Monday, May 2, 2011

Doctor Who: Series 6 - Day of the Moon - Review

Silence Will Fall

In the second episode of the 6th series of Doctor Who we jump to three months after The Doctor, Rory, Amy, River, and FBI Agent Canton run into The Silence, a group of aliens that you forget about once you lose eye contact with them. The only way the group can remember that they've seen the creatures is by making tick marks on their skin with markers. The Silence haven't just invaded, they've taken over, and it was a long time ago. They have a plan for humanity, and have been pushing it in the direction that they want it to go for centuries, using hypnotic suggestion to drive human behavior. Stranger still, who is the little girl in the astronaut suit? Who was the scientist who opened the wall and looked at Amy Pond? And the biggest question of all -- Why did the little girl regenerate at the end?!

If there's one thing that this new series is doing, it's keeping people on the edge of their seats. This episode played more like a science fiction horror film and less like an adventure show. But that's fine, it's what Doctor Who does best, switching genres on the fly. The build of up the series mythology is taking on whole new levels as the strange little girl, who may or may not be Amy Pond's daughter, reveals that she has Time Lord DNA at the end of the episode. That, I admit, was one of the biggest jaw drops I've had in awhile.

If there's one relationship that's developing and really bringing the show together, it's The Doctor and River Song. They have a very Batman and Catwoman thing going on and it's building wonderful flirt situations that build tension between them. She's also the only ass-kicker on the show who isn't afraid to get her hands dirty. It helps to have someone on the Who Team that isn't afraid to fight back against the darkness that threatens the universe.

The preview for the next episode was of a pirate ship and a siren-like mermaid, so I'm guessing we won't be coming back to the plot of the little girl for awhile. But hey, knowing this new series, I'm sure it's connected somehow.

I'd also like to point out that the ratings for the show have been through the roof on BBC America. Congrats Moffat, you're a hit over here too!

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