Pointless Speculation… and SPOILERS!

“The pre-titles scene was recorded on Monday 12th June… the cold open…  is the Capaldi Doctor, mortally wounded, staggering out of the TARDIS into the snow and starting to regenerate… but it’s delayed by Christmas, which is all about the Doctor’s final, rather reluctant capitulation to having to change.”

The above quote is from the latest DWM, issue 514, where Benjamin Cook previews the final episode of Series Ten The Doctor Falls. The Moff has been teasing us mercilessly about Twelvy’s demise ever since the teaser trailer with that clip of the fake regeneration in The Lie Of The Land. And he hasn’t stopped yet. There’s another dose of regeneration energy in the Next Time clip for TDF, so what’s going on here? Pointless Speculation follows…

At first I thought that the Moff might kill off Missy and not Bill, given the way the Radio Times previews were worded for eps 11 and 12, but I was wrong and he did indeed Kill Bill, though I doubt if anyone seriously expects her to stay a Cyberman. Doubtless Twelvy will save her at the cost of his own life.

The regeneration energy during the battle between the farmers and the Cybs? Probably Twelvy powering up to zap them all like he did at the end of The Time of the Doctor. Maybe that’s what initiates the change? Or maybe it’s as a result of getting zapped himself by, variously, either CyberBill, the Master or the treacherous Missy. [Does anyone really think she’ll side with the Doctor? Nah, the temptation to go back to her bad old ways will be too strong to resist. Probably. ] Either way, whatever the real reason is for Twelvy getting his glow on yet again, it’s probably connected to his bandaged left hand as seen elsewhere in the other version of the trailer…

The regeneration in the snow? Hmm… I can’t be the only one whose Fan Brain immediately made a connection with The Tenth Planet. Why Twelvy staggers out of the TARDIS to regenerate instead of staying inside I’ve no idea. But he must have a reason for doing so, which would indicate that, wherever he is, he went there on purpose. And I think I know what happens next, and how The Doctor Falls ends…

David Bradley’s Hartnell Doctor turns up and absorbs enough of Twelvy’s regeneration energy to stave off death for both of them for a while longer.

Given that he’s just had a Genesis Of The Cybermen adventure that’s not an adaptation of Spare Parts, the Mondas Cybermen were the last enemy the First Doctor faced, and knowing what a fanboy The Moff is, Twelvy landing his TARDIS at the exact point in space and time where he knows his first self is on his way back to his TARDIS, minus Ben & Polly who are still back at the Cybership, makes sense of the cold open. It also fits neatly into the gap between Dr 1 leaving the Cybership and B&P finding him already in the TARDIS, banging on the door for him to let them in.

That’s what Whopix thinks happens, and that concludes our pointless speculation for The Doctor Falls.

If you don’t want to be spoiled for Christmas, stop reading now!

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CHRISTMAS SPOILERS FOLLOW…

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The minute he saw the cold open, Whopix’s Fan Brain immediately made the connection to The Tenth Planet, which triggered the idea that the Bradley version of the Hartnell Doctor might actually turn up at Christmas. This has been rumoured for a while now… and it’s true!

David Bradley WILL be playing the Hartnell Doctor in the 2017 Christmas Special. And here’s the photographic proof…

So, it looks like Twelvy and One will be teaming up after all, as per the rumours. The setting looks like a WWI battelfield, which might have something to do with the famous Christmas Day Truce.

Having a story where Twelvy regenerates, set just before “Hartnell” regenerates is probably the most fanwanky thing The Moff has done yet. But it’s his last one, so we can forgive him.

And let’s not get into the whole Hartnell – Hurndall – Hartnell – Bradley thing just yet. And as for seeing the “attack eyebrows” cameo moment from The Day of The Doctor as a full scene, well that would open up a whole new can of continuity worms…

But one thing’s for sure, us fans are getting one helluva Christmas present!

Provided, of course, that Thirteen isn’t a bloody woman…

The Beginning Of The End…

… starts now. Cue the pointless speculation!

Only four more days until we start to get some answers!

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The War Master Returns!

DECEMBER 2017

The best thing about Series Three’s Utopia was Derek Jacobi’s Master, and in many ways it’s a damn shame he regenerated at the end of the episode, making it his one and only TV outing. So far anyway…

With two incarnations of The Master about to turn up on telly in a couple of weeks to help see off Peter Capaldi’s Twelvy, what better time for Big Finish to publicise their latest New Series recruit than now, ten years to the day since he regenerated into John Simm.

The loss of John Hurt robbed us of more adventures with The War Doctor, so what better way to return to the Time War than with The War Master. If nothing else, in these audio stories the old boy might actually get away with it for a change without Don’t Call Me The Doctor around.

The War Doctor series ended with Doctor Hurt and Leela ready to set off on adventures we will never get to hear. We can only imagine what those adventures might have been had John Hurt lived. But the other side of the conflict, that of the other errant son of Gallifrey, what happened there? We’re about to find out in The War Master Volume One!

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Regeneration!

OMG! WTF???

UPDATE:  #Regenerategate

Having teased us with the question of Who or What was in the vault, the Moff then goes on to make his triumph over the fanboys complete by pranking them with the tease of shots of an early regeneration in the trailers, with the reveal in the episode that in fact it was no such thing.

Which would be fine if we hadn’t already been down this road before – twice – with DWM turning Paul McGann into Nicholas Briggs and RTD having David Tennant regenerate into David Tennant. For Twelvy to pull the same stunt here just doesn’t work, and not just because we’ve seen it done better before. Diegetically, once Bill has shot him there’s no need for Twelvy to continue the test, so the only reason he engages in a biological firework display is for the non-diegetic reason that The Moff knows the fanboys will go ape over it. Naughty Moff!

And if you’re a fan there are some questions that it throws up that the episode fails to answer. Even though it’s only fans that care about this sort of thing, and hopefully they will get an answer in Moff’s DWM column before he leaves, they’re worth going over:

So can a regeneration be self-induced now? Isn’t that a bit like Time Lord suicide? And if the whole thing was a set-up, how did Richard know that Monk would walk through the door just as he was about to check Bill’s ID?

And most glaringly of all, why the hell doesn’t Bill comment on the regeneration that wasn’t? Okay, so she’s still in shock from being fraped but you’d think she would at least mention Twelvy going all November the 5th after she shot him. But she doesn’t. WTF?

 

The Master Returns!


OMFG!

He’s got The Beard!

The Two Masters!

Never mind all the sadness of Capaldi’s impending regeneration, or the anticipation of the return of the Mondas Cybermen, following The Moff’s warning at the recent screening of The Pilot, fandom was scratching it’s collective head as to what the Mega Spoiler at the end of episode one was going to be…

until today.

Was it going to be a cameo of River and Eleven at the frost fair in episode three?

No.

Was it Jenny, the Doctor’s Daughter?

No.

Was it Susan, the Doctor’s Granddaughter?

No.

Was it Polly, turning up to help defeat the Mondas Cybs in the finale?

No.

So what could this mega-spoiler possibly be?

Well, it was this:

 

 

I bet nobody saw that one coming, I certainly didn’t!

Can’t wait to see how Simm and Gomez are going to get on together…

Exciting as the news is, Whopix can’t help thinking that perhaps two incarnations of the Master and the Mondas Cybermen in the series finale  is maybe a bit much? Having Simm and Gomez on screen together would make a two-part finale on its own, and the idea of having two incarnations of the Master meeting each other has been done before…

And if the BBC Publicity Dept hadn’t stuck Simm in the trailer, I wonder how much longer they would have managed to keep his inclusion under wraps? We haven’t had a real surprise reveal since Derek Jacobi told us who he really was in Utopia

Despite being comprehensively spoiled by the Press, fandom can at least hold its collective breath for the next eleven weeks until in antici…pation of Simm’s return to the show, and wonder just how the Simm incarnation of the Master is going to get along with the Gomez incarnation of the Master…

…as well as wondering just how two Masters are tied up with whatever the Mondas Cybermen are up to. Still, not long to wait and now we know the last two episode titles…!

 

Mondas Returns!

Since Whopix is now working the nightshift at a well known online retailer, it was only today that he saw THIS:

The original Mondasian Cybermen return to Doctor Who as filming begins on the final block of the forthcoming series

Fekk! The Mondas Cybs are back!

What a nice parting gift for Peter to have his fave monsters in his “final” story. His inner fanboy must be squee-ing with delight to be going up against them. What a brilliant “thank you for the past three years”.

The suits are regulation silver, and the bulky headlamp has been scaled down, as has the huge chest unit of the originals. I just hope Nick Briggs does a better version of the voices than the original…

And, before you get too excited, I doubt this is a Moffat version of Spare Parts

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SPOILERS FOLLOW!

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it seems it’s not just the Mondas iteration we’re getting for the finale, it looks like Earth is being invaded by a Multi-Cyber Squad of metal men…

not only do we get the Mondas Cybs, we also get both the Rise of the Cybermen and Nightmare in Silver versions too!

What d’you reckon the chances are that there are other versions lurking back on the Cybership? Moonbase Cybs? Invasion Cybs? Earthshock Cybs?

Let’s just hope this doesn’t turn out to be the Asylum of the Daleks version of Every Cyberman Ever!

Excited? We are now!