God is in the detail (part xvii)

Here at God is in the Detail Central (yes, it’s an actual place, and there is cake) we don’t do things by halves. It’s been conspiracy theory overload this week, so thank you for bearing with me. One last push, and then we’re up to date.

This morning, we’re looking at ‘The Caretaker’ – an episode that was ostensibly a complete waste of time, until you delve beneath the surface. Here are just some of the seemingly trivial things that will actually turn out to be VERY IMPORTANT LATER ON.

Early in the episode, Clara confronts John Smith in the staffroom about what he’s doing at Coal Hill. It’s one of the better scenes in the story, which makes it harder to concentrate on what’s happening in the background.

Caretaker Detail (1)

You see the poster, don’t you? The one that talks about breaking THE SILENCE? Never mind the fact that Dorium prophesised that “Silence will fall when the question is asked”, and we can clearly establish that the question is NOT “Doctor Who?”, but rather “John, can you move that poster somewhere more prominent, because we’ve got something else we want to put up there?”.

The ‘B’ in ‘Bullying’ is obscured so that the word now reads ‘Pull Ying’. A quick Google finds that there is a Doctor Ying Gu practicing family medicine in Houston, Texas. This may not seem important, but we’ll come back to it.

There’s more. Notice that the girl / woman in the poster has her finger on her lips, in the same manner that the Tenth Doctor does in ‘Fear Her’ and the Eleventh Doctor does in – oh, everywhere…


(From the top, reading left to right: ‘Fear Her’, ‘Closing Time’, ‘The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardobe’, ‘The Wedding of River Song’, a BBC promotional poster, and my aunty Beryl.)

Curiously, if you take the four episode titles above, and rearrange the words, you get:

The time of the Doctor, and wedding the
the widow River Song. Fear her closing the wardobe.

There are obvious references to ‘Let’s Kill Hitler’ here, in which Hitler is stuck inside a cupboard (did they ever let him out?). But the eagle-eyed among you will notice that one word is repeated, across the end of the first line and the beginning of the second. However, I’d be willing to bet that not all of you noticed that straight away. Which calls to mind this:


Notice the triangle resembles a pyramid, which is a CLEAR AND UNAMBIGUOUS reference to ‘Pyramids of Mars’, featuring the Fourth Doctor. Who also visited Paris.

Next we’re going to Clara’s classroom.

Caretaker Detail (2)

Ignore the Charles Dickens wall display on the left, at least for the moment. Look instead at the shape we can triangulate by joining the dots.

Caretaker Detail (2b)

It’s clearly a sideways ‘D’, for Doctor. Sideways writing is important, as we’ll see below, but in this instance it CLEARLY infers the concept of parallel timelines, which is embodied in ‘The Wedding of River Song’, WHICH FEATURES CHARLES DICKENS.

Notice also the positioning of the camera so that ‘Poe’ is the only part of ‘Poetry’ actually visible to us – a clear and unambiguous reference to Edgar Allan Poe. Edgar Allan Poe wrote a story called ‘The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether‘ which can be (with a bit of jiggery pokery) rearranged to ‘Master Fed Rotten Spheres Forays, Doctor’. A clearer reference to the imminent return of the Toclafane I cannot imagine.

Now look at this.

Caretaker Detail (3)

Again, it’s not the words that are significant here – it’s the way they’re slanted. For a start, the ending of ‘Ozzie’, ‘the’ and ‘squaddie’ now appears to form ‘999’, possibly indicating the involvement of the emergency services in a future episode. However, this is only a working theory. It’s equally likely that it’s ‘ggg’, the IATA airport code for East Texas Regional Airport – AND WE’VE ALREADY MENTIONED TEXAS. Never mind the appearance of the Doctor’s Stetson. CLEARLY we are going to visit Susan the horse again.

This little anomaly isn’t the first inverted letters thing we’ve noticed. There’s the Theta Sigma thing, for one. And people may recall that the other week, during the referendum for Scottish Independence, I posted this:


The original image showed Gatiss and Moffat with copies of re-released Conan Doyle books, with new introductions by the pair of them telling how the original stories inspired the Sherlock remake. ‘A Scandal in Bohemia’, for example, eventually became ‘A Scandal in Belgravia’, with Moffat taking the story of Irene Adler and transposing it to contemporary London. Curiously, that episode concludes with Irene on her knees facing execution by a terrorist squad – except the man wielding the sword happens to be a masked Sherlock, who (just before he rescues her) reassures Irene with the words “When I say run, run…”

Anyway, none of this appears relevant, until –


(Thanks Gareth.)

One last thing: that sofa scene.

Caretaker Detail (5)

Just one thing in here. Notice the light. Recall the fuss we made a couple of days back about the Fifth Doctor. You know, this one.


I’ll say no more. There’s no need.

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4 thoughts on “God is in the detail (part xvii)

  1. Pingback: Saturdays Doctor Who Roundup | Whoogle NEWS

  2. I’m still chuckling.

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