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This is a "Wild Mass Guess" entry, where we pull out all the sanity stops on theorizing. The regular entry on this topic is elsewhere. Please see this programme note.
Doctor Who Series 6
WARNING! THERE MAY BE UNMARKED SPOILERS!

Flesh (from The Rebel Flesh) is based upon Vespene tech.
Because I recall that The Doctor mentioned there being alien technology involved in the process, and the process seems to be akin to that of the Vespene duplicates. It also would explain Rory's empathy, as he remembers being a Vespene duplicate.
  • Don't you mean Nestene? As in Auton-Nestenes? Vespene is sort of a gas....
  • I think Rory would probably be sympathetic anyway; the only real difference between the situation he was in and that of the Gangers is that the original Rory wasn't around when he was an Auton.

The "flesh" technology from The Rebel Flesh is related to Sontaran cloning technology.
The Doctor mentions it's somehow alien in origin and in a season four two-parter (Doctor and Donna travel to earth to answer a distress call from Martha Jones) the Sontarans clone a copy of Martha in a similar looking vat. Also, the brass-looking acid suits are very similar in shape to the general Sontaran suit shape. Rebel Flesh cloning technology is either derived from Sontaran tech or is actually the origin of Sontaran technology. And to be honest, even if this is Jossed, it would have still worked really well as a plot.

The Flesh is related to the technology used on Gallifrey to create new Time Lords
The Doctor was too freaked out by that goop for it to not have some greater relevance, and he was rather reticent to discuss it. It hasn't just made a copy of the Doctor, it's made a completely functioning Time Lord, with all the regenerative and superhuman powers that would suggest, as well as implying that the Time Lords are (of course) not completely done for.
  • Makes sense. The Time Lords have the DNA of two of them scanned by a loom to create a new one. Perhaps they were modified for the Time War to use one person and create a perfect copy. Someone like, say, The Doctor or The Master bites it, just use their DNA and bring them back. It could explain how they brought The Master back to life for the war, and why The Doctor now has hundreds of regenerations. They got tired of bringing him back. Plus, it seems that it's caused a bit of mental problems in the Gangers (the nicest of the humans became a giant bitch and the giant bitch became the nicest). Perhaps that's what caused the Time Lords to become so evil, the damage from repeated copying. Notice that The Doctor informs them that the Ganger's heart stopped. He was 100% human at that point. So it stands to reason that 11.5 (Goopy?) will end up fully Time Lord.
    • The TARDIS can stablize the Flesh to prevent it from changing back to its goo-y form, which may be Fridge Brilliance it this was true, since it will help newly-born Time Lords to stabilize.
    • Now I think of it, isn't the Doctor supposed to be the perfect genetic reincarnation of one of the first Time Lords? I think it was a novel, so dubious canonically, but if the real Doctor is a copy, what makes Copy Doctor a copy? Oh no now I have a headache.
    • That was the point of the episode. For all intents and purposes, the Gangerdoctor is exactly the same man as the original Doctor in any way. There is no "clone" or "copy" of the Doctor, they are both, at the fundamental level, equal.
      • I made this guess after the first episode, so it still wasn't certain if the Ganger Doctor was a clone or a 'real' Time Lord, but that makes even more sense. What are the chances humans have technology capable of creating whole Time Lords from scratch? That's something only the looms could do. A cheap copy that degrades maybe, but not a proper one.
  • I thought it was scavenged from Sontaran tech. They created a clone Martha who required the actual Martha to be plugged in. Gangers could be a variation of this.
Possible motives for the Doctor's allies in A Good Man Goes To War.

Madame Kovarian has personal reasons for trying to kill the Doctor
It just feels that way. She risked her life for this plan to work but still said the Doctor is a good man (and good men have rules). She hasn't been foiled by the Doctor many times before (in his timeline), so we can assume it's in her future. Adding to that, the reason she didn't just shoot the Doctor or set Demons Run to explode (making sure that she's the only flesh copy left and thus eliminating anything Time Lord-like) is that something he did in his future made all this possible, or gave her her motivation in the first place. The trap is to send him to either find a younger Kovarian and give her that motivation or make all this possible in some other way.
  • Given that she's associated with the Silence, it's just as possible she's an indrocinated fanatic. Noting the Doctor is a good man could come from their post-hypnotic control being limited

Madame Kovarian is a female regeneration of the Master.
It would explain her obsession with him; maybe the Master went crazy/crazier after John Simm's version regenerated into Frances Barber's version and decided on killing the Doctor instead of flirting with him. She certainly does act a little like the Master's Large Ham self in Closing Time, and the Master's being "a bit hypnotic" could explain how she got the clerics and the Silence on her side. Finally, all that Tick-tock stuff has got to be related to the drumming somehow.
  • Impossible-there's no Foe Yay between Kovarian and the Doctor!

The company in The Rebel Flesh works for the Sontaran Empire
Think about this for a moment: Sontarans reproduce exclusively via cloning, they cloned Martha Jones in a manner very similar to The Flesh, and those Anti-Acid suits look an awful lot like a Sontaran Battle-Suit...

Series Six will deconstruct Davies' habit of not knowing when to quit with his pet characters by having River turn out to be Not A Nice Person, Period, or perhaps just an especially persistent admirer of the Doctor's.

The Doctor will eventually have to reboot the Randomiser just so she'll go away and people will stop talking about her, already.
  • She's already untrustworthy, a Child Soldier and very likely killed the Doctor. Take what you will from that.
    • Plus she would have risked the whole of time and space just for him. The Doctor wasn't amused.
    • She's both insane and sociopathic, but still claimed by some to be a Creator's Pet and Canon Sue. Take from that what you will.
    • This one is Jossed, River was recently taken off the Creator's Pet page. She doesn't meet the criteria. River's also in the previews for season seven. Hopefully, she'll be in Doctor Who for a few years yet.

Madame Kovarian is Amy's Valeyard.
Much like how the Valeyard is the distilled, potential evil inside the Doctor's heart, Kovarian is the embittered possible future version of Amy Pond. Amy Pond is a Paradox Person who grew up with the cracks in time, so alt-timeline versions of her could easily exist. Said alt-future version? The bitter, Doctor-hating Amy Pond from "The Girl Who Waited." Kovarian decided to kidnap Melody Pond as a sort of twisted, degenerated take on her desire to raise the daughter she lost, combined with the Stable Time Loop of Amy's life. She looks different because Kovarian is trying to dissociate herself with her past self. Her being a Valeyard expy would foreshadow the appearance of the actual Valeyard
  • More like River's Valeyard. She is a time lord, and they bear a great resemblance, which they kept teasing. Only that arc is over, and nothing of the sort happened.
    • Still, Kovarian probably has some relationship with the Doctor-the kind of vindictiveness she shows can't just be an impersonal grudge.

We will never get the answer to the First Question.
"Silence will/must fall when the Question is asked." Moffat is telling us that if we ever learned who the Doctor is, the show would Jump the Shark and eventually be cancelled, becoming "silent."
  • Or it will be saved until the BBC decides to end the show, possibly resulting in a massive breakage of the fourth wall.

The first question - Doctor Who? - Death is the only answer
More precisly the doctors name and the answer to the first question is Death. Remember the Doctor who mini-episode in which the doctor meet Albert Einstein and Einstein turned into an Ood, well it was written by a group of children and was supposedly revised slightly by Moffat. The name of it was Doctor Who - Death Is the Only Answer. The question doctor who is asked and answered in the title and secondly the phrase appears in the episode but really do not make much sense in context and it feels a bit to morbid to have been written by a group of children. Doctors name is death.

We already know the Answer to the Question.
It's 42, naturally.
“Question and the Answer are mutually exclusive. Knowledge of one logically precludes knowledge of the other. It is impossible that both can ever be known about the same Universe.”
  • The question is already known in-universe. When they find out the answer the universe ends, and Silence falls.

The Question is "What is the Doctor's name?"
  • Almost. See above, it's essentially this reworded.

The First Question... is "Doctor who?"
  • That very question was asked back in Silver Nemesis (which also saw the Seventh Doctor wear a fez, oddly enough...). It wasn't answered, but it was hinted that the answer reached back to ancient times, and that there was something dark and terrible about it. Something about the Doctor not being what he claims to be.
    • As the classic Who fans will know, these kinds of ideas were floated back in the Seventh Doctor's era as part of the (never completed) Cartmel Masterplan, with the idea that the Doctor's true identity was a dangerous and powerful secret. Between Executive Meddling and the cancellation, the Masterplan never reached is completion except in the Virgin New Adventures novels; the ultimate reveal was that the Doctor was a reincarnation of a figure from the dawn of Time Lord history, a contemporary of Rassilon and the true power behind the ancient Gallifreyan throne.
    • It was asked a lot further back than "Silver Nemesis". Try "An Unearthly Child". It was first asked by Ian Chesterton.
      • Actually, it was first asked by the Doctor himself. Ian, assuming from Susan's pseudonym that the Doctor's last name was Foreman, called him "Doctor Foreman". The Doctor paused and said to himself, "Eh, Doctor who? What's he talking about?"
  • From Moffat's "The Girl in the Fireplace":
    Madame de Pompadour: Doctor... doctor who? It's more than just a secret, isn't it?
    • Well, we do seem to be in the middle of a Moffat Masterplan...
  • While it definitely seems like a good possibility, the Doctor himself asked it in the episode. Even if the below theory of it taking more then just words is accurate, it seems odd to reveal the matter of the question, and have someone ask it within 10 minutes of each other.
  • So the answer is the Doctor's true name? No wonder he never tells anyone!
    • Except River, the daughter of the one who will bring the silence. And, of course, there's only one time the Doctor ever would or could tell anyone his name... why that would bring Silence I have no idea.
  • Confirmed!

River will be there, on the Fields of Trenzalore.
That's when she learns his name, because he has to answer the Question.
  • Ten: "There's only one reason I would ever tell anyone my name. There's only one time I could."

The Answer is...
Eleven: "...well, I don't know."
There's a good reason why the Doctor never tells anyone what his name is — even he doesn't know! It's been basically proven (both in canon and by Wordof God that he doesn't really know how old he is — in the classic series, he's been known to call himself over a thousand years old, but now he's in his nine hundreds. So, why/how would he really remember or know what his name is?
  • Because River told him it to gain his trust, and he visibly reacted. And why would someone forgetful bury his name from the Carrionites and the Sibyllines? He's stated to be in his 1100s as of "Closing Time" (but in "The Impossible Astronaut"), but that's neither here nor there.

The Answer is...
  • Doctor Pond. He changed his name when he married River.
    • Maybe taking the wife's name is Time Lord tradition. The Doctor referring to Rory as "Mister Pond" when he married Amy reflects this.
    • I noticed that River married the Doctor on the day she was made a Doctor. So I think either this is an Incredibly Lame Pun or "Doctor Song" is the answer to the question...
  • not answerable with words, but rather by the actions of the Doctor himself. Is he the healer? The warrior? His actions will decide that, not his words.
  • actually the Doctor's name. Who knows, Moffat might fake us out by using the obvious solution. Reverse psychology and all.
    • It's really his name, but he's been running from it all his life because off some Gallifreyen history thing. Maybe he's the reincarnation of Omega!
  • not going to be said because the Doctor will regenerate just before being asked. Knowing the Question is coming, and that the answer is what sort of person he is, he will voluntarily regenerate. Then the dialogue will go:
    (Unknown): Doctor who?
    Twelfth Doctor: I really don't know yet. Am I ginger?
    • Has a chance of being true. At the Fall of the Eleventh the question will be asked. Eleventh what? The Eleventh Doctor. Silence must fall. The Doctor must die. Nobody said anything about regeneration, did they?
  • going to be revealed in the 50th Anniversary Special. Whatever it is, whatever the circumstances, and especially if the above is true and he regenerates, this Question should definitely be answered in the 50th Anniversary Special, preferably with as many Doctors present as possible.
  • nonexistant, or at least ever-changing. Because he regenerates and changes.
  • The TARDIS 'admin' password - which the Doctor set as his name. He thinks the only time he could only share it with someone is if he finds someone he trust with full control over the TARDIS (read: a Time Lord/Lady he comes to trust completely). When the answer is revealed on the Fields of Trenzalore, something uses it to blow up the TARDIS, leading to the cracks in time arc, the universe going boom, and silence falling.
  • This troper is surprised no one thought of this yet. A name could only have this much weight if it is the name of someone great or terrible, or both. A name the Doctor is ashamed of, a name which the Doctor regrets ever having. A name that all the universe would recognize immediately. A name that would not only encourage him to run from his own people, but necessitate it. The name of a true madman. Rassilon.
    • I just got fucking chills. Who are you, and can you go write for the show now??
  • Apollo. Apollo is the god of healing and the chief god of the Oracle, while the Doctor has a name meaning "healer" and has travelled all across time, fitting the oracle part. At the same time, Apollo is a god of diseases, similar to how the Doctor leaves disaster among his wake. It's a good old Meaningful Name. Hey, the Master has one too: Koschei.
  • "Hartnell." It would be a pretty nice tribute to the man who started it all.
  • "Me" because of Exact Words.
  • "Doctor River Song" because the question will be asked in response to a vague statement: "The Doctor will put an end to you!" "Ha, Doctor who?" "Doctor River Song". The Silents will then have on Oh Crap moment and be promptly shot down a cliff/well/hole because ''Silence must fall."
  • "Doctor Rory Williams." Because "Doctor" means "a great warrior." And The Last Centurion is among the greatest of them all.
  • "Hugh." Duh.
  • " "
  • Silence. This means that the Doctor's name has been hidden in plain sight in prophecies and whatnot, and that they actually refer to him and not the group of The Silence. And that word is only used when absolutely necessary (by River Song) as the closest personification to his name possible since the Doctor's actual, literal name is nothing (and thus, incomprehensible)... the true meaning of silence.

The Doctor's name is 42.
We always knew the answer. Now we know the Question. Just for heaven's sake don't answer the Question.

The Doctor's name is "The Doctor".
Hear me out. What is a name, really, but a statement of who you are? His name is The Doctor because that is what he is, a healer, the man who makes people better, even, as they say in the gamma forests, a great warrior. The Doctor is his name because it is what he has become. Confirmed: That was the answer Clara gave and the Silence did fall...

The Twelfth Doctor will answer the Question.
The Fall of the Eleventh, it could be the regeneration of the Eleventh Doctor. It has been widely theorized that the Tenth Doctor spent a regeneration on his hand, which would make the Twelfth Doctor the last. Who better to reveal his last remaining secret?

The Doctor will reveal the Answer because he's just plain given up on going on.
The experience that leads up to his final regeneration may be so unpleasant and tiring that, having finally had enough with everything ever, he will just drop everything he's been clinging onto and essentially go, "Fuck it. You want to know? You really want to fucking know? FINE."
  • This would actually fit in great with Eleven's characterization...

The power of the Answer is a side effect of the Doctor's greatest malady...
Essentially being God. Through his actions, the Doctor has become the most important person ever to have lived. The one thing he holds sacrosanct above all others is his name, so it has become such on a universal level. When it is revealed, that's it. No more point in going on, for anyone or anything, even time and space themselves.

There is no Answer, and asking the Question will kill off the Silence, not the Universe.
"Silence must fall when the Question is asked", right? What I figure is that it's a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy / Petard-Hoisting about the end of the Silence themselves. They'll all end up at Trenzalore to prevent the Doctor from getting there (which will backfire spectacularly, natch), someone will ask the Question, and whatever's in charge of Trenzalore that prevents you from speaking falsly or refusing to answer will have some kind of massive freakout when faced with a question that doesn't have an answer. Boom go the Silence, boom goes Eleven, hello Twelve.
  • This would possibly also be a Stable Time Loop, since the Silence may have named themselves after the prophecy's mention of silence falling, based upon the assumption that they would make silence fall when (and if) the Question is asked by killing the Doctor.

The Question's status as the First may have been the result of a particularly wibbly-wobbly Stable Time Loop
If the Question's immense power is derived from its status as the First... bear with me. When time broke down and the distress signal was sent, it was sent all across time... including the very beginning, when the very first sentient mind in the universe to be capable of understanding it, at the very beginning of its sentience, wouldn't have had a damn clue who the Doctor was. It's wibbly-wobbly because the universe hadn't contained that event yet when the Question's status became known and the Silence were formed and they tried to kill the Doctor with River Song. Of course, it's not really a time loop if the fact that it's the First Question isn't what makes it so dangerous.

The First Answer
  • It's so obvious. "No, just the Doctor."

The "Fall of the Eleventh" does not refer to the Eleventh Doctor's regeneration.
Because that's just way too obvious. And too soon.
  • "Too soon" depends on how long Moffat keeps it hanging over our heads.

The question does not actually refer to his name, but that's how the Doctor will answer it anyways.
Just because he has to tell the truth doesn't mean he can't "misunderstand" the question...

The Answer to The Question of "Doctor who?" will be a meta-reveal that it was a show all along.
  • The Question is referred to as the oldest question in the Universe, hidden in plain sight. Doctor Who? Perhaps it would have been better stated that it was the oldest question in the Whoniverse. And The Doctor knows a secret that must never be told that ties in with that question. The Reveal will be that this is all just a television show, and that when The Doctor reveals that to the world, the world must, of course, end.

Jesus is the Answer.
  • Every time this troper sees a bumper sticker that says "Jesus is the answer" she wonders what the question is. Now we know.
    • Doctor Jesus... kinda has a ring to it.

The Answer is...
  • ...Doctor Horrible! Cue evil laugh, regeneration, and enter Neil Patrick Harris, the Twelfth Doctor.
  • Doctor Forman

We'll never hear the Doctor's real name.
We know that his name is pronouncable by humans, and in a reasonably short amount of time, because River Song whispers it in his ear. The reason he doesn't tell other people is because, by extraordinary coincidence, his name sounds exactly like a string of English curse words. They simply can't air his name on TV, and the Doctor doesn't like to say because it sound's like he's just swearing for no reason at other people.
Companion: Doctor, what's your name?
Doctor: Fuckshitcunt.
(Beat)
Companion: Well, fuck you too! Jeez!

The Doctor's real name is "Victorious"
Well actually the word that means 'victorious' in Galifryan, hence why he once said it was unpronouncable to humans.

The Question, asked in context, is "Doctor, who?"
The question isn't being asked of The Doctor, but to The Doctor. Because the context changes everything.

The Answer will be "Valeyard".

Literal "silence" will fall.

The most anticlimactic interpretation possible: when the question is asked, everybody will just shut up for a moment to hear the answer, ergo, silence will have fallen. Then the question will be answered and back to business.

The First Answer is...
...an anagram of the phrase 'the Medusa Cascade', or possibly just 'Medusa Cascade'. It's hidden in plain sight!
  • Dasacca M. E. Deus? Scade C. Amadeus?

The Doctor will not answer the Question with his name...
One, because there is no way to reveal it without basically ruining the greatest mystery in television history, and two, because he said so himself in "Asylum of the Daleks".
Daleks: "Doctor who?! Doctor who?!"
The Doctor: "Fellas... You're never gonna stop asking."

The answer is "I'm Batman"
Not saying this seriously, but much like how we often can see that X is a Time Lord, there is sufficient evidence that the Time Lord's true name is, in fact, Batman.
  • First appeared on television in the sixties? Check.
  • Portrayed by lots of different actors with wildly varying portrayals? Check.
  • (Usually) Hates guns? Check.
  • Has a cool vehicle? Check.
  • Also, it would explain why he'd never said it before: He can't, since it's trademark DC Comics.

Trenzalore is a point where realities and timelines intersect, a "Dark Tower"-esque hub of the universe.
  • For one thing, it would be a nice setting for a big event if that were true. In addition, apparently if you translate each part of the name from various languages, it comes out as "Trains of [or behind] lore", suggesting that its some kind of hub, perhaps a grand train station where all history comes and leaves from.
    • Sort of, but just for the Doctor. And it's the version of the TARDIS that's in Trenzalore, not Trenzalore itself.

The answer to the question will be, simply, "yes".
On the Fields of Trenzalore, at the Fall of the Eleventh, when no living creature can speak falsely or fail to answer, a question will be asked. Knowing this, the Doctor will try to warn whoever he is with, at which point they might ask: "Which question? Doctor Who?"

Some double meaning to the exact words of the question

The only time the question is explicitly quoted - at the end of The Wedding of River Song - Dorium repeats the words three times, placing particular emphasis on the final syllables "DOC - TOR - WHO". When the Doctor says it at the end of Asylum of the Daleks, he does so exactly the same way.

The repetitions and also the pronunciation of the last bit could have particular significance.

  • In The Bells of St. John, the Doctor also goads Clara Oswald into asking the question three times.

The series will change name once the question is answered

It will become "Doctor <actual name of the Doctor>". Hence all the ominous predictions about the end of the universe: it's the end of a series and the beginning of another. Granted, it's not likely to happen, but I really expect something very meta as far as this answer is concerned. Right now this is all I can think of.
The answer to the first question will be...
  • ..."All of them", and then all previous Doctors will appear.

As suggested above, Silence Must Fall because the Doctor has no real name.
As it turns out, the Doctor has been hiding from his name literally all his life-as in, from having a name in the first place. For whatever reason, the Doctor's parents/pre-incarnation/whoever refused to give him a name because of the power of a lack of a name. That, and possibly whatever's causing the time cracks could be held off with such a power. Now, I bet you're asking, if this is the case, how did River tell the Doctor his name? She didn't-she simply said that he was nameless. The Doctor wouldn't be able to say anything when truthfully answering "Doctor Who". There'd just be silence.

The eyepatches let people remember the Silence
  • Not necessarily the eyepatch itself. If one wanted to remember the Silence, they would remove one of their eyes, hook it up to their brains wirelessly (or something), and keep it looking permanently at a Silent. You would be missing an eye, hence, eyepatch.
    • Confirmed.
      • Specifically, the eyepatches stimulate your memory functions so you remember them.

The Silence and the Silents are two different things.
The Silents are an alien race that serve something called the Silence or are working towards an event called the Silence. Thus when they say Silence will fall, they are not referring to themselves, rather to their goals.
  • The Silence is a religious organisation. Probably confirmed.

The Silents and the Ood are closely related
  • The Silents' faces look like silly putty somebody dragged their fingers through. It could be the precursor or descendants of the Ood tentacles.
  • The Ood were developing time travel technology when we last saw them, and somhow advancing way faster than they should. It was never explained. Perhaps they got as far as the Black TARDIS?
  • There is a scary Ood in the trailer for "The Doctor's Wife". Eyes glowing green this time, almost creepier than red.
    • The episode gives no connection to the Silence. The green-eyed Ood is possessed by a being from another universe.
  • The Silents' sits even look like they're made from the same sort of material as the Ood's outfits.
  • Fact is, no matter how much they were abused, the Ood are a scary looking people. And they have reason to be angry with humanity.
    • The Silents'/Silence's anger seems more focused on the Doctor.

Between 1969 and 2011, The Silence did something to reverse or counter the hidden extermination order in the moon landing.
It is unlikely that Amy, Rory or River never saw the moon landing video during their lifetimes, but none of them were compelled to kill any Silent they see on sight. With those two episodes being a Stable Time Loop set up by the future Doctor (supposedly), they should have been affected but they weren't.
  • They wouldn't need to. Whenever you look away from a Silent, you forget. It'll be as if there wasn't any change to the moon landing video, and you will never know.Quite simply, The Silence may have used the same trick the Doctor did back in 1969... embed a hidden message into something that many, many people were sure to watch, telling them to submit and listen to whatever The Silence order them to and that this order supersedes all others now and forever (making the moon landing video useless).
  • The Royal Wedding perhaps? 0.5 Billion? NO!! 2.5 Billion. The Doctor would have to wait a while to beat that!

The Silence are behind the whole of Madame Kovarian's operation, and also the attempt to blow up the TARDIS (without knowing the consequences).
The motivation for the anti-Doctor group led by Madame Kovarian still hasn't been adequately explained ('boo-hoo the docter is scary' doesn't quite satisfy me), and the idea of 'Silence will fall' was set up as being way too big to blow its whole load in the first two episodes (and we know that the characters from the Lodger will return...) so after the Doctor destroyed the Silent Empire, they created the Anti-Doctor organization slowly (only took 'em three millenia) as a means of revenge against him. This is actually plan B after plan A - blow up the TARDIS - somehow failed (I guess the voice in the TARDIS just before it explodes is a silence? Maybe).

The Silence are Slendermen
Or their leader is. They look remarkably similar (Tall, Slender, Male, in a suit) and fans have wanted this for a while and Steven Moffat complied.
  • And after having seen the first episode of Season Six, this guess looks ever more plausible. The business suits, the tallness, the general creepiness, the fact that they mess with memories... It's almost like Moffat has been watching Marble Hornets and said "Yeah, that'd make a great villain!"
  • The one few memories that exist of them are so faint and vague we incorporate them into stories. Creating the illusion that there is only one of them, when there are many identical and also the reason we most often depict the Slender Man as The Blank, because their face is too alien and horrifying for us to take in.

The Doctor has encountered the Silence before.
However, he has (naturally) forgotten all about them. One of the Silence mentioned being on Earth since fire and the wheel. The making of fire was a major goal of the cavemen in the very first episode of the series. The Doctor wasn't all that heroic in this episode, so intentional thwarting is somewhat out of the question. Accidental stowaways on the TARDIS perhaps? Stranded in pre-history, their plans for recovery delayed by the Doctor, whether he knew it at the time or not.

The Silence aren't, as a whole, actually evil.
Aside from traitors or others coerced in some way, they are more than content to share the Earth and help humanity (and themselves). Perhaps the Doctor was used to try and exterminate them once the Silence organization didn't need them anymore, which nearly succeeded. He will then free and help the enslaved ones, who will then go back into obscurity and live as they always did.

There's a Silent hiding within the TARDIS
At two points in the Lodger, there are scenes where Amy, stuck in the TARDIS as it tries and fails to complete a materialisation, is talking to the Doctor when something odd happens. As the Doctor talks, once in Craig's spare room and once on the football field, Amy looks off screen, gasps and looks shocked and then cries "Hey!" before the scene carries on as usual. During the second time, as she reacts like this, the Doctor says "Hang on" as she cries "Hey!" - she repeats his "Hang on" in an uncertain tone of voice and shakes her head as if trying to wake from a tired state. Later on, as the Doctor and Craig race upstairs to help Sophie and Amy experiences turbulence in the TARDIS, over the earpiece she can be heard to cry "Doctor!", and then inexplicably say "Hang on..." in the same uncertain tone that she did earlier. Her actions here aren't explained. Perhaps the Silent was the pilot of the primitive TARDIS above Craig's flat, and the disturbance that caught the TARDIS was it managing to transport itself into the Doctor's TARDIS. On two occasions, Amy saw it darting away from her out of the room, causing the reaction, but the trademark effect of the Silence kicks in and she immediately forgets it happened. As we also know that seeing the Silence can leave a post-hypnotic suggestion in a person's mind, maybe seeing this Silent accidentally left the Doctor's command of "Hang on" in Amy's mind, which then came back to her mind when she was again in danger of being lost in the Vortex as the Doctor was warning her about. It's not long after this - the next episode, in fact - that the TARDIS inexplicably shoots off to 26/06/2010 with River Song and explodes despite her efforts - was the Silent in the TARDIS sabotaging it? And if it was, was it killed in the explosion, or could it have survived? Could it still be in the TARDIS even now, watching the Doctor? And if it is, what happens when it warns the rest of the Silence that the Doctor survived Lake Silencio?
  • Also worth noting is that at the end of "The Eleventh Hour," when Amy is looking at the TARDIS' interior for the first time, she looks toward the ceiling and starts to breathe shakily as if she's scared, and quickly turns around to the Doctor in response but playfully asks "Why me?" Perhaps she saw a Silent (they do hang from ceilings, after all) and meant to alert the Doctor but as soon as she turned around, she forgot about it. As for whether or not the Silent could have survived the TARDIS' explosion (as I'm almost certain that it would have been the one who altered the TARDIS so that it could be controlled and detonated remotely), that could really go either way (assuming that it didn't simply leave the TARDIS before it was set to explode). When Amy remembered the Doctor back into existence, the TARDIS appeared with him, so that would suggest that its recreation would be dependent on her memory. Silents edit themselves out of peoples' memories, so it may have inadvertently edited itself out of existence. However, the thought of it may have still been present in Amy's subconscious mind, and that may have been enough to restore it.

The leader of the Silence is The Master.
The cracks allowed for the Master to escape from the Time War. Then, using mind control and his knowledge of the Doctor, he formed the Silence, the "Silence" referring to him wanting to silence the drums in his head. The TARDIS exploded because of the master expoiting his knowledge of TARDIS's and possibly the laser screwdriver and it was blown up to cause a Stable Time Loop where the cracks appear because the TARDIS blew up allowing the master to escape in the first place. The Pandorica was built so that the Doctor would cause the Big Bang II and stop the universe from ending so that the Master could rule over it.

The Silence are the reason why The Grey exists.
Think of how alien abductions go? You're kidnapped by immaculate humanoid figures with bulbous heads, big old eyes(or in the Silence's case, eye-sockets) and super-advanced technology. You can't directly remember it, its usually recalled via hypnosis and dreams and there's no physical evidence. Sounds like the Silence, doesn't it? While the abducted can't remember what happened, the Silence did enough so that the idea of "something" kidnapping them remains(or the Silence allowed a subconscious memory so that the idea of actual alien abduction is laughed off as a delusion). The Grey is an attempt to fill in the blanks-and long before we thought up of the idea of an alien, we thought they were demons, angels or even faeries. After the moon landing, the Silence had to deal with them while they were delirious or asleep, allowing them to restrain you before they can grab a weapon-hence why those abducted by aliens in sleep recall being paralysed during all this.

The Silents were not constantly manipulating humanity
If so shouldn't they have been in Berlin to interact in Let's Kill Hitler? I prefer to think that they do manipulate humanity but most of the time just a small number observe humanity. At certain points they again start to manipulate humanity, like when they really need something. If they were really constantly manipulating humanity it would probably soon have fallen into chaos without their manipulation. Perhaps the Silents started wide-scale interaction again around the Cuban Missile Crisis to prevent nuclear war, and continued to 1969.
  • Well, they mostly live underground, so it's doubtful that they are constantly active on the surface, but the point is that they've had an influence on humanity for all of Earth's history. And frankly, I wouldn't want to be out and about, looking as weird as I did all grey and tall and Scream-like, when some dictator in Germany is trying to kill everything that doesn't fit his mold of perfection.
    • So the Silents only felt worried about appearing here? I still find it odd people wouldn't already attack them on sight.

The Silents influenced Xerxes to invade Greece
Apparently Xerxes after his Uncle Artabanus told him not to invade Greece decided not to. However according to Herodotus a tall man appeared over his bed and told him to do so. This happened the next night and Xerxes told his Uncle the same thing would happen if Artabanus slept in his bed. Artabanus did so and the man threatened to burn Artabanus' eyes out. Thus Artabanus told Xerxes he should invade Greece. The man could have been a Silent, they wanted an invasion for some reason so influenced Xerxes, but he could slightly remember the Silent. Maybe they weren't as good at memory erasure during that time.
  • On that last bit, the Silents don't consciously erase peoples' memories; it's just a biological process. Still, it's been suggested that, after living with the Silents for so long, humanity has developed a subconscious awareness of them, so what Xerxes remembered could have just bled through via that awareness.

The Silents shut down [[Torchwood The Time Agency.
]] Canon states the Time Agency ended around the 52nd century-the same time period that the Church of the Silence was around. I doubt the Silence wanted a group of opportunists threatening their plans.

The Doctor never told River his name
  • She just read it off his cot at the end of A Good Man Goes To War

The Gangers are the origin of the Changelings
No noses, pale faces, born from (and reverting to) goop, able to switch between Ganger and human looks... Now they just need to get their own planet and cover the surface of it.

The Guardians are behind the events of seasons five and six.
The two Guardians are playing a game of Xanatos Speed Chess with each other, and both are trying to manipulate the Doctor for their own purposes. However, as they caused the Time War (come on, something that big has those two written all over it), they can't let the Doctor know it's them, as he's understandably a bit upset with them. In the trailer, it said that Amy, River and Rory had been recruited, and we also have a shot of the Doctor imprisoned, which could be to do with them. This implies that:
  • River is working for one of the Guardians, and she might possibly recruit Amy and Rory too.
  • The Black Guardian made silence fall, and was probably the Man Behind the Man for the Alliance (the BG hates the Doctor too, so it'd be an ideal opportunity to get rid of him).
  • That Woman in White is the White Guardian, or one of her puppets.
  • Of course, the Doctor will find out at some point, and when he does? Yeah, he's not gonna be happy, expecially if the Guardians DID cause the war. And even then, this is gonna get complicated, especially if the Guardians bring people back. Jenny, anyone? Or the Master? The Rani?
    • If the Guardians inhabit Real Life, then the Eleventh Doctor did find out. He was happy about it until the Guardians told him things he did not want to hear.

The Silents are trying to save the universe.
From what we've seen, the Silents aren't the cosmic retgonners we've been led to believe. I'm going out of a limb here, and not only saying their benevolent, but actively trying to stop the cracks. They are one of the many species who fear the Doctor, and see him as responsible for the cracks. They have allied with Korvarian, in a misguided attempt to stop the Doctor. The Doctor's genocide of their race is confirmation that they are in the right. Why are they so terrifying? Good Is Not Nice, of course. The Doctor must sort things out, unless the true villain becomes victorious.

The planet in The Doctor's Wife is Mogo.
1. Sentient planet, that talks with a deep voice. 2. Inhabited by crazed derelicts, who turn out to be not very nice. 3. Green glow everywhere. Equals: The planet is Mogo.
  • So did the new 52 throw Mogo into another Universe and leave him insane?
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