Doctor Who fans knew there was a major transformation in store in Matt Smith’s final episode – what they didn’t expect was two for the price of one.
Viewers tuning into to tonight’s Christmas special The Time of the Doctor saw Smith, 31, become a wrinkled old man as the Time Lord spent centuries in one spot, defending the town of Christmas on the planet of Trenzalore from the massed ranks of the Daleks, the Cybermen and an assortment of the universe’s deadliest races.
Thankfully for lovers of Smith’s quirkily youthful good looks, he returned to his former self in time to regenerate into new incarnation Peter Capaldi who, at 55, will give the latest generation of Doctor Who fans their first prolonged experience of a more mature Time Lord.
Smith is not the only Doctor to have appeared as an older version of himself in the show. A series-three episode saw the Master artificially age David Tennant’s Doctor 100 years, while the recent 50th anniversary episode The Day of the Doctor featured an appearance by fourth Doctor Tom Baker as an elderly character known only as the Curator.