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The Time of the Doctor 

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The Doctor's worst enemies, The Daleks, The Cybermen, The Angels and The Silence, return, as the doctor's eleventh life comes to a close, and his twelfth life begins.


Jamie Payne


Steven Moffat, Terry Nation (characters: "Daleks") | 3 more credits »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Smith ... The Doctor
Jenna Coleman ... Clara
Orla Brady ... Tasha Lem
James Buller James Buller ... Dad
Elizabeth Rider ... Linda
Sheila Reid ... Gran
Mark Anthony Brighton ... Colonel Albero
Rob Jarvis ... Abramal
Tessa Peake-Jones ... Marta
Jack Hollington ... Barnable
Sonita Henry ... Colonel Meme
Kayvan Novak ... Handles (voice)
Tom Gibbons Tom Gibbons ... Young Man
Ken Bones ... Voice (voice)
Aidan Cook ... Cyberman


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. Written by Anonymous

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25 December 2013 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Matt Smith underwent knee surgery shortly before filming began, and so Steven Moffat had the Weeping Angels injure the Doctor's leg, resulting in it eventually turning to stone and being replaced with a prosthesis. (References to this wooden leg would ultimately be deleted in editing, when it was decided that because the artificial limb was never shown on screen, the notion came across as superfluous.) See more »


Just as Matt Smith's Doctor regenerates, he throws his arms up as he hurls backwards. The very next scene with Peter Capaldi, his arms are already at his side with no indication he lowered them. See more »


Clara: [reads from a cracker] 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.
The Doctor: I don't get it.
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Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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Confused by reviews (will try not to be obvious with any spoilers)
26 December 2013 | by aarongallagher1See all my reviews

Having read a few of the reviews I cannot understand the negative reviews.

The only initial negative point I would go along with would be the fact that they only gave this episode 1 hour. another 20 to 30 minutes could have given the story justice.

I cannot agree that the story was confusing (anyone recall the The Wedding of Riversong and The Impossible Spaceman? Now those had me confused at the first viewing). Also if you are familiar with the writing of Steven Moffatt then you must know that his skills with manipulating Time in his storyline plotting is second to none. If a series needs to keep fresh with story lines by playing with the time travel complexities that go with writing for the more demanding and sophisticated Doctor Who viewer then a writer of Moffatt's skill is a necessity.

I found it a very moving episode with humour and emotion throughout and with a little longer running time then that could have been well spent on the development of a few characters in the town called Christmas. If for no other reason than to create some emotional connection to the occupants.

A rousing finale with a very nicely acted farewell from my favourite Doctor to date a memorable emotional guest appearance and a far too short (but expected) introduction to the new Doctor.

The only other addition I would have liked to have seen would have been to see The Doctor battling a little more with his desire to live against protecting the town just to give his demise more pathos.

But remember this is a Christmas episode and a regeneration episode. I strongly believe that credit should be given to Moffatt for delivering a seasonal episode with all the elements that this traditionally requires especially in the time given.

(Of course if the length of the episode was all that Moffatt's script required then I would lay criticism at his door for not including the things above.)

Roll on season 8. I cannot wait to see how the brilliant Capaldi handles the role and writing of Moffatt.

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