Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi, the wonderful Michelle Gomez (Missy, aka the Master, aka the Doctor's BFF), and Doctor Who showrunner extraordinaire Steven Moffat offered up some interesting tidbits to io9 during San Diego Comic-Con concerning our beloved Time Lord's homeworld. Could they be teasing Gallifrey’s potential return to the BBC series? And could this momentous event actually happen in Season 9 or 10 (If some of you don't already know this, a tenth season was confirmed just last week)?
If you guys will recall, the last time we saw Gallifrey was in the 50th anniversary special, "The Day of the Doctor" (2013). The episode showed the last day of the Time War (amongst other things) and featured Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor, David Tennant as Doctor number Ten, and John Hurt as the War Doctor. During the carpet interview, Capaldi talked about how determined the Doctor actually is to find his homeworld and said:
"I think he does absolutely want to find Gallifrey. It’s a duty. In some ways, the Doctor is quite an old-fashioned character. He does have a recognition of duties and loyalties, but these are things that are deep-set in him. I don’t think he’ll ever feel satisfied that Gallifrey is safe until he finds it. And of course, he is still riven with guilt about what he’s put Gallifrey through."
Steven Moffat was asked why the Doctor would ever want to return to Gallifrey when things didn’t end so well (and I'm putting this mildly) between him and the High Council led by Rassilon (Timothy Dalton, Penny Dreadful) in the two-parter "The End of Time." The showrunner said:
"It’s not all horrible is it. If we’re going to be all judged by the standards of our governments, we’re all screwed, aren’t we? There are loads of nice people on Gallifrey. What about the people who worked in the kitchens? What about the people that worked on the farms? They’re not responsible for that and the Doctor would know that."
"If the Doctor does ever find Gallifrey, some people are in for an arse-kicking. But he knows—he knows!—that it’s not people like us, the sad scum of the Earth, on Gallifrey, who are responsible for the terrible crimes of the High Council. And just remember that the High Council was always sort of terrible, even on the classic series."
As for Michelle Gomez, the actress revealed that Missy absolutely knows where Gallifrey is. (The Master, played by John Simm at the time, ended up being trapped with the Time Lords and Gallifrey at the end of "The End of Time: Part Two." We still don't know how a regenerated Missy actually managed to escape what should have been inescapable.) She also talked about those beloved space pepperpots, and how the Doctor’s constant battles against them has only strengthened the Daleks:
"I think that’s a hard thing to bear. That’s why he’s such a wonderful character. He doesn’t just defeat the aliens and move on to the next [enemy], and not worry about it. He carries the psychological scars of his battles with him."
What do you think? Do you believe there’s a possibility that Gallifrey and the Time Lords could make a triumphant return on Doctor Who as soon as Season 9 or 10?
(via Doctor Who TV)