My Review of Doctor Who Series 6 (2011) the Final Episode “The wedding of River Song”

Posted: October 2, 2011 in Gossip/News/Reviews - TV
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Please don’t read if you have not seen final episode of Doctor who series 6 (2011)  yet….Spoiler alert.

The episode starts with time all mixed up. Time is stuck, it’s been 5:02 on 22 April for a long time. We see dinosaurs, Cars suspended from hot air balloons. Charles Dickens and Winston Churchill as the leader of the Roman empire riding back into London on his mammoth all in the same time line.  Winston Churchill starts to notice that the time is always the same and fetches the Soothsayer (the doctor) who has been held in the tower.  The doctor tells the story of how he endeavoured to find out who “The Silence” were and why they wanted him to die and then how time got all mixed up.

It is revealed that River figures out how to not kill the Doctor at the fixed point in time (Yes it was River in the spacesuit, who did kill the Doctor after her brainwashing at the hands of Madame Kovarian) which causes all of time to happen at once, as you are not allowed to change a fixed point in time (apparently).

The doctor and Winston Churchill then fight the silence and Amy blasts onto the scene with some army types.  They know about the problem with time and want to fix it. They have The silence imprisoned in water tanks. And we see Madam Kovarian tied to a chair and the return of River. And the eyepatches are revealed as “eye-drives” that enable the wearer to remember the Silence.  However the silence escape and all hell breaks loose. And to sort time out it is only the bringing of River and the Doctor together, ultimately in marriage, that can repair things. Which they do, of course, and all is well again. Time is repaired and the doctor is killed, or is he?

No of course the doctor doesn’t die, but how did he cheat death? Well he miniaturised himself and hid inside the Tessalator robot from Let’s Kill Hitler. And its the Tessalator robot that is shot. Wonderful stuff.

In between we are given a nice touching tribute to Brigadier Alastair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart (played by Nicholas Courtney who died this year) from UNIT who was with the doctor in the early “doctor who” days.  News of his death makes the Doctor realise that all things must pass.

So what did I think of this episode? Well, WOW I thought this episode was brilliant. Matt Smith, Arthur Darvill, Karen Gillan and Alex Kingston were all excellent in this episode.  I particularly liked the part when River drops in on Amy and Rory at the end and River quips  “Father dear, I think mummy might need another drink”  brilliant :). It was a great finale to what has been a really good series of doctor who.  It was witty, scary, emotional, crazy, surprising and action packed.  And not only does “The Wedding Of River Song”  pretty much aswered all the questions and tie almost everything up, but it also sort of reboots the show as now everybody thinks the doctor is dead.  I think things will be a bit different in the next series as the doctor tries to keep to the shadows.

However at the end of episode we are left with a new/old question…..

“The oldest question in the universe, hidden in plain sight.”

Doctor Who????

What did you think?

Doctor Who returns for the christmas special.  As soon as I have a trailer I will post it on my blog.

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Comments
  1. noelypb says:

    I was slightly disappointed actually. I think I was looking forward too it so much that it didn’t quite pay off. Left wondering how the doctor not dieing didn’t cause a time compression- am assuming the fixed point in time was the doctor faking his death, not him actually being so. Unless time itself now believes the doctor dead. And a fake doctor (either fake death or tessalator) was always on the cards. I even thought so when the captain asked if he could do anything.

    I like the reboot idea to move the doctor from the god character he had become. Am sure I blogged about this during the mid season break (must check)

    The Brig tribute was well done.

    Not everything has been answered for me. Who was building a TARDIS in The Lodger and Impossible Astronaut / Day of the Moon? The Silence story is still not 100% clear. So the Doctor didn’t die but now we build up to the fall of the 11th (his regeneration I guess)???

    Been a great series though the finale didn’t quite cut it for me. I like the reboot though, roll on Xmas.

    • Tim says:

      Finales are usually disappointing because of all the build-up, but Moffat’s two have been better than all but perhaps RTD’s first (when expectations were lower anyway). I really rather liked this. It answered enough questions for me, and of course set up a tantalising reboot and arc for season 7. To be honest, I don’t really need all the questions answered for me, just the key ones, and Moffat just about managed that for me.

      Noelypb, the fixed point in time was always the ‘Doctor’ being killed by River. The real Doctor had always recruited the Teselecta to stand in for him, but the problem was River disrupted the order of time by not carrying out the killing – which is what caused time to collapse. We have often been told why fixed points cannot and must not be altered – now we know why. So the big threat to reality was actually the Silence’s fault, but not because of something the Doctor did – because of something their trained assassin, River, unexpectedly did.

      And now my head hurts. Anyhow, here are my thoughts on season six:
      http://slouchingtowardsthatcham.com/2011/10/02/doctor-who-season-6-review/

  2. simone says:

    I thought it was good but I did feel disapointed it wasn’t as good as other ones which was a shame
    Well I’m glad there is going to more with the same doc lol

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