Doctor Who 33.10 The Girl Who Waited (2011) – 8/10 science fiction adventure TV review

Cast / crew
Matt Smith: The Doctor
Karen Gillan: Amy Pond
Arthur Darvill: Rory Williams
Writer: Tom MacRae
Producer: Marcus Wilson
Director: Nick Hurran

Doctor Who S33E10 Girl Who Waited, The (2011)

The Doctor takes Amy and Rory to one of the Universe’s most popular tourist destinations but when they arrive something is wrong. A small mix-up sees the Doctor and Rory in one room and Amy in another but time is running at different speeds in each.


This is a slow burner with an over-acted setup but once the meat of the episode finally kicks in, we are given something easy to empathise with and emotionally powerful and interesting as well. The most powerful entertainment frequently asks us ‘what would you do?’ and that’s certainly the case here. Both Karen Gillan (with some uncommonly good age make-up; unusually, it’s not wildly overdone) and Arthur Darvill are outstanding and, for the first time, I feel their relationship truly came across as deeply as the writers have intended for many episodes now.

This Doctor Who episode contains violence against robots.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.


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