Parallel Episodes: Stolen Time

It was an accident. A time warp, a time stream, something that took her away from us. She went through the wrong door, wandered into a room never intended to be opened, touched something never meant to be touched… and when we brought her back we miscalculated. Something went wrong. And it’s been ten years. Twenty. Thirty.

Star Trek: Deeps Space Nine: Time’s Orphan

Mollie, the eight year old daughter of the station’s chief engineer and his botanist wife, wanders into a cave and activates a time distortion field built millennial ago. She falls through, and her father arrives too late to save her. Scientists beam down and they determine that she’s been hurled back three hundred years into the past at a time when the planet was completely uninhabited. They work hard to reactivate the field, intending to bring her back barely moments after she fell through.

Working with alien technology is difficult, and when they bring her back through she’s a wild, uncontrollable eighteen year old who doesn’t remember how to speak, who she is, or why she’s suddenly be snatched away from “home.”

Doctor Who: The Girl Who Waited

It’s a quarantine facility, but they didn’t figure that out until later. The door has two buttons, a red waterfall and a green anchor. The buttons lead not to separate rooms, but separate time streams. The red waterfall takes Amy to compressed time stream; a place where years pass in a matter of days.

The Doctor sends Rory in to get her, planning on getting her out just a few hours after she went through, but something goes wrong, and it’s been thirty years. Thirty years alone in a quarantine facility, waiting for a rescue that never came, fighting off helpful robots who’s medicine will kill her, Amy is old, bitter, and almost as uncontrollable as Mollie.


Both episodes are very similar. In both those who are left behind, the girl’s father, mother, husband, they want their girl back, not the one they got. They want what they lost, the young, innocent and loving child. They both struggle with this person who is the same, yet not the same…

But they deal with the subject in very different ways. In DS9 the idea of trying again is instantly rejected. “Just because we missed those ten years of her life doesn’t mean we have the right to take them away.” In Doctor Who they do everything they can to bring back the younger Amy, and it leaves open for discussion the obvious question of whether what they did was moral or not.


Parallel Episodes: Stolen Time — 2 Comments

  1. Ooo fascinating moral question! I struggled with that when I watched The Girl Who Waited. Part of me didn’t feel it was right for them to destroy that time line version of Amy, while another part felt it would be better if that part of her life was erased. But the moral dilemma was made all the more pressing when it was explained that they would, in essence be killing that version of Amy. Despite the hard, lonely life she’d had she deserved to live. If she decided that she wanted to. Now if she’d made the decision to be erased, or if the girl from DS9 had that would be a different story. It would have been their choice. It might be selfish to force your younger self to go through those horrors, but at the same time no one has the right to demand you give up your life to make your own life easier. So morally I felt the Doctor overstepped his bounds, he didn’t have the right to make that decision. Yet I was relieved that he did. I felt it was right for Amy to be able to live her life normally (how ever normally she could with the Doctor around XD ) but it should have been the other Amy’s decision and not one forced by the Doctor. But it was a horribly hard choice either way. Really, an impossible choice.

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