OK, as I promised, here are my reasons as to why I hate the Girl Who Waited.
Instead of going through my reasons, I’m going to go through the whole episode and point out what went wrong when they went wrong.
The episode starts with the Doctor promising his companions a great planet with beautiful scenery. They arrive at a white door in the facility.
THEY. HAVE. NO. REASON. TO. JUST. LEAVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So while the Doctor and Rory start to investigate, Amy wants to get her phone.
The writer does try to get his way out of this contrivance by saying it’s a photo tour. OK, fair enough.
SO WHY DON’T THE DOCTOR AND RORY WAIT FOR AMY?!
AND ONCE THEY GO INTO THE GREEN ANCHOR ROOM, WHY DON’T THEY TELL HER WHICH BUTTON TO PRESS!?
This took up only 80 seconds of the episode and I was already angry.
So, after the title sequence, the Doctor tells Amy to go into the facility and wait.
WHY DIDN’T HE JUST TELL HER TO WAIT IN THE ROOM!?
Also, calmly this time, why doesn’t the Two Stream facility do something about the fact that Amy is a human? I mean the Handbot did say that she has unknown DNA, so why can’t they do something? Nothing? That’s what this episode is.
OK, instead of going through the story scene by scene, I’ll go through just the problems.
Amy waits 36 years for Rory, but Rory waited 2,000 years in Series 5.
THEY’RE NOT GOING TO BRING IT UP!? WHY?! WHY?! WHY?!
Also, WHY DOES AMY BLAME THE DOCTOR?! HE DIDN’T WANT TO GET HER PHONE! HE DIDN’T FORCE HER INTO RED WATERFALL!
One problem is the fact that there’s no conflict. Old Amy and Young Amy are THE SAME! WHAT’S THE CONFLICT?! WHAT’S THE POINT OF THE EPISODE!?
Also, the plot is SO COMPLICATED. If the episode wanted to be serious sci-fi, fine. But this is meant to be an emotional story! If the plot is complicated, then it leaves the viewers confused if they don’t get it, meaning the emotional tone is lost in the convolution.
But the biggest problem is the ending.
It’s one of the most laziest, franchise killing, un- emotional scenes I have ever seen.
The Handbot fight is so stupid I’m not even going to describe why it’s stupid. Then the Doctor does that final “twist”.
OK, first, there’s no conflict as the two Amys are the same. Also, why lie to Rory? If the TARDIS can’t have two Amys, then why tell Rory the TARDIS can?! Old Amy in the end doesn’t want to go, so what’s the tension?
It’s such a terrible story and I’m glad that this quality has never been shown again.