Here we have another pair of perfectly excellent episodes of Doctor Who, and a creepy, introspective story about what it is to be human. The Doctor is beyond wonderful in this: clever in a number of ways, emotional, almost uncharacteristically forward-thinking. Rory gets to shine as well, showing compassion, strength, and a powerful sense of justice. Raquel Cassidy’s Cleaves is a wonderful side character, and there’s also ‘Have a drink, Chris’ Marshall Lancaster, much beloved from Life on Mars. Writer Matthew Graham was previously responsible for the oft-panned ‘Fear Her,’ another episode where the Doctor’s compassion takes center stage, and unsurprisingly quite a lot of Life on Mars.
On this pass I was strongly reminded of Nick Harkaway’s ‘Gone-Away World,’ another story in which SPOILERS two beings struggle over the same life. I loved that story a lot, and I have a lot more appreciation for this one now too.
A semi-downside is the continuation of the pregnancy storyline, which I still despise but have to admit is handled really well. The setup and twists are quite excellent. I do hate how the Doctor keeps telling Amy to breathe. It’s icky. He’s got no business participating in this aspect of her life. I wish Moffat hadn’t done it, and I hope to hell he’s not doing it again now.
Still, bastard’s got me looking forward to the next episode.