10 questions that Doctor Who fans need answered right now

Why can't the Doctor visit Amy and Rory in '60s Manhattan? How does River Song know the Doctor's name? And just what happened to the Doctor's daughter? We count down the big questions, and see if there really is an answer for them after all…

5. Who was the mystery woman in The End of Time?

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All throughout The End of Time, David Tennant’s last story as the Tenth Doctor, a mysterious woman (played by Claire Bloom) appears to Wilf at various point to dispense cryptic statements. She’s briefly seen towards the end, standing behind Rassilon in full Time Lord garb, adopting the position of a Weeping Angel, and sharing a knowing glance with the Doctor. But when he’s asked by Wilf who the woman is at the end of the episode, he stays silent. So… who is she? 

Is there an answer? 

Pretty much, yes. Claire Bloom’s character is never named in the script for The End of Time but an email reprinted in the book Doctor Who: The Writer’s Tale – The Final Chapter does reveal that he created the character as the Doctor’s mother, and that this is what Bloom was told when she was cast. He has since backtracked on such a definitive answer, however, and has said that The Woman could be interpreted as friendly Time Ladies Romana and Susan. 

4. What’s with the time machines in The Lodger and The Day of the Moon? 

In 2010 story The Lodger, the Doctor stumbles upon a machine that looks an awful lot like the inside of a Tardis. What it is or who it belongs to remains a mystery at the end of the episode, but another machine just like it shows up a year later in 2011’s The Day of the Moon, where it is being commanded by the Silence. So that’s the ‘who’ behind The Lodger machine, but not the ‘what’ or the ‘why’? 

Is there an answer?

Not an official one, but that might be because there might not need to be one. Although this question still perplexes some Doctor Who fans, the answer seems to be out there – albeit lost in the messy plotting of The Time of the Doctor. In that episode, it’s said that a rouge group of Silence broke away from the Church – a group devoted to stopping the Doctor from bringing back Gallifrey – to travel back in time and dispose of the Doctor by blowing up his Tardis. It could simply be that this is a ship left over from that rogue group’s invasion of Earth. Nothing more. 

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It’s also worth noting the popular fan theory that The Lodger is actually the first time we encounter the Silence, with a few dubious scenes suggesting that Amy spots one on the Tardis but then forgets it. Could this be the Silent that programmes the Tardis to self-destruct? Have a look for yourself below.