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[[caption-width-right:350:Just a little pit stop on the farewell tour...]]

->''"You've noticed something. You've got your noticing face on. I have nightmares about that face."''
-->-- '''Craig Owens'''

Written by Gareth Roberts. The penultimate episode of the 2011 ''Series/DoctorWho'' season. It is a SequelEpisode to the 2010 episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E11TheLodger "The Lodger"]], bringing back Craig and Sophie.
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Staff close up a contemporary department store at night, complaining of brief power flickers in the lights. One woman enters the changing rooms, appalled at the mess, but discovers someone still in one of the cubicles. She goes to open the door, telling them the store is closing up, but soon lets out a scream....

Craig now lives in a nice big house with his girlfriend Sophie and their baby boy Alfie. Sophie is going to NotImportantToThisEpisodeCamp for the weekend, leaving the baby with Craig. And although Craig insists he can be responsible, several of Sophie's friends and family call to check up on him, leaving him feeling quite unsure of himself as a father.

Someone knocks on his door, and Craig is surprised to find the Doctor there. He immediately suspects the Doctor is investigating something alien. The Doctor refutes this, and is only there to drop by and say hello. Why? No reason. He's just making a normal social call in Craig's normal house. That's what normal people do. After [[BabyLanguage speaking to little Alfie]] and learning that the boy really wants to be called [[AwesomeMcCoolName "Stormageddon, Dark Lord of All"]], the Doctor turns to leave as suddenly as he arrived.

Outside, the Doctor notices a brief flicker in the street lights. He tells himself he shouldn't investigate: he has spent the last two hundred years saying goodbye to friends and allies, knowing that he is destined to permanently die tomorrow in his relative time-line. But the lure of the mystery is too much for the Time Lord...

Craig takes Alfie with him shopping at the department store the next day, and is shocked to find the Doctor there, working in (where else?) the toy department. The kids love him. He's got a name badge and everything (just in case he forgets). The Doctor takes Craig aside, explaining that he's traced power fluctuations to the store, and has heard rumours of a "silver rat". While they investigate, Craig tries the same methods that the Doctor always uses: be bold, be confident, talk to everyone. He's immediately mistaken for a pervert. The baby doesn't help either, even though the Doctor claims that carrying a baby makes everyone act nice towards you. In fact, that's why he always takes a human along. The Doctor has to bail Craig out of a very awkward talk with the store's security guard, and everyone breathes a sigh of relief when they realise that Craig isn't a pervert -- he's obviously [[MistakenForGay just the Doctor's boyfriend]].

As the two step into a lift, they quite suddenly find themselves transmatted onto a spaceship -- one built by Cybermen hands. The Doctor's first instinct is to distract Craig from the approaching Cybermen by wrapping himself around Craig, [[HomoeroticSubtext declaring his passionate love for him and attempting to kiss him to prove it]], all the while configuring his screwdriver behind Craig's back. Craig is just extremely confused and dodges, reminding the Doctor that he's already taken. With the Doctor's plan failing quite spectacularly, Craig inevitably notices where they are.

The Doctor quickly reverses the transmat before they are discovered, and disables the device. As Craig departs, the Doctor spots a familiar couple in the department store: Amy and Rory. He stops himself from going to see them and instead hides himself behind some underwear. The two are doing well: Amy has become a famous model for a line of perfume called [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E4TheDoctorsWife Petrichor]], a scent for [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E10TheGirlWhoWaited "the girl who is tired of waiting"]].

That night, the Doctor and Craig sneak into the store after hours to track the "silver rat": [[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E1TheTombOfTheCybermen a Cybermat]]. Though they capture it, the Doctor is set on by a poorly-functioning Cyberman in the store's basement, but he is quick to disable it. However, the Doctor is curious as to how it got into the store with the transmat disabled.

The Doctor and Craig return to Craig's home, and the Doctor starts to investigate and reprogramme the Cybermat to locate the Cybermen. Craig has to go out to get milk. The Doctor checks on the baby, where he learns the child has very little respect for his father. The Doctor tells "Stormageddon" that Craig is trying really hard to be good dad. And that Stormy is so, so young. He's got his whole life ahead of him. The Doctor doesn't, now being 1103 years old and very, very tired. However, during all this, the Cybermat has become active in the kitchen, and by the time the Doctor returns, it has started moving on its own. The Doctor and Alfie get locked out, and when Craig returns he smashes through the kitchen window to stop the Cybermat in time, leaving the place a mess.

With a newly-reprogrammed Cybermat, the Doctor leaves Craig a note and heads to the store himself. Craig finds the note and shortly follows with Alfie. The Doctor is surprised to find the Cybermat pointing to the changing room stalls, and in one discovers a tunnel leading underground. He follows the tunnel, discovering a centuries-old Cyberman ship buried in the ground. Aboard, he is caught by six Cybermen, their entire force at the time. The Cyberleader explains that they were awakened when the store was built, and are now siphoning small amounts of power to recharge themselves and to grow their army to take over the world.

Meanwhile, Craig learns where the Doctor has gone to, and leaves Alfie with one of the shop assistants. Finding the tunnel, he enters the ship and is also captured by the Cybermen. The Cybermen decide to convert Craig into a new warrior, and put him into the cybernetic transformation device. The Doctor pleads for the Cybermen to stop and to take him instead, but they refuse. As the process nears its end Alfie's cries, heard through monitors the Cybermen have in the store, echo through the ship. Craig, on hearing this, fights to be the best dad he can be, and rejects the cybernetic transformation. The emotional feedback of ThePowerOfLove causes the other Cybermen to regain their full consciousness and sanity. [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E6TheAgeOfSteel As happened before]], the ensuing BodyHorror causes them to overload, and they die in anguish. It sends the ship into a self-destruct cycle. The Doctor and Craig safely escape while the ship explodes, the damage confined to the rocky underground chamber. Craig quickly reunites with Alfie, and the Doctor comments that Alfie now finally considers Craig to be his dad.

After a long sleep, Craig wakes up to find his home spotless and the damage from the night before cleaned up. The Doctor appears and admits he time-travelled to complete all the work in time before Sophie arrived home. He explains, with sadness and resignation, that he is now [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E1TheImpossibleAstronaut off to America]]. Craig gives him a Stetson hat from a mate's stag night, while the Doctor borrows four deep-blue envelopes. As Sophie arrives the Doctor vanishes, leaving Craig to explain what happened that weekend. And why Alfie's first word is "Doctor".

The Doctor walks slowly to his TARDIS, a slow, purposeful stride in his step. Three children watch him enter the TARDIS, and suddenly we're hearing their voices, as adults, commenting on how sad the Doctor looked that day.

Dr River Song, in the 51st century, has earned her degree in Archaeology, specialising in the Doctor's history. Now studying the last days of the Doctor, she reads the testimonies of those children. She is surprised when Madame Kovarian enters her room with two of the Silents. Her childhood memories have been quite thoroughly wiped, and she doesn't remember anything about the Silence from her first regeneration. Kovarian tells River that there was no place for her to hide, and that the Silence still have a use for her. They grab her, and soon we see River, trapped in an astronaut's suit, sinking to the bottom of Lake Silencio to wait for the Doctor's arrival. [[DownerEnding All in all]], [[SarcasmMode a happy ending.]]

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!!Tropes:

* AccidentalPervert: Craig comes off this way in the lingerie department, resulting in Kelly calling security on him. The Doctor accidentally opens the curtain on an occupied stall in the changing room ([[RefugeInAudacity he recommends she choose the red one]]).
* TheAce: Once again, the Doctor shows up and handles everything wonderfully and everyone loves him and Craig can barely manage.
* {{Adorkable}}: Craig, eventually mixing in with PapaWolf.
* AliensInCardiff: Aliens in Colchester.
* AscendedFanGirl: River, working on her degree in archaeology, has been researching the Doctor.
* AssimilationPlot
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Craig's baby apparently prefers "'''Stormageddon, Dark Lord of All'''" to "Alfie".
* BabyLanguage: The Doctor again speaks it.
-->'''The Doctor:''' It's not his fault he doesn't have mammary glands... No, neither do I.
* BiTheWay: The Doctor once again shows how, [[Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures pretty much ever since 1997]], the ''Series/DoctorWho'' writers all collectively refuse to write him as straight. He sees nothing special about trying a FakeOutMakeOut on Craig and doesn't stop to consider that Craig may have some hang-ups (though in reality he's only pretending to distract Craig from seeing something ''much'' worse behind him). Very much lampshaded throughout this episode.
* BillingDisplacement: Despite only appearing in a 30-second cameo, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill receive star billing as Amy and Rory anyway.
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: ...and Second.
* BottleEpisode: This episode takes place mostly in an entirely pedestrian, modern-day department store and Craig's flat.
* BreatherEpisode: Quite light and fluffy in comparison to the last two episodes, although it manages to stuff in some angst. And the breather ends ''before'' the episode itself ends.
* BrickJoke: When the Doctor first shows up at Craig's house, Craig sarcastically asks if there are aliens hiding in his fridge. At the end of the episode, the Doctor checks the fridge just to make sure.
* BumblingDad: Craig starts out here. He ends up PapaWolf.
* CallBack: Amy's perfume being advertised in the store is called "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E4TheDoctorsWife Petrichor]]" -- [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E10TheGirlWhoWaited for the girl who's]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E1TheEleventhHour tired of waiting]]. [[DontExplainTheJoke We wonder if it smells of dust after rain?]]
* CallForward: We see how the Doctor got the [[NiceHat Stetson]] and envelopes he used in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E1TheImpossibleAstronaut "The Impossible Astronaut"]].
* CaptainErsatz: Subverted, as the blonde department store worker to whom the Doctor frequently explains the situation only gives him a blank stare in response. Guess she's ''not'' Rose after all!
* CatchPhrase:
** "Come along, Bitey."
** "I'm the Doctor, here to help."
* CharmPerson: Craig is certain the Doctor has this power. Specifically, telling anyone to hush and them doing it.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Even though he tries to tell himself that he's done saving humanity, the Doctor can't help himself.
-->'''The Doctor:''' Not noticing, just going! Not noticing, just ''going!'' Not noticing, just '''going!'''
* ComfortingComforter: The Doctor, to Craig and Alfie.
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E7AGoodManGoesToWar "A Good Man Goes to War"]], the Doctor and Rory are able to destroy the whole of the fifth Cyberlegion in the first five minutes. In this episode, six Cybermen are able to almost defeat the Doctor, kill Craig and assimilate the whole planet -- and are given the full forty minutes to do it. However, in the earlier story, the Cybermen were not expecting the Doctor and Rory to ambush them. The Cybermen in this episode have had ages to prepare for the assimilation of Earth. And more to the point, the Doctor ''didn't'' have any time to prepare. Undoubtedly he went into the Cyberlegion with all his resources amassed and a plan in hand; this time he was, as is more usual, working on the fly.
* ContinuityNod:
** As we've already seen in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E3TheCurseOfFenric "The Curse of Fenric"]] and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E9TheSatanPit "The Satan Pit"]], the one thing the Doctor believes in after having pretty much SeenItAll is his companions.
** The Doctor asking if Craig named the baby after him is reminiscent of when [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd Jackie Tyler told him that she didn't name her baby boy The Doctor.]]
** The Doctor ''still'' hasn't figured out that [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E11TheLodger air-kissing isn't a normal way to greet people in this era]].
** The Doctor likes having a name-tag in case he forgets who he is. [[Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie It happens sometimes.]]
** The manner in which the cyber helmet closes on Craig's head is the mirror to how it opened in "The Pandorica Opens".
** Sophie, once again, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E11TheLodger forgets her keys]] and has to knock on the door of her own home.
** A robot-like alien-menace makes their base of operations in a department store and slowly picks off staff members after closing time. What was the plot of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E1Rose "Rose"]], again?
** The Doctor, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS10E1TheThreeDoctors once]] [[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors again]], expresses his dislike of people redecorating.
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E7AGoodManGoesToWar I speak Baby.]]"
** The scene where Craig opens the door in mid sentence to find the Doctor is a nod to [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E11TheLodger "The Lodger"]]. As is Craig's remark to the Cybermen: "You don't want me!"
** The Doctor tries to give a rational explanation as to why Craig was able to overcome the Cyber-conversion process, but gives up and just passes it off as ThePowerOfLove. He attempted something similar in [[Recap/DoctorWho2010CSAChristmasCarol "A Christmas Carol"]], only to be told to just go with the simple explanation.
** The Cybermen state that six of them is enough to take over Earth - a nod to [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E3TheInvasion "The Invasion"]], where (because of the number of costumes available) at most six Cybermen are seen together at any time.
** Once again, the Cybermen undergo [[YourHeadASplode headsplosion]] when [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E6TheAgeOfSteel overwhelmed by emotions]].
** Even K9 gets a nod when the Doctor gushes over a toy robot dog he dubs "Yappy" and claims that it's not quite as fun as before.
** The Doctor has also made the observation "Not a rat; a Cybermat" [[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E5RevengeOfTheCybermen at least once before]].
* ContrivedCoincidence:
-->'''The Doctor:''' It's a coincidence! It happens; it's what the universe does for (''sees Rory and Amy shopping'')... fun.
* CoolCar: The Doctor leans over a Lamborghini Gallardo toy while looking for the Cybermat.
* CutenessProximity:
** Not even the Doctor is immune to babies. Of course, being [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} the Doctor]], his inanity is still more profound than most.
** The Cybermat is kind of cute, until it inspires Craig to say
--->'''Craig:''' [[MadnessMantra Metal rat! Real mouth! Metal rat! Real mouth!]]
* DangerousKeyFumble: The Doctor manages to lock himself outside of Craig's house when the Cybermat attacks him, by dropping his sonic screwdriver right as the door closes.
* DarkestHour: The Doctor is forced to watch helplessly as Craig, struggling and screaming for help, is sealed into a Cyberman suit, with his face going calm as his emotions are deleted right before the mask closes... and then [[PapaWolf he]] hears [[ThePowerOfLove Alfie crying]] over the monitor.
* DeathbringerTheAdorable: Meet Craig's son: Stormageddon, Dark Lord of All. Also known as Alfie.
* DemotedToExtra: An interesting example with Craig's girlfriend Sophie. Sure, she wasn't in the whole episode of "The Lodger", but she was at least a major plot point. This time, she just appears at the beginning to hand off Alfie to Craig and re-appear at the end in time for her son's first word.
* DidYouActuallyBelieve: Madame Kovarian revealing that the Silence have ''always'' known where River was.
-->'''Madame Kovarian:''' You ''never'' escaped us, Melody Pond...
* DoubleMeaningTitle: The Cybermen take people from the shop after closing time; the Doctor dies tomorrow.
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: The buried Cybership.
* EyepatchOfPower:
** The Doctor wears a jeweller's loupe.
** Madame Kovarian makes another appearance.
* FakeOutMakeOut: The Doctor tries one with Craig. Craig dodges. Subverted, though, in that the one the Doctor was trying to fake out was ''Craig'', to keep him from looking around.
* FlatWhat: The Doctor's response when told about the "silver rat thing".
* FluffyTheTerrible: The Doctor calls the reprogrammed Cybermat "Bitey".
* {{Foil}}: The Doctor to baby Alfie / Stormageddon. One's just been born, and has his whole life ahead; the other is about to face his death.
* FriendToAllChildren: The Doctor
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: During Craig's AccidentalPervert incident described above, a man can be seen looking up, alarmed, when Kelly calls security on Craig.
* GenreBlindness: Honestly, River. A woman wearing [[ObviouslyEvil all black and an eyepatch just mysteriously appears from the shadows singing a creepy nursery rhyme]], who seems to know all about you, and you're not the least bit suspicious?
* GenreSavvy / WrongGenreSavvy:
** Craig recognizes that everywhere the Doctor goes disaster will come, and also that the safest place for him and Alfie is by his side, because the Doctor ''always'' wins. Normally, this would be true, but in light of the last episode and the Doctor's impending death, it's not quite true. Of course, it works.
** Also, Craig checked both the upstairs and the neighbours to make sure it was real and they weren't were aliens.
** "Alfie, why is there a sinister beeping coming from behind me?"
* GoombaStomp: The Cyberman stepping on Bitey the Cybermat.
* HenpeckedHusband: Rory and Amy are only in the episode for a handful of seconds and he still manages to be this by carrying her many, many bags of clothes.
* HiddenDepths: Craig, BumblingDad and chubby FirstGirlWins, is immediately chosen as the new Cyber-Leader. And immediately destroys the Cybermen through the PowerOfLove.
* HomoeroticSubtext: To the point where the Doctor and Craig being MistakenForGay is even a running plot-thread.
* ImpairmentShot: Used when the Doctor regains consciousness after being knocked out by a Cyberman, and then when Madame Kovarian and the Silence knock out River Song.
* InformedAbility: Six Cybermen being able to conquer the planet is ''not'' consistent with what we've seen. Bad guys aren't known for their humility, though.
* IronicNurseryTune: "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E9NightTerrors Tick Tock Goes the Clock]]" is reprised to chilling effect:
-->''Tick tock goes the clock\\
And all the years they fly\\
Tick tock and all too soon\\
Your love will surely die\\
Tick tock goes the clock\\
He cradled her and he rocked her\\
Tick tock goes the clock\\
'Till River kills the Doctor...''
* KickTheDog:
** A Cyberman destroys the Doctor's reprogrammed Cybermat by stomping on it.
** The Doctor snaps at Craig for literally kicking a dog. A robot dog, admittedly not as awesome as his [[ContinuityNod last dog]].
* KillerRabbit: The cybermat.
* LampshadeHanging: The Doctor is, once again, [[MrExposition explaining everything]] for the audience to a random shop girl.
-->'''Shop Girl:''' Why are you telling me this?\\
'''The Doctor:''' I don't know.
* LargeHam:
** It would appear Madame Kovarian had been holding back on us a bit before, eh?
** If the Doctor's translation is accurate, [[AwesomeMcCoolname "Stormageddon, Dark Lord of All" ]] would also be a good candidate. (Seriously, [[ChewingTheScenery "Stormageddon"?]])
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Kovarian implies the Silents have erased River's memories of her past with them, explaining why she doesn't recognise the woman who trained her to be an assassin and why she doesn't remember being in the spacesuit in "The Impossible Astronaut".
* LastDance: The Doctor implies he is on one of these, it being the day before his prophesied death.
* MadeOfExplodium: The cybership. As soon as Craig loves the cybermen to death.
* MadnessMantra: A smaller example than usual. "Metal rat! Real mouth! Metal rat! Real mouth!"
* MeaningfulEcho: "I'm the Doctor. I was here to help."
* MistakenForGay: The Doctor and Craig. "There's no need to be coy these days." Val has more reason than most do for this trope, what with the way Craig and the Doctor act throughout the episode. She sees them hug, and overhears [[ItMakesSenseInContext the Doctor telling Craig he's his baby]].
* MoodWhiplash: The episode easily has some of the funniest moments of the series, but also features a baby in mortal danger and a nigh-immortal alien coming to terms with his imminent death.
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: [[http://doctorwhotv.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Cybermats-front-closing-time.jpg The Cybermat]].
* NiceHat: When the Doctor says he is going to America, Craig gives him the Stetson as a parting gift.
* NoNameGiven: The Doctor, as usual, but this makes a joke out of it by having him get a job at a shop with the name "The Doctor". He even gets a name tag, and everyone in the shop calls him "The Doctor".
* OhCrap: "Alfie... why is there a sinister beeping coming from behind me?"
* PapaWolf: Craig... eventually.
* PetTheDog: The Doctor really loves his companions.
-->'''Craig:''' You used up your time for me?\\
'''The Doctor:''' Of course I did.
* ThePowerOfLove: Craig isn't turned into a Cyberman because he hears Alfie crying. [[LampshadeHanging The Doctor tries to explain that's really overly sentimental; it was the Power of the Human Instinct to Protect Their Own Genes... okay, it's Love.]]
* RecognizableBySound: The sound of his baby crying keeps Craig from full cyber-conversion into a Cyberman.
* RedHerring: The Doctor reprograms the Cybermat to use it as a weapon. The Cybermen simply stomp on it.
* TheReveal: The final scene solves one of the 2011 season's major ongoing mysteries by revealing the Impossible Astronaut is not River as a child, but River when she's already Dr Song.
* RobotBuddy: Bitey the Cybermat.
* RunningGag: The Doctor "Shhh"-ing people and Craig wanting to be taught how.
* ShapedLikeItself: It's a ''sonic'' screwdriver; of ''course'' it doesn't have a quiet mode!
* ShoutOut:
** There's a poster for Creator/StevenMoffat's [[Series/{{Sherlock}} other series]] in one of the exterior shots of the department store.
** ''Franchise/StarTrek'' is mentioned again when the Doctor is explaining [[TeleportersAndTransporters teleportation]] to Craig.
** The Cybermat is shielded. Don't worry, there's an app for that. Better yet, the sound that "App" makes is a sound the RealLife toy version makes. It could do this even before this episode aired!
** The Doctor quotes the second and third lines of the title song for ''Film/ThoseMagnificentMenInTheirFlyingMachines''.
** ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' and [[WesternAnimation/{{Cars}} Lightning McQueen]] Lego can be seen over the Doctor's shoulder in the toy shop.
** Bitey's name may reference the Monorail episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' ("I call the big one Bitey").
* SleepCute: Craig falls asleep with Alfie on his belly. A chubby little man on his chubby little man.
* SoftGlass: The Doctor jumps through a sliding glass door. Not a mark on him.
* StaringKid: A group of them watch the Doctor leave at the end.
* StealthHiBye: Sophie knocks... on her own door (she ''always'' forgets her keys) and by the time Craig has turned back, the Doctor has once again disappeared.
* StealthInsult: The Doctor stating that the "Shhh" trick only works on underdeveloped brains... moments before he uses it on Craig. And the "Shhh" trick is only supposed to work once on someone. The Doctor uses it numerous times on Craig.
* StoutStrength: Craig, according to the Doctor -- when Craig holds off the Cybermat attacking him, the Doctor notes he must be much stronger than average to have managed it, because it "should have had [Craig] easy."
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial:
** The Doctor is ''done'' noticing things. He didn't even notice ''[[EpilepticFlashingLights that]]'', for example. And [[BlatantLies he is]] ''[[BlatantLies not]]'' currently scanning around for electrical fluctuations.
** And Craig tells Sophie that "Nothing happened. Nothing weird."
* TemptingFate: Heh, you're right, Craig, the Cybermat ''is'' kinda cu-- [[KillerRabbit OH GOD TEETH]].
* TimeSkip: WordOfGod states that between [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E11TheGodComplex "The God Complex"]] and this episode, the Doctor spent the 200 years engaged in the wacky hijinks shown at the beginning of "The Impossible Astronaut".
* WhamEpisode: Turns into this in the last scene.
* YouWillBeAssimilated
* YourHeadASplode: Emotions prove too much for the Cybermen, as usual.

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->''Tick tock, goes the clock, he cradled and he rocked her. Tick tock goes the clock, 'till River kills the Doctor.''
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