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Best of Matt Smith: The Impossible Astronaut / Day of the Moon

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Across the next couple of months Doctor Who TV is running a series of polls to celebrate Matt Smith’s era. We want you to cast your votes on every story and at the end we’ll be comprising a list to find the top scoring.

We move on to Series 6 with the opening two-parter comprising The Impossible Astronaut and Day of the Moon. All you have to do is rate the story with your score out of 10, so get voting and join us again tomorrow for the next episode.

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lukashcartoon
lukashcartoon

Completely, absolutely best kick off for ANY seasons.  Complete with total shock and awe at how the episode played out. No one, and I mean no one saw any of this coming.

LeightonWestwoo
LeightonWestwoo

In my opinion you can't really compare a doctor who episode because every week you're in a different genre, for example one week you're in the wild west and the next you're on a pirate ship. Theirs no comparison. Unlike downtown abbey and Murdoch mysteries they're all relatively the same. That's a good thing though every week a different genre. But you can't compare them and that's one of the reasons why it's been going on for 50 years because the episodes are so UN comparable and different. Don't you agree.

eddiescthomas
eddiescthomas

9/10. Utterly Amazeballs. Stunning visuals, fantastic plot, superb director and a flawless cast. Not perfect, but nothing really is. I think The Legs, The Nose and Mrs. Robinson would be proud.

OnceTheDoctor
OnceTheDoctor

10/10 - Brilliant episode and a great Series 6 opener as well as much more character development all around and a brilliant full introduction to the sinister Silence. 

WhoPotterVian
WhoPotterVian

10/10- Fantastically dark episode. Silence still are the best new monsters in the Moffat era.

Romanadvoratrelundar
Romanadvoratrelundar

This story is a little bit less magical now that we know how the Doctor cheated death and who 'the girl' actually is. But I still remember that feeling I got when I first saw this episode nearly three years ago - WHAT THE HECK?! Doctor Who was back, and it was bigger, better and more Moffat-y than ever.  Every assumption I made as I watched the story got completely thrown out the window - the the Doctor was going to regenerate, Amy was pregnant, the girl was a normal human that in reality had nothing to do with Amy....you get the idea.This story was packed with surprises, well paced, filled with great light jokes, but at the same time plenty of tragedy and emotion.







I rewatched this story for the umpteenth time just after Matt announced he was leaving, and I nearly lost it - it was the first time I had ever actually physically cried in front of a Doctor Who episode, including the regenerations. Amy clinging onto the Doctor bawling her eyes out...it sounds cheesy but that's some powerful stuff.

10/10 for me.
















Kiki Kiki
Kiki Kiki

9/10.  One of Moffat's best.  However, I am sparing with 10s (only Pandorica and TDOTD will get them) because I'm mean.


DawnTime
DawnTime

A big fat 10 from me what a way to start a new series, Simply Brilliant on so many levels. Best bits for me, The Doctor Appearing in the oval office for the first time taking down notes while Canton and president are speaking. So funny. Especially the line "The legs, The Nose etc". and the creepy Silence hanging from the ceiling in part 2 effective , creepy. Did I say BRILLIANT.

gingersnapgirl
gingersnapgirl

Day of the Moon was actually the first DW episode I ever saw! (Yes, I'm a latecomer, mock if you will.) That image of Eleven and River facing the Silents back-to-back (and Eleven's amazing use of the Apollo 11 footage to timey-wimily beat the Silence at their own game!) is what convinced me to begin watching Doctor Who at all, so I'll always have a certain amount of residual fondness for them. Yeah, there are some flaws here - but let's face it, not many. That plus the incredible music plus the amazing directing plus the outstanding performances? Adds up to a solid 9/10


(I'm saving my 10s for Vincent And The Doctor-level stuff.) 

Judge Claude Frollo
Judge Claude Frollo

9/10. This was a great episode.

Whatever you say about the Moffat era, it's wonderful at season openers. (Unless you count 'Let's Kill Hitler' a season opener...)

PeterGecko2
PeterGecko2

This story had it all. Exotic locations, thrilling mysteries, scary villain, fantastic acting, truly funny moments, and one of the best resolutions of all time. Also, one of my favourite cliffhangers at the end of Day of the Moon. 10/10

RoweMatthew
RoweMatthew

Fantastic episode. It really had a special atmosphere and was new Who at the height of its popularity. Shame the Silence were so vastly underused after it though.

ElizabethGreer
ElizabethGreer

agree with supermoff....superb episodes.  Eleven out of ten.  Story, acting, scenery, great monster/alien -- loved it all. 

Huknar
Huknar

Quite easily a 9/10. It was a fantastic opening episode setting up the mystery and theme for the series. Got to love that hand-against-mouth cliffhanger. It also introduced us to some of my favourite Doctor Who tracks, including Majestic Tale of a Madman in a Box.









The Mind Probe
The Mind Probe

One of the best stories of New Who - super production values, an intelligent script, great monsters, and two exciting cliffhangers - 10/10!

Polyphase
Polyphase

Some good bits but overall I give it 4/10 :)

Oodkind
Oodkind

I'll be generous and give it a 10/10. I loved the storyline, and a lot of things were genius. I can't say I particularly like how the rest of the arc turned out, but looking at this alone, it was brilliant.

The Living Angel
The Living Angel

10/10 

This is one of those episodes that demands your attention and makes you use your brain a little. Which for me is what Doctor Who should do. I want to be left thinking huh! what just happened?

Obviously that's not to everyone's taste, but for me, if you don't have to use your brain and your imagination a little bit, then what's the point? For me , its half the fun. 

I hope for all the crazy timey whimey madness they can cram into season 8.







Ninjauthor
Ninjauthor

Impossible astronaut was a fun epsiode but it felt as if it were only there to build up to dotm, the initial shock of the doctors death lost impact when we weren't given time to take it in, and lots in the episode confused me (why were amy and rory back home what on earth happened at the end) Day of the moon was much better (though I still don't understatand why the silence had the ship from the lodger) though so overall I'd give the episodes 7/10I'd alI'd also have liked to see the period setting used to greater effect



Pockydon
Pockydon

This was no doubt a brilliant story, with quite possibly one of the most shocking opening 10 minutes to a series in the history of ever. While I have uncovered a few unfortunate plotholes, mainly with Day of the Moon, it doesn't stop this from being a brilliantly enjoyable and smart adventure. 


8/10











Who is the Doctor
Who is the Doctor

@gingersnapgirl  This is where I stepped into the Doctor Who world myself so you have company too.  Even though I am old enough to have been around for the beginning, we just didn't have Doctor Who in the desert of Arizona back then in 1963.  And when it was showing on PBS in the 70's, a guy in my teens didn't have time to watch it back then.  Then it was the Army and Doctor Who was no more anyway.  But now I have plenty of time to catch up and try to watch as many Classic episodes as I can on Hulu Plus and I have all of the new ones already.  



So lets sit back and have fun catching up on all the Doctor Who we missed. 


Romanadvoratrelundar
Romanadvoratrelundar

@gingersnapgirl Don't worry, The Eleventh Hour was my first! For the longest time I basically pretended I'd been a Whovian for a lot longer, it was really only recently when Eleven was about to regenerate that I was proud to admitting that he was my Doctor...I've been a Whovian for almost four years now, after all.

Romanadvoratrelundar
Romanadvoratrelundar

@Clara Prefect I agree...except am I the only person that actually enjoyed Let's Kill Hitler? It wasn't the best episode and I admit it was a little bit crazy, but the gags and the entire feel of the episode was hilarious! It sort of felt right in the midst of such a heavy and dark storyline.

Shadestryke
Shadestryke

@Ninjauthor  The way I see it, the time machine was in the Lodger because that point is the last recorded point in the Doctor's timeline before he went to Lake Silencio. The Silence were simply heading there to ensure the Doctor didn't have any tricks up his sleeve. Unfortunately for them, either Craig or (more likely) Sophie had seen the recordings of the Moon landing and killed the crew of the time machine before the Doctor ever arrived!

Amy is Hannibal
Amy is Hannibal

Amy and Rory were at home because that's where they live. :P

  The Silence ship that appeared in "The Lodger" was abandoned by its owners (Silents) as a result of what the Doctor did in this story.

Pockydon
Pockydon

Ugh, after about 5 seconds of thought I realized that the plot-holes I was talking about were more in relation to series 6 as a whole, rather than just Day of the Moon, and therefore I shouldn't mark the episode down for it. Unfortunately, the stupid edit timer thingy stops me from changing my comment. DWTV, is there definitely no way of getting rid of it? It's very annoying.

TheDreamer
TheDreamer

@RomanaOnCaprica @gingersnapgirl  The Eleventh Hour was my first. :) I've since watched all of the new series scores of times and have started diving into Classic stuff, but I'm a newcomer too. ^^;



Judge Claude Frollo
Judge Claude Frollo

Actually, I enjoyed it too. It wasn't as good as the previous episodes, but it was still a lot of fun.

I guess the reason why people don't like it is because they were just disapointed that this didn't live up to AGMGTW. (That's not to say it wasn't good)

Amy is Hannibal
Amy is Hannibal

I definitely agree; "Let's Kill Hitler" is a favorite of mine. It is a terrifically witty script ("That's what you said when you made Rasputin green"... how is that not great??) with a great pace, but it isn't lost on the emotion either, as demonstrated by the last ten minutes or so.

Ninjauthor
Ninjauthor

@Amy the Consulting Commentator  I know both of those facts now but at the time they bugged me. at that point amy and rory were full time companions not on/off ones and at the end of christmas carol there was no indication they were leaving. I've also figured out the silence's time travel. call me lazy or stupid but I'd rather have little things like these just explained quickly rather than having to infer them. It's a problem I have with the moffat era as a whole. its fine if he's going to make the arcs more complicated they're normally explained quite satisfactorily, its these little nagging details which annoy me (there was suddenly a huge army in AGMGTW who hadn't appeared in the story to date and were never explained other than their desire for amys baby, when did the parallel uinverse cybermen survive, how did the few daleks at the end of victory rebuild a dalek parliament and ressurect skaro, how did clara and the doctor escape his timestream after NOTD) 


Pockydon
Pockydon

I only just got that the ship in The Lodger was abandoned because of what happened in this episode. Like, literally 5 minutes ago when I watched the episode again. 

This is what I love about Moffat, I've watched each of his episodes hundreds of times yet I still keep noticing loads of new things every time I watch them! 

Angie Whodini
Angie Whodini

@Pockydon  It prevents people from changing the comment after people had replied and go all 'noooo, I never said THAT', so that's why I accept it.

Anyway, what are the plot-holes? I'm curious (and I'm not saying this to immediately go 'well, see, you're wrong muahaha'.




TheDreamer
TheDreamer

I'm working on it but I'm having a hard time with the old format. 6/7-parters are a killer... I stalled some time back, so I recently printed a monthly calendar and added all episodes by air date - all colour coded too (1 colour per Doctor lol). So yes, I've been watching them out of order but it seems to be working better for me. I used to skip a lot of them when I tried watching chronologically. I guess I have a short attention span lol.

Amy is Hannibal
Amy is Hannibal

"You will be fine for thirty-one minutes. You will be dead in thirty-two minutes."


"YOU ARE UNAUTHORIZED. REMAIN CALM WHILE YOUR LIFE IS EXTRACTED. YOU WILL EXPERIENCE A TINGLING SENSATION AND THEN DEATH."

Romanadvoratrelundar
Romanadvoratrelundar

@Amy the Consulting Commentator Absoutely, that story is a one-liner goldmine.


"



Well, I was on my way to this gay gypsy Bar Mitzvah for the disabled when I suddenly thought, "Gosh, the Third Reich's a bit rubbish. I think I'll kill the Führer". Who's with me?"

"Ladies and gentlemen, I have absolutely nothing to wear. TAKE OFF YOUR CLOTHES."

Amy: I don't understand! One minute she's gonna marry you and then she's gonna kill you? The Doctor: Well, she's been brainwashed; it all makes sense to her. Plus... she's a woman! Shut up, I'm dying!

"She was brainwashed to kill me, and then she used her remaining lives to bring me back. As first dates go, I’d say that was mixed signals." 

"I'm trapped inside a giant robot replica of my wife. I'm really trying not to see this as a metaphor."

"Leg went to sleep. Just had a quick left leg power nap. I forgot I had one scheduled. Actually, better sit down. I think I heard the right one yawning."






Ninjauthor
Ninjauthor

@Ava Averson @Ninjauthor @Amy the Consulting Commentator  don't worry about, being rude it didn't come off as that at all, I can understand why this might not be so much to others (ultimately we can normally explain them for ourselves), its just something that really frustrates me personally, but obviously not so much for others

Ava Averson
Ava Averson

@Ninjauthor @Amy the Consulting Commentator  About the time stream, I get where you're coming from, as at first River is really adamant that he absolutely should not enter his own time stream. And that when Clara enters she would not be able to come back. Clara came back because the Doctor went and got her, that's fine, that makes sense. However the Doctor didn't have any trouble getting out, and nothing bad came out of him going in there (other than bumping into war-Doc. I wonder if River knew about him). That was indeed slightly misleading :)

The rest of your points are actually explained in the stories or they are  too self-explanatory (ie the Daleks) to spend time on explaining. Amy actually mentions that they haven't seen the Doctor in a while. Also, remember that the Doctor aged from around 900-something to 1100 while Amy and Rory were his companions. So obviously he spent a lot of time apart from them.


.(Btw, sorry if I was a bit rude in an earlier comment)





Ninjauthor
Ninjauthor

@Amy the Consulting Commentator @Ninjauthor  1. I'm not saying its inconceivable, its just that amy and rory seemed like they wanted to stay on in the tardis at that point and had no desire to go home, they'd already gone straight to the tardis after the wedding. 2. i realise how Important the army was and what they were trying to do, it's just there was no explanation of who they were, we go from not even hearing of them in rebel flesh to them being longstanding enemies of the doctor who he's gathering an army to fight. 3. Moffat and gaiman have confirmed they're a crossbreed of the two 4. I understand how the daleks reproduced, I'd just like to have some continuity and confirmation that they had breeded since victory, I don't wanna get into a moffat/rtd debate but at least with RTD you'd have some explanation of the recurrence of villains rather than just having them shoved in your face once more.5. maybe the dialogue explained that if you listen carefully but all I got was that the timestream was caving in and there didn't seem to be any easy way to me of walking out of a >1000 year life, if it was so easy, then why bother introducing the caving in idea if it didn't make the doctor hasty. (i'd have liked to see what happened next anyway the doctors been to his own grave and confronted his most dark time but we don't get to see any reaction till DOTD when he's longsince moved on) urggh can't do line breaks either anyway. I don't wanna sound pedantic or stupid I just wish that these things could be explained or done away with completely seeing as they don't actually matter at all later on in most cases




Ninjauthor
Ninjauthor

@Ava Averson @Amy the Consulting Commentator @Ninjauthor  I'm not complaining about not getting it normally I can come up with my won explanations or wikipeida them, but it  bugs me that these things can't just be explained as it's not like a big plot arc where the mystery is essential to the show its just confusing, it would literally have taken a couple of lines to explain why amy and rory weren't there,

Amy is Hannibal
Amy is Hannibal

@Ninjauthor @Amy the Consulting Commentator  1. It was never said that Amy and Rory were full-time companions (although companionship isn't a job that you have to follow to the letter; if you want a break you can take one and the Doctor isn't going to force you to stay). The Doctor doesn't use the same arrangements for every one, and if Amy and Rory wanted time at home after their wedding then it is perfectly conceivable that the Doctor obliged them. I don't see why that is a particularly huge deal.       2. (really hating how I can't make line breaks) That army was essentially the same as the one seen in "The Time of Angels"/"Flesh and Stone". They were a part of the Clerics and were associated with the Silence, i.e. the main enemies for Series 6. "The Time of the Doctor" later explained that they were a rogue faction of the Church, but nevertheless, their allegiances should have been clear - they were with Kovarian (so allies of the Silence), and wore the same uniforms as the Clerics in Series 5 (so religious military).        3. Those weren't parallel universe Cybermen; those were Mondasian (hence the lack of the Cybus logo), so they were native to this universe. Although it isn't hard to imagine that other groups of them fell out of the Void like the ones in "The Next Doctor" did. The reality bomb was affecting everything.       4. Cloning; it's how the Daleks reproduce.         5. They walked out. The episode never once suggested that they had to get out in any complicated manner. The only issue was getting out before the Doctor's presence in his own timestream caused it to cave in (as stated by the episode), which they evidently succeeded in doing. We didn't really need to see them walking out since the dialogue told us that they could, and thus we could infer. So these little details are all things that are either easily resolved with some inferring or are backed up by information given.





Angie Whodini
Angie Whodini

I have the line breaking problem too but only on my computer. I have this trick to cheat it though. See if it works for you: you have to type a letter or a symbol and then go back and use 'enter' (or whatever you use to break lines) so that the letter/symbol is the one going down. It works, except you always have to have something written in the new line, so don't delete the letter/number until you've written something else. Also, it seems like it only goes one line down but when you post the comment it actually has the double space like in my above comment. I hope it works for you too. :)

(Ps: sorry if I got it wrong with some of the 'technical' language :P)

Amy is Hannibal
Amy is Hannibal

@Pockydon  "Stopping you from editing after 5 minutes really does damage discussion as far as I'm concerned, because if you spot a typo or realize you got something wrong and want to change it, you now can't." -This, so much. And the inability to make line breaks, but only a few people are having that problem (I'm one of them though). "Namely why do the Silence need River if the suit can move on it's own anyway, surely putting someone who's clearly madly in love with the Doctor in the suit could potentially jeopardize the entire mission?" -There's a funny story on this one. I had been thinking about that and came up with a fairly complex answer about how River is the crucial factor that fixes the event in history due to how intertwined her life is with the Doctor's (whose own history is pretty much integral to the universe). I'm sure that there is a point to it, but I was clearly overthinking it when somebody pointed out a much simpler answer - the Silence knew that River was the one who killed him due to historical records of her doing so, but at the time, she was enamored with the Doctor and would never have gone along with a scheme to kill him. So what do they do? Build a spacesuit that forces her to kill him. The reason it can move on its own is to force River to kill him once she is inside of it (plus she makes a convenient patsy for them). As for the weapons system, I've no idea. It's River. She kind of does that sort of thing. :P





Angie Whodini
Angie Whodini

@Pockydon  About edits, I was just offering a sort of reason, take it or leave it. :P  I personally don't mind as I always proof-read my comments after posting. 

About your plot-holes, I agree about those, I've often wondered myself. After some time I constructed a long answer about Kovarian's path through the years that I've often thought about writing in an article, but I don't think anyone would be interested. Within the show I don't think they are explained, no. 

Anyway, I was just curious if your plot-holes were the same as mine. :)

Pockydon
Pockydon

But people who do that are instantly called out on it anyway, either they're an idiot who no one cares about or they're just doing it in a playful way. Stopping you from editing after 5 minutes really does damage discussion as far as I'm concerned, because if you spot a typo or realize you got something wrong and want to change it, you now can't. 


Anyway, they're not so much plot-holes as they are unexplained tidbits. Namely why do the Silence need River if the suit can move on it's own anyway, surely putting someone who's clearly madly in love with the Doctor in the suit could potentially jeopardize the entire mission? There's also the issue of how exactly River manages to drain the weapon system, when it's explicitly stated that that was impossible.