So I thought I would wait until both episodes of the two-part storyline aired for the Doctor Who season premiere to review what’s happened so far. There’s just one problem, though: my brain hurts.
So this review will probably be more like “wtf?” and a lot of questions because that’s where the show has left us fans.
But really, WHAT IS GOING ON? WHO IS THE REGENERATING GIRL? AND WHY DOES RIVER SONG NOT REALIZE THAT SHE AND THE DOCTOR HAVE NOT YET KISSED? AND IS AMY PREGNANT OR NOT?
I think my head just imploded.
So to sort of recap:
“The Impossible Astronaut” (Part 1) starts out with a 200-year-older Doctor getting shot by something inside a space suit. We later find out (thanks to wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey) that there’s a young girl in the space suit (or is there?) and that she is somehow special. The space suit is an exoskeletal body that the girl lives in, but as to why, we are not given a reason.
The Silence are here and boy, are they SCARY. Really… there is nothing creepier than a monster that disappears from your memory if you look away. And for some reason, Amy decided to tell the Doctor that she was pregnant. Meanwhile, the Doctor is helping President Nixon and a man from the FBI (guest star Mark Sheppard) to figure out just what’s going on with a little girl who keeps calling President Nixon’s phone. This has something to do with the Silence, although now I’m confused as to what the little girl was doing with them in part 2. It’s not very clear. Maybe I need a re-watch.
Anyway, in part 2, “Day of the Moon,” Amy is grabbed by the Silence (that scene in the orphanage was terrifying!) and to sum everything up quickly, the Doctor saves her (with the help of River and Rory, obviously) and they get away in the TARDIS. But then we find out that Amy is not pregnant (or is she?) and we see the little girl on the streets regenerating.
I’ve left out a lot of details as there was so much going on in these two episodes that I just couldn’t keep up. I’m only a simple American, after all!
So let’s discuss the simpler things. Seeing Doctor Who actually filmed in the United States was pretty awesome. I love the UK, but there is just such a vastness to some places here that can’t compare (the scenes shot in Utah were breathtaking). And also knowing that the episode was shot on location just makes the show and the Doctor that much more larger than life. As an American, I have to admit, it made me a bit proud, especially with the show becoming so popular here.
There was a bit of silliness, as well, as we have come to expect – those scenes that are just downright fun. I admit to giggling during that scene where River jumped off of the building in New York only to have the TARDIS materialize underneath her so that she could land in its swimming pool.
So we are left with so many questions for the new season that I don’t know where to begin. I’ve read a few rumors that some believe that the little girl was Amy’s child, but I’ve also read that people believe her to be the child of River Song and the Doctor. The regeneration leads us to believe that she is time lord or part time lord. I had a thought that she could even be River Song, but I don’t think that’s possible, although with River Song and the Doctor’s timelines being out of sync, who knows what’s possible?
But we do know one thing (maybe) that was shown to us at the beginning. The child kills the Doctor. Or that’s what we’re being led to believe. As fans of the show, we know that the things we think we have figured out are usually completely different, in the end.
I do have one theory about River Song, though. I think she’s the Rani. The Rani did kill the 6th Doctor and forced him to regenerate into the 7th, after all. And considering she says she killed the best man she knew, that would make sense. Although that would mean the Doctor would know her, right? Unless she’s regenerated and has somehow disguised the fact that she’s a time lady. If I recall, though, didn’t she give the Doctor an amnesia drug at that point? I might be onto something here…
All I can say, at this point, is job well done, Doctor Who. I cannot wait to see what the rest of the season has in store for us. Coming up next week: Pirates! Arrrrrrgh!
Do you have any theories? Let me know in the comments below.