Questions about Doctor Who Series 13 Episode 2 – War of the Sontarans

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If you thought the second episode of Doctor Who: Flux might solve some of the mysteries set up in episode one, then buckle up your seat belt – because while a detail or two was cleared up in the hour-long adventure, there are even more weird ones Riddles and burning questions presented themselves next to these sporadic answers.

What do the Mouri have to do with the Doctor and the Time Lords? Why does the doctor hallucinate a creepy house? How does Swarm know so much about Yaz and, most importantly, what dirty pictures does Dan have on his phone?

We’re trying our best to answer some of these questions (with mixed success) below …

How did everyone survive the cliffhanger from episode one?

“The end of the universe … I’ve always wondered how it would feel.” – Last week’s Halloween apocalypse naturally ended with the Doctor and her friends trapped in a failing TARDIS and on the verge of it terrible destructive power of the Flux to be consumed. Jacob Anderson’s Vinder had also found himself in a seemingly unbridgeable situation in which the flux acted on him …

Cut to the opening scenes of War of the Sontarans and the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Yaz (Mandip Gill) and Dan (John Bishop) find themselves alive, healthy and somehow back to the earth of the 19th the Temple of Atropos on the planet time . As? Um … unclear.

We get a brief explanation of how Team TARDIS could have escaped a certain sinking (“The Lupari shield worked, but the TARDIS was hit,” suggests the doctor, with the resulting aftershock likely to hit the ship on the Crimean peninsula in the 1850s sent) but how exactly Vinder survived is less clear.

Was he torn from time and space by the priestly triangles just in time to help repair the Mouri? If so, why him, since the triangles didn’t even know if Vinder was able to help them? Or is there another force at work here? Did Swarm (Sam Spruell) bring Vinder to the temple to exchange him for one of the Mouri?

What about the creepy house?

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A new mystery this week was the Doctor’s black and white vision of a strange, messy house floating in a dead forest just before she woke up in Crimea.

Is it a vision of the future, a reference to other mysteries in the series, or a substitute for something else (does the silhouette look a bit like the Citadel of Gallifrey to anyone? No?).

One thing is for sure – after that weird Brendan stuff in Series 12, no theory is too far-fetched.

What caused the flow

Jodie Whittaker in Doctor Who: Flux


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It’s still not explicitly explained what caused the planet-eating, dog-defying wave of death known as Flux – but we get a few clues in this week’s episode.

In the Temple of Atropos, it is revealed that a strange group of women named Mouri held back time to prevent them from “running wild” and wreaking havoc.

“All time passes through the Mouri …got to drive through the Mouri. Before Atropos, time ran wild, ”says Priest Triangle, later noting that time was“ destruction ”and“ evil ”.

And of course, prior to this episode, two Mouri broke down, with Yaz (Mandip Gill) and Vinder (Jacob Anderson) trying to fix them. With that in mind, it is likely that the flux in episode one was triggered by the destruction of these two Mouri – and Swarm’s actions in this new episode could cause more destruction. Alas.

Is the doctor from the planet time?

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We could overtake ourselves, but we wonder if the Doctor has any connection to the mysterious Mouri who was introduced this week. After all, we learned in series 12 that the doctor is not a Time Lord of Gallifrey after all – but a refugee from another universe who gave Gallifrey the ability to regenerate in the first place.

The Mouri, meanwhile, have a history with Doctor Swarm’s ancient enemy (Sam Spruell), a connection to time travel (apparently flowing through them all the time), and a visual look less than a million miles from what we saw Timeless Child (aka the Doctor’s younger self) who wears 12 flashbacks in series.

So could the Doctor be a Mouri or some other race related to them? We explain our theory in more detail here …

How does Swarm know Yaz and Vinder?

Yaz (Mandip Gill) and Vinder (Jacob Anderson) in Doctor Who


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It’s something of a recurring theme in Doctor Who: Flux – characters meet out of line, with one party knowing more about an encounter than the other that will take place in the other’s past and future. We saw it last week with Claire (Annabel Scholey) and her familiarity with the Doctor / Yaz, and here again as Swarm seems to know a lot more about Yaz and Vinder than he does about him.

How does the Doctor’s forgotten enemy know about the inspirational mantra (“WWTDD” – What Would the Doctor Do?) How does he know the details of Vinder’s secret shame (more on this below)? It’s possible he and Sister Azure have some kind of telepathic ability, but then they make fun of Yaz for thinking in purely chronological terms, so it seems more likely that there are some contemporary guys at work here …

Have Swarm and Azure met Yaz and Vinder before, in an encounter that we have yet to see from the perspective of our heroes? Or does the villain couple simply perceive time differently because they have the past, present and future at their disposal at the same time?

Why is Vinder looking for “salvation”?

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Swarm pokes fun at Vinder’s exploits as he tries to free Yaz from the villain’s clutches.

Vinder, who committed an unknown crime – or at least was accused of one – ties in with what we’ve seen so far about the character, as the character has a thankless job at a remote observation post (as a form of punishment?) And a maintaining strained relationships with those who brought him there.

But what did Vinder do to make him an outcast? The pre-show commercial described him as a fighter pilot – not a skill we’ve seen on screen – and as a “man of honor,” so maybe he was once a soldier who refused to obey orders that went against his code and morale was therefore avoided?

Who – or what – is a passenger?

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Speaking of crush and azure, this week we met a new member of your group – the stout, silent passenger. So far, it’s a little unclear what its function is (why should two disintegrating, teleporting temporal beings need extra muscle?) Or whether it is organic, robotic, or something in between.

Nevertheless, we assume that it has to be there some Reason. We may find out more in the next few weeks.

What corrupts the TARDIS?

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A question from last week’s episode may have been answered in War of the Sontarans as the damage to the TARDIS continues. At first oil leaked and the doors moved around – but now it got worse as the outer doors temporarily disappeared, unhealthy growths erupted inside, and the doctor lost control of the machine completely.

The reason for all of this? Probably the damage done to the two Mouri in the Temple of Atropos, with Swarm suggesting that the ongoing damage to the correct flow of time harms the TARDIS.

“Time is running out, could really damage the TARDIS – so I made a short-term repair,” he says shortly before he reveals that Yaz and Vinder have been replaced by two Mouri.

In a way, this could mean that the Flux itself (assuming it’s time too) is behind the TARDIS problems. At the moment the doctor may be a little less able to plan her routes …

Was that the last time we saw Mary Seacole?

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Although War of the Sontarans fits roughly into the Doctor Who sub-category “Celebrity Histories”, the healer Mary Seacole (Sara Powell) is actually just one player in a multi-faceted story that also plays a Sontaran-occupied Liverpool, an alternate geological history and whatever goes on in the Temple of Atropos.

Could we revisit the character later in this series? Given the serialized nature of Flux, this is certainly possible with the characters scurrying in and out of the six-part in the various episodes. The doctor’s farewell to her new friend – “I hope to see you again, Mrs. Seacole.” – also looked rather pointed. Could we be heading for a Good Man Goes to War type of situation where various allies of the Doctor from across the current series gather for the finale to help our hero?

How did Joseph Williamson get to the temple?

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How exactly the historical character Joseph Williamson (Steve Oram) fits into Flux is another confusing storyline. We met him last week in his home town – Liverpool, 1820 – where the entrepreneur and philanthropist, for reasons unknown, dug a series of tunnels under the city.

This week, Yaz meets a confused Williamson wandering the corridors of the Atropos Temple. He’s lost (“It insists on postponing!” He complains) but doesn’t take any help from Yaz and sets off again to not see for the rest of the episode.

How did Williamson come from Liverpool the 19th How long has he been trapped in the temple? Is it a one-way trip or does it travel back and forth? Are the tunnels he builds connected to the temple and the Mouri in any way?

Why was Azure hidden on Earth?

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It’s more of a question hanging on The Halloween Apocalypse than anything directly related to the events of War of the Sontarans, but … what’s Azure all about? Last week we saw her and a male companion living in the Arctic Circle and were unsettled by a kind of warning alarm – then Swarm’s arrival showed that she was quickly a disguised alien and his long-lost sister, who was disguised as a human and does not appear to be her true identity to be aware.

How did Azure get into the Arctic and wear Rochenda Sandall’s face? Who brought them there? If she wasn’t aware of her past life, what did she think the alarm was warning her about? To quote the Doctor in The Halloween Apocalypse: “Data! I need data! “

What’s on Dan’s phone?

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It’s been a while since Doctor Who had a good “don’t check my browsing history” joke, and it turns out that John Bishop is the man delivering it. Yes, while the doctor was defeating a Sontaran fleet, he grabbed all of Dan’s phone data from time and space … “Even the photos?!?” As her new friend realized with horror.

Who knows? Maybe there were just a lot of shots of Dan pretending to be wearing a tour guide’s lanyard or actually plastering something (still unclear why that part of his character was important). Obviously, one way or another, he’s a man of secrets.

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