47 Days of Doctor Who–Day #8: Unresolved Mystery Most Worth Revisiting

Welcome to a 47-day series of articles about the revival version of Doctor Who (2005-present).  I’ve come up with  47 topics / questions to answer, all of them basically positive and upbeat about the program.  Each day (or as often as I can actually write these–so far so good!) I’ll pick one of them at random (using this convenient random number generator) and then write up an answer.

Why 47?  It’s my favorite number.
Why Doctor Who?  It’s my favorite show.
Why the modern day Doctor Who only?  Simply because I remember it better.
Why only positive stuff?  Because really, I write enough snark.

Today is Day #8, and around and around goes the Random Number Generator, revealing that today’s number is 44, which means the topic of the day is this:

“Unresolved Mystery Most Worth Revisiting”

Doctor Who, especially during the Steven Moffat years (Season 5 – present) has featured a number of plot lines and story elements that took years to complete.   For example, we didn’t find out the full meaning of the phrase “Silence must fall” – first introduced in Matt Smith’s debut episode The Eleventh Hour, until his swansong The Time of the Doctor, something like 43 episodes later.

There are other mysteries that haven’t been resolved, at least not yet.  Examples include what have Missy and the Daleks been up to since The Witch’s Familiar, or what exactly was under the bedsheet or outside the door in Listen, or what happened when the Silurians came out suspended animation 1000 years after Cold Blood.

For my money, the mystery that I’d most appreciate being answered is just what exactly the Silence were up to The Impossible Astronaut & The Day of the Moon.  Why did they tell Amy to tell the Doctor “what he must know and what he must never know”?  And why did they later kidnap Amy, when she was already a flesh duplicate, etc?

But Amy’s not on the show anymore, and the story of the Silence is basically over, so I’m not holding my breath for that.

No, my pick for the unresolved mystery that is actually most worth revisiting is

Who was Responsible for Gus and the Incident on the Orient Express in Space?

We already talked about Mummy on the Orient Express a couple of days ago.  It was a great episode, possibly the best of Season 8, the first starring Peter Capaldi.  The monster of the episode was the mummy, but the villain of the story was Gus, the computer that controlled the train, who had been programmed by someone to research the mystery of the Foretold.  In the end, the Doctor defeated Gus, saving (some of) the passengers on the train before Gus could casually destroy them all.  But Gus “himself” was not captured, nor did we ever find out who was the force behind Gus.

It’s ripe material for a sequel, as I already mentioned in my post about the series’ best monster.  Come on, Steven Moffat, let’s see it in 2017!

Agree?  Disagree?  Anyone dying to find out what happened to the giant alien space-baby in Kill the Moon?  Let me know!

Click here for a master list for this series.


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