About this Story
|No. of Episodes||1|
|2014 Christmas Special|
|Broadcast Dates||25th Dec 2014|
|Overnight Ratings (UK)||6.34 million|
|The Doctor teams up with Clara and Santa to|
take on the Dream Crabs
- Build Up - The build up in the first half of the episode was brilliantly set up, leaving me intrigued and wanting more.
- Concept of the Monster - I liked the idea of this monster which was quite similar to that of the Weeping Angels; "Don't think" instead of "Don't blink".
- Acting - Both the main and the guest cast are on brilliant form, particularly Peter Capaldi, Nick Frost and Natalie Gumede. For me they held the episode together, and they acted the transition between the dream and the real world well at the end of the episode.
|The Dream Crabs attack in the Infimary|
- Repetition - After the good build up, the climax was repeated about four times before the episode came to an end. My mum found this a good thing, because she sometimes struggles to follow the action, but for me it got boring and predictable.
- Old Again - I got deja-vu all over again with the ageing companion business. I think Peter Capaldi is the only main cast member not have been artificially aged in the past 4 or 5 years...?
- Overall Lack of Threat - The Dream Crabs had a scary concept, but they didn't seem to do anything with it. This was highlighted by the fact that the Doctor was going to walk away and leave them before realizing they were in a dream that was in a dream (that was in a dream (that was in a dream)). For me, there was no threat of world domination, meaning I didn't really see how they were much of a big deal about them.
Quote of the WeekSanta: "It's an invasion, Miss Oswald."
Clara: "An invasion of what, elves?"
Wolf: "Woah, that is racist!"
Wolf: "Which is a bit hypocritical, from someone of your height"