Zygons and Flagpoles

The new season of Doctor Who is quite terrific.  And at the moment the Doctor is witnessing the aftermath of the Zygon treaty hammered out during The Day of the Doctor (You remember, the 50th anniversary feature-length episode that aired in 2013.  The one that was in the movie theaters).  Part one of a new Zygon story just aired this past weekend, part two is coming up in a few days.

And the world waits with baited breath…will they finally explain the Flagpole Anomaly?

What’s that?  You’ve never heard of the Flagpole Anomaly?  Surely you jest.  Every Doctor Who fan knows of it.  Just Google it, I’ll wait.  What?  Nothing?!  Well how about #flagpoleanomaly?  Nothing again?!  It must be a conspiracy to delete all knowledge of our impending doom!

Or maybe it’s just something that bothers nobody else but me.  The Flagpole Anomaly.  It is real, and I can prove it.

Here, go watch The Day of the Doctor.  Well, not the whole thing.  Just a few seconds right around  the 2:40 mark in the program.  Here’s a handy link to the video.

Wow, you were gone for more than a few seconds there.  The Day of the Doctor sucked you in, didn’t it?  It’s quite good.

But did you see it?  Did you see the flagpole…moooooove?

It’s right behind Kate Lethbridge-Stewart, just as she’s noting the ravens’ lackluster movement.  Right here:


Did you see that?  The flagpole moved.  You can’t deny it.  It really happened.  But…what does it mean?

I’ve wondered that for two years now.  Well, every now and again.  Perhaps we’ll get an answer this Saturday.  Here are the very best theories on how Stephen Moffat will resolve this mysterious occurrence:

  • The flagpole is actually a shapeshifted Zygon in disguise.  It heard the Doctor’s ringtone and started to run to warn it’s comrades.  Then it remembered it was a flagpole.
  • The tenth doctor is tunneling into the Tower of London and, well, missed the entrance by a few feet.  He banged straight into the base of the flagpole, causing the wobble.
  • A Silurian battle force was coming up from the center of the earth to prevent the Zygon plan and claim the Earth for the themselves.   The Silurians met a contingent of Zygons (shapeshifted into Yeti of course) under the Tower of London and a massive underground battle ensued.  It was spectacular, but sadly the episode has since been lost.  Telesnaps show that the Zygons won, but not before the one remaining Silurian loosened the ground under the flagpole’s base and wobbled the flag in a vain, dying attempt to signal for help.
  • The first doctor is back there by the light pole, trying to sneak by without anyone noticing.  Barbara trips, falls against the flagpole and hurts her ankle.  Ian helps her up.
  • The production team made a boo-boo.

Ok, so it’s most likely the last option.  But really now, Who Knows?  And aren’t the other options more fun?  🙂

Maybe we’ll find out on Saturday.  #flagpoleanomaly!

What’s the best Flagpole Anomaly theory you’ve heard?  Share it below!


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