Wednesday 18 November 2020

I is for... Interface

The medical complex known as the Two Streams Facility on the planet Apalapucia employed many diversions to keep its terminally ill patients amused and entertained during what was, for them, a lengthy stay. The planet had been struck by the Chen-7 plague, which killed people in a day. Those infected were admitted to part of the Facility where a compressed time-stream operated - dragging out their day for years. Each patient had access to the Facility's computerised Interface, which acted as their guide. It appeared as a beam of light, and spoke with a soothing female voice. After becoming trapped in the compressed time-stream, Amy Pond was able over time to reprogramme her Interface to tell her about the workings of the Facility, so that she could avoid the Handbots, whose attempts at care could prove fatal to her. However, the one thing it couldn't tell her was how to escape.
Two versions of Amy were created - one newly arrived and one who had lived in the Facility for years. When the older Amy sacrificed herself to prevent her younger self from becoming trapped, the last thing she asked of the Interface was one last look at the planet Earth.

Voiced by: Imelda Staunton. Appearances: The Girl Who Waited (2011).
  • Oscar nominated Staunton is one of a number of major stage and screen stars who have appeared in the programme in vocal only roles, due to their heavy workloads (e.g. Michael Sheen, Brian Cox, Sir Ian McKellen). 
  • Her best known role is probably as the villainous Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter movies. She'll be taking over from Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown for the final two seasons.

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