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The Time of the Doctor 

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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.


Jamie Payne


Steven Moffat, Terry Nation (characters: "Daleks") | 3 more credits »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Smith ... The Doctor
Jenna Coleman ... Clara
Orla Brady ... Tasha Lem
James Buller James Buller ... Dad
Elizabeth Rider ... Linda
Sheila Reid Sheila Reid ... Gran
Mark Anthony Brighton ... Colonel Albero
Rob Jarvis ... Abramal
Tessa Peake-Jones ... Marta
Jack Hollington ... Barnable
Sonita Henry ... Colonel Meme
Kayvan Novak ... Handles (voice)
Tom Gibbons Tom Gibbons ... Young Man
Ken Bones ... Voice (voice)
Aidan Cook ... Cyberman


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) See more »

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The music that plays out the regeneration scene is a Series 7 music track composed by Murray Gold, "Infinite Potential", which is a solemn version of "The Long Song" heard in Doctor Who: The Rings of Akhaten (2013). It is followed by a sampling of the Series 6 track "My Silence" as he removes his bow-tie. 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 »


Clara: Doctor!
The Doctor: Hello.
Clara: You're young again. You're okay... You didn't even change your face.
The Doctor: Ha! It's started, I can't stop it now, this is just the reset, a whole new regeneration cycle, ooh. Taking a bit longer, just breaking it in. It all just disappears, doesn't it? Everything you are, gone in a moment; like breath on a mirror. Any moment now, he's a comin'.
Clara: Who's comin'?
The Doctor: The Doctor.
Clara: You, you are The Doctor.
The Doctor: Yup, and I always will be. But times change, and so must I... Amelia.
Clara: Who is Amelia?
The Doctor: The ...
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Referenced in Doctor Who: Hell Bent (2015) See more »


Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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Utter Rubbish
25 December 2013 | by angel-clareSee all my reviews

"The Time of the Doctor," or "The Time When The Doctor Took The Easy Way Out For A Whole Episode And Never Really Mentioned Why And Dragged The Episode On For A Great Deal Of Time Without Ever Doing Really Anything At All."

The Doctor doesn't save anyone, he doesn't have any plans, he doesn't allow himself any friends (not even the TARDIS), he doesn't have any last adventures; he doesn't give any reasons, he doesn't give any explanations, he doesn't give his fans a reason to continue watching the show.

This is the worst episode of Doctor Who I have seen since the television movie; perhaps worse. At least the TV movie had an engaging Doctor who actually tried to save the world by doing something. "The Time of the Doctor" has a Doctor who sits around and grows old because apparently that's the only way to save Gallifrey--or was it Trenzalore? The names of these now-meaningless planets are all jumbled around in my head.

I'm sorry, Matt Smith, that you had to go like this. It's a shame--a great shame. What a sad, sad development in the world of Doctor Who. I only wish I could dismiss this episode from my memory.

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