Doctor Who Day of the Moon S06E02 (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.

This was an incredible way of ending this storyline. There are quite a few open-ended questions that I hope will be answered. We finally have seen the Silence and what they do. The Doctor was able to rid Earth of them, but this is something that’s on-going. Who is the little girl? She’s obviously got Time Lord blood since she can regenerate, and she’s quite strong. Naturally, she must be the Doctor’s child, but who’s the mother, Amy Pond or River Song? Amy was pregnant when the story arc started, she no longer is pregnant and the Silence have been caring for a child for years. The Space Suit in which the child resides will end up killing the Doctor.

There were a lot of questions, but the Silence are definitely quite creepy. There’s nothing like forgetting that a monster is behind you while you turn around. However, the whole thing about the “Silence Will Fall” story arc has a dual meaning now, since it could simply mean that the Silence, as a race, will fall and disappear. this is the exact opposite of what was implied during the last season, but it’s nice to see them return to this intrigue. I’ve always thought that Silence Will Fall meant that the universe would end and/or all life would be extinguished.

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3 months later in 1969, in the Valley of the Gods in Utah, Amy is running away from some 4×4s. Delaware is after her. He wants to put her in a body bag. She is shot. Her arms are covered with little lines, like she was counting the days off.

Delaware comes back to Area 51 in Nevada to talks with the Doctor, who’s in a straight jacket.

In New York, River has got the same markings on her arms. She’s looking for something. Each of the marks is an alien. She finds two. Delaware is right behind her. She says that America is occupied. She plunges off a building.

They are building the Doctor the perfect prison out of some super-alloy, zero-balance tau-star alloy, the densest material in the universe.

Rory is also found on a dam in Arizona. Delaware shoots him too.

Delaware brings the bodies into the Doctor’s cell. It was part of their plan to construct a perfect cell, through which the aliens could not hear or spy on them. They are all alive. The TARDIS is right behind them. River isn’t there yet, the Doctor has to catch her in the TARDIS.

-We’ve got a secret weapon.
-Apollo XI, that’s you’re secret weapon?
-No, no, that would be silly. It’s Neil Armstrong’s foot!
The Doctor and River Song

The Doctor injects all of them with some kind of compound. Amy says that she’s not preggers. They’ve all seen them, but they don’t remember them. There are thousands of them and they’ve been here a long time. The injection is a nano-recorder which allows them to record and leave a message for themselves. Even information about the aliens is edited away. There is a hologram of the creature. They can’t even describe the hologram, which was reconstructed from Amy’s cell phone photos.

Amy and Delaware have to find the little girl. The orphanage is pretty creepy. The director thinks that it’s 1966 or something like that. There are messages written all over the walls. They say “Get out” “Leave me alone”. The Doc tells Amy that those things must be around. The doors close. Her nano-recorder has a message. It says that the things are there but they must be asleep. It’s time to get out. Her arms and face are covered in marks. The aliens are here on the ceiling. They are sleeping and she wakes one of them.

The Doctor is captured by some of the scientists and military. The Doc calls in Nixon. He wants the Doc freed. Rory is part of the President’s entourage.

The director of the orphanage says that the child must be cared for, that’s what they told him. He must be referring to the aliens. Amy finds a woman with a metal eye implant. A few moments later, she’s gone. She finds photos and in one of them, she finds herself with a baby. The astronaut walks in. It’s the girl. Amy missed the girl when she shot her. The girl asks for help. Then, two aliens come out from behind her. Amy screams.

The director talks with someone at the door. Delaware can’t see him. It must have been an alien. An alien walks in. Delaware hears Amy screaming. Delaware starts recording. The alien says that this world is theirs. They have ruled it since the wheel and the fire. It says that they don’t need weapons. Delaware shoots it and leaves to run after Amy. River and the Doctor go after Canton and Amy. They arrive. Amy is stuck in a cell. The girl is out of the astronaut. They hear Amy’s voice. It’s coming from the nano-recorder. It’s a live recording, it’s the default mode. It’s one-way. The director says that someone has been shot. They go find the alien. The alien says that they are the Silence. It says that silence will fall.

Delaware walks out of the prison with Nixon. They need a doctor to treat the alien.

The astronaut suit is an exoskeleton. The suit can hack into communication system anywhere. It can also move by itself, which could mean that the girl didn’t kill the Doctor, the suit did. The girl climbed out of the suit. To do this, the girl must have been incredibly strong. The suit is mending itself. The Silence are super-parasites, staying here for thousands of years. Humanity went to the moon because the Silence needed a spacesuit.

Amy is strapped to some kind of chair in one of the Silence’s time engine room. They tell her that she will bring the silence, but her part will soon be over. She has been here many days. The TARDIS appears. The Doctor steps out with River and Rory. He brought a TV. He splits in the video that Delaware took of the Silence. It says that they should all kill the Silence on sight. The humans start shooting and killing the Silence. River starts shooting. River manages to kill them all.

The Doctor brings River back to the Stormcage. She kisses him goodbye and the Doc is all flustered. For the Doc, it was the first time that they kissed. For River, it was the last time that they kissed. They are the ultimate star-crossed lovers, her past is his future.

The Doc scans Amy. The scanners says that she is both pregnant and not pregnant.

Six months into the future, the little girl is in NYC. She is a Timelord. She regenerates. It makes us think that the girl is the child of the Doctor and Amy. She could be the child of the Doctor and River Song, though there is a mystery about what happened to Amy’s baby.

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