A lot has happened in Doctor Who since Steven Moffat took the reins. The Eleventh Doctor has been a busy man. He’s lived several hundred years. Gotten married. He’s had a couple of different T.A.R.D.I.S. iterations now. Gone to war. These sorts of things.
However, the underlying conflict that is happening is still not completely explained, and this is what I want to know more about. I suppose I should say SPOILER WARNING at this point because I want to talk about some really specific thing that closed out Series 5 and Series 6 of Doctor Who. Onward!
why did the t.a.r.d.i.s. explode?
We close Series 5 of Doctor Who hanging on this question. Why did the T.A.R.D.I.S. explode? Everything else follow logically from this question: sure, you get a crazy paradox land that is melting away, you get cracks in the universe, you get the Doctor not knowing about it until it is close to happening… okay. But the T.A.R.D.I.S. was sabotaged.
I mean, okay, we lead from there directly into the episodes introducing the Silence. Is the assumption we are supposed to make that there was a Silence on board who sabotaged the T.A.R.D.I.S.? If so, that is not made clear.
If, on the other hand, we still do not know who or how the T.A.R.D.I.S. was sabotaged, then I hope this is answered soon. Because it’s kind of a big deal.
this endless, bitter war
We can’t be done with the Silence, because their goal is incomplete. However, it may be a while to see their plans and schemes come back up. Why are both of these true? Because they believe the Doctor needs to die, and they believe that the Doctor is dead.
After the T.A.R.D.I.S. exploded at the end of series 5, and all of his greatest enemies allied against him, the Doctor has been working in Series 6 and 7 to remove himself from the front pages of history. He accomplished a major play by faking his own death at the end of Series 6. He also has now removed himself from the memory of the Daleks. The other Time Lords are locked in a time lock… yeah, bit by bit the Doctor is going to be gone from history.
Which should slow the Silence down. If they believe the Doctor is dead and gone, then they will believe that their goal of keeping him away from the Fields of Trenzalore, from the fall of the Eleventh, and the question being asked. The question after which, silence must fall.Doctor Who?Of course, by being removed from history – and still being alive – the Doctor is more likely to elicit this question, and to arrive at Trenzalore not knowing what is going to happen. So in many ways, the Silence may have lost. However, what is going to happen from that?Okay, so I’m getting lost in two seasons of continuity, let’s reorganize this:
- The T.A.R.D.I.S. exploded. How? Why? Whodunnit?
- The Silence believe the Doctor must die. What’s going on?
- The Silence claim to have been fighting a long and bitter war against the Doctor. Have we already seen this war play out? Or is much of it yet to come?
- Will we reach the Fields of Trenzalore and the Fall of the Eleventh? You better believe it! So what does it mean that Silence Will Fall?
I want to see these things come up this season. And there is some room for explanations on some of the fuzzy bits, because to explore these topics with a new companion, the Doctor will have to explain what is going on to her.
Of course, I don’t know that I’m ready for all of this to happen this season – not sure I’m ready for Matt Smith to be done as the Doctor! – but if we leave these things untouched it’s going to be frustrating, and so far, they’ve been largely left alone this season – so hopefully I get some answers soon!