Toward the end of the first Doctor Who 60th anniversary special The Star Beast, the Meep, voiced by Miriam Margolyes, is aprehended and sentenced to 10,000 years in prison for its crimes. The Meep utters this boast just before it teleports away with its captors:
“Oh, I will escape and have my revenge, so you beware, Doctor, because there’s one more thing. A creature with two hearts is such a rare thing – just wait until I tell The Boss.”
Despite the Meep calling itself “The Most High”, it appears there is a mysterious higher entity to whom the Meep is subordinate. There are further clues to this mystery Boss.
In Doctor Who: Video Commentaries, executive producer Phil Collinson, producer Vicki Delow and Fourteenth Doctor actor David Tennant commented on the Meep’s warning. “And now another cryptic line here,” Collinson commented. Tennant then asked, “Do you now know what this line means?” Collinson and Delow reply, “Yes,” then Tennant added, “Oh, I don’t, it’s still cryptic to me.”
If Tennant doesn’t know who The Boss is even though his Doctor is due to meet the powerful and villainous Toymaker in the third Doctor Who 60th anniversary special The Giggle, the Boss isn’t likely to be the Toymaker.
The Boss will likely continue to be an ongoing mysterious threat in the Doctor Who 2024 series to Ncuti Gatwa’s Fifteenth Doctor.
If the identity of The Boss isn’t revealed until the 2024 series finale, there may be some clues as to who it might be. The director of the 2024 series finale is Jamie Donoughue, who also directed the scene filmed for BBC Children in Need, Destination: Skaro. The scene features mad Kaled scientist Davros, the creator of the Daleks. Donoughue filmed Destination: Skaro while filming the two-part 2024 series finale and a special set was built to depict Davro’s laboratory on Skaro.
Could Davros be The Boss the Meep mentioned? We may have to wait until the end of the 2024 Doctor Who series to find out.
The Doctor Who 60th anniversary celebration continues with the second and third of three specials starring David Tennant as the Fourteenth Doctor and Catherine Tate as companion Donna Noble in Wild Blue Yonder on 2 December and The Giggle on 9 December.
Ncuti Gatwa will star in his first full Doctor Who episode as the Fifteenth Doctor in the Doctor Who holiday special The Church on Ruby Road alongside Millie Gibson as companion Ruby Sunday on 25 December.