Awesome Doctor Who “The Girl Who Waited” promo pics and spoilers!

by Gerard McGarry
Doctor Who: Amy Pond through the looking glass

Karen Gillan was taking no chances with the small print on her new contract...

Are you prepared for a seriously bonkers episode of Doctor Who? Good, because that’s what’s coming up in The Girl Who Waited, an episode in which Amy gets separated from The Doctor and only Rory can rescue her!

If you saw the teaser video at the end of last week’s Night Terrors, this is the episode that looks like it was conceived in the dark recesses of Tim Burton’s mind. Even if the story itself turns out to be a washout (and we hope it won’t), the art direction is a visual feast, and there’s some surprisingly slick CGI at work too.

The Doctor - episode: The Girl Who Waited

Look, Rory, I've been flying this TARDIS all day. YOU go and rescue her for a change!

The episode’s official synopsis?

After Amy becomes trapped in a quarantine facility for plague victims, Rory must make one of the toughest decisions of his life…

According to some online reports, the facility contains a plague virus which could kill The Doctor within 24 hours, which means he can’t directly intervene. He can, however, “use the TARDIS to smash through time and break in, but then Rory is on his own”.

Rory must find Amy and bring her back to the TARDIS before the alien doctors can administer their medicine. Rory is about to encounter a very different side to his wife. Can he rescue Amy before she is killed by kindness?

Elsewhere, Matt Smith has described The Girl Who Waited as “trippy and psychedelic” while episode writer Tom McCrae (and the official line on the BBC website) calls it a “tearjerker”. Fans of the show will already know that the “girl who waited” was a reference to Amy Pond waiting 14 years between the first and second time she met The Doctor. McRae goes on to praise Karen Gillan’s acting skills in this episode:

It’s a real tear-jerker of an episode and it’s very much focused on Karen. Her acting in it is amazing. I know she’ll break the viewers’ hearts in two when they watch it, it’s so emotional.

The teaser trailer for the episode shows two versions of Amy – one of whom might be significantly older – which might explain the “Girl Who Waited” title. I love how this new episode harks back to an earlier moment in Amy Pond’s life. It also has parallels with The Doctor’s Wife when Rory believed he’d waited years for Amy to rescue him.

Anyway, to feed your fan-frenzy for spoilery pictures and videos, feast your eyes on these:

Rory fights a bin

After hearing what happened to Mickey Smith, Rory's taking no chances with seemingly innocent bins...

Karen Gillan as Amy Pond in The Girl Who Waited

Pond stares enigmatically into the distance. "I think I left the iron on at home..."

Robot - Doctor Who - The Girl Who Waited

Intergalactic Crash Test Dummy heads home after a hard day's work...

Behind the scenes - The Girl Who Waited

A few things to note - Doctor's still wearing the longcoat, Rory looks very Arthur Dent in a dressing gown.

 Spoiler video? Here you go…