Archive for May 5, 2011

Please don’t read if you have not seen episode 1 & 2 of the new series of Dr Who yet….Spoiler alert.

I have just watched the first 2 episodes of the new dr who series (“The Impossible Astronaut” and “Day of the moon”).  And WOW they were absolutely fantastic but I must admit it they left me very confused. In fact they seem to supply very few answers, just even more questions. And by the end of this opening two-parter, I was left wondering:-

  • Who killed the Doctor and why?
  • Who is the little girl, who is the father and how can she regenerate?
  • How can Amy be pregnant and not pregnant at the same time?
  • Why did the Silence need to build a spacesuit?
  • Not forgetting, who the heck is River Song?

Even though the “day of the moon” episode was very confusing at times there’s a great action sequence at the episode’s end – a ludicrously insane laser battle that Tarantino would be proud of. It’s the perfect, visceral visual punch to accompany the more cerebral moments of the episode with the Doctor trouncing the Silence’s plans using post-hypnotic suggestion embedded in the footage of Neil Armstrong’s first moonwalk.

In between, we’re also treated to some incredibly creepy scenes in a children’s home, Rory in ’60 glasses, President Nixon coming to the Doctor’s rescue, and a number of very effective character moments involving Rory and Amy, who give the episode a real emotional grounding amongst the plot-rush. Moffat uses his “disembodied voice pleading for help” stick again but then gets so much mileage out of Rory’s eavesdropping (both for comic and dramatic effect) you really don’t mind. I think Karen Gillan and Matt Smith just get better with every episode now, while it’s hard to believe Rory isn’t getting a whole new set of fans as well.

Overall, I thought  “The Impossible Astronaut” and “Day Of The Moon” were huge fun, effortlessly entertaining, and blessed with a cliffhanger so jaw droppingly unexpected it’s bound to keep viewers hooked. All of which helps smooth over the fact that it also feels just slightly too disjointed, inconclusive and open-ended.  I just hope the whole budget for the series hasn’t been blown on these opening episodes.

You want fun? You want creepy? You want action?  Then it looks like this new series of dr who has got it all. In fact this series of Doctor Who is looking to be shaping up to be like no other before it. I look forward to the rest of the series with bated breath.  What did you think, do you agree with me?

To wet your appetite here is a sneak preview at the next episode..

For those not familiar with doctor who then please read my blog “Dr who Exposed…. Whats it all about?”

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