At the end of The Wedding of River Song, the Doctor fooled everyone into thinking he was dead and declared to Dorium Maldovar that he was going to step back into the shadows for fear of becoming too big. Dorium then gave the Doctor some foreshadowing news concerning his future when he asked the question that no one must: Doctor who?
In Asylum of the Daleks, the Parliament of the Daleks have their collective memories of the Doctor wiped away, leaving them with no recollection of their greatest enemy, which leaves the Doctor in a very giddy mood indeed. During Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, there are several moments where the audience is led to believe that the Doctor is recognised by the villain or that the ship’s computer will scan the Time Lord and reveal who he is but it seems that the Universe is rapidly forgetting it’s long and complicated relationship with the Doctor, as both times he is an unrecognised man.
This has led io9 to the conclusion that the big idea for Series 7 will be the thread of the Doctor not being recognised and feared by his enemies from his reputation only, the Doctor is once again going to have to (as he did in Asylum of the Daleks) remind people of why they’re scared of him.
Is this something that will play out through the entirety of the new series, culminating in some cataclysmic event to tie into the show’s fiftieth anniversary? Will The First Question and The Fields of Trenzalore form part of a gargantuan story arc that will somehow see past Doctors have to come together to remind the Universe and the beings that dwell in it just how powerful they are?