One last 'Doctor Who'-connected entry in the ASOTV showcase which has a Christmas flavor*.....
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"The Borrowers" (2010)
The 'West Wing' Dimension
Christopher Eccleston on playing the role:
"The Borrowers" is a children's fantasy novel by the English author Mary Norton, published by Dent in 1952. It features a family of tiny people who live secretly in the walls and floors of an English house and "borrow" from the big people in order to survive. Alternatively, The "Borrowers" is the series of five novels including four sequels that feature the same family after they leave "their" house.
Pod Clock is Arrietty's father and, according to his wife Homily, the most talented Borrower.
Oh Pod. He's really a good guy, but sometimes his parenting leaves a bit to be desired. He loves Arrietty, and he's a good husband to Homily, sure. But he's also more than a little overprotective. So he spends much of the book trying to walk the line between loving dad and total control freak.
And what a fine line it is. See, in Pod's mind, he faces the dangers of borrowing upstairs to ensure a life of safety for his family. As the narrator tells us, "His wife and child led more sheltered lives in homelike apartments under the kitchen, far removed from the risks and dangers of the dreaded house above".
But because only Pod knows how to open the many gates that create a barrier between their home and the outside world, he winds up controlling how much freedom his family has, which is not the fairest thing in the world.
*Only this version is set in the weeks leading up to Christmas.....