Doctor Who

Season 6 Episode 10

The Girl Who Waited

9
Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Sep 10, 2011 on BBC America
9.0
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The TARDIS brings its crew to a quarantine facility for victims of an alien plague. When Amy is trapped, Rory must rescue her from the facility's doctors but learns something surprising about his wife.

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  • The Girl Who Waited

    9.0
    The Girl Who Waited was an excellent episode of Doctor Who. I really enjoyed watching because the story was fun and the dramatic character development was great. I liked the robots who were not very reassuring of their kindness. It was crazy to see how things played out and quite sad on some levels. I certainly look forward to the next adventure!!! !!!!!!



  • One of best Doctor Who episodes

    10
    One of the best Doctor Who episodes.



    This episode simply tears the viewer apart with its impossible moral and emotional dilemma. I don't mind confessing I got a lump in my throat toward the end.



    Heartfelt performances by Gillan and Darvil. Thank god the 11th Doctor's role was so sharply limited. His histrionics would have detracted from this wonderfully sensitive paean to Amy and Rory's abiding love.



    Contains echoes of the 1980 SF romance "Somewhere in Time," written by Richard Matheson, directed by Jeannot Szwarc, and starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour.



    If you liked "The Girl Who Waited," you'll almost certainly love "Somewhere in Time." Someone uploaded the entire film on YouTube.moreless
  • To Your Other Self

    10
    This is probably another one of my favorate episodes of the franchise, it's really dark and isn't fun and games, instead it's more of a tragic romance. What was truely interesting about the episode was that it wasn't focused on the Doctor he's sort of a second string character, but this was a Amy and Rory episode.



    I liked the unsettling setting, the quarentine facility reminded me of the white prisons from the sci-fi film "THX-1138", and like in the movie there were the faceless robotic authority figures though instead of silver maniquin faced cops we just see complete white rolling maniquin like robots.



    However what was really interesting was the fact that Amy accidently entered into a section where time moves at a different pace, for the section the Doctor and Rory entered it was just mere minutes but for her it's mere days. It sort of is remonicent of the "Star Trek:Deep Space Nine" episode "The Visitor" where Captain Sisko is constantly leaping forward in time which are just mere moments staying the same age while he sees his son Jake grow older than him.



    We then of course see what the older Amy looks like and she doesn't dispoint. Despite being older than Rory now she still looks great physically. However she has changed radically in character, it was cool just seeing she's became sort of an modern day Samurai as we see in a few sequences she is using her katana against the handbots. Though what is sad and gives us the feeling of how much Amy has aged, we see she has became a shell of a woman. She's became more Cynical, Bitter, she no longer has that vibrancy and fire inside her anymore.



    I really liked the chemestry between both Rory and the older Amy, it was sweet that despite how much time has went by their feelings for each other never changed and aged. That's another thing I feel what love is, depending on how strongly you feel for the other it's possible those feelings can withstand the test of time.



    The final minutes were touching and heartwrenching at the same time, as we see Rory is faced with the terrible dilema of having to chose to save one of the versions of Amy. But we see Rory loves Amy all the same young and old and he really was going to try and save both of them despite what the Doctor said about the TARDIS unable to take both of them. But we see a profound moment when the older Amy desides to stay behind, the speach she gives to Rory I'll admit made me cry.



    Love can last for all time, no matter what age or how much time goes by.moreless
  • Stunning!

    10
    This was just a great watch from start to finish and the best Matt Smith episode yet thanks to some fantastic acting by Karen Gillen and Arthur Darvill. The moment when Rory has to make an extraordinary difficult choice that no-one should ever have to make hit me like a punch in the gut, and I found myself crying in front of my daughters who insisted - as kids do - in announcing the fact to everyone in the room. LOL. And when Rory snarls at the Doctor that he is becoming just like him - having to make impossible and heartbreaking choices - it just made me realise what a brilliant if understated actor Darvill is. He is perfect as Rory. In fact, the chemistry between the three leads is marvellous throughout this episode. Amy's anger toward the Doctor, putting him down as a god playing glibly with people's lives sticks in the memory. The episode deserves no less than a 10 and the reviewer who is asking for the 10's to stop already is frankly wasting their time. I would be dishonest to give this less than full marks.moreless
  • Ok ok stop with the 10's already. Yes this was a good episode better than last week.But people the show didn't really tell us anything we didn't already know about Amy and Rory. Ilike that we meetanother Amyand how she becamekind of cold and hardmoreless

    8.0
    who wouldn't be after 36 years. I guess I am feeling that Doctor Who this season is getting a formula Rory and Amy runs one way while the Doctor runs another. Really I think the Doctor works best with just one companion too many cooks in the kitchens or in the Doctor case in the TARDIS. I really think this Doctor is being held back by these two.I can't really enjoy these Episode because Amy and Rory and River get in the way some how. I think that's why Russell T Davies years work better. He change Companions a lot making it fresh for the Doctor giving something more to work with than the same old companions year after year.

    But I have theory I think the older Amy survivors and get pick up by the Silence and she the one in the astronaut suit and she kills the Doctor. She said that she hates the Doctor and the Doctor did leave her to die. Think back to the impossible astronaut just before the Doctor gets killed he turns to Amy, Rory and River and said he's sorry .What is he sorry about? I think we saw it in this episode but I could be wrong.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Future Amy says she learned the trick of making the hand-bots touch each other to stun them on her first day in the facility, when in fact she had already been there a week before she learned to do it (in the first room).

  • QUOTES (10)

    • The Doctor: Appalapachia.
      Amy: Say it again.
      The Doctor: Appalapachia. Appalapachia.
      Rory: Appalapachia.
      The Doctor: Appalapachia.
      Amy: Appalapachia. What a beautiful word.
      The Doctor: Beautiful word, beautiful world.

    • Amy: Have you seen my phone?
      The Doctor: Your phone?
      Amy: Yeah.
      The Doctor: Your mobile telephone. I bring you to a paradise planet two billion light-years from Earth and you want to update... Twitter?
      Amy: Sunsets, spires, soaring silver colonnades. It's a camera phone.
      The Doctor: On the counter by the DVDs.
      Amy: Thank you.

    • The Doctor: Ha ha! How do I look?
      Rory: Ridiculous.
      The Doctor: Glasses are cool, see? (puts them on Rory) Oh, yes. Hello, handsome man.
      Rory: Oh, hello.

    • Future Amy: And there he is, the voice of God. Survive, because no one's going to come for you. Number one lesson. You taught me that.
      The Doctor: Is that really all I taught you?
      Future Amy: Don't you lecture me, Blue Box Man Flying Through Time and Space on Whimsy. All I've got, all I've had for 36 years, is cold hard reality. So no, I don't have a sonic screwdriver, because I'm not off on a romp. I call it what it is, a probe. And I call my life what it is. Hell.

    • Future Amy: (putting on the spectacles) They look ridiculous.
      Rory: That's what I told him. Still, anything beats a fez, eh?

    • Amy: You know when sometimes you meet someone, so beautiful. And then you actually talk to them and five minutes later they're as dull as a brick. And then there's other people, and you think, "Not bad, they're okay." And then you get to know them and--and their face just... sort of becomes them. Like their personality's written all over it. And they turn into something so beautiful.
      Amy and Future Amy: Rory's the most beautiful man I've ever met.

    • Amy: Please... do it for him.
      Future Amy: Ah, you. You're asking me to defy destiny, causality, the nexus of Time itself, for a boy.
      Amy: You're Amy. He's Rory. And yes I am.

    • Future Amy: Right, okay, this is big news. This is temporal earthquake time. I'm officially changing my own future. Hold on to your spectacles. In my past I saw my future-self refuse to help you. And I'm changing that future and agreeing. Every law of time says that shouldn't be possible.
      The Doctor: Yes, except sometimes knowing your own future is what enables you to change it. Especially if you're bloody-minded, contradictory, and completely unpredictable.
      Rory: So basically, if you're Amy, then.
      The Doctor: Yes. if anyone can defeat predestiny, it's your wife.

    • Rory: Can you unlock them?
      Future Amy: Yeah. Give me a minute and your cutest smile. That's the one.
      Rory: Can you stop flirting with me? You're old enough to be my...
      Future Amy: I've known you my whole life. How many games of "Doctors and Nurses"...?
      Rory: Shhh.
      Future Amy
      : Don't get coy now.

    • The Doctor: Look, we take this Amy, we leave ours. There can only be one Amy in the TARDIS. Which one do you want? Your choice.
      Rory: This isn't fair. You're turning me into you.

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