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New Who: The Story Thus Far – Series 6 (Episodes 8-13)

John Hussey continues his series analysing the revival, this time with Series 6.

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After the short summer break Series Six returned to where it left off (sort of). Incorporating the time gap between ‘A Good Man Goes to War’ and ‘Let’s Kill Hitler’ in real time, Moffat devised the idea that the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) had been using that time to search endlessly for Melody Pond. Within the ‘Let’s Kill Hitler Prequel’ Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), via an answer machine within the Console Room, expressed her concern and sadness over the idea of missing out on her child’s growing up and wished desperately for the Eleventh Doctor to get in contact with her. The Eleventh Doctor simply stood in silence unable to respond.

‘Let’s Kill Hitler’

lets-kill-hitler-art‘Let’s Kill Hitler’ saw Amy and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) call the Eleventh Doctor back in style through the means of a good old fashioned crop-cycle. This eventually brought about the introduction of Mels (Nina Toussaint-White) who was apparently one of Amy and Rory’s oldest friend. I feel this idea could’ve been implemented a lot earlier on, i.e. perhaps hinted within Series Five, especially since her character held important significance. But I feel I can let this one slide somewhat but my previous statement still stands for good reasoning. Through the usage of flashback we see the friendship of Amy, Rory and Mels as they grew from small children to teenagers and finally young adults. Mels was a mischievous child which Amy and Rory practically had to parent in order to try and keep her out of trouble. The interesting twist was that she was the one who pointed out Rory’s unknown affections towards Amy and thus got them together.

What made everyone’s jaw drop was the revelation that Mels was in fact Melody. It had already been established in ‘A Good Man Goes to War’ that the child (Sydney Wade) from ‘The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon’ was in fact Melody after being taken to Earth in order to be raised and trained by the Silence. Her eventually escape led to her regeneration. This new incarnation of Melody turned out to be Mels and in fact without the Ponds knowledge they raised their future child. It all became a bit confusing in Moffat’s favour of typical timey-wimey nonsense but once your head was wrapped around the information it all became quite clear and very clever. Mels was forced to regenerate and River Song was born. We saw her very beginning and how she first met the Doctor and fell in love with him.

The adventure itself was somewhat debatable in its execution as I find the story to be a little out of sync with the events that had gone on before. ‘Let’s Kill Hitler’ came across as too light and comical which lost the appeal of the dark tone the first half of Series Six established. It felt a little all over the place. It’s a shame really especially with what ‘A Good Man Goes to War’ had going for it and hinted at where the series would go next. The story could’ve been a dark one especially with the incorporating of Adolf Hitler (Albert Welling) on the eve of World War Two. Sadly this was brushed aside to a mere side-story that was quickly wrapped up, leaving his appearance and potential completely unused. The title is misleading and also the very nature of their surprise landing in his office shouldn’t have come as a surprise as it was Mels’ wishes in the first place to go and kill Hitler. That I never quite understand.

However the redeeming factors of the plot are the developments between the Eleventh Doctor and River Song and the introduction of the Teselecta. The idea of having miniaturised people inside of a chameleon robot that hunted down dangerous war-criminals in order to bring them hell at the end of their allotted time-stream was very inventive on Moffat’s part. It was used well within the story which also played in nicely with the revealing behind the true meaning of the Eleventh Doctor’s death at Lake Silencio. The Silence was revealed to be a religious order and believed that silence would fall if the First Question was answered, a question that was at that point unknown. Melody Pond was to be the assassin to kill the Doctor but ultimately failed due to falling in love with him. These ideas were all incorporated together nicely but overall the story fell flat in places and could’ve been better. Also I never did find the Ponds lack of concern with their daughter throughout the story very understandable either. In my eyes this was one of Moffat’s weaker pieces which borders on the line of not brilliant but not necessarily bad.

‘Night Terrors’

doctor who night terrors promo pics (1)Mark Gatiss returned once again to pen a story for Doctor Who and used his gothic ways for a plot surrounding a terrified little boy and the everyday monsters of his bedroom. ‘Night Terrors’ went back to the routes of the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory simply travelling together, something that had been pushed aside a lot throughout the run up to that point by the heavy arc (not that I’m saying that’s a bad thing). In some ways this story felt out of place within the second half as ‘Night Terrors’ followed the first half’s tone of being dark while the previous plot ‘Let’s Kill Hitler’ went for a more romp approach along with lighter tones. Also it is fair to say that this particular Gatiss plot wasn’t his best but it still contained all of his usual traits which as always brought about an interesting plot filled with nightmare fuel. It was different seeing the Eleventh Doctor return to a council estate which became a popular environment for his two previous incarnations to travel to. It’s fair to say Moffat’s directions in show-running pulled away from everyday environments and went back to traditional routes. The premise of the story revolved around George (Jamie Oram) who suffered with a fear of everything, including most importantly the fear of being abandoned by his parents.

The plot had many twists and turns which certainly did shock you upon first viewing as it’s implied that some sort of alien force was behind the dark goings on around George but in fact it was of his own doing. Upon his father Alex (Daniel Mays) declaring that his partner cannot have children left one speechless as to how George existed. He was revealed to be a Tenza who came to them to grant their wishes of having a son of their own as well as granting itself a family. Its purpose was to be loved and be the perfect son but upon feeling rejected the Tenza subconsciously used its abilities to trap its fears within its cupboard along with the Eleventh Doctor and Alex. The Peg Dolls that appeared within the doll’s house proved to be freaky but I believe they were underused through lack of screen time.

The problem I found most with ‘Night Terrors’ was the pacing, it wasn’t quite right and the slow build up left barely any room for any action or further development. In many ways the plot would’ve benefited by being a two-parter and having the second half the Eleventh Doctor, Amy, Rory and Alex fighting against the horrors within the cupboard and slowly gaining George’s trust which led to the original conclusion of Alex excepting him as his son and George feeling loved again. Due to the 45 minute format it felt very rushed which was a complete shame as it had much potential. The ending in itself was beautiful and it’s always nice to see a happy ending. It’s also great to see the companion fall into extreme peril with Amy being turned into one of the Peg Dolls. At the end of the plot we heard the first usage of the creepy children’s rhyme which signified as a monologue of the events going, i.e. the indication of the Eleventh Doctor’s approaching death.

‘The Girl Who Waited’

girl-who-waited-generic-promoThe Girl Who Waited’ saw a Doctor-Lite story for the first time since Series Four but this time the Doctor was incorporated more into the story but in a way where he simply took a back bench. This was cleverly done with the idea of a virus called Chen7 on Apalapucia that killed two-hearted races which allowed Rory some well-deserved screen time and frontal action (like within ‘A Good Man Goes to War’). The plot revolved around the idea of Amy being caught within the bizarre time stream within the facility and Rory ultimately bumping into an alternative Amy from the future that had been stranded on Apalapucia for decades. This bitter Amy refused to help her younger self due to it erasing her current present.

It was a sad and emotional story for Rory to face. So many dilemmas were put into place for him to face and his love shone out brilliantly throughout the entire story, especially his sadness of not being able to grow old with his wife. Rory even had moments of hating the Eleventh Doctor, something that hadn’t happened since Series Five, due to his dangerous lifestyle and later on because the Time Lord forced him into making the harsh decisions he would normally do. In the end Amy was rescued through a massive paradox and Rory was forced to watch a version of his wife be left behind and killed at the hands of the Handbots. It was just a tragic love story which gained a happy ending of sorts but left a clear message of how manipulative and cold the Doctor could be, even to his own companions.

‘The God Complex’

the-god-complex-promo-main‘The God Complex’ is by far one of my favourite stories in Series Six and for good reason. Toby Whithouse returned with another stunning piece of work and placed the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory into a dark scenario which created a fantastic storyline. The hotel setting was creepy and quite eerie. It just felt so empty and yet at the same time felt familiar due to its Earth decoration. Within these walls contained fears of all description but most importantly the fears of our beloved characters. The clever devise was that one of the rooms was designated for one of the characters and within held their greatest fear. This would result in them falling back on their greatest belief which the Minotaur would feast upon and transfer into energy it could use against them. Once their beliefs were shattered they would without control fall victim to the Minotaur’s trance and lend themselves to it to become its food. The Minotaur was a great choice in monster in many ways as the hotels endless corridors that continuously shifted against the Eleventh Doctor and his friends resembled greatly Cretan Labyrinth. It just became an emotional journey and very chilling to the bone knowing that one by one the characters we had grown to love had their lives taken from them in such a sinister mind-game.

The character of Gibbis (David Walliams) of course was there to get under people’s skin as he constantly remained selfish and above all a coward, even gladly resorting to handing over members of his own group to protect himself. Shame really that the more vile characters out of friendly, kind-hearted groups nearly always seem to survive while the likeable characters perish. It was nice to see that Rory had become so strong as a character he feared nothing anymore. Though it would’ve maybe been obvious that his fear would be to lose Amy but I guess that was all a part of showcasing how strong Rory had become and probably how much trust he had in the Eleventh Doctor after all their travels together. Long had passed the days in which Rory use to doubt the Time Lord and now they were the best of friends enjoying one another’s company as they travelled together.

Amy’s fear was very interesting and the scene in which the Eleventh Doctor broke her will resembled greatly the scenes in ‘The Curse of Fenric’ where the Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) did a similar thing to Ace (Sophie Aldred) in order to defeat the enemy. The most interesting scene was the then unknown nature behind the Eleventh Doctor’s own room. I will admit I didn’t expect what was actually revealed as I always assumed it would be either himself or the Master he feared above all else, but the final outcome wasn’t something to be disappointed at and it worked well into the then narrative. It was surprising to see that at the conclusion of the story that the Eleventh Doctor said goodbye to Amy and Rory due to him worrying about their safety, this and of course him finally going on his way towards facing his inevitable destiny with death.

‘Closing Time’

closing-time-artThe penultimate episode gave us a return of Craig Owens (James Corden) and the Cybermen. It was an interesting story for the Eleventh Doctor preparing for his death at Lake Silencio. During the time between ‘The God Complex’ and ‘Closing Time’ he went on his farewell tour lasting for around 200 years (which then made him match his age as seen at the beginning of ‘The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon’). His last destination brought him to Craig Owens which originally started as a quick house-call before his death but ultimately became one last adventure when the Time Lord’s instincts of meddling grew too strong to resist. It was filled with mad banter and a full sense of fun which was a nice touch seeing how it was his last supposed adventure. The nice little nods towards the Eleventh Doctor’s demise was well executed and showed off his sadness as he knew too well he had pushed his fixed date with destiny back for far too long and it was time for him to confront it.

The usage of the Cybermen on the other hand made less sense. Once again their appearance lacked anything worth mentioning and was just a shamble of their full potential and a waste of their presence. They were just there for the sake of it. Plain and simple. Gareth Roberts could’ve easily have created a small time villain and put that invention in the Cybermen’s place and it wouldn’t have made a difference. If the Cybermen are going to be little more than background noise then don’t bother to use them. ‘Closing Time’ could’ve easily been better if the tone was constructed more carefully. It could’ve either been a laugh like with ‘The Lodger’ with the appearance of Craig Owens whilst maintaining an eerie side to it along the impending nature of the Eleventh Doctor’s death hanging over the plot. Or it could’ve been a serious and dark Cybermen plot without the inclusion of Craig. The two different elements and tones simply didn’t sit right with one another and the integration of comedy and bodily horror just didn’t gel. It was just a massive shame of a story in many ways made only worse by the Cybermen’s pathetic excuse of a defeat. The ending of the plot made up for the rest of the story with the Eleventh Doctor making his preparation to go to Lake Silencio. Then we saw the return of Madame Kovarian and the Silents as they recaptured River Song and placed her within the Astronaut suit against her will ready to complete her task of killing the Doctor.

‘The Wedding of River Song’ 

the-wedding-of-river-song-promo pics-(1)The ‘The Wedding of River Song Prequel’ was rather short and didn’t reveal much but did give some indication of the content of the finale and left a few questions lingering in the air along with the return of the sinister children’s rhythm first seen within ‘Night Terrors’.

We finally came to the finale with ‘The Wedding of River Song’ and although it wasn’t the finale shebang that we were normally accustomed to I for one still found it to be one of the boldest and most satisfying endings to a series to date. Unlike the usual finale of the New Series it didn’t just reveal all the hints gathered throughout the series with a massive showdown against that’s series villain and instead answered the questions whilst continuing the events further. We went back to point zero of the story with the Eleventh Doctor finally facing his fate at Lake Silencio, only this time by the Doctor’s actual perspective. The interesting part of the story was the whole of time collapsing around Earth due to River being unable to pull the trigger within the Astronaut suit and thus she created an alternative universe with them being the polls at the centre desperately trying to magnetise to reverse the affects. We had reoccurring characters such as Winston Churchill (Ian McNeice) and Charles Dickens (Simon Callow) who formed as an example of time going wrong. The Eleventh Doctor explained the events up to his interrupted death scene to his old friend Winston.

Unable to attend his death without first knowing the meaning behind it the Eleventh Doctor killed a Paradigm Dalek to gain information on the Silence. He then had another encounter with the Teselecta who this time decided to help him. The Eleventh Doctor challenged Gantok to a live game of chess which ultimately forced the Silence’s accomplice to take him to Dorium Maldovar (Simon Fisher-Becker), who was now just a head after being beheaded in ‘A Good Man Goes to War’. Dorium finally revealed the meaning behind the Silence’s quest to kill him. It all derived from the Eleventh Doctor’s future which would take him to Trenzalore in which a circumstance would arise that would force him to answer the First Question, a question that must never ever be answered. Knowing this information the Eleventh Doctor attempted once more to run from the situation but upon hearing the saddening news that his old friend Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart (Nicholas Courtney) had passed away the Time Lord decided it was time to face his demons. I like to think that in his mind the Eleventh Doctor thought “what would the Brigadier tell me to do?” in which he would’ve told him to face his enemy and never give up.

Within the alternative universe the Eleventh Doctor tried desperately to convince River to go through with the fixed point in order to save Earth’s history whilst she tried desperately to convince him that would break her heart and that nobody in the universe loved him more than her. This was the cementing of their relationship and through a rushed but effective marriage scene the Time Lord and River were wedded.

The Silence and Madame Kovarian made another appearance but it wasn’t much of one at that. Madame Kovarian was reduced to a prisoner but the Silence got some great scenes of taking over the Pyramid base and killing most of the occupants. It was nice, in a harsh kind of way, to see Amy get her vengeance over the insane woman by allowing the Silents to kill her through her own eye-patch. Though it is fair to say the involvement of the alternative Amy and Rory was debatable but necessary all at the same time. Time was finally reversed and River was forced to kill the man she had only just fallen in love with and married. The final scene with Amy, Rory and River is still to this day rather confusing in the sense of when it’s set and why only at that point did Amy remember about the alternative events of Lake Silencio. Of course I let this slide somewhat as it doesn’t damper my enjoyment of the episode. The fact that River from different points in her timeline revisits her parents in different timelines was a nice little treat, especially since her parents were deprived of raising her properly.

The final resolution of Series Six was just amazing. I to this day find it a fantastic closing to an arc and series. The Eleventh Doctor fooled everyone by using the Teselecta as a decoy, thus allowing the fixed point to happen and the Silence believe him to be dead whilst secretly remaining alive. The Time Lord would then go back to being a shadowy figure, a conclusion to the idea of the Doctor becoming too big and powerful. Within the final few seconds of the episode Dorium revealed to the audience what the question was: Doctor who? Absolute genius. But the bigger question was will this mean that the Doctor’s name would finally be revealed and what did this battle at Trenzalore actually entail? All we could do was wait as ‘The Wedding of River Song’ successfully brought another semi conclusion to the ‘silence will fall arc’ whilst leaving it wide open for continuation and expansion.

My Verdict

  • 
‘Let’s Kill Hitler’ – 7/10
  • 
‘Night Terrors’ – 8/10
  • ‘The Girl Who Waited’ – 10/10
  • 
‘The God Complex’ – 10/10
  • 
‘Closing Time’ – 6/10
  • 
‘The Wedding of River Song’ – 10/10

Continues next month with Series 7.

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Whovian1500
Whovian1500

My verdict

Let's Kill Hitler - 3/10

Night Terrors - 10/10

The Girl Who Waited - 7/10

The God Complex - 10/10

Closing Time - 10/10

The Wedding of River Song - 5/10

Master Michael Moon
Master Michael Moon

I absolutely hate Let's Kill Hitler with a vengeance. The title is just awful. 


RoastNewt
RoastNewt

My verdict:

Let's Kill Hitler - 8/10

Night Terrors - 5/10

The Girl Who Waited - 10/10

The God Complex - 9/10 

Closing Time - 8/10

The Wedding of River Song - 3/10

Definitely not my favourite series. Let's Kill Hitler was a fun little episode, and the middling episodes weren't bad at all, but The Wedding of River Song was an absolutely shocking finale. It pretty much made me hate the show for the whole of 2012 until Asylum of the Daleks aired. Thankfully, Moffat's work got much better again, in time for the anniversary.


Oodkind
Oodkind

My verdict:


Let's Kill Hitler - 7/10.  I pretty much agree exactly with the article. Some parts were great, and it was funny, but a lot didn't seem to work out well and it didn't come together very well. I would say it is above average, just because it moves on the arc and has some funny moments, but it definitely wasn't my favorite of the arc.


Night Terrors - 5/10. Very average. Really, to me it was typical Gatiss writing. It had good elements, but on a whole there were to many cringe-worthy moments and ridiculous plot points. The kid is an alien? Really? It had some scary moments, which was good, but overall it was forgettable.


The Girl who Waited - 8.5/10.  I can't say it was the most interesting episode I've seen, but the framework and execution was very strong. It had a lot of emotional, sad moments which I thought was quite good, and it really was fantastic for character development of the Ponds.


The God Complex - 9/10. I rate this episode highly simply because it was so well done. The story itself, while scary, was a bit lacking at times, but it was made up for in strong directing and acting. It was a masterpiece in my opinion, even if the story wasn't my favorite.


Closing Time - 6/10. Again, this article nails it on the head. I loved to silence part of it-- seeing the Doctor handle his coming death. The cyberman element was stupid, however, and the resolution was far from good. It would have been much better if Roberts had come up with a new villain. As it was, it was flawed.


The Wedding of River Song - 8/10. I found it underwhelming. A lot just came off as too silly, and unlike the writer said, I found the resolution a bit of a cop-out. I would have preferred a more complex solution that we could have seen being built up instead of the "oh wait,  I am the tesselecta, not the Doctor" as we got. It just didn't live up to the hype it created. The wedding seemed rushed and tacked on too. However, it had it's good moments.


I think as it turned out, Moffat built up to much in the arc and couldn't tie it together well enough, leaving a lot of awkward holes. In my opinion, he should have cut the fat out of the finale and tied more up, which would have made Time of the Doctor a lot less cluttered. It wasn't a bad series, but it seemed to go downhill later in the series.

The 11th Doctor
The 11th Doctor

My verdict on Series 6, part 2 out of 11:

Let's Kill Hitler: 11/11

Night Terrors: 10/11

The Girl Who Waited: 11/11

The God Complex: 10/11

Closing Time: 11/11

The Wedding of River Song: 11/11

Average rating: 10.7/11 (97%)

Mikeyboss182
Mikeyboss182

Let’s Kill Hitler - 7/10: I have a soft spot for this story just because of how much fun it is, the Mel’s to River Regeneration is also really shocking and the Teselecta is a cool idea. However everything is just tied up to quickly at the end and I found Amy and Rory’s reaction to never being able to see their baby again very jarring.


Night Terrors - 6/10: Not bad but very forgettable, I think it’s easily the scariest story of Series 6 but I didn’t like George turning out to be an alien, that was just stupid.  

The Girl Who Waited - 10/10: Without doubt the Pond’s best story, It blew me away the first time I saw it and every time I re watch I'm always sobbing buckets at the end. Karen Gillan's NTA was absolutely deserved and Arthur Darvill was amazing as well.

The God Complex - 9/10: Oh I love this one, the cast is great and I think this is the best directed episode of Series 6 and I loved the design of the Minotaur the same cannot be said for that Gorilla however.

Closing Time - 9/10: Another one I absolutely love, it’s just frickin hilarious and Matt Smith and James Cordon make a great double act.

The only problem I have is the Cybermen, I'm not their biggest fan but I feel sorry for the people that are because they were pretty much thrown away in this story and the fact they were beaten by love... yeah not good.

However I just can't bring myself to give this story anything less than a 9, I love it too much.

The Wedding of River Song - 6/10: I think the first half of this finale is awesome, Dorium's great, the Brigadier moment is lovely; the whole world going timey-wimey is awesome. Winston Churchill, Charles Dickens there's just so many great little moments, but once we reach the Pyramid it starts to go downhill. 

The wedding is ridiculous and doesn't make any sense and once again there is just too much going on and not enough explanation as to Why it's going on. 

Despite that I don't think this is a bad season finale and most of the questions I wanted to know from Series 6 were resolved.

The Finn
The Finn

Wonderful article, mr. Hussey!

The Outer Space K9
The Outer Space K9

My favourite episode (post 2005) has to be The God Complex, it's such a great, original idea.I wasn't a big fan of Withouse's scripts before it but this one just blew me away. And I really liked the ending when he decides to leave Amy and Rory home. It was simple and beautiful and I often feel that, lately, a companion's last episode is expected to be so grand scale that in the end it will be impossible to keep making things bigger and bigger (that doesn't mean i didn't like the Angels Take Manhattan but this is what I'd like to see with Clara).

Also one of my favourite moments in Series 6 has to be the Eleventh Doctor's little speech to Stormaghedon. It's such a small lovely moment.

And The Wedding of River Song was a great finale, I really liked the resolution. It's not as good as The Impossible Astronaut/Day of The Moonbut it's still a great episode.



Malohkeh
Malohkeh

My ratings would be:


Let's Kill Hitler - 10/10

Night Terrors - 3/10

The Girl Who Waited - 8/10

The God Complex - 8/10

Closing Time - 6/10

The Wedding of River Song - 10/10


Overall a pretty strong half-season.

DW_girl
DW_girl

My ratings:

Let's Kill Hitler - 8/10

Night Terrors - 7/10

The Girl Who Waited - 8.5/10

The God Complex - 8/10

Closing Time - 8/10

The Wedding of River Song - 7.5/10

Quite a weak half-series really, unfortunately.

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

I'm not a fan of the way Mels/early River was characterised in Let's Kill Hitler, both were a bit cartoonish.



What I REALLY liked though were the scenes with the dying Doctor trying to look well, and then when he then spoke to the TARDIS Voice Visual Interface. You get a feeling for the self loathing inside the Doctor, the hidden guilt and pain.


HOLO-DOCTOR: Voice interface enabled. 

DOCTOR: Oh no, no, no, no, no. Give me someone I like. 

(Holo-Rose Tyler.) 

DOCTOR: Oh, thanks. Give me guilt. 

(Holo-Martha Jones.) 

DOCTOR: Also guilt. 

(Holo-Donna Noble.) 

DOCTOR: More guilt. Argh. Come on, there must be someone left in the universe I haven't screwed up yet.

HOLO-AMELIA: Voice interface enabled. 

DOCTOR: Oh. Oh, Amelia Pond, before I got it all wrong. My sweet little Amelia. 

The_Ogri
The_Ogri

In The God Complex, it's not that Rory isn't afraid of nothing, but that he doesn't believe in or have faith in anything. Really good article, keep it up. Sorry, Its just my favorite episode.


Moves Like Jagaroth
Moves Like Jagaroth

What I would have loved would have been for the Doctor 'undercover' to continue a good deal longer than it did.


Bollyknickers
Bollyknickers

I’ll always have a soft-spot for Closing Time.I love it as much now as I did the first time I was sitting there with my sausage and chips, or the fourth time eagerly waiting for Asylum of the Daleks to begin and finding something to pass the time.


I admire Closing Time’s ability to bring back an old antagonist, an old friend, foreshadow the finale and yet keep itself appropriately compact.  It’s a well-paced, poignant prelude of a story that doesn’t get tangled up in a surplus or messy plot.  No, the Doctor is a believable age-old figure, a tired old man preparing to die, and there’s something about that which will forever bring a lump to my throat.  Plus it’s got that element of ‘episode twelveyness’ (a phrase which someone here coined ages ago, forgive me, you made such a fleeting impression that I’ve forgotten who you were, already), that titular ‘closing’ feel of the penultimate episode in a series. I often think it would have worked better before Matt’s swansong, really reinforcing the ‘dying Doctor’ theme… never mind the Series Six arc; Time (of the Doctor) and (Closing) Time gave us the loveliest, most heart-warming and genuine ‘near-death’ instalments ever.

I call them ‘The Time Brothers’, because they’re like the Chuckle Brothers, just without the chuckling.

TheOncomingStorm
TheOncomingStorm

I like Closing Time! Best episode of this half of series 6 in my opinion. And I think Wedding is pretty rubbish, but lots of people disagree.

Malohkeh
Malohkeh

Aggresively rushes forward and proclaims love for Let's Kill Hitler!

Meh Meh Meh Meh Meh
Meh Meh Meh Meh Meh

The lack of love for Night Terrors makes me sad. I disliked most of these episodes until I rewatched them- now they're some of my favorites! You just have to give the episodes with a bad reputation another try.

Meh Meh Meh Meh Meh
Meh Meh Meh Meh Meh

After thinking about it, I like almost every episode.

So, overall, series six is really underappreciated. I think Night Terrors is fantastic and utterly terrifying on first view (I had to stop watching it so I could watch it during the day). Curse of the Black Spot is exciting and captivating. Almost all the rest get the credit they deserve.

Series six, in retrospect, was truly awesome.

antimon_bush
antimon_bush

  • 
‘Let’s Kill Hitler’ – 3/10
  • 
‘Night Terrors’ – 8/10
  • ‘The Girl Who Waited’ – 3/10
  • 
‘The God Complex’ – 10/10
  • 
‘Closing Time’ – 5/10
  • 
‘The Wedding of River Song’ – 6/10

KristiStoneman
KristiStoneman

Sorry, but I think "Night Terrors" should have a lower score than "Closing Time".  "Night Terrors" is the worst episode of Series 6. I'm fine with the other scores.

sontaran17
sontaran17

John --> NEVER CHANGE! Love these articles and am now quite angry I have to wait an entire month for another! 

My Verdict


  • 
‘Let’s Kill Hitler’ – 10/10
  • 
‘Night Terrors’ – 9/10
  • ‘The Girl Who Waited’ – 10/10
  • 
‘The God Complex’ – 7/10
  • 
‘Closing Time’ – 8.5/10
  • 
‘The Wedding of River Song’ – 10/10


The Mind Probe
The Mind Probe

Great article again, even if I do disagree quite a bit… 

  • 
‘Let’s Kill Hitler’ – 8/10
  • 
‘Night Terrors’ – 6/10
  • ‘The Girl Who Waited’ – 6/10
  • 
‘The God Complex’ – 6/10
  • 
‘Closing Time’ – 7/10
  • 
‘The Wedding of River Song’ – 8/10

Rorschach's_Journal_of_Impossible_Things
Rorschach's_Journal_of_Impossible_Things

Not a big fan of this run of episodes to be honest, with the exception being the God Complex, which is my all time favourite Doctor Who story (please come back Toby Whithouse... please...). Great analysis, love hearing great stuff about the story. #PraiseHim.

MeglosProductions
MeglosProductions

Nice article.


I thought Series 6 part 2 was an improvement on part 1, but that still isn't saying much. I actually really like Night Terrors and I also really like The Girl Who Waited. Easily the 2 best episodes of the season for me. And Closing Time was also flawed, but enjoyable enough. Still isn't enough to save this series, though. The God Complex was terrible, The Wedding Of River Song was terrible and Let's Kill Hitler was an absolute abomination and is comfortably in the bottom 20 of all time.


The most unfortunate thing is that it gets even worse after this....................


Until the 50th.

Me and Stuff
Me and Stuff

Although it isn't the most consistent of seasons, series 6 is probably my favourite, just due to the sheer number of perfect stories. The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon, The Doctor's Wife, A Good Man Goes to War, The Girl Who Waited (especially this one), The God Complex and The Wedding of River Song are all solid 10s to me. And that's quite an achievement.

LGwalchmai95
LGwalchmai95

Top article John :) I'm loving your love for The Wedding of River Song. I too think that it is amazing and deserves more appreciation as it's a fantastic episode. Matt Smith is on top form and I love watching the Doctor going from trying to avoid his death, to accepting it, after hearing of the Brigadier's death :(, to avoiding his death! The direction and visuals are stunning. I love the Silence, they are genuinely creepy; I feared for Rory! Arthur, Karen and Alex were all brilliant too. I love the Tesselecta resolution, it was unexpected for me and very clever. I love the whole time happening all at once idea and how we kept jumping from the time that shows the ramifications of River not killing the Doctor and the time where we are shown how it all happened, and then we catch up to where the Doctor and Churchill are now and the story progresses from there. There are some great timey-wimey and other brilliant ideas from Moffat in this script. And I love the ending of the episode; showing how he faked his death, and telling us that the Doctor will go back into the shadows. I love The Wedding of River Song, it's a fantastic conclusion to a fantastic series. 10/10 from me!


shyx111
shyx111

If you ask me, I think that having half series in spring and half in autumn (and then the Christmas episode) is great, and to me it feels like having more Doctor who than in a normal run. So I would really like to see this split again.

Anyway great episodes here too! Ok, in the Series Finale here, Moffat is not at his "series finale" best like S5 and the trilogy in S7, but some parts of The Wedding of River Song are very good and entertaining.

Let's Kill Hitler - 9/10

Night Terrors - 5/10

The Girl Who Waited - 8/10

The God Complex - 9/10

Closing Time - 9/10

The Wedding of River Song - 7/10

JolomontheCube
JolomontheCube

My list:


Let's Kill Hitler- 5/10


Night Terrors- 7/10


The Girl Who Waited- 10/10


The God Complex- 8/10


Closing Time- 7/10


The Wedding of River Song- 5/10 (Moffat what's happening to you?)



Moffat you managed to mess up your own promising story arc with convoluted stories. Well done (!)

capnalbatross
capnalbatross

This series story wise only delivered one episode I love, the rest had their moments but didn't really click with me.


Let's Kill Hitler - 6


Night Terrors - 6

The Girl Who Waited - 5


The God Complex - 9

Closing Time - 6

The Wedding of River Song - 7

Galax
Galax

Series 6A may be one of the best run ever but Series 6B was a HUGE step down. Bar the two pieces by Nick Hurran, it's really... poor.


‘Let’s Kill Hitler’ – 7.5/10


‘Night Terrors’ – 4/10

‘The Girl Who Waited’ – 9/10


‘The God Complex’ – 9/10


‘Closing Time’ – 6/10


‘The Wedding of River Song’ – 7/10


Ivegotnewkidneys on the 23rd
Ivegotnewkidneys on the 23rd

Series 6B is for me is the weakest run of episodes new who had produced there was only 1 episode which I thought was good (7 or above is good, 6 is slightly below average and 5 and below is terrible) and it's because of this part I have to put series 6 at the bottom of my list whenever I make my list of new who series 

6.Lets kill Hitler 4/10 

7.Night terrors 5/10 

8.A girl who waited 6/10 like the christmas carol not my cup of tea and I thought Amy was a b**** in it

9.The god complex 7/10 

10.Closing time 6/10 

11.The wedding of River Song 5/10 

Whovian1500
Whovian1500

Should've been called:

Let's punch Hitler in the face, tell him to shut up, lock him in a cupboard, and make the episode have absolutely nothing to do with Hitler.

The Outer Space K9
The Outer Space K9

Rory is an atheist, so he doesn't have a religious faith. He doesn't really see the Doctor as a hero like Amy does. There must be things he has faith in but it probably wasn't enough for the Minotaur to convert. 

And yeah, it's my favourite episode too!

kian_chen
kian_chen

@TheOncomingStorm i would rather describe an doctor who episode as 'boring' or 'not good' or even 'terrible' but never 'rubbish'

The_Ogri
The_Ogri

@KristiStoneman Please give us reason for that very un-nice sentence. I saw nothing the matter with it, and thought it was quite scary.

The Outer Space K9
The Outer Space K9

Fingers crossed for Withouse to be one of the remaining writers to be announced for series 8!

MeglosProductions
MeglosProductions

As an added note, my scores for the episodes are:

Let's Kill Hitler- 3/10

Night Terrors- 7.5/10

The Girl Who Waited- 8/10

The God Complex- 4/10

Closing Time- 7/10

The Wedding Of River Song- 3.5/10

supermoff
supermoff

@shyx111 Indeed, a Spring-Autumn split with a mid-series finale and a Christmas special at the end epitomizes what I feel is the perfect format! 

Gustaff
Gustaff

@Ivegotkidneys Agree about Amy. Doctor told her that travelling with him wouldn't always be fun - that there are dangers and when that comes back to bite her, she acts like it's entirely his fault whenn

a) she accepted his invitation knowing the dangers

b) she entered the wrong room

capnalbatross
capnalbatross

@Ivegotkidneys I would have to agree with you about tGwW. I also found it massively implausible that she would be able to make a sonic screwdriver.

NumberNine
NumberNine

There was nothing "un-nice" about that comment. No need to be unnecessarily defensive.

Me and Stuff
Me and Stuff

@Gustaff @Ivegotkidneys Having to wait for 30 years in constant fear of death would turn anyone against anyone else. And it's not like she knew which room to enter. It's a tale of something harmless going horribly wrong and that's why it's such a powerful story.

The Mind Probe
The Mind Probe

@Gustaff @Ivegotkidneys This is why I've never understood the huge love for this story - Older Amy is an unlikeable character, the pacing is really slow, it's bursting with cliched dialogue ("I know what my life is: hell"), and the whole Amy/Rory relationship problems had already been done to death.

The Mind Probe
The Mind Probe

@Me and Stuff @Gustaff @Ivegotkidneys Well there were two buttons, one on top of the other… Surely everyone would go for the top button first?! 



Obviously I can understand that she would be very angry, but I don't want to watch that. I want to watch the nice Young Amy, and everyone knows how the story will end… Of course Rory/The Doctor will end up with Young Amy and leave Old Amy behind! 



Gustaff
Gustaff

@Galax @Gustaff @Ivegotkidneys It's her own fault. Blaming someone else for your mistakes is a cowardly thing to do. Time is not the issue. Travelling in the TARDIS is like sticking your hand ina lion's mouth for a reward. You have to accept the fact that maybe your hand will be bitten off. You can't go blaming the event organizer or the lion after your hand's been chomped off. 

Every companion faces this gamble when they enter the TARDIS. Blaming the Doctor for her own aloofness just shows that she isn't as matured as she would like people to think.

Galax
Galax

@Gustaff @Galax @Ivegotkidneys You have to accept the fact that maybe your hand will be bitten off. You can't go blaming the event organizer or the lion after your hand's been chomped off.

So just because she surely though about it before, when that REALLY happened, she should say just "oh that's alright you just ruined my life but I knew it would happen one day !" Plus it's not HER fault. She couldn't know which button press. And every companion discover one day the dark side of traveling with the Doctor (see Clara's reaction in Cold War) but it almost always ends happily. This time it was different. The Doctor did just mess up with the timelines and he ruined Amy's life. In a way it's his fault. If only he was more careful.







Me and Stuff
Me and Stuff

@Gustaff @The Mind Probe @Me and Stuff @Ivegotkidneys The great thing about The Girl Who Waited is that it is not predictable. Remember when Old Amy was fighting the handbots during their run to the TARDIS and we all thought "okay, that's where she's going to die". And then she doesn't. The story goes that step that most other stories fear of taking. It confronts the idea of sacrifice head-on, it puts Rory in the centre of the drama when he accuses the Doctor "you're turning me into you!". That's one of the defining moments of Doctor Who for me. And I really don't see how it's predictable.

Gustaff
Gustaff

She knew he couldn't pilot the machine expertly and given that time travel is involved...

example: if u know the driver of ur car is drunk and u still get in and let them drive, then u can't blame them (entirely - which is what amy did) if u crash and get hurt. U are 26 years old. U make ur own choices and u have to live with them.

my job can be dangerous sometimes, but I've already accepted that I picked it. If anything happens, then I can't go around blaming mum or dad or the folks at the university who taught me the skills. In my case, I can only blame 2 people' myself and the criminal. That's how life works.

Me and Stuff
Me and Stuff

@Gustaff 1. The Doctor described their destination as the universe's second most popular tourist attraction. Naturally, you wouldn't expect danger to lurk behind every corner.

2. 36 Years. THIRTY-SIX. In constant terror. People have gone completely mad in a lot less time. I would say Amy's state is fairly moderate. You can't just look at something like that from your comfy sofa and judge the characters in the drama, just as you can't tell Natascha Kampusch, a woman who was kidnapped for most of her life that she could've escaped on that skiing trip they had once. People are more complicated than that. And I'm glad that this story allows the characters to be more complicated than that.