Every season opener I eagerly look forward to and most of the time I am let down. It is hard to live up to expectations of course but surely Steven Moffat can break this pattern of sub par openers for the series. Well, almost.
I absolutely love Steven Moffat’s work on Doctor Who but last season, his first as producer, was not quite what I had hoped. Sure, he delivered some intelligent high brow sci-fi but he managed to keep so many of the elements that I disliked in the first few seasons of the new series. Still, I have to give him a thumbs up but at no point did he deliver another “The Empty Child” or “The Girl in the Fireplace.”
I has very high expectations for “The Impossible Astronaut” and right away I saw many things I like about Moffat. He has the creepy child voice over the phone and unexplainable and even surreal imagery like the astronaut coming out of the lake. Almost 2001: A Space Odyssey like. He has presented to us a new alien that is well designed and nightmarish. He also has thrown in so many events that are attached to questions and wrapped them all around a complex time travel format.
Despite all this the complexity , it is getting too commonplace and perhaps boring at times. Since you have so many things going on and deaths and other odd events, you know that time travel will reset everything. Relying on time travel to fix everything all the time is getting to me even though I usually love how Moffat handles it. Moffat is using time travel like how Russell T. Davies over used the sonic screwdriver.