BBC America Announces Full Day of ‘Doctor Who’ Programming Leading Up to Matt Smith’s Farewell [+ Video]

Doctor Who Christmas Special 2013 (3)

BBC America is saying goodbye to the Eleventh Doctor with an entire day of Doctor Who programming this Christmas (December 25, 2013). The network unveiled their plans which include the TV premiere of the six-minute Doctor Who prequel, “The Night of The Doctor” at 6:00pm ET followed by an encore of the 50th anniversary special, “The Day of the Doctor”. The evening will continue with a farewell to Matt Smith, a one-hour retrospective narrated by Alex Kingston (Doctor Who’s River Song) and featuring interviews with Smith and his cast mates. The special will premiere at 8 pm ET.

Finally, at 9PM ET the big event, “The Time of The Doctor” will premiere. Smith’s final Christmas special will find The Doctor led into a trap set by his deadliest foes including the Daleks, the Weeping Angels, Cybermen, The Silence and more. Drawn together by a mysterious message echoing from the stars, Eleven’s final adventure will take place on a seemingly quiet backwater planet. Check out the new extended trailer for the Christmas special below. How do you think Eleven will go out?

See below for BBC America’s full December 25th schedule of Who programming:

ENCORE: THE NIGHT OF THE DOCTOR/THE DAY OF THE DOCTOR
Enjoy the television premiere of the six-minute prequel, The Night of the Doctor that leads into the 50th anniversary special. The Doctors (Matt Smith and David Tennant) embark on their greatest adventure across space and time. In 2013, something terrible is awakening in London’s National Gallery; in 1562, a murderous plot is afoot in Elizabethan England; and somewhere in space an ancient battle reaches its devastating conclusion. All of reality is at stake as the Doctor’s own dangerous past comes back to haunt him. The special is directed by Nick Hurran, executive produced by Steven Moffat, Faith Penhale and produced by Marcus Wilson. The Night of the Doctor and The Day of the Doctor airs Wednesday, December 25, 6:00pm ET.

FAREWELL TO MATT SMITH
Bid the eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith, a fond farewell in this hour-long retrospective documentary special about Doctor Who series five, six and seven – the Matt Smith Years. This compelling documentary, narrated by Alex Kingston (Doctor Who’s River Song), features highlights from Smith’s run with interviews from the man himself, his cast-mates, writers, producers, guest stars and famous Doctor Who fans. Doctor Who: Farewell to Matt Smith premieres Wednesday, December 25, 8:00pm ET on BBC AMERICA.

U.S. PREMIERE 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 among 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.Orla Brady (Fringe, Mistresses) guest stars as Tasha Lem. The Time of the Doctor premieres Wednesday, December 25, 9:00pm ET.