So, this is how it ends. Not with Amy Pond flirting with herself, not with the Doctor saving every last creature in the Universe from permanent annihilation but with an assassination on the bank of a lake in Utah.
Or does it?
Well apart from the obvious “no” (an odd way to end a long running series if it’s a “yes”) we’re about to embark on a series of interesting reveals that will either confirm the genius of Steven Moffat in creating a largely cohesive and long-running narrative throughout his two series in charge (and potentially back to 2008) or will baffle and leave the audience bemused.
Thankfully the previews are very positive, so we shouldn’t have too much to worry about on that score. The Doctor is bound to survive, and finding out how he manages what appears to be a pretty sound death (Amy, Rory and River even burned his corpse if you recall The Impossible Astronaut) is going to be interesting.
Speculation has been going on for months about how the Doctor might survive all of this. For those of you prone to this sort of idle fancy, the list below features some interesting thoughts:
- There are two Doctors – one a Ganger, the other “our” Time Lord. But which is which?
- There are two Doctors – one “our” Time Lord, the other a reconfigured Tessalecta judgement machine from Let’s Kill Hitler.
- The timey-wimey solution reminiscent of The Big Bang…
- It’s all a dream/simulation/pocket universe?
- Or the Doctor really does die. And then something crazy happens.
It’s all just speculation of course, but let us not forget the photos of Amy and her baby, the voice in the TARDIS in The Pandorica Opens, not to mention the continuing questions concerning Professor River Song… we’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter, however.
The answers are coming your way this evening, on BBC One and BBC One HD from 7.05 pm and on BBC America at 9/8c.
Once you’re done and the answers have become clear, head back here for our poll!