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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:
James Buller ...
Sheila Reid ...
Mark Anthony Brighton ...
Colonel Albero
Colonel Meme
Handles (voice)
Tom Gibbons ...
Young Man
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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25 December 2013 (USA)  »

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Karen Gillan's cameo as Amy Pond was influenced by Gladiator (2000) and Robin Hood: Something Worth Fighting For: Part 2 (2009). 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 »


[repeated line]
Handles: You must patch the telephone device back through the console unit.
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Referenced in Doctor Who: The Husbands of River Song (2015) See more »


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As I Grow Old, Part 3.5
26 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

(As a user I'd ended Part 3 with what I thought of Smith in the context of his predecessors before I saw him in character. This completes the cycle, so to speak.)

To borrow an agricultural phrase this episode is an attempt to shovel ten pounds of you-know-what into a five-pound bag. Sometimes that works in spite of itself, and in the 50th anniversary show I feel it does.

Smith grew on me, both as an actor and in the Doctor's characterization. When he was good, he was very, VERY good, but as many others observe he at times was only as good as what was handed to (or, more likely, thrown at) him. I'll pay him the same compliment I'd paid Christopher Eccleston: I'd like to see more of his work.

And perhaps more so than any other Doctor the chemistry between him and his Companions was palpable. I'm fine with making him more human if it furthers both character development and the arc, which I'll also admit appears heavily laden in Moffat's multiverse.

Finally, and said not so much as a die-hard Whovian but as someone who fortuitously has observed each and every Doctor at work and at play, I truly cannot guess what will happen next. I'm convinced that too is part of the arc, be it Moffat's or someone else's. Let's find out.

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