Doctor Who The Girl Who Waited S06E10 (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.

Matt Smith takes over the reigns of Doctor Who in this serial.

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.

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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.

A trip to Apalapachia ends up in tears, as Rory and Amy get separated in different time streams. Rory meets an Old Amy, who’s been waiting for him for 36 years. This Amy despises the Doctor for what he’s done to her. She won’t help out, even if it means saving the Young Amy and eradicating this time stream. Needless to say that in the end, there’s only one Amy left. This was an interesting episode, somewhat better than the last one, which was actually a bit creepy. This was interesting, but it felt like a filler episode that didn’t advance the main storyline. Still, it wasn’t bad and I liked it.

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The Doctor wants to make Amy and Rory to see Apalapachia. Amy goes get her phone to take photos. The Doctor and Rory go ahead. They push different buttons on the ‘lift’ and end up in different places. Rory can’t find Amy. They sit in front of some large magnifying glass.

It looks like they are in different time streams. Where Amy is, the time is passing faster. Some strange robot appears and asks the Doctor and Rory how long they will be staying.

Rory realizes that Amy pushed the wrong button, so he gets out and pushes the red waterfall button but she’s not her.

Apalapachia is under planet-wide quarantine. This is a Kindness facility for those infected with Chen 7, the one-day plague. There are 40,000 people in the two time streams. Chen 7 affects only two-hearted races, like Apalapachians or Time Lords. The take the time glass and go into the TARDIS. The Doctor warns Amy not to take anything and take refuge in the facility. The Doctor will use the TARDIS to smash through and get her out.

Their kindness will kill you.
The Doctor

Smashing through a time wall could get a bit hairy
The Doctor

Rory has to take a Rory cam and go into the Two Streams Facility.

Robots immediately start causing her because they detected some bacteria on her. She is able to escape. She arrives in some gate room. Amy goes into the garden zone. The vents in which she hid channelled the exhaust from the temporal engines that hold the multiple time streams in place. Amy is trying to find the temporal engines. They spoof the sensors of the robots.

Rory and the Doctor arrive in the red waterfall stream. There are 40,000 time streams overlapping. An old Amy Pond almost assaults Rory. She waited for a long time. She’s been here for 36 years. The old Amy hates the Doctor.

Rory leaves the Doctor and Amy alone for a bit, then gets caught by a robot. Old Amy saves him.

Old Amy doesn’t want to save Amy, she wants to be saved herself. Rory is getting angry with the Doctor. He actually finds Amy but Old Amy will still not help. Young Amy convinces Old Amy to help for Rory. Old Amy wants to be saved as well.

They shunt Amy back into the right time stream. Old Amy is still there. They have to fight their way through some hand bots. In the end, Rory learns that the Doctor lied. There can only be one Amy. Old Amy is outside the TARDIS. Rory has to choose. The Young Amy is unconscious because of a hand bot. Old Amy tells Rory not to open the door. She wants to give the days that he’ll have with Young Amy, the days that she never had.

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