Take a look at the plethora of stills just released for the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas Special. Not only that, but the ABC has just confirmed the broadcast time: 7.30pm 26th December on ABC1.
So close, yet so far away.
The annual Doctor Who Christmas Special is approaching fast, and it is bittersweet. Sadly, we say goodbye to the flailing, physical and quirky Matt Smith and welcome in the older, and probably just as quirky, Peter Capaldi.
Capaldi will be a great Doctor, but considering that Matt Smith was the first Doctor from the reboot that I watched, I will miss him dearly.
Less sadness, more newsness.
Hot off the trails from the Guinness World Record-making 50th Anniversary Special, The Day of the Doctor, we have our title, synopsis, image and trailer for the Christmas Special:
THE TIME OF THE DOCTOR.
Now, we were hoping for something more similar to ‘The Eleventh Hour’ to sort of bookend Matt Smiths time as the Doctor, but this is still good. Please pay close attention to the flames between the Doctor and Clara. Yes, that is Peter Capaldi’s face.
And the synopsis:
[box]“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.”[/box]
Now, lets talk about regenerations. Everyone who watches Doctor Who will know that as stated in the 1976 episode ‘The Deadly Assassin’, the Doctor can only regenerate 12 times a cycle therefore allowing only 13 incarnations. Factoring in the fact the John Hurt is now a Doctor, between 8 and 9, and that David Tennant used an extra regeneration during his time to save himself, the Doctor seems to be out of lives. So how is it possible that we’re getting a whole new Doctor?
Steven Moffat told the Daily Mirror that, “The 12 regenerations limit is a central part of Doctor Who mythology – science fiction is all about rules, you can’t just casually break them… So if the Doctor can never change again, what’s Peter Capaldi doing in the Christmas special?”
So cocky. He loves to make us wait. Considering Capaldi has appeared on both Doctor Who and Torchwood previously, the writers have likely come up with an explanation as to why his face continues to crop up. Something that came from ex-showrunner and writer Russell T. Davies.
Another thing we can expect, apparently, is an emotional speech from Matt Smiths Doctor about dying.
Start stockpiling tissues people.