Trivia: Doctor Who 2013 CS "The Time of the Doctor"

  • Ascended Fanon:
    • Yes, we can finally confirm that mirrors freeze Weeping Angels!
    • Many fans have speculated and argued over whether the Tenth Doctor's aborted regeneration actually counted towards the total. Now we know.
    • There was also a pithy debate about how the War Doctor factored into total of the regenerations. Cleared up and sorted here.
  • Acting for Two: Dan Starkey plays both of the Sontarans featured in the episode. Overlaps with You Look Familiar (as he had previously played Strax, Skorr in "The Sontaran Stratagem", and Jask in "The End of Time") and justified by the fact that they are a clone race, presumably all from the same batch.
  • Fake Shemp: Young Amelia Pond was not played by Caitlin Blackwood as in previous episodes, presumably as she's aged too much for the cameo to work. To disguise the fact that they obviously used another actress, Amelia's face was covered with drawings.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Clara's nan is Etta, and Mrs. Buttle, and Madge!
  • Hey, It's That Place!: The block of flats where Clara's family are having Christmas dinner is the same one used in some shots of the Powell Estate in "Rose" (in particular, the long walking sequence leading up to the "turn of the Earth" speech).
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Handles is Fonejacker.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Matt Smith wasn't the only one wearing a wig in his scene; Karen Gillan had to, as well, for her filming of Guardians of the Galaxy. She regrets "more than anything" that they didn't think of swapping wigs.
  • History Repeats: Matt was recovering from a nasty leg injury while filming the final episode of his tenure. David Tennant also filmed his final episode while recovering from an injury, his being an ailing back that he'd recently had worked on with surgery.
  • Milestone Celebration: Though the episode is primarily a Christmas special, it also happens to be the 800th episode of Doctor Who, and a big one at that — the Eleventh Doctor regenerates and the Twelfth Doctor takes over from here as the first of a new regenerative cycle. On top of all that, it also closed the franchise's 50th anniversary year.
  • The Other Darrin: Clara's father is played by James Buller in this episode, while previously in "The Rings of Akhaten" he was played by Michael Dixon. Of course, it works here because Clara's dad is 8 years older.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Matt Smith wore a wig; so does the Doctor. He also injured his leg on-set and the Doctor started using a cane.