Doctor Who S33E13 The Wedding of River Song (2011) – 1/10 science fiction adventure TV review

Cast / crew
Matt Smith: The Doctor
Karen Gillan: Amy Pond
Arthur Darvill: Rory Williams
Writer: Steven Moffat
Producer: Marcus Wilson
Director: Jeremy Webb

Doctor Who S33E13 Wedding of River Song, The (2011)

The Doctor travels to Lake Silencio to meet his death.

1/10

Absolutely dreadful series climax completely broken in concept and execution. What should be emotional is embarrassing as actors pour their hearts into performances but haven’t connected with the audience first. There’s not even the hope that future Who won’t have Amy, Rory and Melody in it. Elevated steam trains provide the only highlight and this is, by some margin, the worst episode of all six series and is to be avoided.

This Doctor Who episode contains violence, unpleasant scenes.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

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Doctor Who S33E12 Closing Time (2011) – 7/10 science fiction adventure TV review

Cast / crew
Matt Smith: The Doctor
Karen Gillan: Amy Pond
Arthur Darvill: Rory Williams
Writer: Gareth Roberts
Producer: Denise Paul
Director: Steve Hughes
James Corden: Craig

Doctor Who S33E12 Closing Time (2011)

The Doctor pops in to see Craig as part of a ‘farewell tour’ before he dies in a couple of days time but a trio of disappearing people and a some odd power fluctuations mean that he may have to stay and save Earth one last time.

7/10

Fun episode with a generous amount of the Doctor being cool ("I speak baby", "Here to help") and just enough shape and story to the running around to be satisfying. The homosexual dialogue feels ostentatiously normal (as in look at how normal we treat homosexuality; it’s just like a heterosexual family unit but with two dads and look how normally we reacted to it, we didn’t pull a face or anything, normal, normal, normal, see) but completely undermines itself by having Corden’s character ‘hilariously’ try to explain that he wasn’t the Doctor’s partner in that sense of the word. Homosexuality isn’t normal. It exists, but it isn’t normal. If you believe in God, he condemns homosexual acts and urges you to exercise self-control. If you believe in evolution, homosexuality leads to extinction.

This Doctor Who episode contains homosexual references and unpleasant scenes.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

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Doctor Who S33E11 The God Complex (2011) – 5/10 science fiction adventure TV review

Cast / crew
Matt Smith: The Doctor
Karen Gillan: Amy Pond
Arthur Darvill: Rory Williams
Writer: Toby Whithouse
Producer: Marcus Wilson
Director: Nick Hurran
Sarah Quintrell: Lucy Hayward
Amara Karan: Rita
Dimitri Leonidas: Howie Spragg
Daniel Pirrie: Joe Buchanan
David Walliams: Gibbis

Doctor Who S33E11 God Complex, The (2011)

The Doctor’s seeming inability to travel where he intends sees him and his companions arrive, unexpectedly, in a perfect recreation of an Eighties’ Earth hotel but this hotel may become their prison.

5/10

Weak Who with worthless lives in meaningless danger. As mentioned before, if you always put people’s lives in danger it’s no longer an extraordinary circumstance and loses dramatic impact. The story point of the episode, however, is excellent as the Doctor SPOILER leaves Amy and Rory to get on with their lives without him. It’s a true sacrifice that places the personal interests of others ahead of his own need for companionship and an audience.

This Doctor Who episode contains mild peril.

Classified 12 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 12 years and over.

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Doctor Who 33.10 The Girl Who Waited (2011) – 8/10 science fiction adventure TV review

Cast / crew
Matt Smith: The Doctor
Karen Gillan: Amy Pond
Arthur Darvill: Rory Williams
Writer: Tom MacRae
Producer: Marcus Wilson
Director: Nick Hurran

Doctor Who S33E10 Girl Who Waited, The (2011)

The Doctor takes Amy and Rory to one of the Universe’s most popular tourist destinations but when they arrive something is wrong. A small mix-up sees the Doctor and Rory in one room and Amy in another but time is running at different speeds in each.

8/10

This is a slow burner with an over-acted setup but once the meat of the episode finally kicks in, we are given something easy to empathise with and emotionally powerful and interesting as well. The most powerful entertainment frequently asks us ‘what would you do?’ and that’s certainly the case here. Both Karen Gillan (with some uncommonly good age make-up; unusually, it’s not wildly overdone) and Arthur Darvill are outstanding and, for the first time, I feel their relationship truly came across as deeply as the writers have intended for many episodes now.

This Doctor Who episode contains violence against robots.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

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Doctor Who 33.09 Night Terrors (2011) – 7/10 science fiction adventure TV review

Cast / crew
Matt Smith: The Doctor
Karen Gillan: Amy Pond
Arthur Darvill: Rory Williams
Writer: Mark Gatiss
Producer: Sanne Wohlenberg
Director: Richard Clark
Daniel Mays: Alex
Jamie Oram: George

Doctor Who 33.09 Night Terrors (2011)

The Doctor responds to a distress call from a small boy who is terrified of just about everything but the parents’ advice and actions to put all the scary things in the cubpoard may backfire.

7/10

This is certainly a scary episode with some agreeably disturbing transformations and a plot that works quite well as long as you don’t ask where the deadly dolls came from.

This Doctor Who episode contains scary and unpleasant scenes.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

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Doctor Who 33.08 Let’s Kill Hitler (2011) – 6/10 science fiction adventure TV review

Cast / crew
Matt Smith: The Doctor
Karen Gillan: Amy Pond
Arthur Darvill: Rory Williams
Writer: Steven Moffat
Producer: Marcus Wilson
Director: Richard Senior

Doctor Who 33.08 Let’s Kill Hitler (2011)

The Doctor, Amy, Rory and the TARDIS are kidnapped at gunpoint and taken to 1938 Berlin where they inadvertently interrupt the assassination of Adolf Hitler.

6/10

How had there not been an Seventies exploitation movie with this title? While the episode story is too jarring to convince (especially regarding a brainwashed assassin who suddenly isn’t when the plot needs it) and repeatedly putting a principal character’s life in danger works to undermine it’s potential drama, there’s just too much fun spread around to keep complaining. When you’ve got lines like “Take Hitler and put him in that cupboard”, the rest of the episode gets a pass.

This Doctor Who episode contains unpleasant scenes.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

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Doctor Who 33.07 A Good Man Goes to War (2011) – 7/10 science fiction adventure TV review

Cast / crew
Matt Smith: The Doctor
Karen Gillan: Amy Pond
Arthur Darvill: Rory Williams
Writer: Steven Moffat
Producer: Marcus Wilson
Director: Peter Hoar
Alex Kingston: River Song
Frances Barber: Madame Kovarian
Writer (Characters’ Creator) Cybermen: Kit Pedler
Writer (Characters’ Creator) Cybermen: Gerry Davis
Writer (Characters’ Creator) Silurians: Malcolm Hulke
Writer (Characters’ Creator) Sontarans: Robert Holmes
Writer (Characters’ Creator) Ood and Judoon: Russell T. Davies

Doctor Who 33.07 Good Man Goes to War, A (2011)

7/10

Tightly written and irresistibly paced as the Doctor (who doesn’t even appear for the first twenty minutes) conspires to subdue, without bloodshed, an asteroid stronghold defended by two armies. His late appearance proves thematically important as the fear of his reputation as someone who will bend time, space and anything else he wishes to his will is just as powerful as his presence. It’s an intriguing backbone to all the sci-fi ‘splosions and shooting. It’s cool to see all various races back and the acting is a little more consistent from the non-Matt Smith cast than it has tended to be this season. While, the series-motif of constantly blurting into tears is rather more justified here, it still seems rather turn-on-and-off-able.

This Doctor Who episode contains violence.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

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