If any Whovians need another reason to watch “The Time of the Doctor” on Christmas Day, DOCTOR WHO show-runner Steven Moffat tells the new issue of Doctor Who Magazine that the special will feature “a fair bit of nudity.”
While visions of Jenna Coleman’s Clara and her sugar plums are dancing in your head, recall that the last time a story featured a lot of bare skin — season five’s “The Lodger” — the exhibitionist was the Doctor himself, Matt Smith!
Moffat also lets us in on a little secret about one of the Xmas story’s baddies, the new character Tasha Lem (played by Orla Brady):
“The Doctor meets an old friend. Someone from his distant past. Someone who knows him very well, but whom we have never met. She’s the ‘Mother Superious’ of the Papal Mainframe.”
Aha, so Tasha Lem is a ranking officer in The Church, the religious/military hybrid organization of the 51st century. That connects her to the Headless Monks (of “A Good Man Goes to War” in season six), who name-checked the Papal Mainframe, and to the Clerics (from “The Time of Angels”/“Flesh and Stone” in series five). Moffat has previously promised call-outs to all three of Matt Smith’s seasons as the Doctor, so this is obviously part of that.
We know how Moffat loves to introduce characters who know the Doctor quite well from other points in his time stream (coughRiverSongcough), so I wonder if this is the case with Tasha Lem. Is it okay if I keep hoping she turns out to be his “old friend” from university, the Rani? We know that Moffat lies, so could his previous vows never to revive the Rani be… fibs?