Yowzah! What a finale! Hope you don’t mind going absolutely bonkers waiting until November 23rd, amirite? For an episode that suffered an awful lot of hype, “The Name of The Doctor” no only withstood it, but completely twisted our expectations. Like a good episode of Steven Moffat-penned Doctor Who should. Moffat has stumbled in the past and I’ll be the first to admit he’s the king of convolution, but in this finale he managed to not only rewrite all of Who history, but at the same time, leave it completely untouched. An impressive feat, indeed. I’m sure most you of sat there, staring at your television screen, mouth agape, just stunned as the credits rolled. And there’s no better compliment than our stunned silence.
But I’ve had time to sit and digest, and I’m not one for keeping quiet. First off, Clara, the “impossible girl.” The mystery surrounding her has hung like a shadow over this entire season. From the moment she appeared in “Asylum of the Daleks” – another absolute shocker that left us all scratching our heads and wondering how and why the new companion was appearing now, before The Ponds had even made their exit – to her role in “The Snowmen”, all the way to this opening montage. What a way to start! It’s a sequence I know Classic Whovians will be picking over again and again. It’s a sequence I made sure to watch more than a few times, because holy shit! There’s Clara and the First Doctor, and the Sixth, and the Fourth, the Fifth, the Second, the Third, and the Seventh! I mean, how is this possible!?
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.
Once we all realized Doctor Who was to reach its 50th Anniversary the rumors of past Doctors returning and promises of multi-Doctor adventures were rampant. Since then we’ve learned only one previous Doctor, the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant), will be returning to save the world? universe? himself? – that part we don’t really know – alongside the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith). Until now some fans, myself included, held out hope they’d realize some way to incorporate the surviving Classic Doctors (4th Tom Baker, 5th Peter Davison, 6th Colin Baker, 7th Sylvestor McCoy, and 8th Paul McGann), but alas, it just ain’t happening. An especial bummer for Eighth Doctor fans. The guy only got one mediocre, TV movie!
The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine – which also contains those “The Name of The Doctor” spoilers you’ll find below the cut – has confirmed no other Doctors are appearing in the anniversary special, stating, “Although David Tennant has returned to his role of the Tenth Doctor, the other old Doctors will not be taking part.” Wah-wah. There’s still a chance they’ll be included in some fashion, maybe in recycled audio, but expect no new appearances.
Those looking for new material from Classic Doctors shouldn’t worry too much, there’s still Big Finish’s excellent audio adventures. They’ll even have their own 50th Anniversary special which will feature Doctors Fourth through Eighth! Plus audio clips from Doctors First through Third, so really, it’s the more comprehensive 50th anniversary special.
This weekend’s Doctor Who – find our review here! – again teased us with not only the mystery of Clara, the “impossible girl”, but with the ever present question, who is The Doctor? This entire season is hinging on those two mysteries being uncovered, and showrunner Steven Moffat is promising we’ll be nothing but pleased with the answers we get,
It’s full of surprises and questions that have never been answered in the history of Who, including the Doctors greatest secret. We’re not pretending, we’re not kidding, it’s actually going to happen. The episode is called The Name of the Doctor and involves our hero in a conflict that is very, very personal to him. Usually he’s saving other people, but this time he might be the one who needs to be saved.
We’ll also find out what makes his new companion so impossible and there’s a surprise that no one has got right so far, and one that will change the course of Who forever!
These are some pretty bold claims, no? The Doctor’s greatest secret? A revelation “that will change the course of Who forever?” I honestly can’t even imagine what insanity that man’s thought up, but I’m sure it’ll both thrill and frustate us.
Jenna-Louise Coleman has also been dropping some tantalizing finale hints,
The finale story is such a fantastic idea; it’s epic and huge and filled with drama.
It was really exciting to sit down and read the script. There are little bits and pieces, which Steven planted a couple of years ago. It’s just really clever and a crucial moment in the Doctor’s life that you get to explore with the best baddies! I really think they are going to become another Moffat classic.
Those “baddies” she’s referring to are the Whispermen. Moffat explains,
We wanted a brand new monster to create chills in the finale. And the thought of stylish whispering almost faceless creatures was an idea that firstly scared me and that I thought would work well in an episode that looks forward and back.
And the biggest clue Coleman gave about Clara? “All I can say is that Clara hasn’t just met the Doctor three times before…” WHAT!? What does this mean? Have we seen Clara and The Doctor meet but it didn’t recognize her? She mentions Moffat’s been planting some of these pieces for years, so, maybe.
The finale of Season 7B, “The Name of the Doctor” airs on May 18th. What do you think of these hints?
Clara is summoned to an impossible conference call, alerting her that the deadly Whisper Men are closing in on Vastra, Jenny and Strax. Someone is kidnapping the Doctor’s friends, leading him toward the one place in all of time and space that he should never go. It’s a deadly trap that threatens to unravel his past, present and future…
Come on, Clara. You must have heard “curiosity killed the cat” in at least one of your many lives!? When there’s a big, flashing red light, whatever you do, don’t press the button! Or in this case, open the door. Watch the very first clip from this week’s all new Doctor Who, “Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS,”
Jenna-Louise Coleman is going to have to be smarter than that if she expects to survive in the TARDIS long enough for The Doctor (Matt Smith) to save her. But a bigger questions is, who will save The Doctor? I know, you’re thinking, “What’s happening to The Doctor?” Well, it won’t be in this episode, but in the Season 7B finale, titled “The Name of The Doctor,” we may finally see the “Fall of the Eleventh.” Y’know, the ominous warning given to The Doctor by Dorium Maldovar in “The Wedding of River Song”? All that cryptic talk of “Silence will fall when the Question is asked.”
Speaking with Doctor Who Magazine, Grand Poobah Steven Moffat teased those answers may appear in the finale,
And here, we all thought the finale was going to be called “The Funeral of River Song.” I mean, that sounds epic, right? Nice call back to the “The Wedding of…” and Alex Kingston will guest star, I was sure we had it. Nope, the last episode capping off Season 7B is “The Name of The Doctor.” Which I’ll admit, is exceedingly more epic sounding. Also extremely final. Guess that makes it all the better of a lead in to the 50th anniversary.
In addition to the new posters for the finale there’s also this short synopsis,
Someone is kidnapping The Doctor’s friends, leading him towards the one place in all of time and space that he should never go.
Ooh, ominous. Hit the jump for another, larger look at the new artwork.
Doctor Who “The Name of The Doctor” will air May 18th on BBC America at 8pm.