Doctor Who: ‘The Doctor’s Wife’ Review and Discussion

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Neil Gaiman and Doctor Who are two of Britain’s greatest cultural exports. The former is one of the finest sci-fi and fantasy authors alive today and the latter is one of the greatest sci-fi shows in television history. Until tonight’s episode, the two have never crossed paths. Thank God they finally did.

In ‘The Doctor’s Wife,” Gaiman delivers an incredibly satisfying stand alone Doctor Who episode, while also giving fans of the series a new perspective on some of the show’s principal charms, chiefly the sexy, sexy TARDIS.

It goes without saying that this review and discussion will contain spoilers for ‘The Doctor’s Wife’ episode – so read on at your own risk.

First, a quick episode recap. At the beginning of the episode, the Doctor hears an unusual knock on the TARDIS door (unusual because nobody should be able to knock on something that’s floating through time and space.) The interruption comes in the form of a distress call from the Corsair, a fellow Time Lord and an old friend.

The Doctor, seizing the chance to connect with another Time Lord, launches the TARDIS to the outer edge of the universe, or rather a bubble universe sitting just outside of our universe. Once there though, the Doctor doesn’t find the Corsair, or any other Time Lords, just a trap set by a giant sentient asteroid named House.

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Upon landing, House disables the Matrix of the TARDIS and transfers its soul into the body of a woman named Idris. With Amy and Rory locked inside of the TARDIS, which is now controlled by House, the Doctor has to figure out how to regain control of his ship and save the day.

The thing that makes Gaiman’s episode work so well is the personification of the TARDIS inside of Idris. For years, we’ve watched the Doctor whip through time and space, battling all kinds of horrible species with the help of his trusty ship. The TARDIS has saved his life countless times, and in ‘The Doctor’s Wife,’ we finally get to see him thank her for it — face to face.

Suranne Jones, who was given the unenviable job of bringing the TARDIS to life in human form, does an excellent job in the episode. She’s brilliant and eccentric and a perfect partner to Matt Smith’s frenetic Doctor.

‘The Doctor’s Wife’ is a great title for the episode, because it perfectly describes the relationship between the Doctor and the TARDIS. No one – not Rose, not River Song — can give the Doctor what the TARDIS gives him, and that’s adventure. Seeing the Doctor on the verge of tears as the TARDIS is forced back into her box (literally), you get a sneak peek into the Doctor’s soul.

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Another thing that sets ‘The Doctor’s Wife’ apart is the fact that we actually get to see the rest of the TARDIS. When the Doctor tells people that it’s bigger on the inside than it is on the outside, he really means it! Amy and Rory spend most of the episode running down endless corridors inside of the ship, eventually finding their way to the control room of the David Tennant era TARDIS. It’s a nice throwback to the former Doctor’s adventures, and a cool way to show the complexity of the TARDIS.

There was nothing in tonight’s episode that contributed to the overall story arc for the season. We didn’t get a flash of the eye-patch lady, like in last week’s episode, and there was little talk of the Doctor’s impending death (which we saw in ‘The Impossible Astronaut’). Still, as much as I want to know just what in the heck is going on with Amy’s pregnancy/non-pregnancy, I think tonight’s episode was one of the best of the Moffett era so far.

I’m a relative newbie to Doctor Who. I first started watching with Matt Smith as the Doctor in Season Five. Over the last couple of months, I’ve watched all of the Russel T. Davies-era episodes, as well as the fourth season TV movies and specials.

If you’re reading this, you are probably a fan of Doctor Who too. If you’re not, I highly encourage you to start watching the show, because it really is something special. How many shows out there can land Neil Gaiman as a guest writer?

Let us know what you thought of ‘The Doctor’s Wife’ in the comments.

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  1. Don’t forget, the river is the only water in the forest.

  2. Do you really think there was nothing in the episode that pertains to the overall story arc? The tardis saw through time and you see Rory years into the future. His comment about they hurt me every night or some such thing is almost certainly a clue. when you watch the episodes you have to do it with two minds. Trust NOTHING as being at face value. By monday i’ll have had a chance to watch this episode a few more times. Also the quote from the Dream Lord. “the only water in the forest is the river.” from the Brilliant Book of Doctor Who. Although the over all story doesn’t. SOmething else also happened a disembodied voice from the Tardis. I have to wonder if the Silence really made it explode. Everyone thinks they did but no one has confirmed it yet to my knowledge. This could be HUGE! …or it could be nothing.

  3. *** SPOILER ALERT ***

    Actually, I think the “talk” of the Doctor’s impending death is actually very prominent in an unusual way. Toward the end, the TARDIS (Idris) found the sad word *alive*. The Doctor said it’s not sad, but the TARDIS went on to say that it’s sad when it’s over and even the special moment when they talked was coming to an end. If you think how the “mind” of the TARDIS is supposed to work, she sees across time and must have seen the Doctor dying (although how the Doctor actually “dies” remains to be seen).

    • In any case it just goes to show how deep Gaiman’s story can be, both plot-wise and emotionally.

  4. You can’t truly call yourself a Doctor Who fan until you’ve watched some classic episodes. Go watch at least one episode from each Doctor’s era, starting with William Hartnell. Do it right now.

  5. This was the worst episode this season by far!

    It made absolutely no sense whatsoever!

    • it did.
      it was clever.
      if all episodes were made so they were understood by stupid people (possibly you) then it would be so much more of a boring programme

    • I believe that as a stand alone, it made perfect sense. It caught the viewer instantly, a moment of happiness, then anger, sadness all human emoions that are relatable too. Albeit, there were parts where it does help if you knew some back history, but over all. The episode worked and was entertaining.

      As far as not making sense, I’m simply guessing that you are refering to those parts where a regular non viewer would be confused at, i.e. his mention of Gallifrey, Timelords, the TARDIS in general or perhaps even the moments of sadness like when the TARDIS refrences how being ‘alive’ is sad when it ends. But I believe points like that are meant to draw the viewer into the plot and *possible* future plots.

    • I agree! WORST EVER! As a big fan of the whole Doctor Who series, I have to say they went way off the deep end with this episode. Every time I start to warm up to the Matt Smith Era, BOOM, they make a bomb episode! Bring back writers like Toby Whithouse, Stephan Greenhorn, or the brilliant James Moran or the magnificent Russell Davies!

    • To paraphrase the Doctor…
      “Excuse me, it made perfect sense, you’re just not keeping up.”
      But seriously, the story lines can get a bit complicated, but each episode has something in it that pertains to the over all series plot line. try watching it again and keeping an eye out for the little things, lines spoken or set props,etc. Anything can meen something and it may not make sense right away but probably will later on.

  6. loved the episode!!! :)

  7. I personally found Idris to be seriously irritating, and the bizarre romantic dimension between the Doctor and the TARDIS was so far out of left field that I don’t think “cobbled-together” really does it justice. The juvenile sex humor laced throughout the episode only further soured the taste of Idris/TARDIS as a character for me, though I’m sure the actress did the best with the script she was given.

    The problem with this episode is that it’s two stories in one. In one story, the TARDIS magically comes alive and possesses Idris (didn’t Rose open the TARDIS console and *not* get possessed by the TARDIS, rather becoming the nigh-omnipotent Bad Wolf?), and this is purely a relationship story between Doctor and TARDIS. An irritating, immature one in execution, sadly.

    The other story is genuinely creepy and engaging. A malignant alien intelligence infesting a rock in a dodgy patch of space lures Time Lords to itself for snacking on their TARDISes, and possesses the ol’ Type 40. Rory and Amy are then manipulated for its sick pleasure while the Doctor races to save them and restore the TARDIS. That right there is a brilliant story, a story that goes new places, a story that has a delightfully chilling “Shining-esque” sequence with the wall scrawls and Old Rory and whatnot. Gives me chills it does.

    Basically what I’m saying is Idris drastically weakened what could have been a brilliant and masterful episode. All the chills were tempered with stupid middle-school humor, the tension was resolved with a deus ex machina yet again (forgivable only because that’s the only way Who ever seems to resolve a plot these days), and I’m basically scratching my head as to why we needed Idris in the story at all.

    The only reason Idris needed to exist was to drive a bit of frivolous character development for the Doctor’s relationship with the TARDIS. It’s one thing for the Doctor to be respectful of, or affectionate towards, his magic box, but for God’s sake, can we have a single female companion that A) doesn’t try to jump the Doctor’s bones and B) isn’t Donna “Slapstick” Noble? I liked how TARDris called the Doctor “Thief,” but beyond that their relationship was just so forced and unconvincing.

    By the by, the TARDIS interior sets were so lazy and repetitive that it was obvious that Karen and Arthur were running through the SAME HALLWAY over and over. Granted, the mazelike nature was appropriate for the scene, but dear God man. I thought the Doctor had a real budget this season!

    Also, the throwbacks to the Tennant days (the Ood and the old Control Room) were just sad, considering Moffat just got through making noise about how Matt Smith established himself as the Doctor last season and this one is supposed to be all about breaking new ground. If it’d been Peter Davison’s TARDIS control room, now *that* would have been something. We got a taste of the old-school TARDIS in the Doctor’s jury-rigged one, but not really.

    Also, that device should have been a death trap; not all the sonicing in the world should be able to accomplish THAT, unless you just want to call the Sonic Screwdriver a magic wand and call it a day.

    • Oh dear me, fans like you never really do shut up moaning, do you? Let me guess, a member of the DWAS?

      • agreed

      • Agreed

    • The Deus Ex Machina was better than usual. This one seemed logical, but I would have preferred another way to deal with House. I was even hoping there would be a compromise or something. But still, better than normal and I was entertained so it’s all good.

    • I don’t think the possession of Rose and the possession of Idris contradict each other. I daresay the TARDIS/Bad Wolf entity possessed Rose enough to allow her to do the job of saving the Doctor, saving Jack Harkness, and destroying the Dalek Emporer and its cronies. The TARDIS entity loves the Doctor, and she couldn’t help save the Doctor in ‘ship form,’ so it would make sense that she would transfer some of her power to Rose. When Rose was possessed, she had the same sparkly glowy particles about her, and the same glowing eyes, when Idris helped infuse the makeshift Matt Smith Doctor’s control panel with TARDIS energy. In a third instance(Boom Town), I also think there is an ‘entity connection’ when the Slitheen looked into the heart of the TARDIS and was reverted to its egg state.

      Call me really batty, but I see some TARDIS entity ‘girl’ power going on here. I also grew up watching Pertwee, Baker, and Davison era episodes, so I do know about repetitive corridors (not to mention planets with quarries for scenery).

      • I don’t see how Rose and Idris’ TARDIS experiences would contradict each other. At the start of the episode they even said that Idris’ soul was going to be “replaced”. With Rose, the heart of the TARDIS was in there ALONG with Rose’s consciousness. They were 2 completely different scenarios.

  8. I really enjoyed this episode. It changes my point of view with regard to Tardises. I think this is the second best episode featuring the 11th doctor. The best one was the Lodger. It was great to see a story related to Time Lords. I hope they make a sequel to this episode.

  9. ‘Couldn’t care less’.

    • Maybe he could care less, only slightly though.

  10. My and my wife’s doctor will always be Tom Baker he was the doc when we were kids, but I have to say the new era is superb our son loves every second of it. From Chris Eccleston to David Tennant and the wonderful Matt Smith it just keeps on going and getting better all the time. We are watching ‘The Doctors Wife’ as I type and loving it so far

  11. I think it was the best ep with the 11th doctor. I loved it completly the TARDIS as a women was genius.
    Btw they did not have the budget to display much of the tardis, Neil Gaiman wanted to have either the swimming pool or the zero room but they could not afford it, and if you honestly complain about a Doctor Who ep because of the set, you can’t really like much Doctor Who.

  12. I like the conversation about the old control rooms. The tardis says she has about 30 in her archives. The doctor responds he’s only had about a dozen. Wouldnt that imply about 20 more regenerations?

    • Yes, so the Doctor will live on after his next death in 200 years time. Nothing to worry about now! All the suspense has been killed for me! ;-)

  13. Not really. Much more likely it implies a female Doctor who redecorates every couple of months!

    • If you think about it, the TARDIS has 30 control rooms because it was another time lords’ ship prior to the doctor and the TARDIS stealing one another. Remember, it was in a museum when he acquired it, which lends to the possibility that perhaps prior to being a museum piece, it was once used as most museum pieces once were.

  14. I loved this ep. The best Matt Smith/Steve Moffet since the 11th Hour premiere. Adding sentience to inanimate objects and having them duel it out (TARDIS vs. asteroid) worked for me. Also getting the Doctor’s life from his ship’s perspective was satisfying and even poignant. The junkyard scenes played like something out of a Terry Gilliam movie. Hope the rest of the season is this good.

  15. been a fan of doctor who for 35 years, the current doctor is okay but one of the weaker doctors, its hard to say my enjoyment of the current doctor is dwindling i’m not going to say david tennent was better or the best but i enjoyed him better than current doctor, chris eccleston is better than matt smith, tom baker is supreme to matt smith,

    getting really bored of current doctor

    • Hahaha Eccleston better than Smith, are you serious? That is the most bizarre thing i’ve read yet! Eccleston hated Doctor Who growing up and didn’t like it when he was the Doctor and it showed immensely as he was one of the poorest Doctors and most chavy. Personally I don’t see any point in comparing one doctor to the next but enjoying them each as their own. Smith has been incredibly enjoyable as the Doctor and his era is already better than Eccleston.
      I do agree that Tom Baker stands out to be one of the most iconic Doctors along with the 1st 3rd 5th 10th and 11th.

      But if you’re bored just stop watching, cause it doesn’t look like Smith is leaving anytime soon and Moffat’s writing is gonna pretty much be the same style too.

      • I wasn’t gonna say anything, as I agree with you completely (I was iffy about Matt Smith’s Doctor at first, but he’s won me over completely, as opposed to Eccleston’s stupid plotlines and obvious contempt for the role).. but:

        “I don’t see any point in comparing one doctor to the next-” doesn’t stand well with the Eccleston bash, as well as “-and his era is already better than Eccleston.” You’re comparing one doctor to the next.

        • No, no i didn’t mean it in a comparing one doctor to the next, I mean it in comparing the over all feel of the show. Like I wouldn’t compare Tom Baker to Colin Baker to Mcgann to Tennant to Smith, because they all have things they bring to the character.
          What I mean is that the Eccleston’s run was rather boring compared to the way the show had been in the past and is now. Each era has its strengths and weaknesses, and Eccleston has a lot of weaknesses for me to enjoy as much as I am now.

  16. Anyone catch a reference to the eighth doctor in the last episode?

    • Do tell and then update wikipedia, there’s nothing on there with a mention of it!

  17. Notice how Rory died again? It’s getting beyond boring now, can it be Ami’s turn please next time and see it from Rory’s point of view. Or preferably have nobody have a fake death.

    Speaking of the companions, even though they are married and are equal in my mind because and Rory is a legitimate companion to the Doctor (Mickey was always ridiculed and joked about), everything is normally weighted against Rory. In this episode it wasn’t and I appreciated the moment Rory had with the Doctor. Questioning himself when sexy sexy died in his arms because of his profession as a nurse, he isn’t stupid like Mickey was in the beginning but he does come across as being more human than Ami who appears self centred.

    I would like to see the show with Rory as the Doctor’s companion. For one thing, there would be less romance interwoven into the plot. That alone would make Doctor Who smarter than what it already is.

  18. He made reference to Sylvester McCoy’s Doctor when he said “i used to have an umbrella like that.”

  19. I thoroughly enjoyed this episode. I’ve been wondering when they were going to set virtually an entire episode inside the Tardis for years. I know they did it in the old series, but I can’t believe it took them this long to do it with the new one.

    Neil Gaiman did a great job. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the Doctor Who confidential about this episode – very interesting.

  20. I do think this was the best 11-era episode to date (although, in New Who, the bottle episode-like stories that don’t really deal with furthering the main story arc tend to be some of the best; Blink, The Lodger, etc). I wanted to say that Idris/Sexy/TARDIS reminds me A LOT of Romana from the old series. You know, if Romana we’re going senile. There’s something really entertaining about seeing the Doctor with companions that aren’t like his students/children and more like a colleague & intellectual equal.

  21. A few things:

    1. Tardis is a type 40. Old enough to be in a museum. In fact, the lord president of gallifrey itself ordered it to be moved to a museum in a Tom Baker ep.

    2. Tardis is sentient. Time Lords share a symbyotic relationship with their Tardis. This we learned from the supreme dalek.

    3. It has now been established that time lords can change sex. However, the Doctor has had more “problem” regenerations than not suggesting that he may be different than the typical timelord. This makes sense if you think about it. If you had a lifespan of billions of years, you may wish to experiance all lifes complexities.

    4. I believe that the “older” control room should have been the auxililery one with the wooden panels. Even there shoddy budget could have afforded that.

    5. 30 cataloged control rooms. Yes, it could have been from previous owners, but if so, why didnt she just say that. A line like “You wernt my first ya know” would have fit with the current script.

    6. Are ALL Tardis female? She did say sisters, and not brothers and sisters. And she obviously loves the doctor. I wonder just what she will do in the future in the name of that love.

    7. She could see across all space and time. She must have saw his death 200 years in the future and she said nothing. I wonder how Rory and Amy feel about that, considering they saw his death as well, and cannot say anything. It should give them some solace knowing that not even the all powerful tardis can reveal that, so neither should they.

    8. Calling Rory “pretty” was priceless, as was the doctors reaction. So we know that the tardis is fond of that stray anyway.

    9. Amies pregnancy is also pretty wierd. Almost if her pregnancy has happened, but hasnt. As if two differant timelines are playing out at the same time. In one, she KNEW, not suspected, but KNEW that she was pregnant, in the other, she KNEW that she was not. She did not take off to the “doctors” office to be checked, nor did she hit a pharmacy to buy a test, so how did she KNOW for certain both times? The tardis sensor is saying both yes and no. Two Amys from differant timelines occupying the same body in the same timeline. One is pregnant, the other is not. Similar to the drealord ep. but instead of one Amy hopping back and forth between two realities, its two possibilities hopping back and forth in one Amy, in one reality. Instead of two distinct timelines, there is one timeline attempting to live both possibilities. Since only one possibility can be true in this Universe, the crossroads must have been in the past, with the two timelings now overlapped. Now they must seperate, with one going one way and one going the other. As more and more time passes, Amy(1) will come to term and Amy(2) will not. When she flip flops she will be expanding and contracting at an alarming rate. Lets hope this is resovled before then.

    10. The silence only made two people “woosey” and they both “happened” to be the two female leads of the episodes. Both Amy and River felt “woosey” but nobody else did. Connection? maybe.

    • A few things: lol

      1. Tardis is a type 40. Old enough to be in a museum. In fact, the lord president of gallifrey itself ordered it to be moved to a museum in a Tom Baker ep.

      (yea but still not a advanced version of a Tardis)(shame we dont get to see in a flash back of The Doctor Nicking it)

      2. Tardis is sentient. Time Lords share a symbyotic relationship with their Tardis. This we learned from the supreme dalek.
      (thats prob why he’s always stroking it lol)

      3. It has now been established that time lords can change sex. However, the Doctor has had more “problem” regenerations than not suggesting that he may be different than the typical timelord. This makes sense if you think about it. If you had a lifespan of billions of years, you may wish to experiance all lifes complexities.

      (yes but it would make it crap if the Doctor ever changed to a woman just wouldnt be rite)(not been sexist just that the doctor is a man)

      4. I believe that the “older” control room should have been the auxililery one with the wooden panels. Even there shoddy budget could have afforded that.

      (yea i dont like the new style the david tennet one was awesome)

      5. 30 cataloged control rooms. Yes, it could have been from previous owners, but if so, why didnt she just say that. A line like “You wernt my first ya know” would have fit with the current script.

      (she was a kinky sod, but ya just have to ask who owned it originally)

      6. Are ALL Tardis female? She did say sisters, and not brothers and sisters. And she obviously loves the doctor. I wonder just what she will do in the future in the name of that love.

      (mmm i noticed that only saying sisters)

      7. She could see across all space and time. She must have saw his death 200 years in the future and she said nothing. I wonder how Rory and Amy feel about that, considering they saw his death as well, and cannot say anything. It should give them some solace knowing that not even the all powerful tardis can reveal that, so neither should they.

      (well not really cos that timeline doesnt happen now cos the girl left the suit and dint shoot him she Regenerated at the end of the ep so had a new face could this be AMY/RIVER or extreme RANA or evan weirder THE DOCTOR most likely AMY as she said how can that be me ? )

      8. Calling Rory “pretty” was priceless, as was the doctors reaction. So we know that the tardis is fond of that stray anyway.

      (haha yea i was laughing so hard at that Rory was like WTF lol)

      9. Amies pregnancy is also pretty wierd. Almost if her pregnancy has happened, but hasnt. As if two differant timelines are playing out at the same time. In one, she KNEW, not suspected, but KNEW that she was pregnant, in the other, she KNEW that she was not. She did not take off to the “doctors” office to be checked, nor did she hit a pharmacy to buy a test, so how did she KNOW for certain both times? The tardis sensor is saying both yes and no. Two Amys from differant timelines occupying the same body in the same timeline. One is pregnant, the other is not. Similar to the drealord ep. but instead of one Amy hopping back and forth between two realities, its two possibilities hopping back and forth in one Amy, in one reality. Instead of two distinct timelines, there is one timeline attempting to live both possibilities. Since only one possibility can be true in this Universe, the crossroads must have been in the past, with the two timelings now overlapped. Now they must seperate, with one going one way and one going the other. As more and more time passes, Amy(1) will come to term and Amy(2) will not. When she flip flops she will be expanding and contracting at an alarming rate. Lets hope this is resovled before then.

      (or it could just be that he life my end or somthing changed in the past so she dont get pregnant either way wierd)

      10. The silence only made two people “woosey” and they both “happened” to be the two female leads of the episodes. Both Amy and River felt “woosey” but nobody else did. Connection? maybe.

      (yea but the silence was crap after a series of waiting to find out what happened it wasnt all that good, good ep tho )

  22. i think there was something in this weeks episode that was related to/a clue to the rest of the season – what about the “The only water in the forest is the river” or whatever it was that she told Rory at the end? How is that not related?
    But what a great post, I can’t believe I have never found this site before…

  23. One thing about the episode that struck me, but would be easy to miss, was when Rory was telling (yelling) to Amy and he said “evry night they come to me and hurt me.” (or something to that effect. I’ve been watching DW long enought to learn that you need to try and pick up the seemingly Innocuous things, they are often important. And I loved that The TARDOS (or do we call her ‘Sexy’ now?) automatically thought of Rory as the pretty one.

  24. I’m surprised no one has brought up when Auntie looked at Amy and said, “House loves you.” Normally that could be ignored but with everything going on this series what with Amy’s psuedo/quasi pregnant status and the possibility that it has a “time head” or something, combined with House’s preference towards Time Lords… it seemed notable.

  25. I loved this episode, loved seeing the Doctor finally have a chance to communicate with his TARDIS. I could have done with less of the Amy/Rory in the hallways scenes, but I have a feeling that was relevant to a future episode. My favorite bit was when Idris looked inside the Doctor’s eyes and asked “are all beings like this?” He says “Like what?” She marvels: “So much bigger on the inside.”

  26. I didn’t particularly like this one. Maybe I approached it in the wrong frame of mind, but the trailers seemed to promise us another living Time Lord, and they pulled a bait-and-switch on us. I didn’t appreciate it any more than the Doctor did. And we were told that this episode would change how we view the entire mythology of the show, and it didn’t even come close to doing that. We already pretty much knew that the TARDIS is alive and sentient, and if you didn’t know that it’s the TARDIS that the Doctor is in love with, check out the scene in “The Curse of the Black Spot” where Avery, Amy, and the Doctor come into the sickbay. Avery runs to his son, Amy runs to Rory, and the Doctor runs to (and hugs) the TARDIS.

    I thought that the performances were good (this was Matt Smith’s best work so far, I think), and the pacing was good, but the plot itself was weak.

    But what do I know? I thought that “The Curse of the Black Spot” was one of the best episodes of New Who, and I’m sure I’m very much in the minority there.

  27. 30 control room images would have been nothing for a sentient time and space vehicle…ever hear of backups here people? If I can think of this, what’s the chance a supreme being thought of it? ;)
    BTW, anybody else think the tardis was kinda hot?…almost a sexy girl ;)…who me, quote?…Never!…hehe

  28. @ DPS – yo dude is the the Dick Pull Society?…Seems like you’re the CO….
    Did we NOT PAY ATTENTION?…SHE STOLE HIM!!!So romantic…aww, galactic lullabies are sung about this.
    Woops, wrong timeline.My bad. Disregard.

  29. As for the Amy baby thing, it’s simple:…The Silence got a hold of the Doc and Amy, subliminally suggested they have a baby, with all the sweaty bits ;), kept them locked up for the duration, and since they can’t remember when they see them, then it never happened, and that’s how we end up with the girl in the suit…the Silence needed a mixture of timelord/human dna to let them continue existing, but with the ep 2 outcome, we now have a young timelady who not only has no fear of death, but knows how to cure it.Timelords have a total of 12 regenerations.
    Period.Only the Master has been able to break this, but this girl is a new facet in the regeneration window. How many times is she limited to? It’s obvious that she’s done it a few times before, otherwise why would she tell the wino that she knows how to stop herself dying?
    Wondrous new stories and speculations abound! :)

    • Knowing about being able to regenerate could just be something that Time Lords instinctively know, so I don’t think that we can just assume that she’d done it before. Or somebody could have told her about it, though who would have that information to give her would be another interesting question.

      I’m not sure entirely how serious you are, given the smileys, but it seems to me that it wouldn’t be beyond the ability of the Silence to get genetic material from both the Doctor and Amy, and impregnate Amy with what would be essentially a test-tube baby, though if they get their technology only from humans, they couldn’t have done it in 1969