The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon
By Steven Moffat
"Guys, sorry, but you're way out of time. Now, come on. A bit of history for you. Aren't you proud? Because you helped. Now, do you know how many people are watching this live on the telly? Half a billion. And that's nothing, because the human race will spread out among the stars. You just watch them fly. Billions and billions of them, for billions and billions of years, and every single one of them at some point in their lives, will look back at this man, taking that very first step, and they will never, ever forget it."
Series 6 starts off with a bang. I mean a BIG BANG. It turns out that the mysterious astronaut in all the promos happens to be the one person to actually kill the Doctor. I repeat, KILLS THE DOCTOR! (Well we all know that to be not true after watching The Wedding of River Song.) It was rumored that someone was going to get killed off in the first episode but you never thought they were serious. I thought the main storyline for the season was going to be about the Silence but now I'm not sure. Unless the Doctor's death is resolved in the second part of this story then I believe preventing the Doctor's death will be the main storyline which it ended up being among other things. The thing that was so clever about this scenario is that the Doctor who dies is 200 years older than the Doctor we have been watching. The whole thing that makes this complicated is that Amy, Rory and River saw the older Doctor die and are now with the younger Doctor and agree to not tell him what awaits him in the future. Amy seems to be conflicted with this decision as she believes that the Doctor should be told and apparently will go to lengths to prevent him getting killed.
For the first time in 7 years we finally have a story that opens a new season that isn't silly and way over the top. I mean the Impossible Astronaut is downright scary. I was sitting at the edge of my seat watching this episode as I couldn't believe what I was seeing and I was anxious to see what would happen next. One of the main reasons I liked the Impossible Astronaut is that you have to pay attention to what was going on because if you missed something you will be lost. Steven Moffat has crammed in so much into this opening episode that it will make your head spin. Not only did he introduce the Doctors death dilemma he also adds that Amy is now pregnant. We also see for the first time the new alien The Silence. This is one cool enemy for the Doctor to fight. What intrigues me about them is that after you see them they have the power to make you forget that you saw them at all. So in theory they wipe your memory. How cool is that. I think that The Silence will pose to be a big problem for the Doctor as they return in The Wedding of River Song and apparently the regeneration story The Time of The Doctor.