The trailer for Doctor Who’s Christmas Special has been released, and it illuminates exactly where the First Doctor is coming from. He’s seconds away from regenerating at the end of The Tenth Planet.

This is some absolutely astonishing symmetry, considering that the First Doctor’s final adventure saw him outwit the Mondasian Cybermen. It’s fitting that Twelve is going out facing the same foes.

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The Tenth Planet concludes in the South Pole. The Doctor’s “wearing a bit thin” and leaves his companions behind for all of a few seconds, to wander toward his TARDIS in the snow. (The final episode was lost, and re-created from surviving audio by way of animation.)

So somewhere between here:

and here:

One meets Twelve.

The serial was released on DVD in 2013. It used to be viewable on DailyMotion, but that appears not to be the case anymore. It is a wonderful swan song for William Hartnell, and worth tracking down.

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