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The Time of the Doctor 

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The Doctor's worst enemies, The Daleks, The Cybermen, The Angels and The Silence, return, as the doctor's eleventh life comes to a close, and his twelfth life begins.


Jamie Payne


Steven Moffat, Terry Nation (characters: "Daleks") | 3 more credits »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Smith ... The Doctor
Jenna Coleman ... Clara
Orla Brady ... Tasha Lem
James Buller James Buller ... Dad
Elizabeth Rider ... Linda
Sheila Reid ... Gran
Mark Anthony Brighton ... Colonel Albero
Rob Jarvis ... Abramal
Tessa Peake-Jones ... Marta
Jack Hollington ... Barnable
Sonita Henry Sonita Henry ... Colonel Meme
Kayvan Novak ... Handles (voice)
Tom Gibbons Tom Gibbons ... Young Man
Ken Bones ... Voice (voice)
Aidan Cook ... Cyberman


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. Written by Anonymous

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25 December 2013 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


At around 53 min, just after the Doctor says "Probably die of boredom before they shoot me," a wooden cross briefly can be seen by the crack in the universe. See more »


When the Silence appears, Clara does not recognize it, however, as a primary school teacher, she would have watched the video of the moon landing in 1969 many times. The episode "Day of the Moon" showed the Doctor embedding the video of the Silence telling humanity to kill them on sight in that video, which Clara should have remembered. See more »


The Doctor: The trouble with Daleks is they take so long to say anything. Probably die of boredom before they shoot me.
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Featured in Blue Peter: The 12th Doctor (2014) See more »


Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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And now it's time for one last bow...
19 November 2014 | by JuusteriSee all my reviews

Simply astonishing episode. Clearly one of Matt Smith's best ones. This piece is full of emotion and we see Matt Smith being the doctor for one last time. Moffat clearly had many ideas he wanted to carry out, and the episode might be just too short for that. There would've been material for a full movie but instead it is all squeezed in one episode. However the episode itself works as a lucid ensemble and it made me laugh as much as it made me cry.

Wonderful story with wonderful acting. I think Matt Smith gave his everything in this episode and this is the kind of Matt Smith I want to remember. The regeneration itself is different this time around. Without spoiling anything, let's just say, that you shouldn't expect anything too discreet. Definitely one of the best doctors is now history and it's Capaldi's turn to win people's hearts.

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