6. Who Are The Council Of Nine Planets?
The Council of Nine Planets have responded to the destruction of five worlds with a show of force - one that proved unsuccessful, as it was destroyed by the Ux. The Doctor Who season 11 finale doesn't explain who the Council of Nine Planets really are, but it's possible to join the dots. When Tim Shaw first appeared in "The Woman Who Fell To Earth," he claimed the Stenza were the "Conquerors of the Nine Systems." It sounds as though galactic politics have changed somewhat in the 3,407 years Tim Shaw has been stranded on Ranskoor Av Kolos, and the Stenza Empire has given way to an alliance between the worlds they had once conquered. That may well be why the Doctor didn't bother paying a visit to the Stenza to overthrow them; because she checked the history books, and learned their empire was doomed.
4. What Worlds Did Tim Shaw Target?
Tim Shaw targets every single world that has ever dared to defy the Stenza. If the Stenza Empire really has fallen, then it's possible the five destroyed worlds were members of the Council of Nine Planets. It's quite possible he aimed to use the Ux against all nine of these worlds - but changed his mind when the Doctor arrived, and he decided it would be far more satisfying to destroy Earth in the Doctor's presence.
3. Did You Spot The David Tennant And Christopher Eccleston References?
The Doctor Who season 11 finale sees the Doctor use the TARDIS for another amazing feat. She blends Time Lord technology with the science of the Stenza and the power of the Ux, and "splits the dematerialization field" to use the TARDIS to transport the five ravaged worlds back to their own places in spacetime. Insisting this unlikely plan will work, she brags, "I once towed your planet halfway across the universe with this TARDIS, and turned a Slitheen back into an egg." Those are references to the David Tennant episode "Journey's End" and the Christopher Eccleston episode "Boom Town."
2. What Is The Doctor's View Of Faith?
The last episode introduced the Solitract, a powerful being that appeared to be a Gallifreyan creation myth. In "The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos," the Doctor finally gives her own view on religion - and it's a fascinating take. "None of us know for sure what's out there," she tells the Ux. "That's why we keep looking. Keep your faith. Travel hopefully. The universe will surprise you. Constantly." It seems the Doctor is rather more an agnostic than an atheist.
1. What Is The Timeless Child?
On the face of it, "The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos" seems to wrap up Doctor Who season 11 quite nicely. But it's worth closing with the one important question that remains unanswered: what is the "Timeless Child?" Back in "The Ghost Monument," the Doctor was attacked by the psychic creatures known as the Remnants. They were able to reach into her mind and draw forth a fear she had buried deep within herself; something they called "the Timeless Child." That throwaway reference has yet to be explained; perhaps the New Year Special, or Doctor Who season 12 in 2020, will pick up this particular plot thread.