Mary Poppins moonlights as Eliza Doolittle and The Great Intelligence feeds countless labourers to his carnivorous snowmen
We continue our Christmas-in-May Celebration with this review of the 2012 Christmas Special, The Snowmen!
Behatted urchin Walter Simeon is above his fellow Victorian ragamuffins’ snow-based shenanigans, and wishes only for isolation and an end to children’s silliness. Luckily for him, his friendly neighbourhood snowman shares precisely these opinions, and in the short matter of half a century they make a successful business out of disposing of London’s expendable labouring classes.
Stumbling through Victorian London, retired Time Lord, The Doctor, happens upon witty tavern wench, honest-to-god commoner and SAS-level stalker, Clara, who insinuates herself in the Doctor’s dealings with the Paternoster Gang, comprising Madame Vastra, Jenny Flint and Strax P. Potato.
Clara’s curiosity will not be quelled until she solves the mystery of the murderous snowmen, brings the Doctor out of retirement and kills off all the competition for her secret position as practically perfect governess at Captain Latimer’s mansion in the suburbs, before Walter Simeon can get his icy GI-branded grip on planet London.
This Doctor Who episode had a bunch of prequels, and we’ve dissected them on Who Back When as well. If you haven’t already, then check out our bonus prequel review here: B055 The Snowmen Prequels