‘Doctor Who’ Christmas special trailer, images show aliens galore

Dec. 11, 2013 | 10:48 a.m.

Matt Smith in "The Time of the Doctor," the 2013 "Doctor Who" Christmas special. (BBC America)

"The Wooden Cyberman" in a scene from "The Time of the Doctor," the 2013 "Doctor Who" Christmas special. (BBC America)

"The Wooden Cyberman" in a scene from "The Time of the Doctor," the 2013 "Doctor Who" Christmas special. (BBC America)

Daleks in a scene from "The Time of the Doctor," the 2013 "Doctor Who" Christmas special. (BBC America)

The Doctor (Matt Smith) faces off against Daleks in "The Time of the Doctor," the 2013 "Doctor Who" Christmas special. (BBC America)

Matt Smith in "The Time of the Doctor," the 2013 "Doctor Who" Christmas special. (BBC America)

Matt Smith in "The Time of the Doctor," the 2013 "Doctor Who" Christmas special. (BBC America)

Cybermen in a scene from "The Time of the Doctor," the 2013 "Doctor Who" Christmas special. (BBC America)

Orla Brady as Tasha Lem Cybermen in a scene from "The Time of the Doctor," the 2013 "Doctor Who" Christmas special. (BBC America)

Orla Brady as Tasha Lem Cybermen in a scene from "The Time of the Doctor," the 2013 "Doctor Who" Christmas special. (BBC America)

Jenna Coleman as Clara in "The Time of the Doctor," the 2013 "Doctor Who" Christmas special. (BBC America)

Rob Jarvis as Abramal, left, and Tessa Peake-Jones as Marta in a scene from "The Time of the Doctor," the 2013 "Doctor Who" Christmas special. (BBC America)

Rob Jarvis as Abramal, front left, and Tessa Peake-Jones as Marta in a scene from "The Time of the Doctor," the 2013 "Doctor Who" Christmas special. (BBC America)

The Doctor (Matt Smith) and the Daleks in a scene from "The Time of the Doctor," the 2013 "Doctor Who" Christmas special. (BBC America)

Orla Brady as Tasha Lem Cybermen in a scene from "The Time of the Doctor," the 2013 "Doctor Who" Christmas special. (BBC America)

Artwork featuring the Doctor and some of his friends and foes in a scene from "The Time of the Doctor," the 2013 "Doctor Who" Christmas special. (BBC America)

Artwork featuring the Doctor and some of his friends and foes in a scene from "The Time of the Doctor," the 2013 "Doctor Who" Christmas special. (BBC America)

Jenna Coleman as Clara in a poster for "The Time of the Doctor," the 2013 "Doctor Who" Christmas special. (BBC America)

Matt Smith in a poster for "The Time of the Doctor," the 2013 "Doctor Who" Christmas special. (BBC America)

A poster for "The Time of the Doctor" features Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman. (BBC America)

A new trailer for the “The Time of the Doctor” is out, teasing a “Doctor Who” Christmas special jampacked with some of the Doctor’s most famous foes.

The trailer, released Wednesday, and new still images (check them out in the gallery above) show a plethora of aliens, including Daleks, Cybermen, the Silence and Weeping Angels, not to mention a villainous-looking woman (Orla Brady) who declares to lined-up troops, “The siege of trenzalore has now begun!”

Trenzalore was teased throughout Matt Smith’s tenure as the Eleventh Doctor and eventually revealed in last season’s finale as the site of the Doctor’s grave.

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The 30-second teaser begins with a voiceover by Clara (Jenna Coleman) — a little rhyme that hints at Smith’s impending departure from the show.

“And now it’s time for one last bow, / like all your other selves,” she says. “Eleven’s hour is over now; / the clock is striking twelves.”

The trailer continues with Clara’s desperate plea for help, a Dalek announcing that the Doctor is regenerating, and the Doctor’s voice screaming, “If you want my life, come and get it!”

The new images for the episode also reveal a look at a mysterious Doctor-themed puppet show and artwork, several guest stars including Rob Jarvis and Tessa Peake-Jones, and the Doctor and Clara, traipsing through a snowy village.

A poster for "The Time of the Doctor" features Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman. (BBC America)

A poster for “The Time of the Doctor” features Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman. (BBC America)

“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,” reads the episode’s official description. “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.”

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The Christmas special marks the Doctor and Clara’s last adventure together. Scottish actor Peter Capaldi, best known from his work on the comedy series “The Thick of It,” will be taking Smith’s place in the TARDIS and is expected to make his debut in “The Time of the Doctor” when Smith’s Doctor regenerates.

The episode follows November’s simulcast of “The Day of the Doctor” — a feature-length 50th anniversary special starring Smith, Tennant and John Hurt, who played a previously unknown incarnation of the Doctor and revealed new aspects of the character’s past. The special made use of archival footage of previous Doctors, and Capaldi and Tom Baker, who played the Fourth Doctor, made guest appearances.

Smith, who took over from David Tennant in 2010, has seen the show skyrocket in popularity, especially in the United States, during his tenure as the time-traveling alien.

“I’d have very happily done another year,” Smith said earlier this year. “It’s a wonderful show. But I think you gotta go when you gotta go, and for me, it just felt like the right time to move on.”

The special airs on BBC America at 9 p.m. PST on Dec. 25. What are your expectations for Smith’s final episode? Let us know in the comments.

– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark | Google+

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One Response to ‘Doctor Who’ Christmas special trailer, images show aliens galore

  1. Sharon says:

    Oh Matt I agree with your mother. I wish you would have stayed on. For my part I think you played the part of the Doctor brilliantly and you will be genuinely missed and that is saying a lot because everyone loves all the Doctors.

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