“Amy is trapped in a quarantine facility for victims of an alien plague – a plague that will kill the Doctor in a day. The Doctor can use the TARDIS to smash through time and break in, but then Rory is on his own. He must find Amy and bring her back to the TARDIS before the alien doctors can administer their medicine. Rory is about to encounter a very different side to his wife. Can he rescue Amy before she is killed by kindness?”
I’m a little bit late with my post on this episode. It took me more than half a day to watch it. Not the episode’s fault though–the episode was brilliant. It just so happened that it had to air on my busiest weekend
ever so far.
Coming from the less than thrilling Night Terrors, I was afraid that this week’s episode would also fail to deliver. After all, so many good things were said about the previous episode, and I was completely let down. And this week’s episode also garnered it’s own raves from people: about Karen Gillan’s acting, Arthur Darvill’s, and the story itself. Unlike last week though, this episode delivered. Completely.
Karen Gillan plays Amy well. I don’t know if any other actress could pull off the vulnerability amidst the spunk that she somehow manages to marry in every episode of Doctor Who. But Karen Gillan playing the older version of Amy? She was exceptional. She was on fire. Watching this episode of Doctor Who, Karen revealed herself to be an actress of so much depth. The layers of emotions she’s padded on to the older version of Amy was so real–you can actually believe that she’s grown 36 years older in the span of that episode.
And Arthur Darvill didn’t let himself get left behind. The way he plays Rory’s emotional turmoil is so heart-wrenching, you actually feel the dilemma that the character is facing. This has got to be Arthur’s best work yet in Doctor Who.
The story itself was simple enough. And I think that that’s the reason why it was so powerful for me. Because the focus of the story wasn’t a monster or some apocalyptic problem. The episode focused on the characters–specifically, the relationship between Amy and Rory–and to an extent, their relationship with the Doctor as well. Writer Tom Macrae delivered the most powerful episode of Doctor Who this season. So far, anyway. This is this season’s answer to last year’s Vincent and the Doctor.
And from the teaser they gave for next week’s episode, it looks as if it’s gonna be another must-see episode.