The Girl Who Waited Story Details

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The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine has a preview of episode 10, The Girl Who Waited, and there are some interesting plot details revealed.

Synopsis:

The Doctor takes Amy and Rory for a relaxing break on Apalapucia, not realising that the planet is ravaged by a deadly disease – one that threatens even the life of the Doctor himself. But that’s not the biggest problem: Amy’s gone and got herself trapped in a very unusual hospital. How long will she have to wait before the Doctor comes back for her this time?

Quote:

AMY: Apalapucia. What a beautiful word.
THE DOCTOR: Beautiful word, beautiful world. Apalapucia – voted number two planet in the top ten greatest destinations for the discerning intergalactic traveller.
RORY: Why couldn’t we go to number one?
THE DOCTOR: Everyone goes to number one. It’s hideous. Planet of the coffee shops.

Other bits:

  • This is the ‘Doctor-lite episode’…
  • …though it won’t seem like it because the Doctor is always present in some way
  • The draft of the story was very ‘timey wimey’, but it got toned down
  • It takes place in an alien healthcare clinic called the Twostreams facility
  • Amy gets separated from the Doctor and Rory
  • The facility is set up to care for sufferers of a disease know as Chen7
  • Chen7 only affects beings with two hearts…
  • …so The Doctor is confined to the TARDIS
  • Rory gets some specs through which the Doctor can watch and communicate through
  • The Handbots are well meaning, but deadly hospital robots …
  • …They are determined to inject Amy with medicine which would kill any human