Television: Doctor Who and the Day of the Moon

Doctor Who "Day of the Moon"It’s Doctor Who Sunday!

The Doctor is locked in the perfect prison while Amy, Rory and River Song are being hunted down across America by the FBI, as the time-travelling adventure series continues.

With the help of new friend and FBI-insider Canton Everett Delaware the Third, our heroes are reunited to share their discoveries, if not their memories. The world is occupied by an alien force that controls humanity through post-hypnotic suggestion, and no one can be trusted.

Aided by President Nixon and Neil Armstrong’s foot, the Doctor must mount a revolution to drive out the enemy and rescue the missing little girl. No one knows why they took her. Or why they have kidnapped Amy Pond…

Last week, I couldn’t wait for Day of the Moon. The Impossible Astronaut was amazing, but it was all just a lead-up to what’s going to happen in the following episode. And of course, because I’ve been anticipating said episode, things started piling up in real life that made sure I wouldn’t be able to watch the episode until a much later time.

But I have finally seen the episode now, and I must say Steven Moffat, the master of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey stuff, has done it again. Day of the Moon is an excellent hour of television, and caps the events of The Impossible Astronaut nicely. Then again, it did leave most of the questions raised by the series premiere unanswered–while adding a few more in the mix.

Emotionally-gripping. The latest episode of Doctor Who puts the relationship of Team TARDIS on the forefront while it deals with the events set into motion during The Impossible Astronaut. Amy and Rory’s relationship once again gets tested, and we get new information about the bomb Amy dropped last episode. But most importantly, we get our first confirmation that Team TARDIS (save for River Song) remembers everything that happened during Series 5. Well, they remember it from time to time anyway.

And these confirmations and developments are what makes this particular episode so powerful. You care if someone dies if you care about that someone. And Steven Moffat is definitely making sure we care about these people–and then he puts them in life-and-death situations.

I know our current Team TARDIS is safe for a few more episodes–the press photos they released of upcoming episodes prove that. But as Eleventh and Amy always say, time can be rewritten. Also, I wouldn’t put it past Steven Moffat to film fake scenes just to throw fans off the scent. He’s a wily one, that Moffat.

Next week, Team TARDIS goes head to head with pirates and a siren!

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