At the end of this year, Matt Smith will step down from his role as the star of 'Doctor Who' to make room for the next Doctor, Peter Capaldi. But before the end of Smith's tenure as the Eleventh Doctor, some fans still have some questions about the show's storylines.
Since Smith (and new showrunner Steven Moffat) took over in 2010 with the show's fifth series, a number of plotlines have been left hanging. The hijacking/blowing up of the TARDIS from series 5's "The Pandorica Opens" for instance; we still don't know who did that -- or why.
Or what about the Silence? Their motives -- and the very structure of their religious organization -- remain unclear. Were they responsible for those weird TARDIS-like vessels we saw in "The Lodger" and "The Impossible Astronaut"?
If Steven Moffat is to believed, all of that will be explained in this year's Christmas special -- or, at least, most of it. “It’s been a long game, but most of the questions that people ask will be answered," Moffat promised in the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine.
Personally, I'm hoping that this means that the Silence will return. They were some truly scary monsters, and I just love the idea of "A Silent Christmas."
But once those questions are answered, of course, it's curtains for Matt Smith's Doctor. Moffat had a few tidbits to share about how the Eleventh Doctor would handle his impending exit: “One of the horrors of regeneration is that a certain amount of his persona alters entirely. His appetites and his enthusiasms will change. And that’s sort of what I’m writing about now in Matt’s last episode, the fact that he’s terribly aware that he’s about to be rewritten. And it’s frightening.”
Considering that the Eleventh Doctor entered the world with a re-examination of his favorite foods (remember fish fingers and custard?), it seems only appropriate that the series calls back to this before he exits.
'Doctor Who' will air its next episode, the 50th anniversary special, Saturday, Nov. 23 worldwide.