I found the story to be rather sweet with the mother's wish to retain her children's innocence and ability to enjoy the holiday. I liked the Doctor respecting the wishes and the inadvertent adventure. There are some rather funny lines and the wood creatures are pretty cool too.
What else is there to say? You either like the quirky brand of Doctor Who science fiction or you don't. It may be a little disconcerting when just jumping in, but it is nothing if not inviting.
Audio/Video. The video is presented in its original broadcast ratio of 16:9 and looks exceptionally good with this high definition transfer. The detail is fantastic, the closeups reveal some very nice detail level. I found no evidence of artifacts or other digital issues. The colors are all bright and sharp, this show really plays up the primary colors and is better for it. Blacks are deep without loss of detail in the shadows. It is a very pleasing visual presentation.
The soundtrack is a DTS-HD Surround track that sounds good enough to match the brightly colored visuals. Dialogue is crisp, music is nicely represented and it is just a nice bright listen. Nothing to complain about, but not really a lot to talk about either.
- Prequel to the Special. This was released online prior to the episode airing. It is a teaser that shows just what was going on prior to that spaceship blowing up.
- Clip Shows. A trio of clip shows are included that chronicle the best bits and pieces of the latest doctors adventures. They all run around 43-minutes a piece and are broken down between the Doctor, the Companions, and the Monsters. They were very good for me, who has not seen the latest adventures to tease me about what I need to catch up with.