The Doctor, Amy, and Rory emerge from the TARDIS. They've landed in what looks like a hobo camp in the middle of a junkyard. There's even a fire burning in what I can only assume is the alien equivalent of a 50-gallon drum. (Although it looks suspiciously like a washing machine.) There are no lights in the sky, because we're outside the universe. But someone has thoughtfully left a few light sources artfully scattered around the place, so it's not completely dark. Amy asks what the Corsair's message said, and the Doctor tells her, in the hemming and hawing way that tells us that he doesn't really know, that it was a distress call. There's some babble between Rory and the Doctor about how it doesn't make sense for them to be outside the universe, since the universe contains everything in the universe. The Doctor notes that there's lots of rift energy about, so the TARDIS is likely to recharge on its own. He takes a quick survey of conditions -- normal gravity, breathable air, a smell described variously as onions or armpits, and tons of junk that must get sucked through the occasional rift.
And then Idris comes running towards them, pointing at the Doctor and calling him a thief. She's also quite confused, saying goodbye and then forgetting how to say hello. But she's not so confused that she doesn't take advantage of the Doctor's shock to plant a big wet one right on his lips. Lucky girl. Auntie and Uncle come running after her, warning everyone that she's dangerous and apologizing for unleashing a madwoman on the little planetoid. The Doctor asks Idris what he's stolen, and she identifies herself as the stolen property. But she's confused about whether she has been, is being, will be, or will have been stolen. In her own words, "Oh, tenses are difficult, aren't they?" Auntie and Uncle introduce themselves to the Doctor, and Uncle warns him that Idris bites. Idris: "Do I?" And she bites the Doctor, right on the neck. After being pulled off him, she tells Amy, "Biting's excellent. It's like kissing, only there's a winner." She discovers her own tongue and gets a brilliant idea about kissing, but this time the Doctor is too fast for her, hiding behind Amy and Rory. Idris worries that the Doctor is angry, and then realizes that he will be angry: "The little boxes will make you angry." This piques the Doctor's curiosity, but before she can get an answer she's laughing at his ridiculously cute chin. And then she tells Rory, "It means the smell of dust after rain." Rory: "What does?" Idris: "Petrachor." Rory: "I didn't ask." Idris: "Not yet." Auntie suggests that Idris take a rest, and she collapses right there, in a conveniently placed chair. Uncle: "That's it, she's dead now." But she is, of course, still breathing. So Uncle asks Nephew to take her some place she won't be able to bite anyone. That's when Amy and Rory notice the creepy green-eyed alien standing there, and freak out a bit. But the Doctor reassures them that Ood's are good. Unfortunately, Nephew's speech globe is broken. While the Doctor tries to fix it, Auntie explains that "Nephew was broken when he came here. Well, he was half dead. House repaired him. He actually repaired all of us." The Doctor fixes Nephew's speech globe, and suddenly he hears many overlapping voices, all asking for help, one in particular asking for help from the High Council of the Time Lords. And then the globe goes dark and the voices end. The Doctor realizes that the speech globe is picking up on some other broadcast. With some urgency, he asks Auntie who else is there. She tells him that it's just the four of them, plus House. Unfortunately, House is not a tall doctor with a drug problem and a cane -- it's the entire planetoid. Auntie asks if the Doctor would like to meet him. Unable to resist an invitation, the Doctor says yes, and Uncle ushers everyone along. But before they follow, the Doctor tells Amy and Rory that the voices he heard were all Time Lords, and he thinks they're likely still somewhere nearby. Commercials.