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"Doctor Who," the "Journey To The Centre Of The TARDIS” and 5 Reasons Why Clara Will Be the Next Doctor

By C. Robert Dimitri | TV Reviews | May 1, 2013 | Comments ()


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When The Doctor lets Clara take control of the TARDIS in an attempt to make her more comfortable with the living machine that does not seem to like her, trouble ensues. As he turned the shield oscillators off to make the task easier for her, a salvage team of two brothers and an android (the Van Baalen Brothers) is allowed to snatch them out of space using a Magno-grab, a device outlawed in most galaxies. That bending of the rules is no surprise, as this particular salvage team does not exactly have the ethics to match the crew of Firefly's Serenity. The android immediately senses that the TARDIS is alive and has qualms about harming it, but nevertheless these guys immediately go to work on making as much of a profit from this venture as they can.

The crash into the salvage ship leaves the TARDIS in mechanical failure and Clara trapped in the depths of its halls. The Doctor is ejected and asks for help in finding Clara from Gregor, Bram, and Tricky (the aforementioned android of the three). They are not immediately willing to cooperate, so The Doctor seemingly activates a self-destruct sequence for the TARDIS and traps them inside to convince them to help, promising them "the salvage of a lifetime."

In trying to find her way to safety, Clara comes across several notable TARDIS landmarks, including the famous swimming pool. She also finds a cavernous library that holds a book detailing the history of the Time War. Therein, Clara reads The Doctor's name, but she does not speak it aloud for us. In the less appealing portion of her TARDIS tour, she is chased by some sort of creepy time zombie. She later informs The Doctor, "Good guys do not have zombie creatures!"

It's difficult for me to perform a recounting of this episode, because frankly I did not think much of the plot made sense. Why does The Doctor trust this salvage team to help him, even as they continue to attempt to dismantle the TARDIS for spare parts? As The Doctor, Gregor, and Tricky explore the bowels of the TARDIS, Bram stays up in the console room to continue to pillage. Why would The Doctor allow that? It's almost as if he is just bumbling about in an attempt to provide some sort of redemption for them and considers any danger to the TARDIS or to Clara incidental. The upside of that scene is a nice treat for fans of many years of Doctor Who, as the leaking of time in the TARDIS' interior enables us to hear many voices from the past, including the First Doctor's companions Susan and Ian, the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Doctors, and the more recent voices of Eleven, Nine, Amy, and Martha.

The revelation that Tricky is not an android when he is impaled also falls a bit flat, as I am skeptical how that ruse could be convincingly perpetrated. I suppose the androids of the Van Baalen home must be extremely lifelike, or perhaps this is intended to be a comment on the extreme gullibility of little brothers, a phenomenon of which I myself have been a victim. Regardless, the three brothers are not developed well enough for there to be much emotional satisfaction in the story with regard to their fates; they are too driven by the action and the needs of the plot.

After The Doctor reunites with Clara, we learn that the self-destruct sequence was a ruse, but we also immediately learn that the damage to the TARDIS is severe enough to destroy it, as it begins to physically buckle around them. The time zombies were Gregor, Tricky, and Clara from the future, all badly burned by the engine of the TARDIS, a room known as the Eye Of Harmony that includes a star suspended on the brink of becoming a black hole. This room and most of the TARDIS settings look great; the fault in this episode is not the production design.

The Doctor and Clara take refuge on the edge of a precipice, where The Doctor pointedly confronts Clara about her identity, telling her about his other two encounters with "her." She strongly asserts ignorance of what he is saying, and The Doctor realizes that she is telling the truth. Why The Doctor still suspects her of conscious deceit, when she has shown absolutely no signs of it and after he performed an extensive background check on her very normal family life growing up on Earth is odd. It's a sloppy scene logically, although it is interesting seeing The Doctor come a little unhinged in his thought process and behavior, and it was nice to see Clara and The Doctor hug it out. Still, the mystery remains, and she could very well be a "trick" or a "trap" even if she is an unknowing pawn.

After the TARDIS essentially disintegrates into a morass of space-time, and The Doctor and Clara are left strolling through the floating detritus, The Doctor manages to fix the whole disaster by throwing a mechanical device back through the rip in space-time that caused the problem in the first place. This "big friendly button" was requested by Clara when the TARDIS first careened out of control, so he has tied a nice bow on the time loop and undone the whole adventure with a reboot. I myself enjoyed the reboot concept in the way that it was used in the events of "The Big Bang," and I thought its cousin (of sorts) was acceptable for the events one season later during "The Wedding Of River Song," but as I have mentioned before I fear it's turning into a narrative crutch. Space-time manipulation is never going to be purely logical in the world of Doctor Who. I acknowledge it's a fantastical show, and if there were ever a time to go crazy with time-travel paradoxes, a TARDIS-centric episode would be the right setting, but crossing that line too many times can rob the adventures of suspense.

Undoing what took place removes Clara's memory of the experience, so she no longer knows The Doctor's name. It is unclear if she will remember The Doctor's accusatory confrontation of her, although I assume The Doctor retains his knowledge of Clara's conscious innocence with respect to her apparent doppelgangers. (I mean "doppelganger" in the general sense, as opposed to the technical sense introduced in last season's two part adventure "The Rebel Flesh" / "The Almost People.") The Van Baalen Brothers are brought back to life and never have the chance to encounter the TARDIS, but in this alternate reality Gregor has somehow retained some of the compassion he learned on the TARDIS.

As I have indicated, overall this episode was a disappointment for me. I liked the set design for the many rooms we see in the TARDIS, particularly that of the room of limitless machine-making with its hanging orbs. I enjoyed the references to the past adventures of The Doctor, but I think that tackling something as big as the title "Journey To The Centre Of The TARDIS" promises could have been better served with an episode that included no outsiders, particularly when addressing this unusual situation in which The Doctor does not entirely trust Clara. (See my classic Who mini-recap below for an episode that did exactly this. Granted, in that case four actors instead of just two were involved.) There are limitless possibilities in the interior of the TARDIS, and there's no need to augment them with an underdeveloped plot about mining it for parts.

Still, I am very curious about where we are headed. I am wary of this imminent reveal of The Doctor's name. I want The Doctor to simply be "The Doctor," and a specific label just does not seem right in the abstract sense. I hope Moffat either found the perfect name or that it remains an unrevealed tease, although the latter seems doubtful after all this build-up.

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A clue leaked this week about the nature of Clara. According to Jenna-Louise Coleman, "All I can say is that Clara hasn't just met the Doctor three times before." Is she River Song? Susan? Rose? Romana? The Rani? The Doctor's mother? His original wife? The Internet is awash with theories. I still don't understand how we reconcile "her" dying twice, if all these selves are truly the same in some way. If she's a Time Lady, there wasn't a regeneration involved. She looked the same each time. I expect there will be some crazy logic to justify what has taken place, and as such, I'll offer you my own crackpot, terribly unlikely theory.

Jenna-Louise Coleman will be the next Doctor starting next season, and I have managed to convince myself that this is entirely possible. Here are my reasons:

1) As she is already in the cast as a companion, it would be a clever way to disguise the regeneration. It would seem impossible to keep the revelation of a change in Doctor concealed in the Internet age, but perhaps the aim is to pull off a true surprise.

2) Jenna-Louise Coleman is signed for next season. Correct me if I'm wrong, but the same announcement for Matt Smith has yet to be made, and not long ago a term of three seasons was mentioned as a natural length of service for the role of The Doctor by either Smith or Moffat. I would be willing to believe Smith's statement that he would like to play the role as long as possible, but perhaps that is a smokescreen.

3) She's fantastic at the speedy tech talk, but in her role as "Clara" that has only been exploited in two episodes thus far.

4) The reveal of The Doctor's name was referenced as heralding "the fall of the eleventh." We're supposedly going to deal with The Doctor's name in just a few episodes. Maybe it's time to move from Eleven to Twelve.

5) Suppose The Doctor meets great danger at the Fields of Trenzalore, as that prophecy states. His identity is revealed. What might be an effective way to escape trouble? He coudl switch genders and assume the appearance of his companion. (There is precedent in Doctor Who lore for a Time Lord or Time Lady to choose an appearance in a voluntary regeneration.)

I don't know what the multiple Claras mean. Perhaps they are some sort of trail of bread crumbs left by The Doctor with the help of River Song to ensure his own survival. Granted, it's troubling that two of the Claras seem to have died in the course of this plan. They would be a message to himself of how he can survive what is to take place in his future. If The Doctor did regenerate into her appearance, we would lose Clara the companion, but at this point she is not extremely developed or specific.

If I were betting, I would probably guess that Clara (or whatever her actual identity is) is a blood relation of The Doctor, what with the references to his history and the promise of his name, which easily could be tied to his family. Still, the idea of Jenna-Louise Coleman as Twelve appeals to me more. Thanks for entertaining my flight of fancy.

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Classic Doctor Who Bonus:

This week I checked out the third serial in the entirety of the series, William Hartnell's "The Edge Of Destruction." This episode had much in common with this week's new episode, as The Doctor, Susan, Ian, and Barbara are trapped in the TARDIS after a malfunction. The TARDIS exerts influence over their behavior in an attempt to lead them to the problem at hand, turning them suspicious toward each other and dangerous. Particularly striking is The Doctor's accusation of an attempt by Barbara and Ian to steal the TARDIS from him, which happens after he drugs them. Susan threateningly brandishes a pair of scissors in the episode too.

This was the first episode to establish the TARDIS as a living presence, although an explanation for exactly how and why it influenced its passengers is left untold. That makes it a notable signpost in the program's history, and I recommend this one for a good example of the very old days of classic Who, even if it shows the signs of age in style.

C. Robert Dimitri would spend more time than any companion in the TARDIS's pool if given the opportunity.



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  • Cari

    I disagree with your analysis of the episode. I found that I enjoyed it a great deal, and I feel that you misunderstand how desperate people can get, and just what they'll do when they're that desperate. I believe that this is what drives the Doctor to enlist the help of the Van Baalen brothers, and why he questions Clara about her identity later. As for the deal with the androids, keep in mind that we have no indication as to what time they're from, only that it must be in the extreme future, so it could be perfectly logical to have very lifelike androids (after all, look at the prosthetics people of today have access to).
    Of course, this is all just my personal opinion, however, so I respect your feelings on the episode in the end.

  • Matt Smith is signed through at least part of 2014 - http://io9.com/matt-smith-conf...

  • kuzefra

    How about this: In most of her incarnations, Clara is a governess or
    nanny or very good with kids. Each regeneration, the Doctor gets
    younger. What if in the next regeneration, the Doctor is played by a
    little kid and he needs a Clara as guardian? Picture that!

  • that would be weird because that would mean the Doctor kissed herself.

  • St

    I kind of really don’t care about Clara’s story. And the whole “who is she”. I feel like writers only create this theory just to keep people interested in new companion.

    I tried to care about her. And I was optimistic because producers of Doctor always have good casting director and found interesting companions and Doctors for show. But they missed with Clara. Actress is pretty. But that is it. She is weak actress and there is nothing more in her then her adorable face. She says lines the way script demands her. But she is boring to watch.

    I with they would found new companion. I used to wait for every episode of Doctor Who. But now I can watch it even few days after. Because I don’t care that much what will happen in new episode.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    I tend to agree with you, at least about Clara, but I really enjoyed the actress as the earlier incarnations. I hope they allow her to do more than be cute and spunky.

  • Tinkerville

    I had such massively high hopes for this episode and came away a bit disappointed. The interiors of the TARDIS were predictably beautiful (especially the collapsing star) but it all felt a bit.. disjointed. I got increasingly frustrated with the subplot with the brothers since it was completely unnecessary and ended up taking so much time away from an episode that could have been devoted to the paradoxical nature of the TARDIS and its relationship to the Doctor and companions.

    Also, the Doctor's name. For one thing, I don't really want to know the Doctor's name and at this point the mystery surrounding it feels incredibly forced instead of something the fans actually want to know. Secondly, his name is right there inside a book? That's all it takes to learn it? Really?

    I'm sorry to inject such a froofy girly thing into this discussion, but if anyone knows of any tutorials on how to do hair like Clara's in this episode, I'd love to learn how to do that. And now I'll go ahead and make tea in the TARDIS mug sitting on my desk to get this discussion back to an appropriately nerdy place.

  • hater from siloam springs

    What a magnificently inept piece of reasoning. Yes, this episode was a hatchet job of a script -- all the scripts so far this season have been devoid of any continuity-boffins' fingers, and have lacked, frankly, in any real attempt to get us to really like Clara or really keep liking Matt Smith as the Doctor. Clara is the Martha Jones of the Matt Smith era, and we shouldn't be afraid to say it.

    That's why, if I may say so, she cannot be any for or figure of the next regeneration of the Doctor: she's not half the companion Amy was, or even Rose Tyler for that Matter. She's certainly no Donna Noble -- and I would actually pay into the Kickstarter campaign to recruit Catherine Tate as the Next Doctor. So the key failure of your theory is that Clara is not worthy of the leap.

    That said, the real clue is that "Clara Oswin Oswald" is an anagram for "Wanda Soros Lic Law," which is plainly means nothing. She's a toss-off character, and her story is not half as clever as either Amy's or River's.

    Last bit: there was a woman who gave something to Clara in "Bells of St. John" off-camera which caused her to call the Doctor for Tech Support. That piece of info hasn't been fully explained or even noticed since it happened. The key to the riddle lies in there.

  • C. Robert Dimitri

    Dear Hater: your contribution is an excellent example of why I have for the most part stopped participating in message threads on things I write, but thank you for your support. And for the record, in my past columns I have mentioned the tech support detail at least once if not twice.

  • I'm a newb to the show but I had the same thought. There's just something so appealing about Jenna aside from her beauty that it makes a lot of sense to me that she would be the next Doctor. I agree that this episode could have been more. But I continue to be intrigued by basically every minute of interaction between The Doctor and Clara. Great chemistry.

  • supergwarr

    my theory is that she is the
    master. the master becoming her and the doctor never being able to save her is
    a punishment for them both from the time lords
    thoughts?

  • periwinkled

    It's a small thing, but the android brother was Gregor, and the human one was Tricky. Also I'm glad I wasn't the only one who disliked the neat time loop tie-up.

    And I'm sorry, but if I was a companion, the very first thing I would do is explore the TARDIS. And the Doctor just left his real, super-secret name sitting out in a conspicuously lit book in the library?

  • C. Robert Dimitri

    Pretty sure Tricky was in fact the "android," but I could be mistaken.

  • I've been thinking Clara is the daughter of River and the Doctor, but I can see where you're drawing your conclusion--and I'm okay if it turns out that way.

    Adored exploring the TARDIS, but I do not ever want to know the Doctor's name...unless we get it a la Daryl Hannah's mermaid-speak, aka some unknown language that leaves us without a pronounceable human-type name.

  • Ted Zancha

    If Clara was the daughter of the Doctor, that would add quite a creepy element to the show. Correct me if I'm wrong, but haven't they been flirting in almost every episode.

    How would they explain that away?

  • These things happen when people don't know they're related...

  • Very Luke/Leia if it were true.

  • Milly

    Natural biology and why there are often those instances where an adopted child happens to inadvertently meet a 'natural' sibling (without knowing this) and there is an attraction that is interpreted as being physical/sexual attraction rather than some inherent familiarity.

    Which is why I have no intention of ever going to Cork in Ireland (adopted from there by an English family)!

  • bleujayone

    I would have liked this episode better had most of it not been erased with a convenient plot reset. Even so let's begin.

    1. I liked the production design, although it does contradict previous statements about the TARDIS; yes she's in her own inner dimension, yes she's immense, and yes being semi-organic she can after a fashion "regenerate" parts/sections that have been jettisoned, but she was never infinite. I mean you can't jettison 25% of infinity, can you?

    2. All I could picture when I saw the the salvage brothers were the three idiots Sol, Vince and Tyrone from the movie Snatch. I was rather hoping they'd offer at least that much in comic relief. They were still bunglers, but without the humor.

    3. As mentioned elsewhere, Tricky must have been really stupid if he could have cybernetic eyes, voicebox and amnesia and completely buy the story he was an android. It was not the audience's fault for not picking up on it as we didn't see him eat or go to the bathroom. We saw him don a environmental suit, but given that we've all experienced The Terminator which is also a robot with living tissue covering it, that in and of itself wasn't enough to clue us in. Neither was his humanity as science-fiction, in fact Doctor Who itself has previous shown us artificial lifeforms that expressed more humanity than human beings. After the ruse was given up, we then have to picture any number of situations where Tricky should have at least suspected something was amiss (eating, taking a leak, cramps, pulled muscles, pain, the sniffles etc. Also his brothers are slave-driving assholes to treat him that poorly. And I don't care if one of the other brothers magically retained some of his newfound humanity, if they don't tell the truth about their brother, they are still irredeemable pricks.

    4. So the Doctor knew what the "time zombies" were but he couldn't tell Clara until he tried to hide her out in the one place that would create her? And if the Eye of Harmony (Heart of Gold) stardrive (quite literally) was always this easily accessible, why in heaven's name would he have let his previous companions wander its halls? When it was last seen in the Eighth's story the Eye was locked up tight and when it was unleashed, bad things would happen. Now we can just walk in and be flash-fried into the undead. I think OSHA might take issue with this design, it almost screams of Galaxy Quest.

    5. Oh how I hate "deus ex machina" solutions, especially in the form of a reset button. We got to see some nice developments from Clara and the Doctor and now all of it never happened except to us. Bugger. I would have rather something a little more creative. Heck we never did get a full explanation of why the TARDIS might have exploded a couple of seasons back. It might have been a nice turn to show these two events might have been connected and that the Doctor had taken a countermeasure to reverse it. I mean they even showed us a crack in time as seen in Eleven's first series, so it could have been done without it being such a cheap out.

    6. I was hoping to see pieces of junk, weapons, costumes, props, vanquished foes... form other adventures that the Doctor previously had. Like maybe all the things that he has made go "boom" over the eons still make an enormous mess and somebody has to go around cleaning that up.

    7. Okay, I know they were trying to move the story along, but why would the Doctor need to take the shields down in order to help teach Clara to pilot the TARDIS. This would be like teaching someone to drive a car, but first removing the seat-belts, airbags and bumpers. Student drivers need all the protection they can get.

    8. I think it would have been better if the brothers just forced their way into the TARDIS when the Doctor was going back inside rather than have the Doctor invite them in. Now the stakes would be upped. The Doctor needs to find Clara, avoid the zombies, save the the TARDIS and now hope the junk morons don't make things worse. Showing him trying to juggle between all that would have been even better.

    9. I liked hearing the echoes of Doctors past. If they were really clever they should have had a couple from his future too. Things that wouldn't make much sense until we see the episodes but would still fit in with the TARDIS leaking time both past and future.

    10. I would have liked to have sen he Cloister Room, the Zero Room and even the lift which should still be out of order. But I won't fault the episode as we only have 45 minutes and I did enjoy seeing what I did.

    11. Though I'm pretty sure he has retained memory of everything, possibly because he was the one to hit the button, I would have like the Doctor to show something more definitive and perhaps something gained fro all this, maybe a clue about Clara, maybe a respect that she is (at least in this form) just an ordinary girl albeit special....something. Not just in Doctor Who by in sci-fi in general I don't like seemingly throwaway episodes. I don't care if it's just a nugget, but I want something to show this episode couldn't have been missed and nothing would be lost to the viewer for next week.

  • DataAngel

    Thing about regenerations is that if it's not TOO traumatic, the Time Lord can choose what they want to look like. Romana II went through a few variants until she found one she and the Doctor were both happy with. I'm pretty sure River regenerated from Alex Kingston to Alex Kingston. Even the "too traumatic" bit can he handwaved. The Master came back again as John Simm.

    Anyhow, my point is, Clara could be a Time Lord and just really likes that body. Maybe she's Susan's daughter -- or granddaughter -- and the diluted Time Lord traits screw with her memories. Maybe "Kept the body/Lost the memories" is her thing.

    I don't want her to be 12. Mostly because I'm not ready to lose 11 yet. Partly because I'm still holding out hope that Paterson Joseph will be picked.

  • Kate at June

    I like the theory that she is Cal from The Library.

  • Its the doctor's daughter in reference back to series 4.

  • C. Robert Dimitri

    I do think this might be the safest guess.

  • BWeaves

    1. The Edge of Destruction is the episode where The Doctor (Hartnell) was to tell Susan to "check the fault-locator". Instead, he told her to "check the fornicator". Because tape was expensive, they didn't reshoot it, and didn't expect it to ever be broadcast more than once.

    2. I was disappointed that Clara didn't end up in the Cloisters. I could have sworn she heard the Cloister bell when she woke up with bits of TARDIS on her.

    3. It was nice to see some black actors in Doctor Who, but I was sad that the story was, AGAIN, all about Clara, and not about the aliens they meet.

    4. Clara dies again. Didn't we do this schtick to death with Rory already?

    5. Also, I thought the burned beyond recognition Clara and Van Baalen's were really rather horrific. I knew it was Clara before the reveal (yes, I'm that person), but I thought it was really, really gross.

    6. I don't want to know the Doctor's name. Just drop it already.

    7. I wish they'd get back to the companion just being along for the ride, and the story being about the aliens they meet. I'm getting really tired of the companion being the most important person in the universe and the Doctor having to find out all about them. I prefer my companions to be tag along mutts that the Doctor picks up on his travels.

    8. This whole episode didn't make any sense to me. Why was the Doctor thrown clear out of the TARDIS? That should never happen. How come Clara doesn't remember anything after the "reboot" but the Van Baalen brothers sort of do? How exactly do you convince a human they are an android? Surely he's cut himself shaving or something? What was the purpose of going on the catwalk in the Eye of Harmony? What purpose was that for, other than getting burned beyond recognition?

    9. I loved Clara's hairdo.

  • Scottieboy

    Matt Smith has been filming the 50th Anniversary special, so he'll definitely be around after the end of this series for at least one more episode.

  • lowercase_see

    Well, the Face of Boe did tell Ten that he wasn't alone ...

  • SchmidtUltra

    I believe that was in reference to The Master.

  • lowercase_see

    Ah, my b! I'm going about all this the Netflix route and still reeling from Doomsday and Bad Wolf Bay.

  • toblerone

    I LOVED this episode. That is all.

    Random: Could Clara have looked anymore beautiful than when she was in the core of the TARDIS? I almost died.

  • JoannaRobinson

    Her lovely Fräulein Adventure hair was amazing.

  • toblerone

    Yeah, no... That's not really doing it for me.

    But the high collar corset dress on the other hand....

  • For the record, while I'm living for clue-finding (brings me back to the year before Cloverfield came out) I'd rather not really theorize or guess. I was right about River (weren't we all) and I want to be surprised.

  • THE RANI.

    Or not. I don't know. All I know is I'm NOT ok with the tumblr masturbatory fantasy theory that she's the daughter of Rose/CloneTen because that bullshit didn't actually happen, it was a mass hallucination,

  • Tinkerville

    I've read that theory multiple times as well and... no. Just, no. There's also the fact that we've seen Clara's childhood and much has been made of her mother's death, so I don't know how that would work in the first place.

    I loved Rose and The Doctor together as much as the next person, but these Tumblr fanatics need to let them go.

  • Joe Grunenwald

    Is there still question about Matt Smith leaving at the end of this year? I thought it was a done deal that he was finished after this year.

  • NynjaSquirrel

    It's a done deal, he made it known he wants to go and be big in movies.

  • There's no confirmation (obviously) but most seem to think that's the "fall of the eleventh."

  • JoannaRobinson

    So are you saying, C. Rob, that the iterations of Clara that we've seen both in the Dalek episode and the Christmas Special were actually The Doctor? And the the only human Clara is the one we have now? Do I have that right?

  • C. Robert Dimitri

    That is, I wouldn't put it in the terms of the headline, i.e., "Clara will be the next Doctor." I would instead say that Jenna-Louise Coleman will be the next Doctor.

  • C. Robert Dimitri

    I'm proposing that only The Doctor is The Doctor, and we have yet to meet her in Clara form. The Clara that is with The Doctor right now is exactly what she seems, and The Doctor of the future led himself to her in those other two forms to make him seek out the companion whose appearance he would need to eventually take. Yes, it's completely paradoxical, but so is this entire show. Whether those two earlier appearances were some sort of creation of himself or some weird coincidence that his future self exploited, I do not know, but it seems no more ridiculous than claiming that all three of these Claras that we have met are actually Susan, Rose, the Doctor's mother, etc., or some sort of manifestation of them.

    The main hitch I'm finding in my theory is this. The Doctor's name episode precedes the 50th anniversary special, and we know Matt Smith is in that. Would the fallout that forces him to regenerate be delayed? Would Tennant and Rose help The Doctor achieve the scam? Would they use a flashback so that the events of the 50th anniversary special actually precede the events of the preceding episode with respect to Smith's Doctor? That is, could there be *three* Doctors in the special including Tennant, Smith, and Coleman, with Clara acting as the new one and also playing the role of Smith's companion?'

    Anyway, just throwing it out there. The recent comment from the production's camp that the "show would never be the same" could be a reference to a woman Doctor, but I reserve the right to be proven completely wrong in my guess.

  • Tinkerville

    Ow, my brain. Very intriguing theory though, and I think you might be on to something.

  • C. Robert Dimitri

    But then if Smith's Doctor met Coleman's Doctor in the 50th anniversary special, that would tell him the answer before Trenzalore episode. Or maybe that's how he finds out. Or maybe it could be a flashback episode without Coleman's Doctor at all. I don't know. Brain hurting now...

  • C. Robert Dimitri

    Of course, anytime The Doctor has encountered himself in the past, they have just sort of ignored the fact that The Doctor would remember what took place and have advance knowledge how to win the day. Or maybe proximity to yourself makes your memory fuzzy. Or maybe I'm trying to apply way too much sense to a fantasy show.

  • Martijn Kerkmeijer

    I like your theory, C. Robert! After last Saturday's episode (which indeed was not the best one so far) the same idea occurred to me, actually. But your five reasons have given my inkling some substance. Apart from that, however, and apart from all the technical and plot difficulties, I think it's high time for a female Doctor.

  • This confuses the whole theory for me. Why would there be any human version of Clara?

  • Joe Grunenwald

    The idea of The Doctor being turned into a Dalek is horrible and I sincerely hope that's not what happens/happened.

  • JoannaRobinson

    Or the Doctor flirting with himself...

  • wonkeythemonkey

    That would be entirely consistent with his character. 90% of The Tenth's monologues were love poems to himself.

  • Joe Grunenwald

    That I'm strangely okay with.

  • Mike D

    Jesus! I haven't read the article, but the title seems pretty spoilerish.

  • Tinkerville

    It's just Robert's personal theory based on pure conjecture. Not at all a spoiler.

  • birdgal

    Nope.

  • Jakesalterego

    It's not....?

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