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Published on September 21st, 2013 | by Drew Boynton

Moffat Hinting at Christmas Revelations?

The Fall of the Eleventh may also topple some long-standing questions!In the new issue of Doctor Who Magazine (#465, the one with the very nifty five Doctors cover), Steven Moffat breezily brings up some “What-What-WHATs?” from his tenure as showrunner that may finally see some answers…


“Oh, never mind the TARDIS blowing up, what about the endless, bitter war Kovarian was on about? And what’s Trenzalore? And the oldest question in the universe? And what exactly do they mean, silence will fall? Anyway, I’m off to a readthrough…”

A person always has to take Moffat’s comments with a grain of salt, but at least this is promising. I’m not embarrassed to admit that I’m still a bit confused when it comes to some of the plot elements in series five and six. It was hard enough trying to keep track of River’s identity and timeline–not to mention trying to keep count of how many times Rory could die!

One question has to be asked, though: Did The Grand Moff always plan to answer these questions with the inevitable exit of Matt Smith’s Eleven, or have fans and others persuaded him to finally tie up some of these mysteries? Whatever the case, hopefully we will find out the answers to these questions–and more!–when the Christmas Special airs, well, this Christmas.

Are there any questions left that Moffat hasn’t addressed that you would like to see answered once and for all?


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Drew has been a fan of Doctor Who ever since he flipped through the channels late one night and saw a girl blowing up an army of funny robot men with nothing but a slingshot and some old coins. He currently lives somewhere in the woods of Missouri with his beautiful wife Barbara.

54 Responses to Moffat Hinting at Christmas Revelations?

  1. avatar antony492 says:

    This sounds good! Those are all questions that I have had and thought were going to be answered in Name of the Doctor but weren’t! We were tricked, they made out that this trip to Trenzalore and the GI asking the question was fulfilling the prophecy, but if it doesn’t make sense, because it doesn’t fulfil it!

  2. avatar Philip Rock says:

    it’s moffat… he planned it for sure… that’s just the way he is.

  3. avatar Timey Wimey says:

    “Never mind the TARDIS blowing up.”

    No u, Moffat. You’d better explain this.

    • avatar David F says:

      Never mind who burned the house down. Who forgot to wash the dishes? Who left the cap off the toothpaste?

      • avatar Bob James says:

        Who let all these Daleks into our room?

    • avatar Ashley C says:

      I think he could have been talking about the series 5 finale. Who was controlling the Tardis when River was trying to fly it/when it blew up?

      • avatar David F says:

        Yes, I think we all know that. The point is that it’s more in need of explanation than the other questions Moffat raises, yet he seems to brush it aside as if it’s the least important. (Although I guess it’s possible he didn’t mean it that way.)

  4. avatar whopix says:

    still waiting for an answer on the staircase in Amy Pond’s house that leads nowhere – and that was all the way back in The Eleventh Hour!

    • avatar Victor says:

      I’m sure there was no significance whatsoever, just a production oversight that people have latched onto because of Moffat’s love of building mystery and getting people guessing.

      • avatar Al says:

        I believe the staircase was referenced, though, so that’s not a production oversight. I think it was related to the similar scenario shown in The Lodger.

  5. avatar TonyS says:

    Amy’s stated age in The Beast Below doesn’t stack up. Mind you, we don’t have a very clear indication of when it was set.

  6. avatar TonyS says:

    duck pond with no ducks

    • avatar FrancoPabloDiablo says:

      Apart from all the serious questions that need answered I’d love for this to be addressed. I think the duck pond was simply a throw-away line in The Eleventh Hour that had no real significance, but wouldn’t it be lovely of Moff to address it with an equally throw-away line before Matt leaves! Full Circle!

    • avatar Victor says:

      They were erased, like Amy’s parent’s, by the crack. That’s it. A symptom of that.

      • avatar Al says:

        Yeah, that one was explained early on. Moffat simply didn’t put a big neon sign over it like some people expect writers to do.

      • avatar FrancoPabloDiablo says:

        Deary me. Thank you for filling in a blank. Totally didn’t pick up on that one :(

  7. avatar Emma L. says:

    Why is is called a Duck pond, when there were no ducks?
    Only Moffat could make a question so silly sound so daunting and exciting.

  8. avatar Neu 75 says:

    I think Moffat really needs to address the pressing issue of who opened the door to let the Doctor out in ‘Image of the Fendahl’…

    • avatar Scooter says:

      He did (obliquely)! It was one of the Claras.

  9. avatar Rocktoonz says:

    JIM THE @#(!*^%# FISH!!!!!

    • avatar Al says:

      We’ll see him in the same episode in which we see the Terrible Zodin…

  10. avatar Jacob Kuntzman says:

    Yeah… I wanna know when River learned the Doctor’s name.

    • That was the same ep that she married the Doctor. He whispered his name in her ear.

      • avatar Spider-pope says:

        Except he didn’t, he whispered “look into my eye.” He lied when he said he’d told her his name.

        • avatar Al says:

          I’ve always assumed he told her his name, knowing she’d need it in the Library, during their last visit together, which we see happen in the minisode “Last Night”.

    • avatar Bob James says:

      You know, people, even Time Lords, probably says things while they’re, you know, at it, in bed, or on Tardis consoles.

  11. avatar joesiegler says:

    Nah, who got Hitler out of the closet? That’s the big one.

  12. avatar War says:

    Doesn’t anyone remember when Amy and the Doctor were with Winston Churchill and she didn’t recognize the Dalek? The Doctor didn’t understand why Amy didn’t know what a Dalek was because she would have been alive during the time when Cybermen were all over the world and when the Earth was moved across the universe and taken hostage by the Daleks. So, she should have known who they were but that was never explained.

    • avatar Gillian Who says:

      I’m pretty sure that was due to the cracks in time, that and the show makers wanting to simplify the shows back history by making the early 21st century in the show the same as the real one.

  13. avatar heather nicklinson says:

    How long are River & Clara linked after she enters the Doctors timeline……throughout her lives thereafter ?

  14. avatar vortexter says:

    I have one or two questions I’d like answered…

    1. Why was Rory and Amy’s wedding date the base code of the Universe?
    2. What was the writing on the Dr’s Crib and how did he get it?
    3. How were there photo’s of Amy with her baby/grown up child in the american asylum when she never met River as a child?
    4. What happened to the Alliance that imprisoned the Dr in the Pandorica?
    5. Where did the Silence get their Tardis from?
    6. What was behind door 11 in The God Complex?
    7. Why did the Tardis dislike Clara?
    8 Why did the 11 Dr have no memory of the great intelligence?

    If anyone could answer a few of these questions for me I would be very grateful!

    • 2 was answered in the very episode it appeared – really how could you miss it?

      • avatar vortexter says:

        No it wasn’t answered. Just watched it again. The Doctor points to the writing on the crib and says something like: ‘You mean…oh! You mean (kiss,kiss) oh yes!!.Whoo hoo!’ and more gibberish like that. If you mean its Rivers name in the Gallifreyan writing why would it be on the Doctors crib? Which he couldn’t possibly have taken from Gallifrey as we see him leave with only Susan in tow and not so much as a suitcase. Rivers name is only revealed really on Lorna’s needlework swatch.’

        • avatar John Miller says:

          a)The Doctor has been back to Gallifrey several times since originally leaving.

          b)As the Doctor and River are not meeting in sequence, River knows what will happen in the Doctor’s future. She has also spent a great deal of time in the TARDIS, including being alone in the TARDIS.

    • avatar John Miller says:

      6)John Hurt

      8)Because he can’t remember which year he met the Great Intelligence in the Underground.

    • avatar Gillian Who says:

      4) fell apart, i can’t really see that motley crew staying together for long
      7) Probably because the Tardis recognised Clara from many previous encounters across the timeline and was suspicious
      8) I think he did remember the Great Intelligence, it had just been at least several hundred very busy years since they last met, so the name had slipped his mind

    • avatar David Nolan says:

      3. In “A good man goes to war”, Amy is holding the baby in much the same way as appears in the photo. Perhaps it was taken then my Madam Govarian.
      4. It never took place due to the reboot of the universe, the Alliance was wiped from existence of course.
      5. Colchester, Essex. The set was practically identical :)

    • avatar Philip Bates says:

      1. Why was Rory and Amy’s wedding date the base code of the Universe?

      That’s when the universe was fully restored, ie. with the Doctor and the TARDIS as part of that universe.

      2. What was the writing on the Dr’s Crib and how did he get it?

      It was his own crib, so that, it seems, is his name in Gallifreyan!

      3. How were there photo’s of Amy with her baby/grown up child in the american asylum when she never met River as a child?

      Presumably, Kovarian and the Silence took photos and surrounded Melody with them when she was growing up, and turned all of that against the Doctor.

      (Oh, and she did meet River/Mels growing up, without realising she was her daughter!)

      4. What happened to the Alliance that imprisoned the Dr in the Pandorica?

      Total event collapse. They literally never happened. If you rewatch it, you can see echoes of Cybermen and Autons surrounding the Pandorica, as ‘footprints of the neverwere.’

      5. Where did the Silence get their Tardis from?

      Don’t know yet. They were building a TARDIS, presumably to go after the Doctor with, but we don’t know the full story – yet.

      6. What was behind door 11 in The God Complex?


      (No one knows. We’ll never know. We’ll just hafta guess!)

      7. Why did the Tardis dislike Clara?

      I think because she was a time anomaly. The TARDIS knew there was something wrong with her. Maybe that she took a dislike to Clara jumping into the Doctor’s time stream in the future; after all, the TARDIS objected to going to Trenzalore! Also, the TARDIS views all his companions as ‘strays,’ so she’s bound to take a disliking to a few initially!

      We might also consider that the full reason hasn’t been revealed yet…

      8 Why did the 11 Dr have no memory of the great intelligence?

      The Doctor’s over 1000 years old; he’s bound to forget a few foes. I think this idea originated with Gareth Roberts who first planned for the villain in The Lodger to be Meglos. In that draft, the Doctor didn’t recognise Meglos. This was scrapped, obviously, but I reckon that idea that the Doctor sometimes forgets his enemies stayed in Moff’s subconscious.

      Hope that helps! :D

  15. avatar Bob James says:

    Answer to question 6: Michael Grade.

  16. avatar Bob James says:

    Answer to question 7: Clara had a more attractive “outer shell”. Answer to question 8: When you really start drinking, you know, it tends to mess with the recollect abilities.

  17. avatar JalinO123 says:

    My biggest question is HOW DOES JACK TURN INTO THE FACE OF BOE??? There has been a very clever theory floating around and it ties in with the Headless monks and Dorian (giving River the vortex manipulator) But I’d love to see this story played out and explained once and for all!!!

    • avatar Gillian Who says:

      I thought that was just what happened when he got really really old…

      • avatar JalinO123 says:

        The face of Boe was just a head though, and in season 6 when River buys the vortex manipulator from Dorian, it’s Jack’s. Plus he said it was “fresh off the wrist of a time agent” the is disgusted that it’s still on the wrist. Which means something happens to jack where he losses his (and possibly more) and becomes a head with no way to time travel and live long enough to save new new York and warm the doctor about the master.

  18. avatar Ferny says:

    I have never seen the Daleks that got away in ‘Victory of the Daleks’ mentioned in any of the teaser/spoiler articles about the two upcoming Doctor Who specials. Surely they are going to come back.

    • avatar Philip Bates says:

      Do you mean the new paradigm? They were in Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang, Wedding of River Song and Asylum of the Daleks – or at least, they’re newly-created Daleks were (such is the idea of a paradigm).

  19. avatar Andrew says:

    I’d like answers to who the mysterious old woman was and the face buried in their hands from “The End of Time”.

    • avatar Charles says:

      RTD wrote in his book ‘The Writer’s Tale’ that the old woman was the Doctor’s Mother. The others were presumably just other sensible people. Never much cared for that idea; I liked the Gallifreyan looming theory. But there you have it.

    • avatar drewboynton says:

      Supposedly, it’s hinted that this is The Doctor’s mother!

      • avatar David F says:

        It was deliberately left open to viewer interpretation. It wasn’t any kind of oversight. Much better than spelling it out as the Doctor’s mother, surely?

    • avatar Philip Bates says:

      Yeah, it was apparently the Doc’s mother, but I never got that impression. I got the impression that she was just there to be a complete waste of time…

  20. avatar David F says:

    I’m still confused by the end of The Impossible Astronaut. Amy shoots, the Doctor yells . . . and then it’s never mentioned again. Friends tell me it was dealt with in the next episode when they talked about the girl escaping from the suit, but what happened between that cliffhanger and everyone being on the run in the next episode felt like a crucial mystery (tied in with the lack of memory induced by the Silence) that would be explained return at the end of the season. And it wasn’t.

    Turns out Moffat didn’t intend to make it seem like a mystery. It just did, because he skirted over it too quickly. I think that’s one of the drawbacks of his (admittedly often excellent) frenetic pace. He sometimes doesn’t realise he’s accidentally throwing up all these questions that the viewer thinks are important.

  21. avatar dr jon says:

    Mr moffat may well be thinking of blowing up the tardis in the xmas episode and this would bring on matt smith’s regeneration. And also make the 12th dr earth bound again like the 3rd dr,and may be stuck in several storys on earth until the tardis is fixed by alien technology who the 12th dr defeats on earth.

    • avatar Philip Bates says:

      Oh, now THAT is a lovely theory. I like it, fella! :D

  22. avatar dr jon says:

    Thanks philip, I think you could get a few earth bound storys out of it as tardis spare parts would be few and far between as their are no timelords or home planet left for the dr anymore.

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