(That’s Doctor Who in a Scottish accent. I never said I could do a Scottish accent.)
Spoilers ahead, for the Johnny-come-latelies who somehow haven’t seen the new episode yet. Here’s a cut tag.
So, before “Asylum of the Daleks” aired, io9’s Charlie Jane Anders wrote a great article about Stephen Moffett’s overarching plans for Eleven and his mythology. And while I haven’t totally drunk the Moffett kool-aid (Davies had a reverence for the Doctor that Moffett seems to be hell bent on demystifying; also, Moffett’s tricks are starting to show; there’s only so many times you can riff on the construct “if he’s over there then who is that typing?” “if the clock’s broken then what’s that ticking?” “if they have two heads why do the statues only have one?” and so on and so forth) I am fully on board with the fact that he’s been seeding information for Eleven’s arc across the seasons.
So, at the end of last season, we were told, “Silence will fall when the question is asked.” And we’re told the question is “Doctor WHO?”
Anders, in her article, suggests that this implies that the Doctor’s name has the power to bring destruction to the universe, to invoke the Silence. But, having seen “Asylum of the Daleks” now, I’m wondering if instead, the “Doctor WHO?” question refers to the fact that the Daleks have forgotten the Doctor. Like maybe if one by one the Doctor’s enemies forget him, Silence will reign? And that it doesn’t have anything to do with his name at all.
Question the second, which I could just as easily ask the internet but choose not to: in early spoilers, Jenna-Louise Coleman was tapped as the new companion for this season. She played Oswin in “Asylum,” and we all know of the tragic end she met… did the news mean she was the companion for just this episode? Or is the Doctor going to travel back in time and pluck an Oswin from history so she can travel time and space with him? (That’d be super cool, having a companion you know you have to get home in time to turn into a Dalek)
I tell you, I was dubious about a new companion replacing the Ponds, but I really did enjoy Oswin. Bring her on, I say. And here’s an example of where I trust Moffett’s ability to make her provenance super cool.