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Doctor Who Season 6: 5 Questions About “The Almost People”

It may have been delayed for a week by the Memorial Day weekend here in the US, but “The Almost People” finally took over Doctor Who this week, answering the question “Are two Doctors better than one?” in a way that you probably didn’t see coming. Unsurprisingly, we have 5 questions after watching.

What. The. Hell?
So, Amy was Flesh? For how long – and who created Fake Amy? I’d ask why, but I think we’ve seen that the answer is all about Amy’s baby, whoever he/she/it turns out to be (My money is still on it being River, but it’s definitely someone or something we’ve seen before at this point, even if that’s just “the first in a long line of new Time Lords”). As far as surprise endings go, it’s a good one – almost enough, in fact, to make up for what was a pretty disappointing episode. Of course, if next week’s episode doesn’t offer up enough in the explanations department, I reserve the right to change my mind about that last bit. But, seriously: Has Amy been Flesh for this entire season? And how was she completely unaware of that fact for the entire time?

Who Are The Real Monsters?
As if anyone had somehow missed the moral of this week’s story, how nice of Ganger Jennifer to literally tell the audience. The answer, of course, is supposed to be that we all are – but that we also contain the potential to be kind and self-sacrificing and save the day, too – but it was entirely undercut by Ganger Jennifer not only going insane but literally turning into a giant-mouthed monster halfway through the episode, as if the people making the show were worried that we hadn’t had a chase in awhile. Who was the real monster of this episode? That’ll be the thing with the long neck that’s trying to eat you, most likely. See how easy that was?

How Gullible Is Rory?
Oh, Rory. Last ep, I was all on your side, but this week…? You were just embarrassingly naive. In what world would anyone believe the plan of “We’ve found this horrific thing, let’s go and find our friends, lie to them about why they need to follow us, and then lock them in a room” not a sign of a bad guy? And yet, Rory seemed to have no problem with it. Seriously, people: Rory has lived for more than 2000 years by this point. There is no way he should be able to fall for that kind of thing believably.

How Long Has The Doctor Known?
Getting back to the surprise ending… How long has the Doctor known that Amy wasn’t Amy? He did say, back in the first episode of this season, that no-one could fool him, which may have been a clue… All of which leads me to wonder…

What Actually Happened In “The Impossible Astronaut”?
Here’s my theory: The Doctor never died. The Doctor everyone saw shot? That was the Flesh Doctor – We were told fairly clearly that there was a good chance that he would survive the end of this episode, remember – and his pretending to be the Doctor was, in fact, all a plan by the Doctor to flush out whoever is behind the kidnapping of Amy, and to fulfill a moment in fixed time through some sleight of hand. Because, what if the person inside the Astronaut suit is River, killing the best man she ever knew… or, at least, so she believes, but it’s all a trick? The Doctor never dies, River’s memories/past is still intact, and yet, everything we’ve ever thought was true about River’s past is completely different from what we expected. Too ridiculous to be true? I guess we’ll find out next week (No spoilers from all you people who’ve seen the British broadcast of “A Good Man Goes To War”!).

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  • Najryan

    I think the Doctor did get shot and die in The Impossible Astronaut, not a flesh Doctor. Time can be rewritten seems to be big in the last two seasons so…It was him..but they will change/stop it from happening.

  • http://twitter.com/lalomartins Lalo Martins

    I’ve commented in every post in this series thus far, but this time I can’t contribute much, because I have, in fact, seen A Good Man Goes To War, and can only say it’s epically good.

    Just one thing though: this is a half season. Not all questions are answered yet, just one arc.

  • http://khiaao.blogspot.com Khiaao

    Seen it too, no comment. since i will spoil it with my comments :)

  • Mr. Q

    My theory is that Amy was replaced while she was captured by the Silence and was replaced by the flesh Amy. But something tells me that the Silence are more like pawns and the real mastermind(s) behind Amy’s time lord child, the explosion of the TARDIS, and the connection to all this are still out there. I don’t have much else to go on until the last episode before they go on break and I doubt will have all the answers by then.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    Amy has been Flesh since before their visit to America.

    Rory is back to awesome in the next episode. Full on, badass, Roman mode.

    The Doctor’s probably known for a while, but needed to do… something. Doesn’t really seem that important.

    The next episode makes no progress on the Doctor’s death. Don’t expect it.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    Wasn’t the Silence. She was already Flesh by the time they got to America and met them. Either the Silence plot is much bigger than we’ve seen (way possible), or this is something new.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    There are ways to talk to those that haven’t seen it without spoiling any of the plot beats.

  • DoubleWide

    I wouldn’t be to hard on Rory. He has been feeling like a fifth wheel along side The Doctor and Amy, some of us of the male gender need to feel needed. Jennifer saw that and took advantage of him. He’s not entirely blameless, but nice guys are easier to exploit.

  • Mrock1186

    well one, i know amy has been flesh since episode two, cuz she saw the lady with the eyepatch in that one. and in that episode it shows her with what seems like her daughter and shes the one in the astronaut suite. and for some reason i feel as if it was hinted back in an earlier season episode with the weeping angels that River is in prison for killing the doctor. idk why i think that, ill have to rewatch that episode

  • Mrock1186

    i agree with jacob, because she was seeing visions of the woman with an eyepatch before she was captured by the silence. actually right before.

  • DW25

    its doctor who. i did see episode 7 and it was good. it will be hard to wait until September. And in a classic DW fashion 1 question answered raises few more questions

  • http://twitter.com/lalomartins Lalo Martins

    Actually you know what, here I am posting :-P And that’s because I was re-watching The Impossible Astronaut and Day Of The Moon and I think I figured out the Silence meta-plot.

    I think “Silence Will Fall” actually does refer to the Doctor’s kicking the Silence out of Earth, as some have proposed here. Only it turns out, this was their home, and their rule here was relatively benevolent (we were doing quite well, after all). After they’re kicked out, they become bitter and dangerous, the scourge of the universe (“we were running from the Silence”). And some powers blame that on the Doctor.

    Better: before “Day Of The Moon”, they were actually on The Doctor’s side, trying to protect the girl for some reason!

  • Mercyelindilmoon

    Now we one why Amy’s been wearing that flannel shirt this entire season!

  • Mercyelindilmoon

    Now we know why Amy’s been wearing that flannel shirt this entire season!

  • Shawn

    Adding on to what he said, the next episode does tell us who River is, but besides that, it’s only part 1 of a two parter, and only the mid-series finale, the main stuff should be left for the second half of the series and the real and main finale of the series.

    Hey Jacob, where can I talk to you about A Good Man Goes To War and bounce theories or whatever? I already saw it and I was hoping to talk about it, if you’re alright with it.

  • Anonymous

    What? But gangers can wear and change clothes too!  -_-;

  • http://profiles.google.com/video.beagle Video Beagle

    I’ve seen Good Man, but this isn’t involved.
    “Seriously, people: Rory has lived for more than 2000 years by this point. There is no way he should be able to fall for that kind of thing believably.”

    Well, he lived most of those 2000 years sitting by a box. I mean, he got a bit more out of it than Jack did being stuck in the ground for a thousand years, but not much.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    Dude, flannel is sexy. Get over it.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    At least Rory was awake the entire time. Jack was in and out of being dead.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    You can email me at jrau18@yahoo.com.

  • Generalgrievous365

    The doctor could very well die. The master did, and he came back, so…

  • 123

    maybe for you double wide, maybe for you, if only i could find a nice guy!

  • squirrel

    I don’t really think Rory’s age factors into his naivety.  He does mention his memories of the time are sort of locked away.  I think even though he experienced it he separates himself from it.  Plus it was 2000 years of waiting like Video Beagle mentioned.  He wasn’t dealing with other people gaining life experience.

  • G123

    The only water in a forest is a RIVER

  • Rivakz

    in the gamma forest

  • Deanjsimons

    hahaha reading through these comments SPOILERS, INDEED!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6P6O32FQEFNXCBJHA4FO5A5ADM Steve

    Horrid episode, great ending. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    The only spoilers I see are either incredibly minor or can be gather from the preview for the episode.

  • maths

    Yeah, agreed. Felt like a whole lot of padding that should have been condensed into the previous episode, plus a set-up for the mid-season finale. I’m enjoying Moffat’s run on the show, but the pacing is far from great (and, without spoiling anything, I think that goes for the finale as well).

  • Jmcreer

    Nice to see that Odo from Deep Space Nine is still around and kickin’ ass!

  • bfran

    I couldn’t agree more. Please no one spoil it for anybody else.

  • http://squidoo.com/retroblogs Atomic Kommie Comics

    The “future Doctor” who dies in “Impossible Astronaut” is the Flesh Doctor.
    If it isn’t, where’s his TARDIS?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    The Doctor learned how to grow a TARDIS inside the length of an average human life span (about 70 years). 200 year is plenty of time for a Flesh Doctor to grow his own.

  • The Fidget

    Is the idea that River is Amy’s Daughter and is the one who shoots the Dr. as a child to out there?

  • http://squidoo.com/retroblogs Atomic Kommie Comics

     Then where is it?
    We didn’t see it in “The Impossible Doctor”!
    (And what would the Flesh Doctor use to grow it from? He needs a piece of a TARDIS to work with!)

  • Alfred

    That doesnt make any sense.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    Yea, it’s kinda ridiculous mate.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    If the Flesh Doctor survived, do you honestly think he wouldn’t seek out the original? They were having so much fun together. He would have gotten it from him.

    And not seeing it doesn’t mean it’s not there. I mean… that’s kind of the point.

  • http://squidoo.com/retroblogs Atomic Kommie Comics

    “And not seeing it (the TARDIS) doesn’t mean it’s not there. I mean… that’s kind of
    the point.”

    You haven’t answered the question as to how he could have grown it without a piece of it available to him.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    Actually, I did. “If the Flesh Doctor survived, do you honestly think he wouldn’t seek out
    the original? They were having so much fun together. He would have
    gotten it from him.” The Doctor has been shown to be able to give pieces of it. He gave one to the Meta-Crisis Doctor.

  • http://squidoo.com/retroblogs Atomic Kommie Comics

    Actually, you didn’t.
    “If the Flesh Doctor survived, do you honestly think he
    wouldn’t seek out
    the original? They were having so much fun
    together. He would have
    gotten it from him.”

    And, since he was trapped in the future (22nd Century)…without a TARDIS…how would he “seek out the original”?
    Whatever you suggest is just that, a suggestion, unless it’s been stated “in canon”…and it hasn’t.
    Even the theory of “TARDIS coral” is from several outtakes, and not part of canon.
    It may be stated in later episodes, but, as of now, it hasn’t.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aaronfrey9 Aaron Frey

    What I want to know is, why did the Doctor kill Flesh Amy when he’d been defending and trying to save all the other Flesh people? He kept saying they were human, too, but then he goes and kills Flesh Amy without qualm. It just undercut everything he’d been preaching previously.

  • Shawn

    Cause Flesh Amy was a normal ganger. The other gangers were created due to the accident. They used to be one person using flesh bodies to save their original bodies from acid and stuff. Then due to the accident, the flesh and the original bodies became 2 separate life forms and thats when The Doctor started preaching. 

    The flesh Amy was the same Amy from before using a flesh body, so he only kills her physical appearance, doesn’t actually kill her coz they’re both one life, not 2 separate lives.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    Finding the Doctor isn’t terribly difficult for those who know how. There is precedent for him being summoned. I’d like to think he knows how to summon himself.

    And here’s a question. He’s
    in the 22nd Century. How did he get to 2011? He would need something to get there.

    There was a TARDIS
    Coral in the Torchwood Hub with Jack. No idea how he got it, but he had it and was
    growing a TARDIS. And even if the concept isn’t canon, TARDISes are grown. So even without them, he could still do it.

  • http://squidoo.com/retroblogs Atomic Kommie Comics

    “I’d like to think he knows how to summon himself.”
    He’s not “himself”. The Flesh Doctor is a clone. And if he could “summon himself”, why hasn’t he done so (except rare circumstances where DIFFERENT regenerations were brought together)?

    “He’s
    in the 22nd Century. How did he get to 2011? He would need
    something to get there.”
    Find Jack Harkness, who’s still alive and borrow his Time Agent wrist device.

    “There was a TARDIS Coral in the Torchwood Hub with Jack. No idea how
    he got it, but he had it and was
    growing a TARDIS. And even if the
    concept isn’t canon, TARDISes are grown. So even without them, he
    could still do it.”
    If the “concept isn’t canon”, it’s only your theory/opinion, not established fact.
    BTW, which TorchWood episode, specifically, is the stuff on his desk stated to be TARDIS coral? Remember, deleted scenes aren’t “canon”.

  • Shawn

    Well it can’t have been the flesh doctor, River did scan him and she would’ve known then if he was. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    Why hasn’t he done so before? Because he doesn’t believe in tampering directly with his own history. The Flesh Doctor can do it because they’re two separate people. But although he’s a clone, he’s an exact duplicate. Hence, “himself.”

    Assuming the device still works and that Jack has a reason to be on Earth in the 22nd Century. He also hates Jack’s vortex manipulator.

    Disregarding the TARDIS coral (Barrowman confirmed that the coral on his desk was from a TARDIS and that Jack was growing his own), The Doctor would still know how to grow his own. To think that he wouldn’t is ridiculous. And, by extension, to think that he would travel without a TARDIS is ridiculous. They go together like Peanut Butter and Jam. The Doctor and the TARDIS.

  • http://squidoo.com/retroblogs Atomic Kommie Comics

    “Assuming the device still works and that Jack has a reason to be on
    Earth in the 22nd Century. He also hates Jack’s vortex manipulator.”

    “Hating it” and “needing it” sometimes go hand in hand.
    If it’s the only way…
    I hate flying, but going from NYC to LA, it’s the only way that doesn’t take 2-3 days (not counting waiting time at the airport) so I take it when I have to.

    “The Doctor would still know how to grow his own. To think that he
    wouldn’t is ridiculous.”

    I know how to fix a Volkswagen Beetle.
    That knowledge doesn’t help me if I’m trapped in a bike shop.
    No Volkswagens around!  ;-)

    It still doesn’t answer the question as to where he got the (non-canonical) TARDIS coral to begin with!