Doctor Who News Madame Vastra and the Doctor in The Snowmen

Published on December 7th, 2012 | by Andrew Reynolds

Madame Vastra’s ‘Handy’ Surprise (SPOILERS?)

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.

If you’re reading this via email or a newsreader, look away now.

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Madame Vastra and the Doctor in The Snowmen

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.


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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

7 Responses to Madame Vastra’s ‘Handy’ Surprise (SPOILERS?)

  1. avatar James says:

    LOL, it’s just sloppy writing with no explanation for anything. Moffat’s given up trying to write a coherent narrative. If anyone doesn’t understand anything he just says ‘Timey Wimey’ and leaves it at that. For example, Strax died in the ‘Demon’s Run’ episode, but here he is up and about with no explanation. Typical Moffat, the man just doesn’t care anymore and should go rather than take a pay check for such rubbish.

    Think I’m wrong? Just take a look too at the incredible litany of plot flaws in the Impossible Astronaut eps… I rest my case.

    • avatar Philip Bates says:

      It’s unfair to judge the reappearance of Strax before we’ve seen the episode.
      And he’s waited all his life to work on Doctor Who, and is at the top of his profession: I don’t think Steven Moffat ‘doesn’t care.’
      Personally, I love his writing – but I do understand that many don’t. Similarly, many don’t like Russell T’s stories, which contained similar non-sensical narrative flaws.
      We’ll just have to wait and see when Christmastime comes about. :)

      • avatar James says:

        He’s certainly at the top of his profession in terms of non-sensical-ness.

    • avatar David F says:

      With no explanation? How can you possibly assume that before broadcast?

      Moffat doesn’t care anymore? Seriously? His storytelling choices might not be to your taste, but one thing you could never, ever accuse him of is not caring. His love for Doctor Who shines through everything he writes.

      Look back through Doctor Who history and tell me when there weren’t plot holes. It’s the price we have to pay for the brilliantly loose concept of the whole show.

  2. avatar Krumstets says:

    These shots were very probably taken during studio rehearsals in which case Vastra wouldn”t have neen wearing her Silurian hand gloves.
    An oversight by the production team..possibly..

  3. avatar Josh Wick says:

    Look how banged up the Tardis looks ! So cool !

  4. avatar TimeChaser says:

    Its probably just an oversight. It reminds me of a similar mistake in “The Christmas Invasion”, a close-up shot of the Santas/Pilot Fish showed the lead one with human hands.

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