Friday, 4 April 2014

Moffat Explains The Doctor’s Tomb

In the production notes of the latest Doctor Who Magazine, showrunner Steven Moffat has tried to clear up an unresolved issue from the Christmas special, The Time of the Doctor.

In DWM, a reader asked whether the Doctor's tomb, as seen in The Name of the Doctor, could still exist if he had prevented his own death. Moffat replied with:
“I’ve often wondered about that. Fortunately, late one night, the Doctor turned up in person and explained it to me."
He then went on with a tongue-in-cheek message from the Doctor:
“THE DOCTOR: Changing time is tricky. It’s a bit like a detective story: so as long there isn’t an actual body, you’ve got a certain amount of wiggle room – for instance, if the body has, rather conveniently, been burned on a boat in Utah.
“Here’s the thing: I can change the future so long as the future has not already been established as part of my own past. I can’t rescue Amy and Rory because I already know that I didn’t.
“But what do I know about Trenzalore? There’s a big monument that looks very like my TARDIS. There’s a temporal fissure leading to my timeline. Maybe it’s my grave. Maybe, one day, it’s my burial ground. Maybe it is something else entirely, and we got it all wrong. Don’t know. Don’t plan to find out for as long as possible. The main thing is, Clara still jumped into my time stream, and ended up helping me through all of my life. All that is established, unchanged – but there’s wiggle room!”
So that's cleared it all up... sort of.