Wow. The hype has already started for the two-part series eight finale with a trailer that has more WTF? moments in it than you can shake a perigosto stick at. Fans love to speculate on What’s Next, that’s half the fun of it and you only have to cast your mind back to The Day of the Doctor to recall the last time we all went nuts over something like this. So let’s jump right in, shall we?
1] THERE IS A CHARACTER CALLED MISSY IN NIGHTMARE IN SILVER which is probably just co-incidence or maybe Missy from the finale is this Missy, back to wreak one of those terrible revenge things… but then in the trailer she says “you know who I am”, and we assume she’s saying that to the Doctor but maybe not…
2] YOU WILL NEVER STEP INSIDE YOUR TARDIS AGAIN. Okay so, Clara appears in a puff of smoke like some panto baddie, approaching Twelvy with the words “do I have your attention?” and holding the Tardis key. How does her having a key stop Twelvy getting back into the Tardis? Is this part of the thing why the Tardis doesn’t like Clara? And I don’t know about you but that looks suspiciously like the inside of the Doctor’s timeline to me, although knowing Moffat that’s probably a deliberate misdirection.
3] TIME CAN BE REWRITTEN. Cybermen are not only stomping down the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral, but the dome opens up and the buggers start flying out of it. Why does Clara want to rewrite time? To stop Danny from being converted into a Cyberman? They attack the UNIT equivalent of Air Force One [where Missy puts in an appearance to blow out the wall and plunge Twelvy to his apparent doom] and are in some sort of museum-y type place, obv meant to evoke their Telos tomb, where Missy says her “you know who I am” line.
4] CLARA OSWALD HAS NEVER EXISTED. Whiiiiiitt????? Okay, so this could be a bluff to deal with the Cyb who is clearly pointing a gun at her, and she does step out of one of those display case things that have RIP above them… but is Clara really Bad Clara? Why did Missy “choose” her? For what? Has there been another one of those Flesh Swap things like they did with Amy/Amy’s baby? Or is Bad Clara another one of the iterations of Clara like the Snowmen and Asylum versions? Or did something happen to her when she entered the Doctor’s timeline that we don’t know about?
And we still don’t know who it was that stepped out of the Gallifrey Falls No More painting. Was that another Clara? If so, did either of them go to The Promised Land and get sent back by Missy? Or did one of them escape via the painting? Why did Missy choose Clara? Is Missy manipulating her into trying to rewrite Time to stop her mother dying? Is that it?
No idea. But I can’t wait to find out!