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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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James Buller ...
Sheila Reid ...
Colonel Albero
Sonita Henry ...
Colonel Meme
Handles (voice)
Tom Gibbons ...
Young Man
Voice (voice)


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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This episode combines the plot points of Series 5, 6, and 7. The cracks in the universe, the Silence, and the Doctor's name having great power. 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: You can't keep using the TARDIS like this.
Clara: Like what?
The Eleventh Doctor: Missed birthdays. Restaurant bookings. And please, just learn how to use iPlayer.
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Featured in Blue Peter: The 12th Doctor (2014) See more »


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Written by Ron Grainer
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Wasn't epic but still good enough
26 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

Going into this I expected an epic war almost like the day of the doctor because this was on trenselowr <---- (I think that's how u spell it) , but instead we got the it could've been good if it was directed by a better director .

OK the whole episode I was wishing to see Amy at least one last time and when it finally happened my heart broke , tears almost ... Ehmmmm I mean yeah it was good bros .

But in all seriousness Amy and Rory are in my humble opinion are the best companions of the doctor who show , that's when the show started to pick up in every way special effects , story , and every thing , that when Steven moffat really saw what he can do with the show after the blink episode , so yeah I was sooo happy when Amy made the cameo .

And the doctors final words were great too , and did anyone notice the when the doctor got really old he looked and acted almost exactly like Tom Baker ( the 4th doctor ) ? I thought it was nice to see that .

The special effects and the makeups were amazing for the doctor who standards , they are really stepping up their game now , but I still wish another director directed this episode .

And now with the bad stuff : I gave this episode a 7 only because I was torn between the story and the story telling , and if you know me somehow or read any of my reviews you know that I concentrate on the storytelling more then anything when I watch something and that's one of the things that fascinated me about the day of the doctor , anyways here are some of the bad stuff :- - the pasing : they could've done a lot more with the story if they concentrated on the pasing , instead it felt like a long movie and suddenly it wrapped up . - the war : we were promised a war , but we got the doctor handling them one by one it would've been good if there was any challenges on the matter , I guess the writer really want it to end the doctor . - the turkey : we didn't see who ate it , hahaha , I mean come on it took a portion of the story . And finally in the top of my head , the quick fix : again it was the pasing problem the led to this , it was soooooo slow then suddenly it wrapped up they didn't even think it through .

And I didn't mention the regeneration thing , I saw the other reviews talking about it , to those I say : every doctor had there own style of regeneration and through that we know that it's painful so it's better to have a quick one , after all fish feleh and custard .

Oh one last thing for those who really look , I figured the possibility out , there is a relationship between Clara and her Grammy look for who and what she might be , it's awesome the way they did it .

All and all not epic but an OK episode filled with fangasms , I believe it will get better in time.

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