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"That man is quite ridiculous. You must stay away from him."
I always watch the episode I'm reviewing at least twice when doing these reviews. Just so that I can't complain about a plot detail that was actually explained and I had just glossed over it the first time. It also lets me just enjoy the episode at first, then go back so I have some notes to work from. I haven't watched The Doctor The Widow and The Wardrobe since Christmas Day, apart from to gather some screenshots for this... 'review'. I had no desire to sit through it again.
The episode starts off decent enough. The Doctor is falling out of an exploding spaceship. It's slightly disappointing to see this mini-adventure left so unexplained, but it's something that's not too significant. After falling to Earth whilst having a chat with the stratosphere, The Doctor sortof meets Madge Arwell, the pseudo-companion of the story. It's an interesting meeting, and one which I think captures the essence of Doctor Who through it's ridiculousness, and the characters bemused reactions.
We then get a window into the lives of Madge and her family, including how she met her husband, Reg... The reason they get married is quintessentially British, even if there are a few unfortunate implications. "Follow your crush around for long enough and they'll marry you." Yes! That's a lesson for the kids! While it's around 10 minutes of the episode, the window into the life of the Arwells all felt engaging and necessary for a character driven story... Even if results were less than the sum of the parts.