“And now it’s time for one last bow… like all your other selves. Eleven’s hour is over now. The clock is striking Twelve’s.”
No truer words were spoken by a companion than the ones heard from Clara at the beginning of this trailer for ‘The Time of the Doctor’. In just 2 short weeks, Whovians will be saying farewell to the 11th Doctor (portrayed smashingly by Matt Smith) and will be welcoming the next Doctor in the form of Peter Capaldi.
‘The Time of the Doctor’ will be the last of a trilogy of sorts that began with last season’s finale ‘The Name of the Doctor’ and continued on in the 50th anniversary special ‘The Day of the Doctor.’ Showrunner and executive producer Steven Moffat has promised that ‘The Time of the Doctor’ will answer questions that have been plaguing the Time Lord and fans since his first appearance on screen. Questions like: Who exactly are the Silence? What question will cause their fall?
Fans will also finally get an answer as to the proper numeration of the Doctor. As with the Doctor’s first rule, it seems that he and Moffat lies. Just before ‘The Day of the Doctor’ aired, Moffat was quoted as saying that Smith’s Doctor was still the 11th and that John Hurt’s Doctor had no effect to the numeration of the NuWho Doctors. Now it seems he is doing a little back pedaling:
“We’ll find out that Matt Smith is actually the 13th Doctor. Although everyone knows that the Doctor can only regenerate 12 times. 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? The Doctor doesn’t know off the top of his head what number he is. If you worry about such things, and I do, then I specifically said John Hurt’s Doctor doesn’t use the title. [Matt Smith’s Doctor] is in his 12th body but he’s the 11th Doctor, however there is no such character as the 11th Doctor – he’s just the Doctor – that’s what he calls himself.”
So besides the Silence, Moffat will also be addressing the ‘Doctor Who’ cannon of a Time Lord only being able to regenerate 12 times. If Smith is supposedly the last regeneration, then something is bound to happen to allow Capaldi’s Doctor to appear.
‘The Time of the Doctor’ draws near and it seems that it will not only be a ‘Doctor Who’ Christmas special but also one that could change the course of the show!
Until then, here’s the trailer to tease as to what we can expect!
“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.”
‘Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor’ will air Wednesday, Christmas Day, December 25, 2013, on BBC America at 9pm ET/PT.