The story of how I discovered accidental major Series 7 spoilers, and a theory.
Do not read unless you’re absolutely sure you want to be possibly spoiled about Steven Moffat’s plan for the rest of Series 7, especially involving the new companion…
I was bored, so I went to the BBC Shop website to look at Doctor Who merchandise I’d never possibly afford on my own. Something caught my eye. Something I’d never seen or heard of before on the show.
Here’s a photo of it:
At first I thought it was the Eighth Doctor’s sonic, but it just couldn’t be, what with the whole “compatible with the personalise your own sonic screwdriver set.” Then, I read the item description:
With the TARDIS trapped on Earth in a Trans-temporal schism, the Doctor find himself at the centre of four time zones. As with each previous time the TARDIS generates a new sonic screwdriver for the Doctor but this time it is created in the style of each time zone, Elizabethan, Victorian, Present Day and Future London. With additional features including a ‘wood’ setting, the Doctor must try and free the TARDIS before time runs out.
At this point, I was very curious indeed. This story, about the Doctor and the TARDIS trapped in four time periods, hadn’t happened on the show before. Very interesting.
Then, it hit me.
These are accidental spoilers. Major spoilers, really. This could be a HUGE deal.
Looking back on all the set photos from filming with Jenna Louise Coleman, I’ve noticed that they all seem to be period episodes. Some are Victorian, some are in modern day. (I presume they have yet to film episodes that take place in the future or in the Elizabethan era.) This sonic screwdriver’s product description may have accidentally clued me into what Moffat’s plan is for our new companion and the rest of the season.
This season may end up playing out like Cloud Atlas. Yeah, that new Tom Hanks/Halle Berry/Matrix movie out tomorrow. Cloud Atlas is about time periods throughout history and the mysterious people who have connection between them.
I believe our new companion is actually four separate incarnations of Clara Oswin/Oswin Oswald (not Time Lady incarnations, but who knows?) connected through time and space, stuck in four different eras. The Doctor’s TARDIS gets trapped in between the four eras, and the story arc for the second half of Series 7, starting with the Christmas special, will be the Doctor’s quest to find out how and why the TARDIS and Clara have been trapped in four different eras. That’s why we’ve seen so many Victorian-era costumes and sets in our filming pics as of late. So yes, I believe Moffat is going Cloud Atlas on our asses.
I feel like the ultimate troll, knowing that I may have just discovered major spoilers that should not have been released in the first place. AND I LOVE IT. I’m relishing the fact that I know things that no one but Moffat and the DW people should know anything about.
I AM RIVER SONG.