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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 8
WARNING! THERE MAY BE UNMARKED SPOILERS!

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     The Time of the Doctor 
The Doctor will again regenerate sacrificing himself
  • Has happened the last 2 times and seems in character. This time it may be for Clara.
    • Semi-confirmed. It's a very slow sacrifice, but a sacrifice nonetheless.

The Doctor's will regenerate due to the John Hurt Doctor
  • See my WMG in 50th anniversary folder.
    • Jossed.

When the Doctor regenerates, the last thing he sees will be Amy.
  • She'd be the first and last face this face saw.
    • Confirmed.

The Silence will be the villains
  • A fitting end for 11.
    • Seems likely.
    • Confirmed, they were seen in the trailer.
    • Jossed, mostly. They're the closest thing to allies the Doctor has in the episode.

The tile of the Christmas Special will be "Silent Night"

The Eleventh Doctor's regeneration will take place exactly at midnight.
  • Because twelve.
    • Confirmed.

The aliens we see in the preview for the special...
The Silence, Daleks, Mondas Cybermen, and Weeping Angels: Are a new Alliance like in The Pandorica Opens, that have come to slay the Doctor once and for all. And there really is no way he's getting out of it.
  • Jossed. The different species are all out for themselves.

If the Day of the Doctor hadn't played out as it did, The Doctor would have died on Trenzalore.
The trailer tells us that the Christmas special will happen on Trenzalore, the site of a great battle where the Doctor will die. Saving Gallifrey in the Day of the Doctor gave the Doctor hope for the first time since the end of the Time War. If he hadn't and the Moment had been activated, come his death on Trenzalore, he would not have regenerated. The hope of seeing Gallifrey again, gave him the will to move on.
  • Semi-confirmed. Without Gallifrey's existence, nothing of interest would have happened on Trenzalore.

The Doctor will not die or be buried on Trenzalore ever
Just like The Doctors have Tricked Out Time in "The Day of the Doctor", so will he do again at Trenzalore. Everything will look as if the Doctor had fallen, a copy of TARDIS will be made into his tomb and a scar of his time-travel will be put in place. In truth, however, he will merely regenerate and the story will go on.
  • Semi-confirmed. The Doctor regenerated on Trenzalore, but he didn't die and wasn't buried because of the intervention of the only species that could change that- the Time Lords.

Trenzalore is the home planet of the Silent race.
In the trailer for the special, the Doctor asks what planet he was on, suggesting it looked different from the Trenzalore we know. The Great Intelligence said a battle took place on Trenzalore. What did Kavorian say the Doctor? "Hope in this endless bitter war?" The religion of the Silence was created to make sure the Doctor does not reach Trenzalore. What if the Doctor's tomb wasn't what the Silence were alluding to? The Doctor must've participated in the Trenzalorian battle in the past from the Silents point of view, but in the future from the Doctor's point of view. The question still stands because the Silence knew that after the Doctor visited his grave, he would take part in the Battle of Trenzalore and cause Silence to fall. The whole Silence story line therefore is a Stable Time Loop.
  • Jossed.

The species seen in the trailer will fight each other
  • Confirmed.

The creatures will be constructed from the Doctor's mind
  • Apparently Jossed.

The Doctor will really die on Trenzalore. The Peter Capaldi Doctor will come into existence via some other means than a regular regeneration.
It's been established that Time Lords can have only 13 incarnations. In The Day of the Doctor we find out that Matt Smith is actually the 13th incarnation, not the 12th (the extra incarnation in the season 4 finale counts as one, according to Word of God). So he can't regenerate anymore. Now, the grave on Trenzalore definitely seems to be holding the Doctor's "body". But when Clara jumps inside the "body", we only see her helping incarnations of the Doctor up until Smith, we don't see her helping any Doctors after him. Which would mean the "body" is the body of the Smith Doctor, and hence it doesn't contain any information about any possible post-Smith Doctors. So Smith really dies on Trenzalore, and cannot regenerate into a new Doctor, and that's why the "body" stays there. However, due to some timey wimey trickery, a new Doctor will nevertheless emerge, and that Doctor will be Capaldi. He won't be a regeneration of the previous Doctor but a completely new being, and hence will have a whole new regeneration cycle. With this plot twist, the ending of the The Day of the Doctor will not contradict what we saw in The Name of the Doctor. The Doctor will die on Trenzalore, but he will also retire and became a museum curator somewhere in the distant future. It's just that the dead Doctor and the curator Doctor are two different beings.
  • Didn't River give him more regenerations?
    • No, she just used her regeneration energy to bring the Doctor back from death. It's never stated he got any extra regenerations because of that.
  • Honestly every time that '11th Doctor has no more regenerations' thing comes back it all links back to the Mirror. Honestly I wouldn't trust it, the newspapers are always wrong when it comes to information about future Doctor Who episodes and that sort of plot point would be played for drama and Moffat wouldn't just throw it about willy nilly.
    • Original WMG poster here: I wouldn't normally trust such newspaper rumours, but the Mirror article has an actual quote from Moffat that says the 12 regeneration limit is an issue and it will be dealt with in the Christmas special. So unless the Mirror made up that quote or Moffat was lying (both of which are possible, I guess), it seems the regeneration thing will be addressed in some way.
      • Newspapers are notorious for their propensity to misinterpret and outright exaggerate and lie to sell copies. Just look at the way the article is organised, the first thing that explicitly says that the Doctor has used all 12 regenerations is from 'a show source' - not exactly convincing. And then when Moffat is mentioned, it's said that they asked him about it, and if they actually did, then Moffat, trolling creator he is, likely just confirmed it so they'd report misinformation and look stupid come Christmas.
    • Jossed. The Doctor had run out of regenerations, but he obtained more.

The Silence united the Angels, Cybermen and Daleks to kill the Doctor
It was implied they were the ones who united The Alliance to seal him in the Pandorica. So, deciding to throw subtlety to the wind, they unite three of the most deadly of the Doctor's adversaries and send them after him.
  • Jossed.

The Atraxi and/or Prisoner Zero will turn out to be important
The Christmas special is supposed to tie up Eleven's story and explain the causes behind various things, and it would be awesome if it turned out that the answer goes back to the first episode. Besides, I've always wanted to have Prisoner Zero come back so we can find out what it did.
  • Jossed.

The 12th Doctor will criticise the 11th Doctor but show him some respect
  • He might give a jibe at the chin and bow tie, but say it was time for him to change.
    • Jossed.

Another Monster will appear to the ones seen in the trailer
  • Sontarans? Rutans? Ice Warriors? Zygons?
    • The Radio Times seems to have said that the Sontarans will feature.
    • Artwork shows a Silurian Ark.
    • The Dalek Time Controller would be awesome, if unlikely.

The Doctor will be mutilated...
Because having no regenerations left will give Moffat the opportunity to make him REALLY suffer.
  • This isn't an audio adventure for the 8th Doctor!
  • Unless you count aging as mutilation, jossed.

Since this is supposed to be the Doctor's "last" incarnation due to him using up his regenerations, what better way to explain why the Doctor knew he would die at Trenzalore than for his first incarnation to witness it or be told directly of it.
  • Jossed.

The Doctor will be greatly aged by these events, explaining the older Doctor
  • I think the next Doctor being older is a result of the character arc in Day of the Doctor, where he realized he was running from his age.

The Doctor will receive a new set of regenerations via a Loom
I remember there was some idea that the Doctor was the reincarnation of an early Time Lord called The Other. Perhaps the Looms will make a comeback, not as something that lets the Time Lords reproduce, but some other capacity. However, this new Doctor will be considered a separate Doctor than the others. He'll still be the Doctor, but some technicality would make him the new First Doctor, rather than a true Fourteenth.

  • one last thing: I bet 12 (13)'s "darkness" comes from actually finding Gallifrey. something like, looking back on 11 and thinking, "You idiot. Saved the world, big happy ending, do you have any idea what you let out?" And, big leap here, maybe he wasn't there to help but there to try to stop them, to re-War Doctor everything up.

The Doctor's Fate post-The Time Of The Doctor

This one's going to be in spoilers as it contains currently unconfirmed rumors from the Christmas Special. And the more we learn, they may just be true.

If current rumors are to be believed, then this Christmas, we'll discover that the Eleventh Doctor is in reality not the Eleventh Doctor. (Yes, I realize we already know this because of The War Doctor, but that's not what I mean.) Current rumors suggest that the creation of the Meta-Crisis Tenth Doctor counts as a regeneration; this, in turn, would imply that Eleven is officially the Thirteenth Doctor. And if you remember correctly, Time Lords can only regenerate 12 times. Making the Thirteenth Doctor the last. The rumors also suggest that Eleven will die at some point during a hundreds-of-years long war on Trenzalore.

So, if this is true, how does the man WE know as the Twelfth Doctor (you know, Peter Capaldi), figure into this? We clearly see Twelve show up and help the rest of the Doctor's incarnations freeze Gallifrey. So, clearly, The Doctor has to survive, right? Well...think about this.

"The Doctor" is a name that the man we know as such chose. It's a title, a promise he made.

So why can't someone else carry that promise?

This is my theory. Eleven dies. No avoiding that, Trenzalore is where it happens. Silence falls. But in the midst of all that, The Doctor discovers another Time Lord. Somehow this man managed to escape the Time War. How, IDK, Moffat can figure that out. But this man witnesses the man fight in this war (or survive, or however Eleven does things now). He sees this man's legacy and what it can cause. He's in awe. Eleven befriends him. They fight together. Eleven realizes this is it for him, so he gets a crazy idea. What if this kid could be The Doctor? After all, it's just a title, right? No reason another man could take it. But The Doctor wouldn't give anyone the title. This guy has to earn it. And he does. Just as he recieves it, he's attacked and regenerates into Capaldi!Doctor.

This would make The Doctor a true Legacy Character. How else would Clara not have seen future incarnations of The Doctor when she hopped into his time stream? If this does turn out to be true, then technically, Capaldi! Doctor would be the Second First Doctor, as well as the Twelfth.
  • Jossed. Clara didn't see any future Doctors because he had yet to trick out time and save Gallifrey, eventually getting him more regenerations. As of that moment he was the last Doctor.

The Twelfth Doctor will walk past a fez without reacting to it.
...and for Clara, remembering her comment in The Day of the Doctor, this will be the instant she realizes that this is no longer her Doctor, the one she had gotten to know so well in their time together.
  • But at one point, Twelve will put the fez on, reminding Clara that he's still the same guy. Just like when Ten said "Fantastic" to Rose.

In The Time of the Doctor, the Doctor will use all three names given to him by the Great Intelligence.
The first, "Storm", will be a throwaway line, as the Doctor once more uses the title "The Oncoming Storm". The second, "Beast", will be used in a dark moment as the battle takes a turn for the worse, forcing him to sink to darker depths to keep defeat and its likely-terrible consequences away. Someone will remark that he's acting like a beast, and the Doctor will reply along the lines of "If I have to be a beast for the greater good, then I shall be the Beast!". This ends with the Doctor delving too far into his own darkness, and at the battle climax comes the Fall of the Eleventh - not a fall in battle, but a fall from grace as he finally succumbs and becomes the Valeyard.
  • Jossed.

The Doctor will regenerate well before the end of the episode.
Following on from the above WMG. According to screenshots released in advance, the Doctor will have a drastic change of costume, wearing a cloak and wielding a Dalek eyestalk like a weapon. This actually takes place after the regeneration - Peter Capaldi will play the Twelfth Doctor (but 13th incarnation) for the second half of the episode, while Matt Smith will play the Valeyard, finally free from the Doctor's mind. The "corpse" of the Doctor that the Great Intelligence and Clara entered in the Name of the Doctor will be the Valeyard's corpse, created when he made a last ditch effort to escape the Doctor by jumping into his own timestream, leading in turn to the events of Trial of a Time Lord. This explains the Doctor's supposed destiny of dying at Trenzalore while still allowing the show to continue with a new Doctor.
  • This would also explain why Clara didn't see any doctors after Eleven in the Doctor's timestream.
    • Jossed.

The Daleks will be an ally to the Doctor.
Oswin wiped out the memories of the Doctor from the Daleks mind in Asylum. So, perhaps he encounters them in Time and manages to get them to help him fight the Silence, Cybermen and Angels.
  • OR He allies with the Silence, as we see a caned Doctor-looking fellow walking with them around him.
    • Jossed about the Daleks, confirmed about the Silence.

The woman "from the Doctor's past"
She is a young Madame Kovarian, her experiences here shape her to engage the Doctor in Series 6 after this "endless, bitter war".
  • Given this image, I seriously doubt it.

The new Silents will be slightly different from the old ones.
The Silents seen in the trailer are wearing a black turtleneck under their suits, are being led by someone who appears to be the Doctor and appear to be fighting the Daleks. Perhaps the ones in the turtleneck are "heretics" and try to help the Doctor face the Order of The Silence and their white shirt and tie wearing brethren.
  • Partially confirmed. The Silence who had been trying to kill the Doctor are the heretics, the 'new' Silence are the original model.

Someone will be sent back by the Angels and intervene in earlier events of the episode
  • Perhaps Clara will ask them to change the future.
    • Jossed.

The enemies are attacking the Doctor on Trenzalore as they know he will die there
  • Jossed.

The Doctor will split in two again
The pictures of a naked Matt Smith remind me of 10.5, which makes me wonder if the Doctor will somehow become two Doctors, again. If this happens, it's almost certain one of them would become the Valeyard. But honestly, I hope it doesn't because that was stupid enough the first time.
  • Jossed.

The Silence are actually on the Doctor's side
  • Okay so the Silence were behind the TARDIS blowing up (And having plans for a reboot of the universe inside the Pandorica) knowing that the Doctor would have to use it and not be part of the new Big Bang (so, not part of the new universe). They then tried to kill him before he could utter his name on Trenzalore (Which nearly happens in The Name of the Doctor). They are Knight Templar and needed to kill the Doctor before his final battle because otherwise they would lose that battle. Now that they've reached it, they have no choice but to team up with the Doctor against his greatest enemies, the Cybermen, the Weeping Angels and the Daleks.
    • I would like 35 000 internet points for getting this right.

Tasha Lem met a previous Doctor
  • Maybe 8 during the Time War as apparently Paul's face is hidden in a promo image. Or the War Doctor.

Alex Kingston will return, however briefly
  • Maybe her data ghost, making her more knowledgeable for The Name of the Doctor.
    • Jossed.

Trenzalore is Gallifrey
The trailer clearly said the Time War would begin anew then ordered all forces to attack Trenzalore. Gallifrey was target of the Time War so why would Trenzalore become the target unless it's Gallifrey. Needless to say the Planet will survive while both sides(or at least the Time Lords) get wiped out properly!
  • Jossed, but Trenzalore is misidentified as Gallifrey by Handles at first.

Prisoner Zero will appear
He knows that Silence will fall. And taunts 11 with that in his first episode. Also, it seems like Moffat would bring the villain from Matt's first episode into his last.
  • Jossed.

The Time Lords will have to give the Doctor more regenerations, because otherwise 12/Capaldi won't/wouldn't have existed to help save Gallifrey.
From an entry on the Fridge Logic page. Twelve showing up to help is now a fixed point in time, since the Time Lords and the other Doctors saw him there, so if they (or someone else who needs Gallifrey to exist again) want him to save them from the War and avoid a paradox they need to make sure he exists.
  • CONFIRMED! Not quite as described, but very-very close indeed. Well done and Geronimo!

The reason the Church fought against the Doctor was due to Tasha Lem becoming a Dalek Puppet
  • An image from this episode shows her with a Dalek Eyestalk.
    • Jossed, the members of the church that fought the Doctor were a splinter sect.

The Doctor will do something to seal his timestream
  • He could travel to after he previously visited Trenzalore and do more then close the TARDIS doors.

The Doctor will be reconstituted from his timestream
  • Meaning he can still have his TARDIS, as if another Doctor appears, leaving his timestream behind, the TARDIS will be left there as well.

Tasha Lem is a future Clara.

Tasha Lem is Iris Wildthyme
She partied so hard one night and had the mother of all hangovers, so she then decided to give up the booze and become a nun. One thing led to another.

Lorna from "A Good Man Goes to War" came from the town of Christmas.
  • The town is in a forested area which might be the Gamma Forest that Lorna claims to come from.
  • The residents of Christmas would have a good reason to think that the word "Doctor" means "Great Warrior."

The Eleventh Doctor developed kidney stones in the course of the episode
  • Hence the Twelfth Doctor's first words.

Originally, the Doctor really did die on Trenzalore.
As part of its big plan to destroy him once and for all, the Great Intelligence set things up so that, originally, the Doctor really would finally die on Trenzalore. But, again thanks to Clara's intervention, that's been changed so that he doesn't die, but is granted a whole new life cycle. So, now, the future seen in The Name Of The Doctor has been prevented.

     The Next Doctor 

The next Doctor will be a woman

The next Doctor will be ginger.

The next Doctor will be played by BRIAN BLESSED.
  • and there will be an episode where he can kill Daleks by shouting.
  • Unfortunately jossed.

The next Doctor will be Arnold Schwarzenegger.
  • Because my 9-year old brother said so.
    • “GO! Get to da TARDIS!”
  • Jossed.

The next Doctor will be very self-aware due to his fear of becoming The Valeyard.
  • But knowing Steven Moffat, if this does happen, his self-awareness will be exactly what causes him to 'become' the Valeyard.
  • Given Peter Capaldi's resume, this is quite likely.

The Doctor will regenerate into The Valeyard.
  • The Valeyard is supposed to be created somewhere between the 12th and final regenerations of The Doctor. Given the John Hurt Doctor, this would appear to make Matt Smith the 12th Doctor, making his next regeneration the one that will create The Valeyard. This is, of course, assuming that the John Hurt Doctor is pre-11, and not from some point in the future.
    • Jossed. Seriously people need to see the Ultimate Foe correctly. The Valeyard is not an actual incarnation of the Doctor, but an artificial life-form created by the Time-Lords that contain all the negative potential and aspects of the twelfth and final incarnation of Doctor, which the Time lords extracted from The Doctor's own Timeline(which they can do because they have advance time Technology). Basically the Valeyard is like a Time-Lord version of Bizarro, only more evil and just as smart as the Doctor.

The Twelfth Doctor will be Zooey Deschanel
Why not? It'd be awesome.

The Twelfth Doctor will be Emma Watson
Just as awesome. And the character will be a girl in a Badass Suit.
  • This one actually makes a fair bit of sense, and would most likely be a pretty good way to break free from being permanently seen as Hermione Granger forever.
  • Unfortunately, this is jossed.

The Twelfth Doctor will be Wil Wheaton
We have an instant people's Doctor. And one that will be extremely Genre Savvy.
  • Despite the awesomeness possible here, this was jossed.

The Twelfth Doctor will be Jennifer Lawrence
Using her natural persona, with a bit of the grittiness of Katniss coming in when the plot requires.
  • This has to happen... Seriously.
  • Jossed.

The Twelfth Doctor will be Benedict Cumberbatch
Rule of Cool.
  • Jossed.

The Twelfth Doctor will be Tilda Swinton
Does no one else want to see this? If they make it a woman, surely she's the obvious choice?
  • Jossed.

The Twelfth Doctor will be John Noble
They've said they wanted to go older, and anyone who's seen Fringe knows he can do quirky and awesome.
  • Jossed.

The Twelfth Doctor will be Jenna-Louise Coleman
What will happen is somehow it will turn out that the John Hurt Doctor is indeed one of the Doctor's early regenerations, so to keep the hardcore Doctor Who fans happy, somehow Matt Smith's Doctor will end up fusing his consciousness with Clara.
  • Jossed, although an interesting idea.

The Twelfth Doctor's personality and character
They've played the "fast-talking, eccentric loon" card twice in a row now. It's been said that they intended for Eleven to be much older, but Matt Smith blew away his audition. The Doctor is (presumably) very near the end of his regeneration stock, or very close to becoming the Valeyard. Taking these factors into consideration, it seems reasonable to theorize that the next Doctor will be very cold, stoic, and grim. We've had Doctors with certain degrees of this (namely Six, Seven, and Nine), but we've never had one that is completely consumed by grief and fear of death. It could even make an interesting character arc of the Doctor coming to terms with these impending problems and accepting his or her fate.
  • Interestingly, from what we see in "Deep Breath" (once he gets over his post-regeneration mood swings). 12 seems to be an unusually bashful Doctor. Acting adorkably awkward when hugged, as if not sure where is safe to put his hands anymore.

The next Doctor is a lie.
Peter Capaldie is not really the Twelfth Doctor, he's just saying that as a cover for a massive twist in the Christmas Special when he regenerates into someone else. My money is on Emma Watson.
  • Does the cover extend to Capaldi's one-second appearance in the 50th?
  • Jossed. It seems like he is the next Doctor.

Capaldi's Doctor is the Twelfth Doctor but is also the fifth incarnation in a new cycle
When the Eighth died in The Night of the Doctor, he was only given four minutes to decide whether to regenerate or not, the potion he drank rebooted the regeneration cycle to 0 once he became the War Doctor. Eccleston was the second incarnation in the new cycle, followed by Tennant as the third, and of course MS as the fourth. Case in point is the War Doctor's exasperation at his future incarnations personalities as well as his being the only Doctor incarnation to regenerate due to old age both of these points reflect the 1st Doctor in The Three Doctors and The Tenth Planet.
  • Thought 12 was the first of the new cycle?

Capaldi's Doctor is the Valeyard.
Matt Smith stated that the Eleventh Doctor is the Doctor's last incarnation and mentions Capaldi's Doctor as something to be afraid of. Put this information and the information stating that Capaldi's Doctor is a darker Doctor and we get the Valeyard who spawned from the Doctor and yet isn't the real Doctor!

Capaldi's Doctor is the first incarnation of the Doctor's In-Universe Successor
Because with the incarnation count revealed to be at 13 this is the only way to continue the show and have a new doctor without some ass pull that happened in a previous episode like River truly giving the Doctor her regenerations. Plus Capaldi is the same age that William Hartnell was when Doctor Who first came on air so it could be a connection to that. Alternatively...

Capaldi's Doctor is the first incarnation of the Doctor and River's child
Because that could be interesting after Demon's Run (the crib)

The next Doctor is Jenny
As we saw at the end of "The Doctor's Daughter", Jenny is still alive and kicking. She's an exact copy of the Doctor, and is unofficially his "daughter", so maybe she'll pop up to give her "dad" a proper send-off for his final death. Seeing that she's more like him that he initially thought, the proper Doctor gives her his title as a form of inheritance. Time Lords (or Ladies) can change gender upon regeneration, so maybe something catastrophic will happen to induce the process.

The next Doctor is the all the Doctors including the Valeyard and the curator
At the Doctor's final battle the Doctor falls and the question is asked, "who are you?"

"We're the Doctor."

The Curator is the Watcher
We've twice seen a manifestation of a half-way point between a Time Lord's current and next incarnation. In both cases, they acted as an assistant or a guide to their current selves in the lead up to a difficult regeneration. In one case the projection looked exactly like the next incarnation, while in the Watcher's case it looked like a vaguely humanoid entity of solidified regeneration energy. It isn't that unlikely therefore that such a manifestation could also look like an existing or past incarnation, albeit older than that incarnation ever actually looked, or even that it could change between several such previous incarnations ("revisiting old faces"?). Perhaps this Watcher, given where in the Doctor's existence it has appeared, is the Valeyard...or maybe it's the opposite of the Valeyard - if the Doctor's inner darkness could manifest between regenerations, maybe his inner light does the same thing?

The reason 12 looks like Caecilius is similar to the way the Curator is revisiting old faces

The Twelfth Doctor will have a facial disfigurement.
There may be a reason that we did not see his entire face in "The Day of the Doctor."

12's costume will have something Gallifreyan
Gallifreyan symbols?

     Series 8 

The Daleks will be the main villains of an episode
  • Moffat said he felt a new Doctor should fight the Daleks early on to show he is the Doctor. So it seems likely 12 will meet them and beat them. Anyway I think the contract with Nation's estate means the Daleks have to appear every year.

The Emperor Ludens Nimrod Kendrick Cord Longstaff XLI will appear
  • In that episode we could see what happened to that Cybermite.

The Paternoster Gang will appear
  • They seem popular enough for another appearance. They could fight a Rutan.
    • Seemingly confirmed by Neve McIntosh (Vastra's actress), as well as a Moffat-judged contest on Blue Peter. They'll apparently get their own sonic devices, as well.
    • Truly Confirmed! They were seen in the filming for 12's first episode.

Kate Stewart will appear
  • For another present-day Earth-based story.
    • Confirmed, she appears in the anniversary special.

The Cybermen will appear
  • See my WMG above.
    • As said on this page, one of Mark Gatiss' episodes is supposedly called The Robots of Sherwood. Not only that, but on-set images seem to have the Doctor competing to win a golden arrow, a known weakness of the Cybermen. A similar golden-tipped arrow previously appeared in ''The Silver Nemesis'' Since the episode involves Robin Hood, it likely takes place around the 13th/14th century. Nemesis takes place in the 17th century, so perhaps it's meant to be some sort of prequel.
    • Confirmed! Though not for The Robots of Sherwood but for the series finale itself, rumored to be titled Death in Heaven.

There will be the return of another old-series villain
  • More than likely. Any suggestions?
    • The Master could appear. If the 50th anniversary features the Time War, the Master could break out.
    • Davros could return.
    • Perhaps another enemy who hasn't appeared in the New Series. Every Series has one (if you count the Adventure Games The Gunpowder Plot).
    • Omega.
    • Celestial Toymaker.
    • Black Guardian (though there is the Trickster).
    • Unlikely but Rani or Meddling Monk.
    • The Valeyard
    • The Wirrn
    • Sutekh
    • Magnus Greel
    • Sandminder Robots
    • The Yetis
    • Rassilon
    • The Krynoid will appear in "In the Forest of the Night".

JHD will make further appearances here
  • He was a future Doctor who was pulled back to the Time War. Thus he is an ever-present threat and could be trying to make the Doctor regenerate into him.
    • Jossed. He was the Time War Doctor, and the anniversary special ensures he won't be a villain if he appears again.
    • Similar to this the Valeyard could be mentioned more.

The Great Intelligence will appear
  • In a prequel to The Name of the Doctor. The Doctor will name-drop Trenzalore and GI will go there.

The Series will be a Dream
  • A Dream Lord Dream. A hint was dropped in the Name of the Doctor about the Valeyard. Hurt's Doctor brings Matt up to Number Twelve, meaning that at Christmas the Valeyard-making regeneration will occur. The trauma will cause the Doctor to forget about the Valeyard being meant to happen. Psychic pollen will somehow get into the TARDIS, causing the dream. Eventually, in the final episode, the Doctor will become aware of the Dream Lord having been there several times in the series and wake up, only to find that the Dream Lord has manifested itself as the Valeyard.

We can say goodbye to Clara
  • With "Name of the Doctor", Clara's story with the Doctor is officially finished. This means Moffat is free to kill, send away, or pretty much do anything he wants to her. She'll probably stay with the Doctor (after he regenerates) for a few episodes before something happens that will force her to leave.
    • Or, you know, she can just be a regular companion instead of having a myth arc - I mean in Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS, Eleven figured out that Clara was just Clara and there was nothing abnormal or non-human or wrong about her, she was just Clara and that was wonderful.
    • She could just crack under pressure much like Martha Jones instead of dying, and perhaps return in an episode or two in a season after that.

Clara will perform a final sacrifice to save the Doctor
  • Perhaps she will stop the Valeyard.

The Draconians will appear
  • There have been rumours about this.

Gallifrey's Location

Gallifrey is the world that contains Narnia.
In The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the children reach the world that contains Narnia by entering a painting.

Romana will appear
  • Not just Romana, anyone the Doctor knew on Gallifrey could show up. Romana, Leela, Andred, the Rani, a elderly Commander Maxil...

When the Doctor does find Gallifrey...
  • The Time Lords will vote him Lord President of Gallifrey. He'll delay the inauguration for as long as possible before appointing Romana his deputy and popping back in the TARDIS again.

At some point 12 will go to "The Day of the Doctor"
  • He will be contacted by his previous self or remember to go there.
    • My thought is, he'll be in the middle of something important and the TARDIS console will go "ding." (Or possibly "bing!") The Doctor will say "half a mo...", pop off for three seconds to say "No sir. All thirteen!", then come back for the rest of the plot of the episode. Either that, or just before he regenerates into Thirteen.

The Big Bad of Series 8 will be the Valeyard
And he will be played by Matt Smith, who previously stated involvement in Series 8.
  • Recently released pictures that involve the Eleventh in a cloak and wielding a Dalek eye piece imply a costume change that supports this theory.
    • This bit at least is Jossed; the Eleventh Doctor is just trying to impress the beings who operate the ship he's found himself on, except they turn out to be Daleks.
    • Better yet, Paul McGann comes back as the Valeyard

There are far more serious repercussions from what the Doctor and his past selves changed in The Day of the Doctor than Gallifrey simply being saveable.
It's very important to note that in the original course of events, every Time Lord (except for the Master) and every Dalek (except for the ones it missed) was destroyed by the power of the Moment. Now, as much as the Doctor may have pulled a fast one by disappearing Gallifrey and causing every ship in the Dalek fleet to destroy each other, it is utterly inconceivable to think that even on the day of the Time War's final battle, every single Dalek and every single Time Lord was on or in orbit of Gallifrey. We've seen that Time Lords run the full gamut of personalities from brave heroes to craven cowards, and it's completely unreasonable to assume that every single Time Lord would be able to get to Gallifrey, let alone would choose to travel there. Thusly, if the only way to truly end the Time War was by killing every single Time Lord and every single Dalek, the Moment must have been able to target them indiscriminately regardless of spatial location (and temporal location, for that matter, given that the metaphysics of a war fought at every point in time simultaneously are pretty damn sketchy and the actual date of the Time War's end is never firmly established).

In the original time stream, the Moment killed those absent from the battle as well. However, given the change to history made by the Eleventh Doctor, the Moment was never deployed. The Dalek fleet was destroyed by their own crossfire and Gallifrey was vanished into a stasis cube, but without the Moment, that still leaves every Dalek and every Time Lord who wasn't there at the fall of Gallifrey alive and well - quite possibly alongside the various horrors that were birthed during the Time War.
  • The Moment being activated would not have actively sought out Time Lords and Daleks. The Time Lords had been forced back to Gallifrey and the Daleks were all there to fight them.
  • Wasn't the general implication that Gallifrey being sealed in the painting was always the original course of events, and the Daleks and Time Lords are still sealed, making it look as though they had all been destroyed? The Doctor just didn't know because he had meddled in his own timestream, and the Eleventh Doctor was the first to actually realize that Gallifrey could be found again.

When Gallifrey is restored (maybe in series 8, maybe later), the Doctor will team up with the Master for a two-parter
  • They will team up in order to depose Rassilon. Then, the Doctor will once again be offered presidency, but this time, he will actually remain the president for a few episodes before getting bored and running off once again.

Villains of this Series will try to stop the restoration of Gallifrey
  • The Daleks might take this role. Or others who were involved in the Time War.
    • Confirmed! Though earlier then expected.

Clara will take on a new role in Series 8
Among the first lines spoken by the twelfth Doctor is, "How do you fly this thing?" Now Clara, like River before her, has the unique distinction of being one of the few people who knows the Doctor better than many others. The fact that she got to see the whole course of his history already puts her far beyond many of the others in terms of knowing what the Doctor's done, been through and is capable of. While we don't have much knowledge yet of what the 12th Doctor's personality will be like, it's possible that Clara will act as the Doctor's angel in the new series, reminding him of all the good he's capable of, to counter whatever "edge" that Moffat might create for the twelfth to jump through. Or, alternatively, the Doctor's new regeneration has caused a partial memory wipe, and thus it's up to Clara to teach the Doctor to be the Doctor again, thus bringing her role as a teacher in her day job into her adventuring life.

Tasha Lem is River Song, who will have future appearances in the series.
Tasha Lem is a future version of River, possibly an artificial body created by the Library to house River's consciousness, which eventually became the Papal Mainframe.
  • She can fly the TARDIS, something we've only seen the Doctor and River do. She describes it as being easy, and it was for River, since the TARDIS itself taught her.
  • River is referred to as an engineered psychopath, something she's been called before. Only a few minutes later, the Doctor tells her she's been fighting the psychopath inside herself her whole life. That's a pretty big callback.
  • The Doctor is comfortable flirting with her, which is pretty rare.
  • The Doctor is uncomfortable introducing Clara, apparently feeling awkward in front of Tasha at what she should be called.
  • When the Doctor is trying to break her out of her mindcontrol, he galls her by flirting with Clara. At the very least, this definitely establishes that Tasha is supposed to be a previous romantic relation of the Doctor's.
  • He seems to trust Tasha more than he trusts Clara, since he buckles immediately when Tasha wants to speak privately, acknowledging there are things he and Tasha can talk about, that Clara can't. Apparently most things.
  • Tasha Lem is described as being human, but with something else. River Song is born of two human parents, but as Time Lady attributes.

The biggest issue with the theory is that Tasha indicated she's never seen Eleven before. It could be either a part of a ruse, or because Tasha is a combination of the Library and River, and the last time the Library saw the Doctor, he was Ten.

  • Also, there's the somewhat obvious Meaningful Name: Tasha is short for Natasha which means "Born at Christmas" and Lem is Mel spelt backwards, which is short for River's true name of Melody.
    • It's also been pointed out that "Tasha Lem" is an anagram for "Thames La." Thames as in River, La as in the note of a Song.

  • Alternatively...

Tasha Lem was a beta attempt at River, as a back-up plan in case the Papal Mainframe ever needed to go to war against the Doctor
Minus any attempts at making her a Time Lord. Except the Doctor caught this one much earlier in his lives and prevented it ever really being a problem. She's at least disturbingly similar to River in too many respects for it to be simple coincidence.
  • But she was the one who founded the "religion" that led to the rogue splinter cell that made River.

Tasha Lem wasn't supposed to be in the Christmas episode.
The role of Tasha Lem was supposed to be played by River Song, but due to Real Life reasons (e.g. the actor was unavailable, having River would conflict with story elements later etc) a new character was made. The story wasn't rewritten enough to remove the elements of River's character.

The TARDIS will crash to its death on Trenzalore and its mortal wound is the crack leading to the Doctor's Timeline from Trenzalore to Gallifrey.
Explains why it's dying in Name of the Doctor.... The Doctor will need a new TARDIS.
  • Or, you know, the intervention of the Time Lords prevented the future seen in Name of the Doctor (the Doctor even said when Clara demanded he change the future that he used to be able to when the Time Lords were around, not quite figuring out that they're on the other side of the crack and so can influence events from there, though Clara did). This show is the trope namer of Timey Wimey Ball after all. Besides, killing off the TARDIS would be an insult to the show's history, she's the constant companion.

During series 8, the Doctor and Clara will slowly start to forget each other.
It was said that the Time Lords can fix the paradox which comes from the Doctor not dying at Trenzalore, but the Time Lords are not back yet. As the result of the Doctor's survival, there will be no scar for Clara (or Simeon) to enter, which will prevent Clara's copies from existing in the Dalek Asylum and in the Victorian era, so the Doctor will never meet the real Clara. This will make the Doctor's search for Gallifrey more urgent. Near the end of series 8, the Doctor will find Gallifrey and the paradox will be fixed.

The paradox will do far more than just re-writing Clara.
The Doctor only managed to escape the Dalek Asylum alive because of Clara screwing with the timeline. If he died there, he wouldn't be able to reach Trenzalore, save Gallifrey and thus motivate the Silence to mastermind the 11th Doctor's troubles in the first place. The scar for Clara to accomplish all this is gone. Said paradox will do far worse than simply making the Doctor forget about Clara-it will rewrite the 11th Doctor's whole tenure! Not to mention the River Song we know of won't be able to exist. As a result, we will get a possible crossover with the 11th and 12th Doctors, investigating the massive paradox that's being created. Since the 11th Doctor is indirectly responsible for Amy and Rory's death, expect a Sadistic Choice between them and Gallifrey. It could be said choice which leads to the Valeyard in the first place.

The Kovarian Chapter will return as villains
Their purpose was to kill the Doctor to prevent him from bringing the Time Lords back. Since Gallifrey is still out there, and Kovarian and probably a good amount of her Silence and soldiers are still alive due to their major defeat occurring in the crashed timeline of The Wedding of River Song, they will return to try and kill the Doctor again before he can bring the Time Lords back.
  • Or we might just get a mention they have been defeated by the Papal Mainframe.
    • Possibly. But considering that The Silence, like the Weeping Angels, were such popular monsters it seems likely they'd want to keep the possibility of them returning to face The Doctor around.

The Doctor's other doubles will be mentioned.
Moffat said that the fact that the Doctor looks like Caecilius will be mentioned. It's posible that he will also mention his other doubles, such as Maxil and Salamander. Clara could mention seeing Salamader on TV (The Enemy of the World takes place in 2018, so Salamander would be well-known by 2014.)

Tasha doesn't act like River, River acts like Tasha.
Tasha created the Order of the Silence to stop the Doctor. It was a rogue faction that went too far and actually tried to kill the Doctor by "creating" River Song. It's possible that Tasha felt some guilt over what this faction had done to this innocent child, so she secretly took River under her wing at some point and tried to take care of her and told her all about the Doctor. Either she never told River who she really was or she told River not to tell the Doctor about her. River looked up to Tasha because she didn't treat her like she was just a weapon.
  • Tasha couldn't save River or tell her anything about her "killing" the Doctor before it happened because it was a fixed point in time. Maybe she explained everything after that.
    • That still doesn't mean River isn't based off her. Madame Kovarian modelled River off Tasha so that she would be an effective assassin, and possible counter-measure to Tasha.

Other things will escape the crack
  • The Master? Rassilon?

Clara will die in Series 8
And her last words will be "Run you clever boy and remember," of course. There has to be a reason why the copies of Clara have a habit of dying while with the Doctor and saying that line. Just having used it as a mnemonic once wouldn't affect her enough for it to be repeated in her different lives. Also, Amy and Rory died of old age, so a companion hasn't died while actually on an adventure with the Doctor since Adric, and maybe it's time it happened again.
  • Or, you know, just maybe, Clara will travel with the Doctor for a series or two and decide to leave on her own instead of being Stuffed In The Fridge.

Clara was replaced by a Zygon
A Zygon took her place in "The Day of the Doctor" and is now traveling with him.

They knew Peter Capaldi was going to play The Doctor in the future when he played Caecilius in The Fires of Pompeii
There's a very meaningful moment when Ten takes Caecilius's hand at the end. He could have grabbed the hand of any member of the family, but it was Ten holding Caecilius's hand that the camera paused on and this troper is sure it means something. My guess is that Capaldi couldn't commit to being the Doctor at the time, but as they also (according to some reports) knew that Matt Smith was only going to do it for three years, it's possible they had Capaldi in mind for his replacement all along. It would also explain Torchwood: Children of Earth and Gwen's question about why the Doctor wasn't there and it must have been because he looked away in shame. He was there, but for some reason, he chose to play it out the way he did. Or maybe he was using a chameleon arch at the time and didn't know that he was The Doctor. It could also lead to his regeneration when his tenure is over...
  • Moffat has said that RTD had always intended for Capaldi to be the Doctor at some point, and that his past appearances in the Whoniverse were meant to be a setup to... something. When Capaldi was officially cast, Moffat actually contacted RTD to make sure that his plan would still work. More here.
    • No, what Moffat actually said was that RTD originally had an explanation for why Caecilius and Frobisher looked the same, and that Moffat himself recently asked RTD if the explanation still worked now that Capaldi is the Doctor, and that since it did, he has chosen to implement it. He did not say that RTD always intended for Capaldi to play the Doctor. The original Caecilius = Frobisher explanation has simply been adapted to include Twelve.

There will be a story that includes the Eighth Doctor.
This is series 8 and I am sure that Paul McGann would love to return for another story. It would be similar to "The Two Doctors."
  • Maybe they could do something similar to "Interference", where an enemy attempts to alter the Doctor's past. Like a Wirrn egg that takes a long time to hatch.
  • Alternatively, he doesn't return as the Doctor. He returns as the Valeyard. The Curator showed that you can re-use actors.

The 12th Doctor will regenerate due to Gallifrey being released.
All Revival Doctors besides 9 regenerated in stories dealing with Gallifrey returning, and when it comes back there will inevitably be a clusterf*** to deal with when 12 deals with it. The 12th Doctor's regeneration will occur not because of a Heroic Sacrifice, but rather the crossfires of the aftermath from the remaining Dalek fleets and Lord Rassilon's crazy times.

Twelve will have a clean slate and will not remember Clara or the TARDIS.
  • After all, he doesn't remember how to fly the TARDIS when he regenerates, and seems very confused when he sees Clara. While he can tell the difference between the old and new kidneys, which means that he obviously has some kind of memory continuity with his past regenerations, he sort of is starting with somewhat of a tabula rasa, as this is a whole new set of regenerations distinct from the old set. Perhaps he needs Clara to sort of be his nanny (seems to be her theme in general...) and reacclimate himself to what the Doctor is, what he stands for, etc. It could be an interesting way to vindicate her character- because she's spent all this time in his shadow, as a plot device to be a foil of sorts to him, she has the unique position of being able to tell him how he should really be and rehabilitate him and guide him in this new regeneration.
    • Possibly supported by the latest teaser:
    Twelfth Doctor: Clara, be my pal: tell me, am I a good man?
    Clara: I don't think I know who the Doctor is anymore.

The show will revisit the Clara who guided the Doctor to the TARDIS.
  • Why? Besides it being a cracking good idea, IMO, my friend is writing a fanfic about it so it was just stuck in my head. After all, we've heard that the TARDIS herself guided him to her, that Clara told him which to take... there's an interesting contradiction that definitely has possibilities. I won't give away the plot to my friend's fanfic, but can I just say, definitely VERY intriguing possibilities.

The clockwork droids are committing murders to get organs for repairs

Danny Pink will be a villain or anti-hero

Danny Pink is a time traveller or alien
It has been noticed how significant Coal Hill School is, so someone has been sent there.

The Master will be in Series 8
Played by Charles Dance or Hugh Laurie.
  • Oh yes please!

Danny Pink will be a descendant - grandson perhaps? - of the original companions, Ian and Barbara
It makes sense. They were named on the school hoarding in The Day of the Doctor, so it could be that the writers will use that connection.

Ian will make an appearance
  • Probably very brief.

Ms Delphox is The Master
We were promised that The Master will be in the new season. Now look at the description of Ms Delphox: "a powerful out-of-this-world character with a dark secret". It is mentioned that Keeley Hawes is a guest star, but so was Richard E. Grant before it was revealed he was actually the Big Bad of Series 7. And it wouldn't be the first time we didn't get accurate information from the promos. Just imagine how cool it would be to have such a badass GINGER woman as The Master, JUST IMAGINE.
  • If not maybe she is one of his agents.

Susan will be in Series 8.
There seem to be a lot of parallels: 50 years and one regeneration cycle since the First Doctor, the Doctor is in an older gentleman's body. The original companions were both teachers; Clara is a nanny and Danny will supposedly be a teacher. Finally, at the very end of An Adventure in Space and Time, One's "I will come back" quote was repeated. While he did come back in Big Finish, perhaps Moffat is setting up for her to appear in the TV series again?

Danny Pink will be Clara's love interest.
Bit obvious maybe. He's gorgeous. She's gorgeous. And the Doctor is no longer age-appropriate for her.

Clara will turn out to be the Doctor's granddaughter
Really only going on the significance of Clara's gran in The Time of the Doctor telling the story of how she met Clara's granddad, and the fact he was 'very handsome' and how she wanted 'time' to stand still. So maybe they'll bring back either Ten or Eleven for a flashback. It might seem a bit squicky considering Victorian Clara kissed the Doctor. But this is a different Clara, born into a different family, and not a direct relation of Victorian Clara (as far as we know). It's noticeable that modern Clara, despite saying she fancied the Doctor, hasn't kissed him romantically.

Possible plots of the 15 episodes of Season 8
1: Twelfth's first episode, dealing with regeneration troubles. Possibly the Valeyard gets created here. Possibly Danny Pink's first appearance.
2: Danny Pink joins the TARDIS team. We might meet never-aged-since-the-60s Ian/Barbara, and/or (possibly regenerated) Susan Foreman.
3: Twelfth, Clara, and Danny go to Gallifrey to do stuff and have nostalgy-type feels. We might meet companions like Romana and Leela, and learn a bit more about Time Lord-type stuff. The Doctor might get a new title or knighthood of sorts, or whatever. He might even get a Gallifreyan apprentice. K-9 might join the team again at the end of the episode.
4: Dalek episode, of course. Every Doctor needs at least one of them.
5: Twelfth, Clara, and Danny go on the puzzling planet and meet an Human Alien banker by the name of Ms. Delphox. (No relation to Pokémon XY.)
6: Paternoster Gang-based episode. Helping the Doctor doing something such as experiments or similiar-ish things. Curator and Osgood also appears, revealed to be the (or at least a possible) 24th Doctor and Tom Osgood's daughter that propably just happens to also be Sarah Jane Smith's grandniece/first-cousin-once-removed (or even related to other companions) on her mom's side, respectively.
7: The Master reappears, played by a new actor. (Possibly Sylvester McCoy. If it is, wonder how much it would be weird, by Twelfth's Po W, for the seventh self of the new regeneration cycle of his archrival, to look like an older version of your seventh self in your previous regeneration cycle? It would be creepy-ish, at least.) Master and Doctor battle, possibly Jenny reappearance and reunion with her father. the Rani might appear too.
8: "School Reunion"-type episode, only this time to reappear, it's everyone's favourite Mouth on Legs: Tegan Jovanka. As Janet is 61 and Tegan herself would be around 54-55, maybe she would not become a full-time companion again, but could as easily turn into the main character of a spinoff to replace SJA. "Tegan Jovanka Adventures", anyone? But as a different dynamic, Ms. Jovanka here believes her adventures with Fifth were just her imagination. (Janet tweeted a pic of Capaldi hugging her, saying something like "what are we up to? Only Time knows so...". DW-related, or else?) (P.S. Ok, i know, as Fielding also auditioned for a villain in Seventh's era, it's very well possible that she plays a villain and not a companion, like the Fifth Rani, Kate O'Mara having been the Third.)
9: Probably an episode either about the Weeping Angels, or maybe some mooks from "Doctor Who Part 1". (AKA Classic Who. New Who is Part 2, just because it is not that "new" anymore.) If Danny does not leave in this episode, he would leave in episodes 10 or 11. If Tegan manages to become a full-time companion again, Danny might even leave at the end of episode 8. (Just do not make Danny have the same fate as Adric!)
10: Either a "Deca Reunion\Time Lord Academy"-type episode, or maybe a fight-less, more "relaxing" one, where Team Twelfth Doctor (Twelfth, Clara, Danny at least. Tegan if she stayed, possibly K9 too, and if Tegan is here, Adric, Nyssa, and Turlough would propably be there too. Adric would be revived by Nyssa's kiss in some "special" type thing annexed to Episode 9.)
11: Cyberman episode. Every Doctor also needs at least one of them.
12: Episode where Clara goes away from being Twelfth's companion, and gets replaced with a new girl that becomes Thirteenth's "signature companion".
13: Probably an episode where Twelfth meets Tasha Lem and\or River Song again, and gives River his Sonic Screw Driver. Maybe also a Gallifrey-centered episode.
14: Part 1 of a 2-parter episode explaining stuff like why Twelfth looks the same as John Frobisher and Caecilius.
15: Part 2 of the same 2-parter. At the end of it, Twelfth regenerates into Thirteenth- probably creating the Valeyard in the process, if it had not already been created at the start of the series.

Ace will return as a guest star in Series 8
Sophie Aldred was supposed to have appeared on The Sarah Jane Adventures, after being mentioned in "The Death of the Doctor". According to Sarah, Ace runs the foundation A Charitable Earth. Ten was said to have visited all of the Doctor's previous companions - maybe he went to warn her about something? She still keeps a baseball bat, just in case...

Twelve will be the Valeyard, but there will be some twist a la The Day of the Doctor
It makes sense for the writers to play with the idea of the Valeyard but without actually turning the Doctor evil, just as they made it that he didn't actually blow up Gallifrey. Or maybe he'll just be evil for an episode and it will turn out that he was under some malign influence (like the Dream Lord). Or maybe it was a lie about the Valeyard being one of the Doctor's later incarnations. I doubt the fans would put up with the main protagonist of the series being genuinely evil. We have to root for the Doctor, even when he's behaving in a way that we feel is wrong.
  • An alternative is that Twelve will be genuinely, but it's a future version of him. The present Twelve will stop himself from becoming evil, though unfortunately the aborted Valeyard will have ensured he still exists.

Idea for S8 E1
  • We know it will feature the Paternoster Gang, clockwork droids, and Jack the Ripper. Here is what may happen. The Master escaped through the crack, having gained a new regeneration cycle, and got onto one of the ships round Trenzalore. We know the Doctor was on Trenzalore around the events of The Girl in the Fireplace, set in the 51st century, as The Papal Mainframe was around in the 52nd century as shown in A Good Man Goes to War. The ship the Master got to uses clockwork droids. He transports them to Victorian London, where 12 is recovering from his regeneration, and steal organs, causing them to be thought of as Jack the Ripper. The clockwork droids may have been sent after the Doctor, perhaps the Master is still weak and wants the Doctor's body. Or they are acting on their own and the Master being responsible for their ship being damaged will be The Reveal, possibly in a later story.

The Master is working with Rassilon
  • Following on from the one above. Rassilon enabled the Master to regenerate, though into someone easier to control. He then sent him through the crack as his agent to enable his return. Rassilon might even try to escape without the other Time Lords. But he wants the Doctor dead, though doesn't want to reveal himself. Potentially the Master might be plotting against Rassilon but is being controlled in some way, with the offer of a full regeneration cycle, so the Master tries methods to free himself like taking the Doctor's body. Rassilon or the Master might have other agents, like Ms Delphox.

The I.M. Foreman scrapyard will play some part in reminding the 12th Doctor who he is
He must be due a return visit to that old scrapyard and probably still owns it. The use of it in The Day of the Doctor and the mention of Ian as a school governor suggests that they may play with those ideas. So as this troper said above, Danny Pink will be a relation of Ian and Barbara and once again two young teachers from Coal Hill School (Danny and Clara) will join the Doctor on his travels. It may even lead to the return of Susan, if only for one episode, to catch up with what's happened to her since she left the Doctor.

Ben Miller's 'storming' villain will somehow control the weather
... making us all afraid to go out in the rain/sun/snow/wind or whatever weather the creators want us to fear.
  • It turns out he is playing the Sheriff of Nottingham.

The Valeyard will come into being as a result of locating Gallifrey.
The 12th Doctor, to ensure the Time War doesn't start anew, will have to find a method of preventing them from interacting with the vulnerable universe. Once he does, the Time Lords could be at the Doctor's mercy. The Doctor has always railed about how corrupt his people's government is, so what better chance to fix that? A benevolent ruler over Gallifrey, enforcing the Laws of Time for the better. But the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, of which the Time Lords are a gleaming example. You saw how terrifying Time Lord Victorious was? Now imagine that with the whole of Gallifrey. No more Doctor, just the Valeyard as ruler of all. Eventually a resistance pools up, going back in time to stop him. The Valeyard goes back through his own timeline, to ensure that the Doctor will become him.

Robin Hood will not be the real Robin Hood
  • Instead he will be a simulation, perhaps from something like the Land of Fiction.
  • Or he'll be a deconstruction of Robin Hood; perhaps the real Robin of Loxley, who was more self-serving than legend permits. Perhaps it will be up to the Doctor to make him into the legend we know him to be.
    • The episode is apparently called The Robots of Sherwood. Perhaps 12 will land in an amusement park based on Robin Hood with robots, like the Red Dwarf episode "Waxworld".

If Charles Dance ends up playing The Master...
Expect a moment where The Doctor nearly rage quits because the Master is a ginger and he isn't.

In the first story reference will be made to The Talons of Weng-Chiang

The 12th Doctor will return to Pompeii to save Amy Pond
Both actors appeared in that episode. The Angels didn't send Amy to the same time and location as Rory but to ancient Pompeii instead. 12 saves her and gets her as close to Rory's time as he can get, meaning she'll have to wait. The girl who waited.

The 12th Doctor will once again lament that he's once again not Ginger

Martha and Mickey will reappear
  • With UNIT.

Sutekh will appear in one episode.
He's one of the best-loved villains in the franchise and one of the most utterly evil, topping even Davros and Rassilon in terms of evilness. It would also make a good break from the tenure of Davros and the Master. And I think Moffat can find a way for him to come back somehow, either through another Timey Wimey ball, an Eldritch Abomination possessing him, cloning or another crazy cult resurrecting him.

The Yetis will return.
They haven't been seen for a long, long, time, but were some of the most memorable monsters in the Second Doctor's reign. Given how Moffat likes to reuse old monsters, he could find another way to bring them back somehow. The Himalayas were also featured prominently in the 50 Years Trailer when they showed the 2nd Doctor-hinting of things to come?
  • Perhaps it will turn out that part of GI survived and he will possess a Yeti.

"Stay calm" will be 12's Catch Phrase
  • Judging by the latest teaser trailer, it's going to be 'listen'. This may herald a Doctor who listens to what others say, rather than rides roughshod over them to do what the hell he wants.
The time Lords will do much more damage indirectly.
After that giant 'NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO' to physically returning that the doctor gave them, they will decide it is better to control the universe using the time cracks to communicate with chosen individuals to control the universe. Due to overuse of the time cracks this leads to both universes becoming unstable and leading to the end of the world. The doctor finds it impossible to help because the time lords force him to obey their orders through their ability to both give and take regeneration.

The Time Lords will make brief appearances
  • They can't return but they can communicate with the Doctor, like ghosts. They will warn him of various threats. Perhaps they could warn him of the Master escaping, which would be a nice Call Back to the Master's first appearance.
    • It could also be their way of saying "Thanks for saving our asses" to the Doctor.

The Nethersphere is some sort of Portal Crossroad World
  • Meaning it could be used to find Gallifrey.

The Gatekeeper is a being like the Guardians of Time
  • But perhaps on a lower scale. If they are Valar, she is a Maia.

Kate Lethbridge-Stewart will be the new Doctor's love interest
  • This is simply going by the way she's looking at him in the photographs from recent film shoots as they take on the Cybermen. It makes sense as they're age appropriate. At the very least, she'll probably fancy him.
    • Or the Doctor won't have a love interest.

The voice in the new trailer is that of Davros.
  • It definitely sounds like him. Another popular WMG amongst fans is that it's the Dalek time controller from Big Finish.
    • I'm one of those fans. And I would prefer that to Davros.

Benedict Cumberbatch will be the Master.
First, IT WILL BE AWESOME. Second, who wouldn't like Moffat's two best characters up against each other?

The Vocs and Dums will be this series' returning classic foes.
  • "Robots of Death," "Robots of Sherwood"...similar titles, and that sure looks like an armored Voc robot at 0:43 in the trailer.

The Doctor will return to the dinosaur invasion of London during the Third Doctor's era.
  • Because there are clearly dinosaurs in London, and it would be — improbable — to have some other bunch of people try to pull the same stunt.

"Deep Breath" will end, for Vastra and Jenny, where "A Good Man Goes to War" begins.
  • When asked, Vastra mentioned that Jack the Ripper was "a bit stringy." We know the villain in "Deep Breath" will be Jack the Ripper. At the very least, some reference will be made.
    • Except Strax seems to be there. And he joined them after "A Good Man Goes to War".

The Doctor will return to the planet Sarn.
  • They're filming an episode in the same location as "Planet of Fire," and it's an episode in which the Doctor is said to return to the site of an old adventure to find that sinister changes have occurred since his departure.

The dinosaur in the trailer will have some connection to Vastra
  • Another Silurian pet.

The Doctor's stories will largely involve him revisiting old adventures
  • He could revisit Pompeii, London as the dinosaurs invade and Sarn.
    • We see Clara with someone who looks like one of the Sibylline Sisterhood.

Vastra and Jenny previously helped a post-regenerative Doctor
  • Vastra's "here we go again" line seems to imply that she, at least, has experienced this scenario before. Seeing as how all other post-regenerations have been televised, the only candidates for theory are Nine and War, but, seeing how the Paternoster Gang are oblivious to War's existence, it would seem that Vastra helped out a post-regenerative Ninth Doctor.
    • Alternately, she has already helped one of the Doctor's future incarnations with his post-regeneration trauma.

Jack the Ripper is a time traveller
  • His meetings with Vastra are out of order. He will survive the events of his episode and travel/be sent back in time, only to encounter her again and get eaten by her. When meeting him a second (his first) time, Vastra will say "Didn't I kill you before?", or something to that effect.
    • Or it may be an attempt to perform the Ripper murders but Jack arrives at the wrong time. Vastra eating him means she knows this isn't the real Jack.

Jack the Ripper is Jack Harkness
He would have been around at that time, and there is probably some innocent explanation as to why he'd be 'Jack the Ripper' (with the killer being someone else entirely). Or maybe all the victims were gangers/aliens who had already killed off the original prostitutes to take over their bodies and Captain Jack has been killing them in order to stop an alien invasion. Though that means Madam Vastra ate him (or maybe she just said she did to put an end to any questions about him).

The Doctor will meet the Silence again
In one of the teaser trailers, the Doctor says 'Listen'. 'Listen' is also an anagram of 'Silent'. If you remember, in The Day of the Moon, the eleventh Doctor put out a kill order on all of the Silence, yet we later learn it was only a faction of the Silence who broke away to try to kill the Doctor. Yet many innocent 'Silence' must also have been killed because of the Doctor's kill order. So again, in an attempt to put right a wrong, he will try to save them, and the way he can do that is by 'listening' to them, rather than 'silencing' them all. Oh it all made sense when this troper thought about it at two o'clock this morning!

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