm the pair, The Doctor tells Clara that her thoughts are creating the snowmen, and so as to get rid of them she needs to think of them melting; after she concentrates, the snowmen turn into water.

Clara Oswald
Clara Oswald

The Doctor then attempts to leave discreetly, but as she sees him drive away in a horse-drawn carriage, Clara runs after him as she is curious about his actions. On discovering that she has followed him The Doctor instructs Strax, waiting nearby, to bring a memory worm, with the intention to use the creature's touch to wipe away the last hour of Clara's memory, in particularly her knowledge of meeting him. After Strax accidentally wipes his own memory, Clara retorts that if he does so, she will forget how to deal with the snowmen should they appear again. The Doctor lets her go, and thinking he has evaded her, takes the staircase back to the TARDIS. Clara however, follows him and finds the TARDIS. When she knocks on the door she panics and hides at the side of the TARDIS just as The Doctor pops his head out. As The Doctor walks around the TARDIS, Clara sneaks down the spiral staircase. The Doctor hears her footsteps and then sees her running down but decides not to follow as he is still determined to stay out of what is happening on Earth.

The following morning Clara returns to her other job as the governess for the children of Captain Latimer, replacing the former governess who had drowned and then frozen in his mansion's pond a year before. She finds out that Captain Latimer's daughter has been having nightmares about the old governess returning from her icy grave in the pond and killing them all. Concerned about this Clara attempts to contact The Doctor but instead attracts the attention of Jenny, who takes her to see Madame Vastra who, after questioning her, tells Clara she gets only one word to impress The Doctor with if she wants his help. After some thought Clara tells him ‘Pond’ – referring to the frozen pond and not realising that it is also the surname of The Doctor’s former travelling companion. On hearing Clara’s word The Doctor is spurred into action.

The Doctor
The Doctor

The Doctor visits Dr Simeon's laboratory, and finds that the giant snow-filled globe contains The Great Intelligence, the entity that has been speaking to Dr Simeon since he was a child. The Doctor learns that The Great Intelligence has been controlling the snowmen and has taken great interest in Captain Latimer's pond. He goes there to investigate just as a humanoid ice creature, in the form of the former governess, rises out of the pond and enters the mansion. The ice creature attacks Clara and the children, but The Doctor appears just in time to destroy it. Madame Vastra, Jenny and Strax then arrive just as Dr Simeon and his snowmen cover the mansion in ice. The Doctor and Clara are then horrified when a reanimated ice creature resumes its attack.

After assuring that that his allies will protect Captain Latimer and his children, The Doctor flees with Clara to the roof of the mansion followed by the ice creature. The Doctor and Clara then ascend the circular staircase to the TARDIS which The Doctor has moved to above Captain Latimer's mansion. However, they are followed by the ice creature and so The Doctor creates a barrier at the top to halt the ice creature's advance.

The Doctor then introduces Clara to the TARDIS; while as impressed with its transdimensionality as others, her replies are curious oddities to The Doctor, such as noting how it's smaller on the outside, or asking if it has a kitchen for making soufflés. The Doctor explains that he has been reluctant to gain a companion, but now considers her to be one, giving her a TARDIS key. However, just as Clara takes it, the ice creature, having broken through the barrier, grabs her from behind and pulls her out of the TARDIS and they fall off the cloud, causing Clara to fall to her death in the Captain Latimer's courtyard, before The Doctor can do anything to save her.

The Snowmen
The Snowmen

The Doctor helps to recover the barely-alive Clara from the army of snowmen with his TARDIS and returns to the mansion, where Strax uses alien technology to revive her. However, Clara's injuries are fatal and even the resurrection technology isn't going to be enough to save her. Leaving Strax to do the best he can do The Doctor collects some ice fragments from the ice creature, assuring they remain dormant but finding they contain ice-based DNA, the material that The Great Intelligence is looking for, and apparently places them in a souvenir London Underground biscuit tin. He and Madame Vastra travel to Dr Simeon's lab, where The Doctor reveals The Great Intelligence's plan to replace humanity with ice creatures, and holds up the tin, stating that it contains the ice DNA that is necessary for the plan. Dr Simeon grabs the tin, but opens it to find it contains the memory worm. It bites Dr Simeon; The Doctor (who previously noted that the worm's bite would erase decades of memory) states that The Great Intelligence, which has been existing as a mirror of Dr Simeon's thoughts, will vanish with the erasure of Dr Simeon's memories. Instead, The Great Intelligence reveals that it has existed long enough that it can now control Dr Simeon's body, which it uses to attack The Doctor.

Just as Dr Simeon is about to kill The Doctor, the influence of The Great Intelligence wanes greatly, and Dr Simeon, now dead, falls to the floor. Outside, a salt-water rain has started, and The Doctor realises that some other, more powerful psychic ability has taken control of the snow from The Great Intelligence. The Doctor deduces that it must be Clara, crying as she nears her death, and with Madame Vastra, he quickly returns to Captain Latimer's mansion in the TARDIS. Strax informs The Doctor that Clara only has moments left. Realising that there is nothing he can do The Doctor tries to cheer Clara up, returning the TARDIS key to her just before she dies.

At her funeral, The Doctor reads Clara's full name, Clara Oswin Oswald, on her tombstone and realises she is the same woman he met, turned into a Dalek, in "Asylum of the Daleks"; he never had seen Clara's face then, but now recognises the similarities in voice and their fascination for soufflés. He gleefully announces that the same person dying twice is an impossibility he must investigate, and says his goodbyes to his allies before departing in the TARDIS.

In contemporary times, a young woman, identical in appearance to Clara Oswald and Oswin Oswald, walks, with a friend, through the graveyard where her namesake is buried. Back in the TARDIS, The Doctor is heard yelling ‘Clara! Oswin! Oswald!’ as he pulls up a picture of Clara from 1892 on to the TARDIS video screen. As The Doctor dashes around the TARDIS console he echoes Clara's dying words: ‘watch me run!’.

 
Dr Simeon
Dr Simeon
Strax
Strax
Clara Discovers the TARDIS
Clara Discovers the TARDIS
Ice Governess
Ice Governess
 
The Doctor
The Doctor
The Ice Governess Captures Clara
The Ice Governess Captures Clara
The Great Intelligence
The Great Intelligence
Clara Oswald (Present Day)
Clara Oswald (Present Day)




Quote of the Story


 'The Doctor does not help people. Not anyone, not ever. He stands above this world and never interferes in the affairs of its inhabitants. He is not your salvation or your protector. Do you understand what I'm saying to you?'

Madame Vastra



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Release Information

FormatTitleRelease Date (UK)Code NumberCover ArtRemarks
Video
DVD
Doctor Who Series 7 Part 2 Box SetMay 2013BBCDVD 3802Photo-montageDVD boxed set containing all 8 stories and the 2012 Christmas Special
Video
Blu-Ray
Doctor Who Series 7 Part 2 Box SetMay 2013BBCBD 0232Photo-montageBlu-Ray boxed set containing all 8 stories and the 2012 Christmas Special
Audio
CD
The Snowmen MusicOctober 2013Photo-montageMusic by Murray Gold
Video
DVD
The Complete Seventh Series Box SetOctober 2013BBCDVD 3838Photo-montageDVD boxed set containing 15 stories
Video
Blu-Ray
The Complete Seventh Series Box SetOctober 2013BBCBD 0241Photo-montageBlu-Ray boxed set containing 15 stories
Video
DVD
The Complete Seventh Series Box Set (Limited Edition)October 2013BBCDVD 3878Photo-montageLimited Edition DVD boxed set containing 13 stories
Video
Blu-Ray
The Complete Seventh Series Box Set (Limited Edition)October 2013BBCBD 0251Photo-montageLimited Edition Blu-Ray boxed set containing 13 stories
Video
Blu-Ray
The Complete Series 1-7 Box Set (Limited Edition)December 2013BBCBD 0242Photo-montageLimited Edition Blu-Ray boxed set containing all Series 1-7 stories at full 1080p high definition
Video
DVD
The Time of the Doctor & Other Eleventh Doctor Christmas Specials Box SetJanuary 2014BBCDVD 3884Photo-montage
Video
Blu-Ray
The Time of the Doctor & Other Eleventh Doctor Christmas Specials Box SetJanuary 2014BBC3DBD 0265Photo-montage3D Blu-Ray
Video
DVD
The Complete Seventh Series (2014 Re-release)August 2014BBCDVD 3971Photo-montageBoxed set containing all 15 stories
Video
DVD
The Christmas Specials Box Set (Limited Edition)October 2015BBCDVD 4059Photo-montageBoxed set containing 10 Christmas stories
Video
Blu-Ray
The Christmas Specials Box Set (Limited Edition)October 2015BBCBD 0314Photo-montageBlu-Ray boxed set containing 10 Christmas stories


In Print

No Book Release
Doctor Who Magazine - PreviewIssue 455 (Released: January 2013)
Doctor Who Magazine - ReviewIssue 456 (Released: February 2013)
Doctor Who Magazine - The Fact of FictionIssue 546 (Released: January 2020)

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Photo Gallery


The Doctor and Companion/Acquaintances

 
Matt Smith
The Eleventh Doctor

   

Neve McIntosh
Madame Vastra
Catrin Stewart
Jenny Flint
Dan Starkey
Strax
   
Jenna-Louise Coleman
Clara Oswald





On Release

DVD Part 2 Box Set
DVD Part 2 Box Set

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Blu-Ray Part 2 Box Set
Blu-Ray Part 2 Box Set

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Original Television Soundtrack Cover
Original Television Soundtrack Cover

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AUDIO
Complete Series DVD Box Set
Complete Series DVD Box Set

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VIDEO
   
Complete Series Blu-Ray Box Set
Complete Series Blu-Ray Box Set

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Complete Series Ltd Edition DVD Box Set
Complete Series Ltd Edition DVD Box Set

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VIDEO
Complete Series Ltd Edition Blu-Ray Box Set
Complete Series Ltd Edition Blu-Ray Box Set

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VIDEO
Complete Series 1-7 Ltd Edition Blu-Ray Box Set
Complete Series 1-7 Ltd Edition Blu-Ray Box Set

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The Time of the Doctor DVD Cover
The Time of the Doctor DVD Cover

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The Time of the Doctor Blu-Ray Cover
The Time of the Doctor Blu-Ray Cover

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Complete Series DVD Box Set<BR>(2014 Re-release)
Complete Series DVD Box Set
(2014 Re-release)

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VIDEO
DVD Christmas Stories Box Set
DVD Christmas Stories Box Set

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Blu-Ray Christmas Stories Box Set
Blu-Ray Christmas Stories Box Set

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VIDEO



Magazines

Doctor Who Magazine - Preview: Issue 455
Doctor Who Magazine - Preview: Issue 455

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who Magazine - Review: Issue 456
Doctor Who Magazine - Review: Issue 456

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who Magazine - The Fact of Fiction: Issue 546
Doctor Who Magazine - The Fact of Fiction: Issue 546

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