The Doctor Will See You Now
Salutations Evil Geeks! We here at the Brotherhood just finished watching the latest episode of Doctor Who, as we Whovians are prone to do. I enjoyed the episode quite a bit and overall I think this newest season has been especially great. Warning if you haven’t watched it yet: there will be spoilers on the episode in this article.
We’re only 4 episodes in at this point and I think I’m willing to say this season has been my favorite of the Matt Smith era so far. Tonight’s episode showcased the comedic aspects of the show, which was a nice change of pace. Last season was really serious and dramatic, so throwing the audience some laughs was definitely welcome. I thought the scenes of The Doctor trying desperately to keep from getting bored while he was stuck on Earth, trying to figure out what the mysterious cubes were all about, was great. Was it me, or with all the fence painting and auto repair, was he on some type of Daniel LaRusso/Karate Kid fantasy training regimen? Also, the scenes where the Doctor steals Amy and Rory away from their anniversary party to try to take them on a romantic journey, only to have wackiness ensue again and again were really funny too (“You married Henry the Eighth on our anniversary!!!”). I also like to see Rory’s dad Brian back too. He’s only been on twice now and it almost seems like he’d a great addition to the companion roster, alongside Rory and Amy (“Very thorough Brian, very thorough! Well done!”) Also, how awesome would it be to see an episode of the show, where Brian and Wylf (Donna’s grandfather) go on a journey with the Doctor?!?! The reason I’m writing this though isn’t because I wanted to review this episode, it’s because something occurred to me: We’re being completely set up to have our freaking hearts (all two of them) torn out, burned, and then eaten by rabid badgers next week.
It’s been no secret that next week’s episode is going to be the last episode featuring the Ponds as the Doctor’s companions and that Steven Moffat has said that the episode will be heartbreaking. You don’t have to be Batman to figure out that a steady stream of tears will probably be in the weather forecast for around 10pm next Saturday night. Moffat has been going out of his way in the stories this season to show that Amy and Rory have grown up quite a bit since they started travelling with the Doctor. By Amy’s count, they’ve been travelling for 10 years at this point. That may be 10 years to her and Rory, but how many years has it been in “real time”? 3 years? 5? Amy’s comment last week about how their friends are starting to notice that Rory and her are aging faster shows that by spending so much time out of phase with their own time, they’re in essence shortening their lives. The Ponds decide in this episode that they need to make a decision about which lives they are going to lead. Are they going to be normal, everyday people or are they going to continue living “The Doctor Life”. If you look at the premise of the episode itself, the slow invasion, it’s a metaphor for getting older and taking on responsibility. Slowly, as you grow up, you start taking on more and more responsibilities in your life. First, one, then two, then 4, then 10, etc. They multiply over time, just like the black cubes in the episode. They show up everywhere and anywhere, just like responsibilities in your life will. Moffat makes it look like the Ponds realize that they are aging and because of that they are going to opt for a normal life. He even hints that the Doctor is fully aware that they absolutely NEED to stop travelling at some point. The scene between Rory’s dad and the Doctor at the anniversary party, after Brian figures out that the Doctor and the Ponds left for a while during the party, is in keeping with this ruse. The Doctor admits that even though they were only gone a few moments, the three of them were actually gone for 7 weeks and that maybe not all of his past companions have made it back alive, then reassures Brian “Not them, NEVER them.” After you’ve finished watching next week’s show, remember that quote and try not to erupt into tears. The Doctor has a very humanizing moment in a conversation between Amy and him, where he asks her if she and Rory are considering leaving. It’s a rare moment of vulnerability for him, because in his own way he admits that he loves them and that he needs them in his life (They are his in-laws for crying out loud!) It appears that the Doctor will decide to finally leave the Ponds for good, but then at the end of the episode, it’s Brian who has a change of heart and convinces Amy and Rory to go back to travelling with the Doctor. Moffat is going to make Brian basically responsible for the deaths of Amy and or Rory. There’s even a point in the episode where Brian is yelling “GO FOR THE HEART!” That’s exactly what Moffat is going to do next week.
What makes me so sure of this? There’s a ton of clues in this episode once you start looking around. First off, did anyone notice the staggering amount of call backs and references to past seasons and stories through out the episode? Did you catch the K-9 reference? Or how about the fact that the invading cubes looked a little bit like the prison that the US Government built to contain the Doctor in “The Day of the Moon” from last season. That’s just scratching the surface of all the Who nostalgia tucked away in this episode. U.N.I.T., a staple of the 70’s era Who episodes, make an appearance in this episode and it is being run by the daughter of the man who ran it when it was featured in those shows (I’m still fairly new to Who, about 1 and a half years, so please excuse me if I get any of the historical facts wrong). Having Rory’s dad make an appearance, was in a way a call back to the beginning of this season. Here’s one for the eagle-eyed Whovians out there: Did you notice what Amy, Rory, and the Doctor were eating when they were sitting on the couch watching T.V.? It was fish fingers and custard. The very first thing that Amy fed him when she first met him as a child (Well, it was the first thing he liked anyway! “Apples are rubbish!”) The biggest call back though is the entire episode itself. Personally, while watching it I felt more like I was watching a Russel Davies era show, as opposed to a Moffat era show. Everything about this episode felt downright Tennant-ish! The premise of an alien invasion taking place in front of the whole world and being covered by the media was a hallmark of seasons 2-4. So much so, that in the universe of the show, every year at Christmas time, the entirety of the populace of London gets the fuck outta dodge because an alien menace threatens to blow up the city on every Doctor Who Christmas special. This episode just FELT like it belonged in that era. Moffat is making us remember “the good old days” right before he rips out are hearts and does the Galifreyan Cucaracha on them. At the end of the episode, after Brian convinces Amy and Rory to rejoin the Doctor, the episode ends with a shot of the Ponds and the Doctor looking all heroic and ready for dozens of more adventures, but as we all know: it ends next week.
Now, how’s it going down? Well, we know it’s going to involve the Weeping Angels. I think the reason for all of the call backs is because we are going to get hit with a doozy of a call back: the Weeping Angel embedded in Amy’s eye from “The Time of the Angels” and “Flesh and Stone”. In case you don’t remember, in this episode we learn that any image of an angel, is actually an angel, including images on video cameras or in Amy’s case, the images seen in the human eye. Amy has an angel in her eye and it slowly begins counting down the seconds until it’s going to kill her. She has to keep her eyes shut to prevent the angel from killing her until the Doctor can cure her. I think this is going to end up playing into Amy’s eventual fate. Could it be that the angel in still in her eye and will eventually kill her? It could very well be, I’d say it’s the smart bet. What about Rory? He’s always been a little skittish with the Doctor, what will Amy’s Doctor related death do to him? Could he turn on the Doctor? What would Amy’s death do to the Doctor? Lately, without the Ponds around, we’ve seen a colder, darker Doctor (specifically in “A Town Called Mercy”). Are we about to find out the answers to these questions???
I will admit, I’d love to see the Ponds ride off into the sunset with a happy ending in tow. Maybe showing up occasionally in a Christmas special or something? That’d be great, but it wouldn’t be great television now would it? I hope I’m wrong, I really do. I think we’re in for a tear-jerker.
“This planet, these Evil Geeks are precious to me and I will defend them until my last breath.”