Hey everyone, let’s play a game of “How much can we take statements made by Steven Moffat at face value?” Featuring cameo appearances by the Doctor, Clara, and a brand new Doctor Who villain.
First off, the finale villain is an addition to the franchise called the Whispermen. Said Moffat of the ominous-sounding baddies: “The thought of stylish, whispering, almost faceless creatures was an idea that firstly scared me and that I thought would work well in an episode that looks forward and back.”
That does sound scary, if somewhat similar to The Silence. But I’ll give Moffat the benefit of the doubt on that one. And hey, in an episode titled The Name of the Doctor, the villain isn’t what people are looking forward to anyway. So what can we expect about the reveal of certain big secrets, Moffat?
“['The Name of the Doctor' will] change the course of Who forever… It’s full of surprises and questions that have never been answered in the history of Who, including the Doctor’s greatest secret.”
Note he never actually says his name will be revealed, though who knows whether that’s intentional phrasing on his part.
And what about Clara, the Impossible Girl? We’ll apparently find out what makes her so impossible in the finale, “and there’s a surprise that no-one has got right so far.” Hinting at said surprise, Moffat dropped the intriguing tidbit that “Clara hasn’t just met the Doctor three times before.” Hmmmmm.
Those are some intriguing statements, if vague ones, which makes absolute sense because if you want to drum up interest in your show “intriguing plus vague” is the way to do it. I’m not hating on Moffat for that. Still, I wonder if the episode will be as game-changing as he says. And, if it is game-changing, will the game be changed for better or for worse? I’m a bit hesitant to buy into Moffat’s hype after season six’s disappointing finale. That whole season for me can be expressed thusly: “EPIC EPIC EPIC Epic epic ep….ic?” It was so clumsy that I’ve been not-really-into Who since as a result.
I find myself in an odd position: I don’t want the Doctor’s name to be revealed, and I don’t think it will be, so everything’s great! Except that, assuming I’m correct that Moffat won’t reveal this big seret (which I very well may not be), how much it’s being focused on in the run-up to the finale is kind of annoying.
Prove me wrong, Moffat. Make the finale awesome.