Let’s start with the most popular current theory, especially after fans saw the preview for “The Doctor:”Is Dr. Whale Frankenstein? The promo has only added fuel to this dark and supernatural fire, because Whale is seen back in Fairytale Land, wearing all white and examining Regina’s (Lana Parrilla) deceased True Love Daniel (Noah Bean) on a gurney. With a flash of lightning, Whale appears to use a human heart to give life to Daniel’s dead body.
In Storybrooke, however, we think Regina is so upset because Dr. Whale has used a human heart to give life to Daniel’s body again. Either this heart is no good, or Daniel is just furious with Regina for becoming so evil, but whatever Dr. Whale’s done with him is not good news for Regina.
Back to Whale. We’ve gone through many cryptic clues and details which point to Dr. Frankenstein, including hints from the OUAT Facebook game online, and the fact that the 1931 film Frankenstein was directed by James Whale. So the Whale Is Frankenstein theories are solid.
Still, we know that Captain Hook will be around for a while, and that means Peter Pan has to make his way onto the scene. Could Dr. Whale’s cluelessness about women be a sign that he’s still the boy who never wanted to grow up? Who found a home in Neverland? It would also explain why Whale was in the Blue Fairy’s arms when the magic cloud lifted. A possible nod to Tinkerbell?