Doctor Who (2010)
A christmas carol
Sitting around the telly and watching the Doctor Who Christmas special is about as much as a Christmas tradition as watching the Queen's speech or getting some Lynx Africa from Mum.
If you've been living under a rock and don't know who or what Doctor Who is all about well she or he is an alien Time Lord called the Doctor that has a human appearance from the planet Gallifrey. The Doctor travels around in a time traveling space ship called the TARDIS, which is disguised as a police telephone box, and helps save people and civilisations from disaster.
In A Christmas Carol a crashing space liner with more than four thousand people on board has been caught in a strange cloud belt. The Doctor lands on the planet below and meets the miserly Kazran Sardick, a man who can control the cloud layer but refuses to help.
Normally Doctor Who is all about vanquishing the monsters or solving the unsolvable problem, and sure there is a bit of this and a whole lot more in this episode too. And there's everything that made Matt Smith Doctor Who episodes absolutely superb: the mad cap humour, the little inside jokes and secrets, Rory and Amy, and of course the one and only Matt Smith.
But this is about conquering our inner 'demons', the painful reason behind what makes Karzan Sardick tick (wonderfully portrayed by Michael Gambon) and how the Doctor helps bring circumstances together to help him become whole again.
Its a reminder that Christmas can be a really lonely day for a lot of people and that this festive season we can reach out to those in need with a bit of love, care, and compassion.