As wonderful as the last stand of the 11th Doctor was, there are still some DOCTOR WHO fans who insist on being confused by the details of “The Time of the Doctor,” including that whole “the Doctor’s tomb is on Trenzalore” business, rather than simply accepting the message of virtually Matt Smith’s entire run: “Time can be rewritten.” So that’s what he did.
No, these folks insist on some explicit timey-wimey explanation for the Doctor visiting his own grave/not grave. Fortunately, executive producer Steven Moffat has devoted a column in the current issue of Doctor Who Magazine to addressing the issue of whether “The Time of the Doctor” contradicts “The Name of the Doctor.”
Matt Smith, the erstwhile 11th Doctor, revealed during a panel at the recent New Orleans Comic Con that he filmed multiple takes of his final scene as the star of DOCTOR WHO in “The Time of the Doctor.”
Smith told fans that he didn’t know which version would ultimately air on Christmas Day:
“I thought that one the real moments — I was really pleased when Amy Pond came back into it; I thought that was really nice.
“But for me, as an actor, being really honest with you, I did loads of really different takes. So I was quite surprised to see that was the take they used, ’cause I didn’t think — I thought that they might use something else, because we did a lot of different takes and we did a lot of different versions of that ending — and a lot of them were really troubling — and I quite liked them.”
Jenna Coleman, who plays “The Impossible Girl,” Clara Oswald, said exactly what most of us fans were thinking about Matt Smith passing the torch to the new star of DOCTOR WHO, Peter Capaldi, calling the emotional transition “brutal.”
It’s easy to imagine that Clara’s fraught face and teary eyes involved no acting whatsoever, and, indeed, if you watch the making-of video I posted yesterday, she had trouble getting through the first table-read of “The Time of the Doctor,” during which Matt actually broke down. Here’s how Jenna described shooting the actual scene:
“I knew it was going to be sad, but it was really traumatic. It was very emotional and overwhelming. It’s a strange thing [but] it’s the nature of the show. Matt leaves, Peter arrives in [Matt’s] costume and the scene carries on. You just keep going — that’s the show.”
I am very interested to learn how her relationship with Capaldi develops when they get into filming series eight — which could begin as soon as next week!
Curious to know even more about “The Time of the Doctor” — specifically, how much work went into creating Matt Smith’s memorable Christmas swansong as the 11th Doctor? Check out this official BBC video!
Warning: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD! While showing us how the episode was made, significant plot reveals are revealed and spoilers are spoiled, so if you haven’t actually seen “The Time of the Doctor,” well — it’s time for you to see a Doctor! Also, major feels ahead, including sobbing from brokenhearted cast members. Grab some tissues before clicking!
Brave heart, Tegan…
The wait for the 12th Doctor will be excruciating!
I know this happened just a few days ago, but I am still sad to see Matt Smith leave the title role in DOCTOR WHO, and so I find myself watching his regeneration scene over and over.
Let’s share our grief — and hopes for the future with the next Doctor, Peter Capaldi — with this clip of the 11th Doctor’s final moments from “The Time of the Doctor.” Oh, the feels…
Capaldi’s first story as the Doctor is not expected to air until August or September, so settle in for a long wait…
If you watched yesterday’s DOCTOR WHO Christmas special, you’re doubtless still recovering from all the feels, so why not take a look at this deleted scene, courtesy of our pals at BBC America. The clip is non-spoilery in terms of story if you haven’t seen the episode, however, the gag won’t quite make sense until you’ve seen it.
MINOR SPOILERISH COMMENT: Though typically charming, I can see why this scene was deleted (if, indeed, there was a reason beyond typical time constraints): It bankrupts the laugh line a few moments later when the Doctor (Matt Smith) tells Clara (Jenna Coleman) that her family cannot see his holographic clothes, so he appears naked to them!
DOCTOR WHO show-runner and lead writer Steven Moffat promises that our lingering questions about the 11th Doctor’s era will be answered in “The Time of the Doctor,” the final story for the Matt Smith Doctor, whom he created.
“The Time of the Doctor” airs in just a few hours here in the USA, at 9 p.m. ET on BBC America. Geronimo!