Doctor Who Series 6 (2011):- My review of episode 10 “The Girl who waited”

Posted: September 10, 2011 in Gossip/News/Reviews - TV
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Here is my review of episode 10 of doctor who series 6 (“The Girl Who Waited”). Please don’t read if you have not seen this episode yet….Spoiler alert.

The Doctor and his companions land on the second most beautiful planet in the universe, Apalapucia, but Amy and Rory quickly find themselves separated in two different time streams after going into two different rooms. Amy is unfortunately stuck in a faster time stream than Rory and the Doctor.

And matters are made even worse by the fact that there’s a one day plague that will kill any body with two hearts (Apalapucians and the Doctor). So its left up to Rory to try and save his wife with the aid of a nifty “Time Glass” device and some nice looking glasses (not!) to connect with the Time Lord, who is stuck back in the TARDIS.

In addition, in the course of the episode Amy and Rory have to deal with handbots, whose reason for being was to be kind to people. This kindness is, basically, putting people to sleep and then killing them.

Anyway, Rory eventually finds Amy but it’s not the Amy he’s looking for. It’s an older, Cougar version of Amy that’s been trapped in the facility for 36 years and she is not very happy about it. In fact she has grown to hate the doctor. However, they need older Amy’s help in order to save younger Amy. But the problem is if they save younger Amy, then older Amy will cease to exist as a paradox will exist and we can’t have that
can we. Suffice to say, younger Amy is saved and older Amy is left to die.

Well what did I think?

Well, Matt Smith was excellent as usual. We see the sinister side to the Doctor again with some incredibly unpleasant moments. It was a chilling moment when he closed the door on the old Amy and basically left her to die. Karen Gillan portrayed her aged Pond with style and Arthur Darvill shone, with Rory being given some amusing moments, “that’s from earth, that’s alien, and that I don’t what that is”.

But this episode had the sterile look/feel of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (not one of my favourite films by the way). And to be honest I personally did not like it at all. I thought it was slow and nothing seemed to happen. I think it was meant to be another heartfelt episode (like last weeks excellent episode) but I personally think it failed on this occasion. Maybe I’ve grown hard in my old age but I didn’t find this episode particularly sad or heartfelt. It missed something, I don’t what though but for me it missed something. But hey that’s just my opinion. What did you think?

I hope next week’s episode returns to form. They can’t be all good can they? 🙂

Here is a sneak peek of next weeks.

What did you think?

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Comments
  1. noelypb says:

    I thought it was brilliant! A wonderful change of pace. Clever story (although the sacrificial alternate timeline has been done before. Turn Left for example). Amy clearly had to have Botox for older version (shame about the make up, Karen Gillan’s performance was years above any of last season). But Arthur Durvill as Rory was simply superb. Some great moments including throwing the glasses in anger and saying he’s not travelling anymore, the scene with him saying to the Doctor ” am turning into you”.

    No need for monsters. The robots were simply medics doing a kind job. Loved the Rory handbot.

    This was a clever showing of what you do with a couple (and married couple) in the TARDIS and that’s not been done before. End scenes of Rory with his hand against the TARDIS door- has the TARDIS door ever had such a poignant role? Beautiful direction in that scene. Top value this second half of the series for me so far.

    • noelypb says:

      Arthur Darvill not Durvill. Plus forgot to say, interesting throw-away line “you can change time if you know your own future”. Hmm

      Ps: Guardian Blog review hints at a web site with a spoiler. Simple casting spoiler which links well with an image in the season 6 part 2 trailer. If all true, am guessing the twist in the story line will be brilliant in the finale. If you want to know, follow the website trail. If not, don’t go to guardian blog!

  2. simone says:

    Well I too found it boring, it was a big let down after having so many great ones but next week looks like it could be a good one yipeee

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