‘doctor who’: watch the trailer for matt smith’s last episode now

After a record breaking 50th Anniversary Special, “Doctor Who” has one last gift under the tree for us before wrapping up this landmark year. On Christmas Day, BBC and BBC America will broadcast “The Time of the Doctor,” Matt Smith‘s last episode as the titular character before passing the sonic baton to Peter Capaldi.

And now, with just a few weeks to go, BBC America has released the first trailer for the episode. Opening with narration by Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) over scenes of snow, The Doctor, and massing enemies, we hear the following rhyme:

And now it’s time for one last bow
Like all your other selves
Eleven’s hour is over now
The clock is striking twelve

For the uninitiated, unlike James Bond who is simply recast, The Doctor “dies,” before regenerating into a new body, with a slightly changed outlook on life. He’s still a nearly immortal alien who travels time and space looking for adventure, but the role is often tailored to the actor. Matt Smith is the eleventh actor to play The Doctor (Whovians, cease your semantics here), and his first episode was titled “The Eleventh Hour.” This is a clear reference to this, as well as Capaldi being the twelfth Doctor.

This is followed by a new character saying, “The Siege of Trenzalore has now begun.” In current continuity, that’s the place The Doctor will die, and it looks like all his big enemies (Daleks, Cyberman, The Silence, Weeping Angels) have gathered to do him in for good.

Then we get a flurry of action scenes, and most importantly a Dalek saying, “The Doctor is regenerating.” Perhaps the plan is to kill The Doctor as he tries to save his own life? Whatever it is, The Doctor is defiant until the end, screaming, “You want my life? Come and get it!”

Over the course of Matt Smith’s tenure, “Doctor Who” has become a global phenomenon, gaining critical praise and a new, younger fan base. Whether that will continue with Capaldi, we’ll have to wait and see. And we should get our first glimpse this Christmas.

Here’s the official blurb and info from BBC America:

On the heels of Matt Smith’s final episode as the eleventh Doctor, BBC AMERICA is releasing the latest epic trailer from the December 25th Christmas Special, “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.

Doctor Who returns to BBC AMERICA on Wednesday, December 25 at 9:00pm ET/PT.