DOCTOR WHO “The Impossible Astronaut” Season 6, Episode 1 – Tonight’s season premiere ofDoctor Who was like a punch in the face of mind twisting awesome and it already seems like an eternity waiting for next week’s conclusion to this two part opener.
The Doctor never fully divulged his reasons for sending out invitations to Amy, Rory and River rather than picking everyone up in the Tardis, but it seemed like they were needed to witness his shocking death on the shore of the lake in breathtaking Monument Valley, Utah. I get the feeling that the bearer of the 4th invitation, an old man named Canton Everett Delaware III, has a better idea of the plan The Doctor set up. He seems to know The Doctor pretty well but doesn’t appear as shocked by his death as the other three. After the astronaut suit thing shot The Doctor in mid-regeneration and his body was burned in a glorious viking style funeral (something I’m sure the Doctor planned for himself) we’re left to imagine that we’ve witnessed the very end of The Doctor’s journey, but, of course, anything is still possible.
River picks up on the numbering system on the invitations and correctly deduces that the number 1invitation would go to the person The Doctor trusts the most, himself. Although she doesn’t mention it, she’s the number 2 invitation, which might mean that according to the 1,103 year old Doctor, she’s the second most trustworthy person on his list. I can’t explain how thrilled I was to finally be in the know about one of River’s spoilers when they meet the 909 year old Doctor. Sure, the spoiler was that The Doctor would be fatally shot, but for once, when River said “spoilers” I was on the right side of time and I knew what she was talking about. Read More...