The BBC has released official details and images for the Doctor Who Christmas Special, which sees Matt Smith’s regeneration – and a mystery to be solved.
The episode, titled “The Time of the Doctor” (in the vein of the Series 7 finale, “The Name Of The Doctor” and last weekend’s “The Day Of The Doctor”), airs December 25.
Here’s the official plot description followed by the first images:
“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.”
So what of the numbering issue, now that John Hurt‘s secret doctor isn’t so secret? A show source has confirmed that the regeneration riddle will be solved during the episode:
“There have been two David Tennant Doctor Whos technically and with John Hurt playing another Doctor in the film, it basically means he can’t regenerate again.
The riddle of the regeneration problem, something fans have talked about for decades, will be faced head on at Christmas. There is going to be another huge cliffhanger and somehow Peter Capaldi has to join and the series has to continue. “The show’s big fans, known as Whovians, won’t believe their eyes at Christmas.”
“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?”
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Source: The Mirror