A Doctor Who finale is a momentous occasion. And if writer/executive producer Steven Moffat holds true to his promise, Saturday’s seventh season finale, “The Name of the Doctor”, is going to be epic.
Some American fans received the season seven Blu-ray box sets early because of a production error. But “Whovians” aren’t a group of fans that like to spoil things, so unless you purposely went digging, the episode’s secrets are still waiting to be discovered on Saturday. It helped that BBC Worldwide promised a special surprise if fans kept the episode’s revelations off the Net.
“We are asking fans who may have the discs not to divulge plot details so that fellow fans who have yet to see the episodes do not have their viewing pleasure ruined,” the company said. “If everyone keeps the secrets safe until next Saturday, we will release a special new clip featuring material of the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors!”
I stayed strong, refusing to spoil this Doctor Who finale for myself, and am eagerly awaiting the episode as much as you. No spoilers about the plot here. However, I will take some educated guesses as to what the episode will contain, using hints from previous episodes, the official episode description, and statements from Moffat himself. If you don’t want to know anything besides the name of the episode, don’t read any further!
Moffat has said that the finale is “full of surprises and questions that have never been answered in the history of Who, including the Doctor’s greatest secret.” This brings to mind the words spoken by Dorium Maldovar to the Doctor at the end of “The Wedding of River Song”: “On the fields of Trenzalore, at the fall of the eleventh, when no living creature can speak falsely or fail to answer, a question will be asked, a question that must never, ever be answered.”
What secrets could be hidden behind his name?
We still don’t know much about the Doctor’s new companion. According to Moffat, in this episode, “We’ll also find out what makes his new companion so impossible and there’s a surprise that no one has got right so far, and one that will change the course of Who forever!” Of course, it isn’t quite clear if that surprise is directly related to Clara, but we will soon find out!
Are you ready for the Doctor Who finale? What surprises do you think we can expect?
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