In this hugely anticipated follow-up to the record breaking Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special, we bid adieu to Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith and welcome Peter Capaldi (The Thick of It, The Hour) in his first televised appearance as the new Doctor. 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. This landmark episode is bound to be a thrilling adventure for the ages.
This episode belongs to Matt Smith, and it's entirely likely that this will go down as his finest work in the role. --Alasdair Wilkins, Av Club
It was a melancholic yet ultimately merry end to one of the show's best Doctors to date. --Mark Snow, Ign
In The Time of the Doctor, however, Smith and Moffat have combined their powers for an exceptional tale which could really only be told with Smith and Moffat standing behind it --Anthony Ocasio, Screenrant