‘Doctor Who’: Questions We Have About Season 12 Episode 7

Doctor Who Season 12 Episode 7 continued to excite and intrigue sci-fi fans. The episode, titled “Can You Hear Me?” left us with some interesting questions to ponder — and possibly some clues about where Doctor Who is going.  

[Spoiler alert: The following contains major spoilers for Doctor Who season 12 episode 7.]

What does Yasmin Khan’s nightmare in ‘Doctor Who’ season 12 episode 7 show about the Thirteenth Doctor’s companion?

After Yasmin Khan, Ryan Sinclair, and Graham O’Brien confront Zellin during this episode of Doctor Who, they are immediately thrust into their worst nightmares. Ryan’s nightmare involves his friends turning into the Dregs that he saw during Season 12 Episode 3. Graham’s involves his cancer coming back and Grace wondering why he didn’t save her. All very simple and straightforward, as nightmares go.

Yasmin’s nightmare, however, is interesting. In it, we see a woman wearing a police officer’s outfit standing there, just standing. In the nightmare, her sister Sonya appears and says that Yasmin is weak. She tells Yasmin that no one is coming, she’s alone. So it would seem to suggest that what Yasmin fears the most is being alone.

However, it might go a bit deeper than that. Later on in the episode, we see a flashback of a younger Yasmin meeting the policewoman from her nightmare. In this flashback, she’s running away from home, going somewhere unknown. The policewoman talks her out of it and convinces her that the bad things she’s going through are only in the moment.

In this flashback, the woman also tells Yasmin to look her up in three years and promises that she’ll give her  £ 50 if she’s wrong and that if she’s right Yasmin has to give her 50 pence. At the end of the episode, Yasmin is shown going to the policewoman’s house and giving her 50 pence, showing that she was right and the bad times did pass.

Why did the Thirteenth Doctor’s nightmare during ‘Doctor Who’ Season 12 Episode 7 involve the Timeless Child?

Tosin Cole, Jodie Whittaker, and Mandip Gill of Doctor Who season 12 episode 7
Tosin Cole, Jodie Whittaker and Mandip Gill at a Doctor Who Screening & Panel | Roy Rochlin/Getty Images

A quasi-immortal person like the Thirteenth Doctor would probably have a lot of fears. At least, you would think so. The Doctor would have a lot to choose from with the Daleks and the Cybermen and all the other aliens she’s faced in the past. So some fans might be wondering why the Doctor had a nightmare involving the Timeless Child.

Of course, at this point, we don’t know who the Timeless Child is. All we do know is that the Master said something related to this child is a lie. This secret that the Time Lords kept would change the very identity of Time Lords like the Doctor and the Master. That might explain why the Doctor had a nightmare featuring this Timeless Child: She feels that her whole life has been turned upside down.

She might have even figured out what exactly the Time Lords lied about and why this Timeless Child lie would change the lives and the identities of Time Lords like her. Given all of the above, it actually might make sense for the Doctor to have a nightmare about the Timeless Child. It’s also probably a narrative device used to remind the audience about the ongoing story arc of the Timeless Child.

Will Ryan Sinclair leave the TARDIS?

At the end of the episode, Ryan is dealing with the aftermath of his worst nightmare. He saw his friends turning into Dregs like in “Orphan 55”  and the Earth burning. That would make anyone upset. It had him thinking, though, that traveling with the Doctor might end up changing him.

And there might be things he misses out on because of his travels with the Doctor. This makes us wonder: Will Ryan stop traveling with the Doctor? It might not be his choice in the end. Often companions get sad endings, endings that aren’t always their decision.

However, there is a precedent, even in the newer seasons of Doctor Who, for companions just leaving the TARDIS when they’re ready: Martha Jones. Ryan might end up like Martha, having his time in the TARDIS and leaving when he’s ready to leave. It’s definitely a possibility. We’ll just have to see how things go with Ryan.