Punch & ‘Who’-dy: New Pics Emerge From ‘The Time Of The Doctor’

The puppet Doctor from 'The Time of the Doctor'

The puppet Doctor from ‘The Time of the Doctor’

The brilliant thing about forthcoming Doctor Who stories is that you can’t really tell what is going to happen just from looking at publicity photos. Oh sure, if there’s a surprise arrival from an old friend or enemy, that can be ruined. A shot of something irrevocable and key to the plot would be similarly spoiling, but, as you’ll see from the latest gallery of shots from this year’s Christmas special, “The Time of the Doctor,” there’s just so much that still needs explaining.

For example: how come the Doctor ends up as a Punch & Judy show (above)? And what is this fan art all about?

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It’s tempting to assume this is something that happens quite early on, given that the TARDIS has clearly arrived in the middle of a Doctor Who Christmas special.

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And then there’s a bit of scared villager action…'The Time of the Doctor'

And some running…

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Something tells me we don’t really want to know what this is about…

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And then all of a sudden we’re at home with the Cybermen.

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Rise and shine!

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The Daleks, meanwhile, have clearly already had their breakfast and are enjoying a morning shout.

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This guy is more of a mime artist.

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No, that’s not a lightsabre. Wrong franchise entirely.

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So there we have it. You are now officially as clued-up about “The Time of the Doctor” as we are.

See you on Christmas Day!

See more: 
‘Doctor Who’ Watch: The Official Trailer For ‘The Time of the Doctor’
‘Doctor Who’ – What Can We Learn From The New Pictures From ‘The Time of the Doctor’?
PHOTOS: First Look at ‘The Time of the Doctor’
Trawling The Trailers For ‘Doctor Who’ Clues (And A Bit Of ‘Sherlock’ Too)

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.

He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.

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