TV THIS WEEK: Goodbye Matt Smith, meet the new Doctor Who, and more!

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BBC America offers up Doctor Who holiday sadness and cheer all in one present as we say goodbye to Matt Smith's Doctor and meet Peter Capaldi's Doctor in this year's Christmas special, “The Time of the Doctor.” But leading up to that there's plenty of Doctor Who marathon goodness throughout the week.

Also this week there's some fun Christmas Futuramas, Nikita signs off forever with one last mission, and Hercules tries to find love with the help of a powerful witch in Atlantis.

Here's what we have to look forward to this week on sci-fi, fantasy and paranormal TV.

Monday, Dec. 23

Futurama (Comedy Central) 5:27 p.m. - “Xmas Story” etc.

Mini-marathon alert! Comedy Central is offering up several Futurama episodes, including some holiday-themed ones and the series finale. The episodes include: “Futurestock” (4:56 p.m.), “Xmas Story” (5:27 p.m.), series finale “Meanwhile” (5:58 p.m.), “A Tale of Two Santas” (7:30 p.m.), and “The Futurama Holiday Spectacular” (8 p.m.). “Xmas Story” goes back to 1999, while “Meanwhile” aired this summer.

Here's Bender's view of Xmas Eve:

Tuesday, Dec. 24

Doctor Who Marathon (BBC America) 4 a.m.

Check out episodes from seasons six and seven and the Christmas specials that will prime us for the special “Doctor Who: Farewell to Matt Smith” and this year's Christmas special, which sends off Smith in “The Time of the Doctor.” The episodes will run consecutively, except for some breaks for BBC World News. The marathon runs through until 5 a.m. on Friday morning.

Here's a promo of “The Impossible Astronaut”:

Wednesday, Dec. 25 – Merry Christmas

Doctor Who Marathon (BBC America) continues

Season seven begins at 3 a.m. with “Aslyum of the Daleks,” and continues straight through (with a little break for news) to “The Name of the Doctor” and “The Day of The Doctor.

Here's a promo from “Aslyum of the Daleks”:

Doctor Who: Farewell to Matt Smith (BBC America) 8 p.m.

All new Doctor Who retrospective! This big goodbye to Matt Smith's Eleventh Doctor takes a look back and features interviews with Smith and other members of the cast and crew.

Here's a preview:

Doctor Who (BBC America) 9 p.m. - “The Time of the Doctor”

Matt Smith's long goodbye alert! The long-awaited Christmas special takes place over 300 years and features the Doctor's greatest enemies, including the Daleks, the Silence, the Cybermen and the Weeping Angels. When the bad guys are summoned to the planet Trenzalore, the home of the Doctor's tomb and a snow-covered village called Christmas Town, the Doctor and Clara spend centuries protecting the town. This special means the end for Matt Smith's Eleventh Doctor as he regenerates into Peter Capaldi's Twelfth Doctor. Goodbye, Matt Smith! You've been a great Doctor.

Here's a look:

Thursday, Dec. 26

Doctor Who Marathon (BBC America) continues

Season three kicks off with episode four's “Daleks in Manhattan” at 8 a.m. and through “The Christmas Invasion” and more. Then it's on to Doctor Who's fourth season, which begins with “Silence in the Library” at 11 p.m.

Here's a look at David Tennant's introduction as the Tenth Doctor:

Friday, Dec. 27

Doctor Who Marathon (BBC America) continues

Season four continues through 4 a.m. with “Journey's End” and then a rerun of “The Christmas Invasion” at 5 a.m. Then it's all over and we'll have to wait for the new season to get to know Peter Capaldi's Twelfth Doctor.

Here's a look at “Journey's End,” where Rose and the Doctor kiss:

Nikita (The CW) 9 p.m. - “Canceled”

Series finale! Clever title! Yes, it's the end of Nikita. In the finale, Nikita goes after revenge against MDK. Meanwhile, Michael tries to track her down.

Here's a promo:

The Dead Files (Travel) 10 p.m. - “Invaded – Waxahachie, Texas”

Amy and Steve investigate a family-owned restaurant that's having paranormal activity problems.

Saturday, Dec. 28

Atlantis (BBC America) 9 p.m. - “The Song of the Sirens”

Hercules pays a visit to a powerful witch, hoping to win over Medusa's heart. What could possibly go wrong?

Here's a preview:

Sunday, Dec. 29

Finding Bigfoot (Animal Planet) 9 p.m. - “Abominable Snowman”

The team heads to Nepal in the hunt for the yeti. Their investigation leads them to monasteries with relics and a look at the forests of the Himalayas.

What are you going to watch?


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