Unlike the James Bond franchise, when a new Bond appears without comment, Doctor Who handles the transition with a bit more ceremony. Each time a new actor takes the role, the old Doctor “regenerates,” and the new one appears. Yesterday, the Dr. Who Christmas special aired on BBC One, and with Peter Capaldi set to become the twelfth doctor in the long-running sci-fi franchise, we knew the big moment was coming. Watch Matt Smith’s farewell scene:
Filming for the new series will begin in January, and the 13 Capaldi-helmed episodes will air sometime in the fall of 2014.