Doctor: 'Yes, squeaky bum time.'
every TV paper this week gave tonight's episode a lukewarm reception.
Some even went as far as saying that it was a disappointment after last week's 'suspenseful opener'. I respectfully disagree. Firstly, I didn't think
last week's episode was particularly suspenseful, and secondly, I don't
think tonight's episode suffered by way of comparison. Okay, so it
wasn't marvellous—but there was more than enough content to keep me
entertained, and plenty of mystery to keep me wondering.
got a real thrill out of hearing Stephen Moore's voice at the start of
this episode—not because the opening narration was particularly
brilliant, but because I have fond memories of Moore as Marvin the
Paranoid Android in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
(TV series, radio series and audio book). Intriguingly, Eldane's
message was from a thousand years in the future—which makes me think that this story is far
from over. And Nasreen calling out 'come look for us' also seems to
suggest that there's unfinished business. Will the Silurians be back
later in the season?
Obviously, the big moment of the episode was
Rory's death. Oh, Rory, so soon? I'd heard rumours
that he was going to die, I just didn't believe them. So many rumours
turn out to be nonsense. This time, unfortunately, they were true—not
only did Rory die, he ceased to have ever been. He was subtracted from
existence. Not only could Amy not remember him, there was nothing there
for her to remember. Which is annoying, because I'd just started to like
Last week, we were left to ponder the possible
significance of Amy's engagement ring, and tonight, there it was again—it fell to the floor as the TARDIS landed. Amy may not have been able to
keep her memories of Rory alive, but the ring is tangible proof that he
existed. Plus, we've had enough reminders this season that time can be
rewritten. Will the Doctor devise a method of using the ring to bring
My heart sank when Ambrose tried to take
control. There's always one idiot. At first, I sympathised with her
plight—Alaya was undoubtedly asking for it... with the taunts, and the insults, and
whatnot. Not that she deserved to die, but I can understand Ambrose's
frustration, and her need to force Alaya into being more cooperative.
But the change from loving mum, to torturer, to murderer was a little
too quick for my liking, and when she started with the 'we're not going
to do what you say any more' spiel, my sympathy evaporated completely.
From that moment onward, it became obvious that things were going to
Ambrose completely ignored the Doctor's
admonishment to stay calm. If only Rory had been more assertive, and
taken charge of the situation, maybe they would've stood a chance. And
then, once underground, Ambrose started shooting her mouth off again. No
wonder Elliot walked away in disgust. In the end, Ambrose's stupidity
cost them Rory, and lost Ambrose her own father. Tony didn't have much
choice but to stay—it was either that or die a painful death.
it was Rory's insistence that they return Alaya's body, which tipped
the scales against them. Her death was all the confirmation Restac
needed that the humans were vermin and a danger to her people, thus
the proverbial wheels sheared off, and Rory died saving the Doctor. I did find his death
touching: it was simple, uncomplicated, and there were no long death
speeches. Just a compliment to Amy ('you're beautiful') and an apology.
That was so Rory—apologising for his own death. It was almost as if he
believed he couldn't die, as if seeing his future self somehow rendered
him temporarily indestructible—yet even that part got rewritten.
Despite Amy sensing another person's presence on the hill, her future
self was alone. Rory was gone. In fact, he was never there to begin
And for the second time this season, Amy almost
forfeited her life because of Rory. The first time, in 'Amy's Choice',
she risked all to bring him back, and tonight, consumed with grief, the
Doctor had to drag her into the TARDIS, as the light from the crack
consumed Rory and expunged him from existence. Another few seconds and
she would've been gone. Thank goodness that didn't happen, but a solid
performance from Karen Gillan tonight. She totally sold it. And,
if us watching Amy's grief wasn't painful enough, we also had to watch
her slowly forget Rory. Unfortunately, for the Doctor, he now carries
the double burden of knowing that Rory died to save him, and that Amy never
Shame about Malokeh dying. Along with Eldane,
he was the only Silurian sympathetic to the human cause. Eldane
recognised that humans could be peaceable, that they'd evolved, and
could envision a world where both species lived in harmony—a world of
shared knowledge and mutual prosperity. But, as is so often the case,
the belligerents prevailed and the visionaries either died or were
The grand farewell between Tony and
Ambrose didn't really work for me. I didn't really connect with Ambrose,
and Nasreen and Tony were pretty much forgettable—so it was hard to
shed a tear for any of them. Poor acting maybe? Poor characterisation?
And there were just too many clichés. We've got all the time in the
world? I've found what I was digging for? Nice geological gag, but
It's looking more and more like the cataclysmic
event which caused the crack in the universe was the TARDIS exploding in
the future. That was the implication of finding the TARDIS fragment,
right? I loved the way the Doctor covered his hand with a handkerchief
before sticking it through the crack. What was that handkerchief made
out of, exactly—asbestos? Some kind of super-strong space material that
not only protects from crazy space radiation, but also absorbs mucus?
—New methods of water supply? We've got loads, mate. That stuff never goes anywhere. It's indestructible.
—I found myself curiously attracted to Restac this week. Which isn't
much of a surprise as Neve McIntosh played both Alaya and Restac. Hence
the family resemblance, I suppose.
—There was a big
step up in CGI quality this week. The Silurians' tongues looked much
better, and the Silurian City looked glorious. A little like a video
game environment, actually.
—Picking a lizard man's pocket while your hands are restrained? Excellent (some would say impossible) work.
—The short skirt gags continued this week with the Silurians commenting
on Amy's resistance to cold. Which prompted Amy to cry out 'I dressed
—Human germs keep the Doctor alive.
—When Tony told Rory not to tell the Silurians what had happened to
Alaya, Restac was looking right at them. How did she not hear what they
—Okay, people really need to stop saying
things like 'nobody's going to die today' and 'I won't let you die'. It
never works. Unless, of course Rory's going to be be rewritten back
into time, and they somehow manage to resurrect Alaya.
Doctor: 'You've not got any celery, have you?'
Doctor: 'Hello. Who are you?'
Restac: 'Restac. Military Commander.'
Doctor: 'Oh dear, really? There's always a military, isn't there?'
Amy: 'Okay, sorry. As rescues go it didn't live up to its potential.'
Restac: 'Do you understand who we are?'
Rory: 'Sort of. A bit. Not really.'
Doctor: 'Come on. Be extraordinary.'
Doctor: 'Malokeh, I rather love you.'
Rory: 'We were on the hill. I can't die here.'
Amy: 'Don't say that.'
Rory: 'You're so beautiful... I'm sorry.'