Friday, February 27, 2015

DVD Review - Doctor Who: Last Christmas

Doctor Who: Last Christmas
Director: Paul Wilmshurst
Starring: Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Nick Frost
Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
Release Date: February 17, 2015
Retail: $14.98
Running Time: 60 minutes
Rating: Not Rated
Buy Link: DVD, Blu-ray


Now available to own on DVD & Blu-ray from BBC Home Entertainment is Doctor Who: Last Christmas. Paul Wilmshurst directed this 60-minute 2014 Christmas Special that stars Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth, Jenna Coleman as his companion Clara Oswald and Nick Frost as Santa Claus. Bonus Features include Behind The Scenes featurette and a commentary.

Set on Christmas Eve, schoolteacher and frequent companion to Doctor, Clara, is woken up by a loud sound coming from the rooftop. She rushes up to roof to find a sleigh, magical reindeer, elves and Santa Claus. Then the TARDIS appears and once again the Doctor needs her help. And, of course, Clara, hops in the TARDIS to go on another adventure.

The Doctor and Clara arrive at the North Pole, where they encounter a troubled group of scientists as their fellow colleagues have been attacked by a Facehugger-like creature. The aliens puts the victims in a coma, While the victims are dreaming, the aliens slow devours their brains!

With the aliens outnumbering them, the only hope for survival is Santa Claus, whom mysteriously shows up out of nowhere. The Doctor eventually realizes that things aren't as they appear to be.

It feels a bit odd for a Christmas-themed DVD being released in February, but at least DW fans didn't have to wait long to grab their hands on Doctor Who: Last Christmas. I didn't watch the special in December as BBC America isn't available in my area, so I was looking forward to watching the DVD this week. With Nick Frost (The Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy) playing Santa Claus, my first thought was that Last Christmas was going to be a bit silly, but it turns out the plot is less Christmassy and more like the movie Alien with a little bit of Dreamscape tossed into the mix. It has taken me awhile to warm up to  Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor, but he does a remarkable job in this Special as well as Jenna Coleman as Clara. Overall, Doctor Who: Last Christmas is an entertaining, but slightly darker DW Christmas tale that I enjoyed watching from start to finish.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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