Everyone is just catching their breath after the big Doctor Who 50th Anniversary celebrations, but the BBC remind us that there is more to come. On Christmas Day the annual, now-traditional special episode will air and this one will be dramatically more special than the previous years.
“The Time of the Doctor” as it is now titled will see current Doctor Matt Smith saying goodbye to the role he has occupied since the first day of 2010. As the episode closes we will see the eleventh (Twelfth? Thirteenth?) Doctor regenerate yet again and Peter Capaldi will assume the part.
Recent interviews with showrunner Steven Moffat seem to hint that the previously established twelve regeneration limit will come to head as we now know that there was a previously unknown regeneration in the form of John Hurt’s “War Doctor” and it appear that the “diverted regeneration energy” brouhaha from 2008’s “Journey’s End” still decreases the count by one.
However it plays out, we only have a few short weeks until “The Time of the Doctor” and the answers to some long-standing questions. In the meantime, check out the trailer below and look for all the hidden Easter Eggs in the official poster above.
“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…”