Yes, the Doctor Who Series 7 finale airs tomorrow. So here’s a roundup of all the tidbits the BBC has decided to throw our way. Allons-y!
That…pretty much sums up every single episode of Doctor Who. However, we do know now that Madame Vastra (and by extension Jenny and Strax) are involved.
This one has very little concrete information. The “psychic medium” of whom Strax speaks could be an important plot element…or not. I can’t help but wonder if this person has anything to do with the mysterious “woman from the shop” who gave the Doctor’s phone number to Clara.
Clara meets River, and there is an inevitable clash. And then Strax lets off with one of his carelessly obtuse one-liners. Oh, Strax. I sincerely hope the Paternoster gang gets their own spinoff sooner rather than later.
On to the TV trailer:
“I’m Clara Oswald, and I was born to save the Doctor.” Gives you shivers down your spine, doesn’t it? This strongly supports my theory regarding the Doctor’s new companion and her impossibility. I’ll discuss this after I’ve shown some more trailers. Also, the Great Intelligence has returned! Finally. I’m somewhat disappointed that he/she/it didn’t show up previously in the season (though perhaps there will be an “aha” moment when we realize that, in fact, everything that happened to the Doctor after he met Clara for the first time was somehow engineered by the GI for some greater purpose).
At the very end, we see an odd column of writhing red electric tendrils in place of the TARDIS console that proceeds to explode (implode?). This could mean any number of things, seeing as we have no idea what it is. Perhaps the TARDIS has been cannibalized again. The fact that River tells Clara “whatever you’re thinking of doing…don’t” is somewhat worrying, as it implies that perhaps the two are being taken far away from the action to preserve their lives, somewhat like when the Ninth Doctor sends Rose back to her own time to spare her from the battle at Satellite Five in “Bad Wolf.” Though I really hope Moffat isn’t reusing that plot device…
She Said, He Said Prequel:
This is possibly the most intriguing promo/trailer thing that we have been awarded, because it is a window into both characters’ views on each other. I also enjoy it because it backs up my theory regarding Clara Oswin Oswald. But we’ll get to that.
Clara tells the audience not to fall in love with the Doctor, which is as close to her admitting her true feelings for him as we’ve gotten so far. However, he’s a married man. This struggle – between his wife (River) and the woman she probably views as something close to a mistress – will likely have some kind of role in the episode. Trailer #5 (the awkward tea party scene with River, Clara, Vastra, Strax, and presumably Jenny) seems to support this.
However, it’s the Doctor’s monologue that holds the gold. “[Clara]’s perfect. Perfect in every way for me…She’s always brave. Always funny. Always exactly what I need. Perfect. Too perfect.” What could it mean? Perhaps the next trailer will tell.
Now, the “Next Time” trailer that played right after “Nightmare in Silver:”
Warning: past this point there is some serious theorizin’ as to the nature of Clara, the Great Intelligence, the Whispermen, and the Doctor’s name. Continue at your own risk.
Strax says “die, reptile” to Vastra. Something has turned him against her, and I have a feeling it’s the Whispermen. My guess is that they can manipulate feelings and/or thoughts – potentially feeding off of them – to turn friends against friends and perhaps even convert guys who were previously of the good persuasion to the bad.
Now, on to the real meat of the trailer. The Great Intelligence obviously wants to know the Doctor’s name. We’re not sure why, because we’ve been told time and time again that bad stuff goes down if the Doctor ever reveals this. Perhaps it is the secret that unlocks the meaning of life, the universe, and everything (because 42 just isn’t gonna cut it).
I’m going to make a deductive leap here and say it’s likely that the Great Intelligence engineered the events of “The Snowmen” in a kind of Xanatos Gambit to coax the Doctor out of the shell he created after the events of “The Angels Take Manhattan.” He knows that the only way he’ll be able to discover the Doctor’s name is to lure him to the Fields of Trenzalore, where, according to Dorium Maldovar, “no living creature can speak falsely or fail to answer.” (“The Wedding of River Song“)
Now, this is where Clara comes in. In the TV trailer, Clara says “I was born to save the Doctor.” In the “She Said, He Said” prequel, the Doctor describes her as “too perfect.” So here’s a potential scenario: modern-day, normal Clara sees the Great Intelligence about to triumph over the Doctor – about to find out his name and rain destruction down upon the earth – and artificially placed herself throughout the Doctor’s timeline in order to save him when he needed saving most, and to inspire him to keep fighting. She was meant to die every time. (I’m assuming this is what the glowing pillar of tendrils is all about – her going back in time, somehow splitting her essence to protect the Doctor.) When he has to cross his own timeline, he could be trying to save the previous versions of Clara from destruction after she does this. And then the paradox created by him messing with time catapults us into the 50th anniversary special for timey-wimey goodness.
Have fun with “The Name of the Doctor!”
If you’re interested in more Who-related articles, check out my other episode reviews: “Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS,” “Hide,” “Cold War, “The Rings of Akhaten,” and “The Bells of Saint John.” (My review for “Nightmare in Silver” will be a bit delayed. Sorry! I hope to have it up ASAP.)