Last week I had to watch the episode twice to figure out what was going on. I probably should do the same this week, but… I just don’t want to.
From the start, it made no real sense. We were three months later, the officials were after them, the Doctor was all locked up as insane. Do we know why? Am I just being stupid?
Just when I thought I was beginning to follow it, Amy and Canton went to the children’s home, and it all went confusing again.
Why was the child in an astronaut suit? Where did Amy actually go? Why did she see a woman in a hatch and then no hatch? How did the recorder thing get out of her hand?
Blah blah blah. There were so many questions, I just couldn’t be bothered to follow it anymore.
It’s not all negative, though. The Silence story was somewhat resolved, leaving many mysteries in it’s wake. Amy’s pregnancy, the girl who appears to be a Time Lady, and the continuing story of River Song.
Oh, River. If the big secret is that you were involved with the Doctor romantically, I will be so disappointed. The revelation was never going to live up to the way this incredible story has played out, and now we are tantalisingly close to the answer, I’m not sure I want to know. I didn’t like River when she was first brought back, and although I have warmed to her recently as she appears to get more vulnerable, I can’t help but think we’re in for a big fall.
I hate romance in Doctor Who, and there was far too much of it in this episode. River and The Doctor were flirting, Amy and Rory were getting all cuddly, and then the big kiss at the end. The only reason I can forgive it, really, is the Doctor’s reaction to it all. The little scratch of his head as he tried to fathom this strange kissing business was good.
There were other amusing moments, which were the real highlights, the real reason we don’t just switch off in complete confusion. Moments such as “welcome to America” and “whatever a videophone is” and “oops.”
All in all, I’m left disappointed. Far too much story with far too little telling. I dread to think how kids are supposed to be able to fathom it all.
Perhaps it is okay to have one episode where you just have to glide along with little comprehension, but I hope this isn’t a trend for the new series. The teaser for the next episode looks as though it is more understandable, if of less importance. Pirates and mermaids, that kind of thing. We’ll have to wait and see.