Did you spot this hidden message in Doctor Who: Heaven Sent?

Ah, NOW it makes sense!

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We’ve already watched Heaven Sent fifteen times, and the Doctor himself has endured about 15 trillion repeats, but the episode is still giving up some secrets. Like this for instance.

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Did you spot it? No? Let’s ZOOM IN AND ENHANCE.

Still having trouble reading it? That’s OK, here’s the transcript.

As you come into this world,

something else is also born. 

You begin your life

and it begins a journey. 

Towards you.

Wherever you go.

Whatever path you take.

It will follow.

You will notice a second shadow next to yours.

Your life will then be over.

Sound familiar? That’s right! It’s the Doctor’s monologue from the beginning of the episode!

The Doctor wasn’t just waxing lyrical about death after all. Presumably this message is the torturers explaining the rules of the game and taunting the Doctor with his inevitable fate – the literal writing on the wall.

However, the Doc actually says more than is written here, adding detail about the Veil and a few poetic flourishes.

“As you come into this world,

something else is also born.

You begin your life

and it begins a journey.

Towards you.

It moves slowly, but it never stops.

Wherever you go, whatever path you take, it will follow.

Never faster, never slower, always coming.

You will run. It will walk.

You will rest. It will not.

One day, you will linger in the same place too long.

You will sit too still or sleep too deep and when, too late, you rise to go, you will notice a second shadow next to yours.

Your life will then be over.”

This difference might be why our attention wasn’t drawn to the instruction manual, and it later disappears without comment. Plus, it’s much more fun to watch the Doctor work it out as he goes along.

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Unless you actually are the Doctor, of course. Then it gets a bit monotonous.