The Night of the Doctor is a short film for Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary, that premiered last week, on November 14. It’s written by Steven Moffat and stars Paul McGann, reprising his role as the 8th Doctor.
The short picks up where McGann’s Doctor left off, which was during the Time War (the war between the Daleks and the Timelords). The Doctor attempts to aid Cass with her crashing ship, but upon the reveal of his identity as a Time Lord, Cass refuses his help.
The ship crashes and the Doctor is found by the Sisterhood of Karn, who revives him temporarily. The Sisterhood offers the Doctor the choice to end the Time War, and the Doctor’s choice is finally revealed in this short.
The short came as a complete surprise to the fandom as it was just announced on Twitter, an hour before its release.
The 50th anniversary, The Day of the Doctor, will air on November 23.