Which lingering Doctor Who questions are set to be answered? From the Time Lord’s failure to defeat Villengard in ‘Boom’ to the enigmatic woman appearing in all episodes.

Which lingering Doctor Who questions are set to be answered? From the Time Lord’s failure to defeat Villengard in ‘Boom’ to the enigmatic woman appearing in all episodes.

With a new lead in Ncuti Gatwa, Doctor Who is officially a staple of British Saturday night television once more. 

The iconic BBC show has had somewhat of a make-over after its move to Disney+, and budget bump, but one thing has not changed – its deeply embedded references.

Series One of the 15th Doctor’s tenure kicked off earlier this month, delighting fans – who are already bursting with burning questions.

From why The Doctor didn’t go further in trying to defeat evil weapons manufacturer Villengard in Saturday’s episode Boom, to who exactly the mystery woman popping up in every storyline is, the internet is awash with fan theories. 

Here, MailOnline takes a look at which questions can be answered through a deep-dive into the show’s 60-year history – and ones they’ll have to keep watching to find out. 

Which lingering Doctor Who questions are set to be answered? From the Time Lord’s failure to defeat Villengard in ‘Boom’ to the enigmatic woman appearing in all episodes.

With a new lead in Ncuti Gatwa , Doctor Who is officially a staple of British Saturday night television once more – and fans are reeling with burning questions

Why didn’t The Doctor try to defeat Villengard in Boom? 

Boom saw the current Doctor and Ruby Sunday (Millie Gibson) travel to an alien planet gripped by war, but the Time Lord found himself in a terrifying situation when he stepped on a landmine

Boom saw the current Doctor and Ruby Sunday (Millie Gibson) travel to an alien planet gripped by war, but the Time Lord found himself in a terrifying situation when he stepped on a landmine

Saturday’s episode Boom left some fans with a lingering question – why The Doctor didn’t try to defeat the full systems of evil Villengard rather than just saving the one small group of Anglican Marines. 

But superfans of the show were quick to point out that it is yet another Easter egg in the show’s long history or recurring lore – this time courtesy of writer Steven Moffat. 

The episode saw the current Doctor and Ruby Sunday (Millie Gibson) travel to an alien planet gripped by war, but the Time Lord found himself in a terrifying situation when he stepped on a landmine. 

This meant the Doctor was incapacitated for the whole episode as he could not move from the landmine for risk of being blown up. If it were to go off, the landmine would destroy the entire planet due to him being a Time Lord.

One feature of the dramatic episode were ‘ambulances’ – which rather than save lives, end them. 

On this planet, ambulances detect slight injury and analyse to decide whether or not that person should live as part of a murderous AI algorithm. One character is killed because he is found to be blind – a condition the ambulance deems unsurvivable. 

It was found that the ambulances were courtesy of weapons manufacturer Villengard – a planet mentioned in several other eras of Doctor Who as the ruler of warfare.

This meant the Doctor was incapacitated for the whole episode as he could not move from the landmine for risk of being blown up

This meant the Doctor was incapacitated for the whole episode as he could not move from the landmine for risk of being blown up

One feature of the dramatic episode were 'ambulances' - which rather than save lives, end them (pictured)

One feature of the dramatic episode were ‘ambulances’ – which rather than save lives, end them (pictured)

The episode saw The Doctor reveal to Anglican Marine Mundy Flynn, interestingly played by his next companion Vasada Sethu, that their blind faith in following orders had resulted in them being sent to fight a non-existent war on an uninhabited planet. 

The sole purpose of them being sent there was for the ambulances’ algorithm to use their death toll to maximise spending for weapons, in turn, funding Villengard.

But fans were left confused when – after the algorithm was successfully disarmed by the love of a deceased father in protection of his daughter – The Doctor did not go further in trying to shut down Villengard. 

Addressing the queries, a superfan and podcast host took to X, formerly Twitter, to explain exactly why.

‘I’ve seen (perfectly legit) criticism of #DoctorWho ‘Boom’ asking why The 15th Doctor just ends the immediate conflict and doesn’t also go on to dismantle Villengard’s systems since they are the real villains of the story,’ they wrote. ‘Because he already did.’

The fan shared a clip from the 2005 episode The Doctor Dances, featuring Christopher Ecclestone, Billie Piper and John Barrowman. 

Addressing the queries, a superfan and podcast host took to X, formerly Twitter, to explain exactly why

Addressing the queries, a superfan and podcast host took to X, formerly Twitter, to explain exactly why

The fan shared a clip from the 2005 episode The Doctor Dances, featuring Christopher Ecclestone, Billie Piper and John Barrowman

The fan shared a clip from the 2005 episode The Doctor Dances, featuring Christopher Ecclestone, Billie Piper and John Barrowman

The episode saw the ninth Doctor (Ecclestone) and Rose (Piper) needing to get into a locked room, however he instead lets Captain Jack Harkness (Barrowman) intervene. Rose asks what is wrong with his sonic screwdriver and he assures her it is fine, before Captain Jack uses an impressive piece of 51st century tech called a blaster. 

The Doctor explains that this a weapon of the Villengard factories. Captain Jack asks: ‘You’ve been to the factories?’

‘Once,’ The Doctor says, to which Captain Jack replies: ‘Well they’re gone now, destroyed. Main reactor went critical, vaporised the lot.’

‘Like I said,’ The Doctor continues. ‘Once. There’s a banana grove there now. I like bananas. Bananas are good.’

The exchange suggests that The Doctor is possibly behind the critical incident which resulted in Villengard’s demise. 

Who is the mystery woman popping up in every episode?

The internet is awash with fan theories, including who exactly the mystery woman popping up in every storyline is (Pictured as the AI ambulance in Boom)

The internet is awash with fan theories, including who exactly the mystery woman popping up in every storyline is (Pictured as the AI ambulance in Boom)

Something that has been driving Doctor Who fans wild is that actress Susan Twist has made an appearance in most of the episodes since the 60th anniversary specials.

Showing up as a different person each time, Susan has played a dinner lady, the face of an AI ambulance and a bar reveller, among others. 

In the 60th anniversary specials ahead of the current series, Susan cropped up when the Doctor and Donna ran into Isaac Newton. 

Then later in the Christmas special, she was seen as a different character in the bar that Ruby and her band played at. 

In the first episode of the new series, called Space Babies, Susan was yet again another character as briefly appeared in a video file at the Baby Station as a former employee.

The Devil’s Chord saw her show up again, this time as a dinner lady at Abbey Road studios.

And most recently, Susan was the face of the AI interface for the Villengard ambulance in Boom. 

In the 60th anniversary specials ahead of the current series, Susan cropped up when the Doctor and Donna ran into Isaac Newton

In the 60th anniversary specials ahead of the current series, Susan cropped up when the Doctor and Donna ran into Isaac Newton 

Then later in the Christmas special, she was seen as a different character in the bar that Ruby and her band played at

Then later in the Christmas special, she was seen as a different character in the bar that Ruby and her band played at

The Devil's Chord saw her show up again, this time as a dinner lady at Abbey Road studios

The Devil’s Chord saw her show up again, this time as a dinner lady at Abbey Road studios

Fan theories have been rampant as people attempt to decipher what her constant appearances could mean. 

Some believe she could be The Doctor’s granddaughter – who is mentioned in a recent episode but presumed dead after the genocide of the Time Lords.

While others have suggested she is connected to the Toymaker – who reappeared during the 60th anniversary specials and whose daughter, played by Jinkx Monsoon, just made an appearance as another villain. 

A third suggestion is that Susan’s appearances could be related to the search for Ruby Sunday’s mother. 

What actually is bi-generation?  

Instead of David Tennant doctor's dying and being regenerated as Ncuti, bi-generation occured

Instead of David Tennant doctor’s dying and being regenerated as Ncuti, bi-generation occured

Ncuti finally made his first appearance on screen as the 15th Doctor when David Tennant’s incarnation of the character regenerated in December.

However, all was not as it seemed as a huge twist saw both versions of the Doctor remain on screen, in a huge move away from tradition on the long-running BBC sci-fi series.

Instead of David Tennant doctor’s dying and being regenerated as Ncuti, bi-generation occured. 

This is where rather than one incarnation directly changing into the next, as seen with the regeneration process, the new incarnation instead splits from the previous, allowing both to exist simultaneously, known as bi-generation.

Ncuti’s debut came when ‘creepy’ returning villain The Toymaker, played by Neil Patrick Harris, shot David’s Doctor through the chest, forcing him to regenerate.

The Toymaker had turned human beings on Earth mad, before challenging the Doctor to a deadly game – which put the planet at stake – forcing the Time Lord to accept to try and save Earth.

Shooting the Doctor, The Toymaker said: ‘I played one game with the First Doctor, I played the second with this Doctor, so your rules declare that I must play the third game with the next Doctor!’

His companions Donna Noble (Catherine Tate) and the returning Melanie Bush (Bonnie Langford) ran over to support him as he regenerated, with fans expecting that to be the end for David’s character.

Bi-generation is where rather than one incarnation directly changing into the next, as seen with the regeneration process, the new incarnation instead splits from the previous, allowing both to exist simultaneously

Bi-generation is where rather than one incarnation directly changing into the next, as seen with the regeneration process, the new incarnation instead splits from the previous, allowing both to exist simultaneously

Ncuti's debut came when 'creepy' returning villain The Toymaker, played by Neil Patrick Harris, shot David's Doctor through the chest, forcing him to regenerate

Ncuti’s debut came when ‘creepy’ returning villain The Toymaker, played by Neil Patrick Harris, shot David’s Doctor through the chest, forcing him to regenerate

Melanie reassured him: ‘You’re going to be someone else, it doesn’t matter who, because every single one of you is fantastic!’

While David tearfully said: ‘It’s time, here we go again! Alonzee,’ as he expected to be replaced but a huge twist saw his character remain alongside his new incarnation.

As he remained after the regeneration, he asked Donna and Melanie: ‘Could you, pull? It feels different this time,’ and as they yanked on his arms, Ncuti shot out of him and the two Time Lords stood alongside each other in a massive twist.

Making his hotly-anticipated debut, Ncuti’s Doctor shouted: ‘No way!’ as he laid eyes on David, moving away from tradition which normally sees one Doctor replace another upon regeneration.

David said: ‘You’re me,’ while Ncuti replied: ‘No, I’m me. I think I’m really, really me! Oh-ho-ho I am completely me!’

When asked what had happened, Ncuti’s Doctor said: ‘Bi-generation, I have bi-generated. There’s no such thing, bi-generation is supposed to be a myth, but-!’

The pair of Doctors then used their talents to face off with The Toymaker together and incredibly managed to beat him at his own game, sending the villain out of existence forever.

Why is The Doctor alone in the universe?  

In the current sereies, it is reiterated that The Doctor is the only remaining Time Lord

In the current sereies, it is reiterated that The Doctor is the only remaining Time Lord 

One theme that appears to be reiterated throughout the current series of Doctor Who is that The Doctor is ‘the last of the Time Lords’, making him an orphan and the only one left of his kind.  

The Doctor is the only resident of his home planet called Gallifrey thought to still be alive across all of time and space. 

It is a situation the Ninth Doctor [Ecclestone] also found himself as of the show’s return in 2005 after 16 years. However, in the time between, Gallifrey has both been found to actually still exist and then been destroyed for a second time.

Throughout Ecclestone and Tennant’s tenures as The Doctor, it was believed Gallifrey had been destroyed in the Time War, fought between the Time Lords and the Daleks. 

But as the Whoniverse’s most famous villain made its way back from extinction, so did the Time Lords. 

As Tennant’s time came to an end, Time Lords were officially saved from the ‘genocide’ in the 2013 50th anniversary special, when 13 incarnations of the Doctor came together to freeze Gallifrey in a pocket universe. 

Sadly this was not the end of the story, as the species was later killed for a second time – something the current Doctor describes to Ruby as a ‘genocide’.

This refers to when the 13th Doctor [Jodie Whittaker] faced off with the Time Lord’s nemesis The Master in 2020 and he killed everyone on Gallifrey by detonating the ‘Death Particle’. This left The Doctor as the only remaining Time Lord once more.

One theme that appears to be reiterated throughout the current series of Doctor Who is that The Doctor is 'the last of the Time Lords', making him an orphan and the only one left of his kind

One theme that appears to be reiterated throughout the current series of Doctor Who is that The Doctor is ‘the last of the Time Lords’, making him an orphan and the only one left of his kind

When the 13th Doctor [Jodie Whittaker] faced off with the Time Lord's nemesis The Master in 2020, he killed everyone on Gallifrey by detonating the 'Death Particle'

When the 13th Doctor [Jodie Whittaker] faced off with the Time Lord’s nemesis The Master in 2020, he killed everyone on Gallifrey by detonating the ‘Death Particle’

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