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Rumor of the Day: Is this the outline for Doctor Who's Christmas special?

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Nov 25, 2013

We're one month away from Matt Smith's final episode as the Doctor, and now we've got some clues about what might happen in his sendoff story.

Most Whovians are probably still digesting all the craziness that was the 50th-anniversary special, "Day of the Doctor," but we all know there's another big event on the horizon. Matt Smith's exit and Peter Capaldi's debut as the 12th Doctor (or the 13th, depending on how you number it) will come Christmas Day in an episode reportedly titled "Time of the Doctor." So far, officially, anyway, all we've got to go on is this brief teaser released by the BBC shortly after "Day of the Doctor" aired.

Those who've been closely following the 11th Doctor endgame will be familiar with terms like "Trenazalore" and "Silence Will Fall," and longtime Who viewers will recognize the alien beings known as "The Silence," along with Weeping Angels (a signature Steven Moffat creation), Daleks and Cybermen. So how will this all come together? Well, Bleeding Cool's Rich Johnston has snagged what seems to be an outline of "Time of the Doctor," and though he's not disclosing the super-spoilery stuff that he's apparently learned, he is letting loose a few highlights from what could be (and could is a key word here for the moment) the final Matt Smith Doctor Who episode. So what's been revealed? Here are Johnston's bullet points.

A bell tolls across the Universe. Many are afraid, The Doctor and Clara are… curious.

You will come to Christmas Town, a place of peace, welcomed by Rob Jarvis and Tessa Peake-Jones.

You will come to Trenzalore, a planet of war.

You will find out where Gallifrey went.

You will discover what the Silence are.

You will see who the voice in the TARDIS was.

The episode will be nine hundred years long.

There will be Daleks, Cybermen and Weeping Angels. Some of them will be wooden. So will The Doctor.

He always has Handles. And grab hold, as you will find out what the hell that crack in space and time actually was. Because The Time Of The Doctor will be going right back to The Eleventh Hour.

So, if this outline proves to be real (and there's always a chance that it won't), we could be getting solutions to not just the 50th-anniversary special but Matt Smith's entire run as the Doctor, which would be an immensely satisfying thing, considering how many times Moffat's swerved to avoid any real resolution so far. Of course, we won't know for sure until Christmas, because if we've learned anything at this point, it's that no matter how much Steven Moffat and company do tell us, they could be prepared to deliver something completely different onscreen.

(Via Bleeding Cool)

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