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Published on December 12th, 2013 | by Nick Kitchen

New Clues for The Time of the Doctor in BBC Christmas Trailers?

The Time of the Doctor is almost upon us! However, in perfect Moffat style, we’ve precious little to go on outside of a few context clues and the fact that this episode will see us bid farewell to Matt Smith as the Doctor and welcome Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor. What then, shall we do? We scour what trailers the BBC have bestowed us for more clues, that’s what!

To begin, let’s make sure we’re all channeling our inner Benedict Cumberbatch because what we have to work with are very brief clips. We’ll turn our attention to the first, brief trailer, which aired shortly after The Day of the Doctor. However, the BBC has also given us a few tasty clips interwoven in the trailers promoting the BBC’s Christmas programming.

So let us begin! We’ll list what we’ve found in the footage and then we’ll post links to the trailers towards the end:

  • The Doctor walking through empty snow covered streets.
  • An unseen dialogue between the Doctor and an unidentified woman (Orla Brady as Tasha Lem, anyone?) who identifies the planet they’re on as Trenzalore.
  • A Weeping Angel
  • A Christmas dinner scene where Clara introduces the Doctor as her “boyfriend” and the Doctor gives Clara a little smack on the bottom!
  • Marching Cybermen.
  • Daleks blowing some stuff up…
  • The Doctor yelling “hello” as he and Clara walk through the streets.
  • The Doctor introducing himself in front of a town clock.
  • The Silents – first in the shadows walking towards an unidentified person with a cane (who could that be? The Doctor doesn’t typically carry a cane…) and then cornering someone who appears to be Clara in a corridor…

What do you think? Did we miss anything important? And dear reader, what do you think is going on based on these observations? Are we finally going to get a taste of that “never ending bitter war” Madame Kovarian mentioned during Demon’s Run? Watch the trailers below!

Teaser Trailer:

BBC Christmas 2013 Teaser Trailer:



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“That’s bacon! Are you trying to poison me?” And from that line on, I’ve been unable to stop watching, reading, musing about the Doctor. As a recent transplant to the Whoniverse, I’ve been trying to soak up as much Who-related knowledge as possible. That journey has taken me from the Tenth Planet to the Fields of Trenzalore and gently set me at the edge of my seat for what’s next. It’s an honor to be here and I plan to bring a unique perspective. I hope you’ll enjoy the journey alongside me.

4 Responses to New Clues for The Time of the Doctor in BBC Christmas Trailers?

  1. avatar David F says:

    Maybe I misunderstood it, but surely the “endless bitter war” was a reference to the regular clashes with the Doctor that his enemies have been engaged in on our screens for the last fifty years. It’s not a specific, self-contained war that we’ve yet to see.

  2. avatar Neu 75 says:

    What I want to know is how did The Doctor and Clara escape his own time stream at the end of ‘The Name of the Doctor?’

    • avatar TheDoctor_13 says:

      It’s Doctor Who, you don’t get shown stuff you make it up in your mind. They simply walked out, because he’s the doctor, and its doctor who.

  3. avatar Al says:

    And what does the Monoid have to do with all of this? A guy dressed as a Monoid is in a deleted scene on the Adventure in Space and Time DVD too. Coincidence? I think not!

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