Doctor Who: What Does *Spoiler’s* Death Mean?

WARNING! As the headline suggests, this article contains a huge Doctor Who spoiler. If you’re yet to watch the sixth season premiere, and you want to keep the storyline a surprise, we suggest you look away now and come back once you’ve seen it...

So now we know. When Steven Moffat warned us that one of Doctor Who’s main characters was going to die in the sixth season debut he was in fact talking about the main character: The Doctor. Regular characters have died in Doctor Who before, but thanks to the writers’ vivid imagination (and need for story arcs) they’re often written back in in no time at all. Is it that simple this time round though?

The matter is confused by a younger version of The Doctor being shown, saving the universe one alien at a time, but when we saw Matt Smith’s older Doctor die there was no regeneration, he actually seemed dead. For good. Of course that’s what the writers’ want you to think: they drove this point home by having the assistants burn him on a traditional Timelord funeral pyre.

This almost certainly won't be the end for The Doctor, though, and maybe not even the end for Matt Smith’s incarnation. After all, The Master “died” in exactly the same way and yet he was brought back to life in the same form--the fact that The Doctor's pyre was identical to the one used for The Master was certainly a big nod to that particular passing.

There's also the small matter of regeneration. Matt Smith plays the Eleventh Doctor, and those who’ve read the books, watched the show from the beginning or done their homework (gold star!) will be aware that there are at least two more regenerations due--or perhaps even more, thanks to some murkiness in the lore introduced by Russell T. Davies. The second part to this debut, which airs next Saturday, provides a rather large teaser as to what may happen to the Time Lord, but we’ll let you watch that for yourself.

The next, perhaps more important, question is this: will Matt Smith be bowing out of the show soon? “I certainly don’t plan on leaving anytime soon, I love this character,” the actor admitted at the sixth season press launch: “I take it year by year, month by month. I finish this season in a month and then I’ll sit down with Mr Moffat and see where I go from there.” There were, however, rumours at the end of the fifth season (Smiths’ first) that he wanted to move on and build a career in film.

Regularly killing characters only to bring them back can make viewers hostile and untrusting of your work. Doctor Who’s showrunner Steven Moffat admits there’s only so much, as a writer, you can do to keep viewers interested in a long-running show though. While The Doctor’s death will seem like a cheap trick to some, for others it’ll have raised enough curiosity to keep them entertained.

What did you make of The Impossible Astronaut? Do you think The Doctor’s assistants will ever tell him what happened? What new theories do you have? (See, lots of questions!)

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I was pleased to see this Doctor die in the first episode, as Amy is more of a Doctor personna than this fetus of a Doctor. Alas he returned seconds later.

On another note, it is clear that River Song is the Doctors killer, although I also suspect she is also Amy's mysterious daughter. Keep Amy and River Song, and kill this doctor. Bring the show back to what it should be.
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River Song is a future encarnation of the doctor.
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Am telling you now in River Songs future she kills the Doctor. Remember the current Doctor asked her why you were in jail and she said that she killed someone close to her. I mean who else will be closer to her (in her future) than the Doctor. Just you watch.
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Think the idea that the girl is a young River Song makes a lot of sense, especially given that they are moving in different directions i.e. the first time she meets him is the last time he will see her. Also we don't yet know why she has been put in prison and kept under guard. Killing the Doctor would be a very good reason!

Also this future Doctor is a couple of centuries older isn't he, so there's plenty of time for Matt Smith to enjoy loads more time as the Eleventh Doctor before the events we see here come to pass.
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I was thinking that the little girl in suit could be a young River as theopratt suggests but if that were the case surely she would know what was going on at least to some extent. I don't think the Doctors assistants need to tell him anything, he's an intelligent guy and from some of the looks he was giving behind other characters backs I'm pretty sure he has a fair idea of what's shaken everyone up.
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The show is renowned for it unpredictability, both on and off screen. Theres no doubt that the story will take an abundance of unexpected turns, which is why viewers are always left baffled, and why the show has lasted so long. The truth is that such rumours and speculation probably won't get you far, although it is still fun to theorize nonetheless.
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When we first met River Song she said that she killed the best man she ever knew. So far that man certainly seems to be the Doctor. Based on this, the most likely identity of the astronaut is in fact River Song. But I'm sure that I'm not the only one who's thought of this, and it could be a way for the writers to nudge people in the wrong direction. Regardless they've basically promised that we'll learn the secret behind Dr. River Song
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Would you please alter the headline for this entry?! It's on my frakking NEWSFEED!!!
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