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The Time of the Doctor (25 Dec. 2013)

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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.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tasha Lem
James Buller ...
Sheila Reid ...
Mark Anthony Brighton ...
Colonel Albero
Colonel Meme
Handles (voice)
Tom Gibbons ...
Young Man
Ken Bones ...
Voice (voice)
Aidan Cook ...


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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The planet where the village of Christmas is located, is Trenzalore, revealed in "The Name of the Doctor" (#7.13) as The Doctor's final resting place. Trenza is the Spanish word for braid and lore is the body of knowledge. See more »


This episode makes a point that the Doctor is out of regenerations, counting the War Doctor and the Tenth Doctor's regeneration into himself towards the end of Series 4. However, in "The Impossible Astronaut", it was shown that the Doctor was killed for real since he was killed during his regeneration. Of course, it was revealed that that wasn't really the Doctor in "The Wedding of River Song", but it still suggested that he had another regeneration left. See more »


The Eleventh Doctor: [before his Regeneration] We all change, when you think about it we're all different people all through our lives, and that's okay, that's good, you gotta keep moving so long as you remember all the people that you used to be. I will not forget one line of this, not one day I swear, I'll always remember when The Doctor was me.
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On the whole it was OK.
11 March 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

On the whole it was OK.

It never stood a chance of eclipsing The End Of Time and sadly the writing again let the episode down. Large parts of it felt really stretched like most of Moffat's episodes. Series Five in particular seemed a struggle just to get to forty minutes an episode. The fact that the show maintains such a high profile is simply down to the cast. For the most part the cast have had little to work with but they've always shown they're more than capable. I particularly liked Orla Brady as Tasha Lem, she brought a nice element of classy flirtatiousness to the role and like most passing allies she showed an outstanding loyalty to our Time lord.

Jenna Coleman, who was not a pleasing appointment for me, was again not really given any chance to prove me wrong and that she can be a strong companion. Despite the fact that she has been awarded such a pivotal role throughout all of Who history, it has never really been explored properly. Matt Smith again showed that he has the ability to carry the show and keep you focused when the story seems to be slipping away which is all too frequently in my opinion. He had his work cut out here as there were long periods were the story stalled and it was left to him to engage the audience single handedly.

On first viewing I felt the regeneration to be all a bit brief but I didn't take into account the need to use the first part of the sequence to annihilate his attackers so it was a productive use of the process. Thinking back to ten's regeneration he used time whilst his regeneration started to take a trip down memory lane to say goodbye to his companions. Thankfully Smith didn't do this, though it would have been nice to see Rory, maybe even River. But if we'd have had that we'd have got Craig too and we don't need any more James Corden on TV. The morph did seem a bit swift which gives ten's actual regeneration morph points over Smith's but having said that eleven's was much more pivotal and destructive than any before.

On the whole The Time of The Doctor wasn't displeasing but it wasn't great either.

The writing must improve. Capaldi is in now and I have high hopes for what is to come.

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