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Doctor: Eleventh Doctor
Companion(s): Amy, Rory
Main setting: The Doctor's TARDIS
Key crew
Writer: Steven Moffat
Director: Richard Senior
Producer: Annabella Hurst-Brown
Release details
Season/series: Series 6
Premiere broadcast: 18 March 2011
Premiere network: BBC One
Format: 1 x 4 minute episode
Confidential: Doctor Who Confidential: The Night's Tale
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Doctor Who Time, Part Two - Red Nose Day 2011 - BBC Comic Relief Night03:20

Doctor Who Time, Part Two - Red Nose Day 2011 - BBC Comic Relief Night

Time is a Doctor Who television story written by Steven Moffat for Comic Relief 2011. It is the second half of a two-part story that begins with TV: Space.

Synopsis Edit

The Eleventh Doctor, Amy, and Rory are stuck in a space loop, trapping them in the TARDIS forever. Only one person can save them: another Amy Pond?

Plot Edit

The new Amy explains to the Eleventh Doctor, Rory Williams and the other Amy that she is Amy from slightly in the future: she stepped into the TARDIS exterior, which has drifted slightly into the future, and it sent her into the TARDIS interior slightly in the past. The present Amy is confused and is told it's only what the future Amy was told when she was in the present Amy's place. Future Amy says that present Amy enters the exterior of the TARDIS after slapping Rory. Rory wonders why he must be slapped and the Doctor tells them this timeline must be maintained or they will end up with two Amys forever. Rory begins thinking about it. Amy, catching on to his train of thought, slaps him for the idea.

The Doctor rushes Amy to the police box, but Amy stops to compliment her future self's appearance. The Doctor thinks they're doomed and says, "Oh, this is how it ends: Pond flirting with herself. True love at last." He apologises to Rory in case he has hurt his feelings, but Rory has no problem with it as he was distracted by the two versions of his wife. The present Amy enters the box to become the future Amy, making there once again one Amy. Amy wonders if things are okay now, but the Doctor tells them that they are still trapped.

Another Amy appears through the interior TARDIS door again, with a second Rory in tow. The Doctor asks them why they entered and Rory tells him that he told them to and jumbles up his words explaining that he's about to tell the present Amy and Rory to enter the police box. Present Rory asks if he has to remember all of this, but he's told by future Rory it happens spontaneously. Amy flirts with herself again, but the Doctor tells her to stop and forces Amy and Rory into the police box. Amy wonders what they should do now, but the Doctor tells her and Rory to stay where they are to stave off further complication.

Rory asks the Doctor what he is doing. The Doctor explains that he is setting up a controlled temporal implosion to reset the TARDIS, but since he doesn't know which lever to pull, the entire TARDIS could explode. Amy chastises him for not knowing what to do, but the Doctor tells her that though he doesn't know now, he will in a moment. A second Doctor walks through the doors and says to pull the wibbly lever. The Doctor thanks himself, does so and enters the police box before it dematerialises.

The Doctor explains that everything is back to normal and there is no longer any danger of the localised time field imploding and destroying all causality. He adds, "But just in case...Pond, put some trousers on", before returning to work on the console. Amy glares at Rory, who can't find anything to say in his defence and walks off. Amy smiles and walks off.

Cast Edit

Crew Edit

Credited on episode as broadcast Edit

References Edit

  • The TARDIS' exterior is a few seconds into the future from the inside.

Story notes Edit

  • This episode, along with Space, was written especially for Comic Relief 2011.
  • This episode is the fourth story to feature only the main cast.
  • This story was the first multi-part charity episode since Dimensions in Time.
  • Moffat, in an interview with Doctor Who Magazine, confirmed that the two-part mini-episode, just like recent Children in Need specials, is considered canonical.[additional sources needed]
  • The opening credits of both this episode and Space are extended. The TARDIS emerges a few seconds later than usual as the opening features a black void, slowly descending toward a light that leads into the time vortex.

Ratings Edit

  • 10.26 million (BARB)

Filming locations Edit

  • This episode was filmed entirely in the TARDIS set.

Production errors Edit

  • As the Doctor begins to tell Amy and Rory to enter the Police Box, Amy's hand can be seen on the TARDIS door handle as she smiles at her double. The scene cuts to a wide shot in the middle of the Doctor's line and Amy's hand is suddenly at her side.

Continuity Edit

Home video releases Edit

Although not available by itself, Time, along with Space was released on DVD and Blu Ray in the complete series 6 boxset on the 21 November 2011.

iTunes Releases Edit

This episode was released on iTunes in the Series 6 set (series only purchase).


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