DOCTOR WHO: Tick Tock Goes The Clock

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Doctor Who Episode 9 was very lite on seriable elements, but it did contain a haunting nursery rhyme referencing the central story arc. But what does it mean? Have another listen below.

Here are the complete lyrics:

Tick tock goes the clock
And what now shall we play?
Tick tock goes the clock
Now summer’s gone away? (Missing from video)

Tick tock goes the clock
And what then shall we see?
Tick tock until the day
That thou shalt marry me

Tick tock goes the clock
And all the years they fly
Tick tock and all too soon
You and I must die

Tick tock goes the clock
We laughed at fate and mourned her
Tick tock goes the clock
Even for the Doctor

Tick tock goes the clock
He cradled her and he rocked her
Tick tock goes the clock
Even for the Doctor…

HT: Doctor Who TV

It’s a pretty clear that warning about the Doctor’s looming death and presumably River Song’s involvement (“he cradled her and he rocked her.”) Not the meatiest seriable element, but at least they didn’t neglect us completely.

More interestingly for me is the fact that the Doctor knows when he ‘dies’ (as per LKH), and Amy and Rory know, but they haven’t communicated that knowledge to one another. I guess that goes back to the whole ‘too much foreknowledge’ line of thought.

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  1. Nicole says

    But Amy did tell the Doctor about his death. In “The Almost People” she tells him, “You invited us all to watch.” She thought she was talking to the Ganger at the time, but they had already switched.

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    • Avatar of Roco says

      Nicole: That’s true, but I don’t believe he knew when he was going to die. I’ll need to check the seriablechives to be sure but I thought he discovered his D.O.D in LKH..

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      • The Watcher says

        Amy said along the lines that HE invited them there, to the Doctor Ganger (or at least who she thought was the Ganger. So he knew when he died from that.

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    • Tak Lona says

      No, they had not already switched. Immediately after Amy questions him he loses it a bit, and slams her against the wall. The Doctor would never do that just for a charade, and how would he know to anyway? And then just a minute or two later Amy says something like, “I knew it, you’re not the Doctor. You can’t ever be,” the look on the Doctor’s face–to me, anyway–indicates the birth of the switching idea.

      I understand why you would think that, though.

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  2. abc says

    and the final part :
    tick tock goes the clock
    he gave her all he could give her
    tick tock goes the clock
    now prison waits for river

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  3. Jeremy says

    This is fantastic, be we are still missing the proper verse where the line
    ’till River kills the Doctor’
    is sung. I’ll look through it and see what I can find. Post it here if I do.

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    • Andres says

      Tick-tock goes the clock
      He cradled and he rocked her
      Tick-tock goes the clock
      Till River kills the Doctor

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  4. cassidy says

    The doctor found out when he was gonna die from the tesselecta (or however you spell it) in the episode “Let’s Kill Hitler” I don’t remember if they straight out tell him or if he steals the info but he does get it from them. Also there is a wide gap in time from the episode with Craig and the cybermen (sorry, idk the name of the episode) and “The Weding of River Song” so he could have found out a lot in that time. Just sayin’

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    • Lil says

      I thought you say it ‘tessilecta’. And you spelt wedding wrong. Two d’s. And does anyone know where you can buy doctor who DVD’s? I can not find any series 2, 3, 5.

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      • JustAnotherGamer says

        It’s on Netflix if you have it, but they don’t have season 7 or 8 on Netflix yet. When I saw that, I went into a ragequit.

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        • alex says

          I was just reading through and they havent started season 8 yet it starts up again in november besides you can always watch season 7 ondemand or on the computer

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      • Bob says

        One it is somewhat rude to correct someone on spelling on computer. its not like writing. and the answer to your question is up your butt and around the corner

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  5. Elena says

    I love how haunting this song is it realy makes you feel deep fear when you listen to it. And being sang by children makes it seem more sinister because it shows the dark backround of Doctor Who even though it has many childlike themes. Every monster is based on a childhood game and everything in the show has a childlike side and makes it scary it’s fantastic.

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  6. Dylan says

    Nicole is right. Amy tells the Doctor that he is going to die and he can conclude that it is that day because he also got an invitation he just didn’t watch himself die.
    The Tesselecta episode is just for him to confirm the information and a way to make sure everyone knows that he knows. (for those who didn’t realise he was told in the Almost people episode.)

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  7. Kaitlen Jones says

    I love this song. My friend and I looked up the lyrics and now we sing it just to freak people out. The child’s voice makes it so siniter. The line ’til you and I must die’ sends chills down my spine.

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      • Lil says

        But he does.
        And theres another verse that i fust found:

        “tick tock goes the clock
        he turned away from violence
        tick tock goes the clock
        at the fall of the silence”

        not sure that is completely right. Go Doctor Who!!!

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        • icecream6376 says

          No its
          ‘Doctor Brave and good
          he turned away from violence
          when he understood
          the falling of the silence,

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        • Abby says

          The verse is
          “Doctor, brave and good,
          he turned away from violence
          as if he understood
          the falling of the silence.”

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  8. Laura says

    Tick Tock goes the clock
    And what now shall we play?
    Tick Tock goes the clock
    Now summers gone away?

    Tick tock goes the clock
    and what then shall we see?
    Tick tock untill the day
    That thou shalt marry me

    Tick tock goes the clock
    And all the years they fly
    Tick tock and all too soon
    You and i must die

    Tick tock goes the clock
    We laughed at fate and mourned her
    Tick tock goes the clock
    Even for the doc…

    Tick tock goes the clock
    He craddled and he rocked her
    Tick tock goes the clock
    Even for the Doctor

    Tick tock goes the clock
    And what now shall we play?
    Tick Tock goes the clock
    Now summers gone away

    Tick tock goes the clock
    and all the years they fly
    Tick tock and all to soon
    Your love must surly die

    Tick tock goes the clock
    We laughed at fate and mourned her
    Tick tock goes the clock
    Till River kills the doctor

    Doctor, Brave and good, he turned away from violence,
    then understood the falling of the scilence.

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    • MarthaNoble says

      You forgot the final line.

      tick tock goes the clock
      he gave her all he could give her
      tick tock goes the clock
      now prison waits for River

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  9. says

    The doctor is smart and cool if he did die even though he didnt it would mess up the way i looked at the show I am a big docter who show lover

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  10. says

    tick tock goes the clock
    if the doctor dies people will cry
    tick tock goes the clock
    the people who cry have to learn that everyone will die

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  11. says

    I don’t know if anyone else noticed this but the lines ‘Tick tock until the day
    That thou shalt marry me’,
    That might refer to the episode before where The Doctor promised to marry River Song (Melody Pond).
    I’m not sure but I think River hinted at them being married in an earlier episode (I don’t remember).

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    • JJ says

      lets kill hitler.
      - mels talks about her dreams of getting married to the docter.
      - jonothen says okay, when you get well i’ll phone your parents…
      - mels says, why would you phone them when you can ask them right now
      - amy and rory look at eachother to realize who mels/meody/river is.

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    • says

      In the season 5 episode, “The Time of The Angels,” The Doctor tells Amy that in the future he marries River.

      Also, I love how the Doctor cheats death in the tessilector!

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  12. Pedro says

    Tick tock goes the clock
    He craddled and he rocked her
    Tick tock goes the clock
    Til River kills the Doctor

    Tick tock goes the clock
    We laughed at fate and mourned her
    Tick tock goes the clock
    Even for the Doctor

    This is a part missing close to the end of the song,at least is how it is in the season 6 soundtrack…

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  13. kieran says

    One of the lines written here should be
    “He cradled and he rocked her”. As heard at the end of S6E9.

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  14. Tiernan says

    I had the greatest idea. Since the doctors from 1 to 11 go down in age, shouldn’t the next one be adolescent? Or at least ginger?

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  15. Emma Dn. says

    I am like one of the BIGGEST Doctor Who fans EVER!!! This song is so creepy. I’m thinks of dressing up from world war II for halloween, have a gas mask and stuff (Doctor Who Season 1(or 2)). I’ll go around saying “Mummy? Are you my Mummy?” And then sing this nursery rhyme as well. ‘Bow ties are cool’!!!!!

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  16. full song says

    so the full song is:

    Tick tock goes the clock

    And what now shall we play?

    Tick tock goes the clock

    Now summer’s gone away?

    Tick tock goes the clock

    And what then shall we see?

    Tick tock until the day

    That thou shalt marry me

    Tick tock goes the clock

    And all the years they fly

    Tick tock and all too soon

    You and I must die

    Tick tock goes the clock

    We laughed at fate and mourned her

    Tick tock goes the clock

    Even for the Doctor

    Doctor,
    Brave and good
    He turned away
    From violence

    And he
    Understood
    The falling of
    The silence

    Tick tock goes the clock
    He cradled and he rocked her

    Tick tock goes the clock

    Even for the Doctor

    tick tock goes the clock
    ‘til river kills the doctor

    Tick tock goes the clock
    He gave all he could give
    Tick tock goes the clock
    Now prison waits for river

    Tick tock goes the clock
    And all the years they fly
    Tick tock goes the clock
    And all to soon your love shal surely die

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  17. says

    Can someone explain what/who ‘we laughed at fate and mourned her’ is talking about? I’m trying to make a gifset and I’m having trouble deciphering this line. -_____-

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    • JustAnotherGamer says

      It’s talking about River (I think) and the Doctor being able to travel in time and alter fate.

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    • MarthaNoble says

      In Silence In the Library/ Forest of The Dead with ten, when River legitly dies is what that’s referring to. The reason “We” laugh at her fate is because of the irony of their opposite timestreams, and yet, even though we don’t know her yet, we mourn her passing.

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  18. Amelia says

    I don’t know if this was mentioned, but look at the lake name. You know, the whole “Silence, Doctor. Silence will fall!” thing. The lake name is Lake Silencio. Just wait for that to sink in. I know it’s completely irrelevant, but just a little fun fact.
    Peace,
    Amelia

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  19. JustAnotherGamer says

    Who likes the new companion Clara? She’s impossible! Anyway, I thought it was pretty cool to die and be resurrected into another time without realizing it. But Clara’s first long-distance travel in the TARDIS was really weird. I didn’t really like the Rings of Akhatan.

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  20. JustAnotherGamer says

    My friend, Rosie, said she heard about the directors giving Clara some the traits of the former companions. Clara’s Rose Tyler, Martha Jones, Donna Noble, and Amy Pond all wrapped up in one sweet, pretty present. Clara Ozwin Oswald, the impossible girl.

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  21. JustAnotherGamer says

    If Amy Pond is the girl who waited and Clara Oswald is the impossible girl, who is Rose Tyler, Martha Jones, and Donna Noble? And also, what happened to Captain Jack Harkness?

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    • Walternate says

      Rose is the Bad Wolf. She creates herself.
      Martha is the woman who walked the Earth.
      Donna Noble is the most important woman in the history of creation.
      And Jack….well, watch Torchwood.

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        • Walternate says

          Just so you’d know, if you are watching Torchwood on Netflix, it doesn’t have Season 4 ‘Miracle Day.’ You learn more about what happens to Jack after you see him in Doctor Who series 4 ‘End of Time Part 2.’

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      • says

        Why is Donna Noble the most important girl? I’m sorry, I didn’t watch season 4 because I became a Doctor Who fan just recently, so I’m currently trying to watch the newer ones, but also get in some older ones too.

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    • Adri says

      ROSE- The one he lost.
      MARTHA- The one who left.
      DONNA- The one who forgot.
      AMY- The one who waited.
      CLARA- The impossible girl.
      JACK- The one who has his own Telly show now.

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  22. TheRedEyedRaven says

    Has anyone thought at any time that Richard Hammond from Top Gear would make a great doctor who? I just wanted to throw that into the mix.

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  23. alex says

    This proabably has nothing to do with any thing but the Doctors human name is John Smith and hes played by Matt Smith. I think if Matt has a son he will name him John. Just think of the awesomeniss of being the boy whos dads the Doctor and your own name is the same as the Doctors.

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    • Brian says

      that also would be a bit weird think about it………………I just thought about what if he was the next Dr.?

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    • Windoula says

      I’ve always wanted someone to say to the 11th doctor, “Why do you always call yourself ‘John Smith’.”
      “It’s a good name.”
      “It’s a stupid name. It’s too… generic.”
      “It’s supposed to be generic.”
      “Well could you switch it up every once in a while? Like, change one of the names.”
      “All right, I will.” *goes up to random person* “Hi, I’m David Smith.”

      Just to mess with us.

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