Monday, 3 October 2011

DW: 6.13

So, that's it. Everything is over. Obviously, spoilers in this review. I will say that I didn't pick that question. I went for the philosophical bent of "Why is there something instead of nothing?", which is an interesting question and indeed might bring silence if the answer is "there isn't." But, spoilers here, that's not the way Moffat went.

Okay, let's get two things out of the way. The obvious out (at least, the obvious possible out) was signalled in the 'Previously On' bit, so it was only waiting to see which option Moffat picked. And... yeah, kind of disappointing that it was an out at all. We knew there would be some cheat, but that really is cheating (just as if it was Ganger Doctor). Of course, we need to go back at watch the first episode again with the knowledge it's Tessa-Doctor, and also see if anything about the alternative reality is played out in their reactions (which presumedly Amy and Rory are carrying around with them... including when they find out River is their daughter... which they know from the alt-version... wait a minute, is that a major contiunity blunder?).

And speaking of the alt-version, this brings up point number two: the whole episode is padding. It is simply a whole episode stall between 'the Doctor's going to die' and 'it was a robot all along'. If it hadn't happened, nothing different would turn out. It's only minor elements of knowledge (Amy killed whatshernameitsnotKavorkian - which doesn't come up again - and River learns the Doctor's 'name') that come out... indeed, the Silence and Kavorkian are still around (as hinted at the end)... dear gods Moffat, will you just end an arc already!!!!

But, at the end of the day, was it a good watch... not really, no, because I realised it was padding, we knew the robot was an option, and the wedding was pants (River has still only kissed the Doctor once, and it wasn't then).

And does this mean next year will still dangle the question/Silence over our heads for the entire run?

Next time: Christmas! With Amy and Rory? Or River?


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