Doctor Who Liveblog: S06E05 – The Rebel Flesh, by Matthew Graham

I am liveblogging each episode of Doctor Who as I watch it. This is more or less a raw stream of consciousness list of things I am considering and wondering about as I watch. (Sometimes I add links later for reference, but otherwise it’s all exactly what I typed at the time.) In the interest of not spoiling anything for anyone I am putting all of it behind the jump.

This episode is the fifth episode of Season Six (or Thirty-Two depending who you ask), called The Rebel Flesh. BBC Page


Nice…island? Paradise? Prison?
Hallway. They look reasonably guardlike. I’m guessing prison or other holding facility.
Visors down and locked? What’s IN there? And what are they doing to it?
Wait what?
Did he just get dissolved?
No one was hurt? He was just in the… oh geez.
Muse! All right!
Muse and darts?
More flippy floppy body scan. Hrm.
Solar storm? Oops.
Wait. It’s kind of neat looking! Provided it doesn’t kill them.
I like the random seat over there on the side.
A cockerel?
“No, it’s just that I can hear Dusty Springfield.” Hehehehe
Ceramic but corrosive? Weird.
“There are people coming.” No!
What is the deal in this place? Why are they strapped in? What are the strapped into?
They are the people strapped in the thing?
They only just survived the last solar wave….
Odd how the Doctor can totally play someone to manipulate them but basic human interaction (smooching, for example) is lost on him.
“It acts like life but it still needs to be controlled by us.” Yikes.
It scans him? That’s how he gets a double, eh? He’s the Doctor, he’s the exception to every rule.
O hai solar storm!
So she just…
Why was she not her in the first place?
That must be a bit disconcerting.
What’s with Jennifer anyway? Why wasn’t she a ganger in the first place?
“I never thought I’d have to say that again.” Hee!
It’s a shame soar storms are harmful because they look really neat.
Is it gonna eat the TARDIS?
What was that flash of…something?
Are they melting?
What happens to the people if they are “operating” the gangers when the gangers die? That first guy was ok but this is not the same thing.
“A lot can go wrong in an hour.” I know. I watch Doctor Who.” (;
Why more Dusty Springfield?
Who IS playing the record?
Did the power surge like, break them free?
Oh great, it’s happened before.
Jennifer seems off.
…and she is.
I can see where that would be confusing.
Uh oh!
That was…icky.
She just-AHH!
Why did he hand her a microwaved plate?
So she’s fake too.
“We are living!” Yes but AHH!
“Always with the Rory!” Well yeah, Doctor, she fancies the stupid idiot!
Please tell me he sees the TARDIS…
Shut up Rory do NOT let her see you!
He managed it, oh good.
Does he know? And if so, what?
Has he seen it before?
I swear, the Doctor always seems to think he can fix things by talking to them.
Uh oh. I hope he can save the TARDIS!
And Amy just took off anyway. There here? This here is my shocked face.
She’s more formed now.
I dunno, I think she’s a strong girl herself.
The REAL Jennifer? Oh Rory.
Oh! She just like, finished forming! Whoa.
She can feel everything Jennifer felt and more?
Trust me? Oh that’s weird.
Doctor! It’s not down there, I think it melted.
I think the Acid has the TARDIS. What now, then?
An empty rack of acid suits? Goody.
What is with the sneezing?
There’s Cleaves, and the other ones that aren’t Jennifer.
“Amy’s a lucky girl.” “Yeah, she is…” Heh.
And there’s our baddie now. Oh good. Where’s she off to?
It’s fine he wants to help the ganger Jennifer, but where’s Jennifer Prime?
Wait, if there’s Cleaves, is she in two places at once?
She was violent remember?
Wait what? Now we’re going to face off? Why would we do this, exactly?
Oh look, another idiot human who’s going to screw it all up.
I understand this must be weird and difficult, but hopefully not everyone will react like Cleaves does.
Oh noes! Which one did she get?
Rory why do you insist on nearly dying every episode?
Oh goody. Why oh why oh WHY is it that the woman is the one who starts it in this show?
Trust me? Trust who? OMG I KNOW AND IT IS A DOCTORGANGER! (twitch)
Rory why would you NOT get with the one person who can help you.
“insaner-er, is that a word?”
Yup. It’s a DoctorGanger.

OK, this is a two parter, so I am not sure what I think yet. I am a little freaked out by anything that can do things Doctor-style, since being him is usually his ONLY tactical advantage. I still don’t quite know what era they’re in, I mean, remember, Rose once said “Lots of planets have a north” or something like that, do lots of planets have a Dusty Springfield too? Is the Earth they’re on the same as mine? I’m curious. I don’t know how much I like this episode yet, I’ll watch the second half and get back to you. (: