Post by Agamemnon
Good acting all round.
Lots of stuff that doesn't seem to add up which hopefully will be explained
River mentions once again that she's living her life with the Doctor in
reverse, so when did the Doctor give her his supped up sonic screwdriver
which she said he was supposed to have given her during their last time
together, which has to be in the Doctor's past? It can't have been Tennant's
Doctor because she didn't recognise him and thought he looked younger and we
all know he looked the same before he regenerated. If it was Matt Smith's
Doctor then why weren't we shown the moment, and it obviously must have
happened in the Doctor's time line before the story with the Weeping Angels
but the 11th Doctor hasn't seen her before that event.
I'd been assuming all along that it's the tenth doctor who gives river
the Sonic. I assume it happened between the third and fourth special.
River *does* recognize him, nothing she says even HINTS otherwise (In
fact, at the time, one of the things people kept harping on was that
River *recognizes him on sight*), but she *does* note that he looks
much "younger". Also, of course, the sonic he gives River is clearly
based on the tenth doctor's sonic: its settings are red and blue,
without a hint of green.
No, I think that far and a way the most straightforward explanation is
that during the missing time between the third and fourth special, the
Doctor is feeling melancholy over his impending death, and so he goes
to someone who he knows has seen what's next: he visits River. He's
haggard from the loss of Donna from warning of his impending death,
and from his recent brush with the dark side as the "Time Lord
Triumphant". This is why River considers him older than in Silence in
the Library: in the library, she sees a face he recognises, but she
sees him before he's had his spirit crushed by the events of Journey's
End and Waters of Mars. And, of course, he already knows what's going
to happen to happen to River, so he gives her his newly built two-tone
sonic -- one which he just recently built for this purpose, though
while building it, it occurs to him that if he just switched it to
green, he could get the best of both worlds without having to keep
switching back and forth between red and blue.
Post by Agamemnon
On top of that the Doctor mentions to River an adventure she's hasn't yet
been on when he's 200 years older so that doesn't add up either if every
time she meets him, he's younger. And how does she end up back in jail for
the Weeping Angels story if she's just escaped from it for this one?
I payed close attention to this scene. I don't think the Doctor
actually mentions any adventures she *has* been on. He "remembers"
things that she asks about, but doesn't volunteer any. Which leaves
open the possibility that the future-doctor is lying -- we know he's
misleading all of them in this scene.
Post by Agamemnon
Amy pregnant for 3 months then not pregnant. Is the Time Lord gestation
period 3 months or less? Still doesn't make sense even if the baby is a Time
Lord. She was with Rory for 2 months while the Doctor was away so that makes
5 months, so why didn't anyone notice her bump? Or could the Master be the
father I wonder.
The pictures demonstrate that Amy's had her memory manipulated. Given
that Moffat is the first showrunner who likes to use Time Travel as a
story element rather than just a mechanism to deliver the characters
to the plot, it wouldn't surprise me if Future-Doctor or the Silence
whisked Amy off somewhere during the "Three Months Later" bit.
Also, there's no reason to think Amy's five months pregnant at all. If
she'd been two months pregnant at the beginning of the episode, she
would be past the point of just *thinking* she was pregnant. She'd be
at the stage where you start seeing an obstetrician. Even Amy
wouldn't wait *two months* before telling Rory. No, it only makes
sense if we assume that she's no more than a few days late at the
time. Which means that she's no more than three and a half months
pregnant at the end of the episode if she actually lived through just
those three months.
But of course, now Amy's in some kind of quantum superposition where
she's both pregnant and not pregnant. And I think I just worked out
why... (I'll get to that in a minute)
Post by Agamemnon
How can Rory remember being an Auton unless he is still an Auton?
How could Rory remember dying in the Silurian base unless he was still
a human? When the Doctor created the new universe with the Pandorica,
it was created based on the old universe as recorded in the pandorica.
The Rory who is created in the new universe is based on the old Rory.
So even though he's human, and lived his normal life, and never even
met the Doctor until his wedding day, he, like everything else, was
created by extrapolating from a universe which contained a Rory who
traveled with the Doctor, and who died in the near future, and who was
a plastic centurion in roman-occupied Britton.
But all that leads me to my Grand Unified Theory.
See, I've been working for some time on a story about time travel, and
it's got me all thinking about possible ways causality could work in
the face of the possibility of changing history And I applied that to
what we've seen, and here's what I got...
We can conclude from the events of The Lodger that the Silence is
trying to develop TARDIS-like technology. I believe that the Silence
are trying to, essentially, elevate themselves to the position once
held by the Time Lords (the Kryllitane had similar ideas). And I'm
going to guess that part of their plan involves trying to *create* a
time lord for themselves.
Now, we know that the Silence had something to do with last season's
destruction of the universe (THough I've always been partial to the
idea that we've been misled, and the destruction of the universe was
actually orchestrated by *enemies* of the Silence, attemtping a
"scorched earth" policy. They don't say "Silence will win", but rather
"Silence will *fall*". As Rory said,
"Rome fell." But anyway...). I suggest that the actual goal of the
destruction of the universe *was Amy Pond*. That crack in her bedroom,
her travels with the Doctor, her ability to affect the recreation of
the universe, I suggest that all of this was engineered as part of
some process (which we haven't seen come to fruition yet), which will
eventually lead Amy to give birth to a Time Lord baby.
Hang on, because here's where it gets *really* complicated.
Thanks to the intervention of the Silence, Amy gives birth to a Time
Lord baby. I'm going to guess that this baby is born in the year most
overwhelmingly appropriate: 1963. The Silence steal the child to
control its development, eventually forcing it into that space suit,
to protect it or perhaps to contain it.
But, of course, this past episode makes everything go pear-shaped: the
domination of earth by the Silence is interrupted in 1969 thanks to
the Doctor's intervention. So by 2011, they're no longer in any
position to manipulate Amy's destiny.
And as a result, there's now a paradox going on in Amy's uterus. If
the Silence wins and maintains control, Amy is pregnant with a time
lord baby. But if they're defeated in the 70s, then she's not. But if
she's not, then there's no child to be in the space suit. And no calls
to Nixon. And therefore no Doctor discovering the Silence. And
therefore no embedded hypnotic suggestion in the moon landing footage.
And therefore the Silence maintains control. And gets Amy pregnant
with the spawn-of-time.
And so the result is that Amy's now carrying Schroedinger's Baby: she
is, as the TARDIS reports, both pregnant and not-pregnant at the same
So who shot the Doctor? Well, one way things can turn out is that the
Doctor defeats the Silence. But, of course, if the Doctor hadn't
summoned Rory. Amy, River, Carlton and himself to Utah to die at them,
they'd never have gone back to 1969 and started their war against the
Silence. So the Doctor knows he has to sacrifice himself. So I
suggest that he set the whole thing up. I won;t hazard a guess who
actually pulled the trigger. Could be the Doctor himself, crossing his
own time-stream. Could be River, though that seems sort of strange
(Why would River be in a 51st century prison for a 21st century
ANyway, just some fun speculation. I'd be surprised if what happens
follows closely to what i've said, but I'd also be surprised if they
don't hit one or two similar points.