In the cold light of a Tuesday morning, we’ve had a lot of [[Doctor Who (TV Series)|Doctor Who]] stuff to digest since the weekend. Is it time to about the events at the end of Cold Blood now?
First up, Rory is dead. He’s been dead before (in dreams), but this looks like a more permanent arrangement with the Grim Reaper. Not only did he take a Silurian shot to the chest, but a light-emitting crack in the universe gobbled his corpse up.
But, arguably more important: The Doctor stuck his hand into the crack and pulled out a piece of shrapnel…a fragment of the TARDIS exterior. This leads most of the Doctor Who fans watching to believe that the finale will feature the explosion of the TARDIS and that the cracks throughout space and time are as a result of that event.
Before I get into the implications of the destruction(!) of the TARDIS, this Millennium Dome Elephant blog has some smart observations on the nature of these cracks and the apparent disparities in each episode:
There appear to be two distinct kinds of crack – or the producer hasn’t properly made his mind up (surely not): in “The Eleventh Hour” and “The Vampires of Venice” we have cracks that “something can come through” (be it Prisoner Zero or the eponymous Vampires aka Saturnynians); alternatively, in “Flesh and Stone” and again here in “Cold Blood” we see a crack that is spilling out “time energy”, which does the “erasing you from history” thing. What’s the difference? And what is the mysterious “silence” that we witnessed falling at the end of the Venice story?
In passing, how does the Doctor avoid getting his hand erased from history when he’s pulling shrapnel out of the “wound”? We can probably put that one down to “Time Lord Powers(TM)”; he does appear to be a bit agonised by the process, so possibly he is sticking his hand into non-existence.
Good description, and it raises the question of whether these inconsistencies will be dealt with in the course of the finale (when we expect the explanations to be laid out).
A few comments on this thread point out that Rory dying was one thing, but a TARDIS death is a virtual impossibility. Would Steven Moffat want to be remembered as the guy who killed the TARDIS? I don’t think so. Here are a few snippets…
So there’ll be a retcon at the end of the series, then?
Because after choosing that she’d rather die than lose Rory, who she has to marry to have a happy ending for the kiddies, we’re now supposed to believe he won’t come back because the Crack of Doom is irreversible? Oh wait, it’ll eat the Tardis too. So now we know it’s DEFINITELY reversible. (If they take the Tardis out or grow a new-shaped one, the fans will riot). So, no tension from the crack for the rest of the series.
Followed by this one…
I wasn’t too fussed about the TARDIS blowing up because I know she’ll get better. Same reason I was sad when Nine went, but was never worried about the Doctor actually biting it, because, let’s face it, it ain’t gonna happen. The fragment of TARDIS just makes me dread another fucking Giant Reset Button finale.
I’m kind of sold on the notion that if the TARDIS is part of the cracks in space and time, then it can’t possibly be destroyed permanently. It’s too integral to Doctor Who lore (unless – and I hope not – it’s a plot device to strand The Doctor on Earth like in the Pertwee era).
But if the TARDIS can come back, is there a possibility of a returning Rory? Well, let’s flick over to Mr Combom and have a look at some of his theories on how the finale will play out…
The rumour is again that a main character is to die, we know Amy is in season 6, Rory has died 3 times already (twice in dreams and once in 509 Cold Blood), he has been taken back to Roman Britain for the Doctor to find, and isn’t dead, we find him alive, well, and being a Roman Soldier. So does Rory die a 4th time? IMHO its already got somewhat silly here (virging on South Parks Oh no, they’ve killed Kenny), and the Doctor is always in Doctor Who so he can’t go, leaving the only real main character left – the TARDIS!
I’d be happy to see Rory back in the fold. I do like there being a couple of companions on board rather than just a twosome. But Rory hasn’t been terribly well received by other fans, so perhaps he’s expendible? Interestingly, BleedingCool point out that Rory will be in a bunch of Doctor Who books that are launched this year, so unless they’re part of the ‘between episodes’ adventures, it’s likely that he’ll return. Even if his official profile on the Doctor Who website lists him as dead.
Let’s hear it folks – what are your theories on these cracks that seem to be following The Doctor and Amy around the universe?