The annual Christmas special has come again, starring Peter Capaldi for the first time.

Cast and Crew Information

Peter Capaldi as The Doctor
Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald
Nick Frost as Santa Claus
Dan Starkey as Head Elf
Jimmy Vee as Scottish Elf
Nathan McMullen as Wolf
Faye Marsay as Shona McClalough
Natalie Gumede as Ashley
Maureen Beattie as Rona Bellows
Michael Troughton as Professor Albert

Written by Steven Moffat
Directed by Paul Wilmshurst

Premise

The Doctor and Clara need to halt an invasion of dream crabs, with the help of St. Nicholas.

High Point

“There’s a horror movie called Alien? That’s really offensive, no wonder everyone keeps invading you.”

Low Point

How many endings does one special need?

The Review

It’s hard to stay original with over 51 years behind you. This has elements we have seen before, as do virtually all episodes, but I don’t remember seeing them in this particular combination before. I give it 5 out of 6.

The effects were mixed. Most were makeup effects, but not quite all. The makeup effects were all great, but the CGI was mixed. The chalkboard was excellent, but putting the characters in CGI environments was never convincing. I give it 4 out of 6.

The story was nicely structured, with all of the necessary hints. What it doesn’t have is a clear difference between the final ending and those before it. I give it 4 out of 6.

The acting was great. The regulars have their roles and their dynamic nicely meshed together, while the guest stars played their parts well enough. I give it 6 out of 6.

The production is consistently great on this series. I give it 5 out of 6.

The emotional response was good, clearing the air following Death in Heaven and so forth. I give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, it’s a decent Christmas episode, and one with a stronger “Christmas” feeling than most. I give it 5 out of 6.

In total, Doctor Who: Last Christmas receives 34 out of 42.