'Doctor Who' Season 6 opener: An 'Impossible Astronaut,' a death and a new companion?


The Doctor is dead. Long live the Doctor! That question of which primary character "Doctor Who" would dispatch in the Season 6 opener gets an answer fairly quickly in "The Impossible Astronaut" when, after summoning Amy (Karen Gillan), Rory (Arthur Darvill) and River (Alex Kingston) to the middle of the Utah desert, the Doctor (Matt Smith) took a lakeside meeting with a mysterious astronaut -- who shot and killed him. There's no regeneration, no second heart to defibrillate, just the swan-song of a previously immortal alien who's been on television for almost 50 years. And to really drive the point home, some random old guy shows up with a bucket of gasoline, allowing for a makeshift Norse funeral. (Maybe that's how they roll on Gallifrey...)The remaining trio is justifiably confused, distraught and bitter (the Doctor seemed to know what was going to happen), so they do as people do when they're in America and bereaved...



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