Doctor Who: Flux is officially upon us and episode one gave us plenty to freak out over – Weeping Angels! New cast members! So many references to past characters!
Social media has been alight with theories after The Halloween Apocalypse saw the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Yaz (Mandip Gill) and newbie Dan (John Bishop) meet Karvanista and discover that, basically, the end of the universe is on its way.
We were left on the cliffhanger of the Flux almost engulfing the Tardis (with the Doctor, Yaz and Dan inside) and the Doctor being left a little helpless.
The hour-long episode, which kicked off showrunner Chris Chibnall’s most ambitious series yet, packed tons of info into one episode, with plenty of fans convinced they know what’s to come.
Rose Tyler’s return
While we’re not exactly expecting Billie to return to the sci-fi imminently after years away, she’s admitted it’s not beyond the realms of possibility.
Plus, episode one of series 13 had a bizarre amount of references to the character.
Many past episodes have made sweet throwaway comments referencing Rose but, at least two in The Halloween Apocalypse were clearly intentional.
First we were told about ‘Observational Outpost Rose,’ which had been compromised.
Then, in perhaps the least subtle reference of all time, the 13th Doctor repeated the exact same words meeting Dan for the first time that the Ninth Doctor did when meeting Rose: ‘Nice to meet you [Rose/Dan]. Run for your life!’
Elsewhere, there were more subtle references – like the shot of Dan and Yaz clinging onto the Tardis at the end of the episode echoing the shot of Rose holding on when the Void opened in Doomsday.
Many fans noticed the link, with one saying: ‘Mark my words, this is not a coincidence. I’m not saying Rose is coming back, but there must be a connection. Chibnall isn’t naive. This feels very deliberate. What may the connection be?’
Swarm is a Timelord
The mystery about who Swarm is rages on after it was revealed that Rochenda Sandall is playing his sister, Azure.
He claims to be an ancient foe of the Doctor’s that was wiped from her memory and, at the beginning of the episode, we kind of saw him regenerate.
‘So the fact they had two actors play swarm makes me think this specific moment *could* imply/resemble a regeneration,’ one fan pointed out on Twitter.
Could there be more to the character than meets the eye?
Dan isn’t just an unsuspecting companion
Liverpudlian Dan was, understandably, baffled by plenty in episode one – Karvanista, the Doctor, the general idea of Yorkshire, but encountering the Tardis? Completely unfazed.
Departing from the classic catchphrase: ‘It’s bigger on the inside,’ Dan, bizarrely, said: ‘I had a mate who had one of these. I think his was a bit bigger actually.’
So was it a throwaway comment, or has Dan come across a Time Lord before?
The Flux is a result of some serious meddling
It’s been assumed so far that The Flux is a tool to wipe out whole worlds (like the Daleks) but that doesn’t sit quite right with some fans.
One pointed out on Reddit: ‘I have a weird theory it maybe the Timelords/Division messing with time or getting something wrong in trying to maybe reset the timeline so the revelation of the Timeless Child never happened or taking measures to re-hide it as such, even if the rest of the universe doesn’t know about the revelations, they may want to just re-cover it back up in case the Master does his thing and spills the beans.
‘Given all clues so far point to them being a super secret service different from Gallifreys non-interventionist policy, maybe they’re responsible for the events that led the child to Gallifrey in the first place or hiding the fact they stole the regeneration powers. And that something wrong has created something that disobeys every law of time and space.
‘It would have to be caused by them trying to fix this point of the timeline given the TC revelation is very recent, because if they’ve messed up before why haven’t we already seen the flux? Messing up trying to reset the timeline of the Master either finding out or revealing the TC revelation specifically, and creating the Flux would make the most sense chronologically rather than something else they’ve messed up and the TC happens to be one of many things that cause the flux.
The Doctor, Yaz, and Dan will fall victim to the Flux
One user on Reddit is convinced that the cliffhanger we’ve been left on will see the Flux getting to Team Tardis.
They said: ‘Here’s my theory, the tardis get engulfed in the Flux, but because of timey wimey stuff it does not get disintegrated but get split into multiple parts, sending “parallel” version of Doctor, Yas and Dan to different point in time. One to the crimean war, one to meet Vinder in the future and one to the near past with the angels. The rest of the season is them figuring stuff out and preparing for the confrontation of the flux in the final episode. (I’d imagine the tunnel under Liverpool are part of it for example).’
Meanwhile, many fans are still convinced that the Doctor is still in a parallel universe after the events of the Timeless Child.
Doctor Who: Flux continues Sunday at 6:15pm on BBC One.
Original article published here.