In the 2014 Christmas special episode "Last Christmas" of Doctor Who, where was the Doctor when he woke up? Sorry if this is stupid. But, did I miss something? It kinda looked like Gallifrey.

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    Woke up which time?? Assuming you mean the last time we see him wake up (and assuming he actually is really awake by the end of the episode) all we do see is a whole lot of lava flowing around, how does that look like Gallifrey? Granted, while it still existed in the universe Gallifrey could have had a volcano like this, but so might any tectonically active world in any random galaxy.
    – BMWurm
    May 24, 2015 at 6:39
  • Pretty sure this is a duplicate, but I can't find the previous question at the moment.
    – BBlake
    May 26, 2015 at 0:36

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Two pieces of speculation.

  • The place where he wakes up looks very much like the volcano featured in Dark Water (in fact both scenes may well have been filmed on the same set - just to same money on different film sets, if for no other reason), which also appeared in the context of dream states. In-universe, maybe the Doctor was investigating the place Clara had imagined they'd gone to while in her dream state in Dark Water. Out of universe, maybe it was designed to make viewers think they were going to find that everything since that scene in Dark Water was a dream, a potentially huge plot twist.

  • It also looks a bit like the volcano featured in The Fires of Pompeii, in which a certain Peter Capaldi appeared in a supporting role. In-universe, maybe the Doctor was trying to find out where his latest face came from. Without Clara, he needed something to occupy his time. Tracking 'himself' down seems like just the sort of crazy thing he'd do.

I'm not sure why you think this location looks like Gallifrey? In which series did Gallifrey appear looking like that? In any case, it can't be Gallifrey because Gallifrey is still lost in time and the Doctor hasn't been able to find it (as he admits to Clara in this very episode).

  • I almost screamed at the TV when I saw this. And in theory, everything since "Dark water" could in theory still be revealed to be a dream at any point. The billions of years in "Heaven sent", the monk world, the memory loss and regain, the death of the Master, the regeneration, ... Jan 24, 2018 at 9:55

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