Published on November 26th, 2013 | by Christian Cawley

Christmas Episode Named: The Time Of The Doctor [VIDEO]

We’ve barely said goodbye to The Day of the Doctor - but today the BBC has confirmed the name of the final Matt Smith episode of Doctor Who, accompanied by striking artwork…

Expected to air on Christmas Day, the episode will feature Daleks, Cybermen, Weeping Angels and Silents. It will also mark the end of the current Doctor’s life and feature Smith’s replacement, Peter Capaldi. You can get a flavour by clicking play above.

Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor

Starring Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman, the episode also features Orla Brady (Fringe, Sinbad), with Digital Spy exclusively revealing that:

Brady’s character is someone from the Doctor’s past, with the plot of the festive episode revolving around her.

Speculation has been rife: if this is a character known to Doctor Who fans, then the smart money is on:

  • Romana
  • The Rani
  • Jenny

Here’s the newly-released synopsis:

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.

We have but a month left of the Eleventh Doctor…


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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

9 Responses to Christmas Episode Named: The Time Of The Doctor [VIDEO]

  1. I hope it’s Romana as it will be interesting to find out what her involvement was in the time war and how she would have got out of e space

  2. avatar gmx0 says:

    I don’t want to go!

  3. avatar Jim McLean says:

    I like how every female casting in nu-Who ALWAYS has to have The Rani as an option. It’s a running joke in the subconscious hive-mind of Doctor Who fans, surely?

    • avatar The Captain says:

      And the Rani wasn’t even that interesting a character. Hey, maybe she’ll be a he this time… Or the Master will be a she… You just never know anymore, that’s why I’m trying to not care anymore and move on from this show.

      • avatar Lozzer says:

        The show terrifies me now for the wrong reasons – I’m convinced Mofat will do a gender change on us and destroy everything I love about he character. Hopefully Capaldi is in it for the long run and there a few years of Dr Who before I’m forced to switch off.

  4. avatar authorman94 says:

    It could be Jenny. According to RTD, he wanted that episode for her to remain dead, but it was Moffat who asked her to be brought back to life at the end, and she hasn’t turned up yet. Just what I’m thinking anyway.

  5. avatar simon magellan says:

    Is every episode now going to be called “… of the Doctor”? This is three in a row.

    • avatar Peter says:

      Four actually – Name, Night, Day, Time

  6. avatar dr jon says:

    The clock is on 12 midnight too.

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