Doctor Who the 2010 season mysteries contemplated

The blog has already reviewed The Pandorica Opens (link to review), and all the rest of the episodes of this season, this is an attempt to summarise some of the clues across the season – episode by episode – and ponder the season-so-far as a whole, and what it may mean for the final ep of the season. Note that of course plot details of everything from The Eleventh Hour to The Pandorica Opens feature…

Right at the end is a summary and some speculation, which you may not want to read – I have no idea if the speculation is correct.

The Eleventh Hour (link to review)

Themes and Motifs.

Eyes. (The Atraxi.)

Observation. (The Doctor on the green.)

People dreaming. (Prisoner Zero.)

Fairytales.

Mysteries and Clues.

The TARDIS seems to VWORP VWORP and return to Amelia in 1996, though is that Amy dreaming and hearing the noise in 2010?

Has the reason Doctor returning for Amy anything to do with that crack-shaped waveform on the TARDIS scanner that he is obviously ignoring when he is saying “no reason”? (In The Pandorica Opens he says the reason he returned was “too many empty rooms” in the house.)

That Doctor has apparently just popping to the Moon and back, but has he has in fact been away for quite a while (in his timeline), between 2008 and 2010?

Possibly significant dialogue.

“The Doctor in the TARDIS doesn’t know”

Prisoner Zero: Dreaming of the magic Doctor she knows will return to save her. What a disappointment you’ve been.

The Doctor: No, she’s dreaming about me because she can hear me.

The Beast Below (link to review)

Themes and Motifs.

Observation (the Doctor asking Amy to observe, plus the Orwellian society.)

Machine-men.

Forgetting and remembering.

Something below.

Mysteries and Clues.

There’s another red telephone box featured again after the previous story.

Possibly significant dialogue.

The girl on the TV in the lift – “This dream must end, this world must know,

We all depend on the beast below.”

The Doctor: Use your eyes, notice everything, what’s wrong with this picture.

Victory of the Daleks (link to review)

Themes and Motifs.

Forgetting and remembering (Amy and presumably rest of the people of Earth do not remember the Daleks.)

Machine-men (well, a machine-man.)

Mysteries and Clues.

The Daleks scan the Doctor in this story before more emerge from the “magic box”, and scan the Doctor again in The Pandorica Opens before they put him in the “magic box”.

Possibly significant dialogue.

“Broadsword calling Danny Boy” (swords feature in the season quite often.)

The Time of Angels (link to review)

Themes and Motifs.

Eyes (don’t blink).

Observation (don’t blink.)

Stone (the Weeping Angels.)

A monster than can turn you to stone (the Weeping Angels.)

Mysteries and Clues.

New Weeping Angels stuff compared to the story Blink – the Weeping Angels can emerge from images of Weeping Angels, and through a sustained gaze seemingly turn a person to stone (and ultimately emerge from the person?) They can also now speak with voices of dead people. Without power the angels lose their regular form, with power they look more like their regular form (that of an Angel.)

Possibly significant dialogue.

The Doctor, reading: What if we had ideas that could think for themselves? What if, one day, our dreams no longer needed us? When these things occur and are held to be true, the time will be upon us… the Time of Angels.

The Doctor: Didn’t anyone ever tell you? There’s one thing you never put in a trap if you’re smart. If you value your continued existence, if you have any plans about seeing tomorrow, there’s one thing you never, ever put in a trap.

Angel Bob: And what would that be, sir?

The Doctor: Me.

Flesh and Stone (link to review)

Themes and Motifs.

Eyes (don’t blink).

Observation (don’t blink).

Stone (the Weeping Angels.)

A monster than can turn you to stone (the Weeping Angels.)

Something below (below the ship now.)

Fairytales (“Aren’t we all?” says River, Amy in with a red hood in the forest.)

Mysteries and Clues.

The Doctor who asks Amy, in the forest, to remember, is the Doctor from a different time, a “Future Doctor”, as he is wearing a tweed jacket and the “regular” Doctor left his tweed jacket with the Angels.

Now River Song implies she is in prison for killing a future Doctor version of the Doctor – presambly this is a storyline for another season if when River and the Doc meet now her timeline progresses backwards each time?

Possibly significant dialogue.

“A forest in a bottle on a spaceship in a maze”

Angel Bob: The Angels are feasting, sir. Soon we will be able to absorb enough power to consume this vessel, this world, and all the stars and worlds beyond.

“The Doctor in the TARDIS doesn’t know”

The Doctor: Amy, you need to start trusting me. It’s never been more important.

Amy: But you don’t always tell the truth.

The Doctor: If I always told you the truth I wouldn’t need you to trust me.

Amy: Doctor, the crack in my wall. How can it be here?

The Doctor: I don’t know yet, but I’m working it out. Now, listen. Remember what I told you when you were seven?

Amy: What did you tell me?

The Doctor: No, no… That’s not the point. You have to remember.

The Vampires of Venice (link to review)

Themes and Motifs.

People being transformed.

Mysteries and Clues.

The Vampire Queen asks the Doctor to dream of her when she is gone.

Possibly significant dialogue.

Rory: After what happened with Prisoner Zero, I’ve been reading up on all the latest scientific theories. FTL travel, parallel universes.

Amy’s Choice (link to review)

Themes and Motifs.

People dreaming.

Observation (the Doctor asks Amy and Rory to notice things.)

Mysteries and Clues.

Did the Doctor actually plan any of this dream stuff?

Possibly significant dialogue.

The Doctor:  I told you trust nothing we see hear or feel. Look around you, examine everything. Look for all the details that don’t ring true.

The Hungry Earth (link to review)

Themes and Motifs.

Something below.

Fairytales (the Gruffalo.)

Mysteries and Clues.

The whole “future Amy and Rory waving in the distance” thing.

Possibly significant dialogue.

Amy: We could say hi to future us. How cool is that?

Cold Blood (link to review)

Themes and Motifs.

Something below.

People being transformed (man mutated by the Silurian)

Mysteries and Clues.

Why does the Doctor set the Silurians to awake in a 1000 years, as there will be solar flares around the Earth about that time, as decribed by The Beast Below?

Possibly significant dialogue.

The Doctor: Remember Rory, keep remembering. Rory’s only alive in your memory. You must keep hold of him. Don’t let anything distract you. Rory still lives in your mind.

Vincent and the Doctor (link to review)

Themes and Motifs.

A monster than can turn you to stone (the basilisk, not the same as the alien, but the sculpture at the church door alludes to both the alien and a basilisk, which the alien resembles.)

A monster than can turn you to stone (the statue that features Perseus holding aloft the head of Medusa at the Musee.)

Mysteries and Clues.

How much time has passed since the previous story?

Possibly significant dialogue.

Amy: Please tell me you have a plan.

The Doctor: No, I have a thing. It’s like a plan, but with more greatness.

The Lodger (link to review)

Themes and Motifs.

Something below (well Craig and Sophie are below the monster of the story.)

Mysteries and Clues.

The house in this story seems a lot like Amy’s house (with similar doors even, the door to the alien timeship.)

Possibly significant dialogue.

Amy: You cannot be upstairs. It’s a one-story building. There is no upstairs.

The Pandorica Opens (link to review)

Themes and Motifs.

Stone (Stonehenge)

Something below.

Machine-men.

A monster that can turn you to stone (the head of Medusa, which is what the Cyberhead resembles.)

Observation (the Doc not noticing Rory).

People dreaming (Roman Rory discussing dreams.)

Fairytales (good wizards and books of legends.)

Mysteries and Clues.

Is Amy really dead or just sleeping (like a sleeping princess in a fairytale), indeed like she was earlier in the story?

Whose is the voice saying “Silence will fall?” and are they the ones remote-controlling the TARDIS?

What made the landing marks on the lawn?

Where is the TARDIS when River opens the doors at the end of the story?

River left the Vortex Manipulator with the Doctor, but does he have it in the box?

Does the Doctor have a plan and has he prepared for this moment by asking Amy to remember?

Possibly significant dialogue.

“People fall out of the world sometimes, but they always leave traces. Little things we can’t quite account for. Faces in photographs, luggage, half-eaten meals. Rings. Nothing is ever forgotten, not completely. And if something can be remembered, it can come back.”

“And you asked my why I was taking you, and I told you there wasn’t a reason, I was lying.”

“What, you did have a reason?”

“Your house.”

“My house.”

“It was too big, too many empty rooms. Does it ever bother you Amy that your life doesn’t make any sense?”

“I don’t understand. Why am I here?”

“The universe is big, it’s vast and complicated and ridiculous. And sometimes, very rarely, impossible things happen and we call them miracles.”

Update 3.00 am 26 June 2010 – update to add summary and speculation.

Summary and speculation

As the motif of stone or “A monster than can turn you to stone” occurs  through the season it kind of suggests the Weeping Angels will feature in the finale. The voice in the TARDIS could be that of an Weeping Angel, using a dead man’s voice. It seems that the Weeping Angels want to “absorb enough power” to consume “all the stars and worlds” – is their plan to absorb the TARDIS power in some way?

It seems the TARDIS has been blocked by some stone – is it the stone of Stonehenge, and are the stones of Stonehenge actually Weeping Angels so without power they have completely lost their regular form?

As to how the Universe is saved, it has to be somehow Amy remembering something – it’s possible the Doctor has already been “Future Doctor”, the one with the jacket who spoke to Amy in the forest, and it would make sense that he did actually return to Amelia (1996 Amy) to tell her something that hasn’t been onscreen yet.

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One Response to “Doctor Who the 2010 season mysteries contemplated”

  1. Adrienne Says:

    Are we about to discover a fob watch in Amy’s pocket? It would be consistent with her house being a Tardis. That could be what the Doctor is telling her to remember. The Doctor’s Tardis trying to materialize inside her house-Tardis would likely cause an explosion. Could the cracks opening in time have allowed another time lord to have escaped the war?

    On a different note, I think Amy has to be the one to open the Doctor’s new prison. The story of Pandora is of course that all the evil in the box escaped (Daleks, et al) and Pandora slammed the lid shut on hope before it could escape. Amy must become Pandora and finally open the box to let hope/the Doctor out.


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