SPOILER: It is possible. The Doctor has retired and become a recluse and is no longer interested in saving the universe and fighting evil, after suffering the losses of his friends Amy Pond and Rory Williams and is forced out of his self imposed exile to do battle with The Great Intelligence and The Snowmen and foil their plot. In The Dark Knight Rises, Bruce Wayne has retired as the masked vigilante Batman and has become a recluse, after his childhood friend Rachel Dawes is killed by The Joker and taking the fall for the death of District Attorney Harvey Dent, by covering up the truth behind his death. But Bruce Wayne is forced out of seclusion to become Batman once more, where the masked terrorist Bane and The League of Shadow threaten to destroy Gotham City and Batman sets out to foil Bane's plot.
In general, this broadcast occurs after the shattering events in The Angels Take Manhattan (2012).
However, two intervening minisodes were released. One, The Great Detective (2012), was created for the Children in Need special. The second, Vastra Investigates: A Christmas Prequel (2012) (which has a duplicate IMDB listing as a TV movie, Vastra Investigates: A Christmas Prequel (2012)), segues directly into this broadcast.
Another minisode, The Bells of Saint John: A Prequel (2013) follows before the next main episode, The Bells of Saint John (2013).