For Who-vians, this week is particularly special as Stephen Moffat promises fans will learn something about the Doctor never clearly known before — his name.
In addition, Moffat cleverly spins a web revealing the Doctor’s feelings for River Song and resolving the mystery of “Impossible Girl” Clara Oswald. All this is leading up to what promises to be an epic finish with the 50th anniversary this November.
A galaxy of fans have also spun theories, analyzed each frame and counted the seconds until this Saturday. However, a handful already know what happens due to a shipping error that caused a “small number” of DVDs to be sent out three weeks early. In full damage-control mode, the BBC has gone so far as to promise a “special video” featuring Matt Smith and David Tennant if fans can keep the finale’s secrets off the Internet.
Steven Moffat has promised if fans help keep the finale’s secrets, we’ll release a special video featuring Matt & David right after the ep!
— Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) May 12, 2013
May is a month of finales and cliffhangers. Some favorites will get sacrificed while others regenerate to live another day.
“Castle,” “Arrow,” “Supernatural,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “The Vampire Diaries,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Elementary” and “Hannibal” join “Doctor Who” in airing finales this week.
The television landscape isn’t as bleak as it seems. Each week we’ll countdown the best in sci-fi, fantasy and paranormal television for the viewer with discriminating tastes. Here is this week’s Watchlist for May 13 – 19.
Defiance (9 p.m., Syfy)
(“The Serpent’s Egg”) Nolan and Amanda find themselves in danger as they attempt to transport a prisoner out of town, and Irisa’s mood grows dark after a run-in with the man she believes tortured her as a child.
Bates Motel (10 p.m., A&E)
(“Underwater”) Dylan and Bradley connect. Meanwhile, Emma goes on a trip.
Warehouse 13 (10 p.m., Syfy)
(“The Big Snag”) A mostly black-and-white episode pays tribute to film noir as Pete and Myka find themselves transported into an unfinished 1940s crime thriller. Meanwhile, Artie, Claudia and Steve chase down a phantom car thief.
Castle (10 p.m., ABC)
(“Watershed”) In the season finale, an interview with a high-profile federal law enforcement agency forces Beckett to reconsider what she wants out of her job — and out of her relationship with Castle. Meanwhile, the body of a young woman is found floating inside the water tank of a skid row flop house, but as the team investigate, they discover that her final resting place is just one of many strange things about her death.
Revolution (10 p.m., NBC)
(“The Longest Day”) Romantic connections heat up between two couples — Miles and Nora and Charlie and Jason — but disastrous drone strikes from the Militia threaten them all. An assassination attempt on Monroe heightens his paranoia and Georgia Federation President Foster (Leslie Hope) contemplates surrender. Meanwhile, Rachel and Aaron push through the Plains Nation into Colorado.
Weird or What? (9 p.m., Syfy)
(“Freaks of Nature & Paranormal Mysteries”) Hosted by William Shatner, each episode of “Weird or What?” contains three separate stories of the bizarre and unexplained.
Grimm (10 p.m., Syfy)
(“The Waking Dead”) Nick and Hank discover a new kind of strange when they investigate suspects being found dead — for the second time. In Europe, Adalind finds herself in the middle of a feud between Frau Pech and Stefania (Shohreh Aghdashloo) while working over the details of her pending transaction. Meanwhile, determined to remember every last detail to get things started once more, Juliette insists Monroe share with her Nick’s darkest secret — the world of Grimms and Wesen.
Arrow (8 p.m., The CW)
(“Sacrifice ”) Oliver and Diggle race to stop the Dark Archer from unleashing his vengeance on The Glades. However, they run into a roadblock after Detective Lance picks up Felicity for questioning. Tommy and Oliver’s already tumultuous relationship takes a turn for the worse after Oliver makes a confession about Laurel. After hearing of the danger in The Glades, Thea races to find Roy, inadvertently putting herself directly in the line of fire for Malcolm’s devious plan. On the island, Oliver, Slade and Shado (Celina Jade) are locked in a life-or-death struggle against Fyers (Sebastian Dunn) as his missiles lock on a full Ferris Air jetliner.
Mythbusters (9 p.m., Discovery)
(“Down and Dirty; Earthquake Survival”) A hand-dryer test is conducted; a myth about earthquakes is examined.
Supernatural (9 p.m., The CW)
(“Sacrifice”) With Crowley poised to undo all the good they’ve ever done as hunters, Sam and Dean find themselves cornered. But with Kevin’s (Osric Chau) help, the Winchester brothers bound into one last play against The Demon King. Metatron (Curtis Armstrong) initiates a plan with Castiel to take on Naomi (Amanda Tapping) and the bureaucracy of Heaven.
The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius (10 p.m., Discovery)
(“Three Little Pigs”) The contestants are challenged to stop a missile.
The Big Bang Theory (8 p.m., CBS)
(“The Bon Voyage Reaction”) A new success for Leonard makes Sheldon very jealous and throws Penny for a loop. Meanwhile, Koothrappali pushes Lucy too far in their relationship during the sixth season finale.
The Vampire Diaries (8 p.m., The CW)
(“Graduation”) On Graduation Day, Mystic Falls is overrun with ghosts intent on settling old scores and fulfilling their supernatural destinies. Damon’s life is in danger after a ghostly encounter, while Matt and Rebekah join forces to battle a ghost determined to find the cure. As everyone gathers for the graduation ceremony and the ghosts converge, help comes from an unlikely hero. Caroline receives a touching and unexpected graduation present, and Bonnie’s plan leads to the closing of the veil. Elena makes a decision about the Salvatore brothers and faces an epic confrontation with Katherine. Finally, Stefan discovers a horrifying clue to the mystery surrounding Silas.
Beauty and the Beast (9 p.m. The CW)
(“Never Turn Back”) When secrets about Cat’s (Kristin Kreuk) family are revealed, it will change everything Cat knew about her past. Vincent (Jay Ryan) finds himself staring his demise in the face, while Gabe (Sendhil Ramamurthy) takes drastic measures get some answers.
Elementary (10 p.m., CBS)
(“The Woman/Heroine”) As Sherlock reels at the reappearance of his former lover, Irene Adler (Natalie Dormer), a series of flashbacks unravel the tumultuous events that led to his downfall into addiction. Meanwhile, he and Joan once again find themselves in the crosshairs of the enigmatic Moriarty, on the two-hour season finale.
Hannibal (10 p.m., NBC)
(“Fromage”) The BAU investigates a murder in which the killer exposes the victim’s vocal cords to literally play them like a cello. Meanwhile, Hannibal discovers that the killer, Tobias, (Demore Barnes) murdered the victim as an attempt to gain Hannibal’s attention but then makes an attempt to take Lecter’s life. Will is driven to distraction by strange noises in his head and turns to Alana, in a romantic way, seeking peace and stability. Hannibal describes his relationship with Will to his therapist, Dr. Bedilia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson).
Da Vinci’s Demons (9 p.m., Starz)
(“The Devil”) The Turk’s clue about the Book of Leaves leads Leonardo to Wallachia and an encounter with Vlad Dracula, while Lorenzo and Piero have a meeting with the Duke of Urbino. Later, the spy search intensifies.
Merlin (10 p.m., Syfy)
(“The Drawing of the Dark”) An old flame reenters Mordred’s life and tests his loyalty to Arthur.
Doctor Who (8 p.m., BBC America)
(“The Name of the Doctor”) The seventh season ends with the discovery of a secret the Doctor planned on taking to his grave.
Oddities (9 p.m., Science)
(“Slim Goodbody’s Anatomical Adventure”) A classic character needs help finding an educational prop; a customer needs ocular inspiration; and Ryan deals with a village idiot.
Orphan Black (9 p.m., BBC America)
(“Entangled Bank”) A classic character needs help finding an educational prop; a customer needs ocular inspiration; and Ryan deals with a village idiot.
The Nerdist (10 p.m., BBC America)
Chris Hardwick hosts an interview show about what it really means to be a nerd accompanied by Jonah Ray and Matt Mira. Tonight’s guests include Joe Manganiello, Morena Baccarin and Paul F. Tompkins.
Outrageous Acts of Science (10 p.m., Science)
(“Power Junkies”) Scientists are followed as they conduct experiments and post their findings on the Internet.
Game of Thrones (9 p.m., HBO)
(“Second Sons”) King’s Landing hosts a wedding, and Tyrion and Sansa spend the night together. Daenerys meets the Titan’s Bastard. Davos (Liam Cunningham) demands proof from Melisandre. Sam (John Bradley) and Gilly (Hannah Murray) meet an older gentleman.