Doctor Who has THE DEEPEST LORE of any Saturday evening family oriented light entertainment program, with the potential exception of The Musketeers, depending where they're going with all this baby drama.
A 4-D WarEdit
The Last Great Time War was a conflict in time as well as space. It's difficult to say that it was incited by one side (the Time Lords) or the other (the Daleks), though chronologically speaking, from a subjective, linear viewpoint, it would have been the Time Lords.
The Time Lords, predicting a day when the Daleks would reign supreme, sent the Doctor to avert or alter their creation. His act maybe potentially could have possibly done something regarding this, but doesn't seem like it did much of anything except inform the Daleks that time travel existed and was used by humanoids called the Time Lords who had sent an agent named the Doctor to destroy them. With this knowledge, they began developing towards time travel technology of their own, technology which eventually lead to the (kinda) extermination of Gallifrey, the victory of the Daleks (not that one), and the very events the Time Lords had foreseen.
Another way of looking at the Time War is as a reflection of the break in continuity (socio-political kind of continuity, not fictional continuity, though in point of fact it is a shattering of fictional continuity as well) Doctor Who experienced during the 90's. Between Survival and Rose, the program had ceased to exist in a meaningful way in broader culture, and what did exist in that period was inconsistent, of varying degrees of quality, and unusually obsessed with destroying Gallifrey and killing the Doctor.
In this respect, the Time War in all its many forms (the Time War as described on the program in all its contradictions, the War of Lawrence Miles fame, and more obscure, nonsensical garbage that continues to pollute the internet) is therefore the wound of the cancellation. Any attempt to read the classic stories in light of the Time War is to likewise read them from the narrative of "How did this contribute to the end of the show?" The Trial of a Time Lord is key in this regard, essentially being the show putting itself on trial for sucking so badly that the series was cancelled as a result.
Dreams, Fiction, and RealityEdit
DOCTOR: Robin Hood, the heroic outlaw, who robs from the rich and gives to the poor.
DOCTOR: He's made up. There's no such thing.
ROBIN: Your friend seems not quite of the real world.
CLARA: No. No, he's not really. Not most of the time.
ROBIN: Goodbye, Doctor, Time Lord of Gallifrey.
DOCTOR: Goodbye, Robin Hood, Earl of Loxley.
ROBIN: And remember, Doctor. I'm just as real as you are.
CLARA: Do you know why dreams are called dreams?
CLARA: Because they're not real. If they were, they wouldn't need a name. (actually, that sounds more damaging to my case than I had intended, but I'm on a roll here)
CLARA: You can't do this. You cannot pass yourself off as a real person among actual people.
DOCTOR: Did you seriously think that that was going to work on me? They're not sleep patches. They induce a dream state.
SANTA: As you stand here, chatting, chatting, your lives are ending. Unless you wake up, unless you free yourselves from these dreadful creatures, they're, they're going to destroy you.
SHONA: You're a dream who's trying to save us?
SANTA: Shona, sweetheart, I'm Santa Claus. I think you just defined me.
DOCTOR: This makes perfect sense. The Dream Crab tries to make the dream as real as possible to trap you inside it. It creates dreams within dreams so you can never be sure if you are really awake. But your brain knows something is wrong. Your subconscious fights back. This is your mind trying to tell you this isn't real.
SANTA: So it gives you me. Sweet Papa Chrimbo.
IAN: It gives you comedy elves, flying reindeer.
SANTA: A time-travelling scientist dressed as a magician.
DOCTOR: No. No, no. Hang on. No, no, no, no.
WOLF: Living in a phone box.
DOCTOR: It's a spaceship in disguise.
SANTA: You see how none of this makes any sense?
DOCTOR: Shut up, Santa.
DOCTOR: Dreams. They're funny. Ha, ha, ha. They're disjointed. They're, they're silly. They're full of gaps. But you don't notice, because the dream protects itself. Stops you asking the right questions. For example, why do you have four manuals, one each, when you have a crew of eight? Or did you forget about your friends in the infirmary here?
ALBERT: But we woke up.
DOCTOR: Dreams within dreams, I warned you.
BELLOWS: This isn't a dream. I know it isn't.
DOCTOR: No one knows they're not dreaming. Not one of us. Not ever. Not for one single moment of our lives.
The doctor's a dream, wooo~oooh! I dunno where it's all going but just look at this totally coherent and logical proof I've assembled to illustrate my theory.
The First QuestionEdit
The very same episode reveals the response, which will go on to become the driving mystery of the last season of Smith's tenure: "Doctor Who lol get it because it works both ways!"
THE SILENCE ARC WAS A DEEP LOREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. It covered the notable topics:
- The Pandorica Opens.
- The explosion of the tardis
- the death of the doctor (impossible astronaught)
- little girl in spacesuit
- kovarian stealing babies for weird reasons
- river collapsing time
- Clara Oswald in the timestream
- the timestream itself which was a negated reality
- the cracks in the wall caused by kovarian because of a crack in a wall caused by the ones kovarian caused that were a portal to the time lords which would end time if opened so kovarian exploded the tardis and created all the cracks in the wall and after they all were gone kovarian saw the one that connected the time lords...
- the entire christmas special of 2013
- series 5, 6 and 7