At this point, most Whovians have already witnessed the unveiling of the Doctor Who Christmas Special aptly titled “The Time of the Doctor.” As much as Whovians would like to ignore this fact, at some point and time, every Doctor’s time will come to an end. However, as one journey ends, a brand new adventure begins.
Last night, we witnessed the swan song of Matt Smith, as the Eleventh Doctor said his goodbyes and regenerated into the Twelfth, played by Scottish actor Peter Capaldi.
I guess in some respects, you could say that Capaldi is the Fourteenth Doctor as we were introduced to the War Time Doctor played by John Hurt in the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special entitled The Day of the Doctor, and the second coming of David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor in the episode entitled “Journey’s End”, which would ideally make Matt Smith this Thirteenth Doctor; all this wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff can be so confusing sometimes. We’ll just stick with Eleven and Twelve for now.
Fair Warning: There are obvious spoilers beyond this point. If you haven’t seen the episode yet, you may want to do that before you continue reading.
In the clip, provided by BBC, we see the Eleventh Doctor as he prepares to say goodbye to his former self and regenerate into someone new.
He pulls his bow tie from around his neck and watches as it slowly falls to the floor. In a brief moment, Clara begs him not to change. Unfortunately, that time has passed.
In the blink of an eye, Eleven is gone, and Twelve has appeared right before our eyes. We watch as the Doctor becomes acquainted with his new body. He even muses about his dislike of the color of his kidneys.
He tells Clara to remain calm just before asking her to one question that is going to ensure that she doesn’t remain calm.
“Just one question,” the Doctor says. “Do you happen to know how to fly this thing?”
Oh, that’s reassuring.
Here is another look at the final moments of Eleven as he transforms into Twelve.