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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
• A Tribute to Matt Smith
• Tales from the TARDIS
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A Christmas Gift from Doctor Who
A mysterious message is attracting all the powerful races in the universe, but even the doctor can’t decipher its meaning. In this 2012 Christmas special, Doctor Who faces his worst enemies as his eleventh life ends and the twelfth begins. With the aid of his old friends and allies, the doctor is on a mission through time to save the little town of Christmas from destruction.
This show is the 800th to be aired since Doctor Who began in 1963.
Peter Capaldi (who replaces Matt Smith for the twelfth life) improvised his first line as the new doctor.
By the end of the episode, the doctor had lived 900 years, the longest span of any episode.
Matt Smith injured his leg during filming, which is why the older doctor is using a cane.
This episode marks the first time that the Silence and the Weeping Angels appear in the same episode with another enemy.
It’s the Eleventh Hour
- The follow-up to the record-breaking 50th Anniversary episode
- The final adventure for the eleventh doctor, Matt Smith
- 60 minutes of nail-biting action
- Bonus material includes behind-the-scenes details, a tribute to Matt Smith, and more
- Available in DVD and Blu-ray formats
Meet the Cast
The Doctor (Matt Smith)
Doctor Who is the greatest defender of the universe and has saved it from disaster many times. In this episode, he is in his eleventh life.
Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman)
Clara is the doctor’s traveling assistant, and according to him, 'the only mystery worth solving'.
Dave Oswald (James Buller)
Clara’s dad, Dave, is somewhat surprised by the doctor’s lack of attire when he arrives for Christmas dinner.
Tasha Lem (Orla Brady)
Tasha is the Mother Superious of the Papal Mainframe and a close friend of the doctor’s.
Top Customer Reviews
This Christmas Special, The Time Of The Doctor, managed to wrap up everything in an hour. It didn't feel rushed. It didn't feel cheap. It didn't feel like the Eleventh Doctor was being cheated. In fact, it was a beautiful and wonderful exit for him. Without spoiling, he was able to do something he never really has in the past: stop running. He stayed for Christmas - and you'll understand that when you watch the special.
New questions emerge as the old ones are answered - and I shall not ask them here. Make sure you have tissues as the show closes out because this is a tough goodbye that we all knew was coming. Yet it was wonderful and the Doctor was honored as one who had accomplished much. Just as we opened Christmas gifts, so the Doctor received his big Christmas gift at the end. It is also a gift for all of us as we continue to enjoy the adventures of the Doctor.
I'm sure some will nitpick because that's how they are. Some will complain that all of the Doctor Who universe has just collapsed. Some will complain of time being rewritten (silly, since the Doctor makes a habit of that). Yet nothing really changes. After The Day Of The Doctor, the earlier incarnations of him had no idea that Gallifrey was saved - they forgot what had happened when the time streams merged. So things do change as they always have.Read more ›
In a way, Time of the Doctor somewhat mirrors Day of the Doctor and (if you'll pardon me mixing fandoms) its Kobayashi Maru situation. The day when it isn't possible to win and for everyone to go home alive. Oh, people die around The Doctor all the time, but he's always fighting the prevent it and if people would let him, he'd keep them all alive. But what happens when there's no avoiding it? What happens when he faces the Kobayashi Maru, if you don't mind me mixing fandoms a bit? He does what The Doctor does and finds a way. Either on his own, or with the help of others.
If I could knock the episode a quarter star, it would be for Capaldi's introduction at the end. That was … hokey. And admittedly, I felt no particular need to sit through dinner with Clara's family a second time with the silliness of the nudity and all. It was amusing once. The rest was great!
All together, this episode ties up Matt Smith's story very well. And it really gives Matt the opportunity to perform in a way that few episodes in his era have done. And if you can watch his "reset" sequence without getting caught up in it, then you're a monster.
Seriously, if you haven't seen this episode, go watch it. :)
I saw some people complaining about the plot feeling somewhat contrived. I enjoyed the small town setting, it was beautiful in the sunlight and I loved the villager's costumes. I also enjoyed the unique situation that happens between Clara and the Doctor - that's a first (not saying any more). I felt the emotional impact on the characters due to their situations in this story more than made up for any aspects of the plot that might be a bit holey.
I was also very impressed by the writing which gave really good heartfelt moments to several actors, not just Matt, and were evenly spread throughout the episode rather than saved for the end. Matt did get beautiful dialog to say pre-regeneration and he delivered it so amazingly well that I think that speech tops the one he just did at the end of the 50th special which I thought couldn't be topped.
Finally, I feel The Time of the Doctor was a beautiful, loving, brilliant send off for Matt's Doctor and I'm glad he got such a wonderful exit.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a fan of both the classic and modern who series' I enjoyed this. It helps fill the gaps between seasons and I highly recommend watching them.Published 1 day ago by Brent Morente
Love it! A must for Dr Who libraries. Will so miss Matt Smith. Guess I say that about all my doctors 😢 but Matt was so easy to fall in love with, so the missing is so painful! Read morePublished 6 days ago by Deborah R.