Executive producer Steven Moffat promises that there will be more online DOCTOR WHO content in the vein of The Night of the Doctor because he’s taking the new venue more seriously — and the BBC is giving him serious money to do it!
The Grand Moff credits Pond Life (the domestic adventures of Amy and Rory) with opening his eyes to the possibilities of online storytelling:
You suddenly realize something like Pond Life, which we took much more seriously, had an audience of over 6 million. You think, ‘Oh, wait, that’s a TV show!’ That’s just a TV show, and a lot of our audience make no distinction between that and the TV show.
Thanks to Pond Life, we all know how Amy and Rory came to the point where they were SPOILER WARNING kidnapped by the Daleks END SPOILER WARNING, but how did the Doctor find himself on Skaro?
In the opening moments of “Asylum of the Daleks,” the Doctor (Matt Smith) explained that he had been summoned by Darla via a dream message mentioning her daughter and directing him to the ancient home of the Daleks.
Well, here is that dream message — a surreal sequence penned by Steven Moffat himself — in which the Doctor is approached by a (very persistent) hooded man…
How cool was that? It started out light-hearted and grew chilling by the end. It’s quite a contrast to Pond Life. I love how unflappable the Doctor is — but then again, I imagine this sort of thing happens to him fairly regularly. However, when he finally pronounced the name “Skaro”… was that… fear in his eyes?
In the fourth episode of Pond Life, the threads of the previous installments start to come together: Yesterday’s Ood is back, and we’re getting the impression there’s something wrong with the TARDIS that is contributing to the Doctor not being able to sync his personal timeline properly with the Ponds’ relative “present day.” Or maybe I’m just reaching.
Today’s installment of Pond Life was built entirely around a rather juvenile joke, but it made me smile. It also addresses one of the big problems some people have been complaining about — namely, “too much Doctor.”
This “June” entry lets Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill shine by highlighting the unspoken chemistry the pair have developed to great comic effect.
The first two episodes of the DOCTOR WHO online spin-off Pond Life have not been what I was expecting — but they are loopy, fast-moving and quite entertaining, if all-too-brief.
In case you’ve fallen behind because you’re perched in front of your TV screen, waiting breathlessly for the premiere of Series 7 on DW this Saturday evening, Pond Life fills in fans on what it’s like to be the Doctor’s pal. Even if you’re not traveling with him at the moment, he’s still getting into trouble and bringing it to your doorstep, either via phone message or personally appearing in your bedroom at night…
Part 1 (April)
Part 2 (May)
We all know that when the seventh series of DOCTOR WHO kicks off on Sept. 1, we will be watching the final five episodes featuring Amy and Rory as the 11th Doctor’s companions, and it will be a sad time for all.
However, starting Monday, the BBC have cooked up a way for us to spend a little more time with the Ponds being the Ponds. The web series Pond Life will let fans hang with the couple and see what happened off-screen between the end of Series 6 and the start of the new season with “Asylum of the Daleks.” What exactly do Amy and Rory get up to during their down time?
But don’t my word for it; see what Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill have to say: