“The Doctor’s Wife” delivered another cryptic moment pertaining to the overarching Doctor Who story. This time it was Idris (AKA the living consciousness of the TARDIS) who gave us our next clue.
Moments before ‘Idris’ died, she whispered the cryptic message to Rory, which he later revealed to the Doctor:
Rory: “The only water in the forest is the River. She said we’d need to know that some day. It doesn’t make sense does it?
Doctor: “No, not yet.”
I was surprised that the Doctor brushed it off so easily, but I guess he’s used to things playing out in timey-wimey fashion, and no doubt stored it away in his memory banks.
Still, what could it mean?
Your guess is as good as mine but it’s definitely a piece of the larger puzzle. Here are a few of my thoughts:
- It seems likely that it involves River Song, for obvious reasons.
- Could it refer to our first meeting with River, in “Silence in the Library”/”Forest of the Dead”?
- Amy is a ‘Pond’. It’s a bit of a stretch, but could it have something to do with her?
Plenty to consider. For me, this episode felt a lot more progressive than “The Curse of the Black Spot”. While that episode also contained some seeded moments, I felt it lacked the emotional weight to go with them. “The Doctor’s Wife” gave us something to think about for future episodes, while also allowing us to see the Doctor and his “old girl” with new eyes.