It's time for the festive edition of our favourite sci-fi show, and this time, we're waving goodbye to Matt Smith. After an incredible stint at the controls of the TARDIS, it's time to bid farewell to Smith, and welcome in Peter Capaldi. This Christmas special should be emotional, but here's the official blurb: "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."

242 responses

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 18:25

    I'm not ready for the end of Matt :(

  • Joshua25/12/2013 at 18:32

    Not ready at all for Matt's last episode but looking forward to the special.

  • Christine25/12/2013 at 18:41

    I've been ready for him to go but after how good the last one was, I'm not so sure anymore!

  • Will^25/12/2013 at 18:42

    It's bizarre to think that after this ep, no more Matt - I've grown quite fond of his craziness. But really looking forward to Peter.

  • Christine25/12/2013 at 18:43

    It's bizarre to think that after this ep, no more Matt - I've grown quite fond of his craziness. But really looking forward to Peter.

    It's going to be different. As a "new" fan, I've not really seen the older style Doctor.

  • Will^25/12/2013 at 18:47

    It's going to be different. As a "new" fan, I've not really seen the older style Doctor.

    We've been binging on old Doctors on Virgin OnDemand, some great stories, and some dodgy special effects.

    I'm not sure a regen-ep. is an ideal Christmas episode, but we shall see... :)

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 18:48

    It's going to be different. As a "new" fan, I've not really seen the older style Doctor.

    I think it's really going to change the show in a good way. It's a fresh new stance fur the modern era.

  • Will^25/12/2013 at 18:51

    I think it's really going to change the show in a good way. It's a fresh new stance fur the modern era.

    After the perfect 50th Anniv. ep, a change of Doctor is perfect to give the show a new lease if life.

  • Christine25/12/2013 at 18:55

    After the perfect 50th Anniv. ep, a change of Doctor is perfect to give the show a new lease if life.

    I guess after the perfect episode, any Xmas one would be a let down so they've gone for regeneration drama instead!

  • Will^25/12/2013 at 19:00

    I guess after the perfect episode, any Xmas one would be a let down so they've gone for regeneration drama instead!

    And hopefully tieing up lots of story arcs - Silence (which were also linked to the Tardis exploding years and years ago), Trenzalor, etc...

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:03

    I guess after the perfect episode, any Xmas one would be a let down so they've gone for regeneration drama instead!

    The Christmas ones are admittedly less good usually so that ateast helps my expectations!

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:03

    I'm also excited to see capaldi's outfit :)

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:04

    Although I suppose we will probably see him in Smith's look for now

  • Will^25/12/2013 at 19:08

    Although I suppose we will probably see him in Smith's look for now

    I hope we see more than just his face right before the closing credits.

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:10

    I hope we see more than just his face right before the closing credits.

    apparently we get more than that based on spoiler free reviews

  • Will^25/12/2013 at 19:11

    apparently we get more than that based on spoiler free reviews

    Ahhh good :)

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:16

    Ahhh good :)

    I hope it's true! I didn't read too much into them for my own safety :)

  • Christine25/12/2013 at 19:24

    I hope it's true! I didn't read too much into them for my own safety :)

    I've managed to avoid everything but the actual trailer. It's not easy on the Wild West Web!

  • Will^25/12/2013 at 19:27

    I've managed to avoid everything but the actual trailer. It's not easy on the Wild West Web!

    We've only seen the trailer that appears on the TV, and only know otherwise that there is the regen. - otherwise River would be proud. #SPOILERS

  • Mr C25/12/2013 at 19:27

    christine nearly broke my foot dropping her keyboard. apparently i'd have to walk meself to hospital, or wait until this finished if she had. ouchie.

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:27

    christine nearly broke my foot dropping her keyboard. apparently i'd have to walk meself to hospital, or wait until this finished if she had. ouchie.

    Literally going to see the Doctor.

  • Mr C25/12/2013 at 19:28

    Literally going to see the Doctor.

    hehehehe

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:28

    I have the best seat in the house :)

    http://imgur.com/Fzv5sz8

  • Mr C25/12/2013 at 19:29

    I have the best seat in the house :)

    winnng

  • Mr C25/12/2013 at 19:29

    is billie in this one?

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:29

    winnng

    One hour a year to tell everyone to shut up isn't too selfish I think

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:29

    is billie in this one?

    no

    yes! definitely! don't go away

  • Mr C25/12/2013 at 19:30

    ha

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:30

    here we go!

  • Christine25/12/2013 at 19:30

    Eeek!

  • Will^25/12/2013 at 19:31

    Full G+T, let's go :D

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:31

    The pillars give that away

  • Will^25/12/2013 at 19:31

    The pillars give that away

    totally

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:31

    Cyberman has a new voice.

  • Andy Taylor25/12/2013 at 19:32

    Evening all.

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:32

    It's a Tardis Siri!

  • Christine25/12/2013 at 19:32

    When?

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:32

    "Hello, The Tardis?"

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:32

    "It's a rollercoaster this phone call" :) :)

  • Mr C25/12/2013 at 19:32

    i neeeeed that manual.

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:33

    Isn't that the ship paul mcgann was on?

  • Christine25/12/2013 at 19:33

    I'm not sure bringing the Doctor to dinner would make it any better. He eats fishfingers and custard!

  • Will^25/12/2013 at 19:34

    Daleks, and Cybers, and all before the intro credits;.

  • Mr C25/12/2013 at 19:34

    i've already forgotten who billie is...

  • Andy Taylor25/12/2013 at 19:34

    I'm not sure bringing the Doctor to dinner would make it any better. He eats fishfingers and custard!

    He only did that once.

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:34

    I will volunteer for Clara!

  • Christine25/12/2013 at 19:35

    He only did that once.

    That you know of!

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:35

    Uhhh!

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:35

    It's all gone a bit Barrowman

  • Will^25/12/2013 at 19:35

    I will volunteer for Clara!

    I'd help, but maybe not today, done it all already ;)

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:35

    Note to self - don't go to church.

  • Christine25/12/2013 at 19:36

    Anyone for Twister?

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:36

    That wig is excellent, I must say!

  • Will^25/12/2013 at 19:36

    No-projecty-clothes fail.

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:37

    Definitely Siri.

  • Mr C25/12/2013 at 19:37

    iplayer reference. *dies*

  • Will^25/12/2013 at 19:37

    It will either come up a treat, or maybe just lay some eggs

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:37

    iplayer reference. *dies*

    meta!

  • Will^25/12/2013 at 19:38

    Galifrey confirmed

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:38

    oh y word

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:38

    watch out, it's the titanic!

  • Will^25/12/2013 at 19:39

    watch out, it's the titanic!

    My thoughts exactly.

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:39

    I thought she was going to flip hm off!

  • Mr C25/12/2013 at 19:39

    awesome

  • littlepurplegoth25/12/2013 at 19:39

    Dwarf ref!

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:40

    Who is that?

  • Christine25/12/2013 at 19:41

    "Boss of the psycho space-nuns. So you."

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:41

    OH NO

  • Andy Taylor25/12/2013 at 19:42

    Was that a Silence?

  • Christine25/12/2013 at 19:42

    I wish I could do my hair like that.

  • Turkey Machine25/12/2013 at 19:42

    Oh Moffat, you spoil us!

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:42

    Oh god the silence freak me out so much. Slenderman much.

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:44

    No technology - what about his sonic screwdriver?

  • Will^25/12/2013 at 19:44

    Snowing

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:44

    weeping angel!

  • Christine25/12/2013 at 19:44

    It's so cool the TARDIS has a rubbishy old key.

  • Will^25/12/2013 at 19:44

    Angels?!

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:45

    BLINK!

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:45

    Suddenly they're scary again...

  • Turkey Machinr25/12/2013 at 19:45

    "It's only stone, just a statue!"

    Good heavens Clara!

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:45

    oh god!!

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:45

    wait what

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:46

    WHAT

  • Will^25/12/2013 at 19:46

    Hair, wait, what

  • Andy Taylor25/12/2013 at 19:46

    "It's only stone, just a statue!"

    Clara hasn't come across them before

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:46

    the eyebrows issue funally addressed

  • Turkey Machine25/12/2013 at 19:46

    Stupid typo! Evening all.

  • Mr C25/12/2013 at 19:46

    crystal dooooommmme

  • Mr C25/12/2013 at 19:47

    RAQUEL!!

  • Will^25/12/2013 at 19:47

    It's the bar owner from Hustle

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:47

    It's the bar owner from Hustle

    It is!!

  • Christine25/12/2013 at 19:47

    Truth field spells trouble!

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:47

    RAQUEL!!

    OH MY GOD

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:47

    Come on Del Boy!

  • Mr C25/12/2013 at 19:48

    Come on Del Boy!

    amazini

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:48

    OH MY GOD

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:48

    everything that is matt smith is comg back to haunt him!

  • Andy Taylor25/12/2013 at 19:48

    This has more than a little "It's A Wonderful Life" about it.

  • Will^25/12/2013 at 19:49

    Every one of the Doctor;s enemies are appearing today - finally, lose ends.

  • Will^25/12/2013 at 19:49

    Galifrey trying to break back in?!

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:50

    doctor Who?

  • Will^25/12/2013 at 19:50

    Q: Doctor Who?

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:51

    whose voice is that?

  • Andy Taylor25/12/2013 at 19:51

    doctor Who?

    It's Doctor Whom.

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:52

    This is very tense!

  • Christine25/12/2013 at 19:52

    That's a pretty big face in the sky.

  • Will^25/12/2013 at 19:52

    The sonic has a charging slot

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:52

    Trenzalore

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:53

    I would honestly put money on her being the Rani. Just my 2 cents on where this has gone so far.

  • Will^25/12/2013 at 19:54

    Silence will fall when the question is asked

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:55

    yay potato men :)

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:55

    That was very douglas adams!

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:56

    uh, wooden cyberman/

  • Christine25/12/2013 at 19:56

    uh, wooden cyberman/

    Ew, they creak.

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:56

    OLD DOCTOR

  • Turkey Machine25/12/2013 at 19:56

    Switched to a different browser.

  • Christine25/12/2013 at 19:57

    Why is he old?

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:57

    Why is he old?

    He's been defending the town for years the narrator ust said

  • littlepurplegoth25/12/2013 at 19:57

    That was very douglas adams!

    As each of the last regenerations has involved an Adams moment, I'm suspecting its contractual...

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:57

    *just

  • Will^25/12/2013 at 19:57

    Why is he old?

    Spending year not answering the question

  • Andy Taylor25/12/2013 at 19:57

    That was very douglas adams!

    Yep, obligatory Hitchhiker's reference.

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:58

    i want a dr who ounch and udy

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 19:58

    *punch

  • Will^25/12/2013 at 19:58

    Spending years not answering the question

    better

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:00

    The TARDIS still hates clara :)

  • Christine25/12/2013 at 20:01

    "Fixing toys and fighting monsters."

  • Turkey Machine25/12/2013 at 20:01

    I may have to scout this on iPlayer tomorrow as am a bit confused…

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:01

    Affirmative.

  • Will^25/12/2013 at 20:01

    I may have to scout this on iPlayer tomorrow as am a bit confused…

    This is going to pose more questions than it answers - just how Moff ties up stories.

  • Will^25/12/2013 at 20:01

    That affirmative reminds me of K9

  • Will^25/12/2013 at 20:02

    Looks like Cyber is based on a Windows OS.

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:02

    Looks like Cyber is based on a Windows OS.

    Windows Cyven

  • Christine25/12/2013 at 20:03

    I may have to scout this on iPlayer tomorrow as am a bit confused…

    I have no clue what's going on, but I like it anyway.

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:03

    Poor Handles :(

  • Mr C25/12/2013 at 20:03

    Looks like Cyber is based on a Windows OS.

    blue mask of death?

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:04

    Ohhhhhhhh!

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:05

    So the canon is that this should be the end, Moffat is sticking with it! Interesting...

  • Will^25/12/2013 at 20:05

    So the canon is that this should be the end, Moffat is sticking with it! Interesting...

    Let's see how he writes himself in a new set of regenerations

  • Mr C25/12/2013 at 20:06

    Let's see how he writes himself in a new set of regenerations

    i'm hoping for much twitter outrage :)

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:06

    its ustin bieber.

  • Christine25/12/2013 at 20:06

    i'm hoping for much twitter outrage :)

    The 14th Doctor gets double points.

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:06

    *ustin

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:06

    bah

  • Will^25/12/2013 at 20:07

    i'm hoping for much twitter outrage :)

    It will either be brilliant or incredibly sloppily done.

  • Will^25/12/2013 at 20:07

    bah

    humbug

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:07

    so is the doctor now 1500?

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:08

    Those look uncomfortable.

  • Will^25/12/2013 at 20:08

    Daleks, all hidden daleks?!

  • Andy Taylor25/12/2013 at 20:09

    It's a best of the Doctor's enemies show.

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:09

    who is that?!

  • Christine25/12/2013 at 20:11

    Daleks on fire!

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:12

    Phew, the turkey is done.

  • Christine25/12/2013 at 20:13

    Rule no.1!

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:13

    Doctorrrrr :(

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:14

    oh gosh, it isust an absolute massacre now

  • Will^25/12/2013 at 20:14

    Dalek tank

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:14

    christine! she hates boy bands!

  • Christine25/12/2013 at 20:15

    christine! she hates boy bands!

    Terrible. And poems in crackers!

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:16

    go on, be capaldi!

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:16

    oh

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:16

    capaldi's changed.

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:17

    oh my god

  • Will^25/12/2013 at 20:17

    V. old Doctor

  • Christine25/12/2013 at 20:18

    Maybe he'll get more lives if he dies from old age rather than being zapped.

  • Will^25/12/2013 at 20:18

    Maybe he'll get more lives if he dies from old age rather than being zapped.

    A rebirth, I like it :D

  • Mr C25/12/2013 at 20:18

    is that doc brown?

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:18

    Maybe he'll get more lives if he dies from old age rather than being zapped.

    genius!

  • Will^25/12/2013 at 20:18

    Maybe he'll get more lives if he dies from old age rather than being zapped.

    Mrs^ just said the exact same thing.

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:18

    is that doc brown?

    :D

  • Andy Taylor25/12/2013 at 20:18

    Now we see the resemblance to The First Doctor

  • littlepurplegoth25/12/2013 at 20:19

    Doesn't he look a lot like Hartnell? Hmmmm??

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:19

    they did always say Matt Smith was like an old man in a young man's body!

  • Will^25/12/2013 at 20:19

    The new Doctor won't look old now in comparison ;)

  • Christine25/12/2013 at 20:19

    The new Doctor won't look old now in comparison ;)

    :)

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:19

    :D

  • littlepurplegoth25/12/2013 at 20:19

    Oil!! let the record show that I said that to AndyT in this room right here and he ran away to say it to you!!

  • Christine25/12/2013 at 20:20

    "I haven't got a plan but people love it when I say that."

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:20

    dont go matttttttttt

  • Christine25/12/2013 at 20:20

    Oil!! let the record show that I said that to AndyT in this room right here and he ran away to say it to you!!

    I have that problem A LOT. :)

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:20

    His hands are still young.

  • Will^25/12/2013 at 20:20

    I have that problem A LOT. :)

    Ahhh good one, now let me go and get all the online kudos

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:20

    actually no the're not. detail!

  • Will^25/12/2013 at 20:21

    His hands are still young.

    Maybe timelords's faces are the only part that ages?

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:21

    Ahhh good one, now let me go and get all the online kudos

    Reddit in a nutshell

  • Will^25/12/2013 at 20:21

    Maybe timelords's faces are the only part that ages?

  • Will^25/12/2013 at 20:22

    He helps the timeslords, so they give him more regens? (Mrs^)

  • Will^25/12/2013 at 20:23

    He likes being in bell-towers - his marriage (there must be more).

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:23

    That's a big crack

  • Will^25/12/2013 at 20:23

    That crack got big!

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:23

    HERE WE GO

  • Andy Taylor25/12/2013 at 20:24

    Actually there's a hint of Doctor number 5 there too.

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:24

    oh god matt smith is brilliant.

  • Will^25/12/2013 at 20:24

    Got some of the Einstein about him also

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:25

    What a way to go

  • Will^25/12/2013 at 20:25

    Yey for the crazy plasma

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:25

    Love from Gallifrey, boys~!

  • Christine25/12/2013 at 20:25

    Regeneration energy also now a weapon!

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:25

    what a regen!

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:26

    new clothes!

  • littlepurplegoth25/12/2013 at 20:26

    Yay...

    But there is much and old chatter that its not that 12 is the limit, but that 12 is the 'convention'. which was one reason why the Master was so awful, because he went against convention!

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:26

    fush fingers and custard~!!!

  • Will^25/12/2013 at 20:27

    FF+custard in a bowl?

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:27

    AHHHH

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:27

    oh

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:27

    MOFFAT

  • Will^25/12/2013 at 20:27

    Wait, waht?

  • Will^25/12/2013 at 20:27

    Ahhh, a system reset before the update.

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:27

    OK now its happening.

    Bloody Moffat

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:28

    Ahhh, a system reset before the update.

    again, a Windows Doctor

  • littlepurplegoth25/12/2013 at 20:28

    Ahhh, a system reset before the update.

    Yup, along the 'Bad Wolf' slash Captain Jack mode

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:28

    :o

  • Mr C25/12/2013 at 20:28

    wish we could regenerate f1...

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:29

    oh matt youre making me cry :'(

  • littlepurplegoth25/12/2013 at 20:29

    Argh... oh good grief... this is a level of tennant variant schmalz that we don't need though...

  • Will^25/12/2013 at 20:29

    wish we could regenerate f1...

    It looks like Bernie has run out of regens, so is just waiting to die

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:29

    OH MY GOD

  • Christine25/12/2013 at 20:29

    Aw, bless.

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:30

    AHHHHHHHH

  • Will^25/12/2013 at 20:30

    !!!!!!!!!!!!111

  • Will^25/12/2013 at 20:30

    Scottish?

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:30

    amazing!!!

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:30

    wish we got more of peter :(

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:31

    best first words - KIDNEYS!

  • littlepurplegoth25/12/2013 at 20:31

    Ah... they've not got the budget left for massive regenerations... too much spent on the rest of the episode...

  • Will^25/12/2013 at 20:31

    wish we got more of peter :(

    Yup. But pretty good all the same!

  • Christine25/12/2013 at 20:31

    Oooh, weird and confusing but not rubbish. I'll take that.

  • Mr C25/12/2013 at 20:31

    It looks like Bernie has run out of regens, so is just waiting to die

    genius.

  • Will^25/12/2013 at 20:31

    Oooh, weird and confusing but not rubbish. I'll take that.

    It'll get a re-watch tomorrow, I'll re-read the thread at the same time.

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:31

    Phew, that was a lot to take in!

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:32

    I got all emotional at Matt's goodbye :(

  • Mr C25/12/2013 at 20:33

    didn't understand a minute of that, but liked bonus pond.

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:33

    bonus amy!

  • littlepurplegoth25/12/2013 at 20:33

    The verdict from DD2:

    "Still not ginger!" (mutter)

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:33

    didn't understand a minute of that, but liked bonus pond.

    beat me to it. Yay amy!

    Yaymy!

  • Andy Taylor25/12/2013 at 20:33

    didn't understand a minute of that, but liked bonus pond.

    She was wearing a wig too.

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:34

    She was wearing a wig too.

    They were both bald as a badger!

  • Christine25/12/2013 at 20:35

    It'll get a re-watch tomorrow, I'll re-read the thread at the same time.

    I might watch it again but it probably won't make any more sense.

    Didn't think that goodbye was as emotional as DT. Cos this Doctor was ready to go rather than *sob* not wanting to.

  • Mr C25/12/2013 at 20:35

    Yaymy!

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:36

    Didn't think that goodbye was as emotional as DT. Cos this Doctor was ready to go rather than *sob* not wanting to.

    The last bit was really sad for me :(

  • Christine25/12/2013 at 20:41

    Thanks for the comments people. Brilliant sharing Doctor Who with you this year. Hopefully more in the not-too-distant future!

  • Lukeh25/12/2013 at 20:41

    Thanks for the comments people. Brilliant sharing Doctor Who with you this year. Hopefully more in the not-too-distant future!

    We should get a full series in 2014! Woo!