Doctor Who: the unanswered questions of the Matt Smith era

Feature Andrew Blair 10 Jan 2014 - 07:00
Matt Smith

The Time Of The Doctor answered so many of our questions, but Andrew ponders the Matt Smith-era answers we're yet to hear...

This feature contains spoilers.

It doesn't matter if you're paying attention to Doctor Who or not, there will always be questions. In fact, the more attention you're paying, the more questions you'll have. Fortunately many of these can now be answered with 'Clara did it'.

In Genesis of the Daleks, how come it will take the Daleks a thousand years to get out of a short, broken corridor? Clara did it.

In The Two Doctors, why does the Chessene look out of the window when she hears a noise rather than, say, use her telepathy? Clara did it.

Why does Turlough always wear his school clothes even though the TARDIS has a full and expansive wardrobe and they must smell like a gym bag by now? Clara did it.

Actually, scratch that last one. That's just weird.

In order of how obvious the answer is to me, here are some questions from the Matt Smith era that have been playing on our mind. And hey, while we're all here, why not add some of your own in the comments! It might even be fun.


How exactly was Clara 'born to save the Doctor'?

A turn of phrase, or a clue to something else? Are we one day going to pan away from the shot of the leaf hitting Clara's Dad in the face, and see River Song underneath a tree with a pair of scissors? Or Rassilon, free from the Time War, spitting furiously and raising his Doom Gauntlet really, really slowly again?

Is there still an element of mystery to be revealed about Clara Oswald, or will she now be free to have some character development? Jenna Coleman hopes so, according to an interview with zap2it:

"We couldn't get to know too much about her because she was a mystery [in Series 7]. It's going to be nice just to have her as a human, as a girl. There's quite a lot to explore still, I think."

Coleman's done great work so far, so hopefully a new Doctor will shed some new light on his companion. Possibly someone to talk to regularly other than the Doctor might be a help.


What happened to Trenzalore?

At the end of The Time of the Doctor the survivors of Christmas on Trenzalore were left with a town to rebuild, as their protector finished regenerating and promptly buggered off (why, oh why do they always set the TARDIS in flight before regenerating? It never goes smoothly. Notice the Master in Utopia cunningly waits until he's finished before attempting to go somewhere).

By the end of The Time of the Doctor Trenzalore was not in the same condition as the planet we saw in The Name of the Doctor, lacking a huge graveyard and a giant looming police box. It's not confirmed explicitly, but either it's still out there in the Doctor's future, still his final resting place, or time has been rewritten.

Clara asked for time to be changed, and the Time Lords involvement certainly helps make that seem more plausible. Incidentally, if this is the case, changing the events of two episodes ago, it's not actually the quickest alteration of a timeline in Doctor Who; it's beaten by the alternate 1980 in Pyramids of Mars and the Master's reign of terror in The Last of the Time Lords.


What happened to the time machine from The Lodger and Day of the Moon?
The Lodger

In The Lodger the primitive time machine was described as having 'crashed some time ago', and the Silence faction in Day of the Moon have been influencing human history to, err, build a space suit (can't help but feel there must've been an easier way). While this remains unexplained, it also doesn't feel colossally important (it might well just be a crashed Silence ship), and might only be brought back if a writer thinks of a link.


Who was the woman in the shop who gave Clara the number to the TARDIS?

This one, from The Bells of St John, may well be resolved at the end of Clara's arc, but for now it's still hanging loose. Hell, maybe the woman in the shop was another Clara, and maybe the disguise she used contained traces of lead so she died again. Other options are River Song, Tasha Lem, and literally anyone else in the universe apart from Susan, Romana and the Rani.


Who is Tasha Lem?

Besides being the Mother Superious of the Papal Mainframe, she's probably River Song isn't she? There are too many similarities for it not to be (a very forward psychopath in a relationship with the Doctor), and it makes sense for her to be in the Eleventh Doctor's last episode somewhere, so it's probably River, QED.

Only then we have to ask where the Tasha Lem incarnation fits in to River or the Doctor's timeline.


Where might Tasha Lem fit into River's timeline?

We might not find out onscreen, though we don't know what happened to River between regenerating in Sixties New York and being Mels alongside her parents in Leadworth, so it probably happened there. However, this allows for the possiblity of Tasha regenerating, and she was meant to have died. If she is River, then she could occur after Silence in the Library/The Forests of the Dead. Churches do go in for resurrection, although not usually by extracting assassins from one of their breakaway sects from a computer in the future.

Steven Moffat has said that River won't be involved from now on except for story reasons, if someone comes up with something where her presence fits. However, Moffat lies. Obviously he does. Not only has he said so, but Doctor Who isn't even real. We've checked and everything.

Of course, the possibility exists that Tasha Lem is not River.


When does Tasha Lem fit into the Doctor's timeline?

I can imagine – though I have been told I have a sick and diseased mind – the Second Doctor sitting, arms folded, huge smile on his face, as she puts an arm around him while they're watching The Muppet Movie. Then nothing at all happens. Nothing. So don't imagine that. Or that. You disgust me.

If Tasha was a member of the Church when she met the Doctor, it's always possible that he forgot about the Silence, otherwise that would have been a bit of a clue. The Doctor could also have first met her after he knew about the Silence, during one of his offscreen travels. Then cheated on River with her, as the Eleventh Doctor's went from childlike awkwardness to randy teenager towards the end of his life.

You have to extrapolate a lot doing this. No wonder most people don't bother poking at story logic.


What happens if the Time Lords come back?

This is quite a big problem. As seen in The Time of the Doctor, if the Daleks get the slightest hint of the Time Lords' return they will mobilise in force/bring one really big flying saucer. So, assuming the Doctor does manage to sneak his people back into the universe through a back door, like an eighteen year old smuggling underage drinkers into a club, what's to stop someone shouting 'Let's do the Time War again' and all hell breaking loose?

We don't even know if the Time Lords have calmed down after the whole 'Being shoved into a pocket universe' thing, or if Rassilon's still planning on turning everyone into beings of pure thought, or if the Master's still about and turning into a big jumpy skellington. Presumably there have been lots of meetings, and that bloke who keeps saying 'Doctor...who?' is getting a sore throat.

There's only one solution to my mind: TIME LORD MINISODE PLEASE.

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With the last one, what could be interesting would be if the Time Lords and the Daleks negotiate a truce, or at least some sort of Cold War arrangement though sheer necessity. Potentially more interesting than both sides engaging in mutually assured destruction again.

Don't worry, Moffat will wrap all these mysteries up with a tidy little bow in about two sentences as he normally does.

I was surprised when the Dalekx wanted to restart the time war as I thought it was wiped from their memory in Asylum.

How about this: Not the Time Lords are in a parallel/other universe but the incarnation of the Doctor we have been following for some time now.

Although we don't know when Asylum happened. He could have travelled to the future for that one.
Which has actually always bothered me... If he's always flitting backwards and forwards in time, how come all his interactions with the Daleks and Gallifrey happen in chronological order for everyone involved?

I would happily forgo answers to all the other questions if we could have a good story behind the Lodger/Silence timeship. The Silence must have stolen it from someone else for the same reason they were forced to steal NASA tech in the 60s, so whose was it?

Maybe I'm being thick, but isn't the biggest one: if the Doctor didn't die on Trenzalore, there's no longer a tomb (as you speculate above), so no white glowy thing representing the Doctor's timeline, and so nothing for Clara to jump into and save the Doctor throughout his incarnations. So all the things Clara fixed throughout his regenerations didn't get fixed? Darned timey wimey stuff, eh? Just sayin'...

I think there was a mention (blink and you'll miss it) that they got the memory of the Doctor back after scanning Tasha Lem's mind. Not sure if it was the whole Time War that was ever deleted in the first place, just the memory of the Doctor is how I remembered it at the time.

True, but all those problems she fixed were created by the G.I. jumping into the white glowy thing which he also couldn't do if it didn't exist so essentially the Doctor's timeline is back to how we saw it in the series.

But that still doesn't explain how Clara hasn't vanished from the Doctors timeline, seeing as he only met her in the first place as a result of her jumping into his time stream.

Actually, I don't understand the question. If anyone other than the Doctor (and River Song) knows the real name of the Doctor, it's the Time Lords. And why would knowing his real name make a ha'porth of difference to them. The question, based solely on a play with the words of the series' title, makes no sense. Of course if it wasn't a question but a summons, that would work better. They are calling the Doctor to release them from their bubble universe. But hey, we have had two seasons going on and on about the doom-laden question, so it has to be a question, I suppose.

Tidy little bows are cool.

The proper normal Clara he met as a result of her calling him on the phone. His memories of the other Claras survive for the same reason Amy's memories of Rory survived.

They knew the answer. They needed to know that the person on the other side of the crack also knew the answer - the question served as proof of his identity.

Another key unanswered question is 'why is such a talented and imaginative writer like Stephen Moffat unable to write a decent, well-rounded companion?' Clara was meant to be so interesting and she's had next to no character development at all.

Like the massive Silence Will Fall mystery, you mean? What a waste.

Okay, so it probably belonged to the Kavarian Chapter and was how they went back along the Doctor's timeline. Better question: where did it go after The Lodger?
It intrigued me ever since I saw that story and I'll never rest until it resurfaces. It's too good to throw away.

Sally Sparrow was pretty good but ... um ... well you know. (The whole debate about whether she even counts ... not going to go there).

I think the Tasha/River theories are a stretch, meself. It didn't occur to me she was River at all during ToTD.

A lot of these theories are Donna's ring all over again (no snickering at the back please)..

Who's been 'cheating' (in so much as you can with a currently fictional concept) with Time Travel and cause and effect for a while. When The Doctor takes Sarah Jane back to a Sutekh ravaged 1980 in Pyramids of Mars, Sarah's still there. But based on that future, Sarah shouldn't exist at that point.

The show's been wibbly wobbly long before Moff came along.

I thought it was full of very unsubtle hints that Tasha could well be a River before 'Our River'. As clear as something can be without actually confirming it and still with enough dots left un-joined that it could be dropped. "You've been fighting the psychopath in you all your life."

As a companion Clara worked best in her very first episode when she was a Dalek. As a genius in that episode it was wonderful seeing her riffing off the Dr. It 'a far less convincing coming from a Victorian Nanny or a teacher at a sink London Comp. It 'd been downhill from there. The impossible girl thing was fun when we saw or the old Drs but utterly implausible when you actually thought about it. Moreover, she's doesn't behave or react like a normal person (apart from her little plot saving sobs) in any of the episodes. Early Rose (before she became insufferably cocky) all of Martha (apart from that awful freelance bit with Ricky) and all of Donna and Wilf felt like real people swept up into a fantastic life. Rory was the best 11th dr companion for that (plastic roman auton aside) Clara, like Amy does not ring true. A huge rewrite is needed of her character or else a new companion.

Blimey - i think I'd better go and watch it again. Or have a little lie down in a dark room - I feel a timey wimey headache coming on…

I get the feeling Tasha Lem was supposed to be River Song before commitments meant Alex Kingston couldn't be in Time of the Doctor. A lot of her dialogue is just stock 'River' phrases, as well as a lot of the dialogue aimed at her being stuff people usually say about River. If this is the case, then Tasha is quite a lazy re-write on Moffat's part...

How about this one: if the Capaldi Doctor was only possible as a result of the Time Lords giving the Doctor a new set of regenerations, and he didn't get those until the Smith Doctor was about to die of old age, how come the Capaldi Doctor showed up to help hide Gallifrey in the Day of the Doctor? I suppose the easy answer is the Capaldi Doctor has a time machine, but still. Does that mean that the Smith Doctor knew, at the Day of the Doctor, that he'd be getting more regenerations, because one of them turned up? And it's all a bit circular isn't it? If Capaldi Doctor hadn't helped, they couldn't have hidden Gallifrey, and if they hadn't hidden Gallifrey, the Time Lords couldn't have granted more regenerations (which made the Capaldi Doctor possible). Bibble.

I read on a bleeding cool board the River Song theory. I honestly think, and desperately hope, it's just wishful thinking. I wasn't a big fan of Alex Kingston hamming it up in that role, but I just think that character is done. It would be a mistake making every strong woman that appears in Doctor Who and has a history with him, and that we don't know about, River Song. He's got this rich history, and introducing characters that know him from some past adventure adds to his myth/legend whatever. I see no compelling reason at all for her to be River and I would expect, if she were, that the Doctor would have known and called her River at some point.

But the Doctor would still never have instigated his search for normal Clara in the first place if he hadn't met her two previous selves. But then again Clara still rand him up and that can still have happened, I suppose this all comes back to that mysterious woman in the shop....

Wouldn't be the first time the show has included a bootstrap paradox. Especially during 11's era.
My guess regarding Capaldi's appearance would be that 11 was too busy to notice the 13th TARDIS show up. My big question there is, why did 12 feel the need to show up at all, and then why didn't 13, 14, etc also join in?
How's that headache coming along? :D

And again, the fact that time travellers can apparently retain their memories from alternate timelines.

I'm gonna go speculate on Sherlock stuff - much easier - no flaming' time travel ;-)

It was just like the alternate timeline in Fires of Pompeii. I like to think of it as multiple transient timelines co-exist until a series of actions play out (for argument's sake, call it the present or relative now i.e what we're seeing on screen), finally selecting the dominant timeline (in that case, non ravaged Earth that Sarah came from if the Doctor won, which he did, or devastated Earth if he did not). Then there's the one with Matt Smith and Winston Churchill in an alternate (but temporary) future? present? or whatever that was. There's been plenty in Doctor Who which are transient until someone fixes things.

Well, at least until the next time someone stirs up the timelines anyway. No wonder they need Time Lords, Time Cops, Time Agents and so on.

Another thing : If Matt Smiths Doctor was destined to be the last regeneration, then how come he started to regenerate in The Impossible Astronaut, after River shot him ?

Bloody good question, that.

Um, wasn't that the Tesselecter?

Bloody good answer.

One of the simplest explanations for Tasha Lem is that she's just someone else he knows that we've never seen before. After all, what we see on TV is just edited highlights of the Doctor's whole life, there's lots of things he does that we don't get to see on screen (*cough* 8th Doctor *cough*).

Did anyone else know that Tasha means born on Christmas in Russian ( short for Natasha) and Lem means child of god in Jewish.

"Let's do the Time War again!"


It really dosen't matter if the Time Lords return and the Daleks gather for a mass attack as we now know that a regenerating Time Lord can take out a Dalek mothership.

All they need are a few "suicide" regenerators and they'll win.

She thought '**** this, I'm off to Hollywood'.

The Lodger / spaceship question was bugging me for ages. even after TotD - however having watched Day of the Moon again recently, when they go and rescue Amy from the Silence time ship, the doctor mentions Accerman Road and the unexplained crashed spaceship and then says 'I think I'm about to find out', so presumably this is hinted at as the explanation (although this is a bit sloppy to be honest - I would have definitely preferred a longer answer on that one).

The past doctors forgot the future events, so as doctor 13 is from the 12th future it is possible that bit was forgotten by Matt as the time lines straightened out as it was from his future

If the dalaks hate everyone and are technologically unchallenged in the universe why isn't a lot of the universe smouldering rubble? Seems strange they are chilled out but would kick off again if the time lords came back. Also I was a little disappointed with time war weapons. I was expecting teleporting black holes, time torpedoes that time shift and interrupt your grandparents so you are never born. Universe fabric shredding energy balls. Really exotic stuff. Instead, laser guns and rocket launcher laser guns and in a pinch bash em with a TARDIS. I didn't
realise how close humans are to building the top weaponry in the universe. :-)

Tasha Lem is Space Jesus?

(Well, now that I think about it I guess she did come back from the dead *and* is still head of the Church ...)

The above is what I've always thought about Clara and Amy. As you say, when Rose came along she seemed a realistic depiction of a 'normal' person who suddenly becomes involved in the Doctor's life. The same was slightly true of Martha (although Freema Agyeman's acting left a lot to be desired - I'm still cringing at the bit in 'The Doctor's Daughter' where she wails and cries as the Hath dies. Truly awful.)

Amy Pond's story started out as interesting, and she seemed a credible character - but her and Clara show very little wonder or awe at being shown alien worlds/fantastical situations for the first time - they both just react like someone's surprised them with a weekend away in Venice. Any attempts to show wonder just come across as unconvincing.

Amy, in particular, soon just became one-dimensional - an attractive girl written to be 'sassy' - all gurning facial expressions, rolling eyes, and annoying soundbites ("...PAISLEY BOIIIIIIIIIIIIII...."). She also couldn't act very well - at least at first - any attempts at showing emotion at Rory dying (repeatedly) were just to start rocking and whisper 'bring 'im back' over and over.

In addition - every time anything went wrong she turned on the Doctor, getting angry and blaming him, and taking NO responsibility for the choices SHE made. Best example of this is where she picked the wrong room at the 2 streams facility and blamed an accident on the Doctor. Crazy.

That turned into a bit of a rant....but Clara is very similar, with no real character development, and acts implausibly confidently in many situations - hopefully she'll become a bit more 'real' and less' leaf-girl' in the next series...

There was a line in Let's Kill Hitler where the Doctor is dying and he says to the TARDIS, "Better regenerate then", to which the TARDIS says something along the lines of Regeneration offline"; so at that point he seemed to think he could still regenerate.

And didn't he wonder who the other bloke in the Tardis was that showed up to help him move Gallifrey in day of the Doctor?

Lem is Mel backwards

Finally, someone else who isn't totally in love with Amy :) I liked Rory a lot, but Amy was a grade-A brat. I punched the air with schadenfreude when the angel got her ;)

None of these things are meant to be explicitly answered on screen, they're either implicitly explained or left up to hardcore fan interpretation (because no-one else cares). No other show is held up to closer scrutiny and no other show is less deserving of said scrutiny. The only thing that's changed is that Moffat holds it to almost as much close scrutiny as many fans. You try doing that WHILST writing compelling drama.

It might be a unresolved plot line from the 10th Doctor, but hasn't he got a daughter running around somewhere out there? (OK, he married her in real life, but that doesn't count.) Stephen Moffat really wanted her to survive the episode, so what's he going to do with her?

A far more plausible scenario regarding River and Tasha is that Tasha was the prototype/model/inspiration that Madame Kovorian used as a "template" when building/designing/engineering River Song. River, after all, was engineered to be this "perfect sociopath," so who better to base her personality traits on than Madame Kovorian's former boss Tasha Lem?

Credit to the wonderful Verity! podcast for this theory!!!

The final question is the only one I care about in the slightest, while the rest can preferably be left ignored so that Capaldi can begin his tenure without excessive baggage. I am very doubtful that the Time Lords would suddenly turn good after the events of "Day of the Doctor" and it seems very naive of the Doctor to assume that the Time Lords would come through in peace this time. My guess is that they will be just as angry at having been exiled from the universe this time as they were before, while their desperation to get out might make them even worse. Giving the Doctor a new set of regenerations is mostly an opportunistic thing to do, but if they grow too impatient to wait for the Doctor they will most likely try something more devious to get through.

Yep. Loved Rory but not so keen on Amy. Why does the Doctor always have to have a female companion anyway?

Has there ever been a satisfactory answer as to how the Doctor and Clara got out of his time stream after The Name of the Doctor?

It was established in the 6th Doctor story, "The Twin Dilemma," that Time Lords can attempt to regenerate a 13th time, in vain, but that it will result in their death.

Also, Tesselecta!

If there was more to Tasha Lem then we'd have Moffat dropping red herrings and creating an aura of mystery. There is none of that with Tasha Lem, she's as much of a straightforward character as Vastra, Jenny or Strax, and had a full introduction (Moffat is quick with introductions and backgrounds, but he knows not to waste valuable screentime). Besides, why would he bother making another incarnation of River when there's a perfectly good Alex Kingston.

Good point--maybe the 8th was making the "sexy time" with Tash

It was hinted in time of the doctor that tasha lem knew a previous dr. The opening line is something like "you've got a new face"

Question:in "The Pandorica Opens"river is trapped in the tardis before it explodes, she tries to get out but she opens the door onto a wall of stone. Why? where did that come from?

I was thinking more along the lines of the fact there's a great big gaping hole between the very start and the very end of the 8th Doctor on screen as things currently stand but that also works too.

That's a poser as well.
How about this then: 11 did think he had a regeneration left at that time, because he'd been hoping the metacrisis didn't count. Years later (in his own timeline) he's reading the fan comments on Den of Geek and realises to his dismay that he must have used up his last one.

(*cough* 8th/Tash on-screen sexytime plzkthx *cough*)

Oh for the days when the Doctor used to say "I'll explain later..." ;o)


Yeah he has lived a lot longer in the Matt Smith body too, I was curious when he dismissed the Silence as priests it does suggest that he met Tasha sometime after the wedding of River Song as he didn't know what they were before that episode.

only 11 can remember meeting 10 and War Doctor, so maybe only 12 remembers showing up, but for some reason knows he has to show up at that moment in time.

Tasha lem was originally going to be river song but they changed the character after she had been written, to someone new. That's why she's exactly like river.

I blame this for the fact that I've had a persistent mental image all day of Richard O'Brien dancing with a bunch of pirouetting Daleks.
A pox on both your houses, Mr Blair. :)

I'm thinking that at that point in the writing process Moffat hadn't come up with the War Doctor yet and was still hoping for Ecclestone to return for the 50th (if he had even planned that far). Ecclestone's no-show necessitated a regeneration-gobbling 'new Dr' we hadn't heard of, and hence the whole limited regen thing had to be dealt with in the Xmas special. I'm thinking that had Ecclestone been gracious enough to show up for the special (spot the sour grapes on my part), we'd have had a whole series (or several) of the next Dr knowing he was more vulnerable than usual having used up his regenerations. Which would have been nice.

Peter Capaldi is really Christopher Eccelstone and Tom Baker morphed to together for the new series..................honest.

I don't doubt that Moffat simply hadn't thought that far ahead. It's just nice to try and keep fictional universes consistent in themselves to continue suspending disbelief. :)
And I share the disappointment (at the same time as I respect the decision) that Eccleston refused involvement in the Special, but I don't see how it has any bearing on the Doctor's regenerations. The 9th Doctor existed (and his TARDIS was present at Gallifrey) regardless of whether or not we see his face. He hasn't been retconned out of the story.

Why were there no ducks in the pond?

'Let's do the Time War again'


...although he states that he has regenerated a few times since they last met...

Maybe he just wanted an open thread for jut in case. I did like the fact that the episode "The Doctor's Daughter" had two Doctor's daughters involved, plus a son a couple of episodes later...

The one thing that I can't help seeing as not just a mystery, but a glaring mistake, is if Matt Smith's Doctor has known this was his final incarnation for so long, a fact which explains his reluctance to face his fate in The Impossible Astronaut/Wedding of River Song, how the hell did he know to invite Peter Capaldi's Doctor along in The Day of the Doctor?
I'm open to explanations if anybody wants to provide one, but I felt cheated after watching The Time of the Doctor. I had intended to go back and watch the trilogy but this galring error and failing to see the Doctor and the TARDIS come to an end on Trenzalore has somewhat put me off. There's nothing left for me to learn by rewatching now since it just doesn't make sense.

I would argue that even if the Doctor knew it was his final incarnation at that point, inhabiting the Tesselecter he had just asked them to fake a regeneration by putting on a light show since nobody else knew it was his final life. What doesn't make sense is if he knew he was on his final incarnation, how did he know to invite Peter Capaldi along in Day of the Doctor?

Very nicely written, Andrew :)

They hadnt written in the War Doctor at that point though, they were still hoping to get Ecclestone

Nicely written article. I enjoyed reading that a lot. Fantastic.

Yeah, he thought so because, like us, he'd forgotten about David Tenant's vanity regeneration.

Now, that's an episode just waiting to be written!

Tasha Lem is almost an anagram of That's Mel.

Double hmmmmmmm

Rory's dad was the best 11 companion. Someone truly in awe of all they were experiencing.

With the Time Lords back in the equation somewhat, one thing I wonder is, have they developed/rearmed/rebuilt in the time since they were put in the pocket universe?

If time elapses in their universe at the same rate as it does in the series universe, than several hundred years have elapsed since "The Last Day of the Time War". This would give them a significant amount of time to regroup from the bad situation they were in. Gallifrey wouldn't necessarily be that weak coming back.

There's a question of resources though to consider. If Gallifrey was sent "by itself" to a pocket Universe that had no other planets or resources, that's a big problem. It also begs the question of just how it could exist without a star/sun. The Day of the Doctor episode clearly showed it was only Gallifrey being impacted, and not the whole Gallifreyan star system.

Here's another question: When exactly did River get the modified sonic screwdriver featured in the Silence in the Library / Forest of the Dead 2-parter?

I really hope nothing to do with Tasha Lem ever crops up in the show again. I know there were a couple of lines that vaguely implied a connection to River, but good grief, that once promising and interesting storyline has been returned to again and again and crossed over itself and complicated itself and broken its own rules plenty of times. I guess those lines are fun for people to speculate over, but I'm very firmly of the mindset that Tasha Lem is a different character and I hope the River chronology isn't made even more needlessly nonsensical for no reason.

Also, the fact that Tasha in this episode wasn't familiar with this incarnation would imply this is the first time she met Smith's Doctor, which directly contradicts what we know - if it was River, it would have to mean it's before she became Alex Kingston in "Let's Kill Hitler," at which point she was still programmed to kill him, so there's no reason for their apparent long history of friendliness here.

The Day of the Doctor implied that the pocket universe they put Gallifrey into worked on the same principle as the paintings, in which people were frozen in a single moment, so presumably no time has passed since the planet disappeared. Otherwise we're to assume that the three Doctors spent hundreds of years waiting in that painting before emerging in present-day London to confront the Zygons.

The whole sudden admission of his being the final incarnation frustrates me, to be honest. There are multiple instances (Let's Kill Hitler, even as recent as Nightmare in Silver) of Matt Smith referring to the possibility that he could regenerate, plus the almost-regeneration in The Impossible Astronaut and the use of regeneration energy to heal River in The Angels Take Manhattan. There are probably feasible explanations for why all of these could happen, but it does seem to suggest that the reveal of Smith being the last wasn't part of any carefully considered plan but a last-ditch attempt to resolve a potential problem caused by the addition of the War Doctor. It just feels a bit like Moffat suddenly realised after writing Day of the Doctor that adding John Hurt potentially caused problems with canon so decided to sort it out in one hastily written episode even if it seemed to go against a lot of what he'd written or overseen up until that point.

Meanwhile, the old who fans still want to know what decade all those Unit stories actually took place in.

Maybe it was just a general "Doctors Assemble" distress call and CapaldiDoctor came ...?

What annoys me is that, even with the War Doctor being added to continuity, Moffat could easily have explained away both the War Doctor and the Meta-regeneration. In fact I thought that was what he was doing in 'The Night Of The Doctor'; as through old Eightie drinking that potion I thought the Sisterhood of Karn were artificially inducing a regeneration rather than using up one of the Doctor's natural ones. As with the Meta-Crisis, surely all you have to say is that since it was aborted halfway through it didn't use up a whole Regeneration cycle, and therefore doesn't 'count?'
To me, and I think this is the inherent problem with regeneration stories, it just seemed to be a vain attempt to manufacture some tension in the story even though the audience at home already know that The Doctor is going to be fine. It didn't work particularly well with the Tenth Doctor's similar preoccupation ambiguous prophecies, and it didn't work particularly well here. All it did was hastily denounce a well entrenched aspect of Doctor Who lore in about 20 minutes flat.

Hi, can I raise a point from the classic show on this, I remember Davidson's version being 'out' of regenerations for some reason and a special being of light (or something) merged with him to allow for it. so ever since THEN I always understood the regenerations reset ... I may have misunderstood but for THAT reason, I thought the final one a non-issue! (for a while yet!!)

Doctor Who needs some female writers on the staff. If every episode is 40% female, but with zero female writers, the "companions" are getting pretty strained in terms of characterisation.
You can't always equate sexual precociousness with a rounded character. As others have said, Amy and Clara just come off as socially peculiar - they can't react like normal people to "HOLY BALLS ALIENS" because they're too busy belittling the Doctor and finding him hot also.

I liked Donna and Rose.
Martha was ok but Freema Agyeman isn't much of an actor.
Amy, River Song and Clara are basically the same character, except Clara is a bit more alien.

I suppose Mickey and Rory are the same person too, really.

like the article writer above, my first response was "He is cheating on River" or that somehow the actors were substituted so you could be right Rhys!

Tasha Lem doesn't recognise the Eleventh Doctor's face, but it's the first Doctor River sees. River wouldn't make sense as Tasha, Tasha isn't River Song. Besides, she's got enough on her plate being the Papal Mainframe. And dead.

I agree, she's just Tasha.

None of the Time of the Doctor makes sense to me, The 11th Doctors era is a bit of a mess for me. I hope Capaldi's era is better.

But how does River know the doctor's name?!

Although, Moffat could have essentially done the same storyline with Paul McGann's doctor as being the one redeemed from destroying Gallifrey instead of wasting a whole regen on John Hurt 's one-shot appearance...

Doctors Assemble.... and then Bruce Banner turns up!

In this month's DWM, Steven Moffat is asked that question: "Will we ever get to see how the Doctor and Clara escaped his collapsed timestream on Trenzalore?"
Moffat: "He turned around and walked out again. But frankly it would have been clearer if Matt hadn't hurt his knee rather badly, and had been able to do the move."
Simple. As i've been telling people for months.

That's it - I can't hold my tongue any more: It actually really bothers me that bobsuncorp's stupid unfunny little post got more up-votes than intheshadow's truthful one.

I can see that the fans of this show really are a bunch of silly gobshites who swallow all the flawed crap Moffat spins out for them, led by their savior, their chosen one: the biggest annoying gobshite of them all, RichieC, a stupid idiot who has been yapping about Andrew Scott for MONTHS, I don't care how popular he is or how many up votes his comments get, to me he's still a stupid, arrogant, annoying little cretin who acts like he's the only person who's into this stuff and that he has some sort of special status as a fan.

"800th episode! what a milestone!" make an article about it Simon! do as I say! I'm a special superfan!" And most of the rest of you are all idiots too, for encouraging him and giving him positive reinforcement to continue on being such an annoying gobshite.

RichieC I hope you see and read this because I want you to know: You're a gobshite! You dominate the culture of the comments section on this site with your contstant references to Andrew Scott Andrew Scott Andrew Scott, and everyone else, for reasons I can't fathom, give you loads and loads of up votes every single time, so that I almost every time I scroll down, your stupid annoying comments are almost at the very top. You're a gobshite!

As for the subject of this article, asking questions like "Who is Tasha Lem" and "Who was the woman in the shop" is pointless, it should be clear now suffering through four years of Who under Stephen Moffat, that's his style, more sloppy loose ends than a two dollar whorehouse.

The ducks got sucked into the cracks in series 5. Steven Moffat did say he was going to explain at the end of series 5 but they did't have the time to show it.

They did get fixed, back when there was a white glowy thing to jump into on Trenzalore. She couldn't fix them now, but she fixed them then, so everything's peachy.

The universe's timeline isn't constant. Just as a geographical point will change as time passes, so can a point in time change as the Doctor travels. That doesn't mean a given point in space and time DIDN'T exist, it just doesn't exist any more and will never exist again. All you're doing is manipulating another co-ordinate.

I still want to know more about the company (Mopeth Jetsen, or something similar from memory) that was running the acid mine in The Rebel Flesh / Almost People. The birthing pools and the design of the acid suits screamed "Sontaran" to me; I feel like there could be a link there if anybody wants to explore it.

He didn't. That was the Teselecta faking a regeneration

Someone wasn't hugged enough as a child.

Did you forget to take your meds today?

He didn't have to invite the Peter Capaldi Doctor - he remembered where and when he had to be, in this incarnation. He just had to go back there once he regenerated (or probably once he got back his memories after regenerating).

But the Great Intelligence also wouldn't have been able to jump into the Doctor's time stream (at least not on Trenzalore), so there would be no need for Clara to fix these things. Also, the Doctor might still die in battle on Trenzalore at a later time.

The Doctor couldn't see the screens with the other Doctors on them. He probably just didn't notice the Capaldi version

So you're saying that you think that the girl in the shop was Andrew Scott and that Tasha Lem is RichieC? Bit of a long shot, but it kinda works!

to be fair it is genuinely quite annoying that the Who comment sections always get clogged up by puerile in-joke nonsense.

I always thought that the space/time ship in 'The Lodger' was a crude, failed version of the TARDIS (hence, if memory serves, it crashing and needing to reach out to passers-by in order to sustain itself) built by the Silence and their allies. The one in 'Day of the Moon' is probably similarly crude, but a different, non broken model. One fun idea I remember reading about is the idea that the Silence are in that space/time ship in 'The Lodger' - it is just no-one sees them as they are only in the ship for a brief amount of time and when they are in there, their thoughts are focussed elsewhere… (please note I said this theory was fun, not credible.)

Great article that got me thinking. And part of that thinking was about precisely why these unanswered questions have become such a big problem with the Moffat era (for some). Now, some of those questions I am fine with. Who was the Curator? I don't know, and I don't really care - it was just a joyous cameo in the anniversary special. Just like the appearance of 12 in that episode as well - as some people in this comment thread have pointed out, it doesn't really stand up to close scrutiny. But again, I can't say I am massively bothered (although I accept that this is personal preference, and can understand why it bothers others) as it was a moment when the cinema clapped and cheered for joy at the surprise.

However other questions are more important and are just left hanging or, as intheshadow points out, effectively dismissed in two lines. The one from 'The Time of the Doctor' that bothered me the most was the casual, sneeze and you won't hear it, explanation of why the TARDIS exploded in series 5. Did it answer the question? Sort of. Just. In a frustratingly brief way. A charitable interpretation might be that Moffat thought that Smith would be around for longer, so he would have more time to explain the answer more effectively or - dare we say it - actually show it. But as Smith was off, he had to close down as many plot lines as possible as quickly as possibly. Of course, a cynic might respond by saying that a truly great writer would adapt his plans even in the event of the unforeseen. An even more cynical person might say that Moffat simply forgot about some of plot strands he has left dangling throughout his time so far as the show-runner and ended up having to put a brief explanation into Smith's final episode to deal with at least some of them.

The other thought that sprang to mind is that there have been explanations to a lot of these questions, but they are either so implicit and ambiguous that they either are not detected, or simply raise even more questions. Who was Tasha Lem? River? A prototype River? Someone else? How long has she known the Doctor for? Has she always been part of the Papal Mainframe, and if so why has the Doctor not really mentioned it before given he knows its head (possibly intimately)? Is Tasha Lem going to be part of the mythology for long enough for me to care about any of those questions? Don't get me wrong, I'm all for having to think about the plots and be rewarded by repeat viewings - I don't need the plot lines spoon-fed to me (a problem with some of the RTD era stories for me). But I think sometimes Moffat sets up a intriguing question but doesn't quite get around to the interesting answer.

And I know this sounds like I am a Moffat detractor, but I am really not. I think his era as show-runner has seen some fantastic stories and some great concepts. And I know I could never write a episode of 'Doctor Who' as good as any of his (or RTD for that matter - indeed, I think Anthony Steven would be a better comparison, especially given my ability to damage laptops at the time when I need them the most). But I also get the frustration a lot feel for the question(s) being asked, and the answer being less impressive than expected...

My theory is they're all Susan substitutes.

I think the Time Lords had used up all that kind of stuff.

If only the real Chris Eccleston was this enthusiastic about Doctor Who...

Didn't he tell her when they got married?

Maybe wishful thinking on the doctors part or maybe just a case of old habits? Fatal blow just regenerate 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11 that one counts, the doctor I don't talk about and blimey I'm out.

Okay maybe they are down to throwing rocks at the Dalaks but it makes the Doctor's intervention seem a bit late. Before it's suggested the war had to be ended as the rest of the universe was becoming collateral damage, the time lords themselves viewed as badly as the Dalaks in their desire to win. If the time lords are down to lasers and only have their home planet left then seems less of a sacrifice from the Doctor. The time lords lost anyway so really just taking the Dalaks with them.

"suffering through four years of Who under Stephen Moffat" You do realise you don't HAVE to watch it right? I wasn't too fussed on the RTD era so I just didn't watch until an episode was highlighted as being particularly good. It's not really a brain aching decision to come up with.

Yo Bro, u Mad? u Mad bro?

What really annoys me is the fact that suddenly, out of thin air, the meta-crisis/vanity regeneration became a FULL regeneration. There was no real need for it, even with the revelation of the War Doctor. The whole last regen thing could have and would have been better dealt with as a ( several ) series lasting story arc rather than as a result of a cast off line. And before you start the inevitable argument that David Tennant's partial regeneration has to count as a full one, I would remind you that there is presidence for "half" regenerations that don't count towards the maximum of thirteen... Unless you seriously think a high ranking Time-Lord/Lady like Romana would frivolously throw away 3 - 4 lives just because she wanted to change her look. I'm the first to agree that Steven Moffat is an awesome episode writer but as a series controller he sucks Dalek balls big time. He keeps messing around with the mythology too much, and in a horrible, halfhearted, rushed way.

I find RichieC's comments on a parallel with being stuck in some sort of cocaine psychosis.

The woman in the shop who gave Clara the number to the TARDIS . Could that be Donna because in The day of the doctor the envelope for the conference call has chiswick for the address.

I thought there was a line in the Doctors dialogue that explained the neo-tardis' or what ever they were called. I really don't want to have to watch it again to check though as it was pretty tough sitting through it the first time!

I would LOVE to read an article that tallied up all the Moffat 'arcs' and their explanations! I personally thought that through the whole of season five that we were going to find out that Amy wasn't a real person but a constructed trap for the Dr and that was why she didn't have any character development and didn't behave like a real person! Ha!

I agree about Clara. I liked her when she was a Dalek as her character actually had some character, after that she became bland and is my least favourite companion. Rory was by far my favourite companion.

Now that I could have lived with.

Unless I need to watch it again, The Doctor and Clara are naked throughout most of Time of the Doctor? Because, he puts the filter on so they only look like they're wearing clothes to each other, and then they're zapped down to Trenzalore...and I can't think of a moment (or a line of dialogue) which says that they're wearing clothes again.
So, does he regenerate naked?

After the TARDIS materializes around them on Trenzalore, when they get out of the TARDIS again, Clara says something like: "It feels good to wear real clothes again". So, apparently they put on their clothes once they were back in the TARDIS on Trenzalore (just before they meet the couple and notice that they cannot lie).

Yes, it was the Telesecta. But what about 'The Angels Take Manhattan'? In that episode the Doctor heals River's wrist using regeneration energy... where did that energy come from if he couldn't regenerate anymore? Or is it that there's still some residual regeneration energy in a Time Lord's body at the thirteen's incarnation but not enough to properly regenerate into another body?? Or is it the same energy that River passed on to him in 'Let's kill Hitler' to revive him?? That would be an obscene lot of regeneration energy exchange.

I think I hate that "...PAISLEY BOIIIIIIIIIIIIII...." bit more than Rose saying "Mister Jefferson, SIR!" in The Satan Pit.

Amy and Rose: both overwhelmingly arrogant.

I thought he showed her he was in the tesselecta?

I watched those last 3 episodes and my only unanswered question is how do people enjoy this muck?

As a fan of the Big Finish radio shows, I'd have loved it if McGann had been allowed to salvage his canon/non-canon movie incarnation with a proper DW TV episode. We all knew they were going to have to get us over the 13 doctor hump eventually and I suppose this was as handy a time to do it as any - a landmark year, a landmark change to the myth - but let's not forget that The Doctor Lies.

There were 13 doctors - but 14 incarnations: David Tenant was, of course, there twice.

The Doctor is naked but Clara is clothed. The filter is to make Clara appear naked and the Doctor to appear, to Clara, to be clothed. So, yes. The Doctor is still naked when he regenerates. How embarrassing.

... and Clara is only naked in the re-runs of my mind ... *sigh*

For me, perhaps Moffat's biggest unanswered question is, "What's so all-fired awful about being made to live to death in another time period?" The Angels are spooky and Blink may be one of my all-time favourite episodes, but, even on first viewing, I couldn't quite get what was so horrible about being doomed to go back in time, fall in love and live happily ever after, as Sally's friend seems to have done. A little inconvenient at first, perhaps, but not really particularly nasty. Add to that the fore-knowledge that even the least educated among us would be taking back with us and you have a potentially better life prospect than you might have had before you blinked and let 'em getchya.

I don't begrudge them a bit of my time energy (particularly as it doesn't seem to do me any harm to lose it) if they force me to have a happy life in exchange.

Consequently, of course, I think of Amy's "death" as a happy ending as she gets to live her life with Rory without the Doctor putting her in danger every five minutes, and even gets herself a successful career as a science fiction writer.

I think we're expected to accept that he told her during some off-screen moment, just as we're asked to accept that every time she escapes from prison, she's going dancing with the Doc, probably in his hundred year sabbatical.


For anyone who needs an explanation for why this is brilliant, watch Matt Smith in Doctor Who and see how many catch-phrases he has amassed.

For anyone who thinks this isn't a brilliant and hilarious response, well, clearly, Doctor Who isn't on your must-see list of TV shows. You may now withdraw from the conversation...

What a shame my post was too late. Oh, well....

Then, wouldn't we have had more, and more unidentifiable, doctors who?

It's probably sloppy describing from the Doctor. Saying you can regenerate twelve times is probably just an approximation of how much regeneration energy a Time Lord has. He used a bit to fix his hand, a bit to heal River, a bit more in the Meta Crisis, got a bit back from River etc, etc Twelve might be a sort of a round approximation of the number of full beings can come from this single Time Lord Life Force thingy.

Aren't there Gallifreyans of whom some are Time Lords? Is being a Time Lord genetic, as "The Doctor's Daughter" implies, or can all Gallifreyans regenerate? Is there going to be a reformation of the House of Time Lords any time soon? Or will the whole hereditary system be abolished?

I can imagine Tasha Lem and the Sixth Doctor having a rather interesting relationship.

Permanent exile from all your friends and loved ones doesn't strike me as fun

I know what you mean; of all the fates that the Doctor's enemies have come up with, going back in time and falling in love/being with your husband is hardly the worst. I suppose we could argue that Billy Shipton and some of the inhabitants of the Winter Quay apartments didn't have such a great time in the past, but there is no guarantee that they would have had a great time in the present either. And it is interesting to note that when the Weeping Angels first came back, they were neck snappers.

And Amy's "death" was a happy end for her and Rory; it was mainly bad for the Doctor. And as the final moments of the Eleventh Doctor show, he never really got over her, but she did with him and moved on to actually live her life.

Then why would Clara comment on how weird it feels to be naked when they are on the Papal Mainframe, and later, when they leave the TARDIS, that it feels good to wear real clothes again? After they got to Trenzalore and materialized the TARDIS, there was no need to be naked anymore so they both put on their real clothes again.

Depends on your family and friends I guess but good point. And I suppose that is part of the point of the ending of "The Angels Take Manhattan."

It's probably not very much fun to have to live through WWII because you were zapped back in time by a weeping angel... except for this detail I also think of their ending as a rather happy one.

As with the Meta-Crisis, surely all you have to say is that since it was aborted halfway through it didn't use up a whole Regeneration cycle, and therefore doesn't 'count?' -

So what's to stop every Time Lord doing the exact same thing every time then?

"Oh I've been fatally wounded but rather than use up one of my limited regenerations I'll just heal myself and still have all my regenerations left."

I think we can agreed that Silence built their own time travel space ship to mess with the Doctor with 2 separate plans: to blow up the TARDIS while in flight with the Doctor in it and raise a bespoke psychopath to kill the Doctor. The crashed spaceship is likely their first test flight without Melody, to 2010 Aickerman Rd, the time and location that Melody Pond should be growing up, they crashed and all died. It appears Silence decided to go back further in time and different side of earth, 1962 Florida, to make sure they don't mess it up in their subsequent effort, hence poor Melody grew up 1960s in an American orphanage.

In terms of Silence's own timeline on time and space travelling technology, I'm think blowing up the TARDIS was before raising a psychopath to kill the Doctor. As the ganger connection via time and space appears to be more advance than actual spaceship building. What I don't get is why they would chose Amy and Rory's wedding day to blow up the TARDIS. The fact they think only the Doctor can fly the TARDIS shows that they know nothing about River Song after her killing the Doctor at Lake Silencio. How did they manage that when the Dalek knows all about her? Did Kovarian only downloaded/obtained partial information before her break away from the Papal mainframe? I think I am over-thinking it, like all Doctor Who fan...

Isn't it usual practice to change one's name as gain prestige position within the church?

Who is to say they didn't? Knowing the Time Lord's, I expect they would use any trick in the book not to use a regeneration. I always imagine that the regeneration limit was something that was artificially added to their DNA by the ancient Time Lords to stop themselves from becoming Godlike. Something which later generations probably regretted highly. Most of the time, however, I expect they couldn't because I don't imagine most Time Lords had matching genetic receptors lying about the place. Unless they all lopped their hands off within the first 10 hours of a regeneration cycle....

You know, there's this magical button at the top of the comments section. When you click it, it reorders the comments. That way, they'll sort by the order they were posted instead of which ones have the most up votes.

Or you can skip the ones with people you don't like.

Or better yet, just be polite. No need to jump down someone's throat for humorous comments someone posts on an article on a website. Seriously, is there nothing else in the world to do?

Another question from the Matt Smith era. When did the police telephone on the TARDIS door change from the old fashioned candlestick design seen in "The Empty Child" to a more modern cradle design?

Either in the episode "The 11th hour", when the TARDIS reconstructed itself after being set afire during the 10th Doctor's regeneration into the 11th (although afterwards the telephone was shown to be inside the TARDIS), or more likely at the time the Doctor redesigned the TARDIS interior some time before the episode "The Snowmen".

But the phone is on the exterior of the TARDIS which cannot change because the chameleon circuit is broken

He told Handles to remind him to wire the telephone through to the TARDIS console again (as seen in the previous TARDIS interior), instead of keeping it on the outside, which suggests that he can manually alter things belonging to the TARDIS exterior. For example, he can also change the light on top of the TARDIS, as seen in the minisode "Pond Life", and he is able to repaint the exterior (as suggested by River Song in "The Angels take Manhattan" and apparently done by the Doctor between "The Snowmen" and "The Bells of Saint John"). The change of the telephone seems to coincide with the change of the TARDIS interior: The telephone was on the outside of the 9th and 10th Doctor's TARDIS, then on the inside of the 11th Doctor's new TARDIS design, and on the outside again, with a different handset, in his second design. So I believe it happened when he redesigned the interior.

Rule one: the Moff lies :-p

I thought bobsuncorps reply was quite funny (made me breathe slightly harder out of my nose anyway). I think your rant is a bit overtop however I have upvoted you for "more sloppy loose ends than a two dollar whorehouse" which I am going to store in my mind palace for future use.

I do wonder why he didn't think to himself though, It will all be ok, because I'll come back as an older version of one of the face's I used to wear and talk to myself in a museum.

Damn my head hurts!

Are you literally retarded? Of course she isnt river song. There is no where for Tasha Lem to fit into her timeline.

PIss off you gobshite

10 Reasons why Tasha Lem is Adric

10) Adric is from E-Space. The Crack in the Universe probably leads to E-Space, which is why Tasha is guarding it.
9) Both argued with the Doctor.
8) Both can pilot the TARDIS. (Sort of)
7) Both were under control of the Doctor’s enemies as some point.
6) Tasha is against aging. She is actually a centuries old body trapped in a teenage boy’s mind.
5) Adric was a math genius. As Tasha he’s a computer geek working inside a giant mainframe.
4) Tasha has known the Doctor(s) for years. Since at least 1980 and the Fourth Doctor.
3) Adric was the first companion to hear the Cloister Bell. Cloister is another name for the life of a nun. Tasha is a Space Nun.
2) Schrodinger’s Act: Since there is very little data about Tasha Lem, and no data at all about her being Adric, we can view Tasha as simultaneously being and not-being Adric. Moreover, since the characters are fictional – and therefore bound by rules of conflict, interest and irony – as the probability of Tasha being Adric approaches 1 / Infinity, the ironic twist approaches 100%. Therefore, Tasha MUST be Adric because it would be SO unexpected.
1) “Tasha Lem, Mother Superious at Tranzalore” is an anagram of “Alzarius teen uproot-role met Earth smash”
0) And finally, Tasha Lem is NOT Adric. The above coincidences simply came from a parallel universe.

Good point. I have no answer. :)

Well that would seem extremely throw away after the dramatic build up given by that ' there's only one time I ever could [tell anyone my name]' build up in Silence/Forest.

Note: Matt Smith Played the Doctor technically for the rest of his natural life. They can have that actor back any time he wishes to play that character without the issues around previous actors' aging - he lives in Trenzalore...


Okay, first question is a Paradox, the universe brings Clara into existence so the Doctor can be saved so he can reset the universe to allow it to create Clara.

Question 2, Trenzalore has been rewritten. Thus things never happened and that means the Great Intelligence is still out there.
Question 3, The Time Machine was a bad copy of a Tardis, it was used by the Silence to learn how to control the Doctor's Tardis.
Question 4, Perhaps a future version of Clara maybe, after her time with the Doctor and one of his 'misses' has him drop her off her 20 years in the past.
Question 5,6 and 7. Doesn't matter, Tasha Lem was a way for Moffat to move the story along, she was infected with the Dalek Nanogenes and will eventually fall to them, which could lead to the Papal Mainframe falling and part of the Shadow Proclamation being taken out-we still need something to do with that and I'm guessing it'll play a big part in stopping the Time War when the Time Lords return.
Question 8, This will be a big confrontation, with possibly Rassilon or The Master leading the Council of the Time Lords still wanting blood and the Daleks being all Dalekey(sorry, I'm channelling a lot of Pinkie Pie today) it'll be up to The Doctor and the Shadow Proclamation to stop the War and get both sides to settle on peace. I know, it sounds impossible, but it will work.

I would call BS to Moffat for ignoring that, RTD did a lot of a damage to Who in his years running it.
Look at how convoluted the writing has had to get to keep Daleks in, to bring back the Time Lords, to allow false tension in a scene no-one really wanted to see.
He (in-part) created the Abzorbaloff and flagstone fellatio as well, too many fans forget that with the Tennant run.
Fact is that during the run, Regeneration Energy was used, it is an annoying that that Davis couldn't just bite the bullet and add a new Doctor on the eve of war with the Daleks on a stranded Earth, that would have been cool, but then again, he's never been one for well scripted drama. While I believe the writing can be explained, it does take a certain amount of bowing to the convoluted, take Angels in Manhattan, after River broke her wrist she was healed by the Doctor and to Rivers desperate anger about wasting Regeneration Energy.

But all of this is moot as the person to blame in this is Chris Eccleston, who wouldn't appear in the 50th because the Director of Fathers Day Boom Town Bad Wolf and Dalek wouldn't be the Director for it.

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