“You are the best! Do you know why? Because you’re so thick. You’re Mister Thick Thick Thickity Thick Face from Thicktown, Thickania. And so’s your dad.”
A seemingly abandoned spaceship is drilling holes through the fabric of time and space – robotic occupants are observing the life of Madame de Pompadour in 18th Century France through time windows, by why? and what has happened to the original human crew?
The Doctor, Rose and Mickey later discover that the human crew were being assisted by these repair robots who are programmed to repair the ship at ALL costs – this includes using the humans as parts (human heart wired into mainframe and a human eye for the security camera (eek). But something is missing to compete the repairs…a brain….
The immaculately dressed robots search for the right time window that leads to Reinette’s 37th birthday when she is the same age as the ship and is “complete”. Because she is namesake of the ship, the repair robots believe that her brain will fix the broken computer.
Reinette seemed to be somewhat of an early version of Amy Pond to me – “The Girl Who Waited”. She is a mystery, someone the Doctor must protect until it is solved. He arrives in and out of her life in short bursts, yet still they create a strong bond – leaving him absolutely heartbroken when he misses her untimely early death.
This is an amazing episode with a script filled with brilliant comic moments mixed up amongst the emotion and action – a ‘magic door’, a horse called Arthur and a friendly reminder to “always take a banana to a party” (thanks to a seemingly drunk Doctor).
DOCTOR: It’s back on the ship. Rose, take Mickey and Arthur. Get after it. Follow it. Don’t approach it, just watch what it does.
DOCTOR: Good name for a horse.
ROSE: No, you’re not keeping the horse.
DOCTOR: I let you keep Mickey. Now go! Go! Go!
The chemistry between Sophia Myles and David Tennant is sweet – not surprising that they were in a relationship at the time. Even Mickey was tolerable in this episode.
The bit with the time windows confused me at first to be honest though.
I loved how the Doctor rode in to save the day on his trusty stead Arthur. How could Reinette read the Doctor’s mind though? Was it just an exchange of Time Lord power?
One of the sweetest lines I have heard was: