Vaughan & Chiang's "Paper Girls" Builds a Familiar Yet Disconcerting World
If there’s one thing to say about the second episode of the new season of Doctor Who, it’s that those making the show are definitely taking that whole “A Blockbuster Every Episode” idea very seriously. If nothing else, look at this week’s episode, which puts the stupid/awesome high concept right there in the title. That said, if you thought there might be questions arising from putting dinosaurs into orbit, you’d be right. There’s five of them, in fact…
“Are They The New Us?”
Amy’s question about the presence of Queen Nefertiti and Riddell was a telling one; even as the Doctor has been hiding from human contact, he’s managed to gather himself a new round of companions even without meaning to. We’ve seen before – in the final David Tennant episodes – what happens when the Doctor travels alone for too long, so are we seeing him attempt to get around his worst impulses without even knowing it? For that matter…
Is The Doctor Avoiding Amy and Rory?
The ten months figure seems weirdly important, for reasons that aren’t incredibly clear. I feel as if we’re being given a timeline for the amount of time that the Doctor isn’t in the lives of Amy and Rory. Is the Doctor just astonishingly bad at staying in touch – Something that would echo the years-long gap between the first and second meetings between the Doctor and Amy – or is something else going on? I suspect that we’re looking at something else entirely: Are we going to get a happy ending for Amy and Rory? Will the gaps between adventures allow them to grow old gracefully before the leave the show in three episode’s time? “I’m not getting any younger,” Amy pointed out, before talking about the end of their time together. There’s something going on here, isn’t there? But what?
“What Sort Of Man Doesn’t Carry A Trowel?”
I love that Brian Williams is the character who saves the day. Doctor Who has always been a kids’ show, and seeing Rory’s dad turn out to be the sole character in the episode (The Doctor excepted) who seems to consistently make the right decision and be prepared even when he has no idea what’s going on, is a wonderfully appealing idea. Dads, you see, know best. Even if it doesn’t seem like it at first.
Why Doesn’t The Doctor Exist On The Database?
Considering that the Doctor was, at the end of season five, so well-known that all of the aliens had teamed up to stop him causing any more trouble, why didn’t he show up on Solomon’s database? After all, he wasn’t wiped out of history or anything at the end of the last episode – He was presumed dead, which should keep everything else about him public knowledge, surely? After all, the ISA knew enough about him to bring him in on the approaching spaceship in this episode, so… What gives? Another mystery I suspect will be answered later this season, but for now, my money is on it being connected to Oswin’s removal of the Doctor from the Daleks’ memories last week. What if she was more thorough than we thought at the time?
Is There A Musical Theme To This Season?
Last week, the Doctor recognized himself playing the triangle in “Carmen,” this week, it’s being the third and fourth hands in a piano piece for four hands. An unexpected running joke, or something else? Given the way that this show has constructed itself in the past, I’m counting on the latter, somehow. So much for this season being all stand-alone episodes… Maybe the question I should be asking is, is Oswin’s ultimate fate tied in with music somehow?