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The Doctor & ME

At the end of his second year of adventures as Doctor Who, Peter Capaldi contemplates Christmas – and life without Clara Oswald...

It’s five minutes to Hell on a warm Tuesday evening, and the Doctor and Me are doing precisely what any of us would do if we were still around at the end of the universe: debating Doctor Who continuity. Gotta love them story arcs. “The Hybrid is supposed to be half Time Lord, half Dalek,” insists the one and only Me.

“ Travelling through time and space, having adventures, getting into danger... I always felt it was a cover. The Doctor knows too much.”

“No, it isn’t,” argues the Doctor. He has his own, better theory: “Blah, blah, Daleks, blah, blah, Time Lords. Humans and the Mire, both warrior races, fits perfectly.” Spoken like a true fan.

Me shoots him a look as if to say “You’ve spent too long on the internet forums, mate,” though what she actually says is, “Then I go on and on about who the Hybrid could be, I say it could be you, and –”

“I walk to here, and say something else. Blah, blah, blah. And then we have some chittery-chattery about Me.”

“And I turn around – hey, can I move this vine on the floor? – and I say something about… something. It makes perfect sense, and you know it.”

Don’t worry, this isn’t Doctor Who’s latest innovation: an entirely improvised episode. Nor has there been a budget cut. Scriptwriter Steven Moffat hasn’t been exterminated. No, this is Peter Capaldi and Maisie Williams ‘blocking’ a scene from this year’s series finale, Hell Bent – rehearsing their movements, to give the crew a sense of how to light the set and position the cameras. DWM is here too (at the end of everything, you must expect the company of immortals), watching the universe burn. Depending on your point of view, it’s either mid-September 2015 and we’re on a soundstage in Cardiff, or it’s the end of everything and we’re lurking in Gallifrey’s vast, vine-covered Cloisters, now ruined and impossibly ancient. There are armchairs here, and a chess set, and a Dalek (“Exterminate… Me…”), and Time Lord Sliders riding around on segway boards. Are they all the rage? Not when a silver, cylindrical space-time ship – a TARDIS in its basic form! – stands in the corner. Who needs a hoverboard when you can steal a TARDIS and run away?

The Doctor (Peter Capaldi)...

“It’ll soon be Halloween,” muses Peter. He’s done blocking now and is chilling in one of the armchairs.

“What are you going to dress up as?” Maisie asks him.

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The 2015 Christmas issue! Contents include: Preview of The Husbands of River Song; Peter Capaldi interview; Interviews with Greg Davies, Sarah Dollard, Peter Harness, Rachel Talalay and Donald Sumpter; Review of 2015; the Watcher's Christmas Quiz; Strip – The Dragon Lord part 1.