The BBC confirms ‘Time of the Doctor’ The Doctor Who Christmas Special will see the exit of Matt Smith from Doctor Who and the introduction of his successor, the great Peter Capaldi.
Preceding the special will be a farewell documentary titled Doctor Who: Farewell to Matt Smith, narrated by Alex Kingston and featuring interviews with numerous castmates, writers, producers, and guest stars.
The Christmas Special will air on Christmas day. BBC One will air it at 7:30pm UK and on BBC America 9pm ET/8CT in the U.S.
Official Synopsis for The Time of the Doctor:
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.
He was announced as the 12th Doctor Who on August 4th 2013 on a BBC special. He had to hide it from his daughter who remarked to him why it is his name never came up during the buzz. It was a huge relief not to have to keep the secret anymore. His agent called and said “Hello Doctor” when informing him he had gotten the part.
He is the first actor to play The Doctor in the revamped Doctor Who (2005), to be born before the original series first premiered. Like David Tennant, he was a lifelong ‘Doctor Who’ fan before he got to play the role.