Before the second half of Doctor Who Series Seven aired, I blogged about some of the ongoing questions from Doctor Who that remained unanswered. I asked the questions – what answers did they give us?
Doctor Who is one of our favorite shows, and we are enjoying the process of them revealing the secrets. This season, in particular, is interesting – as they are playing with the fact that it is the 50th anniversary year.
Let’s look back at my questions, and consider what they’ve answered so far! Spoilers for Series Seven of Doctor Who!
Why Did The T.A.R.D.I.S. Explode?
So what did I have to say about this?
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.
Well, we’re not starting in a great place. This is still unanswered – and really, basically, my theory above is still the best we have. It might have been neat for this to be something caused by The Great Intelligence – and which Oswin decided not to change because it turned out right. But there isn’t even a hint that this happened.
Nothing really came up about the Silence this season. What did I have to say?
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?
Okay, so what we do have is the Doctor carefully removing himself from history – so that the Silence and others believe that he is dead. We are shown this most blatantly in The Asylum of the Daleks, when the Daleks themselves are made to forget the Doctor. However, there are several other references, most notably in a Nightmare in Silver, when the Cybermen are reading the Doctor’s mind – and find his plan to remove himself from history.
I’m sure that’s not going to come back to bite him.
So we have a solid reason why the Silence don’t make an appearance. And, we see at least some of the reason that they don’t want the Doctor to go to Trenzalore – so let’s look harder at that.
Silence Must Fall – The Fields of Trenzalore – The Fall of the Eleventh
So, we went to the Fields of Trenzalore – the site of what is apparently the Doctor’s last, great battle. And in his Eleventh regeneration as the Doctor, as well. So what did I have to say about this?
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?
So, several parts to this question, and answered not as we might have expected! Did we go to Trenzalore? Yes! However, was it the day when none can fail to answer, the day when all must speak the truth? Like they promised in this teaser pre-episode?
Nope. We went into the Doctor’s own timestream, as promised – only into his future, instead of his past. Meaning, the battle that happens there is still to come, in the future. The Fall of the Eleventh is still to come.
And it means that we do not yet know what is meant by Silence Will (Must) Fall. However, we see a glimpse of this. When the Doctor’s timestream was being rewritten by the Great Intelligence, and the Doctor’s life was being rewritten, whole stars were being wiped out. As the Veiled Detective asks, how many worlds has the Doctor saved? And all of those saving moments being undone? The universe would end. Or be run by the Daleks.
Or the Time War would still be happening.
Thus, Silence would fall over the universe, without the Doctor. Maybe. Maybe that’s what it means. However, I still think that this, and answers to it, are yet to come. Like maybe in the 50th Anniversary Special – segue!