I have recently been watching Doctor Who (after 2005 series). I have finished season 6 and the platform I am watching it on doesn't have the special, "The Doctor, The Widow, and the Wardrobe". Can I just skip the special if it is not important to the story arc in next series? No spoilers please as I'm watching it for the first time.

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    Story arc? No. But it does have some character beats at the end, related to his choices at the end of series 6.
    – Radhil
    Aug 29, 2020 at 16:47
  • @Radhil, If I skip it, would it have any major effect at my viewing experience? Also, if it would have, would reading the plot only suffice? Aug 29, 2020 at 16:50
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    If they're missing this one, then they may be missing other specials, too - such as the five episodes with David Tennant between series 4 and 5. Those are incredibly valuable story episodes.
    – HorusKol
    Aug 29, 2020 at 22:24
  • @HorusKol, Actually those specials were also available on youtube and I have watched those, but I couldn't find this one anywhere else. Aug 30, 2020 at 5:45
  • You can yes. It doesn't affect anything Nov 26, 2020 at 21:18

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Yes, you can freely skip all the main storyline of this episode. It's a classic one-off Christmas special, involving characters that never appeared in any other episode. There's no recurring villains like Daleks or Cybermen, and no worldbuilding or scene-setting that's used later.

The only scene which does fit into a (sort of, to the extent there is one) overall series arc is the very last scene, after the main adventure with the one-off characters is over, when

the Doctor goes to visit Amy and Rory. This is the first time they meet after he apparently died in the Series 6 finale "The Wedding of River Song".

Even that's not really important - just a bit of emotion, no big reveals or character development - but it's only 2 minutes long and you can easily watch it on Youtube:

  • Their door is the same shade of blue or near enough.
    – Verdan
    Aug 29, 2020 at 22:26
  • @Verdan Something old, something new, something borrowed, ...
    – Rand al'Thor
    Aug 29, 2020 at 22:27
  • Really thanks for the help.... Aug 30, 2020 at 5:52

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