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->''"I have a plan, and it'll destroy them ''all''."''
-->-- '''Ganger Jennifer'''

Written by Matthew Graham.
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Continued from the last episode, and all-out war is going on between the human crew and their rogue Gangers, both of which fear the other group too much to stay rational. As the solar storm rages, Jennifer, a Ganger driven mad by the unnatural memories of being "decommissioned" over and over, is seeking revenge. As the crumbling factory fills with toxic fumes and drips lethal acid, the "originals" wait desperately for the shuttle from the Mainland to rescue them.

[[{{Foreshadowing}} The Doctors tell Amy to breathe.]]

The Doctor's own Ganger has some initial glitches, but the Doctor calms him down and, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd as usual]], effortlessly teams up with himself. He tells Amy that they can still be told apart because the original Doctor's shoes dissolved last episode, and he's wearing different ones now.

It turns out that the factory is full of discarded bits and pieces of Flesh . . . still fully conscious.

Amy is ''very'' freaked out by seeing the Doctor's Ganger. She treats him coldly and stops just short of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E6TheDoctorsDaughter generated anomaly]]". The Doctor keeps asking her why, and she explains that the friendship she has with the Doctor can't suddenly be directed towards his Ganger, regardless of whether or not they have the exact same feelings and memories.

Amy sees the eyepatch woman again, and finally decides to tell the Doctor about it. He brushes her off. When the Doctor's Ganger takes her aside, she freaks out and asks him if he can die. [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E1TheImpossibleAstronaut Because she may have seen that]], and the real Doctor invited her to come see it. The Ganger takes in that information, but is distracted when his innate psychic Time Lord powers pick up the screams of the decaying discarded Flesh. He heads back to confer with the Doctor, and hesitantly agrees to keep his distance from the main crew as a safety precaution.

Rory teams up with Jennifer, and is tricked by her to trap Amy, the Doctor and the remaining crew. Jennifer turns out to have had ''two'' Gangers, and the original her is [[DeadAllAlong long since dead]].

Jennifer's remaining Ganger morphs into a freakish long-limbed monster. The factory is about to be blown up, and the Doctor reveals to Amy that he's not the Doctor at all. He's the Ganger -- and has been all along. They switched shoes to see how Amy would respond to them. The Doctor's Ganger sacrifices himself while the Doctor, Amy and Rory escape. The two remaining Gangers are dropped off safely, together with the last living human crew member. They decide to let the world know what happened, together.

Back inside the TARDIS, the Doctor explains his reasoning for the switcheroo. And why he told Amy to "breathe" earlier. She's going into labour, or rather, her very pregnant ''actual'' self is. Amy was kidnapped before America, and has [[ParanoiaFuel unknowingly]] spent months experiencing all her adventures through a Flesh body. The Doctor knew all along, because [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E5ThePoisonSky the Flesh has never been able to fool him]]. He just needed to know more about it before taking action: how it feels, how it works and how it can judge.

As the Doctor dissolves the Flesh of Amy's Ganger, telling Rory to be very brave, we cut to where Amy really is: on a bed, giving birth. The eyepatched woman who Amy keeps seeing through doors and walls is staring at her, real this time, happy that the baby is about to be born. Amy ''screams''.

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!!Tropes:

* ArcWords: Arc Person again -- the Eyepatch Lady.
* AndIMustScream: The partially melted down Gangers. Rotting but ''fully alive'' and conscious.
* ArtisticLicenseMedicine: Cleaves has a blood clot in her brain, giving her headaches. In real life we have a word for a blood clot in the brain: a stroke. They do a bit more than headaches.
** Actually, in a case of RealityIsUnrealistic blood clots in the brain, whilst ''capable'' of causing a stroke, are not the same thing as one. They still usually cause more than headaches though.
* BatmanGambit: By the Doctor, as usual, by banking on the Gangers trying to recruit his Ganger, he shames them into acting human.
* BigDamnHeroes: The TARDIS, crashing through the ceiling once the acid around her has dissolved the ground she was standing on.
* BodyHorror: The rotting Gangers -- partially melted but still conscious. Also, eyes in one of the walls, made of more living Flesh.
* BuffySpeak:
** "It's chokey gas!"
** "All right, show me the scanney-trackey screen!"
* CaptainObvious: There is a massive cracking sound. Amy: "Something just cracked; I heard it!"
* CaptureAndReplicate: At the end of the episode it's revealed that the Flesh technology has been used to do this with Amy.
* {{Cliffhanger}}: Amy's been piloting a Ganger all along, and is really being held somewhere else by the Eyepatch Lady . . . and she's ''giving birth''.
* CloningBlues: Subverted. While the Gangers question their humanity and their originals don't trust them, the Doctor considers the originals and their Gangers to be literally "the same person twice". In fact he sees his Ganger as himself and deserving of full respect. He's vindicated when it turns out he and his Ganger switched places near the beginning of the episode, in order to be sure they were the same.
* ContinuityNod:
** The Ganger!Doctor quotes his First, Third, Fourth and Tenth incarnations while trying to stabilise himself. At one point he even offers people a jelly baby in Creator/TomBaker's voice.
** Later, he calls himself John Smith, his most common alias over the series. More specifically, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E8HumanNature it was his name the last time]] he was "only ''almost'' the Doctor".
** Both Doctors refer to the TARDIS as [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E4TheDoctorsWife "Sexy"]].
** The Doctor calls Rory "Roranicus", [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens just like Amy did]].
** Amy waking up in a small coffin-like space, like in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E8TheHungryEarth "The Hungry Earth"]].
** Rory appears to understand why the Doctor is telling him to step away from Amy, which would make sense for [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens someone who was himself a duplicate]].
* CuteAndPsycho: It's been suggested the original Jennifer was one, as it would explain why her Ganger flipped so quickly.
* DebateAndSwitch: Since the season opener, Team TARDIS has been wondering whether to tell the Doctor that he's going to die and risk some sort of paradox. During this episode, Amy accidentally tells him, thinking she was speaking to the Ganger!Doctor.
* DifferentlyDressedDuplicates: The Doctor is wearing a pair of borrowed work boots, and his Ganger is wearing his original shoes. Except that they actually switched shoes early on . . .
* DistinctionWithoutADifference:
-->'''Ganger!Doctor:''' The Flesh can grow, correct?\\
'''Cleaves:''' ''Its cells can divide.''
* DistressedDude: After Rory unwittingly helps Ganger!Jennifer with her plans, she drags him away after trapping the other team.
* TheEndingChangesEverything: Amy is a Ganger and has been all through this series; human Amy has been locked in a cell ''the entire time'', meaning somewhere along the way human Amy was swapped for a Ganger who has been travelling with the Doctor the whole time. Since the Ganger functions as a remote body to the real Amy, that means that human Amy experienced all this series' preceding adventures while not in her real body.
* FaceHeelTurn: The Doctor pretends to do this, making the Gangers think he's on their side (mostly by freaking Rory the hell out) until he has an out to "trick them into humanity".
* FantasticRacism:
** Cleaves towards Gangers in general. Amy demonstrates repeated prejudice and anger towards the one she thinks is the Ganger!Doctor.
** Ganger!Jennifer plans to go to the mainland and kill as many humans as she can because she believes them to [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters be the real monsters]].
* FinishingEachOthersSentences: The Doctor and his Ganger effortlessly finish each other's thoughts.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** Amy, in this episode, is worried she and Rory are growing apart, and doesn't like being separated from him. Turns out they've been apart all along.
** During the first conversation between the Doctor and his Ganger, one asks about Cybermats. Guess what's returning later in the series?
** The Doctor and his Ganger both tell Amy to "breathe" several times.
* FullNameUltimatum: Parodied a bit by the Doctor: RORY POND RORANICUS PONDICUS!
* GenreBlindness: How many hints did second Flesh Jennifer give Rory that she wasn't exactly on his side? But she had to flat out tell him for him to catch on.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: Ganger!Jennifer completely loses it thanks to all her memories of being "decommissioned".
* HeelRealization:
** The Doctor gambits the Gangers into this to quit their plans and save the humans, having the Ganger version of Jimmy contact their son (and thus realize he is basically killing his son's father). Only Ganger!Jennifer fails to undergo this, coming to see "humanity" as a weakness.
** The Doctor also gambits one onto Amy, by pulling a TwinSwitch with the Ganger!Doctor she is reviled by.
* HeroicSacrifice: All over the place. Final list includes human Jimmy, human Dicken, Ganger!Cleaves and the Ganger!Doctor. Interestingly, all of them are attempts at thwarting Ganger!Jennifer's murderous actions.
* HiveMind: The two Doctors manage to act as if they were still occupying the same skull. Which, in a way, they are. Both being essentially exactly the same person, it would make sense that they would know exactly what the other was thinking. The fact that Time Lords are telepathic couldn't have hurt, either.
* HollywoodAcid: Carrying over from the last episode, the stuff being mined at the factory. Human Jimmy dies when he gets splashed with some that bores its way to his heart.
* HumansThroughAlienEyes: Subtle example. Rory finds the human and Ganger versions of Jennifer only for them to fight, and is shocked when the human Jennifer hurls her counterpart into a pool of acid. We later learn that both of them were Gangers and it was done to manipulate Rory -- in other words, the Ganger!Jennifer views humans as being so callous that she presented her supposedly human version casually disposing of the Ganger version as normal behaviour, but Rory himself is morally superior to her idea of what humans are like.
* {{Hypocrite}}:
** The Ganger Jennifer rails against the humans for "executing" Gangers, but it turns out she deliberately killed another Jennifer Ganger herself in order to manipulate Rory.
** The climax basically revolves around the poetic irony that while the other Gangers either die heroically (and thus assist in proving their species "humanity" to their originals) or actually take over the lives of dead originals as desired (albeit under far more noble terms), Ganger!Jennifer has come to find such actions "weaknesses" and dies a literal inhuman monster willing to kill even her own out of spite.
** There's a downplayed case at the end. After spending two episodes preaching about the rights and freedoms the Gangers deserve, the Doctor quickly melts Amy's Ganger in order to learn the original Amy's location. He says he is going to be as "humane" about it as possible, and he's not at all happy about doing it.
* IdiotBall: Ganger!Jennifer, after being "proven" human, uses Rory's handprint instead of her own to access the human-use-only factory controls, and the computer says loudly, "Human identity verified". Rory doesn't notice anything odd about this.
* IKnowYouKnowIKnow: ''Invoked''. Since Ganger!Cleaves has the same memories and thought-patterns as human Cleaves, she's able to correctly guess what her human counterpart chose as a [[TrustPassword code phrase]].
* IncurableCoughOfDeath: Both Human Cleaves and Ganger!Cleaves suffer from one caused by a blood clot in their brains that is impossible to cure ''on Earth''. The Doctor has just the thing for that.
* IWillFindYou: The Doctor promises this to Amy, who's standing right in front of him. So she thinks.
* LotusEaterMachine: The real Amy has been living her Ganger's experiences, while all the time she's imprisoned in the birthing tube.
* MoodWhiplash:
** The Doctor's Ganger mangling previous incarnations' catchphrases as he struggles to solidify at the beginning. Hearing him say "reverse the jelly baby of the neutron flow!" should be hilarious, but it comes with him obviously in pain and on the brink of losing his sanity.
** The ending; after the Doctor has dropped the survivors off, having them promise to ensure some good comes out of the whole sorry affair, things are rather upbeat and positive, until Amy starts clutching her stomach in pain for no discernible reason.
--->'''Amy:''' Doctor, I am frightened. I'm properly, properly scared.
* NeverTrustATrailer: The previews made it look like Ganger!Doctor would be an antagonist. Not only does he help the original throughout the episode, he eventually pulls a HeroicSacrifice.
* NightmareFace: Ganger!Jennifer sports two of them this episode. The second one is when she takes a genuinely monstrous form.
* NoodleIncident: The Doctor apparently once plugged his brain into an entire planet to halt it in its orbit to win a bet.
* NoOSHACompliance: Not only can the factory pipes spill HollywoodAcid when they rupture and the acid forms DeadlyGas when it melts stone, the entire factory explodes when overheated. No wonder they used to lose a worker a week.
* TheNoseless: The Gangers are noseless whenever they start losing cohesion, which is often.
* NotSoDifferent: The point of the Aesop is that the Gangers are not different at all from their human counterparts. The Doctor and his Ganger prove this with the TwinSwitch they pull on Amy.
* OneWingedAngel: Ganger!Jennifer mutates into some kind of large, four-legged beast near the end.
* ThePowerOfLove: Getting a holo-telephone call from his son is what inspires compassion in Ganger!Jimmy to rescue the humans from the death trap.
* ThePlotReaper: Ganger!Doctor tidies all the surplus elements of the plot (including himself) away once they've outlived their purpose.
* PreAsskickingOneLiner: [[CallBack "Geronimo."]]
* PseudoCrisis: The last episode's cliffhanger was the revelation of the Ganger!Doctor. He and his original get along splendily.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Cleaves, responsible for the whole mess by murdering Ganger!Buzz, becomes one in the end. At the press conference she is accepted as "boss" by one of the remaining Gangers after saying they would confront the matter "side-by-side".
* RedHerring: The Gangers immediately led both Amy and the viewers to the hypothesis that the Doctor who died in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E1TheImpossibleAstronaut "The Impossible Astronaut"]] was a Ganger.
* RemoteBody: It turns out that Amy is a Ganger, being unknowingly piloted by her from an unknown location.
* ReplacementGoldfish: Jimmy and Dicken are killed, but their Gangers resume their lives for them. However, since they possess their memories, from the perspective of the Gangers they're simply resuming their lives.
* TheReveal: We finally get to know a bit more about the Eyepatch Lady Amy has been seeing.
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: Ganger!Jennifer promises the other Gangers it will be "us or them".
* ScreamingBirth: Although Amy could just be screaming out of terror, she's also giving birth.
* ShoutOut: Amy mentions how [[Franchise/HighLander there can be only one]] Doctor.
* SiblingTeam: The original Doctor and his Ganger are technically twins and work extremely well together.
* SpotTheImposter:
** The Doctor's shoes have been burnt by acid; Ganger!Doctor's are still intact. Except they swapped shoes so the original Doctor could understand the Ganger's perspective.
** Human Jimmy wears his wedding ring on a cord around his neck, which Ganger!Jimmy takes after he dies.
* TakeCareOfTheKids: Unusual variation. Human Jimmy dies just as his Ganger self undergoes a HeelRealization, asking his other self to watch over "their" family in his place.
* TakeThatAudience: A minor one to the more [[FanDumb vocal fans]] who persist in their desire to see David Tennant return:
-->'''Ganger!Doctor:''' ''[Ten's voice]'' Hello, I'm the Doctor. ''[normal]'' [[BigNo noooOOOOOOOO!!]] ''Let it go, we we've MOVED ON!!''
* ThatsWhatIWouldDo: Ganger!Cleaves can guess the password the original Cleaves came up with, because it's the one she would have used.
* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: Amy's visions of the Eyepatch Lady are revealed to be what the real Amy sees when the woman opens the hatch to her cell. The image sometimes bleeds through into wherever her Ganger happens to be at that time.
* TomatoInTheMirror: Of the regular cast, Amy is the one most suspicious of the Gangers. She turns out at the end to be one herself.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Amy can be unfeeling at the best of times, but she dislikes Ganger!Doctor before she has any reason to. She says he's amazing but not the Doctor.
* TwinSwitch: The Doctor and his Ganger switch shoes, and thus places, to test whether they were really the same.
* UnwittingPawn: Rory plays into the Gangers' plans for most of the episode.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: Ganger!Jennifer talks about how the original Jennifer used to be a "little girl lost on the moors in her red wellies".
* VoicesAreMental: While the Ganger Doctor is trying to cope in the beginning of the episode, he speaks in the [[Creator/TomBaker Fourth]] and [[Creator/DavidTennant Tenth Doctor's]] voices. {{Justified|Trope}} in that the Flesh, adaptive as it was, could easily rearrange itself to create a different vocal pattern.
* TheWallsHaveEyes: Eyes are growing on the castle walls, just staring accusingly at people.
* WhamEpisode: It turns out that Amy is a Ganger. Also, we finally find out who the Eyepatch Lady is.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Carrying over from the last episode, the miners and Amy say "nothing" and the Doctor and Rory say "everything". In the end, Cleaves agrees with the Doctor.
* WorthyOpponent: Ganger and Human Cleaves do not like each other at all, but they ''do'' respect each other's intelligence. Human!Cleaves suspects that Ganger!Cleaves is eavesdropping on her transmition and types the codeword just in case, thus prompting Ganger!Cleaves to remark "Look how smart I am".
* YouAreWhatYouHate: Amy, who shows extreme mistrust towards the Gangers, only to be revealed to be one the whole time.
%%* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: The real Amy is.

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