Amy is trapped in a quarantine facility for victims of an alien plague which could kill the doctor in minutes if he were to catch it. So Rory is the only one who can go into the facility to save her but can he save her before she is killed by kindness?Written by
I find a lot of positives with this episode as well as some negatives. This is thankfully not getting involved in the illogical Melody/River story arc and is instead basically a self contained story which is a positive. It is quite ambitious in showing some depth and thoughtful themes about Amy and Rory and their relationship as well as Amy's relationship with the Doctor. It mostly manages to achieve a good level of interest with dramatic and traumatic events for Amy. There is some decent humour on a few occasions too as well as a cute robot 'Rory'.
The negatives for me are as follows:
The episode does not necessarily all make sense. Why does the Doctor take them to a leisure resort only to blunder into a quarantine situation so carelessly and letting them get separated? Why is a leisure resort the Doctor rates so highly such a rubbish organisation that no warnings are given causing people get trapped in quarantine, people are left to wander around back rooms which look like empty factory units, dangerous robots maraud about with no way of people controlling them? It is all rather contrived and indeed the setting looks unimpressive and unconvincing as well.
Also, whilst dramatic in itself, the impact of Amy's possible death is lessened by constant fake deaths throughout series 5 and 6 which leave me feeling cynical when any of them are apparently in mortal danger. That is not the fault of this episode or its writer Tom MacRae though, more of an observation of the Moffatt era overall.
The positives are that the storyline is interesting, the dialogue is decent, the acting is very strong, there is a thoughtful study of how it feels for Amy to be left alone and separated for 36 years as well as to finally have to choose between changing the course of her life or endangering everyone by risking a paradox.
This is not a great episode but is a decent, absorbing story that is well acted so I rate it 8/10.
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