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The Time Of The Doctor: Three Things We Loved About Matt Smith’s Farewell

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“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.” Tonight Matt Smith’s journey as the Doctor reached its end, and with it the time of the Eleventh Twelfth Thirteenth Eleventh Doctor. It had quite a challenge ahead of it, following on the heels of the epic “Day of the Doctor,” but it succeeded admirably by telling a large story through a small, personal lens. It bookended the Matt Smith era with countless callbacks, wrapped up many of the dangling questions and bits of mythology showrunner Steven Moffat had left us with over the past several seasons, and gave Matt Smith a proper, memorable exit. Before handing him a new face (and kidneys). Here are three things we loved about “The Time of the Doctor.”

Spoilers, sweetie!

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The Eleventh Doctor’s Ten Best Moments

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SmithThe Time of the Doctor has come and gone, and we’ve all said farewell to Matt Smith and howdy-ho to the new guy. Now we’re taking a moment to look back at the Doctor who was, the guy who slowly won us over after the pain of losing David Tennant. Here are the Eleventh Doctor’s Ten Best Moments, in chronological order. (Did we miss one of your favorites? Sound off in the comments!) Needless to say, spoilers!

“Basically…run.” (“The Eleventh Hour”)
I spent most of the length of Matt Smith’s premiere episode fidgeting nervously and silently comparing Smith to the departed Tennant, a comparison that didn’t favor the new guy. It seemed every quirk and catchphrase was designed to irritate me, from “Geronimo!” to the fish sticks and custard. But then came this scene, a beautifully crafted tip of the hat to the show’s long history, capped by the moment Smith truly won me over, proving that he could do subsurface darkness as well as whimsy, and that he might just have what it takes to fill the Doctor’s shoes (or bow tie) after all.

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Matt Smith’s Time Is Up In The Time Of The Doctor: Today In Science & Science Fiction

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SmithXmasIt’s all come down to this: Matt Smith’s final hour as the Doctor. After three seasons playing the wandering Time Lord, the Eleventh Doctor’s time has come, and we know one thing for certain: by the time the latest Christmas special is over, the era of Peter Capaldi’s Doctor will have begun. And it the rumors are true, showrunner Steven Moffat will have cleared the deck for the show to carry on through another five decades of life.

We won’t delve into those rumors here, because if you’ve managed to remain unspoiled this long, who are we to ruin the fun? Instead we’ll give you the basics: the official synopsis from the BBC and the trailer. You’ve got Daleks, Cybermen, Weeping Angels, the Silence, and that place the Doctor most dreads: Trenzalore. The Time of the Doctor premieres tonight at 9/8c.

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.

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Steven Moffat On What Would Have Happened If Eccleston Came Back For Who’s 50th

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EcclestonWhoWhile there was a lot to love about Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary spectacular, The Day of the Doctor, there were a few things that could have been better. Most noticeable was the absence of Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston, the dude who helped bring the show to its current heights by kicking off a new era of Doctor Who (along with executive producer Russell T Davies). There has been tons of speculation since his single season aired as to why he has distanced himself from the show, but the bottom line is that, for whatever reason, that wasn’t a road he was interested in returning to. So it wasn’t surprising that he opted not to participate in the special, but it was disappointing, and you could often feel scenes where the Ninth Doctor really should have been there, especially since he was the closest of the three modern Doctors to the new guy, John Hurt’s so-called “War Doctor.” But while The Day of the Doctor feels somewhat lacking without Nine, showrunner Steven Moffat has gone on the record to give us some hints of how Eccleston’s Doctor would have figured into the special — and the truth might surprise you.

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Futurama And Doctor Who Launch Festive Marathons: Today In Science & Science Fiction

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FutureXWith this being the week of Christmas, it’s not surprising that the TV landscape is barren. If you’re not into watching It’s a Wonderful Life for the 800th time, your options are going to be seriously limited. Thankfully, GFR has got your back. While there’s not much of interest happening this week, there are marathons of two of our favorite shows, Doctor Who and Futurama.

First up is Futurama, which kicks off a short “mini-marathon” this afternoon at 4:56 p.m. Eastern time on Comedy Central. Curse their stubborn refusal to begin right on the hour. At any rate, beginning with the season 4 episode “Future Stock” you’ll get five episodes total. “Xmas Story” will air at 5:27 Eastern, followed by the series finale “Meanwhile” at 5:58 p.m., “A Tale of Two Santas” at 7:30 p.m., and “The Futurama Holiday Spectacular” at 8 p.m.

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Doctor Who Unleashes The First Clip From Time Of The Doctor

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Now that the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special is well in the rearview, and we’ve all had a chance to digest that particular meal, we can turn our full attention to the annual Christmas special, this year titled The Time of the Doctor. In preparation for the holiday festivities, BBC has dropped a fun first clip from the special episode, which airs Christmas day.

Humans aren’t the only ones in the universe who like to get together with friends and family on December 25. Time Lords, or at least this specific one, seems to dig it as well. While this quick video doesn’t reveal much in the way of story, it does give you a peek at a fun little shared moment between Clara (Jenna Coleman) and the Doctor (Matt Smith). Silly Clara, you can’t use a Sonic Screwdriver to cook a turkey, what the hell are you thinking? To quote her travel companion, “Nothing does turkey, you’d need a time machine.” Well wait just a minute…