Doctor Who wrapped up this season the week before but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to mention it in a post. This year is the 50th Anniversary of the Doctor Who series and the show has big plans to bring back the previous Doctors. So this finale just had to go out big in order to lead to the Anniversary special. I have to admit that this series is great at keeping secrets because even I couldn’t predict this ending. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Be aware Whovians. Major spoilers ahead.
Madame Vastra, Jenny and Commander Strax bring Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) and River Song (Alex Kingston) all together for a drug-induced “conference call”. It’s about the prophecy of the Doctor’s name on the planet Trenzalore.
During the call, the group is attack by faceless beings called The Whisper Men. They’re lead by Dr. Simeon (Richard E. Grant) who we previously saw in the Christmas special, “The Snowman”. Except it’s not Dr. Simeon. He has been taken over by the being from that episode called The Great Intelligence.
Of course, he wants to get rid of the Doctor all together but not just the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) but all of the Doctors. So when Clara tells the Doctor he informs her that they need to go to Trenzalore which is the site of his grave.
The Doctor’s tomb is a gateway to his time stream and the show goes back to the beginning. I love that we get to see parts of old episodes in which Dr. Simeon can be seen in the vicinity of the previous Doctors and thereby affecting their timelines.
Being in the vicinity of his own time stream causes the Doctor to convulse because it creates a paradox so Clara jumps through the time stream. And there we get the answer to why she’s the Impossible Girl.
She visits the various Doctors in order to save them. But then she will also need saving when she lands in a mysterious world so the Doctor jumps in to save her and using the leaf that brought Clara’s parents together to guide her to him.
After they reunite, they notice another figure standing there. He’s from the Doctor’s past and he admits that this is another incarnation of himself but not the “Doctor”. This is his secret, the one who broke the promise. When Clara faints, the stranger defends himself that what he did was done “in the name of peace and sanity” but the Doctor retorts that they were not done “in the name of the Doctor”.
As he carries Clara away, we see the stranger (John Hurt) turn to look at them and the screen credits identify as the Doctor.
BIG GET! What the hell does this mean? Is this the incarnation that we get to see before the Doctor steals the Tardis? Is he not really the Doctor because this is the one that may have done all that bad stuff during the Time Wars? So many questions but for now we will have to wait until November 23rd, which is 50 years to the date the original series premiered.