We might be a little late with our exclusive preview of The Girl Who Waited, but I can tell you right now that this is an episode of Doctor Who that you will not forget.
There is so much I want to tell you about Amy, how she becomes trapped, how the Doctor and Rory discover the alternate Amy and her eventual fate, but ultimately that would spoil things for you, and this is one episode that you don’t want someone to spoil.
Tom MacRae has done an amazing job with this script. He previously brought us 2006’s Rise of the Cybermen/Age of Steel an adventure that couldn’t be more different to The Girl Who Waited, and whatever he’s been doing in the meantime certainly seems to have brought him on considerably as a writer.
Without giving anything away, I’m going to put it to you like this: did you enjoy The Doctor’s Wife? Were you entertained by The Lodger? Did Midnight and Turn Left surprise you? Was there something in the water in 2007 when Human Nature and Blink aired over successive weeks?
Basically, are you ready for one of the most memorable episodes since 2005 – one that could quickly find its way into the top twenty adventures of all time, if not the top ten?
I know – it’s easy to get over-excited when you’re lucky enough to get preview copies, but believe me, fellow Kasterborites, this is a special episode of Doctor Who that you cannot afford to miss. Do The Girl Who Waited a favour and make sure you’re tuned into BBC One at 7.15 on Saturday evening and watch the episode live rather than going out or watching talent shows on ITV. You won’t regret it, as the trailer below should hint…
Now don’t get too excited – as with the recent charity specials, there’s no Amy on Amy action in The Girl Who Waited, and despite the white washout design of the setting and the robots there is no similarity with The Land of Fiction (from 1968’s The Mind Robber) either.
There is, however, a Doctor-lite-tastic episode that will have you admiring Arthur Darvill and Karen Gillan even more than you (should) do already. Both of them are excellent here, and the lack of Matt Smith in a major capacity gives them both time to shine in a way that they are usually unable to.
Get a feel for the episode in this gallery, provided by the BBC.
Catch The Girl Who Waited on Saturday on BBC One and BBC HD at 7.15 pm or BBC America at 9/8c.