The Christmas Special “Twice Upon a Time”, Peter Capaldi’s swansong as the Doctor, is just over two weeks away now. And the BBC has released another trailer, this one showing rather a bit more detail:
Whatever the alien menace is this time, it’s obviously got some teeth to it — what could it be? What could be freezing time? And what, exactly, does “freezing time” even mean in this context?
Now, we know there will be a British officer from World War I, and of course the First Doctor is appearing during the events of “The Tenth Planet”, which is set in 1986. (Alas, that was the future at the time it first aired, back in 1966. Today, many of those watching won’t even have been born in 1986!) So something is causing time to merge, or slip, or otherwise get jumbled . . . what could that be?
Well, it’s apparently not the Cybermen, even though 12 just escaped them, and arguably so has 1 . . . the creatures debuted in “The Tenth Planet”. (By the way, it’s rather clever to include 1. Due to William Hartnell’s declining health, his part had been kept to an absolute minimum, so during that adventure, he’s often not to be seen. Perhaps this story will explain where he went!) Instead, the BBC has hinted something about “enchanted glass people”, who steal their victims out of frozen time. So perhaps they use time freezing merely as a means of capture, and are not expecting to find a couple of Time Lords (or one Time Lord twice over, anyway), who are capable of maneuvering out of such a situation.
So who are the enchanted glass people?
A transparent version of the Weeping Angels?
Something like the Auditors in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, beings not properly part of this universe but annoyed by its unpredictability and striving to make it more orderly?
Kidnappers, a la the Carnival in Space, capturing specimens for their amusement?
Or something more nefarious, something seeking to remove specific individuals surgically, so as to alter the timeline?
The Vardans? (Nah, they are the only race in history ever to be defeated by the intellectual might of the Sontarans, after all. But they do look a bit glassy, and they have tried to mess with time before.)
And what if the glass people are working for someone else?
Christmas can’t come soon enough!