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6.1 - The Impossible Astronaut

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Reviewed By: MercuryReview Date: 1/17/19 12:59 pm
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This is the first of a two part story opening Series 6.

I had numerous issues with the series 5 finale 'The Big Bang' which I found contained too many illogical aspects which were contrived for drama, excitement and entertainment but lost sight of ensuring it makes sense. It was not the complexity I disliked, I love complexity, it was the lack of logic once you think it all through. Showrunner Steven Moffatt proves in Series 6 that those aspects in Series 5 were not isolated cases, his obsession is with huge, epic stories and arcs that are exciting, 'cool' and complex but it is clear he has little regard for logic or ensuring things make sense as well as a tendency to let 'epic' become 'overblown'. This opening two parter is the start of couple of story threads which end up not making sense. As far as these 2 episodes are concerned though, that is not yet clear and what we have are intriguing loose ends and a lot of dark, exciting drama. So lack of logic does not really detract from these 2 episodes, that comes in later follow ups. I do , however, have a few issues with these episodes. I do not want to overstate them as they are both thrilling at times, brilliantly scary at times and enjoyable almost all the time. In fact, I rate this first episode as an excellent 9/10. The only real issues I had with this episode were two things:

The first issue is the apparent death of the Doctor which obviously later in the series turns out to, thankfully, not be his ultimate demise. This is a very necessary part of the story and of the overarching plot threads, it is also hugely dramatic in itself BUT it is literally 2 episodes after Moffatt had previously apparently had the Doctor die (effectively TWICE!) in 'The Big Bang', which he again had the Doctor return from. There are only so many fake deaths you can have before it stops being dramatic and starts being stupid. Moffatt well and truly crosses this line as in the first 16 episodes of the Moffatt era he has more apparent deaths of the Doctor and his companions than Russell T. Davies had in his entire 60 episode run in charge of the show! Overkill seems exactly the right word! I cannot say the 'death' in this episode is a bad plot element, it is dramatic and creates huge suspense as to how it will be resolved, but it just adds to the ever growing pile of Moffatt's fake killings which overall are not a great idea.

The second issue is the assertion that the Doctor has been travelling and has aged by nearly 200 years but has not visually aged at all. Moffatt has various stories where hundreds of years pass and sometimes he makes the Doctor age during those years (e.g. The War Doctor looks much older in Day of the Doctor than he did immediately after regenerating in Night of the Doctor so aged a lot in what is said to be about 400 years or so and the 11th Doctor ages hugely on Trenzalore) and yet here there is not the slightest sign of the passage of time in 200 years. A small amount of signs of age would make sense but in fact there is no need for such a length of time to have passed so they could have got away with saying 50 years had passed. Nearly 200 just seems wrong with him appearing exactly the same.

Those things and a couple of minor things I felt could be slightly better stop this from being a 10/10 classic for me but it is a suspenseful, interesting and thrilling episode with the Silence adding a really creepy and menacing villain which will have people hiding behind the sofa. Acting, effects, dialogue and cinematography are all of high standards and the plot is intriguing at this stage before certain elements turn out to not fully satisfy me later on. Therefore my rating for this episode is 9/10.

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 6/21/16 10:29 pm
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Within the first few minutes, we're immediately drawn into a mystery over the Doctor's strange apparent death and his invitation to a younger version of himself to be at that location, and then the Eleventh Doctor goes to 1969 where President Nixon is receiving strange phone calls where Amy meets a strange alien race.

The story does a superb job of drawing you in and setting the table. It ends on an absolutely superb cliffhanger that makes this a solid start to the series.