That’s it, the gloves are off; let’s get to the matter at hand. Madame Vastra has been caught pale handed.
Now, the following is largely speculation, but it’s pretty interesting stuff and some spoilers from The Snowmen might have been accidentally uncovered.
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In this recent publicity image for The Snowmen, this year’s Christmas Special, Madame Vastra can clearly be seen with hands a little lighter than their expected shade of green.
Take at this image below, provided by Bleeding Cool.
Now, that doesn’t appear to be a mistake; in fact it looks as though the hands have been made up in some way.
So does this mean that Madame Vastra isn’t purely a Silurian? Could she be half-human?
So are her human hands a deliberate long game plot device or something Moffat saw on set and seized upon? Was she always going to be the next evolutionary step for the Homo-Reptilians’?
Also, take a look at what the Eleventh Doctor is resting his feet upon.
How about that anachronistic detail?
The London Underground prop could be reference to the ‘very old debt’ that Vastra owes the Doctor who, in her lineage, saved her from slaughtering the innocent tunnel workers who awoke and killed her ancestors as they worked on the Underground railway.
But the logo on the item is clearly a modern one, so why has the Doctor brought it to her? Are there more Silurians hibernating around the lines of the London Underground?
After all, in 1892, the year in which The Snowmen is set, work was being done upon the London Underground in Finsbury: Could Clara, the ‘Unorthodox Governess’ be the Governess of Finsbury at the point where workers uncover more hibernating Silurians?
Could the Doctor in fact be using Madame Vastra in an attempt to recruit the Silurians in a war against the snowmen to save the planet? Who better to unite both the humans and Silurians than someone of mixed genealogy?
Could the mystery of Madame Vastra be solved?
The Snowmen airs at 5.15pm Christmas Day on BBC One.