Doctor Who Review: The Rebel Flesh (Spoilers)

First, I would like to point out that this is the first part of a two-part story. I would also like to tell the BBC that they are seriously irking American Doctor Who fans by making us wait a week between episodes because of the Memorial Day weekend next week. So while there will be a new episode and continuation of this week’s episode next week for the UK, not so much for us. And we will officially be behind the UK for episode airings.

Wait. I thought that BBC had made it a deliberate point to air everything on the same day now. Did they not advertise the show that way before the season began?

They obviously changed their mind, somehow thinking that Americans would miss the episode due to Memorial Day plans. Because we have obviously never heard of DVR’s or On Demand or iTunes or Amazon Video On Demand. We are obviously entirely too stupid to catch the episode if we’re busy with our barbecues, right?

With that being said, this week’s episode takes us to an island in the middle of nowhere where a monastery stands that is pumping acid out to the main land (wherever that is). On this island, the employees have more or less cloned themselves with a technology that allows them to imprint their bodies and their minds (and possibly souls) into some rubbery flesh-like substance.

And in typical Doctor Who fashion, something goes awry. The flesh becomes alive (I admit quoting Frankenstein when the lightning struck the substance) and for all intents and purposes, is human. But that doesn’t stop the original humans from wanting to kill it. Because that’s what we do.

And at the end of the episode, we realize that not all of the flesh substance has become human. Some of it took it upon itself to become something better: The Doctor.

This is the final scene of the first part of this two-part story arc.

I have to admit that I’m a little ambivalent about this one. It didn’t really grab me, especially after last week’s brilliant The Doctor’s Wife, written by Neil Gaiman. It’s still better than 99.9% of what’s on television, though, and I still found it entertaining, but most certainly not one of my favorite episodes of the new season.

However, I love Rory’s turn again during this episode. He’s quickly becoming a favorite companion of mine.

I will probably have to re-watch it before the next part airs in two weeks here in the states as I didn’t really find the episode all that memorable. And I’ll be back in two weeks to review the follow-up to the story.

7 thoughts on “Doctor Who Review: The Rebel Flesh (Spoilers)

  • May 25, 2011 at 11:52 am
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    Not sure if Dr Who is airing in Canada or not this week as it isn’t a holiday here, still, HBO airs over memorial day, why not the BBC?  Someone gets it

  • May 29, 2011 at 6:50 pm
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    Oh, you are going to love the next episode #meanBrit.

    However, interesting ending. I’m almost certain that they’ve solved Episode 1 with said ending. Or have they? Tbh, the next episode ends up with “So yeah, I’m the Doctor. Wait, the acid would have burnt out all the structur-” *building collapses on them*.

    Am I joking, or am I not?

      • May 30, 2011 at 1:35 pm
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        Tbh, it’s the explanation as to why the doctor sonic’d a pipe that said “corrosive” on it and then announced that the contents were corrosive that’s the best part of the next episode…

        *slow clap* Oh good, that still working.

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