Writer: Steven Moffatt
Director: Toby Haynes
Producer: Marcus Wilson
Series: 6, ep 1
Companions: Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill), River Song (Alex Kingston)
Summary: The Doctor gets a message from River Song to go to 1969. He invites Amy, Rory, and River to a picnic where he is shot by an astronaut. A mysterious man identified as Canton Everett Delaware III arrives with gasoline to help them dispose of the body and says they’ll be seeing him again. As they try to figure things out, the Eleventh Doctor returns, but from an earlier point in time. The Silence are invading and do not want the Doctor to interfere. What is their plan, and what does it have to do with the moon landing and Richard Nixon?
Review: What a way to kick off series 6! This is where the you-know-what hits the fan for the Smith era. I like the idea behind the Silence, as they are monsters that you forget you saw as soon as you look away. The story was kind of confusing, but I expect that from Moffatt now. His stories always get like that. My only gripe with the story is that “Hail to The Chief” played every time Nixon showed up.
Overall Review: 8/10
Continuity: River Song tells the Doctor to build a cabinet with his Sonic Screwdriver, an insult he’s also heard from Captain Jack and later the War Doctor. We once again hear the words “Silence will fall”. The Doctor catches River Song in free-fall from a building, similar to when the TARDIS caught her in free-fall adrift in space in “Time of the Angels”. The Doctor references the prison that was built for him in “The Pandorica Opens.”