Doctor Who‘s mid-season premiere was tonight, so the Space channel marathoned all of season six in order this afternoon and evening, and it was FANTASTIC. I had several things I should have been doing, but how often do you get to watch a Doctor Who marathon? I think I made the right call.
Rewatching this season, I had a few thoughts:
- The two-part premiere is SO good… it’s crazy freaky and bizarre and the resolution with the moon landing video is spectacularly dark and messed up. Plus, Nixon!! I feel bad for the guy now, knowing that the Doctor basically set him up for his eventual fall.
- I was expecting that people would over-praise Neil Gaiman’s episode just because Neil Gaiman wrote it and he’s all fancy and famous, but all of the praise it got was totally deserved. It’s one of the best Doctor Who episodes I’ve ever seen… the Doctor getting to actually converse with the TARDIS was such a brilliant idea.
- The reveal at the end of the gangers two-parter was nuts!! Even knowing it was coming this time, it was still exciting and crazy.
- I know “A Good Man Goes to War” is supposed to be about how people are scared of the Doctor now and how he maybe needs to tone it down, but the Doctor was SO bad ass throughout the episode that I wasn’t having any of that argument. River and the lizard lady can bugger off… if you’re the sort of person who’d be scared of the Doctor, then you SHOULD be scared of the Doctor. The “run away” scene was super hardcore, and “AMELIA POND, GET YOUR COAT!!” is one of my favourite Doctor Who lines ever.
Then the premiere came on, and it was INSANE. I’m going to get into some spoilers now, so if you haven’t seen the episode yet, run away.
You’d think that when an episode is called “Let’s Killer Hitler”, Hitler would be a big part of it, but all he did was get inadvertently saved by the TARDIS and then shoved in a cupboard. The episode was actually about regeneration and poisoned Doctor and River Song’s “first” appearance and a shape-shifting, time traveling android run by tiny people. There were about eight million things going on, and midway through I was thinking “this is just way too much”, but Moffat juggled the craziness well and pulled it all together in the end. It was rather epic.
The episode had so many great moments, but my favourite was probably the Doctor’s total disgust at the tiny android people who travel through time just to punish dead bad guys. Rory being hilarious throughout was a damn good time too though… plus he punched Hitler!! And on top of all the excitement, the Doctor was sporting a snazzy new coat.
Next week’s episode looks pretty creepy, and apparently there are some doozy episodes coming up in the weeks to come. The Doctor is the BEST… he’s totally my hero.