Howdy folks, meant to review another CD–technically a mixtape–but I havent finished listening to it yet. SO instead, you’re getting this. OK? OK.
I think you’re pretty hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t at least heard of Doctor Who . The 50+ year old series–this boxset is labeled sixth because it’s the sixth series (UK term for season) since the show’s revival in 2005–is an institution in its native Britain, known in most if not all English-speaking countries, and is now very popular in America.
In fact, a huge chunk of this series’ opening two-parter “The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon” was filmed in Washington D.C. and Monument Valley, Utah, with the results looking wonderful and breathtaking. It is worth noting though that the principal Americans in the 60s’-based story, FBI agent Canton Delaware and President Nixon, are played by the British Mark Shephard and Stuart Milligan respectively.
That opening two-parter sets up a major bomb. The Doctor–the 900+ year old cosmic wanderer played here by Matt Smith–is killed, but his companions Amy Pond (Karen Gillian), Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) and River Song (Alex Kingston) see him alive not long after. They realize that the Doctor they saw die is a Doctor from the future and, tasked with not telling the Doctor of his own future, they let that plot thread linger and build through 13 episodes to an explosive, unforgettable end.
This is the 2nd series of the show helmed by writer Steven Moffat, with Moffat writing over half of the episodes. Moffat is a good showrunner; he builds a propulsive story, but comes up with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing, which is exactly what you want with a compulsive mystery. The non-Moffat written episodes, particularly “The Girl Who Waited” and “Closing Time” are pretty fun as well, and both sides add up to prove that this show is the king of adventure shows.
The acting is great-Smith gets better in every episode, and the three companions and the guest stars–especially James Corden in “Closing Time” are wonderful too, all having great chemistry.
Is this the series you need to seek out to get into the show? I wouldn’t say so; I think you’re better off going back to the previous season and watching Matt Smith evolve his Doctor in every episode. But this is a nice reward when you get to it.