Inspired by a series of Facebook posts that I saw, we have been running through an alphabetical series of Doctor Who-related themes. However, lately there haven’t been any updates to the Facebook posts so I hadn’t been continuing this series. I’ve decided not to wait any longer and just come up with own prompts. So, today we continue this with the letter W…
Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey
In 2006, Doctor Who gave us Blink, in which Steven Moffat gave us one of the show’s most memorable lines of dialogue:
People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, it’s more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly…timey wimey…stuff.
Ever since then, “wibbly wobbly timey wimey” has been a bit of a shorthand for when the series plays around with time travel-related concepts as more than just a way to get to the story.
Here are some of my favorites…one from each modern Doctor.
The 9th Doctor and Rose cross over their own time stream and Reapers come to eat them!
The Girl in the Fireplace
The 10th Doctor finds a spaceship full of portals that take him to different days in the lives of Madame de Pompadour, allowing to have a life-long relationship with her in just a few hours.
A Christmas Carol
The 11th Doctor must change the life of miserly old man by visiting him at different moments in his life in order to fundamentally change his personality.
Under the Lake / Before the Flood
The 12th Doctor uses his knowledge of the future to trick his past self to take action against a threat at an underwater base, which leads the Doctor to travel back in time to find out why the area was flooded in the first place.
Flux: The Vanquishers
The most recent episode of Doctor Who (at the time of this writing) sees the 13th Doctor split into three separate beings all existing in three different time-frames simultaneously. The Doctor is able to use this unique situation to her advantage, teaming up with herself to save the day.
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“Doctor Who? It’s more than just a secret, isn’t it?”
– Sophia Myles: The Girl In The Fireplace
The Timey Wimey elements for the modern Doctor Who may have proven creatively beneficial up to now. After Flux, it may take an even more radical turn. So let’s all hope that the writing can for all intents and purposes truly honor that.