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Published on September 6th, 2011 | by Christian Cawley

The Girl is Waiting…

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.

Doctor Who - The Girl Who Waited

Doctor Who - The Girl Who Waited

Doctor Who - The Girl Who Waited

Doctor Who - The Girl Who Waited

Doctor Who - The Girl Who Waited

Doctor Who - The Girl Who Waited

Catch The Girl Who Waited on Saturday on BBC One and BBC HD at 7.15 pm or BBC America at 9/8c.

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About the Author

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




2 Responses to The Girl is Waiting…


  1. Surely a preview is right on time any time before the episode airs? Sounds interesting!

  2. Bob James says:

    I seem to faintly remember a few parties criticizing Karen’s performance as Amy early on. It was said that her performance was a bit flat, or something along those lines. The rap wasn’t true of course, and just look at her now, our Karen, our Amy. A talented actress, and some great writing have yielded another unforgettable Doctor Who companion.

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