Nerd School: Doctor Who Season 6 Roundup

by Joe on August 22, 2011

This week The Doctor returns from his summer break to hopefully resolve some mysteries and start up some new ones.

So this season started with the two part “The Impossible Astronaut” and “Day of the Moon”. During the opening we are confronted with the fact that The Doctor was/is going to be (I hate time travel shows sometimes) killed by someone in an astronaut outfit. This episode also gave us our first glimpse of the eye patch woman and thenew alien race The Silence. I think its worth mentioning that the alien ship that was first seen in last seasons’ “The Lodger” alos makes an appearence. This is important because in the ladger we find out that that type of space ship needs a Time Lord’s mind to work, and we know that The Silence were working on a small child which can regenerate. I don’t want to say that child is a Time Lord, because she could be Melody Pond/River who we know is exposed to timey wimey stuff and therefore has Time Lord traits.

After the exciting two-parter, episode three was a bit more to form stand alone episode “The Curse of the Black Spot”. I initially ripped this episode apart, and I stand by my initial evaluation of the episode. Though not an important part of the overall story arc of this season, it is worth mentioning it because Cap’n Avery and crew make a return in the mid-season finale, eye patch woman shows up again, and The Doctor still can’t figure out if Amy is pregnant or not. One thing that I think is important to mention is that Amy is never hurt in this episode. This would be important as we later find out Amy has been replaced by a replicant and therefore can’t bleed normally. I think this is worth mentioning because it shows good continuity on the part of the show.

After an abysmal third episode the show rocketed back to form with Neil Gaiman’s “The Doctor’s Wife”. An excellent episode which explored the implications of The Doctor and Tardis’ relationship. Though on the outside “The Doctor’s Wife” does not have much to do with the continuity of the season’s overall story arc, The episode touched on two important pieces of this season’s puzzle. The first is that all the Time Lords really are gone, and that the Doctor is really alone. This makes River/Melody that much more important, not only is she The Doctor’s wife, but she is also a new version of his species long thought dead. The second is cementing the relationship of Rory and Amy whose relationship I felt was very tenuous and forced. This episode really showed Amy the lengths that Rory would go to for her. Let’s face it we know Rory is in love with Amy, but it’s Amy’s devotion we wonder about.

I also recommend the Nerdist interview with Neil Gaiman, which is very Doctor Who heavy

Next came another two parter “The Rebel Flesh” and “The Almost People”. Similar  to last season’s two-parter “The Hungry Earth”/“Cold Blood”, both two-parters were rather forgetable, but ended on extremely-important-to-the-story-arc pieces at the very end. In “The Hungry Earth”/“Cold Blood”, Rory is erased from existence, while at the end of  “The Rebel Flesh”/”The Almost People” we find out Amy is a replicant/ganger and the real Amy has been kidnapped by the eyepatch woman. Apparently when the fake Amy had been seeing Ole’ Patchy, it was when the consciousness of real Amy was bleeding through. I don’t want to harp on how bad this two-parter was, as it was essentially a two hour derivative sci-fi plot being shown only so we can find out Amy is a ganger. Also, the entire episode is about The Doctor trying to teach (fake) Amy that gangers are just as real as real people only to KILL her.

Finally we had the mid-season finale, “A Good Man Goes to War”. This is the so called “game-changer” episode. I wrote a lengthy piece about the idea of game-changers in my review of this episode, but it does finally answer some questions. We learn that  “Ole’ Patchy” has kidnapped Amy and has stolen Amy and Rory’s baby Melody Pond. It also turns out that Melody is River Song. After the doctor launches an impressive raid to get Melody back, she is still taken by the enemies for further nere-do-welling.

Now that catches us up for this weeks episode “Let’s Kill Hitler.”

A couple of things to wonder for the next couple of episodes:

1. We still don’t know who killed The Doctor. Though we can assume it’s River due to her comments to Rory in prison: “I was sentenced to prison for murdering a man described as “a hero to many” and whom she called “A very good man. Best man I’ve ever known”.  Though she could be describing Rory, but Rory being killed is nothing new.

2. We know the Silence are coming back, but when and for what reason.

3. Who is the girl that regenerates? We can assume it’s Melody/River, but once again we don’t know.

4. What is the Eye Patch Lady’s motivation? Is she good or bad?

The Next few episodes are:

“Let’s Kill Hitler”

“Night Terrors”

“The Girl Who Waited”

“The God Complex”

‘”Closing Time ”

A final thought before we go back to kill Hitler. A comedian once said “If you travel back in time and kill Hitler as a baby, you wouldn’t be known as the person who traveled back in time and killed Hitler. You’d be known as the person who traveled back in time and killed a baby.” (Let me know if you know who said this)

season 6.5 preview

Karen on Craig

Matt Smith on Craig



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