‘Doctor Who’ Review of Season 6 Premiere “The Impossible Astronaut”

by on April 24, 2011

in Entertainment, tv reviews

'Doctor Who' Tardis-shaped logoDoctor Who season 6 premiere episode review

Spoilers Ensue, so unless you have a Tardis and DVRing it, avert your eyes and come back later!

It’s good to have the Doctor, Doctor Who, back on the tele!

Having the good Doctor meet an astronaut in the middle of the Utah desert, then say something to the affect of “Oh, it’s you”, and then that astronaut killing him is quite the way to start an episode, never mind the new season of Doctor Who. Yet Amy (Karen Gillan), Rory (Arthur Darvill) and River Song (Alex Kingston) go back to a diner in town and there he is, the Doctor, 200 years younger.

But the gang, upon meeting the younger Doctor, can’t tell him what they’ve just seen. Instead, he must trust them and they must now head to the White House and then off to the Kennedy Space Center, to deal with one the newest and creepiest new monsters from the Doctor Who franchise.

And the new creatures we encounter are almost the antithesis of the Weeping Angels. With the Weeping Angels, you look away, they get closer. With these new baddies, once you stop looking at it, you forget you were looking at it. Nice effect.

But how to you deal with something that you forget you’re dealing with when you’re not dealing with it face-to-face? What a wonderful new enemy.

At the end of this first of two part season premiere, they see the astronaut and Amy snags a gun and shoots… but there’s a child inside the suit.

How will that pan out? Is the child the problem?

The other new snippet of info we’ve learned that’s important to me, was that every time River Song see’s the Doctor, she’s farther down her future time and he’s younger every time and she fears that there will be a time where he doesn’t even know she exists.

This season six premiere was a wonderful new episode of Doctor Who who tosses out juxtapositions of time and quandaries… and does it smartly. I also love the addition of Mark Sheppard as Canton Everett Delaware III.

Doctor Who airs Saturdays at 9 PM Eastern on BBC America.

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Paul April 25, 2011 at 3:02 pm

I think the line in the advert that was at the end , something about being a revolution, was what stuck with me most..

I am really hoping this is going to be a big season…

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