In Doctor who, The End of Time: Part One, the opening narrator (Rassilon) says:

It is said that in the final days of planet Earth, everyone had bad dreams.... each and everyone of those people had dreamt of the terrible things to come. But they forgot. Because they must. They forgot their nightmares of fire and war and insanity. They forgot. Except for one.

We then see Wilfred have a flash of memory of the Master's face. Why is he the only one in the world to remember the dreams?

Something to do with the mysterious woman perhaps?

  • That certainly seems to be the implication. We know that the dreams are Timelord generated. It stands to reason that someone under Timelord (or rather, Timelady) protection would be able to be shielded from them.
    – user7812
    Apr 27, 2016 at 15:03

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One reason might be that by travelling in the TARDIS, Wilf picked up some 'time-traveller-iness' which enabled him to remember things that others would forget. From Series 5 Episode 5, Flesh and Stone (emphasis mine):

DOCTOR: The Angels all fell into the Time Field. The Angel in your memory never existed. It can't harm you now.
AMY: Then why do I remember it at all? Those guys on the ship didn't remember each other.
DOCTOR: You're a time traveller now. Amy. It changes the way you see the universe, forever. Good, isn't it?

Wilf travelled in the TARDIS, like Amy, during the episode The End of Time, Part 1, so he might have gained the same attribute of not forgetting things which others forget.

Two counterarguments to this theory, and my counter-counterarguments:

  1. Wilf never travelled through time. The Doctor told Amy that she was unable to forget because she was a time traveller, while Wilf never was.

    But maybe travelling in the TARDIS is enough. As far as I know, the TARDIS draws its energy directly from the Time Vortex, so even travelling through space in it might be enough to pick up some traces of Time Vortex energy and lose one's ability to forget certain things.

  2. Wilf's trip in the TARDIS came after his dreams. The passage you quote in your question comes from near the beginning of The End of TIme, Part 1, while Wilf only travels with the Doctor much later in the episode, after he's already had his dreams and remembered them while everyone else forgot.

    But time travel is a tricky thing. For all we know, the memory abilities granted to time travellers may extend throughout their timeline, not just into their future. After all, the terms "past" and "future" are less meaningful when time travel is involved. We've seen this effect before: for example, the creation of Jenny in The Doctor's Daughter retroactively caused the TARDIS to travel to that place and time so that she could be created.

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    Well, he never traveled through time, unless you count the Peter Cushing movies. ;-) May 9, 2016 at 14:33

Because of the DoctorDonna, the Doctor and the Noble Family are still connected, that is why Wilf was there with the Titanic, because his TimeLine, so close connected to Donna's, connects him with the Doctor as well, And when you ask WHY? because the TimeLine just went that way, like why did the T.A.R.D.I.S door close, and lock when Donna was still inside? Because the fate of the Universe ordered it.

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