Doctor Who: Series 6, Episode 2 – Day of the Moon

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.

15 thoughts on “Doctor Who: Series 6, Episode 2 – Day of the Moon

  1. Grrat Epidode I thought. Leaving more questions than answers but tantilising for the future my (young) kids are loving it so dont presume kids are not enjoying it. There are so many possibilities that it is exciting trying to guess. Are we looking at the return of the dr’s daughter? Is river a time lord? Is Amy something more than human? (remember when her character was first introduced? Still plenty of unanswered questions. Is Amy river? Or is river amy’s daughter? Kids love it

  2. It is exciting to guess, but I hope this is just a two-parter to set up the rest of the series rather than us having to sit through this chaos all series long. I prefer the storytelling to the suspense.

    I’m glad your kids are loving it, that’s great news! I don’t necessarily presume that kids aren’t enjoying it, but I know of several who wouldn’t be able to follow it, and I also know I wouldn’t be able to answer any of their questions if they asked! 🙂

  3. The ‘welcome to America’ line had me in stitches, best of the series so far.

    Ultimately this isn’t resolved in two episodes and will probably carry on for the whole year. Its interesting. Probably the most curious and less tenuous story arc we’ve seen. Heck, I like it.

    What I am not liking is the ‘Amy’s pregnancy’ storyline. Seems like its just been added to top off an already full things to think about tank. Don’t like it. Watch it become an integral part but meh, should have focused and improved further on the other things.

    All in all, better than last season so far.

  4. I would really like the child to be Susan’s mother from “An Unearthly Child”. This thread has been hit on several times but never resolved. Does the Doctor have a wife? Did she have a child? Did that child have a daughter named Susan, making the Doctor a Grandfather?

    Who is Susan??

    We know she was a time lord from all the comments the Doctor made about her, but in the tv series at least, it was never confirmed if she was really blood related to him. Being that this was the very first Doctor of the whole series, I think it’s high time that this finally be delt with.

    David Tennent’s Doctor told Rose “I had a family once”, so we know it’s at least possible that Susan is his. No mention of Susan’s parents are given, (at least to my knowledge), but if she is related to the Doctor, now would be a great time to address it, especially since the woman who played Susan in the very first series is still alive and able to come back to the show.

    We know Susan didn’t go back to Galifrey. She was left on Earth and got married. So she should still be alive somewhere (somewhen?) right?

    Even Sarah Jane Smith (on her own show ‘Death of the Doctor’) stated that Ian and Barbara (Susan’s teachers) got married and stopped aging after traveling with the Doctor. If Sarah Jane knew this about them, two people she had never met, then it stands to reason she would know something about Susan wouldn’t it? Being his closest companion, if he really did have a granddaughter I would think Sarah Jane would know it.

    Thoughts?

  5. All a bit confusing what with the little girl regenerating at the end.

    A weird thing that I noticed was that there was a very brief scene when Amy was in the house with “Go Away” where there was an older woman who slid the bit of the door open and then disappeared. She wasn’t a bit actress she was Frances Barber who is slated to be in 2 upcoming episodes of the series… http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0053384/

    If I was a guessing man I would say that the girl in the orphanage is Amy’s daughter who is a time lord, who is possibly Frances Barber’s character when older, who regenerates at some point in the future to being River Song. At the moment time is in flux (when isn’t it?) and the Tardis hasn’t decided if it wants Amy to have a daughter or not. At the end of the series Amy will have to decide between having the baby or killing the future doctor who is still future dead as far as we know. She and River will decide that she shouldn’t have the baby which will save the doctor but will make River never have existed.

  6. Watch it become an integral part but meh, should have focused and improved further on the other things.

    I think it will, but I totally agree with you.

  7. I would really like the child to be Susan’s mother from “An Unearthly Child”.

    That is very interesting. I don’t know enormous amounts about old Doctor Who stuff, but I have read up about Susan.

    I wonder if the powers that be want to dig up mysteries like this from the previous DW era. We have references, sure, and the best monsters make a reappearance, but to bring back an entire storyline like this would be something massive.

    I wonder if Moffat is brave enough!

  8. If I was a guessing man I would say that the girl in the orphanage is Amy’s daughter who is a time lord…

    The review in the Guardian pondered a possibility like this:

    I have a theory about the baby, based on a snippet from a Karen Gillan interview. She told Radio Times that there’s one line that sounds throwaway hidden somewhere that might just be the most significant thing she’s ever said. Sticking my neck out, I think it could be the line about the baby: “What if it’s got a, a Timehead or something. Whatever a Timehead is.”

    Well, maybe Amy’s gag hit it on the head and the answer is hidden in plain sight. Whatever a Timehead is, it can’t be good. Maybe somebody with a Timehead is a bit like a Timelord. Maybe it can even regenerate. And Amy is about to birth a new breed of Timelord, who entire empires would rip the universe apart to get to.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/tvandradioblog/2011/apr/30/doctor-who-day-of-the-moon

    Intriguing!

  9. The Guardian hypothesis feels right to me. I’m not yet convinced what relations, if any, Amy and Rory’s child might have with the rest of the cast, but we’ve been told in previous series that there’s more to being a Timelord than genetics. It could be that the “timehead” is one of those other ingredients and being in the centre of lots of temporal paradoxes strikes me as a plausible way for an unborn child to develop one. I can’t recall any other human babies being carried by anyone on a TARDIS in the “new” series, though perhaps someone who knows more of the “original” series could shed more light on the matter.

    Oh, and I reckon with all the “stupid” references, that Rory’s going to finish the arc by doing something brilliant at a time when he is more intelligent and important than the rest of the cast.

    The rest doesn’t make any kind of sense at the moment. The question bugging me at the moment is not any of the ones asked above, but why in three months has none of the cast thought to look at the pictures on Amy’s phone, even if it was (for example) to look through photos of Amy and Rory’s honeymoon, or of some place visited off-screen? That could have saved so much mass stupidity…

  10. I really would be surprised if it was Amy’s baby. There’s still an ich factor with having a baby by the Doctor (if that’s what happend) especially since she’ married, supernatural explanation or not. I just can’t see that happening. If River is the little girl and Amy is her Mom, she certainly didn’t act the least bit interested the first time she met Amy. Yeah, she could be acting and all that, but it’s too much of a red herring with the TARDIS not sure and all. It’s the fast and easiest explanation, which is why I don’t buy it. DM doesn’t throw big clues out like that in the first two episodes, he makes you wait and savor each plot twist.

    That being said, I do think River is deeply involved in this. Don’t forget, she was sick too and the Doctor didn’t scan her! Also if River is in jail for killing the Doctor (ie, if she was the little girl) then that wouldn’t make sense since she was a child at the time in a suit that controlled her movements. Who would imprison her for that?

    I don’t think we have enough to go off of just yet. All these things are wrong most likely and DM will prove it deeper into the series. The Doctor still has to rewrite time to survive or else he’s really dead, and you know that won’t happen.

    What I really want to see is the tribute Matt Smith’s Doctor does for Sarah Jane!

    I would love to see all living Doctors assembled for her funeral. Tom Baker isn’t usually very cooperative but the last Four Doctors for sure! Oh, and K9!!!

    She deserves it!!

    P.S. The Doctor should have Martha Jones take care of Luke (Sarah’s son) until he’s old enough. She would be a great addition to the SJA cast. Rename is the Sarah Jane Legacy.

  11. What I really want to see is the tribute Matt Smith’s Doctor does for Sarah Jane!

    Good point. I don’t suppose they’ve decided what they’re going to do about it yet, but a reaction from the Doctor would be perfect.

  12. “P.S. The Doctor should have Martha Jones take care of Luke (Sarah’s son) until he’s old enough. She would be a great addition to the SJA cast. Rename is the Sarah Jane Legacy.”

    Remember S.J wouldn’t technically be dead yet, as the series has already been witten. But I think the Doctor doing a tribute to her, or visiting the “kids” from SJA would be really nice touch to the next series.

    I don’t think that CBBC will make another series of SJA, or SJL as you put it, because it’s quite a touchy subject of the people that worked on the show, cast crew etc and not that good for the children who watched it to try and explain that SJ is dead :/

    P.S I love the idea of a past companion to look after Luke, though I think he would probably go live with Clyde or Rani. However if a companion did look after him, it would be good if it was Donna, she strike me as someone who is good with teenagers. I think there personlities would be geat together 😀

  13. “P.S I love the idea of a past companion to look after Luke, though I think he would probably go live with Clyde or Rani. However if a companion did look after him, it would be good if it was Donna, she strike me as someone who is good with teenagers. I think there personlities would be geat together”

    Donna had no memories of her time with the Doctor. Even after she got a glimse of it during the Doctor’s battle with the Master, she went back to being mind wiped, so she couldn’t take care of Luke. Although I also give her my vote (if events allowed it somehow). She would be good with Luke.

    “I don’t think that CBBC will make another series of SJA, or SJL as you put it, because it’s quite a touchy subject of the people that worked on the show, cast crew etc and not that good for the children who watched it to try and explain that SJ is dead :/”

    I can’t agree with you here. The show isn’t for toddlers, it’s for young adults and I’m quite sure they know what death is. There’s nothing wrong with continuing her story without her. The kids in the show are fantastic and it’s really them the children flock to watch, Sarah Jane is the catalyst keeping them together, but another Doctor Adult could fill that role as well. The show is doing so well, I have no doubt her “death” will be delt with before they simply yank it off the air. That’s no way to treat our Sarah! They could put a Sci Fi twist on it of course and leave her alive somewhere like they did to Rose, but I really don’t think that’s the way to go. Liz was a great woman and she deserves closure, not a gimick.

    Besides, there’s nothing wrong with Death. It shouldn’t be avoided. It’s a part of everyone’s life. She should go out in a ball of glory just like we all think the ‘real’ Sarah Jane would. Saving the Earth yet again would be a great way to put a ribbon on it.

    Regardless, she will be missed.

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