'Doctor Who' Season 12 Episode 10: The Hybrid prophecy of Season 9 finally unravels in 'The Timeless Children'

The prophecy involved a hybrid creature, born of two warrior races, that would stand over the ruins of Gallifrey and unravel the Web of Time, breaking a billion billion hearts to heal its own


                            'Doctor Who' Season 12 Episode 10: The Hybrid prophecy of Season 9 finally unravels in 'The Timeless Children'
Sacha Dhawan (BBC America)
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Spoiler alert for 'Doctor Who' Season 12 Episode 10 'The Timeless Children'

The 'Doctor Who' Season 12 finale has arrived at long last and it truly changes everything we knew about the show's world. However, while there were a number of major moments in the episode, one thing that you might have missed is how Episode 10 finally completes a prophecy first introduced way back in Season 9. 

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The prophecy of the Hybrid was a recurring plot point in Season 9. Here's the gist: a hybrid creature, born of two warrior races, would stand over the ruins of Gallifrey and unravel the Web of Time, breaking a billion billion hearts to heal its own.

The Season 9 finale offered a number of answers to the prophecy, including one that the Hybrid might actually be the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) but none of the explanations were ever confirmed in canon.

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Steven Moffat told Doctor Who Magazine in 2016 that he intended the Hybrid to be the pairing of the Twelfth Doctor and Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) but Season 12's finale suggests a different answer.

In the episode, we see the Master (Sacha Dhawan) create a new race called the Cyber Masters, combining the Cybermen with the Time Lords. Technically speaking, he is the first of the hybrid race because he absorbs the sum total of all Time Lord history and bonds with the Cyberium, the equivalent for Cybermen. 

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The Master also broke a billion billion hearts (read: killed the entire Time Lord race) and stands in the ruins of Gallifrey. Granted, the act did not heal his own raging heart but the prophecy never said the Hybrid would get what they want from their genocide. 

'The Timeless Children' may have broken the 'Doctor Who' canon in half by revealing that the Time Lords were actually created by splicing the Doctor's own DNA into the rest of the Gallifreyan population, which creates its own host of problems, but it's nice to think that at least the episode answers this one long-running question.

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'Doctor Who' Season 12 Episode 10 was broadcast on BBC America on March 1.