2013 Specials: What We Know

A compilation of everything we know about the 50th anniversary specials so far. This article will be continually updated as more info emerges over the coming months until broadcast. For Series 7 in 2013 see this post.

LAST UPDATE: 30 November 2013

The Time of the Doctor

2013 Christmas Special


Written by Steven Moffat. Directed by Jamie Payne


  • 25 December 2013


  • 1 x 60 minute


  • Matt Smith – The Doctor
  • Peter Capaldi – The Doctor
  • Jenna Coleman – Clara Oswald
  • Orla Brady – Tasha Lem
  • James Buller – Dave Oswald
  • Mark Anthony Brighton – Colonel Albero
  • Sonita Henry – Colonel Meme
  • Sheila Reid – Clara’s grandmother
  • Jack Hollington – Barnable
  • Rob Jarvis – Abramal
  • Tessa Peake-Jones – Marta
  • Nicholas Briggs – Voice of the Cybermen/Daleks
  • Alex Kingston – River Song TBC


  • Daleks
  • Cybermen
  • Weeping Angels
  • The Silence


Began 8 September 2013. Wrapped 5 October 2013.

Story Details

Official synopsis:

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.

Other notes:

The 11th Doctor’s final episode and the introduction of the 12th Doctor. Matt Smith said that a return trip to Trenzalore is on the cards. Moffat said many of the loose ends from the 11th Doctor’s era will be wrapped up: “Never mind the TARDIS blowing up, what about the endless, bitter war Kovarian was on about? And what’s Trenzalore? And the oldest question in the universe? And what exactly do they mean, silence will fall?”

On the regeneration Moffat said: “It’ll be the traditional regeneration. You know, the eleventh will fall and the twelfth shall rise. And you’ll see that in the closing moments of the show.”


TV teaser trailer:

Speculation only in the comments.

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