It was a stand-alone Christmas special which also tied into the series proper with references to everyone supposedly thinking he was dead, and being low-key, taking the title "Caretaker" as much as "Doctor". He's trying to assume a new role here, "taking care of things".
Couple lines I really enjoyed:
In reference to Madge asking how he got his suit on backwards: "I dressed in a hurry." Oh, yes - thrown out of an exploding spaceship, on a re-entry trajectory to a planet, I'd say yes, in a hurry.
"Suddenly, the previous 900 years of time travel seem less secure". Personally, I think Sexy Thing was giving Madge a hand with the lockpicking to help out the Doctor. (ETA: Well, no, actually not - at least not for that particular phone box, which was a nice reference to the fact the real ones used to be common.)
- "Why would you need to repair a wardrobe?"
- "Have you seen how I'm dressed?"
But, really, it's yet another example of how trouble follows the Doctor, even when he's trying quite hard to not be a flamboyant mover and shaker. I don't mind that the Doctor wasn't the big hero, as he was a catalyst to keep the action going. I also liked how matter-of-fact Madge was with a spaceman cratering into the ground almost on top of her, I think it was only her distress at the "sorry your husband died" telegram that kept her from both recognizing the Caretaker as her spaceman and going along with the zaniness in Uncle Digby's house. In a sense, that trait of Madge's was very peculiar but then, I like weird.
I found the scene at the end with the Doctor showing up at the Ponds' house (Amy even calls Rory "Mr. Pond") quite touching. Yes, they're pissed at him for not showing up for two years, but not unforgivably so because the Doctor is like that and you put up with the character flaws of family members (it is, after all, dinner at his in-laws' house). Amy and Rory always setting a place for him, despite the real possibility he'll never show up at their door again, shows that they do consider him both friend and family and want him back, even if only for an evening. That implied tear at the end? The Doctor, the lonely, essentially immortal wanderer of the cosmos has a home (despite his earlier statement in the episode that he doesn't), a place where he is always welcome, and he has a family again (however peculiar) after multiple centuries of not. Happy tears indeed, for the Time Lord.
In other words, it's a heart-warming Christmas story about family, told with Doctor Who twists.
And, oh yes, just this once, everybody lives. We don't often get that in Who, do we?
In memory: Stanley B. Gold 1929-2015
A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. Leonard Nimoy.
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