We’re in the last week of Doctor Who‘s seventh season. Only one more episode to go, an episode promising epic revelations with massive consequences for The Doctor’s future, and likely, his past. The kind of episode companies and creators take great care not to spoil or have accidentally leak. Except, this is exactly what’s happened as BBC Worldwide has confirmed some fans who pre-ordered the Series 7 Part 2 DVD/Blu-ray have received their copies early. As in early enough they’ve already seen next week’s finale, “The Name of The Doctor.”
How this happened isn’t exactly clear, but what matters is that now, about 4 days before the finale will air anywhere else, there’s a select group of people who’ve seen the episode. And, unavoidably, there are assholes out there who will do their best to spoil and ruin what could be one of the series’ biggest episodes. Like the d-bag who hacked the Doctor Who Wikipedia page, deleted all its content, and uploaded a list of spoilers from the episode. The page has since been fixed, but I feel sorry for those who seeking a little info on Doctor Who ended up with far more than they wanted.
This of course means you’ll need to take great care while browsing the web this week. Major Doctor Who spoilers will continue cropping up, especially with the orders from Amazon UK expected to arrive on Friday and the inevitable pirated copies already making their rounds. Since the BBC are well aware of this giant slip up they’re dong their best to keep things hush-hush with promises of rewards if spoilers are kept off the net. I know, an impossible task, but here’s what we get if those who’ve seen the episode keep their mouths shut,
Some US DVDs of this series have gone out early. The #DoctorWho team would be hugely grateful if fans helped keep spoilers off the net. Steven Moffat has promised if fans help keep the finale’s secrets, we’ll release a special video featuring Matt & David right after the ep!
The bribe’s a nice try, but I don’t know how well it’ll work. Obviously spoilers have already been making their way online. Below the cut we’ve got two quick reviews of the episode from those lucky bastards who’ve seen it. They contain no specific spoilers but rather discuss the episode in a general manner, but I still wouldn’t recommend reading if you’d like to remain completely unspoilt. There’s also a few officially released episodes stills and the invariable speculation that comes with them. Hit the jump, if you dare.
Two quick, non-spoilery reviews,
So… Did anyone else get their pre-order early? This is a HUGE mistake via BBC America, one I’m very happy to be victimized by. I get to see Nightmare in Silver AND The Name of the Doctor early!
So, I feel like I have the awesome power of being able to spoil something really really big in the palm of my hands but I refuse sir, I REFUSE! Just know that The Name of the Doctor is a seriously game-changing episode. And that Clara’s explanation will BLOW classic Whovians out of the water.
So yesterday I found my pre-ordered copy of Doctor Who Series 7 Part 2 waiting in my mailbox. So obviously I watched the last two episodes. The Name of the Doctor. Wow, it’s as epic as they make it sound. Possibly the most epic adventure in all of New Who. The scene in which they explain Clara is before the credits, and anybody who’s seen any classic Who stories will immediately wish to rewind to see such a spectacular opening again, but have no fear they replay it later in the episode. Artie and Angie don’t have major rolls, calm down. The last three minutes… I wish I could reveal the ending. Let’s just say certain rumors are true, regarding the 50th and the last three minutes sets the stage.
Oh, and there is no teaser after the credits for the 50th. At least not on the Blu-Ray edition I received.
This wild opening that explains Clara’s “impossibility” is what’s teased in these images released by BBC America,
And from what we can see it appears we’re given a montage of moments where Clara has had near misses with other incarnations of The Doctor. That’s for sure the Sixth Doctor in the background of that second picture, and the yellow in the last two make me think it’s Bessie, the Third Doctor’s car. Which ties into these comments Jenna-Louise Coleman made to the Radio Times,
In the beginning we see a Clara in the 60s, 70s and the 80s so there are a lot of costume changes, which I love. Always one for a bit of dressing up, me. Love a red carpet.
Richard E Grant is back with his evil Great Intelligence, the Doctor’s greatest secret is revealed, all of his friends rally round to protect him and we finally understand why the Doctor has met Clara so many different times.
And now I’m noticing the great significance of a line we hear from Clara in the trailer for “The Name of The Doctor,”
“I’m Clara Oswald. I was born to save The Doctor.”
I mean, wow. What could this all mean!? There all just pieces of a much larger puzzle, one I cannot wait to see. Though, I’m don’t believe I’ll be going out of my way to find the episode and watch it early. Somehow, that feels like cheating.