It is the day that all Doctor Who fans have been waiting for, the day that current Time Lord, Matt Smith, makes way for his successor, Peter Capaldi – But what else does The Time of the Doctor have in store for us?
With the end of an era approaching, and a new one about to begin it is easy to forget that the regeneration at the forefront of everyone’s minds makes up only a fraction of what we can expect from Doctor Who this Christmas Day.
It certainly has been a year of celebrations for the hit BBC family sci-fi series, with the 50th anniversary episode, The Day of the Doctor, captivating an entire planet as Matt Smith lead an all-star cast bursting with Doctor’s new, old and never seen before as the infamous Time Lord faced his biggest challenge to date – himself.
So what better time to bow out of the show than on such an amazing high, which is precisely what Smith is about to do in tonight’s episode as he hands the sonic screwdriver and the Tardis keys over to Capaldi to make his Doctor Who debut.
But this won’t be the first time the two actors have met…
Matt Smith has revealed in a recent interview with TV Times how he actually bumped into The Thick Of It star Capaldi on the street the day after he was appointed the job of The Doctor back in 2010.
Discussing the bizarre encounter with the publication Smith explained:
“On the Street! Can you believe that?
“I remember I was on Wardour Street in London and he came up and said ‘You’re great, man, I think you’re great,’ and I was like “Wow, thanks Peter Capaldi. I think you’re great!’
“And I needed that” Smith continued.
“It was a weird time for me coming in. With Peter everyone goes ‘That feels right’ with me it was ‘That feels wrong’ and then, I think, people started to come round.”
On how he feels to be leaving the show, Smith continued:
“This has been my life for 10 months a year, for four years, where I just think about Doctor Who.
“It’s a wonderful job, he’s a wonderful character and I’ll never play a part quite like this again.
“But I am pleased that I got through my time and they didn’t boot me out!”
Meanwhile show runner Steven Moffat had this to say about tonight’s episode, The Time of the Doctor:
“The Doctor is facing the joint challenge of a mysterious event in space that summoned a lot of aliens to one place and helping Clara to cook Christmas dinner.
“But this is the Doctor’s final battle and he’s been fighting it for a while now.”
Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor can be seen tonight at 7.30pm on BBC1 / BBC1 HD – Watch the official trailer for it in the clip below: