That’s the question a lot of fans have been asking themselves. In every episode aired to date the words “Bad Wolf” keep showing up over and over again. Some of the references have been relatively subtle, but a couple have been hit-you-over-the-head making it clear that there’s some significant meaning behind the phrase.
The BBC has even gone so far as to set up a Bad Wolf website that lists the references, theories, and revelations made so far. On it we get word from producer Russell T Davies that no one has even come close to figuring it out yet:
Have you solved the mystery of Bad Wolf, the cryptic hidden message spread across this season of Doctor Who?
Well, no. You haven’t. At least, not according to Executive Producer Russell T Davies, who has been keeping an eager eye on the various theories about who or what the Bad Wolf could be:
“Judging from the reactions I’ve had, a lot of people seem to think the Bad Wolf has already been revealed. Oh, it’s the TV station. Oh, it’s half a million Daleks. I’ve even got one friend claiming it’s the Face of Boe! I must get better friends.
“I don’t want to give anything away yet, but there is another revelation to come in Saturday’s episode. We haven’t discovered the true Bad Wolf yet.”
There’s only one episode left in this season to air in the U.K. this coming Saturday and it looks to be a doozy. Since we had to cancel the cable TV due to my unemployment I’ve had to resort to downloading the episodes off the Net, but once the BBC gets off their ass and decides to release a box set here in the States I’ll make it a point to snag it. Still the advantage to downloading the shows is that I’m up to date on what’s happened so far.
To say that the new series has definitely won me over is an understatement. I’m really bummed that Eccleston is only doing the one season as he’s done a marvelous job. The two-parter episode Empty Child and The Doctor Dances were just amazing and episode 6, Dalek, is probably my favorite so far. I’m really looking forward to what comes next.
So I have my theories on who or what the Bad Wolf is, what do you folks who’ve watched the series think?
Update: Incidentally, one of the links I listed above is to Bad Wolf Hunting on Scott’s Place which has an excellent summary of the various Bad Wolf references, but links to more info as well as more “alternate reality” websites the BBC has setup including an online blog maintained by Mickey, Rose’s boyfriend in the series. It’s probably the best summary up to episode 11 of the series so check it out if you want more info. The folks behind the new series are certainly going above and beyond to make it interesting.