Hey hey hey, it’s Theory Thursday, So let’s have a quick look at The Unquiet Dead from series one:
In that episode, the “Gelth” - some gas-y monsters from the other end of the universe - wanted to take over earth (including all bodies) because their own planet had been lost and they had no physical form. So far so good.
If you know my Story Arc Insanity series, you know that any returning species, whether under Moffat or RTD, is a parallel to the returning Timelords. In hindsight, it was even more obvious under RTD: He line his entire era with lost planets, which were all brought back in the end. Could we not have made the connection that Gallifrey would return? Oh well. Back to The Unquiet Dead:
Timelords Gelth can only return through Gwyneth (see picture above).
Doctor: You grew up on top of the rift, you’re part of it. You’re the key!
She has a connection with these monsters who she calls her “angels”. I have argued on other occasions that angel is usually code (metaphorical or clue) for Timelord. Reinette calls the Doctor her “lonely angel”, the Master hypnostises Britain through the Archangel network, etc.
But did you notice that it is becoming a little Moffat-y here? A girl that grows up on top of the rift and gets special powers from that - it is very close to growing up near a crack in time and space and becoming special from that.
However, I don’t think Amelia is the character that is being referenced here. I think, once more, we are talking about River (I always do). River, too, has grown up near the crack in the wall and anyway, her being human plus is a direct result of Amy growing up next to the crack.
Note that the Doctor is calling Gwyneth “the key” to bringing back the Gelth. River, I have argued, is the key to bringing back the Timelords. I have also argued that, somehow, River’s sacrifice in the Library is what brings the Timelords back. In The Unquiet Dead, Gwyneth dies opening the link to the Gelth.
However, even when dead, she is still able to speak and save the day (hellooo River!).
She blows up the house in order to destroy the link.
Now, the theory here is this:
- River’s death in the Library is what brings back the TImelords.
- The Timelord’s return isn’t all happy rainbows and daisies because they want to take over the world (or someone wants to restart the time war, as I have argued before)
- Dead!River saves the world from stressful!Timelords.
From this episode, it looks a bit like River will blow up the TARDIS (seeing as Gwyneth blows up the house), but I have already speculated that, both Clara and the Doctor are likely to have blown up the TARDIS, so I will come back to this.
Well? What do my fellow bloggers think about this?
Oh, and for the daily dose of wholock: do recall this little bit by our favourite psychopath:
“I may be on the side of the angels, but don’t think for one second that I am one of them." - Sherlock