Doctor Who The Rebel Flesh S06E05 (BBC)

The new Doctor Who: Matt Smith

Doctor Who is a long-running, award-winning British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. The programme depicts the adventures of a mysterious alien time-traveller known as “the Doctor” who travels in his space and time-ship, the TARDIS, which appears from the exterior to be a blue police phone box. With his companions, he explores time and space, solving problems and righting wrongs.

The show’s lead character is currently portrayed by David Tennant. A Christmas special co-starring Kylie Minogue aired in December 2007, and the fourth series started on 5 April 2008. For that series, Catherine Tate will reprise her role of Donna Noble, from the 2006 Christmas special, as the Doctor’s latest companion. Midway through the series, Freema Agyeman will also return to her role of Martha Jones, following a multi-episode guest appearance in the Doctor Who spin-off series, Torchwood. John Barrowman will continue his role as Captain Jack Harkness, and Billie Piper will return as Rose Tyler for three episodes. Elisabeth Sladen is also set to return as Sarah Jane Smith in a cameo role.

After a 2008 Christmas special and three further specials starring David Tennant, scheduled to air in 2009, Doctor Who is planned to return in 2010 for a fifth full length series.

From the Doctor Who entry at Wikipedia.

Warning: spoilers ahead.

The Doctor working a smartphone

The Doctor is a long lived alien from the planet Gallifrey. He’s a Time Lord and travels through time thanks to his aging time capsule the Tardis. David Tennant is the tenth Doctor. My favorite has always been Tom Baker as the fourth Doctor. The Doctor periodically regenerates. When he does so, he changes outward appearance which let the producers change actors easily. All Time Lords regenerate 13 times. The Doctor’s nemesis is the Master, a renegade Time Lord who found a way around this limit. Other enemies include the Black Guardian, the Daleks and the Cybermen.

During the previous serials, before 2005, Gallifrey was alive and well. It appears that for the new series, the Doctor is the only survivor of the last great Time War between the Dalek Empire and the Time Lords.

This is the first of a series of specials that will air this year. Since David Tennant couldn’t commit to a full series this year, due to some previous acting commitments, we are left with a bunch of specials.

After two disappointing specials, we come to the end of David Tennant’s Doctor. Tennant has rapidly become a favorite of mine. I still love Tom Baker above all, but Tennant is very good. What is it about him? I’d say that David Tennant was almost perfect for the role. It’s too bad that he’s moving on. Already, the 5th season has been delayed until later this year because he couldn’t commit to a full serial.

It’s sad because he was so good. However, it’s good that Tennant is going out with a bang. The ending of part one of the End of Time was amazing. The Master, the Doctor, and the Time Lords, all reunited at last for one final confrontation.

I didn’t really like how the tenth Doctor died, but others will say that it is within his nature to be like that, to sacrifice himself for anyone. He did so. The end is nigh as he says goodbye to all of his companions, from Rose to Sarah Jane.

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The new Doctor is nutty. Nutty enough to be the Doctor, if that makes any sense. I don’t know much about Matt Smith, and I usually keep an embargo on myself about upcoming Doctor Who episodes so that the fun isn’t spoiled, and frankly, I was surprised. It was a good show, not extremely good, but good nonetheless. I have to say that I did really like David Tennant as the Doctor. His shoes are going to be hard to fill. Naturally, Tom Baker remains as my favorite Doctor of all time.

This was an incredible way of ending this storyline. There are quite a few open-ended questions that I hope will be answered. We finally have seen the Silence and what they do. The Doctor was able to rid Earth of them, but this is something that’s on-going. Who is the little girl? She’s obviously got Time Lord blood since she can regenerate, and she’s quite strong. Naturally, she must be the Doctor’s child, but who’s the mother, Amy Pond or River Song? Amy was pregnant when the story arc started, she no longer is pregnant and the Silence have been caring for a child for years. The Space Suit in which the child resides will end up killing the Doctor.

There were a lot of questions, but the Silence are definitely quite creepy. There’s nothing like forgetting that a monster is behind you while you turn around. However, the whole thing about the “Silence Will Fall” story arc has a dual meaning now, since it could simply mean that the Silence, as a race, will fall and disappear. this is the exact opposite of what was implied during the last season, but it’s nice to see them return to this intrigue. I’ve always thought that Silence Will Fall meant that the universe would end and/or all life would be extinguished.

It’s another two-parter and I waited a  little while to watch these episodes. Partly because I didn’t have the time and partly because I wanted to watch them in one go. The next episodes, after episode 7, will air in September. The Doctor knows something more about the Flesh, and he isn’t saying what it is. It has to do with Amy.

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In a castle on a rock near a sea, three people are walking toward some kind of containment tank. They open it up and while they horse around, one of them falls into the tank. They leave him there. He starts to dissolve. They don’t seem concerned. The dude reappears a few moments later. He doesn’t have a scratch. We see the other body dissolving in the acid.

In the TARDIS, the Doctor is looking at Amy’s pregnancy scan which is still saying positive and negative at the same time. They hit a solar storm. They land on Earth. Rory hears Dusty Springfield. The monastery is from the 13th century. The Doctor calls them Almost People. There is an intruder alert alarm.

They fall into the “or what” category.
The Doctor

This is a 22nd century factory of some kind. There are duplicates of some kind. The head scientist brings them to see the flesh, fully programmable matter. They mine the acid using doppelgangers. They call them gangers. Naturally, the Doc puts his hand into the bowl of flesh. There is another solar storm. They are mining for acid. A named Jenny steps into her harness to generate her ganger. They hear another alarm. The head scientist won’t go underground to hide from the storm. The Doctor goes to the solar router, which supplies them with power. It’s going to overload and blow the factory to bits. The storm punctures the supply line, and the TARDIS is starting to melt away slowly. Either that, or it’s melting into the ground. The Doctor tries to unhitch the power, but he falls off. He wakes up some time later. They go find the team. The gangers have gone rogue. This wasn’t supposed to be possible. They’ve been searching for confirmation that their memories are real. Jenny is freaking out. In the bathroom, she coughs up some Flesh. She’s a ganger. She hits Rory in the face with an extensible arm. The Doctor knows that Cleaves is also a ganger. She shouts that ‘we are living’ and runs off. Rory is still missing. He hasn’t come back. The Jenny ganger is looking for him.

The Doctor also mentioned that the gangers were an early technology of something more. Amy goes looking for Rory by herself while the Doctor goes to get the TARDIS.

Rory finds Jenny’s ganger. He wants to find the real Jenny. Since the Doctor touched the Flesh, it must have scanned him and will be able to created Doctor duplicates. He finds the TARDIS. It’s sunk into the ground.

The gangers have a little meeting. They took the acid suits. Cleaves² says that they’ve got the advantage, it’s time to strike.

Amy comes into a room and finds the woman with a window and the eyepatch. The woman closes it rapidly.

The Doctor finds the Cleaves ganger and her people. The Doctor brings the two sides together for a while. The Doctor says that the gangers are becoming people. Meanwhile Cleaves is trying to destroy the Flesh with a circuit probe. Cleaves fires at one of the gangers and kills it. Rory disarms her, but the gangers get away.

The real Jenny comes across the Doctor’s duplicate, who keeps saying ‘Trust me’. For some reason, Rory goes running after the Jenny ganger.

They run to the chapel, the most secure room in the monastery. The Doctor feels that something is wrong, and calls for someone to reveal themselves. It’s the Doctor ganger.

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