Analysis Lessons

18th May 2011 • Blog Post by Seb Patrick •

Pay attention, 007. This is fun.

Remember the “Bad Wolf” website game in 2005? Where, beginning with the “Who Is Doctor Who?” website, the BBC would update week on week with something new, dropping clues as to the nature of that big plot thread thing that turned out actually not to be any of the things we thought it was going to be?

Well, they’re at it again. Possible SPOILERS after the jump.

In case you hadn’t yet seen, each week on the Doctor Who website, there’s been a hidden message after broadcast. You have to go to the individual episode pages and click on the “Fourth Dimension” sections. On each one, you’ll notice that among the text body of trivia facts some words are in italics – these words spell out four (so far) hidden messages:

All The secrets you seek can be found here on the Web[b].

We found your message!You’re alive! But what secrets D’you mean my friend?

I mean I glimpsed him! and May the gods help him or perhaps you can.

to see what I saw click on the spot beyond the Doctor’s home planet.

It appears to be a conversation between two characters – the Doctor and Canton, perhaps? Anyway, that’s not the interesting part (well, it’s sort of interesting, but it’s not the most interesting part). The interesting part is this – follow the instructions in the final message, and you’ll note that the full-stop after the word “Gallifrey” in “The Doctor’s Wife”‘s trivia page is a link.

To a video message from the Doctor.

“Hello? Hello? If you can hear this, please, listen to me, it’s about time – and how very little of it I’ve got left. Everything that happens next depends on you…”

It’s hard to tell where he is – it doesn’t appear to be the TARDIS – and the whole thing poses more questions than it answers. Not least the question of what the hell “analysis lessons” means.

Well, except for the fact that it happens to be an anagram of “lonely assassins”.


Seb Patrick once met Paul McGann, who immediately pretended to be Mark McGann. He writes for Den of Geek, BBC America, Film4 and the official Red Dwarf website, among others. He owns over thirty toy Daleks and wishes the Dapol factory tour was still open.


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