Could The Time of the Doctor being drawing to a close? That’s the name of the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas special, which will see Matt Smith bow out of the iconic role to make way for Peter Capaldi. It follows the same naming pattern of much of the Who material we’ve seen since last spring. The seventh season finale was The Name of the Doctor, followed by the Night of the Doctor minisode, followed by the Day of the Doctor 50th anniversary special. You can see the first teaser for The Time of the Doctor up top, and the official synopsis below. And you can read as far as that without really spoiling anything. Below the synopsis, however…things are going to get heavy (with apologies to another well-known time traveler).
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.