“Life with the Doctor,” Amy Pond says, was like this: whoosh-whoosh! Quick cut montage of scary moments and fantastic sights! Real life? Sorting smelly laundry and shrieking at the yoghurt that’s gone off. You can’t blame the Ponds for finding Doctor Life so enticing, though clearly Real Life might become less stinky, literally and metaphorically, without all those Doctor Life jaunts and absences.
Just as they agree they’ll soon choose which life they most want, something unexpected occurs: the Doctor comes to stay during the year of the Slow Invasion. Will the Doctor handle the distinct-lack-of-peril Pond Life with good grace? Will the Ponds throw him out in frustration like so much bad yoghurt? And really, what are all these small black boxes doing everywhere? Continue reading