TV Preview: Doctor Who – The Impossible Astronaut
Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past few week’s you’ll know that this Easter Saturday sees the return of our favourite Time Lord, Doctor Who. This year’s series, which will be split into two parts, the second airing this autumn, sees Matt Smith and writer Stephen Moffat return with what is set to be the darkest series yet.
However, fear not, Moffat and co aren’t about to alienate their core ‘kid friendly’ audience, much of the same Doctor Who charm remains, although you can expect a great deal of hiding behind the sofa moments as a new set of devilish enemies grace our TV screens in the coming weeks.
The opening episode for series 6, The Impossible Astronaut, starts with “four [mysterious] envelopes, numbered two, three and four – each containing a date, time and map reference, unsigned, but TARDIS blue.” The big question though is – Who sent them and who received the missing number one?
The mystery leads to The Doctor, Amy, Rory and River Song reuniting in the middle of the Utah desert and the revelation of “a terrible secret that The Doctor’s friends must never reveal to him.”
As the plot unfolds, The Doctor is forced to place his fate entirely in the hands of his friends as they search for the recipient of the fourth envelope. “Their quest lands them in the Oval Office, where they are enlisted by President Nixon himself to assist enigmatic former FBI agent Canton in saving a terrified little girl from a mysterious spaceman.”
If all that isn’t exciting enough, there is also news that one of the four leads will meet their maker in Saturday’s episode, an event which will ultimately shape the course of the rest of the series. Steven Moffat has said that the first episode, should be regarded as dark only in terms of a series opener; they’ve flipped things so the climactic terror of a finale is served up first.
Judging by what we have seen so far Doctor Who has matured massively since it returned in 2005. It’s smarter, cooler, sexier and a great advert for high quality British drama which can be both smart and funny.
Before you watch this Saturday’s Episode you may want to check out this Exclusive prequel clip.
Doctor Who Series 6 Prequel