Doctor Who, Christmas Special: The Time of the Doctor (2013)

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Featuring the 2013 Christmas Special, this collection celebrates Matt Smith’s tenure as The Doctor as we prepare to say goodbye. Revisit his first appearance in “The End of Time”, see the newest Doctor, Peter Capaldi, revealed in “Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor”. Say a fond “Farewell to Matt Smith” and, of course, watch as The Doctor sacrifices everything to save a town called Christmas from the Time Lord’s greatest enemies in “The Time of the Doctor”. Doctor Who, Christmas Special: The Time of the Doctor (2013) Wiki

Doctor Who, Christmas Special: The Time of the Doctor (2013) Synopsis

1 - Christmas Special: The End of Time, Pt. 1 (2009)
It's the Tenth Doctor's final journey - but his psychotic nemesis the Master has been reborn, on Christmas Eve. With both determined to cheat death, the battle ranges from the wastelands of London to the mysterious Immortality Gate. Meanwhile, the alien race Ood warn of an even greater danger approaching, as a terrible shadow falls across the entire Universe.

2 - Christmas Special: The End of Time, Pt. 2 (2009)
The Doctor faces the end of his life as the Master's plans hurtle out of control. With the sound of drums growing louder, and an ancient trap closing around the Earth, the Doctor and Wilf must fight alone. But sacrifices must be made, and the deadly prophecy warns: "He will knock four times."

3 - Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor
Peter Capaldi is introduced as Zoe Ball hosts a live celebration in which the next actor to land Doctor Who's lead role is revealed, in the company of former cast members and celebrity fans.

4 - Christmas Special: The Time of the Doctor (2013)
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.

5 - Farewell to Matt Smith
Bid the eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith, a fond farewell in this retrospective documentary special about Doctor Who Series five, six and seven - “the Matt Smith Years.” This compelling documentary, narrated by Alex Kingston (Doctor Who’s River Song), features highlights from Smith’s run with interview footage from the man himself, his cast-mates, writers, producers, guest stars and celebrity Whovians.

6 - Trailer
The Doctor must sacrifice all to save a town called Christmas from his greatest enemies.

Doctor Who, Christmas Special: The Time of the Doctor (2013) Episodes

Episode TitleTimePrice
1Christmas Special: The End of Time, Pt. 59:53USD 1.99Download
2Christmas Special: The End of Time, Pt. 1:12:39USD 1.99Download
3Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor30:31USD 1.99Download
4Christmas Special: The Time of the Docto 1:01:04USD 1.99Download
5Farewell to Matt Smith43:32USD 1.99Download

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Doctor Who, Christmas Special: The Time of the Doctor (2013) Reviews

Honestly... Meh  Dantethedark  3 star

I'm a big fan of Doctor Who and have quite enjoyed the Matt Smith arc. That being said I thought this episode dragged on and on and on. Don't get me wrong it was entertaining and would have made an alright normal episode, but to be the last episode for our beloved Mr. Smith? Could have been better. In a sense this pulled a Bioshock: Infinite with the beginning and end being good (though I thought the end could have gone differently as well) but the middle lacking. I don't want to give away the episode so I shall be somewhat vague. The beginning has all the suspense and excitement expected of a special, with all the great races making an appearance, and the banter between Clara and The Doctor being humorous. But then the middle when he is in the town and all of the narration and time is passing just drags. At some point it really just becomes a "I get it already, please move on now" situation. There is admittedly a bit of nice dialogue between Clara and The Doctor, but it is short and sweet. Then we get to the second part of the middle and the excitement picks up for a bit, but then after a bit again it drops back down leading into the end. We get more narration and a bit of a drag again, with a feeling of "I feel as though I have already been through this, in this episode actually!" Now finally it comes to the end and we all know what this episode is for so there is no spoiler in saying here we see the end/death of the 11th (by name only) Doctor. This is done well and of course seeing Mr. Smith go is saddening, but with of the issues the middle of the episode had I ended up actually more so feeling pure relief that it is finally over, and this is not what should be for such a sad moment. Now as for the well known issue of The Doctor's regeneration cycle coming to an end, it was expected for there to be something that happens which allows him to keep living (as the show is not being cancelled). As to how this is done, without giving away any spoilers, I understand why it was done in such a way and I get how it is meaningful. The problem is I felt that it was easy, and I don't mean that there should have been a bigger ordeal for it to happen. No that was pretty well established throughout the episode. I just felt that from a writing stand point it was easy, it just seemed forced and with out the proper "substance" (for lack of a better word) to really give it that "wow" factor. With all of this being said, the episode was good and should be respected for it's part in saying goodbye to Matt Smith. I just felt the middle could have used some tweaking and the ending could have had (again for a lack of a better word) "more."

The episode is epic, but BBC’s organization couldn’t be worse  kepardue  4 star

As a new Doctor Who fan that recently started watching the series from the Chris Eccleston’s portrayal as the Doctor, I have to say that there couldn’t be a better episode, along with Day of the Doctor, to cap off the experience. What a tremendous payoff this is! However, it reflects poorly on BBC’s hodgepodge presentation of various Doctor Who bundles that neither this set nor the 50th Anniversary set has a season associated with it, leaving them to confusingly mix together. Surely there must be a better way to organize these two sets than to leave them as “No Season” titles? It’s left my Doctor Who collection a terrible mess. If not for this, it would definitely have gotten five stars.

SERIES 8 SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!  Brothersk  5 star

Peter Capaldi is not the Doctor! He is the Master! Samuel Anderson is playing a chameleon arched version of the Doctor!

I feel jipped. Not worth it.  aadflakjdsjhfawpeuoihalkjdshfl  1 star

We already had seen the ones with David Tennant. The other ones are fluff. We should of just paid $3.00 for the ONE episoide that was good

Great adventure  KimRRobinson  5 star

Awesome, just way, way good.

I love it!  Hello123458  5 star

Thank you, Matt, for a wonderful tenure as the Doctor. You were the coolest!

Good farewell to the Eleventh  the3js  4 star

First off: A majority of the negative reviews are reflecting upon the poor marketing that went into the Season Pass. "The End of Time" episodes were included in the Pass, and since many already owned them, they felt cheated, along with the fact the Christmas episode was released on iTunes the morning after it aired. However, if the purchasers who left poor reviews read what was included and understood that the episodes are not released till the morning after, there would be fewer poor reviews. That being said, I thought the actual Christmas special was really good, but not quite the best. I will be careful to avoid spoilers in the rest of my review. I agree with the reviewer who said that some of the scenes with villains seemed rushed. I see why they were rushed, but I feel it would have been better to add more time to the special to allow room for more details. That being said, the important parts that contributed towards the plot were timed quite well. Some have said the plotlines were sometimes too confusing and did not blend well together in some areas. I did not find them to be a bit confusing or not fitting, although I can see how it is possible to view them as so if the viewer is not paying attention. *POTENTIAL SPOILER BELOW* While some may say the regeneration was "rushed" as well, I actually think it was quite a fitting way for the Eleventh to regenerate. He was, sometimes, erratic; hence his regeneration ended up being so. *POTENTIAL SPOILER ABOVE* Overall, I felt it was a pretty good farewell to the Eleventh. Now for the nine month wait till we see the Twelth in a full episode...

Charlie Hayes
FANTASTIC!!!  Charlie Hayes  5 star

I absolutely love it. If you're a huge Who fan and will be watching this special many times, then it is most definitely worth the price. I like that the other episodes and the farewell to Matt Smith are included with the season pass.

Good, but too expensive  abbatoirnoises  4 star

It's not really necessary to include the 2-part End Of Time story in this “season.” If anything The Eleventh Hour would've been a better inclusion since it's the real beginning of 11’s story. The special itself was pretty good, but really you're better off buying that single episode than this whole set.

The Doctor Is  April6th  5 star

The Doctor is strict ,nice,and cool!

All you need is me.
Terrible deal.  All you need is me.  1 star

I'm sorry, a terrible regeneration story & a cheap live TV show are the extras for this "deluxe" version? Certainly will not be getting the whole package.

John David999
The Doctor's time isn't on time  John David999  2 star

It's a nice pack and all, but… WHERE'S THE TIME OF THE DOCTOR!? When I buy something that says it lets me download the new episode when it comes out, and then it comes out, and I can't download it, that's not okay, Apple.

Umm...  Xtrasun  3 star

Shouldn't you have The Eleventh Hour? It WAS his true first episode, you know.

Why include End of Time part 1 & 2  Fanhey  4 star

I won’t buy the season pass, I already bought End of Time parts 1 & 2 when they originally came out over 3 years ago. I wish there was something else new to offer, I’m just left with getting the episode, no deluxe parts. If I could get a cheaper rate since I already bought parts years ago, then I’d invest in it for the specials.

Is it really deluxe  grpime  3 star

The show is great, and I’m really going to miss Matt Smith as the Doctor. But I really don’t want last years xmas special. Is there a “non-deluxe” version going to be available?

The last 15 minutes are pretty good  BenDTU  2 star

They also made the Cybermen competent again, which was a surprise. Otherwise it’s an incoherent mess.

Thank you!  Taz-27  5 star

Matt Smith at his best, and a wonderfully written episode to do the 11th(ish) doctor justice. Looking forward to Peter's first episode. Bowties will Always be cool

Buy the episode only!  plšek  5 star

I love the Time of the Doctor, I think it was a brilliant send-off to Matt Smith. But, I would not buy the whole $17 bundle. Re-released episodes should not come in new episode bundles!! So, spend $3.50 and get the episode and only the episode. (And maybe also Doctor Who Live (introduction of Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor)

Bad  TheLonelyStarr  1 star

This episode of doctor who, the storyline is all wrong the doctor says he has no regenerations left because he regenerated in the time war. The writers have forgotten to add the fact that the doctor had regenerated (as David tennant) in the stolen earth(this is only one account of a regeneration I have noted)

Kenny Erb
WHEN?????????  Kenny Erb  5 star

When when when when when when when????? It’s released on iTunes US? It’s been played on ABC.. WHEN IS IT GETTING RELEASED ON HERE????

New episodes only  FBongi  1 star

From what I can tell, this is not worth buying if you already have The End of Time. It seems ridiculous to ask people to buy two duplicate episodes just to get one new one. I hope a version of this year’s Christmas special is released for fans without the duplicate older episodes tacked on.

Why?  PaulAmyes  1 star

Why bundle this episode with The End Of Time? It seems a cynical exercise in extracting cash.

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