The Impossibel Astronaut
Wow, what a mind bender of an episode. Rather than draw you into the new season slowly, gently reminding you of what happened during the previous series while offering juicy tidbits of what to expect this year, Stephen Moffat and Matt Smith grab you by both arms and drag you on a rollercoaster of an adventure that includes pit stops in Utah and Richard Nixon’s Oval Office.
Along for the ride are Amy, Rory and a woman whose mysterious background has thrown up rumours such as she is another incarnation of the Doctor, or that she killed the Doctor, River Song- personally, I’m hoping we’ll get some solid answers soon! Of course, there were plenty of new questions thrown up this year. For one thing within minutes of the episode starting the Doctor is killed in spectacular fashion, and not in the, give him in a minute to regenerate way, but in the actually dead-dead way. I don’t suppose anyone believes for a minute that Matt Smith will be the last actor to play the Doctor though hopefully he won’t leave for a good long time, still I’m left wondering how they plan to fix this.
Not one to sit on his laurels, Moffat has also created a delightful new villain for the Who-verse which is in many ways more sinister than any we’ve previously seen before. Because, the thing is, even if you see this creature, you’ll forget you ever saw it, shortly after. So much information is thrown at you in this episode, it’s almost hard to keep up. And while you’re still trying to keep up with the latest revelation, this time about Amy, we get a helluva of cliffhanger that leaves you, well, frankly a little annoyed at Moffat and the BBC. Couldn’t we have had both episodes at once? Do I really have to wait a whole week for the conclusion? The thing is, I know things will work out in the end… It’s Doctor Who! But Moffat definitely keeps the journey interesting, and that isn’t such a bad thing.