Is Doctor Who’s Osgood really dead? And how can Orson Pink still exist? Steven Moffat answers…

The showrunner clears up some of series 8's biggest mysteries...

In the finale of Doctor Who series 8, the Master / Missy manages to break free of her restraints and blasts UNIT scientist and no 1 Doctor fan Osgood into dust. The death was sudden and cruel. A bit too sudden and cruel, in fact. Fans began to doubt whether she was dead at all.


One popular theory was that the Osgood in Dark Water / Death in Heaven was actually the Zygon duplicate of Osgood seen in last year’s 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor; meaning that Ingrid Oliver’s real cosplay-loving dork was probably alive, well and browsing Crombie jackets online.

Alas, however, showrunner Steven Moffat says it isn’t to be. Writing in the new issue of Doctor Who Magazine, he says: “Nah. If that had been a Zygon, she wouldn’t have been killed so easily. Dead, I’m afraid.”

Sad. But remember – first rule: Moffat lies. Plus, if Zygon Osgood was still suffering from The Day of the Doctor’s memory wipe, surely she wouldn’t know she was actually a Zygon. She could have let herself get killed without knowing she had the alien strength to fight off the Master. Who knows? 

Another mystery from series 8 that Moffat addresses is how Orson Pink – the apparent descendent of Danny Pink seen in Listen – can still exist when Danny Pink dies in finale? Surely that’s a big ol’ grandfather parodox right there? 

“Well, I can think of several explanations,” says Moffat, “but the obvious one is that Orson comes from another branch of the family. He knows about Danny’s heroic sacrifice , because Clara got in touch with the Pink family after the events of Death in Heaven (because you would, wouldn’t you?), and told them what he did, and why. And she gave them the little soldier, as a keepsake of a great man and a great soldier – and because she knows the toy soldier has to remain in the Pink family line.”

He adds: “Now all that strikes me as pretty inevitable – that’s what would have happened – but I’m not saying it’s right. Nothing is actual till it’s in the show. Knowing how the season would end, we were careful, in Listen, never to define exactly what the connection was.”  

So, that is that – kind of. 


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