Dr. Who Review: The Rebel Flesh

Doctor Who The Rebel Flesh

The Rebel Flesh

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

The Doctor, Amy and Rory arrive during a 22nd century mining operation on a planet that is about to be hit with a solar tsunami which could mean very bad things for the five workers and their dopplegangers.

Best Moment: Getting to see Marshall Lancaster (AKA Chris Skelton of Life on Mars) back in science fiction again. I also really liked seeing Amy and Rory hanging out on the TARDIS playing darts. That’s a scene you don’t normally see on Doctor Who!

Verdict: This is a tough one to call, not least because it’s a two-parter, and so this review is going to be rather short. I will say that given that the episode was written by Life on Mars co-creator Matthew Graham, and had followed on from the fantastic opening episode and the equally fantastic Gaiman story, this one tripped me up a bit. I think I was hoping for more arc, and what we got instead was a traditional Dr Who episode. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it just wasn’t quite what I was looking for at this point in the series.

I will say that it was nice to see Rory doing his own thing for a change, even if it did puzzle me for a bit. It wasn’t until after the episode ended that it occurred to me that he was once an auton and could probably empathize with Jennifer quite a lot.

Naturally the episode has its roots in many scifi favourites such as The Thing and Bladerunner, and even Star Trek. The question becomes who is more real and what makes them more deserving to live? I’m curious to see what they do with next week’s episode. Will they have the ‘gangers conveniently die for some technobabble reason, or will they end up sent off to another planet to live out their lives? Both of those options seem a tad too easy to me. Plus, judging by the way the episode ended (which I imagine was pretty obvious for most people) I doubt dealing with the new ‘ganger is going to be quite as easy as the others.