Doctor Who: Series 6, Episode 6 – The Almost People

First we have to come to terms with the fact that there are two Doctors. The Ganger Doctor has to burn through some worrying moments before stabilising – moments where other doctor voices come out of his head, talking of jelly babies and the like.

Then you get two Doctors talking to each other.

“It’s just so inspiring to hear me say it,” one of them says to the other. The Doctor loves himself almost as much as he loved the TARDIS last time. It gets to the point where you start to ponder if the Doctor could be his own companion.

But of course, he isn’t. Amy is his companion and she notices that one of the Doctor’s is wearing different shoes to the other. This is crucial. Apparently.

The tale of the Gangers is one of all out war, until the gratuitous use of a child breaks the vast gulf between the two parties. Then they have to join together and face off evil Jen, who has somehow made copies of her copy and tricked Rory into tricking his friends.

By the way, the wall of eyeballs was really gross.

It’s not confusing as such, but a story that sort of plods along from one bit to the next, until you finally reach the conclusion. Happily for all involved, only one of each person survives – whether it be ganger or human. That means there are no messy endings, and although there are a few deaths along the way, the child still has a father, and Miranda still has her second in command.

That was the state of affairs, and there were still 15 minutes to go. Already, I was a bit irritated at the story, given how it had all tied up nicely after such moral dilemmas were being thrown about.

Amy has been horrible to the Ganger Doctor before discovering they switched shoes and fooled her. She sort of apologises, but even that is sort of swept under the carpet with no real resolution. She still ends up with her proper Doctor, escaping on the TARDIS.

With the two-parter wrapped up nicely, there’s just time to ramp up for next week’s mini-finale. Amy is not really Amy at all but has been Flesh this whole time – presumably since she disappeared in the orphanage?

The Doctor melts her away from the TARDIS and she wakes up in labour, with eye-patch lady looking over her.

At this point, I’m just tired of watching things that don’t make much sense. I’m all for a good cliff-hanger, and I’m all for a story-arc, but, I don’t know. This episode just left me disappointed and disheartened. Perhaps it was investing six years in LOST and ending up disappointed, but I just want to see clever writing and clever stories, that don’t leave you boggled at the end.

I loved the end of the last season so much – all those strands came together in a really clever way – but looking back, it was genius because you never really knew that the strands were there in the first place. That made it even more special.

This is more of someone throwing everything out there and then hoping it can all be tied up in the final episode. I’ve been there before and I don’t like it.

There was no “Next week” trailer at the end of the show, just a big To Be Continued stamp. So all that’s left to be said is, to be continued.

9 thoughts on “Doctor Who: Series 6, Episode 6 – The Almost People

  1. I had to watch this episode twice and it was still as bad the second time.
    I guess many Dr Who episodes eventually boil down to lots of running around corridors and locked doors but with all the plot development out of the way last week, and apart from some fun dialogue between the Doctor and the Doctor, that’s all it was.

    For me, the two-parter was almost 45 minutes too long.

    And having proved his point with the shoe trick, wasn’t “Amy” melted a little too comfortably?

    Really disappointed with this episode and in many ways, this series.

  2. In America (where I live) they have not aired this episode yet because of the holidays. This won’t show until next weekend. I hate missing out on DW!

    Still I’m waiting for a Sara Jane tribute from him!

    Any news about her funeral? We don’t get much info on that here. Did multiple Doctors who up? Tom Baker, at least, I hope?

  3. Still I’m waiting for a Sara Jane tribute from him!

    Probably will be a while yet. They’ve already filmed all this stuff, and the BBC only just decided what they were doing with the SJA as well.

  4. Probably will be a while yet. They’ve already filmed all this stuff, and the BBC only just decided what they were doing with the SJA as well.

    Are they going to continue SJA? Did they say how they are going to address her death?

  5. I was not very happy with this episode. Just too much – too much nonsense!

    Also what was the point of the Doctor defending the rights of the flesh all the way through and then at the end just melting Amy? Did he no longer defend their rights? Eh?

    I do think there would have been a really simple thing they could have done which would have improved this whole series (I mean there are more complicated things like not having this entire plot arc but I digress)… They could have shown in the first episode two Amy’s in one room both going in opposite directions. Everyone would have been two Amy’s What?!?! And then we could have been wondering is this the right Amy through the last episodes, and then when the Flesh came along we might have said, “ooooh, maybe the copy Amy is a copy Amy like these copies maybe she’s flesh”.

    This way there would have been a nice little reward for paying attention. So far it’s just all too confusing and frustrating because it doesn’t feel like it’s going anywhere. I think that if we’d have had that reassuring moment of “Aha it was the fake Amy see I was right”. Then we’d all be happier, even though we are in the same place now.

  6. Also what was the point of the Doctor defending the rights of the flesh all the way through and then at the end just melting Amy? Did he no longer defend their rights? Eh?

    That’s a really good point.

    It sort of felt like he had to do it to wake the other Amy up again – but that could have just been the way it was edited, and still doesn’t make it right.

  7. Interesting bit on the RadioTimes DW blog:

    Perhaps you’re aghast that, having shown such sympathy with the plight of the Gangers, the Doctor can so callously dissolve the duplicate Amy. She’s displayed no animosity and has been at his side for months. Matt Smith’s gabbled line (I had to replay it five times) is: “Given what we’ve learnt, I’ll be as humane as I can, but I need to do this.”

    Crucially, he can speak to the real Amy through her double: “You haven’t been here for a long, long time.” Rest assured, this duplicate has a quite different connection to her real self than the Gangers do to theirs. It will be addressed next week.

Comments are closed.