Writer: Steven Moffatt
Director: Jeremy Webb
Producer: Marcus Wilson
Series: 6, ep 13
Companions: Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill), River Song (Alex Kingston)
Summary: Time has completely stopped and is happening all at once. River Song refuses to kill the Doctor and is willing to alter a fixed point in time to rebel against her brainwashing. But what is the question that must never be answered, hidden in plain sight? And what awaits the Doctor at Trenzalore?
Review: As all the questions at the beginning of the season were presented, I was in anticipation of how the Doctor would get out of this one. I loved how they presented time happening all at once. My favorite detail was the pterodactyls flying over London, and there’s even a sign warning you not to feed the vermin. (meaning the pterodactyls). And best of all, the tribute to Nicholas Courtney. He had died prior to the start of the season, and it was great to see the Doctor try to call the Brigadier, only to find out he had died. The Brigadier was such an important part of the mythos, that I felt we needed some kind of tribute. (It’s just too bad Courtney never appeared in a New Who episode, but at least we got him in a Sarah Jane Adventure!)
All in all, a great wrap-up of the season, and a great cliffhanger to whet our appetite for Series 7.
Overall Review: 9/10
Continuity: The Brigadier made his last televised appearance in the Sarah Jane Adventures episode “The Enemy of the Bane”. Charles Dickens, last seen in “The Unquiet Dead”, is seen talking about a new story he’s writing. Winston Churchill is now the Holy Roman Emperor and has the Silurian scientist Malokeh as his physician. We see a Teselecta of the Doctor himself, tying in to “Let’s Kill Hitler”. River mentions her personal rule #1, “The Doctor Lies”. One of the Silents calls Rory “the man who dies again and again.” This is the first time we learn of the question that must never be answered, which is a clue for the final episode of the Smith era. We finally learn what was missing from the series opener, “The Impossible Astronaut.”