I can’t wait. Just rewatched the “Christmas Carol” episode last night, and it was a blast. I admit to being disappointed in the 50th anniversary episode, though. Their attempt to squeeze a villain in was valiant but poorly thought-out. The episode’s menace should have come from the central storyline — the Dalek/Time Lord war. You would think this would be obvious, but apparently not. Instead we get an amusing but second-string villain shoved into a story that has nothing to do with them and who don’t even play a part in the climax. Just bad writing all around. Either the Daleks or the Time Lords themselves should have been the menace. Perhaps they could even have worked together, calling a truce while they both go to war against the Doctor (s) in an effort to stop him/them from activating the Moment and killing them all. But no. We get shape-shifters hiding in a painting. Sigh. Hope the next one is better.
With Christmas Day creeping ever closer, it’s about time the BBC released an official trailer for this year’s special, “The Time of the Doctor.” So, without further ado, here it is!
Daleks, Weeping Angels, Silents, Cybermen and Trenzalore — it looks like Matt Smith is getting an action-packed send-off that includes a speech that sounds reminiscent of his signature challenge at Stonehenge from “The Pandorica Opens.” But what really captured my attention was the Dalek announcing, “The Doctor is regenerating!” How does it know? Wasn’t all knowledge of the Doctor erased by… er, Clara, in “Asylum of the Daleks”?
“The Time of the Doctor” will air on Christmas Day at 9 p.m. on BBC America.