Christmas Specials — Episode 8

The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe

A madcap caretaker greets evacuee Madge Arwell and her two children and leads them into a magical wintry world.

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It’s Christmas Eve, 1938, when Madge Arwell comes to the aid of an injured Spaceman Angel as she cycles home, in this year’s "Doctor Who" Christmas Special, starring Matt Smith as the Doctor.

He promises to repay her kindness – all she has to do is make a wish.

Three years later, a devastated Madge escapes war-torn London with her two children for a dilapidated house in Dorset. She is crippled with grief at the news her husband has been lost over the channel, but determined to give Lily and Cyril the best Christmas ever.

The Arwells are surprised to be greeted by a madcap caretaker whose mysterious Christmas gift leads them into a magical wintry world. Here, Madge will learn how to be braver than she ever thought possible. And that wishes can come true…

Madge Arwell is played by Claire Skinner, Reg Arwell is played by Alexander Armstrong, Lily Arwell by Holly Earl and Cyril Arwell by Maurice Cole. Browse through cast photos here.

Watch the trailer and prequel to start your countdown to the Christmas Day special, plus check out images from the special.

Read our exclusive interview with Matt Smith on this year's special and learn some of his favorite Christmas memories.

Steven Moffat offers us a special introduction to "The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe."