A few more tantalizing tidbits have emerged concerning Doctor Who’s season-seven finale, “The Name of the Doctor.”
The new information comes from the episode’s synopsis as well as a quote from our beloved Eleventh Time Lord (Matt Smith) himself.
Doctor Who Magazine has unearthed the episode synopsis: there are some mild spoilers below.
"Every journey taken by a time-traveller tears a wound in the fabric of reality, and the Doctor has time-travelled more than anyone.
But the trail runs cold in Trenzalore, the one place in all of time and space that he should never go. The most dangerous place in the universe… Who is kidnapping the Doctor's friends, leading him to Trenzalore? Could the Fall of the Eleventh be nigh? Or does an impossible girl hold the key?
The Doctor's past, present, and future lives are in grave danger… and his greatest secret is about to be revealed."
If that wasn’t enough to whet our appetites for more Doctor Who goodness, there’s even this quote from the good old Doctor himself from "The name of the Doctor" which brought some shivers of excitement down our spine.
The Doctor states:
"The path I carved through time and space, from Gallifrey to Trenzalore. My own personal time tunnel, leading back to every moment I ever lived. Every step, every tear, every kiss. Even the days I haven't lived yet. Which is why I shouldn't be here. The paradoxes… very bad…"
Muchos chills here, guys.
We first heard of Tranzalore in the season-six finale “The Wedding of River Song,” when Dorium Maldovar (well, at least his head) said that the Doctor would visit that place at some point in his travels and that it would coincide with the prophecy of "the Fall of the Eleventh."
Maldovar also warned that "no living creature can speak falsely or fail to answer." And that the First Question in the universe would be asked, which is: "Doctor Who?"
If you recall, the Silence was resolute that the Doctor would never reach Trenzalore because "Silence will fall when the Question is asked."
Matt Smith said:
"With the 50th, this is going to be by far the biggest year in the history of the show. And the finale is just the start. It focuses on a pivotal moment in the Doctor's life and the life of his companion. It's a complete game changer and it all starts now."
Richard E. Grant will return as Dr. Simeon (along with the Great Intelligence, no doubt), as will River Song (Alex Kingston). There will be kissing, people will die. (Clara again? Please let it not be River Song! Though originally the title for this episode was perhaps a bit too tellingly "The Funeral of River Song." But we know how she really dies, right?) We’ll finally find out what’s up with Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman), and, according to the big man himself, Steven Moffat, nothing will ever be the same again.
What do you guys think this all means? Any predictions?