DVD Corner's blog

News, dvd and blu-ray reviews

Doctor Who: The Snowmen Blu-ray Review

Doctor Who- The Snowmen Blu-ray

“Doctor Who: The Snowmen” is a solid X-Mas special.

“The Snowmen,” which is the 2012 “Doctor Who” Christmas special, is set in Victorian England, 1892. We discover that the Doctor, Vastra, Jenny and Strax are living in this time period and investigating mysteries. The Doctor, however, isn’t his usual jovial self as he still mourning the departure of Amy and Rory. The Doctor’s mood soon changes for the better when he meets a barmaid/Governess named Clara and discovers that creepy telepathic Snowmen are on the loose. As the Doctor and company investigate further, it is revealed that the Snowmen are the work of the Great Intelligence and Dr. Simeon. What are these two dangerous minds up to? Why is Clara in another time period? Can the duo’s evil plan be stopped? Alas, you’ll only get a few answers here. You’ll have to wait for more information regarding Clara and the Great Intelligence in “The Name of the Doctor.”

After 2011’s dull stand-alone “The Doctor, The Widow, And The Wardrobe,” writer Steven Moffat bounces back with a humorous and fun episode that isn’t a throwaway story. Not only is the episode notable for introducing a shiny new TARDIS interior, a voice acting guest appearance by Ian McKellen, and a beloved new opening credit sequence, but the episode itself is significant in the grand scheme of things. Yes, there may be an excessive amount of set-up, but there’s a good reason for it. A number of the characters and plotlines in this episode directly tie into the second half of series 7. “The Snowmen” is also notable for being the second of three re-introductions of Clara Oswald (the first being in “Asylum of the Daleks” and the third being “The Bells of Saint John”).

As much as I enjoyed “The Snowmen,” it’s not without its flaws. Despite running longer than most episodes at 60 minutes, the script spends so much time with set-up that the end is rather rushed when it’s all said and done. Granted, the story partially continues in “The Name of the Doctor,” but sitll. Also, while more of a pet peeve than anything else, the “Doctor Who?” jokes really need to stop. Moffat, I beg you, stop the madness.


“The Snowmen,” which is presented in widescreen 1080i, proves that DW just keeps looking better and better every year on Blu-ray. From the beautiful opening snow covered pre-credits scene to the new TARDIS interior, this episode will dazzle Whovian hi-def aficionados.

There isn’t a false note in the 5.1 DTS-HD audio track as everything from Ian McKellen’s booming voice to Murray Gold’s score is an aural delight.

* “Children In Need Special: The Great Detective”- This short Jenny, Strax, and Vastra special is forgettable until Strax’s hilarious closing line redeems the entire thing.
* “Vastra Investigates”- The second “The Snowmen” prequel mostly features exposition, plot set-ups, and some characterization for Vastra and Jenny.
* “Clara’s White Christmas”- A brief behind-the-scenes look at the production of “The Snowmen” featuring comments by the cast and crew (including Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman).
* Trailers for “Doctor Who” Series 7, Part 2 and “Orphan Black.”

June 17, 2013 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , , , ,

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: