Doctor Who: Flux recounted the origins of the laws of time. Who keeps time under control and what does this mean for the Doctor in the future?
Doctor Who: Flux just introduced new origins and governance of the laws of time and this is what they all mean. Doctor who Season 13 consists of a story of six interconnected episodes, Flow, in which the Doctor has faced both dangerous anomalies and her own past in the fight to save the universe. Old enemies like the Sontarans and the Weeping Angels have returned along with the Swarm. It will be the final season for Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor, as well as showrunner Chris Chibnall; They will both be leaving in 2022 after three movie specials.
Through the years, Doctor who Canon has changed quite a bit. Between shifting timelines and surprising revelations, timeline certainty can be hard to come by. With the Thirteenth Doctor, Chibnall has left his own unique and controversial marks on the Doctor’s history. More recently, the divisive story of Timeless Child retold the origins of the Doctor and the story of the Time Lords. The Doctor was revealed to be the Timeless Child, and her genetic code served as the basis for the Time Lord’s race. It explains why the Doctor has seemingly limitless regenerations, while the Time Lords do not.
Previously, various groups regulated time, such as the Shadow Proclamation and the Time Lords. Doctor Who: Flux gave a new understanding of this reality. In the Doctor’s forgotten past, he worked for a group called The Division, the royal group responsible for the Laws of Time. As it is shown in Doctor Who: Flux Episode 3, the Division went to the planet Time and built the Temple of Atropos. With the help of a group of aliens named Mouri, they regulated the flow of time and brought order out of chaos. When working for them, the Doctor helped defend the temple from enemies like the Swarm. This is how the recently revealed laws and rules of time work.
Doctor Who Division’s New Laws of Time explained
In season 12, it was revealed that the Doctor’s memories of the past before the First Doctor were erased. The Doctor’s version, known as the “Forgotten Doctor,” worked for the Division at first. The Division built the Temple in time to end the Dark Times and bring order to the universe and the Forgotten Doctor previously served as an agent who helped achieve that end. The Division established the laws of time as they currently exist, but does not administer them on its own.
Doctor Who: Flux proved that the Mouris are truly responsible for the flow of time. The triangle priests, who protect the Mouri in the temple, believe that time in its normal and unregulated state is chaotic and destructive at best and possibly even evil. There are six Mouri’s stationed in the Temple of Atropos by Division and currently, they are the only known entities capable of controlling time. The Mouri can do this, as they can withstand the force of time. Standing on its platform, all the time it flows into and through the Mouri, changing time from its normal chaotic state to something that can be regulated and controlled.
How Doctor Who takes up the old laws of time
Previously, various groups sought to maintain control over time. Before the destruction of Gallifrey, the Time Lords took responsibility for this. Specifically, the First Law of Time prohibited Time Lords in the present from interacting with Gallifrey’s past or future. After the destruction of their planet, the Doctor often took on the responsibility of managing the timeline, although they broke the rules as often as they protected them before the events of Doctor Who: Flux. Other groups like Shadow Proclamation and Sisterhood of Karn also seemed to have some control over the timeline. Now, it appears that those organizations were operating on the surface of time, while in reality it was being controlled at a deeper level.
An important element of time in Doctor who It is the concept of fixed points in time. A fixed point is an event on the timeline that cannot be altered without dire consequences. Before the Division reveal, it was believed that fixed points in time were the ones that kept the correct timeline in order. Doctor Who: Flux He reconfigured it so that time really does run on a much higher and more fundamental level. The Mouris are not concerned with protecting individual moments in time, but with regulating time at its source.
What does this mean for the eternal story of the child?
This new understanding of the laws of time adds depth to the Timeless Child story. The Timeless Child is a being outside the normal flow of time. His discovery informed the studies and time domain of the Time Lords. On Doctor who Season 13, Episode 3, a mysterious woman warns that the Doctor could end the universe, claiming that she caused Flux to get rid of the Doctor. In addition, the Temple of Atropos may offer more clues about the origins of the Timeless Child; As of now, the true species of the Doctor is currently unknown. She could be related to the Mouri, although it is unknown how many others of her kind exist. If the Doctor can access more of her memories or other information about the Division, more could be revealed about why the Timeless Girl exists and who she really is.
What it means for the past and future of Doctor Who
This new understanding of the laws of time has all sorts of interesting implications. On the one hand, it means that the doctor was always less alone in handling the laws of time than she thought. Multiple iterations of Doctor whoThe Doctor took care to preserve or violate the laws of time. Everything the Doctor thought she knew led her to believe that she was one of the only beings in all time and space who could protect the timeline when, in reality, she was being controlled by the Mouri all the time. Even from the First Doctor, time was controlled in the Temple in this way. Nothing was as chaotic as it seemed.
As for the future of Doctor who, There’s still a lot of history to go through before Chibnall and Whittaker end their careers. This new understanding of time opens up more questions to answer, like how much of the future is predetermined. It could also show more of the Forgotten Doctor and her work with the Division. The show might even offer glimpses of other forgotten regenerations as the Doctor continues to explore his true nature. In any case, the revelation of the Mouri rewrites everything for the Doctor and his future.
Doctor Who: Flux launches new episodes on Sundays on BBC and BBC America.