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  • Aug. 9, 2011, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Lightning? Or the cracks in the skin of the universe?

    by TheMarineBiologist

    Does this mean that S5 will actually be explained? :D

  • Aug. 9, 2011, 3:47 p.m. CST

    I like that poster. Spiffy.

    by V'Shael

  • Aug. 9, 2011, 3:54 p.m. CST

    The face of the Silent in the background

    by sunspot_mike

    is badass. I don't think that's a new crack in the universe. Those was explained by the exploding TARDIS. It's probably the lightning from the pyramid. What they didn't explain was who blew up the TARDIS in the first place and that's what we're supposed to find out, I think.

  • Aug. 9, 2011, 3:54 p.m. CST

    I ware a overcoat now. Overcoats are cool.

    by Michael_Jacksons_Ghost

  • Aug. 9, 2011, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Is that Tennants overcoat? an is "Nurse" The new Bad wolf?

    by GenreBoy

    Just wonderin, An i wonder........If the whole River Song Killing a good in fact her Father?...just wondering. Her encounter w/ Rory in a "Good man goes to war". The somber tone of it all. An through out the first half of series 6...we're told Rory is infact a nurse...or it is brought up on more than one occassion...The Nurse travelling w/ the Doctor. An we're told that the Universe got the Name from The Doctor...which meant Healer, wiseman...but that in the Gamma Forrest in meant Warrior...and what would it come to mean? Does this mean..the word "Nurse" could possibly come from Rory, and if so, what does that mean..or Come to mean, eventually? brain, just vomitted all that out. sorry. haha

  • Aug. 9, 2011, 5:57 p.m. CST

    More brain conjecture...

    by GenreBoy

    I think The Doctor blew up the tardis...well the future Doctor..Or possibly the Valleyard. An more than that, the end of his actual life...meaning no regenerations. He would've found what it was that created the universe or didnt create it...and then on a final adventure created the universe w/ his real it's kind of fitting when you think of it. An therefore, his adventures would start all over again...and possibly differently...b/c new universe etc. It's a bit full-circle-ish. Atleast i think so. Any thoughts?

  • Aug. 9, 2011, 7:11 p.m. CST

    I dress like Jack Harkness now. Jack Harkness is cool.

    by Stegman84

    Or something.

  • Aug. 9, 2011, 8:17 p.m. CST

    AH damn, Rory's still there

    by FeralAngel


  • Aug. 9, 2011, 9:10 p.m. CST

    Bring it.

    by The Transformed Man

    I"m glad they're mixing Smith's wardrobe up here and there.

  • Aug. 9, 2011, 9:58 p.m. CST

    That's a crack. River's gun? And .. 4 sonics?

    by veteran_of_mu

    There is some kind of weird double barrel on the squareness gun. I don't think it was there before - ? Anyway the shape of the crack is quite distinctive - no coincidence there. Also note it's in front of the Doc, not behind him. And those "stars" in the sky are exactly the same colour as the sonic's green ball. Alternate universes?

  • Aug. 10, 2011, 12:12 a.m. CST

    @ Caractacspotts

    by GenreBoy

    It's the same sci-fi lazer do-hicky she's had since The Big Bang. An that crack is quite distinctive, likes like odd, an slightly bigger. A bit like the one in the doctors wife.

  • Aug. 10, 2011, 3:13 a.m. CST

    in the word WHO

    by GeptaOO1

    between the H and the O there's a 5th bright green spot....

  • Aug. 10, 2011, 5:25 a.m. CST

    Midseason recap trailer...

    by dj_bollocks

  • Aug. 10, 2011, 9:09 a.m. CST


    by veteran_of_mu

    It's the squareness gun / sonic blaster / alpha-meson blaster that used to belong to Jack Harkness. And I count at least 7 glowing green balls in that poster ...

  • Aug. 10, 2011, 10:41 a.m. CST

    'Tis a thing of beauty, is it not?

    by Mister Vertue

    It has almost a cinematic quality to it. The conclusion to this series will be epic! EPIC!

  • Aug. 10, 2011, 10:50 a.m. CST

    Caractuspotts - glowing green balls

    by DoctorTom

    They're not just the color of the sonic screwdriver, they're the color of the lighting in the TARDIS control room when House took over the TARDIS. <br> I'm not saying that House is responsible, just that it's the same color. I wouldn't necessarily go reading too much into the colors.

  • Aug. 10, 2011, 10:51 a.m. CST

    I do like how River's separated from the others by the crack

    by DoctorTom

    along with the mention of past, present and future. In a way, River personifies the collision since the Doctor's future is her past (and vice versa).

  • Aug. 10, 2011, 11:12 a.m. CST

    I didn't even see the Squareness Gun on first look

    by sunspot_mike

    And the fact that we're still talking about Vortex Manipulators and Squareness Gun - those little elements of 51st century tech from the first season just make the fanboy in me so happy. Also, Jack still has his Vortex Manipulator in Miracle Day (yet he never uses it to travel through time and you know, actually correct things, it's like he forgets that he's a time traveler too) is the one that River bought from Big Headless Blue at the beginning of Pandorica supposed to be the same one?

  • Aug. 10, 2011, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Vortex manipulator

    by DoctorTom

    There was an implication that it might be Jack's vortex manipulator with the 'handsome young time agent' comment, but that comment doesn't necessarily apply to just Jack. Some people would claim that it could have been James Marstars' hand in there, or the hand of some agent we never met. It could easily be written to go any way Moffat wants to have it go. <br> As to Jack forgettting he's a time traveler, he can't use the vortex manipulator to move through time. You'll notice that when Jack pops up in Doctor Who the Doctor disables the time travel functions of the manipulator (or re-enables them to do whatever is the Doctor needs to use the vortex manipulator for, then disables it again before he sends Jack back to his other TV series).

  • Aug. 10, 2011, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Love the poster, love the coat.

    by Andy Buckle

    It's a bit like Captain Jack's, but with a velvety 'Pertwee' look to it. The coat, that is. Not the poster. Nice.

  • Aug. 10, 2011, 12:34 p.m. CST


    by Michael_Jacksons_Ghost

    But at the end of the third Torchwood series, Jack fixes what the Doctor did to it, and he leaves Earth. He is at the bar where the Doctor fixes up a meeting between Jack, and Alonzo. So it very well could be functioning as of Miracle day.

  • Aug. 10, 2011, 12:49 p.m. CST

    MJ's Ghost

    by DoctorTom

    We know Jack left Earth, but we also know that he didn't travel in time - only space. Voyage of the Damned established that Alonzo is in the modern day time period. So, while Jack may be able to jump around space, it doesn't necessarily mean that he can jump through time. <br> Also, think of it from a dramatic standpoint. RTD kept disabling the time travel functions precisely because if Jack could just jump back in time and find out everything he needed (and possibly fix thiings while he was in the past) it robs the story of dramatic tension. That's why RTD didn't want Jack running around with a vortex manipulator. You let a working one get loose in a show, then everything becomes wibbly wobbly timey wimey paradoxes, and I'm not sure Captain Jack can pull off running around with a fez and a mop quite the way Matt Smith's Doctor can.

  • Aug. 10, 2011, 1:17 p.m. CST

    @The MOV: I'm betting the REAL conlusion will be more EPIC!

    by wtriker1701

    And it won't be this series/season. My guess is, we have to wait for the REAL conclusion until 2013. But I think, we'll get an EPIC series finale this year! (And a Xmas Special?)

  • Aug. 10, 2011, 1:18 p.m. CST

    hmmm... 7 screwdriver lights? Maybe 7 Doctors???

    by wtriker1701

    "THERE ARE FOUR LIGHTS!!!" Wrong again, Picard!

  • I imagine we'll wrap up the River/Melody bits to the story, but that there will be plenty of things lingering on to continue into 2012 if not 2013. <br> Maybe the Omega symbols were just laying some groundwork for the 2013 series. He first showed up in the 10th anniversary story, it would only be fair to have him show up for the 50th year. <br> Of course, let me be the first to start the rumor that Omega *is* the Doctor, a future regeneration of his that has gone into the past (I know, I know, he's supposed to be the Other if you follow the Cartmel Masterplan, but the Doctor has plenty of regenerations to masquerade as whoever he wants to - maybe they're both the Doctor. Or maybe the bits about the Other will be ignored and those comments will tie in with Omega....whose Hand did seem to have an inordinate fondness for the Doctor) <br> Feel free to choose whether it's a future regeneration of the current Season 6l Doctor, the gangerDoctor, the Doctor who got trapped outside the universe during The Big Bang and might still (also) exist outside time and space, or if it's Rose's parallel Doctor (and if that one's true, we can all guess which hand was used for the Hand of Omega...)

  • Aug. 10, 2011, 2:34 p.m. CST


    by Michael_Jacksons_Ghost

    By Rose's parallel Doctor, do you mean the other Tennant Doctor, or that universes Doctor?

  • Aug. 10, 2011, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Either one

    by DoctorTom

    though I would like the 'hand' linkup between the other Tennant and Omega. <br> I still think that if we see the other Tennant Doctor again he should have a 'Spock beard'

  • Aug. 10, 2011, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Jack's Vortex Manipulator Must Be Broken

    by sunspot_mike

    Or why would he have to sneak Gwen into the PhiCorp headquarters in Episode 3. If it was working couldn't he have just gone right into the server room with no subterfuge required. Although then we would've missed the scene with Captain Jack dressed like a preppie and Gwen's horrible if adorable American accent. Rex asks him what's on his wrist really early on, leading me to believe they're going to Chekhov's Gun it sometime in the future. Otherwise why bring it up (other than a little fanwankery?)

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  • Aug. 10, 2011, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Rose's Doctor.....

    by Michael_Jacksons_Ghost

    I wonder since he is part human, with no Tardis, would he have to get a job? Working for Pete I guess? That would be cool to revisit, and see what has happened with him. He has a goatee now, goatees are cool. lol

  • Aug. 10, 2011, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Rose's Doctor had to get a job flipping burgers for McDonalds

    by DoctorTom

    Naaah, not really. That Doctor is probably working for that universe's Torchwood most likely. Of course, there is the question about how that universe's Torchwood came to be, if it was Rose's Tennant Doctor or that universe's Doctor pissing off Queen Victoria over something. Then again, that universe's Torchwood might have been created in order to stop aliens and other reprobates like that time travelling con man and member of the Time Agency, Captain Jack Harkness.

  • Aug. 10, 2011, 7:50 p.m. CST

    Hooking up again quickly

    by Dreamfasting

    I'm curious to see how the gang hooks up again so quickly given that the Doctor runs off leaving Amy and Rory with River at the end of AGMGTW. Does something go wrong in his search for Melody? Does she get rescued from the streets of New York right after regenerating? Exactly what was his plan in running off?

  • Aug. 10, 2011, 8:29 p.m. CST

    On Torchwood Miracle Day...I was wondering...

    by The Alienist

    Did the crack make everyone on earth forget that Earth has been visited by aliens? That there were no earth child/drug addicted aliens making children speak in unison? No Battle of Canary Wharf? Aliens were once mentioned as a throw-away hypothesis of Miracle Day, but it seemed it wasn't seriously considered. In the world before the crack in time, aliens would naturally be the go-to explanation...

  • Aug. 11, 2011, 3:25 a.m. CST

    @ Alienist

    by GenreBoy

    Miracle day has been slooooooooow, an how for the love of god are people working in "Intel"...THAT stupid. an it mostly takes place in the it being the US, i imagine that they didnt know about The Battle of Canary Warf, or the Sycorax, or the earth child drug addicted aliens,....Simply b/c it would've been down played-then up-played. The Battle of Canary warf in the US, would've gotten a blurb on CNN ticker "Soccer match between leeds daleks and yorkshire cyberman turns violent, On Fox...The only mention of Earth child drug addicted aliens or Sycorax on fox news would've simply been translated to..."Illegals are coming for our children and our jobs...Quick! To the Tea Party mobile!" >cue 60's-ized toby keith tune<..................True Story.

  • Pretty much every single time that he puts THE ENTIRE WORLD in HUGE ALIEN PERIL!!!! World shattering events? What world shattering events? Next day is just another day, innit? You really want an explanation? Oh, alright then. People rationalise and think all them things was a big hoax and that. Never mind the millions of flying pepper pots or the metallic armies or the proof of alien life or whatever. People just go on with their lives sme as if it never happened, because it's not like any devastating earth shattering events would have any long term consequences really... As a viewer that's one of those things you have to pretty much just go with, and not dig into or think about too much, much like 'the masses' in RTD's storylines

  • Aug. 11, 2011, 10:33 a.m. CST

    dreamfasting - you're making an assumption there

    by DoctorTom

    From the Doctor's standpoint, they might not have hooked up quickly. For all we know, he could have spent nearly 200 years looking for Melody between AGMGTW and Let's Kill Hitler (we're told the older Doc is 1103 in The Impossible Astronaut, he might have burned up those years in the mid-season gap). With that 'one last trip' bit in the preview clips for the 2nd half of the season, I wouldn't be surprised if this happened - or if he kept visiting/dating River while also trying to figure out where baby Melody is.

  • The fact that people are acting like alien races don't show up every Christmas to terrorize England (and the rest of the world in many cases) means that they either got written out of the timeline by the reboot, or everyone had to forget that it happened. <br> It would be hard to rationalize the whole world finding out it had been moved to a different place in the universe, then invaded by Daleks yet one more time, then towed back to its normal orbit by a small blue box without it dramatically impacting how the people of Earth react to any other alien invasion after that. Certainly it would have had an impact on Torchwood: Children of Earth or at least rated a mention. <br> It could possibly be the Silents with their posthypnotic conditioning telling the world to forget about invading aliens because the Silents would be worried that if people knew about invading aliens they might start looking for aliens on Earth - like the Silents.

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 7:26 a.m. CST

    Here's the thing though...

    by Stegman84

    A new pack of writers and production team retroactively fixing logic holes that were created and left by the previous writers/production team doesn't excuse those original writers and production team from making and then basically ignoring such leaps in logic and common sense to begin with. If you can understand what I'm trying to say. So while it is true that the Moffat era now gives fans an out for such issues, the RTD era isn't excused for creating the need for somebody else to have to create such an 'out' to begin with. At least in my opinion.

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Dang, I swear there's a scene between the Doctor and Amy

    by spacehog

    where he references one or more of the big Christmas Special attacks (the Daleks I think) and she has no idea what he's talking about. Just doesn't remember it. And he's all ''That's impossible!'' ... But I cannot for the life of me remember what episode it's in, and a quick scan of a few episode synopses is not helping. I thought it was fifth series but I'm (obviously) not sure. Does anyone know what I'm talking about or am I making this up?

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 10:21 a.m. CST

    You're not hallucinating - that was in Victory of the Daleks

    by DoctorTom

    She didn't remember the Earth having been moved from its orbit and taken by Daleks. He asked her because she didn't recognize the Dalek when she first saw it. <br> That instance seemed to be due to the cracks in time having eaten up the event. The question is whether that still remains an explanation in a post-Big Bang universe.

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Thanks! Woo, not crazy!

    by spacehog

    And I'm of two minds about RTD glossing over all these alien attacks all the time... On the one hand, yes, it seems really lazy from a writing perspective. On the other hand, what WOULD change about daily life after a repelled alien attack? Would you just stop going to your job? Would garbage no longer be picked up? Would you stop feeling like having a drink at the pub at the end of your day? It seems to me like the lasting changes would involve the government getting super-militarized and cracking down on security and setting up checkpoints all over London... and just generally making the ''real world'' in Who feel completely unlike our own. And where's the fun in that? I want to believe he's flying around in MY world, not some post-apocalyptic nightmare.

  • Aug. 12, 2011, 11:35 a.m. CST

    RTD didn't completely gloss over the alien attacks

    by DoctorTom

    He did turn it into a joke, though, when he had London deserted at Christmas in Voyage of the Damned because London kept getting hit with invasions at Christmas <br> And, you're right about countries becoming more security conscious (especially after little things like the British Prime Minister killing the American President - even if that had been erased when the reset button, the part where the British Prime Minister announced to the world that we've been visited by aliens wasn't, and the Americans got teed off at the British for violating the alien contact protocols set up in the '60's. Still, it's a good reason to explain why Britain didn't get upset about the United States coming after Captain Jack to rendition him in the new Torchwood series - the British are still trying to suck up to the U.S. after what the Master did to them. <br> I would expect a far more visible, more highly funded UNIT (even with the current world economic problems) that would be seen out there are the mention of an alien incursion if people remembered.