One week removed from the death of Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman), “Doctor Who” featured Peter Capaldi’s Time Lord of a Doctor almost entirely by himself, carrying a full episode. Naturally, that didn’t stop him from talking to the deceased Clara, as her ghost haunted him on a horrible adventure through his own confession dial.
However, once his final confession was made, the stage was set for the Season 9 finale of the series. The Doctor fled Gallifrey, afraid. He didn’t leave out of boredom — which sounds like something the Doctor would do. Instead it was his own fear that drove him away from his own planet and now the time has come to return.
In the trailer for the Season 9 finale, the Doctor is heading home to face what’s left of the Time Lords — and will meet up with the Sisterhood of Karn along the way.
What will he be up against on his return home, though? The episode description – released before Nov. 28’s “Heaven Sent” — reads, “Returning to Gallifrey, the Doctor faces the Time Lords in a struggle that will take him to the end of time itself. Who is the Hybrid? And what is the Doctor’s confession?”
Now fans know, it’s the Doctor who is the Hybrid. He’s the hybrid warrior destined to destroy Gallifrey. Taking that into account, it’s not shocking that he would be too scared to stay on his planet.
However, heading back to it means things are going to change in a bit way. The trailer for the episode makes mention of a regeneration without specifying exactly who is doing the regenerating. Will Capaldi’s 12th Doctor meet his end or will there be another Time Lord making the big change?
That pales in comparison to one other question, though. If the Doctor is a hybrid, what is he made up of? If he’s not 100% Time Lord, what other species or traits add up to make him the Hybrid Doctor?
It’s entirely possible fans have known the answer to that for years. Going back to the 1996 “Doctor Who” TV movie, the Doctor (Paul McGann) reveals he’s half human “on my mother’s side.”
While that’s an important piece of information, it’s been debated by fans over the years how much of that particular movie can be considered “Doctor Who” canon. It was meant to serve as a reboot of “Doctor Who” that ended up falling flat, with the show going away again until it launched again in 2005.
With the Doctor heading back to Gallifrey as the Hybrid destined to destroy it and a regeneration on the horizon, “Doctor Who” is primed for possibly its biggest season finale in years.
Of course, the big question is how will it come to an end — especially knowing that Capaldi will continue to appear in the role through the Christmas special.