‘Doctor Who’ Christmas Special Clips & Preview

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Last year on Christmas Day, more UK viewers tuned in for Doctor Who special “The Snowmen” than sat down to watch the Queen’s Christmas speech. In her majesty’s defense, this competition was somewhat unfairly weighted by the fact that the Queen doesn’t own a time machine (that we know of).

This year, the Doctor Who Christmas special “The Time of the Doctor” is shaping up to be another heavy-hitter. Coming off the high of the recent 50th Anniversary Special, which performed impressively at the box office and broke BBC America’s ratings records, “The Time of the Doctor” will see Matt Smith (who is either the Eleventh Doctor or the Thirteenth – it’s complicated) bow out to make room for The Thick of It star Peter Capaldi, who will be taking over the role.

Perhaps out of complacency that every Doctor Who fan will be watching the episode anyway, the BBC has kept things pretty light in the latest preview for “The Time of the Doctor.” Clara and the Doctor try to cook a turkey and hilarity ensues… sort of. The Doctor says that they need a time machine, but he already has a time machine. That is the joke.

Two other clips have been released in aid of “The Time of the Doctor,” one of which is simply the second-long glimpse of Peter Capaldi that was shown in “The Day of the Doctor.” The other is a transmission from everyone’s favorite Sontaran, Strax, in which he gives his observations of the boring and battle-free holiday traditions of Earth (obviously he has never attended a Shaw-Williams family Christmas).

“The Time of the Doctor” will include a number of the show’s more popular villains, including the Daleks, the Cybermen, the Weeping Angels and the Silence. The Doctor finds himself drawn to a planet that has summoned all of these baddies together in one place, and in the midst of the celebrations must fight his final battle. Current show head Steven Moffat has promised that the episode will see the culmination of all the plot threads that have been laid down over the course of Smith’s turn as the Doctor.

Let’s just hope he doesn’t turn into an evil alien elf like the Ninth Doctor. That would be a sad end to the year.


The Doctor Who Christmas Special, “The Time of the Doctor,” will air on BBC America @9/8c on December 25th, 2013.

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  1. 2 days!!! Cant wait! Will miss Matt Smith. I think he should of stuck around for one more year. So as to make up for the unevenness of the 7th series.

    • I’ve more or less enjoyed Matt Smith’s run as the Doctor.

      I love the fact that they’re going with an older Doctor for this next iteration. 2 more days!

  2. Story looks messy and polluted once again :(
    I respect the man,but the Moff has really a hard time to find focus in his Who Stories !

    Otherwise just glad Smith is out,from all the Doctors he is the one i never could get used too. Hope Capaldi makes it better,as long as the writing improves as well !
    Can not wait !

    • I hope that too.

      Smith’s acting and Moffat’s writing (not just on Doctor Who but all things they’ve been involved in thus far, other than Sherlock, which I haven’t seen but hasn’t looked too interesting either) have left me feeling anywhere between disappointment and despair at how bad they were.

      I have a cousin who feels the same way and who also thinks Karen Gillan is crap as an actress (I’ve only seen her in 2 DW episodes and a brief preview of A Touch Of Cloth season 3 that’s airing next August so can’t judge her myself).

      I’ll tune in tomorrow but even if the episode is as disappointing as the 50th anniversary episode was, at least we have one bright spot. New Doctor and new lead writer taking over.

      • Agreed, Smith does over act and Moffat’s plot lines border on the absurd, Amy remembering the Doctor into existence, really? At that moment I gave up on Moffat as head writer, hopefully Capaldi can reign him in a bit though. Disagree with your Karen Gillan comment though, though I suppose I’m a more than a bit biased, I think the writing doesn’t help anyone on the show, Smith, Karen and Louise Coleman included. The only thing that annoyed me with the Amy character was the overly posh Scottish voice she puts on haha

  3. I’ve loved this whole Run, Moffat included, oddly enough it’s just all worked very well for me. Crazy to think Matt’s run is over, was great. Hope Jenna stays on for years!

    • Glad you enjoyed it,just lets hope it gets better from here on :)
      Tomorrow is the day :)

  4. Theres nothing to do with complacency with the new new Doctor Who trailer. Its a preview which Moffat releases before all his major episodes

  5. Nothing against Smith – but he’s been the weakest Doctor for me. His episodes being weak didn’t help – especially the finale’s. The Christmas special wont change my opinion on him either.

    In all its been 3 weak seasons (5,6 & 7) with a storyline that hinges entirely on every single plot hole being answered in a Christmas special that also now has to introduce a new regeneration limit.

    Put simply – if this episode sucks – I will not be watching any more Doctor Who until Moffat leaves and with every clip/preview it looks like it will suck and I wouldn’t be surprised if a Weeping Angel or a member of the Silents (Species) kills the Doctor so Moffat can leave his mark on the series -_-

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