“It’s Smaller on the Outside”
Inter-species marriage, killer snowmen, a sassy potato warrior, a humbug of a Doctor, and a new companion? It can be only one thing. A Doctor Who Christmas Special! After such a gut wrenching mid season farewell to the Ponds, “The Snowmen” was the perfect way to kick off the second half of the season. New companion, new TARDIS, and more Lady Vastra! I could gush all day, so let’s get to it. And remember, spoilers!
“Good evening. I am a lizard woman from the dawn of time. And this is my wife.”
Lady Vastra and Jenny are the most perfect couple, ever! Along with Strax, this episode proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that the three of them could carry a spin-off series. I would need a closet full of new pants if we got that.
I love that Vastra and Jenny are the inspiration for Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. Would that make Strax the template for the bumbling Lestrade? Who cares. The three of them are perfect and I want to watch them always.
Vastra’s one word test was absolutely brilliant. We got to see just how clever our new companion is. Clara does a superb job of navigating the test. I also love the looks Jenny shoots Vastra. You can tell they’re both trying their best to contain their excitement. They know that Clara is perfect for the Doctor and can’t wait for her to break him out of his humbuggery.
The Doctor’s Carol
Last Christmas episode, we got a Whovian take on “A Christmas Carol” with the Doctor playing the ghost of Christmas Past and sort of rewriting the Scrooge’s history. This time, we get another take with the Doctor as Scrooge. There’s been some time between “The Angels Take Manhattan” and “The Snowmen.” The Ponds are long gone and River is no longer traveling with him. We don’t know if she’ll turn up again, but we knew that she wouldn’t travel with the Doctor for too long. So he’s been left up in a cloud to sulk and mourn the loss of the Ponds.
Still, he just can’t help himself. If the Doctor really wanted to disappear, he could have done so easily. Let the TARDIS wander aimlessly through time and space and never bother to stop anywhere. Except he did stop and reach out to Vastra and her crew. The Doctor needs people, even if they are a lizard woman or a potato warrior.
Mystery Soulfe Girl
I like the idea that our big mystery for this last half of the season is Clara herself. She’s died twice. She’s appeared in two periods of time with a third on the way. She’s also completely delightful.
For once, we see the Doctor running after the Companion. There’s been some fan chatter about the possible romance angle between them. The Doctor is still married to River so wouldn’t that be cheating? UNLESS, of course, the heartache that Vastra is talking about is not the loss of the Ponds but the loss of River. We know that she dies in the Library. Maybe between “The Angels Take Manhattan” and “The Snowmen” River told the Doctor she was off to go explore the Library.
Anyway, I’m super excited for the new season to begin. Clara is a wonderful addition to the show. I think she’ll challenge the Doctor and shake up his life in all the best ways possible. We’ve got so many awesome things to look forward to this season including more Vastra, Jenny, and Strax and the return of the Cybermen in an episode penned by Neil Gaiman. And the new TARDIS. Still not so sure about it, but it’s growing on me.