Doctor Who News DW Finale

Published on May 4th, 2013 | by Andrew Reynolds

New Finale Photo!

Regardless of where your opinion lies on the debate over Steven Moffat borrowing ideas from the Doctor Who comic canon, there’s no denying that there is something eerily familiar in this new shot from series seven finale, The Name of the Doctor.

DW Finale

The composition is very similar to the iconic image of the Seventh Doctor cradling a stricken Ace in the DWM serial, Ground Zero

As pointed out by commenter, 00who1987, even the synopsis of the episode is familiar to the famous Scott Gray-penned serial.

Where the plot of Ground Zero saw The Threshold kidnapping four of the Doctors former companions and using them for the benefit of the Lobri, in The Name of The Doctor someone is stealing the Doctors friends forcing him ‘towards the one place in all of time and space that he should never go.’

Ground Zero

While the duplicitous nature of the Doctor has been more evident in the episodes leading up to the climax (particularly in last week’s Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS) leading us to the conclusion that the place the Doctor should never go is the fields of Trenzalore; where no lie can be uttered, but it could just as easily be his own timeline.

(You can read about further comic connections here.)



[spoiler ]As pointed out by SFX, who that ‘someone’ might be is The Whispermen – and if you’re thinking that the name sounds familiar to similarly anthropomorphised foes, The Spoonheads, from The Bells of Saint John, then you won’t be surprised to learn that Richard E Grant’s Great Intelligence is set to return for the finale.


Other promises that have been made in the past weeks regarding just what might happen come the end of this series are that we will learn the true identity of Clara, we might learn the Doctor’s greatest secret and that not everyone will make it out alive…


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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.

5 Responses to New Finale Photo!

  1. avatar Esterath says:

    Eh? It looks nothing like the panle from ‘Ground Zero’, if anything it looks like the scene from AoTD when the Doctor is holding Amy.

  2. avatar zedarean says:

    Oh gosh. Someone made an accusation that Moffat was stealing from the comics, and now everyone is going to find any tiny insignificant similarity and shout “SEE!? HE STOLE IT!”. How many times have we seen the Doctor carrying a companion like this now?

  3. avatar Al says:

    I think it’s a stretch to link a photo taken out of context with a comic image from years ago. What about the Doctor cradling Amy back in Asylum of the Daleks? No one harped about comic strips then.

  4. avatar len says:

    it also looks a lot like the Doctor carrying Martha in “Smith and Jones”, and the Doctor cradling Jenny in “Doctor’s Daughter” looked very much like the panel shown above.

  5. avatar Hoosier Whovian says:

    How many different ways can you carry a woman? Although I prefer the classic ass-over-shoulder technique myself ;)

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