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article image'The Time of the Doctor' is Doctor Who Christmas Day special

By Mathew Wace Peck     Nov 26, 2013 in Entertainment
Just days after the long-awaited 50th-anniversary special of its flagship sci-fi drama series, "Doctor Who", the BBC has released details of this year's Christmas special.
The Time of the Doctor follows on with the theme set, first, in this year's season finale, The Name of the Doctor, then continued through last weekend's 50th-anniversary feature, The Day of the Doctor, and its short-film prequel The Night of the Doctor; all three written by Doctor Who 's head writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat.
The Time of the Doctor marks the end, after four years, of Matt Smith's tenure as the Doctor, and the beginning of Peter Capaldi's, his successor.
As detailed by DoctorWhoTV, the official synopsis for The Time of the Doctor reads:
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.
As reported by, the festive special sees the Doctor return to Trenzalore, the site of his tomb, as witnessed in The Name of the Doctor.
In September, it was reported that the Christmas special would once again pit the Doctor against his old enemies the Cybermen, which has now been confirmed by the BBC. In the Doctor Who universe, the Cybermen are second only to the Daleks in the frequency of their appearances in the series, having first been introduced in 1966, at the end of William Hartnell's era as the Doctor, in The Tenth Planet.
A Supreme Dalek strikes a commanding presence at the Doctor Who 50th Celebration.
A Supreme Dalek strikes a commanding presence at the Doctor Who 50th Celebration.
This will be the second time the Cybermen have appeared in a Doctor Who Christmas special, the first time being in 2008, in The Next Doctor, which starred David Tennant as the Doctor and David Morrisey (the Governor in The Walking Dead) as the Next Doctor/Jackson Lake.
However, it has now been revealed that the Cybermen will be joined by the Daleks themselves, who were central to the 50th-anniversary special, and the Weeping Angels, last seen in 2012, in The Angels Take Manhattan.
This is a big year for Doctor Who. Having first aired in 1963, 2013 has seen the world's longest-running television science-fiction drama series celebrating half a century of adventures. Last Saturday saw The Day of the Doctor simulcast in 94 countries, an achievement that earned the show a Guinness World Record as "the world's largest-ever simulcast of a TV drama".
A review of the episode, by Paul Wallis, can be found elsewhere on Digital Journal.
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