Attention: If you have yet to see Doctor Who’s episode “Deep Breath” please be aware the following article contains episode spoilers.
Oh the theories floating around the social media-sphere. Is she some incarnation of River Song? Could she be the TARDIS? Are we finally seeing the Rani or another Time Lady return? The Master? Is it possible that Stephen Moffat simply introduced a new character? And people have frustratingly strong opinions about a character that we’ve only seen for a couple of minutes, me being no exception. It is well known Moffat is especially good at weaving in detail, and often the answers are right in the open, but we fans don’t ask the right questions until the very last minute, when we figure the story line out at the big reveal as intended. He throws red herrings at us, lies in interviews, and delivers some of the best kept secrets in show business when the loose ends finally tie up.
There is certainly a familiarity about the character of Missy (played by Michelle Gomez). She seems to have an extensive influence on the Doctor’s life from deciding to “let him keep” his Scottish accent to calling him her boyfriend to saying, “he loves me so much.” The psychopathic characteristics are reminiscent of the running theme of “only one psychopath per tardis, don’t you think?” as River Song told The Doctor in “The Angels Take Manhattan.” And the biting at the air is reminiscent of Idris learning that biting is like kissing, “only better.” Eagle eyed fans immediately drew a connection between the reuse of the set from “The Girl Who Waited” and “the promised land.” Whether there is an actual connection or not remains to be seen, as re-using sets has happened throughout Doctor Who history. At Christmas 2014, Clara is shown running down the very same steps Rose runs up in Christmas 2010, yet it was a simple re-use of the set rather than secret connection. Other examples of re-used sets can be found throughout the series, so it is possibly a budget issue. Fans argue though, that Moffat is too deliberate in the framing of the shot to be coincidence. Others have noted the similarity between the garden and the TARDIS interior, with a central circular column and the garden appearing to suit the needs of the user.