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The Almost People 

As the dopplegangers - 'gangers' for short - fight their makers, both Doctors, the real one and his ganger, try to find a way to restore the power and get everyone off the island. Both ... See full summary »




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As the dopplegangers - 'gangers' for short - fight their makers, both Doctors, the real one and his ganger, try to find a way to restore the power and get everyone off the island. Both Doctors claim to be the 100% real thing, something Amy can't quite grasp. Rory meanwhile is trying to find Jennie but when he locates her and her ganger, he can't tell them apart. Having selected one of them, they discover of a company secret forces their hand. He soon realizes he's made an error. There is another ganger in the group however. Written by garykmcd

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28 May 2011 (UK)  »

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The episode's working title was Gangers. See more »


Many times throughout the episode, the "real" Doctor and the flesh Doctor hand the sonic screwdriver to each other. However, even though there is only one sonic screwdriver, at points they both are seen using one. See more »


The Doctor: [Grabs a red balloon] Happy endings.
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What A Piece of Work Is A Man
4 June 2011 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Reaching back into the techniques of the classic series, Steven Moffat's team has revived the idea of separating one or more companion from the Doctor, giving them each a bit of the overarching plot to work, and adding in the problem of getting them back together as a plot point. In THE DOCTOR'S WIFE, for example, Amy and Rory wound up in the TARDIS, and it was their job to distract the villain and help the Doctor get back; in this, the second half of a two-parter, it's Rory who gets separated from the Doctor and Amy; it is he who recognizes that the Gangers, the temporary humans, are just as real as the people they are modeled on. If he stumbles and makes the wrong choices in executing that position, well, it's all part of the structure of the piece.

SPOILER: However -- and you could probably feel that coming up -- there is a big problem with the ending. After having spent two episodes establishing that the 'almost people' are real people, capable of evil, as Jennifer shows, and sacrifice, as Cleaves, and of simple love, as Ganger Jimmy takes over the role of father, we have established that these are real people, with real rights, including life, the whole idea falls apart when the Doctor sonics what turns out to be the ganger Amy, destroying her in order to pursue the real one, who is about to give birth. Yes, it's the season's overarching plot; yes, it's a heck of a cliffhanger to lead into the half-season's big episode. Yet it still makes a hash of the two-episode story.

Doctor Who has always handled the big issues symbolically, and the symbolic point of this particular story has been that we all deserve a chance at life, to do with it as we see fit. So what does it say when the Doctor effectively murders a person? It denies everything that has been said and done. I have the impression that it was set up that way as a shocker, and it works that way. However it wrecks the entire story in and of itself.

Surely the matter could have been handled in a better way.In Season Five's two-parter, THE HUNGRY EARTH/COLD BLOOD, Rory had to be erased from reality for a space, and this was done by having him sacrifice himself. Why not do it in the same manner? I think they wanted the shock value of the Doctor seeming to turn on Amy. In doing so, they overreached themselves.

Well, even Jove nods, and we'll just have to write this one off as a bit of a botched job. On to the next one.

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