Doctor Who The Impossible Astronaut S06E01 (BBC)

The new Doctor Who: Matt Smith

Doctor Who is a long-running, award-winning British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. The programme depicts the adventures of a mysterious alien time-traveller known as “the Doctor” who travels in his space and time-ship, the TARDIS, which appears from the exterior to be a blue police phone box. With his companions, he explores time and space, solving problems and righting wrongs.

The show’s lead character is currently portrayed by David Tennant. A Christmas special co-starring Kylie Minogue aired in December 2007, and the fourth series started on 5 April 2008. For that series, Catherine Tate will reprise her role of Donna Noble, from the 2006 Christmas special, as the Doctor’s latest companion. Midway through the series, Freema Agyeman will also return to her role of Martha Jones, following a multi-episode guest appearance in the Doctor Who spin-off series, Torchwood. John Barrowman will continue his role as Captain Jack Harkness, and Billie Piper will return as Rose Tyler for three episodes. Elisabeth Sladen is also set to return as Sarah Jane Smith in a cameo role.

After a 2008 Christmas special and three further specials starring David Tennant, scheduled to air in 2009, Doctor Who is planned to return in 2010 for a fifth full length series.

From the Doctor Who entry at Wikipedia.

Warning: spoilers ahead.

The Doctor working a smartphone

The Doctor is a long lived alien from the planet Gallifrey. He’s a Time Lord and travels through time thanks to his aging time capsule the Tardis. David Tennant is the tenth Doctor. My favorite has always been Tom Baker as the fourth Doctor. The Doctor periodically regenerates. When he does so, he changes outward appearance which let the producers change actors easily. All Time Lords regenerate 13 times. The Doctor’s nemesis is the Master, a renegade Time Lord who found a way around this limit. Other enemies include the Black Guardian, the Daleks and the Cybermen.

During the previous serials, before 2005, Gallifrey was alive and well. It appears that for the new series, the Doctor is the only survivor of the last great Time War between the Dalek Empire and the Time Lords.

This is the first of a series of specials that will air this year. Since David Tennant couldn’t commit to a full series this year, due to some previous acting commitments, we are left with a bunch of specials.

After two disappointing specials, we come to the end of David Tennant’s Doctor. Tennant has rapidly become a favorite of mine. I still love Tom Baker above all, but Tennant is very good. What is it about him? I’d say that David Tennant was almost perfect for the role. It’s too bad that he’s moving on. Already, the 5th season has been delayed until later this year because he couldn’t commit to a full serial.

It’s sad because he was so good. However, it’s good that Tennant is going out with a bang. The ending of part one of the End of Time was amazing. The Master, the Doctor, and the Time Lords, all reunited at last for one final confrontation.

I didn’t really like how the tenth Doctor died, but others will say that it is within his nature to be like that, to sacrifice himself for anyone. He did so. The end is nigh as he says goodbye to all of his companions, from Rose to Sarah Jane.

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The new Doctor is nutty. Nutty enough to be the Doctor, if that makes any sense. I don’t know much about Matt Smith, and I usually keep an embargo on myself about upcoming Doctor Who episodes so that the fun isn’t spoiled, and frankly, I was surprised. It was a good show, not extremely good, but good nonetheless. I have to say that I did really like David Tennant as the Doctor. His shoes are going to be hard to fill. Naturally, Tom Baker remains as my favorite Doctor of all time.

I’m quickly getting tired of River Song. I wish they’d get over her character and move on. It’s gotten quite annoying. Other than that, it was a great episode. The Doctor is back and Amy is trying to save his life. They are facing some strange aliens, who edit themselves out of short-term memory almost immediately. It’s quite an interesting defense mechanism. Once again, the Doctor dies. This time, he is shot at the beginning of the show by an astronaut.

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The Doctor is being nutty again. He’s trying to attract Amy Pond’s attention. She gets an invitation, as does River Song. They all meet up. The Doc casually mentions that he’s 1,103. The last time he spoke with Amy, he was 908. As usual, River Song is as ubiquitous as possible. It’s getting annoying. The Doctor says that he is going to stop running. He’s been running his whole life. I have to say that I’ve gotten tired of River Song’s mysterious appearances. I wish she’d just be gone. The Pondster sees someone in the distance. There is a strange sound accompanying it. They are going to space in 1969. An old guy arrives in a Ford truck. An astronaut appears in the lake. The Doctor goes to speak with the astronaut. He shoots the Doctor with some kind of a ray. The Doctor’s hands start to glow, as does his face. The astronaut shoots him again while he is in his regeneration cycle. River shoots the astronaut a few times but he goes back into the lake. The old man brought some gasoline. They put his body on a boat and set it alight. The old man had an invitation. The invitations were numbered from 1 to 4. He says that he won’t be seeing them again, but they will be seeing him. His name was Delaware. River says that the envelope numbered 1 hasn’t appeared. They find the envelope in some diner. The Doctor walks out of the bathroom. The Doc is 909.

River tells Amy that the Doctor they saw on the beach was a Future Doctor. Amy thinks that he recruited them to save him from death. He’s interacted with his own past. The universe might blow up again. The Doctor doesn’t trust River one bit. She’s in prison for killing people. He does trust Amy.

Delaware is being summoned by President Nixon after he left the Bureau. Nixon says that for the last 2 weeks, someone has been calling him.

The Doctor arrives in ’69. He hears the call. A little boy is calling the President. He says that he’s scared of the spaceman. His name is Jefferson Adams Hamilton. Delaware thinks that it’s a little girl. Delaware and Nixon realize that the Doctor is in the Oval Office. The Secret Service storms the office, River makes the TARDIS blue again, and they all come out.

The Pondster sees the alien once again. This time, he’s outside the Oval Office and wearing a suit. Amy is obviously preggers. She sees the alien in the bathroom. She keeps forgetting that she saw him before. The alien eats/destroys some lady. The alien is speaking. He’s got a message for the Doctor. It wants the Doctor to know everything.

Nixon answers the phone again. It says that the alien is going to eat her. The Doctor and the others get into the TARDIS and leave. Delaware is with them.

Jefferson, Adams, and Hamilton are streets in Florida, near Cape Kennedy. They end up in some warehouse. They think that it’s a trap. The astronaut is inside, watching them. They find some Earth technology and some alien tech. They find some tubes going into the sewers. River finds more of the same aliens there. She comes back and says that it is all clear. She doesn’t remember them either. The Doctor makes Rory go with her. It’s interesting how quickly they forget that there are sounds and aliens here in the tunnels. It’s almost as soon as they notice them, they forget them. They come upon a locked door. River mentioned to Amy that there was a worse day coming for her. River says that it was when she first the Doctor. He knew all about her. She says that they are traveling in opposite directions. Every time they meet, she knows him more and he knows her less. She opens the door. Rory sees the aliens but immediately forgets them. The tunnels have been here for centuries and are running under the whole surface of the planet.

Amy, Delaware and the Doctor hear the girl. Both Amy and River have stomach cramps. They come across Delaware. He’s unconscious. Amy says that she’s preggers. The astronaut comes toward them. The girl is inside the suit. Amy shoots at her. Then she screams.

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