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…
Here is the official synopsis of Time of the Doctor:
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.
This year is going to be an especially emotional installment for Whovians across the globe. After all, we’re going to be saying goodbye to one old friend, and getting to know a new one. Time of the Doctor is going to be Matt Smith’s last adventure as the titular time lord. His eleventh iteration of the Doctor will be replaced by the twelfth, portrayed by Peter Capaldi.
Many of us are curious to see exactly how this latest change over will go down. Writer and showrunner Stephen Moffat has indicated that this won’t be your usual, run of the mill regeneration. What that means, we don’t know, but it should be interesting to watch. It’s also going to be quite a change from Smith to Capaldi. Smith’s version is often described as a real life cartoon, while Capaldi is known for playing a gruffer sort. His character in In the Loop says the word ‘fuck’ 86 times.
Ben Wheatley will also direct the first two episodes in Capaldis’ run, which will be interesting. The Kill List director is know for his dark, twisted films. Even his Sightseers from earlier this year, which is a comedy, is a grim, violent, and twisted. All in all, it’s going to be an unusual journey from here on out.