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Following on the heels of the mega-successful Doctor Who 50th anniversary celebrations, it’s time to turn our attention to the next big deal for Whovians around the world: this year’s upcoming Christmas special, when we say goodbye to Matt Smith and his Eleventh Doctor. Fiftieth anniversary episode The Day of the Doctor left fans everywhere giddy, crushed a Guinness World record and was a smashing box office hit at movie theaters around the globe. How is the Christmas special going to be able to top that? Who knows, but we can wait to find out.
The first details surrounding Smith’s swan song were released by the BBC this week, and, if the title is anything to go by, seems to be drawing a lot of threads together as the Eleventh Doctor’s story draws to a close. The Christmas special will be titled The Time of the Doctor and the first bit of official artwork has been released.
The BBC synopsis of the episode goes like this:
“Orbiting a quiet backwater planet, the massed forces of the universe’s deadliest species gather, drawn to a mysterious message that echoes out to the stars. And amongst them – the Doctor. Rescuing Clara from a family Christmas dinner, the Time Lord and his best friend must learn what this enigmatic signal means for his own fate and that of the universe.”
So far, only a very brief teaser trailer for the holiday episode been released and, well, in true Steven Moffat fashion, it reveals very little. We hear that the Doctor seems to have found Trenzalore, we see snapshots of virtually every monster Eleven has faced, including the Daleks, the Cybermen , the Weeping Angels, and, most notably, the Silence, whom we haven’t seen since the whole “Silence Will Fall” business back in Series 6, which we still don’t fully understand.
Take a look for yourselves below:
And there’s still the little matter of Peter Capaldi, and how the Twelfth Doctor will be introduced. Anyone got any theories?