“And now it’s time for one last bow, like all your other selves. Eleven’s hour is over now, the clock is striking Twelve’s.” The trailer for this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special, The Time of the Doctor, is here, and it’s packed full of baddies and foreboding. For seasons now the Doctor’s been warned that his end will come on the planet Trenzalore, and that there’s nothing he can do about it. Now it seems his enemies are gathering, and the Doctor’s appointment with fate is looking awfully damn nigh.
From the sound of things, the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas special The Time of the Doctor will be throwing in everything plus an array of kitchen sinks from various alternate timelines. Now a new batch of photos gives us looks at the angry Daleks, a wooden Cyberman, and the Doctor doing his best Harry Potter impression.
POTENTIAL TIME OF THE DOCTOR SPOILERS BELOW!
Well, the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful. Unfortunately: Cybermen, everydamnwhere. Wouldn’t you just know it, even after the cathartic journey of The Day of the Doctor, can the poor guy have just one Christmas where he can relax and maybe go accidentally invent egg nog or something? No, no he cannot. Because that’s not how this whole Christmas special thing works, people, and thus we come full circle: Cybermen, everydamnwhere.
Yes, The Time of the Doctor is nigh, but since it’s not quite nigh enough just yet, the BBC has released a bunch of new images from the special, as well as like half a dozen versions of the poster, which may seem like overkill until you realize they’re actually distinct posters from slightly different alternate timelines. The biggest question I’ve got: what’s up with the severed Cyberman head the Doctor seems to be dragging around everywhere?
Doctor Who Infiltrates Art History In Poster Prints, Plus A TARDIS In A Real Vincent Van Gogh Painting
It’s always fun when a time travel story demonstrates a traveler’s path through history in the form of a photograph or some other sort of image. Doc Brown and Marty McFly in front of the Hill Valley clock face. Cole from Twelve Monkeys, frightened and confused on a World War I battlefield. Doctor Who has used this idea many times over the years — in “Rose,” it was pictures of the Doctor from many different eras that revealed the man who had saved her was even more mysterious than she thought. These historical mashup posters take the concept and run with it, including the extremely cool Weeping Angel that has snuck into Leonardo da Vinci’s “Vitruvian Man.” Just remember: an image of an angel actually becomes an angel, so DON’T BLINK.
And it seems that River Song, in between all that time in jail, made at least one pitstop in ancient Egypt. Spoilers, sweetie…
The Time of the Doctor is nigh, but not quite nigh enough. Having survived The Day of the Doctor, Whovians now turn their attention to the upcoming Christmas special, which was revealed to be titled The Time of the Doctor earlier this week. That special will see the end of Matt Smith’s tenure in the role, handing the TARDIS keys off to Peter Capaldi. We also heard some pretty crazy rumors about what exactly will happen in Time of the Doctor, and now another batch of rumors seems to be lining up pretty closely to the first, suggesting the Christmas special will be eventful indeed.
Here’s the official BBC synopsis for Time of the Doctor, then the spoilers will get heavy after that:
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.
If you live in the States, there’s a good chance you’ve spent a lot of time with your family over the past couple of days. In some cases you’ll have spent so much time with your family that you’re now considering how much of a guilt trip your mom would hit you with if you found an excuse to skip Christmas. But even when they drive you nuts, family is still family. Family is there for you. Family loves you when the rest of the world is dumping on you. And, every once in a while, family makes funny poses with geeky props so you can practice your portrait photography.