The one-two punch of The Day of the Doctor and The Time of the Doctor ticked off some major bullet points for the franchise. Paid homage to the show’s five decades of history? Check. Reunited several Doctors past and present? Yup. Revised the Who mythology so the show can keep on trucking for another 50 years? You bet. But they did leave a few unanswered questions. For one, how did the Doctor avoid the death on Trenzalore that he’d already seen the evidence of only a few episodes before?
If you recall, the seventh season finale “The Name of the Doctor” presented the time lord with a grave fate, both literally and metaphorically. On the bleak surface of Trenzalore, he saw his own final resting place, entombed within his TARDIS, grown to gargantuan size after the loss of its master. Inside, all that was left of the Doctor was a “temporal fissure” representing his timeline. So…how exactly did he avoid that fate, which had been previously categorized as something that he couldn’t avoid? (And yes, we realize the futility of asking questions like that in a show about time travel…)