Whovians it is almost time for the annual Doctor Who Christmas Special. On December 25, we will get a brand new Doctor Who episode but we will also be getting a brand new Doctor.
Number 11, played by Matt Smith will be regenerating in The Time of The Doctor on Christmas Day to be replaced by the 12th Doctor, played by Doctor Who alum Peter Capaldi. Whovians got a glimpse of Capaldi in the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special in November, which featured an unprecedented collaboration of three different Doctor incarnations.
The First Question
In The Time of the Doctor, Earth’s favorite Gallifreyan will again be called upon to save mankind, but he will also be challenged to face his greatest enemies. The trailer includes the Daleks, the Cybermen, the Weeping Angels, the Silence and some new monsters that are all trying to draw the Doctor to the plains of Trenzalore.
Whovians are fully aware that Trenzalore is the place where the Doctor dies for the final time and is buried. In The Name of the Doctor, his latest Companion, Clara Oswin Oswald, beautifully played by Jenna Louis Coleman, sacrificed herself to save the Doctor from the Great Intelligence. While saving her, 11 gave us a glimpse of the War Doctor, played by John Hurt, who acquitted himself wonderfully in The Day of the Doctor, the 50th Anniversary Special.
War Doctor Extended End
The upcoming episode will be Smith’s final turn at playing the Doctor, and Whovians will get no more new Who until the season premiers in 2014. Clara and the Doctor cook Christmas dinner and the Doctor gets to meet Clara’s family.
It doesn’t do turkey..
The full plot of the Doctor Who Christmas Special is, as usual, being kept under wraps, but the tag line promises this:
The 11th Doctor sees new friends and reawakens old enemies
The Doctor must sacrifice everything to save a town called Christmas from the Time Lord’s greatest enemies. A change is going to come, and Silence will fall…
In season six, Whovians were horrified to see 11 killed on the shores of Lake Silencio in Utah. In true timey-wimey form, head writer Steven Moffat brought in a younger Doctor to carry through the season. This is when we first learn of the Doctor’s unavoidable demise in Utah, which he escapes –twice!- with help from his beloved psychopath wife River Song. River’s attempt to save him backfires, fracturing time. The Doctor figures a way out however, and lives to fight another day.
The head of an old friend, Dorian, warns him, however, that his final death on Trenzalore is still in his future and cannot be avoided. Dorian was reduced to a head in the season six. The episode A Good Man Goes to War featured 11 gathering comrades to rescue Companion Amy from the Headless Monks.
The Day of the Doctor allowed the Doctor to go back and change a moment in his millennia-long history that has haunted him for centuries. Not only was Gallifrey saved, but the way was opened for the Doctor to do something he has perhaps secretly yearned to do since that horrible day. The Doctor may have the chance to go home, not to the TARDIS, but to Gallifrey.
It is unclear if 11‘s latest nemesis, The Great Intelligence will make another appearance in the Christmas Special. GI seems to know more about the Doctor and his exploits than any other foe he has yet to face. The special would not be complete without him, but only Moffat knows for sure. In the season finale, he dispersed himself through the Doctor’s timeline in an effort to destroy him once and for all. Suffice it to say Whovians will get yet another installment of this long running, globally adored story. It might be enough to hold them until the season premier.
Christmas Special Trailer
By Brandi Tasby