The following contains spoilers for “The Time of the Doctor.”
Slowly but surely, more details about the upcoming “Doctor Who” Christmas special, “The Time of the Doctor” are finding the light of day and it’s all pretty interesting.
The new spoilers come from “Doctor Who” magazine, according to the DoctorWhoTV fan site. They say the Doctor (Matt Smith) will indeed die on Trenzalore, the planet the episode is set on. He has seen his own demise before and returns there for the final battle, which involves the Silence, Daleks, Weeping Angels and Cybermen.
It won’t all be a fight for the Doctor, though. He’ll also cook Christmas dinner with Clara (Jenna Coleman) and there’s evidently a “fair bit” of nudity. Who that nudity comes from is anyone’s guess. In the magazine, showrunner Steven Moffat ponders the question, “Why are they called the Silence?” It will be interesting to see how that plays out. Additionally, the new character Tasha Lem (Orla Brady) is someone from the Doctor’s distant past, but no one he’s met before. She is described as the “Mother Superior of the Papal Mainframe.”
Finally, the piece about the Christmas special included a bit of the episode’s script, which has the Doctor explaining his impending death to Clara:
CLARA: “But you don’t die. You change — you pop right back with a new face.’THE DOCTOR: “Not forever. I can change 12 times. 13 versions of me. 13 silly Doctors.”CLARA: “But you’re number eleven, so –‘THE DOCTOR: “Are we forgetting Captain Grumpy? I didn’t call myself the Doctor during the Time War, but it was still a regeneration.”
How one Doctor’s death leads to another taking his place is still unknown, but the teaser trailer for the episode shows the Daleks exclaiming that the Doctor is regenerating, so there’s bound to be a loophole.
“The Time of the Doctor” airs Dec. 25 at 9 p.m. ET on BBC America.