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Lead up speculation that has all been Jossed or confirmed
The girl in the scarf isn't a Clara clone...but we're meant to think she is, because Moffat is such a troll.
Why Moffat really created the War DoctorIt's because Eccleston didn't want to return to the show so they had to create a Doctor that lived the Time War. So he nudged in an unknown regeneration that happened right before Nine. Alternatively he exist because they weren't sure they could get Eight to appear in an episode back then. So the War Doctor was born out of casting necessity. That and it allowed some Stunt Casting by having John Hurt play The Doctor.
The girl with the Scarf (Osgood) got it from No. 4considering that the 4th now works as curator of the gallery, it would only make sense that he would give his old scarf to his biggest fan...
The Other will appear in the 50th anniversary episode.Founders of the Time Lord society were Rassilon, Omega and the Other. So far, Omega appeared in The Three Doctors (10th anniversary) and Rassilon appeared in The Five Doctors (20th anniversary).
The 11th and the 10th Doctors will not get on so well.The 10th was still hurt over the events of the Time War, and the 11th at one point uses his genocide of the Time Lords as a Badass Boast. Also, the two have slightly differing sense of humor. I mean, how do you think a conversation regarding the bowtie is going to go?
The Great Intelligence will be a villainIn The Bells of St John it claimed to have grown stronger from feeding on human minds and escapes. Could this be building up to a later appearance?
The 50th anniversary will feature an alliance of enemiesPerhaps the Great Intelligence will build an army against the Doctor, like the Alliance but exploring their potential more. Daleks, Cybermen, Sontarans, Ice Warriors... Maybe the Master will be forced into recruitment but act as the The Starscream.
The anniversary will involve the Daleks.
The Zygons will be revealed to have infiltrated UNIT
The Ninth Doctor will appear after all.
John Hurt's Doctor...
The episode will begin around the Time War
Paul McGann's Doctor will show and regenerate.
The Twelth Doctor will appear at the very end of the Anniversary Special
A previous character will make a surprise appearance
The Title Sequence will have more than one Doctor
The Ninth Doctor will appear at the very end
The Doctor was split up into echoes in the Name of the Doctor
Paintings of the Previous Doctors will appear
Both Paul McGann and Christopher Eccleston will appear.Eight regenerates into Hurt in a flashback, and then Hurt regenerates into Nine.
A Time Lord will escape the Time War
The Day of the Doctor will start and end as the classic series didWill start with a modern day policeman walking past the screen as the TARDIS materializes and one of the Doctors (Ten/Eleven) walk out an say to there companion.
The Zygons will try to assassinate Elizabeth
Billie Piper is not playing Rose. She is playing the Bad Wolf
JHD, 10, and 11 will end the Time War together
The Sisterhood of Karn will help construct the Moment
JHD is a representation of the wilderness years
John Hurt's Doctor is what the Doctor saw in the Untempered Schism.This is how John Hurt's Doctor could be the secret the Doctor has run from all his lives, despite only showing up after the Eighth. A young First Doctor saw the Moment and knew that it would lead to the destruction of Gallifrey and that he was the one to use it. So he ran so that he would never find himself on Gallifrey when the Moment had to be used, but the Time War forced his hand.
The Moment did exactly what it was meant to do
Rose will imprint herself on the War Doctor's psyche, causing later regenerations to be so fixated on herIf the Rose we're seeing is indeed some kind of Bad Wolf version of the character, it could be her influence on the War Doctor's actions during the Time War will cause him to subconsciously remember her once he regenerates into the Ninth Doctor. That's part of why Nine chose her, after spending however much time on his own.
The Sisterhood of Karn will appear and gift the Doctor with new regenerationsThe Sisterhood were responsible for regenerating the Eighth Doctor into the War Doctor. They'll balance this in the 50th Anniversary special by granting the Doctor more regenerations.
The First Doctor will appearAs David Bradley, with his classic TARDIS.
In addition to the above guessThe 4th and 5th, (at this point I wonder if maybe all of them in some form) will also appear.
10 is from between "The Waters of Mars" and "The End of Time"
The Sisterhood of Karn lied.When they told the Doctor that their little dry-ice potions could affect his regeneration, they were actually lying. They knew he had it in him to end the war on his own, but he needed someone to light a fire under his ass and some way to convince himself his actions would be beyond his control. Thus, the potions, which actually do nothing. The War Doctor isn't inherently any more dangerous than any other incarnation, he just believes he is, so he lets himself be dangerous. Sort of a Magic Feather type deal. I mean, honestly, looking at Eight's actions in Big Finish Doctor Who, he's no harmless space hippie.
Also, possibly, when they told the Eighth that he was dead and they'd revived him for only four minutes, they were lying then too — he was in fact alive, although maybe not so well. They needed him to think he was already a dead man walking so he'd feel that he had nothing to lose. What was actually in the potion? Poison. Just so he'd regenerate and think he was now inherently a "warrior" rather than a doctor. And of course he bought it hook, line, and sinker.
The Poem of Demon's Run describes the War Doctor and the Time War.In The Night of the Doctor, the term "Good Man" is used again, going so far as to tie in the fact that in the mind of the Doctor, the terms "Good Man" and "Doctor" are the same thing. And then this Good Man went to war... "Demons run when a good man goes to war" - Demons - during the Time War, both Time Lords and Daleks came to be seen like this. "Friendship dies and true love lies" - By friendship, maybe good Time Lords like Romana? By true love lies, maybe Rose is going to lie to the War Doctor, even if she sees herself as the Doctor's love? "Night will fall and the dark will rise" - On the Time Lords and the Daleks, and the darkness in the Doctor will rise. "The battle's won but the child is lost" - the child might represent the Doctor's innocence maybe?
Osgood ("Yes") is the Curator's companionHence where she got the Fourth Doctor's scarf, the Curator gave it to her for old times' sake, since he was revisiting that face.
The Curator is the Doctor's final regenerationHe did say he was revisiting old faces, and that he would retire, so maybe the Curator is the Doctor more-or-less at the end of his life.
The Curator is a sort of reverse Valeyard, meta-fictionally
Ten had vague memories of this happening in his past, just like ElevenA line from Blink:
The Curator isn't actually The Doctor
The Curator is actually the Fourth DoctorHe looks older due to time streams overlapping, and knows what's going on because he was just there helping seal Galifrey and won't lose the memories until the time streams disentangle. He was just messing with Eleven about being from the future.
The Curator is actually Tom BakerIn the Doctor Who-verse Tom Baker never went into acting, and eventually became a museum curator where he likes to troll visitors by pretending to be from their future, because that would be very in-character for Tom Baker.
The Bald and Grumpy Time Lord General is actually RomanaBecause it has been repeatedly confirmed by word of god that time lords can change gender upon regeneration, and his comments on the doctor suggest a high level of familiarity.
The Moment isn't the ultimate weapon at all. It's the ultimate Failsafe / Reset Button.Ten and Eleven have memories of The Moment being used for destruction, which suggests that it originally was. But only because The Moment knew how to manipulate the Doctor(s) to bring about a reset later on.
Even if the Doctor does find Gallifrey, he can't do anything about it just yetThe Daleks still exist. In fact, as of right now they have rebuilt their empire and are as strong as ever. There's also the issue of Rassilon's maniacal idea; the military council in this episode make an offhand mention that the president and the high council have their own plans they are pursuing. If the Doctor locates Gallifrey he can't simply restore it and expect a happy ending; there is no reason the Daleks wouldn't immediately reopen hostilities and Rassilon wouldn't respond by going ahead and destroying creation to "ascend". Hell, he might do that anyway if given the chance. The Master would probably come back as well. In many ways, if he finds Gallifrey the Doctor will be in the same situation that Ten was in The End of Time; bringing it back doesn't solve anything by itself. Perhaps if he defeats the Daleks once and for all, finds a way to deal with Rassilon and the Master, and in general improves the universe enough that it and Gallifrey can peacefully coexist, then it can be done. Which adds a bit of poignancy to his quest to help as much as possible; it's the only way he can ever go home.
The Twelfth Doctor is on his way home when we see him in "The Day Of The Doctor".It's the easiest way for the Doctor to go home, and it explains why he isn't helping his past incarnations before the climax. The calculations were also finished with the Eleventh Doctor. So the Twelfth Doctor, hypothetically, did not 'need' to be there with his past.
What the Doctor saw in the Untempered Schism......were the beginnings of the calculations needed to save Gallifrey. The Doctor basically did the same trick as Rassilon and the Master, sending a message to himself back in his youth. The out-of-sync timelines left the memory as imperfect, perhaps showing him his involvement in Gallifrey's destruction, which would've certainly sent him running. However, over time he discovered that hidden in that nightmarish vision were the steps needed to avoid it. Again, the out-of-sync timelines prevent him from truly recalling it until the Eleventh Doctor's time, but the memories came and went enough that he was able to move things along at the right stages and make sure his every regeneration up to the Twelfth Doctor was present for the big event.
Gallifrey dies again.Seriously. Think about it. 2.47 billion children is all very sweet and all, but we're forgetting something: those children were Gallifreyan children, destined to grow up on Gallifrey under the Gallifreyan system. Since the late 2nd Doctor's era, the viewers have been gradually clued in, bit by bit, to the fact that Gallifrey is an awful, awful place - or rather, that it's quite a beautiful place which had the bad luck to be populated by the Time Lords, arguably the worst race in the entire galaxy. Decadent, corrupt, and rotten to the core - and that was BEFORE the war drove them so crazy that Rassilon's eventual endgame plan involved OMNICIDE. By the last day of the war - the day in which Gallifrey is currently suspended - the Time Lords were the one and only race in existence terrifying enough to make David Tennant's Doctor pick up a gun. Those children weren't saved. Their physical death has been postponed, but one way or another, Gallifrey has to die. There's more-or-less no other way this can end. Not so long as the Time Lords remain on the planet, anyway. You steal them away from one war, and how long do you REALLY think it will be before Rassilon and his chums start another one? Steal them away from that one too, and the corrupt political, legal and educational systems will sooner or later birth another Rassilon, and another one after that, and another one after that. The Doctor has had a self-deluded, romanticised view of Gallifrey ever since he was forced to blow it out of the sky to end the evil Final Solution campaign of the Time Lords, and the Time War with it. That's something he needs to get over. I'm not nearly as good a writer as many of the BBC staff, but the way I see it, there's only one satisfying way to bring closure to this whole story arc: The Thirteenth Doctor will find Gallifrey, and release it from stasis, and then be forced to confront the reality of just what exactly he's done: Not saved anyone, simply prolonged their suffering. You can save a species from natural disasters. You can save a species from another species. You can't save a species from itself. With no better options available to him, the Doctor will kill Gallifrey. Again. But this time, he understands. This time, he CAN'T delude himself. He KNOWS there was no alternative, not when you're dealing with a race like the Time Lords. So this time, he understands that he has nothing to atone for. He can move on. He can accept reality as it is, and he can heal. Doctor, heal thyself. Character development (and story arc) complete. Boom.
Post 50th Speculation
Gallifrey Falls No More is what the Face of Boe was refering to in Gridlock when he told Ten "You Are Not Alone".Remember that the idea of Jack living to become the Face of Boe is just conjecture. And it would make sense for it to be a hint at the survival of his race and homeworld to give the Doctor hope, rather than the return of his worst enemy which resulted in tragedy.
Gallifrey is hidden somewhere inside the TARDISAt some point while all of the Doctors were saving Gallifrey, putting it in stasis on a massive scale, they lost track of it, and have no idea if their plan succeeded (until the Curator came along and told Eleven that it worked). This WMG suggests that Gallifrey's pocket universe/stasis cube painting/whatever is currently inside the TARDIS, and has been there for a very long time - it's the perfect scenario, hiding something in a shape that is able to constantly rearrange itself - Gallifrey would be protected and untouched until the moment it needed to be released.
The Moment was constructed from Validium
The Curator went through a Time Window to the 16th Century and becomes Captain Redbeard Rum
Once he finds his way back to Gallifrey, the Doctor will free and redeem his people by turning them human and scattering them throughout the universe and time.The question of why humans look like Time Lords has never been resolved, nor has the question of why Human Aliens are so common in the Whoniverse. If the Doctor is to release his people from their stasis once and for all, yet not allow the likes of Rassilon or the Master to regain power and threaten the rest of the universe, the ideal way for him to do so would be to adapt the DNA-altering mechanisms that the "watches" from "Utopia" and "The Family of Blood" rely upon, and apply it en masse to every man, woman, and child on Gallifrey. We know that the Master became a decent person when he forgot his real identity and became Professor Yana, so turning the other Time Lords into humans (or Trakenese, Alzarians, Kaleds, Thals, whatever) and then dispersing them to Earth and the many, many worlds where Human Aliens are found could likewise give them all a fresh start. The Face of Boe wasn't talking about the Master when he said "You are not alone", he was talking about every human the Doctor's ever met. We, and all the Human Aliens who've likewise been his companions, are the descendants of Gallifreyans whose DNA was re-written to adapt us to life on other worlds. The Doctor was never cut off from his own people, only from his own culture.
The Moment is Clara, saving the doctor one more timeShe doesn't remember that particular instance because she was an AI that time, not a human.
Osgood is "Glasses" girlfriendCome on, it makes sense!
The Curator is the Twenty-Fourth Doctor.If the Doctor has thirteen more incarnations after the Eleventh, then The Curator is the final incarnation.
The Curator is a Zygon.A Zygon from the future time traveled to the year in which "Terror of the Zygons" took place because it knew where The Doctor had encountered its people. It captured the Fourth Doctor long enough to imitate him and troll the Eleventh Doctor into believing that Gallifrey is still out there. For all we know, it thought that Gallifrey was really gone forever and wanted to send The Doctor on a futile quest.
The Twelfth Doctor has a facial disfigurement.Which is why we do not see all of his face. This will be revealed over the course of Capaldi's tenure.
All Doctor actors really did come back for the 50th anniversary.Steven Moffat used a time machine to bring back every actor who has played the Doctor when they were each at their prime. However, nearly all of "The Day of the Doctor" had been filmed by the time he did this, so he was only able to shoot them all standing together in the final scene.
The reason for Steven Moffat creating the War Doctor.The Steven Moffat of the future went back in time and told himself about the War Doctor. This event is a Stable Time Loop.
The War Doctor technically regenerated/outright died multiple times.8 was outright resurrected, and "The End of Time" had a line about combatants "dying only to be brought back." Who's to say this didn't happen to War? Also War was a regeneration who's personality was determined on purpose, so he could've managed to repeat the process in order to deal with the whole War Is Hell thing. While "Time of the Doctor" would seem to contradict the whole "War had a number of regenerations", that doesn't mean it couldn't have happened: somewhere else there's a Wild Mass Guessing that the Sisterhood of Karn resurrected him rebooted his regeneration cycle, which may very well be the case. War only changed to 9 because Gallifrey stands/the whole "being really old" ended up being a limitation, and thus underwent a natural regeneration. If this is the case, the War Doctor regenerated seven times while retaining the same form. Also it's highly unlikely that the Doctor in general would last long enough to become an old man: the only incarnations that managed to do this are 1(who spent most of his life on Gallifrey) and 11. Hell, 8 was the only one to be noticeably older, and not by much.
Whilst there were at least 13 incarnations of the Doctor, there were multiple versions of the same Doctor.My reasoning from this is taken from Stargate SG-1, where in it was states that for a planet wide coverage of Tollan Ion Cannons requires at least 38 of the things. Now with Gallifrey being slightly larger than Earth, there would be more than 38 points to cover the planet inside the stasis field. This is my explanation for why we saw 7 in at least two different outfits, and is also the basis for my head-canon reason as to why Meta-Crisis and Doctor Donna were also there, albeit along with everyone else involved during the Journey's End episode, but meh
In the preview of the theatrical version, the 11th Doctor claims to have just seen the 100th anniversary special with all 57 Doctors......so this means:
For the 100th anniversary one story will be a multiversal teaming of Doctors
No one remembers the Twelfth Doctor's appearance at Gallifrey.In The Time of the Doctor, the Eleventh Doctor explains to Clara that a Time Lord has twelve regenerations available to them. He goes on to explain that, despite being the Eleventh "Doctor", he's the twelfth regeneration because of the War and Metacrisis Doctors. Yet, in The Day of the Doctor, the Twelfth Doctor/thirteenth regeneration makes his presence known during the mission to Gallifrey. This might seem innocent enough to us the viewers (to which this hadn't been revealed yet) and to the First through Ninth Doctors (who wouldn't know about Metacrisis), but the Tenth and Eleventh should've known better and possibly taken from this that they had more ahead of them, but Eleven speaks as if he's fully aware that he is the single last incarnation. As stated at the end of The Day of the Doctor, neither the Tenth nor War Doctors will clearly remember the events of that story because of how out of sync the timelines became. The only one among them who remembers clearly is the Eleventh, the most current Doctor present. But that's the thing: Eleven wasn't the most current Doctor. He has the clearest memory of them all because he was the most recent Doctor central to what happened, but he was affected by it, same as the others and never realized it.
Osgood's first name is Jessica...
The Seventh Doctor hit the wrong button at one point.
Christopher Eccleston (Nine) will appear in the 80th anniversary episode in 2043.
Nobody at UINT (except possibly Osgood) knows that the Curator is a future incarnation of the Dcotor