Doctor Who series 6: the loose threads still to resolve

Spoilers lie within, as we look at what Doctor Who series 6 has left open at the halfway point, and we also have a guess at what’s to come…

Please note: there are lots of spoilers coming up if you haven’t seen A Good Man Goes To War

Given the comments that have been arriving at speed on our review of the Doctor Who mid-season finale, the vast majority of you were more than happy with A Good Man Goes To War. You can find our spoiler-filled verdict right here.

Yet, inevitably, it’s left some massive questions remaining, some of which we suspect we might just get the answer to in the autumn, when the final six episodes of series six are screened. So, here’s what we’re scratching our head over…

JUST WHO IS RIVER SONG?

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Yes, yes. She’s Melody Pond, and in turn, she’s Amy daughter. That, though, also suggests that she’s Rory’s daughter, too. But is it that straightforward? Where does she fit into the Doctor’s life, for starters? Were they married? Were they in love? How come the Doctor hadn’t been able to piece everything together some time back?

Also, is River Song under someone’s control? Is she, ultimately, friend or foe? Is she a Time Lord, and can she really regenerate, or is the regeneration we saw at the end of Day Of The Moon a ‘healing’ regeneration, rather than the full monty?

We’ll be coming to River again shortly.

HOW DID MELODY HAVE PART TIME-LORD DNA?

The simple answer that was strongly suggested in A Good Man Goes To War is that this is because Melody was conceived whilst Rory and Amy were on the Tardis. It’s quite likely that Melody is the first child ever to be conceived in the Tardis, and that’s likely to have some ramification to it.

The other options? Well, there’s the unresolved issue of The Silence, and we wonder if they have something to do with it. Let’s not forget that the mystery of Amy herself is far from solved. The Silence took her for a period of time, and then she returned (or didn’t, as it happened), and it’s assumed that they’ve had some part in all of this. But what? We’ll be coming to that later, too.

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For the sake of completeness, we should throw up the possibility that Melody is the Doctor’s child, but we do think that theory is a non-starter. Not least because it’d put the Daily Mail in a very, very bad mood. Which would be just terrible.

JUST WHO IS AMY POND?

This, surely, is one of the underlying biggies. Because the more the narrative weaves around Amy Pond, the more questions spring up. We’ve known for some time that Amy is “special”, and given who she’s the mother of, it’s clear why that might be.

But is there more to her than that? Her kidnapping, after all, hasn’t really been fully addressed yet. Because she disappeared for some time, even before she was returned in the opening two parter. Since then, she’s spent months locked away. What happened in that time? Can she remember any of it? She’s basically been a prisoner for much of the series, and there are questions as to whether her role in the Doctor’s life is even more significant than we already suspect.

It’s presumed, too, that it’s Melody regenerating at the end of Day Of The Moon. Have we completely ruled out the possibility of that being Amy?

ARE THERE TWO DOCTORS?

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At the end of The Almost People, it was left nicely open that there’s room for two versions of Matt Smith’s Doctor running around for the rest of the series. (There were last year, too, arguably.) In fact, if all concerned aren’t careful, the gangers may yet turn into some kind of get-out clause.

They’re far from at that stage now, though. Instead, the ganger Doctor is a solid plot device that might just allow Steven Moffat to weave yet more intricate narratives through the next six episodes. It’ll also help deal with….

IS THE DOCTOR DEAD?

Well, yes he is. At least one of them. Because we saw, at the start of The Impossible Astronaut, the Doctor being shot mid-generation. Which kills him. Thing is, it kills one version of him, and we’re wagering very much that it’s ganger Doctor that was actually killed. If it isn’t, then the Doctor has two hundred years of life left, in Matt Smith form only. Which should be interesting.

WHO IS IN THE ASTRONAUT SUIT?

We know that there’s been the little girl in the astronaut suit, and we now know why Amy Pond couldn’t shoot her. But it appears very much that River Song, the junior version, has shot the Doctor. Why? That’s a good question, all tied into using young River as a weapon. It would also explain the bad thing that River did, that she’s been talking about, and why she’s in prison.

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But, didn’t River fire on the astronaut suit? If so, why would she fire at a version of herself? Isn’t it possible that there’s another version of the Doctor in the suit, and that he had to ultimately, for some reason, dispose of the ganger version of himself? (with thanks to nunfa for that theory)

WHAT IS THE DOCTOR’S RELATIONSHIP WITH RIVER?

This one is a bit more complicated, because the mysteries of River Song are far from solved. Sure, we know she’s Amy’s daughter. But that doesn’t eradicate the fact that she’s been treating the Doctor as if they were husband and wife.

So, why the snogging? What about the “sweetie” comments? What is the nature of their relationship and why are they at different parts of their own timelines, with the Doctor’s knowledge of River decreasing? We’ll let you place a few guesses for that.

WHO IS MADAME KOVARIAN?

It was a little disappointing, at first glance, that the woman with the eyepatch we’ve been teased for over the course of the series turned out to be another person just out to kill the Doctor. We’re suspecting there’s more to her than that, though.

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So, who is she? Why does she want the Doctor dead? Is she in cohorts with The Silence? She’s clever, certainly, and has managed to outwit the Doctor twice. So there’s some degree of intellectual equality there. Bet she’s not The Rani, though. Or a Zygon.

Could she be something to do with the Time Lords? Might she be a future regeneration of River Song, we wonder, at a point where the Doctor’s memories of her have disappeared altogether?

We’ll be seeing more of her this series, that much seems to be clear.

WHERE DO THE SILENCE FIT IN?

Few of us believe that The Silence are gone for good, and as we’ve mentioned before, they seem to be integral to Amy’s disappearance, involved with gangers in some way, and still with a major part to play. We’d be amazed if they were teased for a series before they appeared, only to be disposed of in two weeks. They’re still causing trouble, somewhere…

WHAT ABOUT THAT MYSTERIOUS SHIP? We’re still a long way from having the strange, Tardis-alike ship from The Lodger and Day Of The Moon explained. Whose is it? Why has it appeared twice? Is it River’s? Is it something to do with the Dream Lord? Could it be the mysterious figure from The Lodger who is at the heart of lots of this?

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Right now, it’s a background detail of sorts. But there are strong forces gathering against the Doctor, and this is a hand that’s yet to be played.

WILL THE DOCTOR KILL HITLER?

No, probably not. It might be, as one commenter, Tatsky, pointed out, one of those moments, though, where the Doctor gets a chance to kill him and decides he can’t. Else, it’s the basis of a philosophical question that draws parallels with some of the Doctor’s current problems. That, or someone’s just having a lot of fun coming up with episode titles. Or: all of the above.

HOW OLD IS RIVER SONG?

Are we to believe that she’s older than the Doctor? Or younger? Couldn’t tell you. But might this be important in the grand scheme of things?

WHY WERE THERE OMEGA SYMBOLS AT DEMONS RUN?

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Ah, this is more like it. If you’re looking for clues to narrative threads we’ve not been told about yet, then take a look closely during the Demons Run sequences in A Good Man Goes To War. Because you might just spot the symbol for Omega (which did appear last series, too, we’re being told). More to the point, we might just be seeing Omega’s army.

Omega, in Doctor Who history, is one of the founding fathers of the Time Lords, who also developed the Hand Of Omega, that two factions of Daleks, with the help of Mr Bronson from Grange Hill, battled for in the Sylvester McCoy adventure Remembrance Of The Daleks.

The Hand Of Omega is a massively potent weapon that can remotely manipulate stars. We wonder if it could even put cracks in the universe.

Our guess, nonetheless, is that Omega is this series’ big villain, the one that’s yet to be revealed.

HOW COME RORY DIDN’T DIE IN A GOOD MAN GOES TO WAR?

Good question. He’s died in most of the other episodes, as you can read about here.

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COME TO THINK OF IT, WHERE DOES ALL THIS LEAVE RORY?

Is it just us that are increasingly thinking that Amy and Rory’s marriage is doomed? Throughout series five, Amy wasn’t particularly nice to Rory. for starters, and when she was nice in series six, it turns out it wasn’t her anyway. Where does the fact that he’s possibly River’s dad leave things? Is he still, actually, doomed? Or is he dead already?

WHY IS THE DOCTOR TURNING NASTY?

We loved the Captain Runaway speech in A Good Man Goes To War, and it hints that the mind of the Doctor is heading to some darker places. We noted a few times throughout series five that Matt Smith was capturing the grumpy nature of Patrick Troughton’s Doctor well, but that’d been relaxed for a while. Now, it seems to be back, but darker than we’ve seen it in a long time. There are a couple of moments of destruction and meanness that seem out of character for the Doctor. Perhaps it’s because he clearly knows now about his apparently impending death…

REMEMBER THE INJECTION?

We’ll quote Den Of Geek reader fifhteenth, here: “In Time of Angels River gives Amy an injection saying it’s for the radiation, then telling her that she lies – well I think that River is making it possible for herself to be born as a Time Lord/thing through that injection. Remember she is wearing an Omega motif, the same as the army who has stolen the baby!”

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WHERE DOES LORNA BUCKET FIT IN?

As we noted in our review of A Good Man Goes To War, Lorna had had contact with the Doctor before, and was looking as if she was a pivotal character, before she died. So, who was she, exactly? And have we seen the last of her?

HOW DID THE TARDIS BLOW UP?

We’re still no closer to finding this out, but we do know it’s coming. It’s perhaps the big thread from series five that’s not been touched on yet. Maybe if that Omega rumour turns out to be true, it might be related to that?

CAN WE GET SONTARANS IN MORE DIFFERENT JOBS?

Because the Sontaran nurse was just golden.

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OUR ULTIMATE PREDICTION?

Omega is coming. Rory is going.

Now, it’s your turn. Leave your theories in the comments…