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Doctor Who series 13 theories: Has the Doctor has been in a parallel universe since The Woman Who Fell to Earth?

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The new series of Doctor Who starts tonight (Picture: BBC)

Doctor Who series 13 is just minutes away from launching on BBC One, with Jodie Whittaker returning for her last season as the Time Lord.

Packed with action, humour, terrifying new villains and iconic returning monsters such as the Sontarans and the Weeping Angels, the upcoming chapter tells one story across a vast canvas.

‘From Liverpool to the depths of space, via the Crimean war and a planet named Atropos, which shouldn’t even exist, fighting old foes and new creatures from beyond our dimension, the Doctor and company face a race against time to uncover a universe-spanning mystery: what is the Flux?,’ the official synopsis teases.

While the new series will no doubt answer this vital question, viewers have already started exploring their own theories on what the Flux is. Here are our favourites.

The Flux causes separate timelines and alternate universes to crash into each other

One person is convinced that the Flux causes timelines and universes to overlap.

‘I think Doctor Who is gonna capitalise on the fact that the show already has an awareness of there being multiple universes to make it a more prominent part of the story,’ they wrote on Reddit.

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Have fans cracked the mystery of the Flux? (Picture: BBC)

‘That way there isn’t just our 13 (so far) doctors, there’s an infinite amount, with an infinite amount of enemies.’

The user went on to suggest that The Timeless Child from series 12 was the origin of another universe but because of The Flux, it’s all been catapulted into our Doctor’s timeline.

Agreeing, another added: ‘We’ve seen the timeline enter a state of flux when the Doctor meets a previous incarnation of themselves, but the overarching story of Whittaker’s Doctor could be that this time it’s the other way round, and instead of the Doctor creating the fluxing timeline, “something” is causing the timeline to flux wildly, meaning all these past and present incarnations of the Doctor (even ones not on our timeline) are all of a sudden bumping into one another; ripped into a singular timeline by some sort of event?

‘Think the final episode of series six – The Wedding of River Song, when all of time was happening at once, but on a multiversal scale.’

Getting behind the idea of the theory, another Reddit user added: ‘If the flux is indeed an event causing the past, future and alternate timelines to mix, then it would tie in with the monster leaks we have so far.

‘The flux could be responsible for the classic era Sontarons making a return (either in modern-day or an era they haven’t yet appeared in) and the ravagers (providing they are the same ones the ninth doctor faced). It could also be ultimately responsible for The Timeless Child/Jo Martin doctor plot.’

It would make sense, right?

The Doctor has been in a parallel universe since the events of The Woman Who Fell to Earth

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Could Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor be on a different timeline? (Picture: BBC)

One Twitter user reckons that Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor has been trapped in a parallel universe since her series 11 debut in 2018, and it does sound plausible.

‘To start with, it adds reason to that element of new-ness to S11,’ the fan began. ‘Having species like The Stenza rock up and being treated like they’re huge universal threats, when the Doctor has never heard of them is weird. Maybe in her usual universe, the Stenza don’t exist?

 

‘This one, though little, is key. Meeting big political characters like Jack Robertson and Jo Patterson helps us understand what the situation in the UK is like in modern day…but surely the Doctor knows her history enough to know of this man? Unless he isn’t in her universe…?’

The user goes on to point out that the Tardis was ‘constantly displacing’ during The Ghost Monument, and taking ages to get back to Sheffield.

‘What if the TARDIS was adjusting to being out of it’s universe? Maybe that’s why it’ll be dying?’ they asked.

‘No UNIT started off as a funny joke, but as time passes, it does feel detrimental, and so having the lack of UNIT be more of a parallel universe decision, whilst the UNIT we know and love continues to run freely, would be wise.’

Nods to parallel universes aren’t unusual, as the theorist points out. ‘Spyfall makes big suggestions about multiple earths that are never followed up on. This is our biggest clue for sure.’

‘It would also be a good way for the Doctor to be split from her companions, potentially returning to her universe and them deciding not to join,’ they added.

Well, consider our heads officially scrambled.

Doctor Who airs tonight at 6.25pm on BBC One.


Credit: Original article published here.

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