Around here, few things scream holiday cheer quite like the annual Doctor Who Christmas special. This year has a increased level of significance, due to the fact that we will bid a fond farewell to the eleventh incarnation of Time Lord, ably played for the last few years by Matt Smith. That’s going to lead to some tear-filled Whovian eyes, to be sure. And because we’re losing one Doctor, as you all know, we get to welcome another. As it turns out, the twelfth manifestation of everyone’s favorite two-hearted alien who jumps through time and space will look a lot like British actor Peter Capaldi. Because you can never get too much of a look, we’re back with a huge new collection of stills from this year’s special, “Time of the Doctor.”
There’s a ton for fans to pour over in these photos, and it looks like the Doctor, old and new, will have his work cut out for him. In no particular order, he’ll face down a horde of Daleks, some Weeping Angels, and a woman named Tasha Lem (Orla Brady). At least she looks pretty sinister. He’ll also have to deal with some Cybermen, both the usual futuristic metal guys, as well as some that look like they’re made out of wood. Yeah, we’re not sure about that, either. Perhaps they’re like vintage, prehistoric Cybermen from a museum or something.
Maybe the best parts of this entire gallery, however, are the ones that feature the images of a puppet version of the Doctor. (If there is a god, Peter Capaldi’s Doctor is going to be a puppet. Okay, that would be terrible, but the idea amused me for a moment.) If that means what we all think it means, then we’re in for a damned Doctor Who puppet show. There aren’t enough exclamation points in the world. That alone is probably worth tuning in for. As if you needed another reason.
In case you missed it, here is the official synopsis for “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.
How Capaldi’s regeneration is going to go down is something of a mystery. Word on the street is that it won’t be your garden-variety changeover. Stephen Moffat has hinted that we’ve miscounted the rebirths over the years, and John Hurt’s War Doctor from the 50th anniversary special could play into that. Lots of people are wondering how Doctor Who is going to get around the hard and fast rules laid out over the show’s five decade run. If nothing else, “Time of the Doctor” is full of intrigue, and promises to be a fun time.