Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A Christmas Carol!

Wow. I was blown away with BBC's newest and, in my opinion, best Christmas Special yet, the title of which is A Christmas Carol, BBC's clever twist on Charles Dickens' beloved novel. 
Now, I'm warning you upfront, if you haven't seen it yet, and you don't want to hear anything about it, beware, for there shall be many spoilers in this post starting from here. 

First, I'm going to list some of my favorite quotes from A Christmas Carol:

"Give me time, and a crayon."

"That's new, isn't it? 900 years of time and space, and I've never met anyone who wasn't important."

"How do you keep going like that? Do you breathe through your ears?"

"Well, there's a moon that's made out of actual honey. Well, not actual honey, and it's not actually a moon. Technically, it's alive, and a bit carnivorous. But there are some lovely views!"

"'I've never kissed anyone before! What do I do?'
'Well, try to be all nervous and rubbishy and a bit shaky.'
'Because you're going to be like that anyway, you might as well make it part of the plan. Then it'll feel on purpose. Off you go, then.'
'Now? I kiss her now?'
'Kazran, trust me. It's this or go to a room and design a new kind of screwdriver. Don't make my mistakes.'"

"'Abigail's crying.'
'When girls are crying, are you supposed to talk to them?'
'I have absolutely no idea.'"

"'Have you ever seen Mary Poppins?'
'Good. Because that comparison would have been rubbish.'"

"Cupboard! Big cupboard! I love a cupboard! Do you know, there's a thing called a face spider. It's just like a tiny baby's head with spider's legs. And it specifically evolved to scuttle up the backs of bedroom cupboards. Which... I probably shouldn't have mentioned."

There are some fabulous quotes for ya', each and every one of them a gem. :)

A Christmas Carol was absolutely fantastic and full of variety, ranging from hilarious to heart-wrenching to classy to just downright awesome! 
The premise of this episode is that Rory and Amy, honeymooning on a strangely Star Trek-like ship, are crashing into a planet where fish swim in the air. They are stuck in a layer of clouds which Kazran, a Scrooge-like character, has control over. His controls are isomorphic, meaning they only respond to his touch, much to the Doctor's dismay and frustration. He refuses to save the ship, claiming that today is as good a day to die as any. It then dawns on the Doctor to travel back in time to Kazran's past, where he will attempt to shape him into a better man.
They meet a woman Abigail, who emerges from her stasis chamber to calm an aggressive shark. We later find out that she was put into the stasis chamber because of a terminal illness that left her with only days to live. Without knowing it, Kazran and the Doctor had used up Abigail's days slowly by visiting her every Christmas Eve, until Abigail reveals to Kazran about her illness. Kazran slowly slips back into his Scrooge-like ways. He leaves Abigail in her stasis chamber, questioning the Doctor that if he had to choose one last day to be with his beloved, which would it be? Eventually, the Doctor brings Kazran around, but upon trying to save the ship, the isomorphic controls don't respond to him anymore. The Doctor then remembers when Abigail calmed the shark, and has a stroke of genius. He fixes up a classic timey-wimey gadget with gizmos that he hooks up to his sonic screwdriver, and reveals that Abigail's singing, that is so harmonically and musically perfect, can calm the cloud layer and save the ship. Kazran is faced with a choice: release his beloved Abigail for one last day, and save the 4,000 people on the ship, or let them die, and save her last day for a later time. He makes the right choice, and saves the ship. 

A Christmas Carol was outstanding. After it was over, they showed a preview for the upcoming sixth season of Doctor who. Holy. Bones. It looks so amazing. Watch this awesomeness here:
He wears a stetson now. Stetsons are cool.
Wow, that was a long post. If you've read this far, you are truly dedicated. Like me. :)

1 comment:

  1. I was wondering which one of the lost sons of Gallifrey was writing this post until I got to the bottom and saw "holy bones". I do agree that the Christmas special was quite fantastic. It wasn't as scary as some. :)