Doctor Who: “A Christmas Carol”

Data
Title: Doctor Who: “A Christmas Carol”
Year: 2010
Network: BBC
Length: 60 minutes
Creator: Sydney Newman, C.E. Webber, Donald Wilson
Director: Toby Haynes
Writer: Steven Moffat
Starring: Matt Smith
With: Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Michael Gambon, Katherine Jenkins, Laurence Belcher, Danny Horn
Music: Murray Gold
Cinematography: Stephan Pehrsson
Editing: Adam Recht
I saw it: online, after it aired; on video (have on DVD), yesterday
Synopsis: a spaceship will crash if a rich old man doesn’t become a good person overnight

My reaction
Concept:3/4 (Good)
Story:3/4 (Good) There’s too much of it, but it’s nice enough.
Characters:3/4 (Good)
Dialog:4/4 (Great)
Pacing:1/4 (Bad)
Cinematography:2/4 (Indifferent)
Special effects/design:3/4 (Good) Great design, mediocre effects.
Acting:3/4 (Good)
Music:1/4 (Bad)
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good, 3/4 (Good)). Too rushed and overstuffed with timey-wimey cuteness for there to be time for the character stuff (which the story is supposed to be about) to work. Also, there are plot holes and crimes against science (does Moffat even know what the word “frequency” means?). But it is nice that they at least tried to do something more low key in a special for a change. And its faults are made up for with some first rate Doctor Blathering.
Objective Rating (Average):

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