Doctor Who – The Question

I’m getting sick of River Song.

That seems to be the general consensus in the Doctor Who camp recently. Now don’t get me wrong here, people still appreciate Alex Kingston and everything she brings to the character and the arc of finding out who she is to the Doctor is as interesting as ever. It’s the fact that the series has become almost dependant upon that story arc that fans are complaining about. Personally I think that is an unfair assumption in itself. While the show does indeed seem to be focussing on the River Song saga, she is merely a part of the greater mystery that Stephen Moffat has been playing though his run on the show, albeit an important part.

This article aims to take a look at the other things happening in the Whoniverse (and no, that’s not my word thankfully) and how they may play into the greater story. While there will doubtless be things not covered (the significance of the duck pond in The Eleventh Hour for example) I’ll try to include all of the main threads that are playing out at the moment and their possible significance in the overall storyline. Expect spoilers.


The Silence

Through the cracks we saw silence and the end of all things.

That was the first time we even heard of The Silence, and it was a throwaway line in Vampires of Venice. At the end of the episode we saw that the marketplace had fallen silent were lead to the assumption that the silence was an event caused by the cracks in time.

Silence will fall.

Things were turned on their head when a voice announced this just before the Tardis exploded in The Pandorica Opens. Suddenly the voice indicated that silence, while still thought of as a state of being, was something that a consciousness was aiming for.

The Silence, Doctor. We are the Silence. And Silence will fall!

One of those lovely Scream-inspired creatures from the two part opening to series 6 said this line, cementing in people’s minds that The Silence were a race of beings. The idea of Silence falling took on a new meaning, as we imagined the armies of the Silence falling upon the Doctor and his companions. While a lot of people focussed on that idea I was more struck with the following quote.

We do you honour. You will bring the Silence. But your part will soon be over.

This, said by one of the creatures to Amy while she was held captive, is another throwaway line with significance. While the creatures identify themselves as The Silence they are also using Amy to bring about The Silence. Could this have more than one meaning, the name of an order as well as a state? The latest answer was in Let’s Kill Hitler, the starter of the second half of the season where another group of time-travellers gives their own take on The Silence.

The Silence is not a species, it is a religious order, a movement. Their core belief is that silence will fall when the question is asked. The first question, the oldest question in the universe, hidden in plain sight.

Again this is open to interpretation as these people were obviously new enough to time travel to start thinking of their ethical duty rather than using it to restock on curry (ten Furie Points if you get that reference) and therefore rather naive about the way things work. Time can be rewritten as they were proving themselves, and even fixed points in time are only fixed to the outside perception. While their files state one thing about The Silence, the truth may be something altogether different. What this new information does leave us with is a shift in focus though, from The Silence to…


The Question

The first question, the oldest question in the universe, hidden in plain sight.

I’ve recently read an amazingly well thought out explanation of the oldest question being “Why are we here?” and that leading to the revelation that the Doctor is God, and the church is trying to hold on to power by killing God. As well thought out and reasoned as that was, I think it’s bollocks. Polite, aren’t I?

The oldest question in this fantasy universe, the most asked question, and the one that has never managed to be answered is actually the title of the show. If you read my very long Doctor Who primer from a few months back you’ll find the most used version of that question was something I chose for the title, so centric to the idea of the main character as the lack of a name is.


What’s In A Name?

The Doctor’s name. In over nine hundred years of adventure we’ve never found out what it is or even the reason the name is a secret. The Russell T Davies tenure on the show hinted at the Doctor and Master choosing their own names but never once gave a reason for it, while the non-canonical spin-off media have tried several reasons from the name being unpronounceable to any species but Time Lords to the name being wiped from Time and Space as punishment for a crime. I’m actually quite partial to the latter reason as it fits with the way the Time Lords did things, fits with their mythology and actually makes the show a little more involving when thought about. The very idea of going out and making a name for yourself takes on a whole new meaning when you have no name at all, and the consequences of someone without a name in the whole of Time and Space becoming the most famous person in the universe are interesting to say the least. But for now we’ll stick to the established media starting with a look at one of the older series since the reboot and a script from Stephen Moffat.

Doctor. Doctor who? It’s more than just a secret, isn’t it.

That was when the Doctor and Reinette Poisson, the future Madame De Pompadour, were sharing a psychic moment. The Doctor, having enter Reinette’s mind, found that she was able to enter his as a by-product of the process. That single line shows how long Moffat has been thinking about his own arc for the story and how it would centre on the Doctor’s true name. It’s an arc that not many storytellers would be able to sell satisfyingly but Moffat isn’t most storytellers. He’ll weave in events seamlessly that have so much more significance months or years later, little clues that can be called back. If anything Moffat is the series lead to have if you want to sell DVDs as his storytelling mastery demands repeated and marathon viewing sessions. Unfortunately he’s ahead of his time a little and the show suffers a little from being shown weekly as many viewers forget pertinent facts or miss clues. These viewers then regard the show as having gone downhill because they didn’t follow it well.

Back to the series and we’ll have a look at Silence In The Library and Forest Of The Dead from season 4, again a Moffat-scripted Tennant adventure, this was the two parter that first introduced River Song. At this point we had no knowledge of this strange woman who seemed to know the Doctor and neither did he. In order to gain his trust she whispered a single word in his ear, a word that visibly shook him and sobered the character for quite a while. At the end of Forest Of The Dead we have this exchange.

River: Funny thing is, this means you’ve always known how I was going to die. All the time we’ve been together, you knew I was coming here. The last time I saw you, the real you β€” the future you, I mean β€” you turned up on my doorstep with a new haircut and a suit. You took me to Darillium to see the singing towers. Oh, what a night that was! The towers sang, and you cried. You wouldn’t tell me why, but I suppose you knew it was time. My time. Time to come to the Library. You even gave me your screwdriver; that should’ve been a clue. There’s nothing you can do.
The Doctor: You can let me do this!
River: If you die here, it’ll mean I’ve never met you!
The Doctor: Time can be rewritten!
River: Not those times. Not one line! Don’t you dare! It’s OK. It’s OK, it’s not over for you. You’ll see me again. You’ve got all of that to come. You and me, time and space. You watch us run!
The Doctor: River, you know my name. You whispered my name in my ear! There’s only one reason I would ever tell anyone my name. There’s only one time I could.
River: Hush, now β€” spoilers!

Moffat has quite obviously been planning this cycle around the mystery of the Doctor’s name for years and has been seeding his episodes with clues and signposts to this. What this mystery is and how it will affect the wider Doctor Who universe as well as what stake the Order of the Silence has in his name is probably known only to Moffat himself for now (just as the secret of River Song’s identity was something he kept between himself and Alex Kingston for so long) but there are enough other mysteries to keep us going for now. How will the Doctor escape his death? Who are the Silence? Just what is the deal with the throwaway line about Kennedy and time being rewritten in his case? How can the Doctor keep up with a man twice his age, who his own Tardis refers to as “the cute one”?


The Rory Factor

Right in the thick of Moffat’s Doctor Who is Rory Williams, a man who is more interesting with each episode and, in my mind, the true companion to this Doctor. While Amy is the lynchpin of the series and brings these two men together, it is Rory who is acting in the role of the companion this time around. Through him we see the Doctor in a different light than he has ever been presented before.

You know what it’s dangerous about you? It’s not that you make people take risks, it’s that you make them want to impress you. You make it so they don’t want to let you down. You have no idea how dangerous you make people to themselves when you’re around.

This is a companion who isn’t overawed by the Doctor and his science, a companion who immediately gets why the Tardis is bigger on the inside (and the first ever who isn’t overwhelmed by the fact). This is a companion for those who have watched the show for years, both the old fans and new ones, who can say what those people are thinking. As such he is as much a meta character as anyone else has ever been and has become central to the concept of the show.

Amy: Can you ride a motorbike?
Rory: I expect so. Its that sort of day.

Rory seems to be aware of the rules of this fictional universe more than anyone else, having already shown that the more ridiculous things are, the better equipped he finds himself at handling it. His most recent moment of this (in Night Terrors) showed him thinking he’d died yet again, showing that he’s aware just how many times he has died in this universe and that he’s getting a little sick of it. More than freaking out, Rory just seems to be tired of dying over and over again, and a little world weary from it.

Would this ever cause him to turn against the Doctor? While Amy is by his side he wouldn’t, and it was he who urged Amy to tell River to help the Doctor when he died in Let’s Kill Hitler. However, should Rory be left somehow not human and have lost Amy he could well turn all those two thousand years of experience and knowledge to the purpose of taking down the Doctor and could well prove a worthy foe for him.

This isn’t fair. You’re turning me into you.

A very telling quote from Rory in The Girl Who Waited there. When forced to choose between saving a future version of his wife or saving a past version and wiping the future one from existence, Rory gives us a brief insight into how he sees the Doctor, and it’s not a pleasant sight. Rory sees the Doctor making life and death choices every single day, judging who deserves to survive and who has gone too far to continue their existence. He sees the Doctor as someone who has set himself up as a God and, while he mostly agrees with the choices made, he would never want to be in that position himself. Looking with an analyst’s eye it’s possible that Rory sees the Doctor as a necessary evil to endure so that his family is safe, although that is fast becoming a discredited hypothesis for him as he and Amy are continuously put into danger.

As shown in the opening to A Good Man Goes To War, Rory has become as legendary as the Doctor himself. Taken on its own merit, the scene attempts to mislead the viewer into thinking Amy is talking about the Doctor, but given context from other scenes throughout the show it all makes sense.

Rory: Rome fell.
The Doctor: I know. I was there.
Rory: So was I.
The Doctor: Personal question?
Rory: Seriously? You?
The Doctor: Do you ever remember it? Two thousand years, waiting for Amy, the Last Centurion?
Rory: No.
The Doctor: Are you lying?
Rory: Of course I’m lying.
The Doctor: Of course you are. Not the sort of thing anyone forgets.
Rory: But I don’t remember it all the time. It’s like this door in my head, I can keep it shut.

The quote above, from Day Of The Moon, shows that all the knowledge of those times is still there for him to access should he learn how. We don’t know what will happen if he manages that or even if he can stay sane by doing so. At the end of the day, the Rory factor is one of the better additions to the new show and Arthur Darvill brings a lot of emotion and comedy to the role, never once underplaying it so the Doctor can be the sole star.


The Death Of The Doctor

Before the series started we knew that a major character was going to die in the very first episode. Rumours flew around about who it would be, but no-one expected the Doctor himself to die. Sure, this was a Doctor from two hundred years in the future and the current one would carry on from that moment, but it still set a sell by date on the series. We know that the Doctor has to get out of this but the question is how?

So many creatures have been met this series that can help the Doctor out in this particular situation. We started out with a flesh avatar of Amy and learned that a flesh version of the Doctor was not only possible but highly likely, the primordial flesh state reacting to the powerful psychic ability of the Time Lord to not even require a computerised imprint. When Amy was taken and replaced by the flesh many people bemoaned the lack of any clues beyond the fact that her established clothing had changed for that part of the series. Perhaps that in itself was meant to be the clue as, after the mid-season break the Doctor returned with a change of wardrobe himself. Nothing major here, just a subtle change from his stolen jacket to a longer overcoat, but could this be a clue that the Doctor we’re seeing is not the version that we last saw?

A similar event was used in The Time Of Angels from season 5 when Amy was blind and a future version of the Doctor appeared to her in her own time stream. The only clue that this wasn’t the Doctor she’d been talking to through the episode was the fact that he had his jacket on, while the one from the episode had taken it off. I huffed and puffed at the time about the production crew making a massive mistake like that and then it was explained several episodes later as time travel. Could we be seeing another version of this clue with the Doctor’s change of jacket?

Of course, the flesh may itself be a mislead. As of Let’s Kill Hitler, the Doctor has access to a shape-shifting, time travelling robot called the Tessalecta. As the Doctor that died in The Impossible Astronaut didn’t seem to have any Tardis with him it’s possible that this robot was programmed and sent to die in his place. The advanced technology of the Tardis combined with the Tessalecta itself could have caused scanners to read the robot as the Doctor and allowed the appearance of his death without an innocent suffering. Considering the many rules the Doctor has surrounded himself with concerning the treatment of innocents, he could never allow anything living to go in his place to their death so this is a more likely situation, I believe. The Doctor would likely consider the flesh version of himself (a version that knows it can be reconstituted after its collapse at the end of The Rebel Flesh) to be a full person and as deserving of life as he is and wouldn’t send it to his own death in his place.

Finally, we have the young boy from Night Terrors, who it turned out is an incredibly powerful psychic alien called a Tenza. Powerful enough to bend time and space at the very least. Calling on something like that for a favour could allow the Doctor to destabilise the time vortex long enough to make a few cosmetic changes to an established event without destroying the entire universe. Cosmetic changes such as placing a time travelling robot in his place.

But why would the Doctor be so desperate to save himself? The answer is simple – a man with such self-loathing is never desperate to save himself, but to find redemption of sorts. He wouldn’t be changing time to save his own life, he’d be doing it to save someone else. In this case I believe that whoever is in the spacesuit is the person he is trying to save, and it may still all come back to River Song, which I’m sure is going to pull out one single reaction from a majority of watchers.

I’m getting sick of River Song.

There’s no pleasing some people, is there…

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29 thoughts on “Doctor Who – The Question

  1. For those wondering, my journal review of Dead Island will return for its final episode soon. I'm on the last leg of the journey but taking a break from gaming for today.

  2. Hmm… I believe the first time we heard of the Silence was in the Elenventh hour, Prisoner Zero said something about the Silence… I believe…Yeah, I aprove of it as well, that they added Rory as a companion, its very different from all the female companions. (I loved that gif. about Rory by the way)I like that coat better then the jacket, and I'm glad it was not just a one episode thing… though he does seem to change his coat now and then…As for how he will escape his death… your gues is as good as mine… well, probably your gues is better πŸ˜‰

  3. Prisoner Zero did indeed say "The universe is cracked. The Pandorica will open. Silence will fall." way back in The Eleventh Hour. I actually had that line and reference in the notes I had on this article and must have prematurely wiped them from the reference section.The section on the Silence is large enough for now though. I'll edit it in to the main text once it falls off the regular viewing and comments.

  4. I read somewhere Moffat said it wasn't a Flesh avatar who was killed. There was also this (look to the right of the shed in the background … is someone there?):

  5. Interesting post! I like how The Doctor use "Amy Williams" in last night's episode! :yes:.And Rory was immune to that place because he has no faith, no belief whatsoever? :eyes:. Yet even The Doctor had a room! :insane:.(From which we can deduce that The Doctor has a 'faith' in something higher?)I thought it would be a Dalek in The Doctor's room. But Now I'm curious because we didn't really get to see what he saw! :awww:.(could it be RiverSong?)

  6. Originally posted by drakinian:

    Or was that Amy's room?

    Yes, that was Amy's room! But we never saw what was in The Doctor's room. (room number 11) We just heard him say, "Of course! Who else!":insane:.

  7. Right, looking on the God Complex, the rooms didn't contain objects of faith, they contained objects of fear meant to make you call on your faith. A man that old who has seen that much death, caused so many changes in the universe – there's only one person he'd be truly afraid of, and that's a bit of a call back to Amy's Choice where the one person who loathes him so much turns out to be the Dream Lord. The question is, how did he see himself? Was he alone or surrounded by the bodies of those he knows and loves? The ending would suggest the latter.

    Amy's fear was of being left alone hence the child in the room waiting forever. You can see parts of that fear when she is taken by the Silence at the start of the series. Other manifestations are her calling Rory and The Doctor her boys. As long as she has her boys she feels she'll be okay in the world, but without them we get the Amy from The Girl Who Waited, cold, practical, ruthless.

    Going back to the faith that was brought out in the Doctor, the Time Lords didn't so much worship the Eternals (forces in the universe such as time and death) as they did co-habit with them which would invalidate many of the theories fans are spewing at the moment. I suppose the Doctor has faith in a lot of things – his companions, his Tardis, the ability of strangers to make the right choice and be better than they are (we share that one) and that the beauty of the universe is worth the cruelty of it.Originally posted by clean:

    I read somewhere Moffat said it wasn't a Flesh avatar who was killed.

    The thing to remember about Stephen Moffat is that he's a bastard and a wordsmith. Saying that it wasn't a flesh avatar that was killed, still leaves the possibility of a flesh creation wandering around of its own steam as the avatars are the ones created and controlled from a harness. Interestingly, those who look at the equipment in the warehouse in The Impossible Astronaut and the bed Amy is lying on when kidnapped in Day Of The Moon should find they look like flesh harnesses of a sort, giving us a clue to that situation.

    We know that a Silent was at the site of the Doctor's death so it's possibly that in the hut. Or a cameraman who can't duck quick enough…

    The next episode has the Doctor going to see Craig from season 5's The Lodger episode. This is the Doctor two hundred years after the end of the God Complex. He's gone out into time and been doing all the things that we saw at the start of the series. He's now two hundred years older and getting ready to face his death on that beach. The final two parter we should see him arranging things on his end rather than the letters arriving and us seeing them from someone else's point of view.

  8. Originally posted by Furie:

    This is the Doctor two hundred years after the end of the God Complex. He's gone out into time and been doing all the things that we saw at the start of the series.

    how do you know that :O

  9. Having an uncanny habit of knowing shit that no-one else tends to has always been the way of the Furie. πŸ˜‰ You'll see that next week anyway.

  10. Originally posted by Furie:

    Called it…

    Called it? :eyes:. Hell, you could have written it! :insane:.I've just finished watching the amazing finale of season six! :hat:.Episode Zero of season seven is scheduled for 25 December 2011 according to IMDb. Can you confirm that? :left:.

  11. The Christmas episode, which I always count as episode 14 of the current series by the way and which is always included in the current series box set so boo sucks to IMDB, will be out on Christmas Day. Expect a The Lion, The Witch and The Tardis feel to it. πŸ˜‰ And yes, that is prior knowledge talking.

  12. Spoilers! The doctors name is Harold. He's not god but the devil instead. Rivers his daughter(half human/half time lord). And i still say the original series was better. Hahahahahaha! I don't know anything. I'm just being an ass. I'm in one of those moods, today.Although, i do think think Rivers his lover. :devil:

  13. In case anyone wants the full lyrics to the creepy song the little girls have been singing halfway through this series…

    Tick tock goes the clock and what now shall we play? Tick tock goes the clock, now summer’s gone away.Tick tock goes the clock and what then shall we see? Tick tock until the day that thou shalt marry me.Tick tock goes the clock and all the years they fly.Tick tock and, all too soon, you and I must die.Tick tock goes the clock, we laughed at fate and mourned her.Tick tock goes the clock even for the Doctor.Tick tock goes the clock, he cradled her and rocked her Tick tock goes the clock til River kills the Doctor.Tick tock goes the clock, his friends they watched in sorrow.Tick tock goes the clock, the Doctor dies tomorrow.Doctor, brave and good, he turned away from violence.When he understood, the calling of the silence.Tick tock, goes the clock, he gave all he could give her.Tick tock, goes the clock, now prison waits for River.

    There's a similar song about me… πŸ˜‰

  14. Anonymous writes:I know this is a little, er, late, but please bear with me.What the Doctor saw in his room? I think it was himself. I mean, who else could it be? At the end of "A Good Man Goes To War", River said that the word Doctor used to mean a good thing, but if he keeps doing what he does it might mean something bad. Maybe he's afraid of what he will become.Also, how the Doctor is afraid of the Dream Lord – the Dream Lord is himself, as it was said at the end of the episode, which supports the above. Could it be the Doctor destroying the universe? Those he cares about? Being asked THE question where he must speak the truth? It could be anything – but I'm sure it involves the Doctor himself.

  15. River said that the word Doctor used to mean a good thing, but if he keeps doing what he does it might mean something bad. Maybe he's afraid of what he will become.

    This is a character who completely changed himself so that he was, essentially, human (Season 3, Episodes 8 (Human Nature) and 9 (The Family of Blood), so he could hide from The Family rather than have to fight them – not because he was afraid of them, but because he was afraid of what he'd have to do to them. He's definitely afraid of what he's capable of.Does that mean The Doctor is what he saw in Room 11? The thing is, with Moffat, it's never as obvious as it seems …Here's a curious thing … way back in Season 2, Episode 4 (The Girl in the Fireplace) written, of course, by Steven Moffat, Madame de Pompadour asks The Doctor (after a little bit of telepathic back and forth), "Doctor Who? It's more than just a secret, isn't it?" And now here we are at the end of Season 6 (not counting the Christmas Episode, which I do count as being part of Season 6, of course), with The Wedding of River Song. I won't introduce 'spoilers' for anyone who hasn't seen it, but for anyone who has, remember what Dorium's head asked The Doctor regarding The Question That Must Not be Asked? Moffat has been setting things up at least 2006!

  16. I've got money on it ending next season on Tenzalore (isn't that an anagram of Lanzarote?) with the Doctor whispering his name to River and trusting her with the secret, as he knows she's about to go to her death anyway. Pretty damn sure we'll see her go to the Library with his name. Then again, I'm pretty sure we'll revisit the Library ourselves with the Eleventh.Insane Theory – In Silence In The Library, the Silence were there and controlling how things happened. We'll revisit that with the Eleventh Doctor and see another side to that story including him visiting River inside Cal. The data that was mostly fixed wont include Lanzarote of that world and that will be called Tenzalore, where the question will be asked. A flux in space-time will cause River to know the answer before she's in Cal. There we go, no need to watch series 7 now. πŸ˜‰

  17. sonic me writes:When Dorian states, ."…a better translation is the Silence MUST fall..", it implies that the answer is directly related to their existence. So, then, the true identity of the doctor – hidden in plain sight – is powerful enough to bring down an omnipresent and powerful order/species/race…assuming the question is, in fact, Doctor Who?. Obviously, answering this question would bring the show to an end, as much as we'd all love to know the answer. But perhaps that's not the question at all, and yet another Moffatism to either drive us insane or never be answered. But again, if it is, what can we deduce from the criteria above and all of the other clues over the past several seasons? I think Dorian's quote is very telling and important, and in my opinion one of the more revealing clues we have seen.

  18. Originally posted by anonymous:

    What the Doctor saw in his room? I think it was himself. I mean, who else could it be?

    It was foretold in the older series that between the twelth and thirteenth Doctors, an evil would rise called the Valeyard. This would be the Doctor himself who has given in to all the darkness in his soul, and darkness tends to accumulate quite quickly when all your friends die in pain regularly for hundreds of years at a time. Any man is frightened by the darkness in their souls, but those who have committed genocide when they want to be men of peace? Those men are even more horrified. There is no doubt in my mind that he saw himself in that room.Where it gets complex is what he was doing. He is over 900 years old at that time, has destroyed several species and seen so many of his friends die. Most horrifying is the fact that so many of the people who have died have done so in his name, fighting to help him out. I don't think any specific action would have been needed there. I think he opened the door and simply found himself standing there, smiling. It would be enough.Originally posted by anonymous:

    Obviously, answering this question would bring the show to an end, as much as we'd all love to know the answer. But perhaps that's not the question at all, and yet another Moffatism to either drive us insane or never be answered.

    Not necessarily. Way back in the 80s they decided that they would look into who the Doctor truly was, and the Sylvester McCoy years had a lot of hints that were leading up to a massive reveal. Unfortunately the show got cancelled before that master plan could be carried out.The answer in that solution was that Gallifrey had three scientists from the olden days who were basically gods by our standards. Rassilon, Omega and the Other. The three of them mastered black hole technology to the point that they could travel through time and power the civilisation of Gallifrey. It was a breakthrough, but one that saw Omega lost on the other side of the black hold (where he went lived in constant pain, which drove him insane and he began to hate all Time Lords) and the Other lost to time itself while Rassilon claimed all credit for the achievements of the other two.The plan was to make the Doctor an incarnation of the Other. Time Lords don't breed like humans in the original fiction and are spawned from gene vats which they "contribute to" in each of their regenerations for genetic variety. The Doctor would have been the genetic reincarnation of the Other and Susan, his granddaughter from the first few stories, would actually have been the granddaughter of the Other who recognised her grandfather despite them being different people.As you can see from this master plan, variants of which found their way into the book series that carried on in the 90s after the cancellation of the show, revealing his identity doesn't necessarily mean bringing the show to an end and putting all mystery aside. If anything this provides more mystery and mythology for the show and character to draw on.At the end of the day Moffat will probably go for something different from the master plan but related to it. I really wouldn't be surprised to see Omega make a showing, especially when another race has appeared that has some form of active time travel that seems to mimic the way Time Lords travel.As for the question of who the Doctor is, I really think that is something that we won't see answered outright on screen. Supposedly something bad will happen if he is in a certain place where he is compelled to tell the truth and is asked that question. Someone will no doubt be present who will be able to make use of that knowledge to bring all manner of hell to the universe. And that is where the foreknowledge we have comes in handy. He will simply take the time he needs, lean in and whisper his name to River, fulfilling the compulsion yet not letting anyone else hear. We know she knows earlier on (later on for her) before she dies (when she is introduced), after all.

  19. So we won't need to watch it then after we've watched it in the future, and we can keep watching it later once we've watched it earlier afterwards?

  20. Anonymous writes:I appreciate you breaking all of this down. I'm a writer and I find it so hard to create these deep plots. It really isn't as easy as one thinks and I'd love to do an interview with the writers in order to get some secrets. Anyway, I'm going to link your blog to mine as I have a writer's blog and you have some great info in here for creating plots as you break everything down. And have you ever noticed, the alien kid in Night Terrors is from Tenza and the doc's name that is never to be asked will happen on fields of Tenzalore? I wonder if the kid has something to do with the doc's name? What if the kid knew the doc and was able to cry out for help? That is what I mean. I could never come up with something that deep. I need to rewrite my novel . . . again. πŸ™‚

  21. The problem with deep things is that they do tend to push people away. Doctor Who has a good fifty years of lore to call on and colour any of the stories. Fans who know the series lap up the deeper stories but those casual watchers who make up the vast majority of the audience get put off by them as they likely don't have the background knowledge to understand them.A book is different as you rarely have a book series that goes on that long and can create that kind of lore. The balance between plotting and exposition is a pretty thin line in cases where something so deep is being layered in. The series I'm writing should come across as tales in the same world, but they're linked as one large story. The characters may change but some events in the first story become important in the second and the two together make the third happen which colours other events throughout the books. It isn't easy to get the right balance of events that can be built from in later books while still keeping them relevant to the current story and I can see more than a couple of readers being lost in the first book.In my own case I've decided that certain concepts in the world that are difficult to grasp and that take quite a bit of explaining should be dealt with elsewhere. I'm doing a round of short stories surrounding each book to help flesh out characters and concepts for those that want to go deeper into things. Those people will appreciate the main books more, I believe, and understand the series a little better. However, I run the risk of alienating all those who just want to read the main series, that way. A fine line again.Back to Who, the boy came from a race that controls reality (and has some fucked up ideas about what live in dolls houses). There's every chance this new race could be the one that has the power to force a Time Lord to reveal his name, but it won't only be about that. There's the other forces that have been in play throughout the Moffat seasons, the things you don't think about except as endings or little moments.You'll have another entity controlling or manipulating them. You'll have something that wishes to know who the Doctor is (perhaps his deadliest enemies who recently forgot). We may finally find out why a Dalek would beg for mercy from River Song after finding out who she is (they don't fear the Doctor that much). And then there's the lovely Jenna Louise Coleman who is currently an unknown quantity but has shown her acting chops on the show recently. Not to mention the all but confirmed rumours of a David Tennant return for the anniversary (Moffat's writing for the tenth Doctor made him likely to run rings around the eleventh in a confrontation, although only a human version remains…).Next year's fiftieth anniversary show is meant to be feature length and will probably be when all of this comes together. Expect a big blow out show with the return of some old friends, a major enemy either dealt with or revealed, and lots of nods to the storied history of Doctor Who that only I and three geeks in the US who wear Tom Baker scarves in their everyday life will get.

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