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The Snowmen 

London, 1892. Snow is trying to evolve, feeding off of the nightmares of a little girl. But the Doctor has given up on saving the world. It is up to a young governess named Clara to convince him, with just one word, to save the day.


Saul Metzstein


Steven Moffat




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Smith ... The Doctor
Jenna Coleman ... Clara (as Jenna-Louise Coleman)
Tom Ward ... Captain Latimer
Richard E. Grant ... Dr. Simeon
Catrin Stewart ... Jenny
Neve McIntosh ... Madame Vastra
Dan Starkey ... Strax
Joseph Darcey-Alden Joseph Darcey-Alden ... Digby
Ellie Darcey-Alden ... Francesca
Liz White ... Alice
Jim Conway ... Uncle Josh
Cameron Strefford Cameron Strefford ... Walter
Annabelle Dowler ... Walter's Mother
Ben Addis Ben Addis ... Bob Chilcott
Sophie Miller-Sheen Sophie Miller-Sheen ... Clara's Friend


The Doctor is living in 1892 London, still despondent over the loss of his friends. He has no interest in what is happening in the world even after he learns that the snow is strangely sentient and can form into rather vicious snowmen. A local barmaid, Clara, is intrigued by the Doctor and he is soon intrigued by her when it turns out she also works as a governess caring for Captain Latimer's two children. Together, they fight Dr. Simeon who has known the evil snowmen since he was a child. The Doctor is shocked when he realizes that he's met Clara before....and will no doubt meet her again. Written by garykmcd

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25 December 2012 (UK) See more »

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Steven Moffat was also uncertain about an epilogue featuring the 2013 version of Clara, which appeared and disappeared between several drafts. When it was finally decided to preserve this scene, a false ending was concocted to safeguard the surprise; this saw Vastra and Jenny comment on how the events of the story had reinvigorated the Doctor. See more »


When the Doctor and Clara are running away from the ice-governess and climb the stairs to his Tardis, they start climbing the stairs clock-wise, then climb it anti-clockwise when they get near the top, even thought the ice governess is still climbing them clockwise. The stairs literally flip the opposite way. See more »


The Doctor: Talking snow... I love new things.
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Referenced in Doctor Who: The Name of the Doctor (2013) See more »


Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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Brilliant Episode
5 April 2016 | by theofficemanSee all my reviews

The Snowmen is another great Doctor Who episode. Jenna Coleman is a very good actress, and her interactions with the Doctor were very good. The special effects were great, too. I loved when she first went inside the TARDIS, the music was great and the direction was also on point. The script was very good, and I was shocked when she died. I really enjoyed this episode. One thing is that the snow villain and the Great intelligence weren't that threatening. Otherwise it was a great episode.


Very enjoyable- (funny, dramatic, and emotional all-in-one.)

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