The newest issue of Doctor Who Magazine is out and in it all kinds of secrets are spilled about the upcoming Doctor Who season finale, “The Name of the Doctor”.
I’m warning you now, there’s a lot that you may or may not want to know. So I’m going to leave some…
We’re good? Good.
Here’s the official description for “The Name of the Doctor”.
Every journey taken by a time-traveler tears a wound in the fabric of reality, and the Doctor has time-travelled more than anyone. But the trail runs cold in Trenzalore, the one place in all of time and space that he should never go. The most dangerous place in the universe… Who is kidnapping the Doctor’s friends, leading him to Trenzalore? Could the Fall of the Eleventh be nigh? Or does an impossible girl hold the key? The Doctor’s past, present, and future lives are in grave danger… and his greatest secret is about to be revealed.
Surprisingly, even the usually tight-lipped Steven Moffat opens up about what to expect in the season finale.
We’ve only just finished shooting the actual completed ending – it’s ridiculously secret – but it’s quite a thing, hopefully,” says Steven, about “The Name of the Doctor”. “There’s often an element of throwing in some lovely names, and then figuring it out later, but I’ve always had a sort of plan for the Doctor and Trenzalore. Things will be resolved. Things I’ve left hanging in plain sight – and sometimes not in plain sight – will be tied up…
Would you like a quote from the episode? Of course you would.
THE DOCTOR: “The path I carved through time and space, from Gallifrey to Trenzalore. My own personal time tunnel, leading back to every moment I ever lived. Every step, every tear, every kiss. Even the days I haven’t lived yet. Which is why I shouldn’t be here. The paradoxes… very bad…”
Here’s a bunch of other cool tidbits from the DWM issue about the finale.
Richard E Grant is back as Dr. Simeon (“Hello again,” says the Doctor. “How’s the Intelligence – still Great?”)
Post-Library River Song returns (“Oh, I do like to watch a man think; it’s like watching a whale knit!”).
On the Doctor’s feelings for River, Moffat says: “You never quite know what the Doctor feels. I don’t think you ever should.”
There’s more snogging
Moffat says there hasn’t been a “proper doom-fraught episode” in a while. If this episode is about anything, it’s about death. There is a funereal atmosphere, literally.
Will everyone make it to the end of the episode alive? Spoiler: no
Will we, at last, learn the true identity of Clara Oswald, the impossible girl? Spoiler: yes!
Will the Doctor’s greatest secret be revealed? Spoiler: possibly
DWM doesn’t know how the episode ends, it’s that secret
After this episode, nothing will ever be the same again
They’re certainly going to Trenzalore sooner than I expected (especially if it’s meant to be “The Fall of the Eleventh” and Matt Smith is in the 50th Anniversary and Christmas episodes). And what the hell do they mean by Post-Library River Song?!?! Looking this over, I have no idea how this is all going to it in one episode but damn if I’m not crazy excited for May 18th.