The Time of the Doctor teaser tidbits: Xmas dinner + a 'fair bit' of nudity

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Dec 13, 2013, 1:58 PM EST

Matt Smith's swan song as the Doctor is fast approaching (snif!), but we still have some very tantalizing stuff about his final episode to share with you.

The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine (issue #468 out yesterday in the U.K.) featured a preview of Matt Smith’s final episode as the beloved Time Lord, the Christmas special “The Time of the Doctor.”

Thanks to our colleagues over at Doctor Who TV, here are some highlights from the mag.

First off, here’s the synopsis:

The Doctor dies on Trenzalore. It’s a fact. He’s seen it. His own tomb, somewhere out there in his future. The Great Intelligence knew it to be true: “One day, it was just too much for the old man.” The Doctor’s death is inevitable – and the time has come for him to return to Trenzalore to fight his final battle. But first, there’s Christmas dinner to prepare…

If that wasn't dramatic enough, here are some highly interesting quotes:

CLARA: “But you don’t die. You change – you pop right back with a new face.”
THE DOCTOR: “Not forever. I can change 12 times. 13 versions of me. 13 silly Doctors.”
CLARA: “But you’re number eleven, so -”
THE DOCTOR: “Are we forgetting Captain Grumpy? I didn’t call myself the Doctor during the Time War, but it was still a regeneration.”

Captain Grumpy? How awesome to call John Hurt's Doctor that. It’ll be interesting to see how Steven Moffat will resolve the regeneration issue, but this bit of conversation makes us wonder: Have they forgotten the hand and the meta-crisis Doctor then? Moffat DID say that Matt Smith's Doctor really was the last Doctor, aka Number 13. Perhaps this particular info isn't part of this bit of conversation above, then? Or it is, but they've not revealed it here? Mmm, the plot thickens. Or not.

And now here are some other VERY interesting tidbits from the Xmas special:

• Moffat ponders, “Why are they called the Silence?”
• The question wasn’t asked in The Name of the Doctor. Moffat was surprised many fans thought that was it
• Moffat says “Matt gives the greatest single performance by anyone who has played the Doctor”
• Matt is in virtually every scene of the episode
• The Doctor helps Clara cook Christmas dinner
• There’s a “fair bit” of nudity!
• Tasha Lem (the character played by Orla Brady) is an old friend and someone from the Doctor’s distant past. Someone who knows him very well, but we have never met. She’s the Mother Superious of the Papal Mainframe.

There you have it. What do you make of all this? Are you excited for "The Day of the Doctor"?

The Doctor Who Christmas special episode will air on Christmas Day. Don't forget to bring a box of tissues along with that cranberry sauce.

(via Doctor Who TV)