We saw mere seconds of it at the tail end of “The Day of the Doctor,” but this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special, “The Time of the Doctor,” and the end of the trilogy of “____ of the Doctor” titles that make up Matt Smith’s swan song, now has this epic, harrowing, and yet still Christmassy, poster from our friends at the BBC. It depicts the Eleventh Doctor in a particularly Yule Tide get-up and a justifiably anxious-looking Clara Oswald as they’re set upon by Daleks, Cybermen, Weeping Angels, and the Silence – pretty much all the best/worst bad guys the Doctor ever faced in his Eleventh (or Twelfth, but let’s not split hairs) incarnation. We also have a few new promotional images from the episode, although, aside from a shot of Smith holding a Cyber head in the TARDIS, they tell us precious little about what’s actually happening.

The brief but tantalizing synopsis for the episode is as follows:

“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.”

Oooooooooooooh! “The Time of the Doctor” will air on BBC America on December 25th, a/k/a Christmas Day, at 9/8c. It promises to be exciting, dramatic, sad, and hopeful all at the same time. How on Earth do you think they’ll manage that?

As per usual, let us know what you think in the comments section located a few inches southward.

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