Holy Mother of Moffat: Immediate thoughts after viewing Doctor Who 6×06: “The Almost People”
WARNING: IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN “THE ALMOST PEOPLE”, DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES CLICK THIS LINK. SPOILERS AHOY. If you have seen the episode, please proceed.
Well, I think we can all agree that that ending was a little unexpected. I knew there was going to be a cliffhanger, but I had no idea what it would be. Even if I had tried to guess, there’s no way I would have predicted THAT. Just … whoa!
Let’s rewind a little. Personally, I found the start of this season rather underwhelming. Sure, it’s been good, but with Steven Moffat at the helm, I expect the show to be a little more than just good. This is the problem with letting the guy who wrote Press Gang run the show: it gives people like myself some very high expectations. However, with Neil Gaiman’s episode two weeks back, and now this excellent two-parter from Life on Mars & Ashes to Ashes creator Matthew Graham, Doctor Who is finally back at the standard that it held for the most part of last season: near perfection.
Now, let’s address what we’ve just seen:
Amy wasn’t really Amy.
Well, she was, but at the same time she wasn’t really. But for how long had she been a flesh person? I’m going to say that the Doctor put her into protection sometime after/during episodes one and two. She told him she was pregnant, and he knew that she’d never let that stop her from travelling in the TARDIS with him, so he sent her somewhere where he knew she’d be safe. How this theory corresponds with the preview for episode 7, I don’t know. Another option is that she’d been kidnapped, and replaced with a flesh copy, which the Doctor didn’t immediately realise. Once he worked it out, he then decided to learn more about the flesh people in order to work out what to do with the “fake” Amy. Thoughts/theories?
Rory has really come into his own these past two episodes.
Mr Pond is quickly becoming my favourite character this series, and it was great to see him stand up for his own beliefs in these past two episodes. We know he loves Amy, so the fact that he was willing to disagree with her in order to do what he believed was right showed a strength of character that we’ve only seen glimpses of in the past [he’s stood up to the Doctor several times before, but never Amy]. It was a shame to see him manipulated by the Jennifer Ganger, especially after going so far to try to protect her. But Rory’s biggest move this episode was standing aside while the Doctor destroyed the flesh Amy, therefore destroying the connection between themselves and the real Amy [another point which suggests that the Doctor does indeed know where Amy is, and supporting my hypothesis that she’s been put into protection]. That must have been a big decision for his character to make – to step away from someone who is, for all intents and purposes, the wife that he loves dearly, and to let the Doctor “kill” her right before his eyes. It’ll be interesting to see if there are any emotional repercussions next episode.
Amy was pregnant after all.
But is the baby River? It’s something that I predicted early last season, but now, with so much evidence pointing towards that very fact, I’m going to be sorely disappointed if it turns out to be true. Not that it doesn’t make sense – it really does – but if I was able to work it out so easily, then I’ll feel a little cheated. I want to be shocked and surprised. Hopefully we’ll find out a little more in the next episode.
The next episode is the mid-season finale, so we all know what that means: ANOTHER CLIFFHANGER.
That’ll be three cliffhangers in a row. If there’s one thing about Steven Moffat, he sure knows how to keep his audience hanging on by a thread. It’s going to be a tough few months waiting for that one to be resolved, I’m sure. At least we’ll have some new episodes of Sherlock to keep us occupied, though.