Doctor Who
The Name of the Doctor

Episode Report Card
Tippi Blevins: B- | 34 USERS: B
Next Stop: Trenzalore
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We begin on Gallifrey, a very long time ago, as the screen tells us. Two fellows in a repair shop hear an alarm go off and check the security camera. "What kind of idiot would steal a faulty TARDIS?" asks one of the follows, referring to one of the metal cylinders on the screen. A moment later, original flavor Doctor ushers Susan (seen from the back only) towards one of the TARDISes. Clara is suddenly there, dressed as we've not seen her before. She calls to the Doctor, with whom she interacts through a combination of repurposed footage and stand-ins. "You're about to make a very big mistake," she tells him.

Next thing you know, she's falling through space and time, telling us she doesn't know where she is. "It's like I'm breaking into a million pieces and there's only one thing I remember: I have to save the Doctor." We see clips of her chasing after other Doctors, her hair and outfits changing to fit the periods. "But he never hears me," she says, then corrects herself: "Almost never." We see Clara the barmaid meeting the Doctor in Victorian London. "I'm Clara Oswald. I'm the Impossible Girl. I was born to save the Doctor."

After the credits, we drop into London, 1893. A madman in a prison recites a poem about somebody called the Whisper Men, stopping only when Madame Vastra appears outside his cell door. He is slated to die for murdering 14 women, but wishes to trade valuable information for his life. Vastra, of course, refuses... until the madman mentions the Doctor. "The Doctor has a secret, you know - he has one he will take to his grave. And it is discovered."

Vastra returns home to tell Jenny of what's transpired. Jenny doesn't want the madman free anymore than Vastra does, but they decide to set up a "conference call" to consult with the others. "I'll send out the invitations, you fetch the candles," Vastra says. "Yes, ma'am," Jenny says to her wife.

Strax is enjoying a weekend off in Glasgow by engaging in fisticuffs with a burly Scotsman. Their fun is interrupted when a young boy pops in to give Strax a telegram. "Conference call," Strax groans when he reads it. The call requires Strax's unconsciousness, so his foe happily obliges by knocking him upside the head with a shovel.

Jenny and Vastra sit at a pentagonal table and light a candle at its center. "Sleep well, my love," Vastra says, holding her hand. They close their eyes and open them again a moment later in a trippy version of the room in which they left their sleeping selves. Strax joins them, grumbling that they interrupted his fight.

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