Doctor Who: The Almost People

Loren Rosson has a spoiler-full review of the latest episode of Doctor Who. I have felt at a loss to know how to blog about it, but in what follows I’ll just post questions for those who have seen it.

If that isn’t you, stop reading now, unless you don’t mind finding out things that will absolutely, completely, utterly and thoroughly spoil what must be one of the greatest surprise twists in sci-fi television since LOST finished.

OK, presumably that warning was sufficient.

So here are my questions. First, when do you think Amy was taken? Presumably around nine months earlier, but when would that have been in terms of the show’s episodes?

Who do you think took her, and why?

If the girl we saw earlier in the series is Amy’s daughter, and she can regenerate, then who is the father?!?! Or if that isn’t the right question, then why does she have time lord traits?

Presumably causing a Ganger to lose its human form doesn’t kill the Flesh – and we had hints not only that the other Doctor may have survived that process somehow, but also that it was indeed that Doctor who was killed in the first episode. Or maybe they will switch places again, and we’ll be left with the Ganger Doctor from the end of this season onward? What would fans make of that? Either way, presumably this would mean that a Ganger of a time lord can regenerate, which is itself quite something.

What did you make of the episode? What questions do you have? Is Doctor Who becoming increasingly LOST-like, and if so, is that a good thing?

  • Impartial Observer

    I don’t know about regenerated but, as one who has been watching this series since the days of William Hartnell and the great Patrick Troughton, it certainly seems to have degenerated . . .

  • Impartial Observer

    I don’t know about regenerated but, as one who has been watching this series since the days of William Hartnell and the great Patrick Troughton, it certainly seems to have degenerated . . .

  • http://www.facebook.com/goodacre Mark Goodacre

    Well, I am loving this series, especially eps. 1, 2 and 4.  Cliffhanger on Saturday was good stuff too.  Somewhat disappointed, though, with BBC America’s treatment.  After the big plus of same-day broadcast — *at last* — they dropped the ball this weekend and took a holiday.  Great shame.

    Is Doctor Who becoming more like Lost?  Well, if it means that you are enjoying it plenty, James, and will blog on it some more, that can only be a good thing. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/goodacre Mark Goodacre

    Well, I am loving this series, especially eps. 1, 2 and 4.  Cliffhanger on Saturday was good stuff too.  Somewhat disappointed, though, with BBC America’s treatment.  After the big plus of same-day broadcast — *at last* — they dropped the ball this weekend and took a holiday.  Great shame.

    Is Doctor Who becoming more like Lost?  Well, if it means that you are enjoying it plenty, James, and will blog on it some more, that can only be a good thing. :)

  • http://www.patheos.com/community/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

    It might mean that, Mark. But it might also mean that it is my Ganger who is blogging about it, while I’m really off somewhere having a baby! :-)

  • http://www.patheos.com/community/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

    It might mean that, Mark. But it might also mean that it is my Ganger who is blogging about it, while I’m really off somewhere having a baby! :-)

  • tspringer

    James, I did not see the second part until last night, but there are some wild things brewing for the Doctor.  I was wondering that if Amy and Rory’s child was conceived on the Tardis (do not forget the Christmas episode with the flying sharks), maybe some of the child would have some Tardis mojo and have Time Lordness.  At what other Time Lord like person has been on the episodes: Dr. Song.  What do you think?  Maybe Amy’s child is Dr. Song. 
    Or maybe the the child is part tardis and part human, an immaculate conception. Wow you can go off onto many plot completers.
      

  • tspringer

    James, I did not see the second part until last night, but there are some wild things brewing for the Doctor.  I was wondering that if Amy and Rory’s child was conceived on the Tardis (do not forget the Christmas episode with the flying sharks), maybe some of the child would have some Tardis mojo and have Time Lordness.  At what other Time Lord like person has been on the episodes: Dr. Song.  What do you think?  Maybe Amy’s child is Dr. Song. 
    Or maybe the the child is part tardis and part human, an immaculate conception. Wow you can go off onto many plot completers.
      

  • http://www.patheos.com/community/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

    I just posted on the next episode, and it answers your questions. So for goodness sake, don’t read it until you get to watch it. :-) But I will say that I think you will be profoundly satisfied with just how insightful you were.

  • http://www.patheos.com/community/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

    I just posted on the next episode, and it answers your questions. So for goodness sake, don’t read it until you get to watch it. :-) But I will say that I think you will be profoundly satisfied with just how insightful you were.

  • http://profiles.google.com/cammoblammo Cameron Horsburgh

    The Ganger Doctor might be a way of getting around one of the problems the show has inherited: a Time Lord only gets to regenerate 12 times (or something like that. I’m sure Wikipedia could refresh my memory, but this is the internet, after all.) Presumably the good Doctor has run out of regenerations, which would leave something of a plot hole if Matt Smith ever left the show.

    We must also remember he has a daughter flying around out there from a couple of seasons ago, and it appears she has the ability to regenerate.

    I’m not sure where this is all going, but it appears that the Time Lords mightn’t be quite finished, after all.

  • cameronhorsburgh

    The Ganger Doctor might be a way of getting around one of the problems the show has inherited: a Time Lord only gets to regenerate 12 times (or something like that. I’m sure Wikipedia could refresh my memory, but this is the internet, after all.) Presumably the good Doctor has run out of regenerations, which would leave something of a plot hole if Matt Smith ever left the show.

    We must also remember he has a daughter flying around out there from a couple of seasons ago, and it appears she has the ability to regenerate.

    I’m not sure where this is all going, but it appears that the Time Lords mightn’t be quite finished, after all.

  • http://www.patheos.com/community/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

    I presume that, assuming those involved in making the show want to keep it going as much a fans will, they will find a loophole. The Master found ways around the limit, and while I wouldn’t expect the Doctor to resort to such methods, I expect he’ll come up with something.

  • http://www.patheos.com/community/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

    I presume that, assuming those involved in making the show want to keep it going as much a fans will, they will find a loophole. The Master found ways around the limit, and while I wouldn’t expect the Doctor to resort to such methods, I expect he’ll come up with something.

  • http://www.patheos.com/community/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

    Actually, I just had the thought that, like what they seem to want to do with Indiana Jones, perhaps they are setting the stage for the Doctor’s daughter and any children he and River Song might have to take up the mantle for a new generation spin-off.

    [SPOILER] Whether the Doctor ever had children gets mentioned in “A Good Man Goes To War.” [/SPOILER]

  • http://www.patheos.com/community/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

    Actually, I just had the thought that, like what they seem to want to do with Indiana Jones, perhaps they are setting the stage for the Doctor’s daughter and any children he and River Song might have to take up the mantle for a new generation spin-off.

    [SPOILER] Whether the Doctor ever had children gets mentioned in “A Good Man Goes To War.” [/SPOILER]


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