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Christmastime 2013 is ‘The Time of the Doctor.’

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The Time of the Doctor (image: BBC)

On Saturday, millions of viewers across the globe watched the record-breaking simulcast of Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor. Even the Monday night re-showing was hugely popular, only bested by The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Saturday, while fans were still recovering, the BBC released a teaser trailer for the Christmas special. (Watch it below!)

Doctor Who has been known for its Christmas specials, making the trappings of the season, such as Christmas trees and snowmen, into potentially deadly enemies. This Christmas, Matt Smith is making way for Peter Capaldi, the 12th (or 13th, but who’s counting) man to play the iconic role. The name of the episode is “The Time of the Doctor,” and the trailer shows that this special, too big for one enemy, will include Daleks, Cybermen, the Silence, and Weeping Angels.

In the words of the BBC:

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.

Fans have already started to pick apart the poster art. Christian Crawley points out images of both Capaldi and 8th Doctor Paul McGann in the background. Add this to Steven Moffat’s ever-changing explanation of how the show will continue past the Doctor’s supposedly final regeneration, and you can bet that the next month will be full of heated speculation.

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(image: BBC)

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