The Doctor and Amy travel to a future time where all of the residents actually live in a orbiting spacecraft, Starship UK. The Doctor soon realizes that while the spaceship is moving through space, it isn't powered in the conventional sense. Amy meanwhile is given the opportunity to learn the truth but chooses to have her memory erased. The Doctor is faced with unacceptable options and it's Amy who makes the final decision on what to do.Written by
The set for the whale's tongue was challenging for both the art department and the actors. With guidance from the stunt co-ordinator, Matt Smith and Karen Gillan were required to slide down a short slide before dropping six feet. Gillan stated that this was the "most bizzare" moment of filming for her. See more »
When the elevator stops and floor opens a livid faced Smiler is seen when the camera is angled upwards, however in the next shot the head then rotates to show this face, indicating the two shots were not done in order. See more »
I'm in the future. Like hundreds of years in the future. I've been dead for centuries.
Oh, lovely, you're a cheery one aren't you?
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After a fast-paced season opener introducing Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor and Karen Gillian as Amy Pond, his latest companion, we settle immediately into a typical Doctor Who episode, set on a space ship -- space ships and rocky planets, because one can be shot in a studio with minimal set dressing and the other in a stone quarry.
But, despite the introduction, we don't know who either of these people really is, so we have to go through a lot of character exposition. This tends to cut down on the plot and calls for a lot of words, which Matt Smith is able to get out at a fast clip with amusing emphasis. Perhaps one of the trips back in time in future episodes will have him meeting Gilbert & Sullivan and filling in for George Grossmith for a patter song or two. Karen Gillian shows that Amy Pond is a budding control freak, willing to make big mistakes that will put her in peril. However, the character exposition needed to tell us who these two are interferes with the speed of the plot.
It's a fairly typical Moffat plot, with a number of mysteries to be unraveled. Who is Liz Ten? Why does the Doctor keep placing glasses of water on the floor? How does Starship UK move through space and what is it that everyone keeps forgetting?
Unhappily, despite this sounding just like Moffat's meat, this is just an average WHO script. Perhaps the strain of letting us know who these people really are is what is telling on it. Still, it is decent, if not remarkable, and the opening sequence with another of Moffat's typical commonplace terrors, the image of Amy Pond, floating in space in her nightie and Matt Smith's engaging performance offers us some hope.
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