So Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat is apparently ready to spill the beans (or in this case, spill the jelly babies) on the Doctor (Matt Smith) for the upcoming season-seven finale. Geronimo!
*MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW*
Steven Moffat has talked about the “explosive secrets” of the seventh season’s finale, “The Name of the Doctor,” in issue 460 of Doctor Who Magazine, now out in the U.K.
The Doctor Who and Sherlock showrunner revealed (thanks to Kasterborous for this one):
We’ve only just finished shooting the actual completed ending – it’s ridiculously secret – but it’s quite a thing, hopefully,” says Steven, about The Name of the Doctor. “There’s often an element of throwing in some lovely names, and then figuring it out later, but I’ve always had a sort of plan for the Doctor and Trenzalore. Things will be resolved. Things I’ve left hanging in plain sight – and sometimes not in plain sight – will be tied up…
Doctor Who TV has also fished out some tantalizing tidbits from the magazine.
First off, there’s the episode’s synopsis:
Every journey taken by a time-traveler 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.
Then we have a quote from the Doctor taken from the finale:
THE DOCTOR: “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…”
And then there are also those very spoilery lines below:
Richard E Grant is back as Dr Simeon (“Hello again,” says the Doctor. “How’s the Intelligence – still Great?”)
Post-Library River Song returns (“Oh, I do like to watch a man think; it’s like watching a whale knit!”).
On the Doctor’s feelings for River, Moffat says: “You never quite know what the Doctor feels. I don’t think you ever should.”
There’s more snogging Moffat says there hasn’t been a “proper doom-fraught episode” in a while.
If this episode is about anything, it’s about death.
There is a funereal atmosphere, literally.
Will everyone make it to the end of the episode alive? Spoiler: no
Will we, at last, learn the true identity of Clara Oswald, the impossible girl? Spoiler: yes!
Will the Doctor’s greatest secret be revealed? Spoiler: possibly DWM doesn’t know how the episode ends, it’s that secret
After this episode, nothing will ever be the same again
Things left hanging in plain sight? Others not in plain sight? Death? But can we just add -- POST-Library River Song (Alex Kingston)? POST? Not pre-Library but post-Library. Hopefully that’s not a typo, because then this just became even more interesting.
What do you guys make of all of that?