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The Time of the Doctor
The Doctor will again regenerate sacrificing himself
The Doctor's will regenerate due to the John Hurt Doctor
When the Doctor regenerates, the last thing he sees will be Amy.
The Silence will be the villains
The tile of the Christmas Special will be "Silent Night"
The Eleventh Doctor's regeneration will take place exactly at midnight.
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.
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.
The Doctor will not die or be buried on Trenzalore everJust 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.
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.
The species seen in the trailer will fight each other
The creatures will be constructed from the Doctor's mind
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.
The Silence united the Angels, Cybermen and Daleks to kill the DoctorIt 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.
The Atraxi and/or Prisoner Zero will turn out to be importantThe 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.
The 12th Doctor will criticise the 11th Doctor but show him some respect
Another Monster will appear to the ones seen in the trailer
The Doctor will be mutilated...Because having no regenerations left will give Moffat the opportunity to make him REALLY suffer.
The First Doctor played by David Bradley will appear in a cameo.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.
The Doctor will be greatly aged by these events, explaining the older Doctor
The Doctor will receive a new set of regenerations via a LoomI 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.
The Doctor's Fate post-The Time Of The DoctorThis 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
Someone will be sent back by the Angels and intervene in earlier events of the episode
The enemies are attacking the Doctor on Trenzalore as they know he will die there
The Doctor will split in two againThe 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.
The Silence are actually on the Doctor's side
Tasha Lem met a previous Doctor
Alex Kingston will return, however briefly
Trenzalore is GallifreyThe 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!
Prisoner Zero will appearHe 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.
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.
The reason the Church fought against the Doctor was due to Tasha Lem becoming a Dalek Puppet
The Doctor will do something to seal his timestream
The Doctor will be reconstituted from his timestream
Tasha Lem is a future Clara.
Tasha Lem is Iris WildthymeShe 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 Eleventh Doctor developed kidney stones in the course of the episode
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.
Christmas was founded by Kazram.Having finally shared the holiday with his lost love, old Kazram wanted to create a place where it was always Christmas, so he funded the establishment of a town in a place where strings of lights would be appropriate, and it snows a lot. He also arranged for its semi-Victorian decor and clothing styles, to better fit the holiday theme.
The Doctor will still be buried on Trenzalore.It's just that now, it'll be because after his second (or later?) cycle of regenerations wears out, the Curator will return to the site so his timestream can be laid to rest alongside all the Christmas folk he'd lived among and protected for so long.
The larger tombstones seen in the graveyard-version of Trenzalore weren't for officers.They were for Silents who'd fallen in battle: creatures who had always been forgotten in life, so deserved a large memorial stone that could at least preserve their memory in death.
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.
The next Doctor will be Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The next Doctor will be very self-aware due to his fear of becoming The Valeyard.
The Doctor will regenerate into The Valeyard.
The Twelfth Doctor will be Zooey DeschanelWhy not? It'd be awesome.
The Twelfth Doctor will be Emma WatsonJust as awesome. And the character will be a girl in a Badass Suit.
The Twelfth Doctor will be Wil WheatonWe have an instant people's Doctor. And one that will be extremely Genre Savvy.
The Twelfth Doctor will be Jennifer LawrenceUsing her natural persona, with a bit of the grittiness of Katniss coming in when the plot requires.
The Twelfth Doctor will be Benedict CumberbatchRule of Cool.
The Twelfth Doctor will be Tilda SwintonDoes no one else want to see this? If they make it a woman, surely she's the obvious choice?
The Twelfth Doctor will be John NobleThey've said they wanted to go older, and anyone who's seen Fringe knows he can do quirky and awesome.
The Twelfth Doctor will be Jenna-Louise ColemanWhat 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.
The Twelfth Doctor's personality and characterThey'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.
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.
Capaldi's Doctor is the Twelfth Doctor but is also the fifth incarnation in a new cycleWhen 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.
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 SuccessorBecause 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 childBecause that could be interesting after Demon's Run (the crib)
The next Doctor is JennyAs 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 curatorAt the Doctor's final battle the Doctor falls and the question is asked, "who are you?" "We're the Doctor."
The Curator is the WatcherWe'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 GallifreyanGallifreyan symbols?
The Daleks will be the main villains of an episode
The Emperor Ludens Nimrod Kendrick Cord Longstaff XLI will appear
The Paternoster Gang will appear
Kate Stewart will appear
The Cybermen will appear
There will be the return of another old-series villain
JHD will make further appearances here
The Great Intelligence will appear
The Series will be a Dream
We can say goodbye to Clara
Clara will perform a final sacrifice to save the Doctor
The Draconians will appear
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
When the Doctor does find Gallifrey...
At some point 12 will go to "The Day of the Doctor"
The Big Bad of Series 8 will be the ValeyardAnd he will be played by Matt Smith, who previously stated involvement in Series 8.
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.
When Gallifrey is restored (maybe in series 8, maybe later), the Doctor will team up with the Master for a two-parter
Villains of this Series will try to stop the restoration of Gallifrey
Clara will take on a new role in Series 8Among 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.
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 DoctorMinus 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.
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.
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 villainsTheir 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.
The Doctor's other doubles will be mentioned.Moffat said that the fact that the Doctor looks like Caecilius will be mentioned. It's possible 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.
Other things will escape the crack
Clara will die in Series 8And 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.
Clara was replaced by a ZygonA 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 PompeiiThere'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...
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."
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.
The show will revisit the Clara who guided the Doctor to the TARDIS.
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 alienIt has been noticed how significant Coal Hill School is, so someone has been sent there.
The Master will be in Series 8Played by Charles Dance or Hugh Laurie.
Danny Pink will be a descendant - grandson perhaps? - of the original companions, Ian and BarbaraIt 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
Ms Delphox is The MasterWe 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.
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 teacher at the same school and Danny will supposedly be also. 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 granddaughterReally 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 81: 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 8Sophie 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 DoctorIt 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.
Idea for S8 E1
The Master is working with Rassilon
The I.M. Foreman scrapyard will play some part in reminding the 12th Doctor who he isHe 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.
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.
The Valeyard already exists.The Valeyard is the Meta-Crisis Doctor. Born in committing Genocide. No regenerations of his own. Knows the Doctor's history quite fully. Once Gallifrey is restored, why couldn't he travel back and be the Valeyard?
Robin Hood will not be the real Robin Hood
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 PondBoth 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
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?
"Stay calm" will be 12's Catch Phrase
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
The Nethersphere is some sort of Portal Crossroad World
The Gatekeeper is a being like the Guardians of Time
Kate Lethbridge-Stewart will be the new Doctor's love interest
The voice in the new trailer is that of 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.
The Doctor will return to the dinosaur invasion of London during the Third Doctor's era.
"Deep Breath" will end, for Vastra and Jenny, where "A Good Man Goes to War" begins.
The Doctor will return to the planet Sarn.
The dinosaur in the trailer will have some connection to Vastra
The Doctor's stories will largely involve him revisiting old adventures
Vastra and Jenny previously helped a post-regenerative Doctor
Jack the Ripper is a time traveller
Jack the Ripper is Jack HarknessHe 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 againIn 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!
The Master Will Return/Clara will dieI think the Master will return (not as a fob watch/the new companion) but just as in the classic series, trying to annoy the Doctor by taking over Earth/the universe/whatever. And, yes, I do think there will be a huge climax thingy, because you know, that won't happen. Clara is confirmed to leave, and we havn't had a companion die since Adric (no, I do not count Amy/Rory, as they live a full life, so they are not exactly dead), and I wouldn't say that Moffat is above stuffing her in the fridge, as he has treated all the companions as plot devices without a personality.
Missy is the MasterNot sure how likely this one is, but going from Deep Breath and a bit of established canon it might be possible. First of all, Missy could be short for Mistress, i.e. a female version of the Master. She is in a sort of afterlife, rather alike the Master. She is clearly very familiar with the Doctor, calling him her boyfriend, and the Master and the Doctor seemed to have a very love-hate relationship as of late. Also Steven Moffat has clearly said that Time Lords CAN change gender when they regenerate, but has never put this to use. And I think he'd love a go with one of the classic Who villains in all honesty!
The Gatekeeper will gather those that die throughout the series
Missy is The Rani
The dinosaur was one of the Rani's experiments.
Missy is the Tardis.
Missy is ClaraOr at least a version of her. There are different Claras throughout time and space after all, even a version of her in Gallifrey, the one that showed the First Doctor the TARDIS. Maybe this is one of those alternate versions of her.
Missy is River SongThe last time River met the Doctor (chronologically), he left her living inside that computer simulation. Maybe spending an eternity there has made her a bit crazy? Also, the robot guy dies and goes into the "afterlife", and what could be a better afterlife for a robot than a computer-simulated paradise? The garden he wakes up in could easily be inside the simulation. Maybe River has even learned how to control the computer? That would also explain how she's now able to manipulate the Doctor's life while still remaining inside the simulation. The only thing that doesn't fit into this theory is that Missy calls the Doctor her "boyfriend", not "husband"... But maybe the writers thought using the word "husband" would've made it too obvious who she is (since there's only one wife of the Doctor that we've met), so they used "boyfriend" to retain the mystery.
Missy is RoseIf we take Missy's claim that the Doctor is her boyfriend at face value, and presumes she's not River Song (because she would call the Doctor her husband, not "boyfriend"), there are only two alternative explanations left:
Missy is a future regeneration of Romana
Heaven is the libraryI think missy is river song and heaven is the library, see, river had regeneration powers and the half face man could have been designed to be saved to the library and they both existed in the same century.
"The Promised Land" is in the same universe that Gallifrey is now in.And Missy is a Time Lady.
Missy is a former companion the Doctor abandonedWe know that the Doctor has had a lot offscreen adventures, so what if Missy is a former companion that we simply have never heard about before? In "Deep Breath" here's also a clear contrast between the Doctor telling Clara he's not her boyfriend, and Missy telling the cyborg guy the Doctor is his boyfriend. What if Missy was a former companion who, just like Clara and Martha, thought the Doctor was romantically interested in her, only this time the Doctor never bothered to correct her? We also know the Doctor can be rather self-centered and attention-deficited, so it's perfectly possible he had some adventures with Missy, then left her somewhere and totally forgot about her while running off to other adventures with someone else. Being abandoned by the man she thought was in love with her then made Missy go a bit koo-koo, so she created this fantasy where the Doctor is her boyfriend, and she needs to protect him. Missy being an abandoned companion would also tie in with the theme established in "Deep Breath", that the Doctor needs to deal with his past mistakes. Missy is one of those mistakes, the flipside to all those companions the Doctor did care about.
Missy is Iris Wildthyme.
The one who sent Clara the number...
"In the Forest of the Night" will feature the Vashta Nerada.
The Twelfth Doctor chose his face to remind himself that he is "a good man".
One of the themes for Season 8 will be the Doctor coming to terms with the idea that being a soldier doesn't make someone a bad person/incapable of being a good person.
The non-combatant that Danny Pink killed was ClaraHe is linked somehow with the soldiers from 'Into the Dalek', as shown by his name, Danny Pink. When Clara told Journey Blue that she had met someone called Pink, Journey said suggested that was lucky for him. So the soldiers in that time are perhaps born and raised to be soldiers, and given names corresponding to colours. There's a hint of children being raised as an army when Danny is working with the cadets at the school. So sometime in the future, he has killed Clara and has now gone back in time (perhaps with the help of the Doctor) to try and stop it happening. But the fact he is already training children to be soldiers, suggests that it's cyclical and he won't be able to stop it.
Danny is Journey's brother.They're both soldiers, they're both black, and they both have colors for names. We never saw her brother, and Clara never said his first name in front of her. They never gave any specifics on Danny's soldiering past. And finally, this episode mentioned both duplicates and saving people right before they die, so that's at least two explanations for it.
Ramón Salamander will be mentioned in passing.By this time he's already got the "Research Center" well established.
Danny is the Doctor's FoilDanny is a former soldier. He doesn't like being asked about his time as a soldier, and it's clear he's made choices that he's not proud of. Despite this, he still runs a cadet program at Coal Hill, and he does his best to keep his past outside of his new life as best as possible. The Doctor is a former soldier, who doesn't like being asked about his time as a soldier, and he's made many choices that he's not proud of. Still, the Doctor runs around the universe protecting lives and inserting himself in diplomatically sensitive situations.
The Twelfth Doctor is a Doctor who dislikes his mistakes, and because of that he's far more hesitant to do anything that might make the situation worse, even if it means sacrificing lives (letting Ross die in the event that confronting the antibodies would harm them all). This makes him come off as crass, and insensitive. Danny, conversely, is awkward and shy around people. When confronted about his past, he becomes hesitant and resigns himself to the assumptions people make about him. Furthermore, Danny wants to stay out of sight; he declines Clara's invitation not because of his awkwardness but because of his shyness. Declining offers to communicate and socialize has become second nature to him, which is why he viciously punishes himself after the fact.
When the two finally meet, however, they will end up teaching each other. Danny will teach the Doctor that it's okay to have been a soldier, and that no matter what mistakes have been made, Clara is right. Trying to be a good man is what counts. The Doctor will teach Danny that he can still live a full, fun life with all of its twists an turns, that he doesn't have to hide away. They will even inspire each other to respond in the opposite manner of their usual behaviours: the Doctor will try to be more sensitive and try harder to make the best out of the situation, even with the risks; Danny will step up and assert himself, stepping out of his shell when it matters.