Writer’s note: This is a speculation/anticipation post for the second half of Season 7 of BBC’s Doctor Who. It will contain ***spoilers for earlier episodes of Season 7*** and all previous seasons of the Doctor Who reboot…and other wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey goodness!
I didn’t find Doctor Who until a few years ago, and like any person new to a show, I sat down and watched every season available in one fell swoop. I started out with the end of David Tennant and transitioned into Matt Smith as my Doctor and my Doctor he shall remain—although I love David Tennant (I know it’s practically sacrilege to say otherwise). As I mentioned in my post on love with a Time Lord, Matt Smith’s tenure as the Doctor was a return to older Who episodes. He wasn’t in love with anyone; it was just good ol’ adventures and fun companions—most notably the aggressively-Scottish Amy Pond.
For those of you who haven’t caught up on the most recent season, there are two pivotal episodes, here’s a quick synopsis.
When the season began in September, we knew Amy and Rory would leave the show as companions and the new companion (played by Jenna-Louise Coleman) would be coming in at the Christmas Special. Imagine my shock when, behold, Coleman appears in the first official episode of the season as the charismatic “Soufflé Girl,” Oswin Oswald.
Oswin, after the horrifying realization that she had been turned into a Dalek, hacked into the Dalek system and erased all mention of the Doctor in order to help in his quest to become less conspicuous among his enemies. It was with the last shred of her humanity that she was able to do this, and amazingly saved the Doctor and his companions when they escaped the exploding planet where the Daleks kept their most insane citizens (and that’s saying something for the Daleks!). After this episode there were many “what the hell”s and “how is Moffat going to make this work”s since we knew Coleman would be coming back in December as the newest companion.
The next few episodes followed the Monster of the Week pattern Who became famous for until Amy and Rory’s goodbye. To sum up “The Angels Take Manhattan,” (quickly, I promise!) Amy, Rory, and the Doctor are visiting present-day New York City where the Doctor is reading a pulp novel. All of a sudden the novel starts sounding like a familiar companion of the doctor’s. Hello, sweetie, it’s River Song!
While I love River, dangerous situations tend to follow her. The Doctor and Amy go after Rory, who has been taken by the Angels to 1938 New York where every statue—even the Statue of Liberty—is an Angel!
Cut to the end of the episode. Angels are pulling men into 1938 New York, only to watch themselves die in a bed. Rory and Amy sacrifice themselves hoping they can break through the cycle. The theory was that if Rory killed himself in 1938, he couldn’t go back in time again to live and see himself die…because he’d be dead… This plan works, unfortunately, this wasn’t the end and Rory is “killed” by an Angel again and Amy touches the same Angel in order to follow Rory and live to death with him in the past.
After Amy and Rory left us in this tragic and heart-rending episode, the Doctor isn’t really the same. He’s depressed and living in the clouds of 19th-century London, convinced not to be a hero anymore. One day he’s followed by non-other-than…wait for it…Oswin Oswald! She’s now a cheeky barmaid/governess who follows the Doctor into his cloud.
This episode features snowmen trying to take over the world, a grumpy old man with major childhood issues, and a Sherlock Holmes reference. The important thing we need to realize is that we find out that Oswin/Clara actually reincarnates, thus explaining her presence in the distant futures and the 19th century.
This revelation means one thing. Doctor, you got a lot of explaining to do! What will the rest of Season 7 hold? Here are a few things we do know:
- Recently in an article in Huffington Post, Matt Smith, who plays the 11th incarnation of The Doctor revealed this would be his last season, with his regeneration happening in the Christmas 2013 episode.
- Madame Vastra and her wife/maid, Jenny, will return in episodes 12 and 14, whose most famous line “Hello, I am a lizard woman from the dawn of time and this is my wife” pretty much sums it up. Add in a samurai sword and prehensile tongue and we’re going to be in for a good time.
- River Song will make an appearance in the season finale. If her husband is about to regenerate, we know there’s no other place she can be but by his side!
Things I’m hoping to see more of in the rest of Season 7:
- The big mystery of the season is obviously going to be “Who is Clara Oswald?” We know that she has regenerated at least twice. Is it a reincarnation thing? Is she part time-lord (but a different breed?)? The Doctor knows Clara has no memory of her previous lives, he knows she’s impossible, and “she’s the only mystery worth solving. Who knows what will come, but whenever the Doctor says something is impossible you know it’s going to be good!
- The return of classic monsters. Without the Daleks (although how many times has the Doctor gotten rid of the Daleks now?). The trailer for the new season shows Cybermen coming back to the planet and the best news, Neil Gaiman pens this episode. His last episode, “The Doctor’s Wife”, was brilliant and one of the best of the series.
- We can’t forget that with the second half of the season comes the auspicious 50th Anniversary episode. My hope is this will bring about some of the old nemeses of the Doctor—there’s been talk of the return of his most famous nemesis, The Master.
- In the trailer, Matt Smith, not in his usual bow tie and tweed, says, “I am the Doctor and I am afraid.” What scares the Doctor? Usually it’s when things are out of control. Very little is usually out of his control but when he can’t explain away his newest companion and some of his old nemeses are back, well, maybe there’s a lot to be afraid of!
What are you looking forward to? The trailers and clips have had my heart (only one, unfortunately!) all-aflutter, and I can’t wait to see what this season brings!
Jennifer Proffitt is a Midwest transplant to New York City. She spends most of her time reading and writing about romance, but you can follow her other adventures on Twitter @JennProffitt. She works for Heroes and Heartbreakers and Criminal Element.