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Doctor Who Season 6: 5 Questions About The New Trailer

With the midseason debut of Doctor Who now set for late August on BBC America, it’s time to look at the new trailer and try and see if there are any clues about what’s to come. If nothing else, we’ve definitely got five questions to ask based on what we can see…

Firstly, in case you haven’t seen the new trailer:

And with that out the way…

Has The Doctor Known Everything All Along?
There are two moments in the trailer that suggest that the Doctor knows much more about what’s been going on during season 6 than he’s been letting on. Not just the panicked-sounding yell of “I’m going to die!” but also the smug “Haven’t we figured that one out yet…?” Admittedly, there’s every possibility that this is all editing from different, unrelated episodes, but overall the implication is that the Doctor knows exactly what is going on… which means that he’s probably planned ahead for his death, explaining away his reaction just before it happened in the first episode. I’m still pulling for it being the Ganger Doctor that was killed.

What’s With The Eyepatches?
The glimpse of River looking just like Madame Kovarian is intriguing. A hint that there’s more to their connection than we might have initially suspected, a clue that something has gone/will go wrong in time (Hitler’s “You have saved my life” may also be pointing in that direction), or just a sign that River has, at some point, belonged to the same group as Kovarian? Is Madame Song in our future?

Is Madame Kovarian Working For The Silence?
We get Kovarian’s voiceover talking about the Impossible Astronaut, which implies that she’s part of the people behind it – which would make sense, as she’s the one who kidnapped Baby Melody, and there’s at the very least a strong hint that it’s Melody Pond who was inside the astronaut suit in 1969 America with the Silence – but, so far, the Astronaut had seemed to be the work of the Silence (There’s even one watching the Doctor get killed, remember). So… is the army gathering to kill the Doctor the work of the Silence? And if so, is it revenge for what happened in “Day of The Moon,” or something else entirely?

(Remember, the Silence may also be behind the destruction of the Tardis in Season Five, which would mean that they’re working very hard to make as many people as possible try to kill the Doctor for them…)

How Long Is Season Six?
The idea that we’ll see “our” Doctor become the Doctor who was killed at the beginning of the season is an odd one, because wasn’t he a couple of hundred years older than “ours”? This either means that S6 is going to stretch a long, long time for the Doctor – Time he’s spent looking for baby Melody, perhaps? – or that he was lying about his age/identity before getting killed. Or, of course, that I’m misremembering the age discrepancy in “The Impossible Astronaut,” which is always possible.

When Does It Start?!?
Okay, that one I can answer. Expect the return of the Doctor in less than a month: August 27th is the date for the first new episode, “Let’s Kill Hitler.” I cannot wait.

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  • http://khiaao.blogspot.com Khiaao

    Can’t wait………….

  • Moreshead

    is that Jack’s coat the Doctor is wearing?

  • Mr. Q

    Dying to see how this season plays out. My money is betting the Doctor had this figured out and will not only beat those responsible for what’s been going on in season 5 & 6 but I’ve got a sneaky suspicion (based on rumor so don’t quote me) that we’ll get a modern take on the Three Doctors (Smith, Tennant, and Eccleston).

    But that’s just one fellow’s opinion.

    Mr. Q

  • I-jatho

    Really bad idea to put things like the Nazis into fantasy. All the made-up alien villains are shown up as cardboard threats. The Silence vs the Holocaust… See what I mean? It’s lazy storytelling, and bad taste too.

  • Excronimuss

    Hmmm,Hitler has an English accent. 

    And Rory goes into Captain America punchup mode, minus blue pyjamas & shield…

  • Dpcoltx

    First time I saw kovarian, I thought it was river.

  • Anonymous

    I still want a 5 Questions About Torchwood: Miracle Day…

  • http://twitter.com/HeroicTStudios Michael Sacal

    Only five? :P

  • Mart0516

    I think its all chopped up…that we are getting it from the ponds point of view but the DR is from different points of his time stream. Why? The big tipoff for me was the red balloon at the end of the ganger arc.
     A red balloon just happened to be floating around the control room makes no sense… but there will be a red balloon in the weird hotel labyrinth story… 
    Think back to the end of SE05 and the fez. these guys use objects to clue us in on the real order. if we track some of these objects we can rearrange the seies to DRs point of view.

  • Cforshaw672200

    Hmm.

    1) Who are the Families?

    2) Does this have something to do with Jack’s missing memories?

    3) If nobody is dying, what happens when you burn someone to ashes?

    4) Why do they expect us to believe that everyone living forever would make a paedophile into a celebrity?

    5) How screwed is Seinfeld, now that Newman runs the CIA?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    1) Seriously, who the fuck are they?
    2) Jack’s got missing memories?
    3) They covered that… kinda. It would be sentient ash that can’t move. Man, that would suck serious ass.
    4) There’s precedent that bad people become ridiculously famous. Add in the fact that he’s one of the most public examples of the miracle, it makes sense.
    5) XD

  • Andrew

    I really don’t think the Doctor would use or let a Ganger Doctor sacrifice itself for him.  Sort of defeats the purpose of the Ganger episodes.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    1: At the very least, The Doctor figured out some key things in episode six. Most importantly, that he was going to die and that the others knew about it. If you pause at 0:45, you can see him looking at a terminal displaying the information (he also happens to be wearing a Stetson!). I also think the “Haven’t you figured that one out yet?” is him after the incident in Utah, but I’ve got nothing to back that up.
    2: I’m guessing there’s some kind of brainwashing going on. There’s also an unknown creepy fella wearing one.
    3: I think, since the Silence weren’t in the midseason finale, that there’s at least some connection between them. Otherwise The Doctor’s got two major threats, and no idea how to properly fight either. I don’t want to consider that…
    4: We know how long season six is… I think there’s going to be a time skip somewhere (both the 200 years for the Doctor and “Old Amy”, who is featured in the trailer twice.
    5: ?!?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    1: At the very least, The Doctor figured out some key things in episode six. Most importantly, that he was going to die and that the others knew about it. If you pause at 0:45, you can see him looking at a terminal displaying the information (he also happens to be wearing a Stetson!). I also think the “Haven’t you figured that one out yet?” is him after the incident in Utah, but I’ve got nothing to back that up.
    2: I’m guessing there’s some kind of brainwashing going on. There’s also an unknown creepy fella wearing one.
    3: I think, since the Silence weren’t in the midseason finale, that there’s at least some connection between them. Otherwise The Doctor’s got two major threats, and no idea how to properly fight either. I don’t want to consider that…
    4: We know how long season six is… I think there’s going to be a time skip somewhere (both the 200 years for the Doctor and “Old Amy”, who is featured in the trailer twice.
    5: ?!?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    If it’s the Flesh Doctor’s decision, is it still an issue?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    If it’s the Flesh Doctor’s decision, is it still an issue?

  • http://twitter.com/HeroicTStudios Michael Sacal

    I believe that the reason why Lonestar is a pedophile is so that they can link his killing a little girl with Jack killing his grandson in the previous series. It’s about making the hero and the villain alike.

  • http://twitter.com/HeroicTStudios Michael Sacal

    I believe that the reason why Lonestar is a pedophile is so that they can link his killing a little girl with Jack killing his grandson in the previous series. It’s about making the hero and the villain alike.

  • http://twitter.com/lalomartins Lalo Martins

    Great point. The fez, and the Doctor’s coat on the sequence in the ship’s forest in Flesh and Stone.

  • http://twitter.com/lalomartins Lalo Martins

    Great point. The fez, and the Doctor’s coat on the sequence in the ship’s forest in Flesh and Stone.

  • nailsin

    What’s the significance of the number 11?

  • nailsin

    What’s the significance of the number 11?

  • http://twitter.com/lalomartins Lalo Martins

    I love “Old Amy”. That would mean Amy basically spends pretty much her whole life with the Doctor, with some skipped years here and there. Hmm, maybe the Christmas Carol was a hint to that?

  • http://twitter.com/lalomartins Lalo Martins

    I love “Old Amy”. That would mean Amy basically spends pretty much her whole life with the Doctor, with some skipped years here and there. Hmm, maybe the Christmas Carol was a hint to that?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    I was thinking more that he just dropped her off and came back later and was all “Holy crap! I did it again!”

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    I was thinking more that he just dropped her off and came back later and was all “Holy crap! I did it again!”

  • fezvsstetson

     Haven’t you figured that one out yet? ;) He’s the eleventh Doctor.

  • fezvsstetson

     Haven’t you figured that one out yet? ;) He’s the eleventh Doctor.

  • http://twitter.com/companionlessdr Companionless Doctor

    Nope.  Eccleston said many times that he has no interest at all to return to the series in any sort of fashion, also I doubt there would be a Multi-Doctor story given this won’t be an anniversary (like Three and Five Doctors was) or a stunt to help a dying series (like Two Doctors was).

  • http://twitter.com/companionlessdr Companionless Doctor

    Nope.  Eccleston said many times that he has no interest at all to return to the series in any sort of fashion, also I doubt there would be a Multi-Doctor story given this won’t be an anniversary (like Three and Five Doctors was) or a stunt to help a dying series (like Two Doctors was).

  • http://twitter.com/companionlessdr Companionless Doctor

    Concerning “Old Amy”  Episode 10 is titled “The Girl Who Waited” and was confirmed to be Amy-Centric.So, I think that’s what that is from.

  • http://twitter.com/companionlessdr Companionless Doctor

    Concerning “Old Amy”  Episode 10 is titled “The Girl Who Waited” and was confirmed to be Amy-Centric.So, I think that’s what that is from.

  • http://twitter.com/companionlessdr Companionless Doctor

    1 – Dunno,  Chances are it’ll end up being something wholly original and thus anti-climatic, but if I may but my crazy hat on, it could be a group of families (surprise), like the Slitheen, The Family of Blood, and a third.  (Reason why I think three is the triangle).

    2 – Actually, the crazy theory about that is connected to River Song.  They both had the same type of gun if not the same gun, and both have a lot of history rooted into the 51st Century.

    3 – Well, outside of what we saw in the first episode with the suicide bomber, it is technically impossible to burn someone completely to ashes outside of nuking them.  I’d assume it would be a bunch of sentient ashes though.  Somehow.

    4 – That’s hardly the only logic problem the show has, but after the latest episode (Escape to LA, slight spoilers) Since the “dead” are being looked at as second-class citizens it would make sense if they would latch onto a “celebrity” who they think is looking out for them, just out of desperation.   As for why the living love him…. hell if I know.

    5 – I’m thinking less of that and more “I guess Nedry was actually stealing Dino DNA for the CIA.”

  • http://twitter.com/companionlessdr Companionless Doctor

    1 – Dunno,  Chances are it’ll end up being something wholly original and thus anti-climatic, but if I may but my crazy hat on, it could be a group of families (surprise), like the Slitheen, The Family of Blood, and a third.  (Reason why I think three is the triangle).

    2 – Actually, the crazy theory about that is connected to River Song.  They both had the same type of gun if not the same gun, and both have a lot of history rooted into the 51st Century.

    3 – Well, outside of what we saw in the first episode with the suicide bomber, it is technically impossible to burn someone completely to ashes outside of nuking them.  I’d assume it would be a bunch of sentient ashes though.  Somehow.

    4 – That’s hardly the only logic problem the show has, but after the latest episode (Escape to LA, slight spoilers) Since the “dead” are being looked at as second-class citizens it would make sense if they would latch onto a “celebrity” who they think is looking out for them, just out of desperation.   As for why the living love him…. hell if I know.

    5 – I’m thinking less of that and more “I guess Nedry was actually stealing Dino DNA for the CIA.”

  • Onebookmark

    What about Smith, Tennant & Paul McGann. I’d swear that was his voice coming through the Odd sphere in the Doctors Wife.

  • Onebookmark

    What about Smith, Tennant & Paul McGann. I’d swear that was his voice coming through the Odd sphere in the Doctors Wife.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    McGann won’t do it if he has to wear the wig.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    McGann won’t do it if he has to wear the wig.

  • http://twitter.com/companionlessdr Companionless Doctor

    I’d really like to see McGann return, but again, with it being so close to the 50th anniversary I’d hope they would wait to do any sort of Multi-Doctor story until then.  To do one “just ’cause… why not?” I think would cheapen the idea.

  • http://twitter.com/companionlessdr Companionless Doctor

    I’d really like to see McGann return, but again, with it being so close to the 50th anniversary I’d hope they would wait to do any sort of Multi-Doctor story until then.  To do one “just ’cause… why not?” I think would cheapen the idea.

  • Shifty

    Nope.  The coat the Doctor is wear in brown.  Jack’s coat is navy blue.  I miss Jack.

  • Shifty

    Nope.  The coat the Doctor is wear in brown.  Jack’s coat is navy blue.  I miss Jack.

  • Dahauk

    I dunno…what ever happened to self-contained episodes? I’m tired of this stringing us along with unanswered questions and happenings..what is this ‘X-Files’? 

  • Dahauk

    I dunno…what ever happened to self-contained episodes? I’m tired of this stringing us along with unanswered questions and happenings..what is this ‘X-Files’? 

  • http://twitter.com/lalomartins Lalo Martins

    Are you sure you ever watched Doctor Who? The old series was based on “serial” stories that ran through a number of episodes, and the new series from the beginning has this theme of an ongoing meta-story running through each season. Bad Wolf, then Torchwood, then Mr. Saxon, then Donna’s destiny, then the cracks, and now the conspiracy to kill the Doctor. All business as usual.

  • http://twitter.com/lalomartins Lalo Martins

    Are you sure you ever watched Doctor Who? The old series was based on “serial” stories that ran through a number of episodes, and the new series from the beginning has this theme of an ongoing meta-story running through each season. Bad Wolf, then Torchwood, then Mr. Saxon, then Donna’s destiny, then the cracks, and now the conspiracy to kill the Doctor. All business as usual.

  • Cforshaw67220

    Jack didn’t kill his grandson, and set off across the universe to find a cure for him. Oh, except for the fact that when he ran into The Doctor, he chose Russell Tovey, rather than asking for The Doctor’s help.

  • Cforshaw67220

    Jack didn’t kill his grandson, and set off across the universe to find a cure for him. Oh, except for the fact that when he ran into The Doctor, he chose Russell Tovey, rather than asking for The Doctor’s help.

  • Cforshaw67220

    1. Agree – it would be better if it was actually an enemy we were familiar with. Plus, there are three (it says in the synopsis for future episodes). Also, wasn’t there a pyramid in the recent ‘Doctor Who’ poster. Might be a coinkidink, but, hey, they could be setting up the Who anniversary! (They aren’t, though.)

    2. They were both created by Moffat, as well, but I think at this moment in time River is not part of the Torchwood niche, and Torchwood are well out of The Doctor’s. Although, would it kill them to introduce Canton Everett Delaware III into Torchwood? Ageing, grizzled, gay badass? Ex-CIA who fought off an alien invasion? He was made for the show.

    3. See, that is the thing – how can ash be sentient without a mind to drive it? Plus, there are ways of causing death that dont leave much behind for a consciousness to hold onto… And what, therefore, is consciousness? Or sentience? Those are questions I want the show to ask.

    4. I’m pretty sure the paedophile angle is only there to get some controversy going… The comparison between Jack and PaedoBill doesn’t work because Jack sacrificed his own flesh and blood to save millions of children from being turned into alien crack pipes, and PaedoBill raped and murdered a girl because he was compelled to rape and murder a child. If you wanted to make a serious issue, though, Jack chose to do it, and its been inferred that PaedoBill was compelled to do it.

    5. No wonder he was interested in Torchwood, with their historically implausible pteradactyl!

  • Cforshaw67220

    1. Agree – it would be better if it was actually an enemy we were familiar with. Plus, there are three (it says in the synopsis for future episodes). Also, wasn’t there a pyramid in the recent ‘Doctor Who’ poster. Might be a coinkidink, but, hey, they could be setting up the Who anniversary! (They aren’t, though.)

    2. They were both created by Moffat, as well, but I think at this moment in time River is not part of the Torchwood niche, and Torchwood are well out of The Doctor’s. Although, would it kill them to introduce Canton Everett Delaware III into Torchwood? Ageing, grizzled, gay badass? Ex-CIA who fought off an alien invasion? He was made for the show.

    3. See, that is the thing – how can ash be sentient without a mind to drive it? Plus, there are ways of causing death that dont leave much behind for a consciousness to hold onto… And what, therefore, is consciousness? Or sentience? Those are questions I want the show to ask.

    4. I’m pretty sure the paedophile angle is only there to get some controversy going… The comparison between Jack and PaedoBill doesn’t work because Jack sacrificed his own flesh and blood to save millions of children from being turned into alien crack pipes, and PaedoBill raped and murdered a girl because he was compelled to rape and murder a child. If you wanted to make a serious issue, though, Jack chose to do it, and its been inferred that PaedoBill was compelled to do it.

    5. No wonder he was interested in Torchwood, with their historically implausible pteradactyl!

  • Cforshaw67220

    First rule: The Doctor lies. 

    He knows he’s going to die – Amy told him. He also knows that there is an army amassing to wipe him out, and probably everyone who may help him.

    Now, why would he want to fake his death?

  • Cforshaw67220

    First rule: The Doctor lies. 

    He knows he’s going to die – Amy told him. He also knows that there is an army amassing to wipe him out, and probably everyone who may help him.

    Now, why would he want to fake his death?

  • Dswynne1

    Maybe the Doctor who dies is the clone of the tenth, who regenerated off-panel?

  • Dswynne1

    Maybe the Doctor who dies is the clone of the tenth, who regenerated off-panel?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    They established that he can’t regenerate.

  • Thad Boyd

    Yeah, 50th anniversary’s coming up in ’13; Moffat’s given non-denial denials that he’d do a(nother) multi-Doctor story.  He’s said he’d only ever consider doing it if he could find an interesting way of working with the fact that all the Doctors are the same person — which isn’t really much of a qualifier since he’s been constantly reminding the audience of that fact since his very first episode as showrunner.

    I’d like to see Eccleston onboard, his public protestations to the contrary.  If Tom Baker’s finally returned to the role, anyone could.  (Well, short of the first three, of course.)

    I’ve heard other people repeat the Eighth Doctor theory for Doctor’s Wife…would be interesting.

    (Anyhow.  I expect we’re likely to see Omega, given all the giant omegas they keep showing us.)

  • Thad Boyd

    …Doctor Who has had Nazis since its second serial.  They’re called Daleks.

  • Thad Boyd

    Yeah, I quite liked Jack’s accosting Oswald over his lack of remorse over killing a child — it was done in a way that the longtime viewers would see a deeper meaning, without the continuity being distracting for the new Starz audience.

  • Thad Boyd

    6. Just what the hell was Gwen doing at that patch panel, anyway?

    “They’ll think that a fire destroyed their server!  And also that it moved a bunch of cables to different ports for some reason!”

  • Thad Boyd

    I think if we see any Who refs, they’re going to be veiled Easter Eggs, not major plot points.  The show’s gone to quite a lot of effort thus far to be accessible to a new audience.

  • Thad Boyd

    And let’s not forget that there HAVE been some quite good self-contained episodes.  The Doctor’s Wife was continuity-heavy, yes, but it was accessible to anyone with a passing familiarity with the show.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    Look’s like you’re getting an answer to #3.