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6.6 - The Almost People

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User Rating:
5
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9
Replay Rating:
4
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7
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Reviewed By: MercuryReview Date: 1/24/19 12:10 pm
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This is the second part of a two part story following on from The Rebel Flesh. The cliffhanger from the previous episode was interesting as a doppelganger ('ganger') Doctor appears. This brings a lovely moment at the start of this episode when the ganger Doctor is confused with all the memories within his mind and speaks as the 10th Doctor and the 4th Doctor as well as using a phrase commonly used by the 3rd Doctor. This was a great reference to past Doctors. That is the highlight of the episode. After that there are some scenes not as effective as they could have been, some plot holes (the ganger Doctor and the real Doctor using the same sonic screwdriver on at least one occasion when it seems the other Doctor has it elsewhere as well), some slightly below par CGI effects when a ganger turns into a monster and marauds down corridors and a climax that I was not happy with.

The episode is not awful in any way until the end which I did not like at all. There are some interesting aspects and some strong scenes as well as a nice horror feel when the gangers attack. I just feel this episode could have easily been a lot better all the way through and ended badly. There are slightly muddled plot points and rather unsatisfying turns of events that conveniently lead to gangers or their real selves getting killed leaving one of each surviving and the emotion of deaths not quite ringing true. The ganger Doctor seems to unnecessarily sacrifice himself in the climactic scene when escape appeared perfectly within reach. At the very end there is a worse addition that Amy was a 'ganger' all along using the same technology they encounter to fool the Doctor. The ending of destroying the ganger as the real Amy goes into labour felt rather contrived timing and effectively depicts the Doctor murdering someone the episode established is a real person in her own right! That seems very unlike the Doctor. Equally, I just do not like the storyline of Amy giving birth in captivity. I find it an unpleasant idea not in keeping with the family show. Kidnapping a pregnant woman and stealing her baby sounds more like a nasty story from Eastenders or a grim police drama not a family fantasy show looking to provide fun and enjoyment! I love darkness, scariness, creepy thrills etc but this storyline is just a bit sick in a family show.

Giving credit for the good things in the episode but deducting points for the parts I did not like including the reveal of the unpleasant Amy storyline leads me to a fair score of 4.5/10 for this episode which makes it the worst single episode of Doctor Who since it returned in 2005 for me. Overall my score is 6/10 for the whole two part story because the first part was a decent 7.5/10 episode.
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User Rating:
10
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9
Acting Rating:
10
Replay Rating:
10
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Reviewed By: ordalyaReview Date: 10/8/18 9:37 am
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I honestly do not understand why this two-part story gets such average or below average ratings. Personally, it's one of my all-time favorites, with plenty of hidden little gems and emotional highs.

The plot is enjoyable and has several nice twists. There are, perhaps, a few skips and holes in it as well, but then that's nothing new for this era. (By the way, kudos to anyone who would care to explain to me how on Earth the screwdriver ends up with the Doctor in the room with the acid vat;-) ). On the other hand, the opportunity to explore, what it would be like in any given conflict to have a Doctor on both sides, is high-value and (correct me if I'm wrong) something we haven't seen before or since. The opposite reactions of Amy and Rory to the appearance of the second Doctor, to my mind, also give us an interesting new glimpse into their psyche. And, quite apart from that, the story raises a few interesting moral questions.

Also, first viewing is fun and all, but this story offers a lot more in replay, on both intellectual and emotional level. Many throw-away lines acquire new weight and flavor, once you are confident (and not just guessing) about who's really saying it and why. I'd rather not go into any more detail, so as not to spoil the viewing any more than I already have, but I wholeheartedly recommend giving this story a go... and then a second go:-)