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The Almost People 

The gangers and humans battle for their lives as the factory crumbles and the Doctor tries to keep the peace - can everyone make it off the island alive?


Julian Simpson


Matthew Graham




Episode complete credited cast:
Matt Smith ... The Doctor
Karen Gillan ... Amy Pond
Arthur Darvill ... Rory
Mark Bonnar ... Jimmy
Marshall Lancaster ... Buzzer
Sarah Smart ... Jennifer
Raquel Cassidy ... Cleaves
Leon Vickers Leon Vickers ... Dicken
Frances Barber ... Eye Patch Lady
Edmond Moulton Edmond Moulton ... Adam


As the dopplegangers - 'gangers' for short - fight their makers, both Doctors, the real one and his ganger, try to find a way to restore the power and get everyone off the island. Both Doctors claim to be the 100% real thing, something Amy can't quite grasp. Rory meanwhile is trying to find Jennie but when he locates her and her ganger, he can't tell them apart. Having selected one of them, they discover of a company secret forces their hand. He soon realizes he's made an error. There is another ganger in the group however. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

28 May 2011 (UK) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

BBC Cymru Wales See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS (DTS HD MASTER AUDIO 5.1 Mix)



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Matthew Graham found writing for two Doctors easy, as The Eleventh Doctor had a constant "internal dialogue" and was always finishing his own sentences. See more »


At the end when the Doctor opens up the screwdriver to disconnect Amy we cut to a view from his standing point and the screwdriver is still closed. See more »


The Doctor: [Said multiple times to Amy] Breathe.
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Featured in The Big Fat Quiz of the Year (2011) See more »


Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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I wasn't crazy about the first part, but this sucks!!
3 September 2015 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

OK, so the Doctor and co are stuck in a warehouse, with copies of people (The Gangers) trying to destroy their original human counterparts, even the Doctor exists in ganger form. Jennifer tricks Rory into activating the acid with the hope of blowing up the island. The Doctor must battle back to save them.

Matt Smith gives a good performance, I can't fault him a bit, he's really good.

Poor Amy could have sat in the TARDIS, they gave her literally nothing to do, until the very end, she has stood around looking awkward the entire episode, maybe the complexities of the story arc are very slowly beginning to make sense, eye patch lady talk about drawn out!!

The ending is at least rather shocking. Most disturbing moment must be the site of the discarded flesh, when Jennifer shows Rory the true cost of using the flesh.

When you break the story down it would have been more exciting had the Ganger Doctor been working against them. Were the gangers ever going to beat the Doctor, let alone two. Feels like the same situation they had in Kinda, too many companions, so what do they do? one is hidden and one is silent. It is very very padded out, an hour would have been good for this story, rather then two 45's it's too slow in parts. 4/10

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