At the very beginning of series 5 Prisoner Zero said “Silence will fall”. In the finale of series 6 Dorium tells the Doctor silence will fall when the question is answered, at the fall of the 11th, on the fields of Trenzalore. . .Doctor Who?!! So here we are. The finale of series 7 where we learn who Clara is and how she is the impossible girl. We also know this is leading the Doctor to Trenzalore and the revelation of the Doctor’s best kept secret.
A bloke in a victorian jail possesses a secret – he has somehow acquired coordinates to Treznalore and offers this secret to Madam Vastra. Vastra summons a conference call, through psychic means, which consists of Vastra, Jenny, and Strax, Clara and River Song. Vastra tells them what she was told and shows them the coordinates. During the psychic conference call these faceless monsters, Whispermen, in suits and top hats emerge into Vastra’s home and kill Jenny. When realised they are being attacked they all wake up. Vastra and Strax are taken, we don’t know what happens to River, and Clara finds the Doctor playing blind man’s bluff with the two kids Angie and Artie, who once again serve no purpose in the episode.
Clara tells the Doctor what has happened and he reveals to her what it all means. ‘The Doctor has a secret he will take to his grave” well, Trenzalore is the one place he should never go, why? It is where the Doctor’s real and final resting place is. His final grave. So breaking through time-streams The Doctor and Clara go to Trenzalore. Once there they see a giant Tardis door and the Doctor says that is his grave. ‘Where else would they bury me?’ he says.
Out of nowhere River Song appears, but can only be seen and heard by Clara. The psychic link from the conference call was still intact and River uses this to speak through Clara and aid the Doctor in finding a back entrance into his grave. Meanwhile Vastra and Strax wake and see the dead body of Jenny. But don’t worry kids, it’s modern Doctor Who, no one is actually dead. Strax uses a medical devise that revives Jenny just in time for the Whispermen to appear along with The Great Intelligence.
The Doctor and Clara make their way through the Tardis grave and Clara begins to recall her memories from Journey to the Centre of the Tardis where the Doctor confesses that he’s met Clara multiple times and has no idea why. With her memories restored the Doctor and Clara suddenly, and with no logical explanation, appear outside the giant Tardis door where the G.I. is threatening Vastra and co. The G.I. demands that the Doctor opens his tomb, but he refuses. The G.I. orders his whispermen to kill the others and the Doctor still won’t open the door. The key to opening the door is to utter The Name of the Doctor. Well, suddenly the doors to the tomb open despite the Doctor not saying a word. River Song was able to somehow open the door despite not physically being there, whatever.
Once inside they find what is left of the Doctor’s body. It is a clump of stringy lights ‘scar tissue’ from all the time travelling. The tissue connects to every point in the Doctor’s history. The G.I.’s master plan is to enter into the light and turn all the Doctor’s victories into defeats. He does so and the Doctor beings to die and Clara realises what she must do. How she is the impossible girl. She must enter into the light spreading herself throughout time and space and whether the Doctor knows it or not will be ‘saving him’.
When the G.I. is defeated Clara is left in this wasteland and the Doctor must also enter into his own time stream stringy light thing to pull her out. While Clara is there she sees ‘echos’ of the Doctor running past until finally The current Doctor is able to make contact with her. While they are standing together there is a figure ahead, with his back turned. Clara asks who it is, saying ‘I’ve seen all your faces, I don’t know who this is,’ and the Doctor says it’s him, but unlike him (11th), who chose the name The Doctor, this other one chose another name. This unknown Doctor turns around to reveal John Hurt. The show ends and leaves us hanging for the 50th. Yay. Another cliffhanger.
The impossible girl. Was her mystery worth it? In the end, no not really. She jumped into the remaining essence of the Doctor which scattered her through time and that’s how she was able to meet the Doctor multiple times. The hype over Clara for that weak a resolution was massively disappointing. She’s not the impossible girl, she’s the improbably girl. I also must say that I wasn’t amused by the bad CGI fusing Clara into old Doctor Who episodes, nor was I amused that Clara was the one who told the First Doctor which tardis to take. It make no sense. The show has tried far to hard to force the importance of Clara in just a few short episodes and at the end of the day she is still one of the most boring, bland, unexciting companions ever.
Doctor and Trenzalore:
When the Doctor learns that everything is leading to Trenzalore he breaks down and starts crying like he knows what is coming. Suddenly when they get there he’s clueless. Why the big emotional outburst if 1. you don’t know what’s there and 2. you don’t know how to get there. One of the biggest issues this year is the Doctor appearing to know or understand something then suddenly is clueless. Such is the case with The Crimson Horror. The Doctor acts as if he knows who Clara is only to reveal later he has no idea. But boy what more can I say? Moffat has certainly lost the plot. Series 7 has been the biggest disappointment in the shows history. Yes, I am including the Colin Baker years and the bad film. Since series 5 we have wondered what “Silence Will Fall” means. We thought those questions would be answered in series 6, they weren’t, just merely added on too. “Silence Will Fall when the question is asked. The question will be asked at the fall of the 11th on Trenzalore” Well, here we are at the end of series 7 on the fields of Trenzalore. Did Silence fall? Well, no it didn’t. Sure the Doctor’s name was asked, but it wasn’t given. So what is the fall of the 11th? Is this something more to come? I’m still waiting for the Silence to Fall! But also, if the Doctor turns into that strange stringy light when he dies, why did that not happen in series 6 when he was shot and killed? They burnt the body rather than leave it to rest in the Tardis. Too many inconsistency.
Vastra, Stax, Jenny:
I’m going to sum them up in one go. Pointless. Completely and utter pointless. They served no purpose in this episode at all. They were boring plot devices used to give the Doctor the coordinates to Trenzalore. Also, I’m tired of Moffat bringing everyone back to life. Sure it was a funny joke with Rory. But now Strax and Jenny have both died and come back with the wave of the magical wand. Get them off the show.
The Great Intelligence:
Well, he was certainly a wasted character. How he arrived from point A in the Christmas special to point B in the finale is quite unclear and rather sloppy. What was his point in The Bells of Saint John? The Doctor has fought the same villain three times and it seems that none of it was pointing to anything. The G.I. being a classic villain from the original series was not well utilized and that is quite a shame.
John Hurt is a Doctor
Well, here’s the Doctor’s best kept secret. He’s got an evil version of himself somewhere in time and space and will be facing off with him in the 50th. An evil Doctor is, well, it’s kind of cheesy if you ask me. But which Doctor his he? Speculation runs from being the real 9th Doctor to being a combination of them all to him being the 12th. Guess we’ll see in the 50th. His reveal at the end was not very thrilling, and fell a little flat. I do wonder if this Doctor is the one that causes so much fear in the universe, who is the On Coming Storm and all that nonsense that is so very unDoctor-like.
Does the Doctor Need to Die in Each Finale?
I hope other people pick up on this. Series 5 the master plan was that the Doctor was to great a threat that all the his enemies wanted to trap him in an unbreakable prison, pandorica, and therefore kill the Doctor. In series 6 the silence brainwashed River Song to kill the Doctor in order to stop him from reaching Trenzalore. Series 6 was all about the Doctor’s road to death and somehow averting it. Series 7 was virtually the same thing. Going to Trenzalore means going to the Doctor grave and i.e. his death. . .again! It seems each season is simply the Doctor going to his death. Should I also mention leading up to David Tennant’s finale was all about the 10th Doctor thinking he was going to die? Honestly, are there no other plots or epic conclusion for a series? The fact that since 2010 every season has culminated in a death of the Doctor shows great lack of creativity.
Series 7 is by far the weakest we’ve seen, ever. It’s a shame as Matt Smith is a great Doctor. From Amy and Rory’s sloppy departure to the reveal of Clara and Trenzalore it simply feels like Steven Moffat is not giving the show the care and attention it needs to remain fresh and interesting. When shows get to this point you have to stop and ask yourself, why is it even continuing? Since series 5 there have been so many unanswered questions and unresolved plot points that it’s becoming too troublesome to even bother watching the show. The Name of the Doctor was wildly uneventful and nothing more than a silly build up to the the 50th. It was the rotten cherry on top of the rotten and stale cake we’ve been forcing down our throats since Aug 2012 when Asylum of the Daleks aired. I have no expectations whatsoever for the 50th now. I assume, much like this episode it’ll feature fusing current character with past Doctor Who Episodes in order to ‘bring the old ones back’. I wouldn’t be surprised if the focus will be 10 and 11 stoping John Hurt from going evil and saving their “evil self’s” regeneration. But we’ll see. This certainly ended on a dull note and has left me numb to excitement with the 50th.
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