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The Doctor Lied, People Died: "Doctor Who" Christmas Special Details

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | November 26, 2013 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | November 26, 2013 |

Hey, you call it a Moffat ex Machina, and I’ll just call it emotionally dishonest and lazy writing. Ok, C. Rob’s is catchier, but I do not concede. I will take to the hills and mountains, and wage my war unceasing. Of course, if Moffat were running my life, I’d just have to say that in a dramatic monologue to move the hardest heart, and then the latest Girl Who [Verbed] would make a wish and everything would get tied up in a half-cocked plot bow that is completely inconsistent with whatever went before. But I’d win the argument.

Oh I’m being quite cynical about the good Doctor these days, it’s so middle-classed.

Anyway, we’ve got these bits for the 2013 Christmas special (The Time of the Doctor), first up a trailer, that aired after the 50th anniversary special of the other day:

Oh come on, that’s not a trailer. That’s not even a teaser. That’s the few seconds of confusion when the local affiliate screws up the feed and plays the middle half of an ad followed by a jolt when it shifts mid-frame into a national ad.

We’ve also got the following plot summary, confirmed by Jenna Louise Coleman on the Facebooks (or she just likes reposting fake info to screw with people, in which case I wouldn’t even be mad, just impressed):

“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.”

Eh, it’s probably just the echo of Captain Jack banging a neutron star.

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