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I quite like the first five episodes of Series 7 of ‘Doctor Who’ with the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory. I didn’t watch all the episodes on TV, but I got to enjoy them later when I had the DVD. The joy of seeing ‘Series 7 – Part 1’ on DVD was the five-part prequel series, ‘Pond Life’, with Amy and Rory.
I wish I saw this webcast series when it was being shown on the BBC website before ‘Doctor Who’ Series 7 was shown on TV. I hadn’t heard an announcement for the webcast series and by then my interest in new series ‘Doctor Who’ had waned. But it was nice seeing these mini-episodes on DVD.
‘Pond Life’ is by Chris Chibnall, who contributed to Series 7 of ‘Doctor Who’ in the two episodes ‘Dinosaurs on a Spaceship’ and ‘The Power of Three’. ‘Pond Life’ is set between ‘The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe’ and before Series 7 started with ‘Asylum of the Daleks’ in the autumn of 2012.
For me, Chris Chibnall writes well for Amy and Rory as this mini-series is taken from their point of view. I would have preferred it if Chris Chibnall wrote for all of the episodes with the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory in the first half of Series 7, as he has a grasp of the characters in his episodes.
‘Episode One’ of ‘Pond Life’ is set in April. This has Amy and Rory listening to a phone message given to them by the Doctor travelling in the TARDIS. The Doctor has adventures with escaping Sontarans; meeting a naked Mata Hari in a Paris hotel room (?!) and also recording backing vocals for a rap song.
‘Episode Two’ of ‘Pond Life’ is set in May. It has the Doctor visiting Amy and Rory at night when they’re in bed. It was pretty comedic to watch. From this episode, it seems the events of ‘Dinosaurs on a Spaceship’ have happened for the Doctor already. This is of course to preview ‘Series 7 – Part 1’.
‘Episode Three’ of ‘Pond Life’ is set in June. This episode just features Amy and Rory and is the funniest of the lot. Rory goes to the bathroom and both he and Amy find an ‘Ood on the loo’ there. I assume this episode is set straight after ‘May’, if you think the next day after that is the 1st of June.
‘Episode Four’ of ‘Pond Life’ is set in July. The episode carries on from ‘June’, as Amy and Rory get in touch with the Doctor about the Ood in their house. It was funny when the Doctor wondered where his Ood got to when he came to their house in ‘May’. The Ood becomes Amy and Rory’s butler too.
‘Episode Five’ of ‘Pond Life’ is set in August. This is the episode that leads directly into ‘Asylum of the Daleks’ with Amy and Rory seemingly breaking up. The Doctor leaves a message on their phone, checking to see if they’re alright before he deletes the message. What will happen next I wonder?!
As a prequel series, ‘Pond Life’ is really good. It’s got a lot of comedic moments in the first four episodes, but it does set things up nicely for what’s to come in Series 7, especially in ‘Asylum of the Daleks’ and the Chris Chibnall episodes. Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill stand out for me!
When originally released on DVD, it was on Disc 2 of the ‘Series 7 – Part 1’ collection. It’s now available on Disc 2 of ‘The Complete Series 7’ DVD of ‘Doctor Who’ with Matt Smith. Though I’m puzzled why it’s not on Disc 1 instead of Disc 2, considering that ‘Pond Life’ is set before ‘Asylum of the Daleks’ takes place.
‘Pond Life’ rating – 9/10
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