WARNING: This post contains major potential spoilers for The Time of the Doctor. If you don’t want spoilers about the regeneration scene and more, click away now!
The Daily Star, a notorious tabloid rumour-maker, have claimed that the final scenes of the Christmas Special, The Time of the Doctor, will feature the return of a ‘fan favourite character’. The report, which features details of Smith’s regeneration scene, is as follows:
A GHOST from Christmas past and a big fan favourite visits The Doctor just as he is about to die and regenerate into a new-look Time Lord.
BBC bosses are staying tight-lipped about the identity of the returning legend. But since the sci-fi show is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, fan speculation will run wild about the mystery figure.
Millions of viewers will be tuning in to the Christmas Day episode, called The Time Of The Doctor. They will see the Time Lord (Matt Smith, 31) face a deadly battle with his old foes The Daleks, Cybermen and Weeping Angels.
And it doesn’t end well. At the close of the show, The Doc will reveal his time is up and he is dying. However, in a spine-tingling moment just before he regenerates, the spectre of a huge favourite from the past appears in the Tardis.
Who says: “Times change and so must I but I will always remember when The Doctor was me.” And the spook tells him: “Good night.”
Fans will then see him transform into a new Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi, 55.
So, if the Daily Star are right (and despite their dubious track record, this corroborates with the recent press screening of the special and certain spoilers posted by other press), who is the mystery figure? Is it someone from the Eleventh Doctor’s timeline, or even further back? Could it even be a past Doctor?
We’ll find out all the answers and more in The Time of the Doctor on Christmas Day at 7.30pm on BBC One.
[Source: Doctor Who TV]