There’s a theory going around that Saturday’s episode of [[Doctor Who (TV Series)|Doctor Who]] – [[Flesh And Stone (Doctor Who episode)|Flesh And Stone]] – featured two Doctors.
You may have noticed it yourself – The Doctor is preparing to leave [[Amy Pond]] in the forest while he looks for a way to thwart the Weeping Angels. He seems to leave, but returns and has a very comforting, emotional talk with her in which he asks her to trust him. However, eagle eyed viewers noticed that this Doctor was wearing his tweed jacket. But when he’d left, The Doctor was in his shirt, having shrugged off his jacket to escape the weeping Angels.
Dan Owen of Dan’s Media Digest noted this in his review of the episode:
There’s a fun theory floating around that we actually saw two versions of The Doctor in the forest, because in one scene The Doctor spoke with Amy before he left to be with River while wearing the tweed jacket he’d lost beforehand. A continuty error? Maybe. But if you watch the scene, The Doctor’s dialogue does sound like that of a future-version who’s just arrived through the time-space crack to help Amy. Or are fans reading too much into a production goof?
The theory is that for some reason, [[The Doctor (Doctor Who)|The Doctor]] returns to the Byzantium from the future with a message of reassurance for Amy in the forest. That’s why he’s wearing his tweed jacket when he clasps her face.
The fansite Doctor Who TV has a fantastic photo post showing the progression of that scene. They note:
This Doctor’s demeanor is different and he is much gentler towards Amy this time.
Of course, most of us probably registered that something was odd about that scene. The Doctor was under pressure to help everybody escape the Angels, there wasn’t time to return and comfort Amy.
So, if we accept that this isn’t just a continuity error and is a very subtle part of the plot, this makes things more interesting. For a start, the shot of The Doctor escaping and leaving his jacket behind now seems obvious if we’re pursuing this angle. It was left behind to draw attention to the difference in clothing. Also, having Amy with her eyes closed and the guards all looking outward meant that she certainly couldn’t have registered the Doc-swap.
However, two questions. Because you guys know I like asking difficult questions…
- How did The Doctor get past the four soldiers then? If they were all monitoring the forest, they’d almost certainly have seen him walking in. Let’s advance the theory that he used the advice from River Song in [[The Time Of Angels (Doctor Who episode)|The Time Of Angels]] in order to land the [[TARDIS (Doctor Who)|TARDIS]] quietly close to Amy. The soldiers would have been too preoccupied to notice.
- Why would The Doctor choose that moment to jump into the story? Couldn’t he have prevented her from being ‘infected’ with the Angel’s image at the start of the episode, or was that blatant interfering with the time stream? Perhaps because the situation ended successfully (OK, not for Octavian or the soldiers), he didn’t feel the need to interfere.
Over to you lot – are we making a mountain out of a continuity error?