Doctor Who is back and its first episode recently aired on BBC. The spy thriller that kept its fans glued to their television sets started off well.
Before signing off, The Master traps Doctor’s friends in a plummeting plane and sends the Doctor to an alternate dimension. The Master then leaves by dropping a truth bomb that points at a new spin for the series.
The Master tells the Doctor that there is one thing she needs to hear in the second before she dies. And those words are, “Everything you think you know is a lie.”
- About Doctor Who’s season 12 first episode: Spyfall
- Deciphering “everything you think you know is a lie.”
- Three theories to shape the future of the story
Doctor Who Season 12 Episode 1: Spyfall
In the story so far, spies are being killed around the world by alien forces that the Sonic Screwdriver cannot distinguish. And, the Doctor frequently gets no hint on what these creatures are. When she goes to meet her old MI6 friend O, they get attacked by the same creatures.
Well, it’s safe to say that the first episode of Doctor Who series 12 got the show started on a sterling note.
Moreover, Part one – Spyfall established a new mystery at the heart of the series, which could shudder the Doctor and the TARDIS gang to their core.
Jodie Whittaker’s Time Lord and her friends are flying around the world, examining a murky billionaire meanwhile coming up against new aliens before finding themselves in a seriously awful narrows.
In the final scenes of the episode, the Doctor learns that old ally O (Sacha Dhawan) is perhaps her arch-rival The Master, who has been scheming with the unnamed aliens for unspecified reasons.
Well, we have encapsulated three plausible theories that can prove to be a turning point for the series.
What does “Everything you think you know is a lie” mean?
Well, it has kept every fan wondering as to what the Master’s last words mean? And what consequences does it lead to for the Doctor? Instead, this appears to culminate into something the Doctor believes about herself or the world, and it makes complete sense to presume this might be in coordination with the Time Lord secrets.
Doctor’s previous incarnations
At this point, it can hint at more than one thing. It could lead us to believe that the rumours around the new series unravelling the Doctor’s former incarnations could come true.
Or perhaps, it could be that certain things the Doctor ‘knows’ trace back to her own character and background. The Doctor realizes she’s a hero, who threw off the fetters of the priggish Time Lords to travel the universe in lieu of helping people. But what if there’s more to the story than she perceives? Plausibly, someone else has been secretly pulling her strings for 2000 years? And if that’s so, what would they be churning out of it?
The Timeless Child Mystery
Another probability is that this whole thing might trace back to the Timeless Child Mystery which was put emphasis upon, in the last series. Showrunner Chris Chibnall has revealed that the focus on this arc will be included in the new series. Essentially, it did appear as if the mystery had a link to the Doctor’s past.
The slightest possibility also hints at the fact that either the Doctor or the Master is the Timeless Child.
Alas! Whatever it is, for now, we are really depending on Jodie Whittaker’s word of honour that this mystery will continue as the series proceeds.