It’s no good.
You’ve consulted your handmade, chronological wall chart, engaged in a little tête-à-tête and violence with your fellow internet truth seekers and, in one last ditch effort to finally understand what exactly happened on Trenzalore, planned to pilot your own handmade spacecraft to the fictional planet before calmer hands dragged you back behind the fence and into the padded comfort of your cell.
It’s just no good.
You just can’t reconcile the fact that if the Doctor did prevent his death in Christmas special The Time of the Doctor, then why was his grave still there in the series seven finale The Name of the Doctor?
Well, unfurrow that brow my troubled friend, Steven Moffat has not only be charged with a similar line of enquiry in this month’s Doctor Who Magazine; he’s only gone and answered it too!
With a little help from a very familiar friend:
“I’ve often wondered about that. Fortunately, late one night, the Doctor turned up in person and explained it to me:
THE DOCTOR: Changing time is tricky. It’s a bit like a detective story: so as long there isn’t an actual body, you’ve got a certain amount of wiggle room – for instance, if the body has, rather conveniently, been burned on a boat in Utah. Here’s the thing: I can change the future so long as the future has not already been established as part of my own past. I can’t rescue Amy and Rory because I already know that I didn’t.
But what do I know about Trenzalore? There’s a big monument that looks very like my TARDIS. There’s a temporal fissure leading to my timeline. Maybe it’s my grave. Maybe, one day, it’s my burial ground. Maybe it is something else entirely, and we got it all wrong. Don’t know. Don’t plan to find out for as long as possible. The main thing is, Clara still jumped into my time stream, and ended up helping me through all of my life. All that is established, unchanged – but there’s wiggle room!”
So there you have it! Kind of… Sort of…
…It’s just no good.