Published on October 12th, 2012 | by Meredith Burdett3
Timey-wimey Chronological Disorder?
Here’s a thought for you to ponder: have we seen some of the Doctor’s latest adventures out of chronological order?
You may remember a scene from A Town Called Mercy were the Doctor reminds Rory that he left his phone charger in Henry VIII’s en suite bathroom, in the following episode, The Power of Three, we see the Doctor, Rory and Amy in Henry’s bed chamber, hiding under the bed presumably just around the time that said charger was being left behind but that’s a whole episode after and during the following adventure.
So what we’re seeing is a episode three being shown after the events of episode four, which sounds very confusing but not necessarily unexpected since the show is run by Steven Moffat who loves to twist the narrative with Doctor Who, turning events inside out and even erasing the Doctor from history, twice.
(Or it could just be that production pressures meant a last minute change in the episode order…)
But does it really matter, when watching a standalone episode, if we see some events out of context? It certainly hasn’t affected the fun or enjoyment for anyone and it definitely hasn’t created any spoilers as such, it seems to be more a bit of throwaway fun that only a show like Doctor Who could get away with. Could EastEnders talk about a certain event in the past and then show it happening a week later? We think not!
We would love to hear your thoughts on this – as it’s something that’s troubled Kasterborous editor Christian Cawley for some weeks, as demonstrated in a recent podKast!