Sunday, May 22, 2011
Doctor Who: The Rebel Flesh
This week's Doctor Who adventure had the unenviable task of following up last week's spectacular episode. It's a much more low-key affair, the first half of a two-parter that asks the age-old question: What makes us human?
The Doctor, Amy and Rory land on a Gothic-looking island - a monastery that has been transformed into a factory for "almost people." There's a big vat of milky liquid that can copy DNA (along with all that person's memories) to create a doppelganger, or Ganger. Not surprisingly, the Gangers decide they are people in their own right, while the humans think they're just animated goo, and the disagreement leads the two sides to the brink of war.
This episode (written by Matthew Graham) reminds me of the The Hungry Earth and Cold Blood from last season, and also the David Tennant special The Waters of Mars.
The most intriguing development is Rory's almost unhealthy obsession with protecting the Ganger Jennifer. She shows interest in him romantically, and he appoints himself as her knight in shining armor. It probably stems from his need as a nurse to take care of people in distress. Amy seems to take it in stride. I suppose turnabout is fair play after her interest in the Doctor. But I wonder how it will play out in Part 2.
A couple of other tidbits that I suspect will become important in the second episode: The human Doctor wearing different shoes from his Ganger counterpart, and the tendency of one of the human males to sneeze a lot.