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Doctor Who Season 6: 5 Things To Remember About The Story So Far

Hey, Doctor Who is back tonight! Doctor Who is back! This is, of course, a great thing, and although I’m sure you’ve been eagerly following the show to date, here are five things you should be thinking about before you tune in to “Let’s Kill Hitler” tonight. Spoilers for those not up to date on season six so far.

The Doctor Is Dead
Well, maybe that should be revised to a Doctor is dead. After all, we all saw him die with our own eyes in “The Impossible Astronaut,” just before we saw an earlier version of him appear with apparently no knowledge of what had just happened. So that’s that, right…? Well, not exactly: After all, another Doctor – who appears to be the earlier version of the one that died – turned up soon after the murder, and as we learned in later episodes in the season…

…Appearances Can Be Deceptive
Brand new this season: “Gangers” – Physical cloned avatars of people that are physically identical to them and can be “driven” by the originals without their knowledge. By the end of the last run, we had seen both Amy and her baby be replaced by gangers without anyone realizing it and met the Doctor’s ganger who was, possibly, killed in action… except that the Doctor admitted that there was a chance that he might’ve survived. So could the Doctor we saw die be the ganger Doctor? Or, weirder still, did we see the real Doctor die, and the one we’ve been following all season is actually the ganger?

Amy Pond Is River Song’s Mother
Meanwhile, we’ve finally learned part of the secret of Doctor River Song, who’s been popping up and confusing us since season four… She’s actually the daughter of Amy and Rory, kidnapped as a baby and taken through time by forces still unknown who plan on turning her into the perfect weapon with which to kill the Doctor. Currently, all signs point to her succeeding in that mission – We’ve already seen a young girl who may be a younger River wearing the same astronaut suit as the Doctor’s assassin, and River has always claimed that she killed the best man she ever knew… But it gets even weirder, in terms of River’s secrets, because…

…River Song May Be A Time Lord
Certainly, the forces that kidnapped her back when she was baby Melody Pond think so, and they appeared to have the medical information to back that up, something that even the Doctor agreed seemed real. Apparently, it’s because she was conceived on the Tardis while it was traveling through time… but is that really the case, or is there more going on that we know about yet? (Spoiler: Probably.)

The Silence Are… Somewhere
Meanwhile, we shouldn’t forget the Silence in the middle of all of this. An alien race that has been manipulating the human race since it first evolved, that no-one ever realized was there – or, to be completely fair, remembered was there when they weren’t actively looking at them – the Doctor seemingly ordered their genocide back in 1969… but they apparently survive until at least 2011 in order to be present when the Doctor died. That makes sense, considering that they seemed to “own” the astronaut suit that the Doctor’s assassin wore. Does this mean that the Silence are in league with the humans that kidnapped baby River/Melody in the far future (Are they controlling them?)? And also: Did the Silence cause the destruction of the Tardis in season five? After all, we were told that that was someone connected to the phrase “Silence Will Fall”…

There’s no doubt that there are a lot of dangling plot threads left to tie up in the remaining six episodes this season, but given showrunner Steven Moffat’s love for intricate storytelling and tightly-plotted reveals, I’ve got complete faith he can pull it all off. The new run starts tonight on BBC America in the US, and BBC One in the UK, and you can expect recaps here every Sunday morning for the entire thing, starting tomorrow.


  • DoubleWide

    Since the Weeping Angels were supposedly removed from reality during last season, how are they able to make a return this season? As for the Silence, the Doctor ordered the extermination of their occupation force in 1969, but that doesn’t mean the entire race was wiped out.

  • Jacob

    They weren’t removed from reality. And even if they were, when reality was reset, they’d have been brought back, just like Rory.

  • The Librarian

    Only the weeping angels in the caves/ship were wiped out.
    Yes the Silents/Silence race still exists including whereever they are from, just that a majority of them on earth have been wiped out or are now in hiding.  Granted anything pre-1969 could still have them in large quantities.  This is also why one of their many ships is deserted in the pandorica season.
    “Silence will fall.”  Something needs them to be out of the way, so this was orchestrated from the start by some other mastermind.
    Ganger doctor being the one killed at the start is too simple.  You know just by that fact that card is already dissmissed.  Moffat will amaze us, not fall back on simplistic cop-outs.

    Who River killed…
    River killed the best man she ever knew, and nearly all daughters from happy homes will say the same about this.  The best man they know is their father.  Did the Doctor tell them to not interfere to avoid having Rory die yet again?  Fits with Moffat’s comments about wanting to keep Rory and the group dynamic around and suggests the Doctor has something up his sleeve in the end.  Gangers can’t regenerate though as far as we know but the ganger never was exposed to the time vortex either. 

    Something it seems a lot of people have also missed is a comment River made in a good man goes to war.
    “Two Doctors?  Now that’s an entirely different kind of birthday.”  Could this be a reference to the Valeyard, aka the Dark Doctor being born?  Or something nudging at what’s to come for resolution of the doctor’s death?

    RIver as a child I don’t think kills the Doctor.  At least not as a ‘child’.  The way it’s been treated suggests she was older when it happened, and it was potentially after they were wed (a way to try and stop it?).  At least that’s my current guess, which may mean the silence play a role in that via suggestion.  To me it raises the question about why the silence must fall.  Is it the real big bad’s attempt to keep their own existence from vanishing?  If so, what are the real repercussions of the Doctor dying throughout time.  It becomes a paradox since “Trial of the timelord” is canon and the Valeyard was birthed the 12th-final regen.  Probably at regen 13.

    Still disheartening to know that River dies during the Tenant years. =(
    This year is going to be insane with so much going on and so many possibilities and directions they can use.  Also makes you wonder if there might be a continuation to Silence in the Library later…

    Here’s a question though.  When was Amy switched?  It had to be after the wedding, but before the season opening.  How did they pull that off?  When, and where?

  • Scot

    “Ganger doctor being the one killed at the start is too simple.  You know
    just by that fact that card is already dissmissed.  Moffat will amaze
    us, not fall back on simplistic cop-outs.”

    Normally, I’d agree (Moffat’s writing rocks!), but we did see Moffat use a cop-out to save the Doctor in “The Big Bang.”

  • A Binyon

    You are all in for a treat top epidsode

  • Poopie

    the weeping angels are awesome!!!!!!!

  • Dswynne1

    What makes you think that River Song actually “died” in the Library, and not her Ganger?

    Here’s a thought: what if River Song was a future incarnation of Madame Kovarian (aka “Eyepatch Lady”), and that Kovarian was the one to have killed the Doctor, knowing that in order for River Song to be “born”, he had to die?

  • Jbarrosomart

    Why doesa text like this have a “spoiler alert” in the middle? It’s piontles