11th Doctor
Pond Life

Executive Producers
Steven Moffat
Caroline Skinner

Denise Paul

Written by Chris Chibnall
Directed by Saul Metzstein
Incidental Music by Murray Gold

Matt Smith (The Doctor), Karen Gillan (Amy Pond), Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams) [1-4], Silas Carson (Voice of the Ood) [3-4], Paul Kasey (Ood) [3-4].

The life of Amy and Rory while the Doctor is away.

  • Pond Life is a series of five Pond Life is a series of five mini-episodes of Doctor Who released over five days, 27-31 August 2012, on the official Doctor Who website. All five were broadcast as part of the BBC Red Button Service on 1 September 2012.
Part One - April

The Doctor leaves a recorded message on Amy and Rory's telephone. As they listen, drinking a glass of wine, they hear him describe how he leapt from a Sontaran ship with a surfboard and surfed down a firefall; how he had crumpets with Mata Hari in a Paris hotel room (she disrobes in front of the fire); how he laid down some backing vocals in a recording studio. He adds that he should be with the Ponds 'any day now' but he is having trouble with the helmic regulator and the temporal steering. He finishes by saying he has collided with Ancient Greece. The call ends with a loud splash and Amy salutes the phone with her glass, saying, "The Doctor."

Part Two - May

The TARDIS lands outside Rory and Amy's bedroom door in the middle of the night. He bursts into their bedroom, telling them that they have to get dressed quickly because no one on the planet is safe. As they complain that they have rules about the bedroom he realises that he has arrived at the wrong point in time and then he blames the helmic regulator. He tells them not to worry, the planet is actually safe. As he says this there are brief, alarming shots of dinosaurs and explosions. The Doctor leaves them lying wide awake in bed, Rory muttering, "I really hate it when he does that."

Part Three - June

Rory, in his dressing gown, walks along the landing to the bathroom. He steps in and then backs out in shock. He pushes open the door to reveal an Ood sitting on the toilet. Rory turns to Amy and says, "Ood on the loo."

Part Four - July

The Doctor is in the entrails of the TARDIS, talking to Rory on the phone. He explains that he must have left the Ood behind when he paid a visit "the other night". Rory complains that the Ood seems to think it is their butler (various shots of it performing household chores). The Doctor tells him that the Ood are conditioned to serve and the best thing is to let him but he will come by and pick it up that night as long as the TARDIS does not implode due to a power drain. The Doctor rings off as the alarms sound. In the Ponds' house, the Ood serves a fried breakfast. Rory tells Amy that he feels guilty but she tells him to eat his food. They smile at the Ood.

Part Five - August

The Doctor lands the TARDIS in the road outside the Ponds' house. There is no answer when he rings their bell. He is multi-tasking, fixing the light on the TARDIS while he phones, leaving a message to say that he dropped the Ood back home and reconnected it to the hive mind; the helmic regulator has been hit by an arrow at the Battle of Hastings; he has ridden a horse through Coventry in the 11th century and that he has accidentally invented pasta. He adds that he presumes everything is alright with the Ponds. (Insert of Rory leaving the house with a black bin bag and Amy looking distraught). After a moment's reflection the Doctor uses his screwdriver to delete the message.

Later, Amy enters the house and checks the phone: there are no messages. She says, "We need you raggedy man. I need you."

Source: Mark Senior
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