Mark Watches ‘Doctor Who’ Liveblog – The Rebel Flesh

Hello, Watchers! Let us all gather ’round our television sets or our computers to witness the fifth episode of the sixth series of Doctor Who. Now this particular episode, titled “The Rebel Flesh,” is about something! And has characters! And that is all I know! So get your live blogging fingers ready!

I am just excited to see this rather fine shirt/bow tie combo myself.

This liveblog starts relative to you. So if it is airing on your television, start liveblogging away in the comments. Same for if you happen to be watching it online by less-than-legal means. (Though I would just time it with another time zone so you can comment with other people!) We already do this with Fringe and it works rather nicely. To avoid seeing spoilery comments regarding the episode from past livebloggers, I merely stay on the first page of comments and comment away, only going back after it’s over in order to comment on what other people said.

Sound fine? Just make sure not to post spoilers before this episode airs.



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744 Responses to Mark Watches ‘Doctor Who’ Liveblog – The Rebel Flesh

  1. psycicflower says:

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    Yay! I was getting worried it'd be another mysteriously eaten post again.

  2. Nomie says:


  3. Vikinhaw says:

    I'm in a house with BBC 1 so I actually get to do the liveblog this week. So excite!

  4. Shiyiya says:

    I am worried that this episode is going to be disappointing after last week's perfection!

  5. enigmaticagentscully says:


    I probably won't be able to watch it live on BBC so I'll watch on iplayer sometime this evening I think. 😀

  6. asdfgh says:

    What's different about the American intro? I've heard people talk about it but how is it different

    • Shiyiya says:

      There's this little bit with scenes from The Eleventh Hour (and some of the rest of the first series?) with Amy narrating about how

      "When I was a little girl, I had an imaginary friend, and when I grew up, he came back. He’s called ‘the Doctor.’ He comes from somewhere else. He’s got a box called ‘the TARDIS’ that’s bigger on the inside and can travel anywhere in time and space. I ran away with him, and we’ve been running ever since."

      I can't find a youtube clip of it, argh.

      • Andrew says:

        Wow, I'd never heard of this before. I can imagine that getting pretty annoying.

        • who_cares86 says:

          Like the SJA intro on every episode since series 3. "…Home to things way beyond your imagination…"

        • jennywildcat says:

          It's okay – I just wish they would have written it better. It makes the show sound like Amy's traveling with her imaginary friend and none of it's real. -_-'

      • Elexus Calcearius says:

        Not nearly as elegant as a classic TARDIS flying through the sky, by the sound of it.

        But then, I guess Doctor Who isn't common knowledge in the US, so they need to explain the premise to new viewers.

        • Shiyiya says:

          It still has the TARDIS flying through the void and credits and normal stuff, just this in addition.

  7. who_cares86 says:

    Since some people were talking about how awesome it would be if Luna travelled with the Doctor here's a photoshop.

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  8. chichichimaera says:

    Fifth episode already… I think it seemed like less because I had momentarily wiped The Black Spot from my mind…

  9. psycicflower says:

    15 MINUTES!!!

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  10. NB2000 says:

    15(ish) minutes to go!

  11. Cleo says:

    I think so you think you can dance is slightly more creepy than don't scare the hare.

  12. psycicflower says:

    Off topic but I need that dancer's blue swishy dress on BBC right now in my life.

  13. who_cares86 says:

    Is it just me or do John Barrowman's eyes look a lot bluer these days?

  14. who_cares86 says:

    Yay five minutes. Bring on The Rebel Flesh:

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  15. psycicflower says:

    BAFTAs! I am excite to see how Doctor Who and Sherlock do.

  16. NB2000 says:

    Woohoo starting!

  17. psycicflower says:

    Here we go!

  18. anninyn says:

    Impressive city

  19. Nomie says:


  20. jackiep says:

    Nice outfits! Remind me not to wear that rig, ever?

  21. psycicflower says:

    I'm loving the music this series so much. I wonder if they'll release split soundtracks or wait till the end of the complete series for the CDs.

  22. anninyn says:

    That's- a remarkably pragmatic approach to death.

  23. anninyn says:

    And he's back.

  24. chichichimaera says:

    Seeing Astronaut costumes on Doctor Who makes me a little nervous these days.

  25. psycicflower says:

    'I've seen the holos. Accident in the workplace?' – Love it.

  26. jackiep says:

    Love the sympathetic workmates. Good sign to change job!

  27. EmmylovesWho says:

    Darts and Muse!

  28. chichichimaera says:

    Black Holes? Really? Lolz.

  29. anninyn says:

    I'm liking this so far. Good use of Yorkshire accents, too- always the accent they big when they want someone to be pragmatically, phlegmatically working class.

    The Dr listens to Muse. Who knew?

  30. NB2000 says:

    …guys this is the TARDIS not a pub!

  31. Cleo says:

    I want fish and chips!

  32. psycicflower says:

    Oooh, modern music in the TARDIS. I like seeing Rory and Amy make the TARDIS their home with the music and dart board.

  33. chichichimaera says:

    Saved by the alarm, heh.

  34. leighzzz31 says:


  35. jackiep says:

    Love the Doctor turning the Tardis into a pub for Amy and Rory!

  36. NB2000 says:

    That's it, someone sit the costume designer down for a plaid intervention! EVERY. FREAKING. EPISODE Amy's worn one.

    • anninyn says:

      Maybe AMy just really likes checks? Or- maybe it's a plot thing?

      • rumantic says:

        Not sure if this counts as a theory or not so I'll put a warning up just in case

        With all the Amy keeps wearing checked shirts comments, I just looked back through the episode screenshots, and she's not only wearing a checked shirt in every single episode, but the exact same one, every single episode this series. Now that IS weird, especially considering her multitude of outfits last series. All the other recurring characters are changing clothes each episode – Mark even commented on the Doctor's outfit in this blog post (and I think this is the Doctor's most noticeable shirt/bow tie change – last series he only changed the tie, I think?) – are they trying to highlight Amy's lack of clothing changes with that?

        It's been broken up a little by the fact she was wearing the pirate coat in EP3, and the first two were a two-parter, which is why I never noticed before now. But yeah :/

        • Shiyiya says:

          She put the pirate coat on over her normal clothes, though

        • ShayzGirl says:

          So it is the same one? Is it the same one she was wearing in the Time/Space Comic Relief bits? Cos that's when she was first wearing plaid. In the beginning of The Impossible Astronaut she was wearing a blue one, but ever since then, it's been the red one. And it bugs me.

    • Sunshowers says:

      lol At this point I'm going to be sincerely surprised if someone in-show doesn't comment/joke about it.

    • Meg says:

      Season long in-jokes. Rory will die, and Amy will wear plaid. The Doctor will…scan Amy? Say something hysterical at the worst possible moment? Who knows!

  37. chichichimaera says:

    Um. Plz don't be crashing into the planet….

  38. what'smyname says:

    I want fish and chips 😕

  39. jackiep says:

    Ha! Ha! Yes Dusty Springfield wasn't around in the middle ages!

  40. Nomie says:

    Of course he has a snowglobe in his pocket.

  41. anninyn says:

    'No, cause I can hear Dusty Springfield'.
    Rory gets the best lines. Probably to make up for being killed so often.

  42. psycicflower says:

    13th century monastery and the history/cultural institutes geek in me is happy

  43. chichichimaera says:

    'Satisfy our rabid curiosity'. Moto of the series.

  44. anninyn says:

    I recognise that castle. I think I may have been there at some point.

  45. EmmylovesWho says:

    unf eleven

  46. chichichimaera says:

    Set design plus music = pretty. I like.

  47. psycicflower says:

    So is 'the Flesh' like Autons 2.0 or purely going to be clones.

    • Nomie says:

      I thought they were going to be Autons going off the preview! I am disappoint.

      • psycicflower says:

        I love the Autons as well. (Terror of the Autons was the first Classis Doctor Who I ever watched.)

  48. anninyn says:

    The Flesh 'fully programmable matter'. Because making something like that is a BRILLIANT idea, and naming it something creepy like 'The Flesh' just makes it even better.

  49. psycicflower says:

    Sounds like a pleasant work place.

  50. anninyn says:

    Calling it now: The flesh has become sentient and is wanting freedom.

  51. chichichimaera says:

    Psychic abilities of a Time Lord + living ooze… that seems like a bad combination.

  52. chichichimaera says:

    Well, that's not creepy at. alllll.

  53. anninyn says:

    'The Miracle of life'
    'No need to get fancy, it's just gunge'.
    Which is how the miracle of life started, after all, so they're messing with something big. I feel I am going to enjoy this; but I think it;s going to be disappointing in comparison to last week.

  54. chichichimaera says:

    Well, bets on her being the first to suffer a horrible acidy death?

  55. Cleo says:

    I'm reminded of the sentient sun in ten's run. This time it's sentient gunge that doesn't like you controlling it.

  56. Nomie says:


  57. chichichimaera says:

    FFFFFFFUUUUUCK I hope the TARDIS is acid proof…

  58. psycicflower says:

    That better not do anything to the TARDIS!

  59. anninyn says:

    Acid getting TARDIS! NO! TARDIS!

  60. NB2000 says:

    Well that can't be good

  61. psycicflower says:

    Doctor when will you learn not to climb things.

  62. chichichimaera says:

    …For a moment there, I thought Rory (and Amy) were dead agaaaain.

  63. Nomie says:

    "A lot can go wrong in an hour": the entire show summed up in one sentence.

  64. psycicflower says:

    Surely being knocked unconscious by solar flares can't be good for Schrödinger's baby.

  65. Nomie says:

    How very Frankensteinian!

  66. Cleo says:

    That freaked out woman is probably a ganger

  67. psycicflower says:

    Interesting dilemma. All the memories and personalities but does it make them 'real'. Reminds me of a few SG-1 episodes.

  68. chichichimaera says:

    She's totally a ganger isn't she…

  69. chichichimaera says:

    Whoa, what the shit… X_X

  70. NB2000 says:


    Snake neck…I ….ROFL sorry but that's just hilarious

  71. anninyn says:

    creepy dodgy faces. dislike.

  72. Cleo says:

    "Always with the Rory!"

    Isn't it though…

  73. psycicflower says:

    'Always with the Rory'
    Truer words Doctor, truer words.

  74. chichichimaera says:

    Is Rory going to die again? It would be kind of hilarious if he did.

  75. psycicflower says:

    TARDIS is going to be missing isn't it?

  76. Cleo says:

    "I'm a great parker"


  77. Nomie says:

    Nooooo creepy ganger lady DON'T HIT ON RORY

  78. chichichimaera says:

    It would interesting if they touched on some of the real!Rory vs Plasic!Rory stuff at some point.

    • nomadicvignette says:

      That's what I thought one of the underlying themes of this episode was, especially with how sympathetic Rory is towards the ganger…it will be interesting to see how they flesh it out (hahaha pun INTENDED!).

      • Weston says:

        Definitely. The man was plastic for two thousand years. These fleshy things have been people for about an hour. Roranicus will become their leader, and they will rise to… do… things.

        Hopefully not enslave humanity, because that'd get kinda awkward.

  79. anninyn says:

    oh, poor Ganger!Jennifer.

  80. Vicki_Louise says:

    The woman playing Jennifer is fantastic!

  81. NB2000 says:

    You just can't resist a big vat of stuff can you Doctor?

  82. anninyn says:

    I like how they get more 'human' the more worked up and emotional they get. This is quite a thought-provoking episode.

    He talks to the TARDIS more now. Nice.

  83. chichichimaera says:

    I think an earlier comment of mine got eaten, but it speculated early Nestene Conciousness/Loom technology.

  84. Vicki_Louise says:

    Oh god, is there going to be a Ganger Doctor?

  85. Vikinhaw says:

    What are you doing down there? For some reason so funny to me

  86. chichichimaera says:

    Trust me…. *crosses fingers for Doctor!Clone.*

  87. psycicflower says:

    Aw Rory, I love you and your empathy.

  88. Vikinhaw says:

    Rory and Jennifer's sudden connection seems forced and weird.

  89. psycicflower says:


  90. Vicki_Louise says:

    Creepy eyepatch lady i've missed you!

  91. chichichimaera says:

    Sympathetic Rory understands what it to be made out of plastic.

  92. Vicki_Louise says:

    Ewwwwwwwwww Exorcist head turn!

  93. psycicflower says:

    Because twisting heads are always so much fun.

  94. Nomie says:

    Hungry Earth redux, anyone?

  95. psycicflower says:

    Hey, the Doctor likes being on football teams. And who doesn't love a good campfire.

  96. chichichimaera says:


  97. chichichimaera says:


  98. Vicki_Louise says:


  99. EmmylovesWho says:

    hah the accent. Decent attempt.

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