‘THE GIRL WHO WAITED’
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The Two Amys
This is a pretty complex, timey-wimey episode about two Amy Ponds in it by Tom MacRae!
Tom MacRae also wrote the two-part story ‘Rise of the Cybermen’/’The Age of Steel’ with David Tennant’s Doctor in Series 2. It was nice to have him write another story for the ‘Doctor Who’ series.
This episode is pretty complicated and hard to get your head around though since you need to be alert as to what’s going on. My parents found this episode hard to understand when they watched it.
In this episode, Matt Smith’s Doctor, Amy and Rose visit the planet Apalapucia for a holiday. But the planet is deserted and quarantined as a deadly plague occurs. Amy gets separated from the Doctor and Rory.
The Doctor and Rory try to find a way of getting Amy back to them as she’s separated from them in a different timeframe. Rory eventually finds Amy, but it has been thirty-six years since he last saw her.
This episode is well-renowned for Karen Gillan’s performance as Amy. Karen gets to play two versions of Amy in this episode. There’s the young Amy and also the thirty-six years old later version.
The older Amy is bitter and angry since she waited for thirty-six years for the Doctor and Rory to come and rescue her, but they never did. It was interesting and disturbing to see Amy looking older.
This episode can be forgiven for its complexities, as it features some truly emotional scenes between Amy and Rory and delves deep into their relationship. This was something I wish I appreciated more.
It’s clear that Amy loves Rory and there’s a lovely scene where the young Amy tries to persuade older Amy to help Rory rescue her younger self. That scene stands out for me with Amy in this tale.
The older Amy wants to live on and be with Rory and not forget her memories of thirty-six years. I don’t know why she’d want to remember her thirty-six years, as she must have hated those years.
The episode features white robots called the Handbots in the story. The Handbots aren’t evil as they try to give their ‘kindness’ to Amy and Rory as the planet Apalapucia is quarantined and under plague.
But their ‘kindness’, which is like an antidote, is lethal to Amy and Rory as they’re not native to the planet. They try to avoid getting into contact with the Handbots when they’re being chased by them.
The planet Apalapucia is pretty unusual. Most of the areas that the Doctor, Amy and Rory enter into are pretty white and featureless. But there are some places where they house holodeck technology.
Some of the places in Apalapucia look very familiar as some of the location work was filmed inside the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff. It was also used for the new series TV episode ‘New Earth’.
The episode ends where the Doctor locks the older Amy out, keeping the young Amy and Rory inside the TARDIS. The Doctor lied about having two Amys in the TARDIS as it is impossible and disastrous.
The scene where Rory and older Amy say goodbye to each other is pretty moving. The older Amy realise she’d forgotten she loved Rory and it’s before she’s killed by the Handbots that come for her.
‘The Girl Who Waited’ is a fairly emotionally-driven if complex ‘Doctor Who’ episode. I liked the performances of Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill in this story, since they shine as Amy and Rory here.
The DVD special features on this episode are as follows. On Disc 6 of ‘The Complete Series 6’ of ‘Doctor Who’, there’s the ‘Doctor Who Confidential’ episode ‘What Dreams May Come’.
‘The Girl Who Waited’ rating – 7/10
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