Ok Doctor Who peeps! Can you all help me with something? How does this episode fit with the whole “Silence will fall when the question is asked” plot line? And what made the TARDIS explode at the end of season 5? Sometimes I think I need annotations for this show!…
So, here’s what I’ve been able to process so far: When the Doctor says his name at Trenzalore, the tomb opens and the Great Intelligence gets access to his timeline, thereby reversing all the times he stopped people (ie the Dalek emperor) destroying the universe. Silence must fall in order to save the universe. This does explain the whole plot to have River kill the Doctor - anything to keep him from getting to Trenzalore. The Silence are good: interesting.
BUT: How would his body have gotten to Trenzalore if he had really died and been burned at Lake Silencio? We know that was a fake death - but wouldn’t this have caused wibbly-wobbly problems for the Silence’s plan?
Also, I am interested in this theory that the prophecy referred to the Doctor’s other trip to Trenzalore - it makes more sense that they’d kill him early to prevent him dying there…but hasn’t the Question now been asked? Ahhhh….my head just went timey wimey.
The cracks in time in season 5 were caused by the TARDIS exploding, which we have been lead to believe was also caused by the Silence. I’m of the opinion - and the TARDIS wiki agrees - that we still don’t really have an explanation for this.
But hey - Moffat just gave us closure on River’s data ghost, something that has been bothering me since 2008, way before we knew that she’d be a recurring character. Not to mention that he is showing every sign of bringing back the Valeyard idea from classic Who. So I’ll try to keep faith :)
And on that note - bed?