In Episode 4 of Doctor Who Series 9, “Before the Flood”, O’Donnell mentioned a Minister of War.
There’s been a lot of speculation as to who it could be. My theory? John Frobisher, the Permanent Secretary to the Home Office in Torchwood: Children of Earth.
We’ve had a callback to Caecilius already, but Peter Capaldi also played Frobisher. I’ve been wondering if this will be drawn in, and this looks like a good way.
Now, Frobisher is believed to have commited murder/suicide by firearm. But it’s worth noting that it’s harder than most people think to kill someone with a shot through the head, the standard aimpoint for firearms suicide. For a rather dramatic example of taking a projectile through the brain and surviving, read about Phineas Gage. Took a tamping iron through the skull, pieces of his brain falling out, and he survived for decades after, able to hold down jobs and such. Granted, it wasn’t a 100% complete recovery, but he was functional.
So Frobisher putting a bullet through his brain isn’t guaranteed to be fatal or even guaranteed to cause serious permanent disability. Especially given the stress he was likely under, what with the 456, arranging the logistics of handing over children to them, murdering his wife and kids, his aim may have been off.
So Frobisher survives. It’s unlikely, but entirely possible. Given the threat of the 456, the attempted turnover of all those children, while a crime against humanity under normal circumstances, might be excused as following orders in a situation with no good choices. And then the murder of his family might qualify for some sort of diminished capacity or insanity defense after he broke down under the stress.
Eventually, perhaps Frobisher recovers, and becomes the Minister of War, and becomes involved in an event that draws The Doctor’s attention. Perhaps, embittered by his experience with the 456, he goes on the offensive against aliens?