Time Lord Weasley twins—Doctor Who: The Almost People (2).

Previously on Doctor WhoThe Rebel Flesh (1).

Oh, good God. This is shaping up to be breathtaking.

Right. If the Amy who’s been travelling with the Doctor and Rory since Day of the Moon was just Flesh—then when did the Silence and Eye Patch Lady knock her up to have her have a baby that’s going to be made into a weapon to kill the Doctor? I mean, she told the Doctor she thought she was pregnant down in the basement in The Impossible Astronaut. Therefore, something must have happened to her during her first encounters with the Silence, perhaps something we didn’t see because we were following her perception of the time she spent there. And it has had to be earlier, because they mustn’t both be pregnant. If the kid can regenerate, then I’m still sticking to my theory that the Silence have artificially insemenated her with Time Lord DNA, it can’t be Rory’s baby, and I’m not sure travelling in the TARDIS would have any side-effects, the TARDIS would always protect her passengers from anything of that kind.

At least now I understand why Amy has been wearing the same clothes every episode—the Ganger probably wouldn’t care about that since the Flesh is programmed to be the exact duplicate of the template at the time when the copy was made. Which is another thing that makes the Flesh so extraordinary: Amy and the Doctor, especially. I never suspected Amy not to be the real Amy, and I did not believe that the presumed Ganger!Doctor would turn against the others; there was the same sheer disbelief in my brain as on Rory’s face when the Doctor didn’t let him go back to get the others out. Amy’s right, he is twice the man she thought he was—simply because he is not a man. The Doctor values different things than humans do, would always be willing to sacrifice himself for others, and that consciousness would always win out; as humanity won out in the Gangers, except for Jennifer. I did get scared when the Doctor argued with Amy and shoved her, but that moment afterwards, when she runs back to the others, that pain in his eyes, that was the Doctor, no matter whether Flesh or Time Lord. And that’s also a very important thing about Rory and the Doctor’s relationship. In that moment when the Doctor calls Adam, Jimmy’s son, Rory realizes that the Doctor is the Doctor, and that he can always trust him—which is why he later steps back when the Doctor tells him to, trusts the Doctor to be right about Amy, to help her. They’re on their own now, Rory has to put on his Roman armour for battle, they have to go to war and plan how to save her—which wouldn’t work if they didn’t trust each other implicitly. Not against this new alliance—humans, Cybermen, Silurians, Sontarans (according to the BBC website), and weird cloaked figures with crackling swords.

By the way: the Doctor now knows that Amy has seen him die, will see him die. He’s probably already put the pieces together that he recruited himself to do something about it. And he knows that it’s got something to do with that kid. Amy’s child. Also, look at this comment from Mr Birdsong there: if the Ganger!Doctor’s the one on the beach, if Amy just gave the Doctor that weird idea, then there truly might be a way out of vaporization. Oh, dear. Three Doctors to keep track of—three because the younger Doctor doesn’t know anything about it (I don’t think he was acting), and there must be an older Doctor the Ganger can be in contact with, otherwise how’s he going to travel through time to get Amy and Rory’s attention? The younger Doctor did say he blocked the connection with the Flesh to vaporize Amy, but I don’t think that would keep him from feeling when his Ganger becomes active again and noticing what he’s up to.

Anyway. Before this becomes an essay about next week’s mid-series finale, let’s talk about this episode. In the middle of it all, I thought, ‘Jesus, cut with the confusion already, Matthew!’ Again, I had this feeling that nothing was actually happening, it was just… running around, cutting from one location to the other. There were great bits in it, but they felt disconnected sometimes, and at some point I had to force myself not to skip ahead, to be honest.

The conflict and its resolution was still interesting, though: at the end, there’s only one of each left, except for the Doctor and Cleaves—who stayed behind to get rid of Jennifer. It was quite nicely done, because after Jimmy’s grand gesture of letting his Ganger take care of his son, humanity just breaks through. Buzzer didn’t get to work it out anymore, but Dicken, for example, let Jennifer devour him to get the door locked and protect the others. His Ganger is now stabilized and just as human as Cleaves.

However, I didn’t really understand why the part about the Flesh being discarded though still alive was put in like this, it should have gotten more attention, should have been part of the main plot. Like this, it was like an idea squeezed in to evoke Rory’s pity and to have something to pressure the company’s board with. Bit meh.

‘RORANICUS PONDICUS!’

Now, that’s a good name.

See, this is what I’m talking about: this is it. This is all I can say about this episode, which isn’t much. What about the evacuation shuttle, anyway? They were supposed to re-route to the courtyard, what became of them, eh? And did the factory eventually blow up? With them? If it blew up, what do the Doctor and Cleaves want to do about that vaporization thing, now that their remains are scattered?

Favourite moments:

  • Everything with both Doctors. I mean what I said about Time Lord Weasley twins, it’s exactly like that. Yes, Doctor, it is awesome to hang out with you, don’t let it get to your head. Whoops, too late.
  • The Ganger!Doctor going through reconnecting with former regenerations: goodness, Eleven with Four’s and then Ten’s voices. LET ME DIE. Jelly baby?

Next: A Good Man Goes to War.