The needle on the Moffatmeter is about to peak deep in the red as we play at being modern day Sherlock Holmes with some new scraps of Doctor Who data.
Be warned that there might, just, be a huge spoiler below. What I’m making here is an educated guess, but it’s probably not even been educated enough to have finished its A Levels yet.
The BBC have today announced the titles of the remaining episodes of Doctor Who Confidential, the DVD-supplement style back up show that they air on BBC each week when the end credits have rolled on another cruel cliffhanger.
Each one of the titles appears to be tied in to the content of the accompanying episode of Who, as has been the way all the while.
The final episode of Confidential, which will coincide with the Who series finale and The Doctor’s date with death, has been given the title When Time Froze.
So is that Steven Moffat’s way of saving the Doctor from execution? Is his timeline, somehow, going to be frozen so that we, or he, never gets there?
It makes sense, as there’s a very fixed point in time that’s been spelled out, again and again, as the occasion of The Doctor’s demise. Stopping time from ever reaching that point would make a nice change from the rewriting history solution used previously.
I can’t quite work through the logistics of how this might work, but that’s very possibly because it will all depend on some made-up principle that the show hasn’t introduced yet.
Rich has noted that there’s an awful lot of water at the scene of the Doctor’s death – it’s on the shores of a lake, there’s five Ponds present, three of whom are Rivers – the one who looks like Alex Kingston, the one in the spacesuit and the one in Amy’s womb. He went on to speculate that this amount of water might have something to do with the freezing. He even used the word Hecate, and has schooled me on basic geography – Rivers coming together at lakes.
I’m not so sure about the salience of all of that – but he does have a way with his out-on-a-limb Who predictions, I can’t deny.
Incidentally, the other episodes are to be called What Dreams May Come, Heartbreak Hotel and Open All Hours – little hat tips to Richard Mathieson, Elvis Presley and Roy Clark. Nice.