- The Doctor’s Wife is an instant classic for many reasons. The actors were all amazing and Neil Gaiman’s story managed to stay faithful to everything that is Doctor Who, but at the same give us a new way to look at it. We’ve always known the Doctor and his TARDIS are the two main characters, psychically linked and travel together. But this made the relationship fresh and at a new angle-that the TARDIS picked the Doctor because she wanted to explore and he was the most viable Time Lord to run with-kindred spirits indeed. Her return to the TARDIS home and her “silence” and saying “Hello. Nice to meet you.” And Matt Smith crying realizing this was his one chance to talk/interact with her in corporeal form was devastating. Other scifi would have her be a running hologram character but Doctor Who is smarter-once and never again. I think the message cube was a reference to the 2nd Doctor in his last story “The War Games” and how he called for help to defeat the War Lords.
- The distress signal that lures the Doctor is from a fellow Time Lord “The Corsair” a previously unknown Time Lord the Doctor apparently hasn’t seen in ages but interacted with a lot. He apparently had the old infinity symbol of the snake biting its tail that he always had even after regenerating. Sure to add fan debate was the Doctor’s reference to the Corsair having apparently been a woman during at least a few regenerations implying Time Lord gender isn’t fixed. There’s been talk of having a female Doctor Who over the years-not sure how that would work/be accepted by fans, but this seemed to imply the possibility is there.
- “The only water in the forest is a river.” I’ve seen everyone hitting on “forest” and “rvier” and immediately jumping to Moffat’s earlier story, the first with River Song where she dies (part 2 “Forest of the Dead”). I think everyone is forgetting the two-part episodes with the Angels on the Byzantium. That had a forest in it and River Song and…Amy Pond. The only “water” could refer to “River” and “Pond” both being water elements. And if that’s true and the only “water” in the the “forest” is a “river” than this could be further confirmation of my suspicion that some how, some way Amy Pond ends up being River Song. That will be the ultimate time/mind f*ck for the Doctor who will realize that she’ll some day leave, live in the future and die in front of him in “Forest of the Dead”.
- Speaking of River Song. The most recent episodes “The Impossible Astronaut” and “Day of the Moon” (in particular the opening with the Doctor seemingly being killed) and hints of double TARDISes and Doctors (and clips for the episodes coming up) my guess is this. At some point, the Doctor is cloned (we know the Cyberman are coming so are they involved? The Silence? Both?) and THAT is the Doctor River Song has all of those years of experiences with and relationship and ultimately kills him (is she the astronaut) and goes to prison thinking she ends up killing him. The real Doctor (I think) is going to find this out and realize he can’t tell River that their relationship isn’t 100% what she thinks and in reality HE has only met/interacted with her the few times we’ve seen. All other interactions were with his clone (which is why at the start of the “Impossible Astronaut” he and she for the first time are in sync with encounters in their diaries). That’s the reason why the Doctor has no clue who she is or what she’s talking about most of the time. He has come to like/love her on his own, but ultimately she has memories of tons of adventures with someone else.
- Speaking of duplicates - Rory. After the events of “The Big Bang” and “A Christmas Carol” it was unclear (other than Rory’s honeymoon Roman outfit) whether Big Bang 2 restored him as Rory or if he was still Rory the Auton dupe. Recent comments indicate he is the LATTER so why doesn’t anyone seem as concerned about an Auton running around in the TARDIS. A picture from an upcoming episode seemed to show Rory as a Roman standing in front of Cybermen (who didn’t seem to be threatening him).
- Amy Pond-people have noted that her home inside has three levels (11th hour) but outside only 2. With the “Lodger” and “Impossible Astronaut”/”Day of the Moon” we saw more of homemade TARDISes and hidden floors. We only really saw Pond’s family at her wedding, but how much of what we see with her is real any way and not a dream? At that wedding, she remembers the Doctor back into existence by seeing River’s blank diary-with everything that had occurred to that point, how was River there to give it to Pond and walk by outside both things jogging Amy’s memory.
- River Song appears to have been from the 51st century, the same time as Captain Jack Harkness-an equally saucy timey-wimey Doctor lover (also introduced by Moffat in Series 1) and River has his Vortex Manipulator (stolen from him still on his hand in “The Pandorica Opens”) and his sonic gun (confirmed by Moffat as being Jack’s). What’s the connection there? Cpt. Jack spread his seed around so is River Amy, and Cpt. Jack’s daughter? More disturbing for the Doctor? :)
- I heard the audio cue of the Silence in “The Doctor’s Wife” while the Doctor and Amy were talking on the phone and it cut back to Amy. Seems like that audio cue has been haunting both Series 5 and 6-so I’m sure that’ll be revealed further.
Just some thoughts I’m having about everything. Loving it and looking forward to more, more, more!!