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article imageDoctor Who: 800th episode marks Matt Smith’s festive swansong

By Mathew Wace Peck     Dec 25, 2013 in Entertainment
As the 50th anniversary year of “Doctor Who” draws to a close this Christmas Day, the popular BBC television drama series reaches another milestone.
As well as marking Matt Smith’s final outing as the Doctor — a part he’s played for the last four years — tonight’s instalment is the 800th episode of the long-running science-fiction series.
Earlier this year, Doctor Who marked its 100th new episode, The Crimson Horror, since returning to TV screens in 2005.
We’ve already had The Name of the Doctor, The Night of the Doctor and The Day of the Doctor, and the latest Christmas special promises to give us “The Nakedness of the Doctor”, although, of course, the episode itself is called The Time of the Doctor.
There’s a scene in the episode of the Doctor in the altogether – not for the first time. In 2010, something of an Internet furore was sparked when Smith’s Doctor appeared to be completely naked in The Lodger. Then, in 2011, he stripped off for charity in the Children in Need minisode, The Naked Doctor.
Matt Smith gets naked in Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor (2013)
Matt Smith gets naked in Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor (2013)
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As the title suggests, it’s “Time” for the Doctor — but time for what? Well, after four glorious years in the TARDIS, it’s time for Smith’s Eleventh Doctor (or should that be Thirteenth?) to bow out, and time — after five short months since he was unveiled live on TV — for Peter Capaldi to step up to the TARDIS console.
Along the way, the Doctor and his current best friend, Clara, return to Trenzalore, come face to face with Daleks, Cybermen, Weeping Angels and the Silence, and help to prepare Christmas dinner — all in sixty minutes.
The Time of the Doctor will receive its world TV premiere in the UK this evening on BBC One, at 7.30 p.m. GMT. The special will also be shown today in the US, Canada (where it’s part of a raft of Who-related programming, including a brand-new Smith Doctor retrospective documentary), Germany and Latin America. Australia and New Zealand will broadcast it tomorrow, Boxing Day, while other countries/territories to have announced scheduling of the episode so far are Poland (Sunday, 29) and Scandinavia (Sunday, 29).
Golden Nemesis
As well as Doctor Who reaching its half-century this year, the Doctor’s arch-nemeses, the Daleks, have also reached their 50th anniversary, and return in The Time of the Doctor.
The Time of the Doctor is the fourth Doctor Who special this year, the previous three having been shown in November, all three — Mark Gatiss’s An Adventure in Space and Time, Steven Moffat’s The Day of the Doctor and Peter Davison’s The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot — also featuring the Daleks.
Capaldi, who will make his Doctor debut in tonight’s adventure, has already begun work on his first season, which is expected to be broadcast later in 2014.
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