A Look Inside The 'Doctor Who' Christmas Special, 'The Time of the Doctor'

Poster for "The Time of the Doctor"

Following the record breaking 50th anniversary special, "The Day of the Doctor," the BBC is giving "Doctor Who" fans a sneak peek into the upcoming Christmas special.

"The Time of the Doctor" is set to air on Christmas Day and will star Jenna Coleman as "Clara," with a confirmed appearance by "Sinbad" actress Orla Brady, though her role has yet to be revealed. Here is a brief, spoiler-free synopsis of the episode from the BBC site:

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.

The 10-second preview that aired after "The Day of the Doctor" showed fans that the Doctor would be facing many old foes, and will be going back to Trenzalore, where the Silence warned him he must never go. In addition to the preview, the BBC has released this official poster where the holly jolly Christmas feelings are definitely amiss.

This episode will end Matt Smith's four year tenure as the 11th (13th?) Doctor. His friend and companion, Jenna Coleman stated recently at London's ExCel celebration of the 50th anniversary of the show that filming this episode was "pretty awful." Jenna continued, "It was a bit of whirlwind. It was incredibly exciting because you’re welcoming in a new Doctor (Peter Capaldi) but then at the same time you’re also feeling incredibly heartbroken and kind of angry as well."

-Nowal Massari