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Once 8.30pm, Eleven ★★★ M. 2006. Gen­tle touch­ing film that tells of the com­ing to­gether of two mu­si­cal souls – he a busker who writes his own songs; she’s a song­writer who likes his. Redo­lent with the songs of both, this a true feel­good movie for those who en­joy modern song­writ­ing at its best – and good singing to boot. Glenn Hansard. Mary Shel­ley’s Franken­stein 9.50pm, Show­time Ac­tion ★★★ M. 1994. Os­car nom­i­nee Ken­neth Branagh di­rects and stars as young Vic­tor Franken­stein in Mary Shel­ley’s clas­sic hor­ror story where a des­per­ate man-made crea­ture (Robert De Niro) is aban­doned by his cre­ator. Faith­ful to the source, this is a Gothic and grue­some take that lives long af­ter the cred­its have rolled. District B13 10pm, SBS ONE ★★★ AV. 2004. Fu­ture French au­thor­i­ties have walled-in District B13 to keep its crim­i­nal in­hab­i­tants un­der con­trol. When the crims threaten to set off a bomb how­ever, in go tough guys Cyril Raf­faelli and David Belle. High-speed French thriller doesn’t have a dull mo­ment as its ac­ro­batic he­roes pull off amaz­ing stunts that put Hol­ly­wood to shame. Perse­po­lis 10.30pm, SBS TWO ★★★ M. 2007. Re­mark­able an­i­mated film based on the graphic nov­els of Mar­jane Sa­trapi, whose fam­ily fell foul of the Shah’s regime in Iran and re­joiced in his over­throw. What fol­lowed, how­ever, was worse. As a young girl grow­ing up she was able to com­pare the two and re­count the tyranny that fol­lowed. Cather­ine Deneuve.

Matt Smith as the 11th Doc­tor Who in The Doc­tor, The Widow and The Wardrobe ATT Smith says Doc­tor Who is the most free­ing role he has played.

‘‘Ev­ery script is like open­ing a Christ­mas gift be­cause you’re not bound by time or logic or genre or space or any of the nor­mal things you are bound by in nor­mal drama,’’ he says.

Smith, who plays the 11th Doc­tor, is the star of his Doc­tor Who spe­cial, which airs in the UK on Christ­mas Day and in Aus­tralia on Box­ing Day.

Smith hon­ours the Doc­tor Who tra­di­tion of keep­ing de­tails of the show un­der wraps.

‘‘We meet a fam­ily who are on the verge of hav­ing a ter­ri­ble and dis­mal Christ­mas, and by some stroke of Doc­tor Who ge­nius, he lands upon them and, need­less to say, wants to make their Christ­mas bet­ter and take them on an ex­plo­ration to give them some­thing to re­mem­ber, but as usual he runs into trou­ble,’’ he says.

‘‘Steven (Mof­fat, Doc­tor Who’s lead writer) has writ­ten a bril­liant script. This year has a magic, ethe­real Christ­mas feel to it.’’

Of­fi­cial de­tails re­veal the Doc­tor finds him­self in war-torn Eng­land em­bark­ing on a mag­i­cal ad­ven­ture with a widow and her two chil­dren.

The guest cast in­cludes Out­num­bered star Claire Skin­ner and comic Bill Bai­ley, best known for his role in the se­ries Black Books.

Doc­tor Who

The Doc­tor, The Widow and The Wardrobe: Mon­day, 7.30pm, ABC1

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