1 Oct 2011
This is the reaction I had at the end of the Doctor Who Season 6 finale episode, “The Wedding of River Song.” Partly out ironic humor, and partly because I was flabbergasted at an ending that seemed almost like it was going to be like LOST‘s last season, where I would say, ‘Oh, they only got 30 minutes left to answer all these questions!’ and then not really get any. No, we got answers alright, but all in the last 5 minutes, that again, unlike LOST, left me saying, “That was kind of bloody brilliant.”
Season 6, as it turns out, is predicated on the fact that The Doctor has gotten too prideful, as it were. The last few episodes all dealt with an examination as to the effect that The Doctor has around his companions and friends. Simply put, while fun and adventurous, the lifestyle that The Doctor leads is almost certain to ruin your life at some point in time. He doesn’t research the planets he wants to go to, so he often winds up in a disease-ridden quarantine, or some other planet-wide disaster that puts his companions at risk. But while the Davies era took these situations and used them as an opportunity to fix things, Moffat sees them as unfixable situations that endanger people like Amy, as what happened on Apalapucia.
So, because The Doctor realizes he’s such a danger to the people around him, he decides the Universe is better off without him, to which the Universe strongly disagrees because he positively affected a lot of people’s lives. Still, there are certain factions of the Universe, the guardians of history, The Silence, that feel that The Doctor is a danger to the Universe as a whole, so he must die. After all, he’s become too well-known, and where The Doctor thinks nobody will answer when a call for help is put out, everybody answers. So what’s The Doctor’s grand answer to this? Pull a Batman and let his legend die, by letting a robot duplicate version of himself die.
One man is doing too much, like his own race of Time Lords who faced their destruction after becoming so prideful as seen in the Timothy Dalton episode, “The End of Time” at the end of the David Tennant run. So, to avoid a fate like his ancestors, he must hide in the shadows, deciding what his next course of action is, which is kind of wide-open at this point, that is, until the 11th falls.
That’s right boys and girls, the 11th Doctor’s silence will fall when the question is asked, “Doctor Who?”
So, where does that leave us? What does Season 7 look like? I have no Earthly idea. Now that we know that we’re officially building towards the end of Matt Smith’s run, how long do we let him go for? Do 11, Amy Pond, Rory Williams and possibly River Song have a farewell tour next year, or do we prolong it? What will The Doctor change about his traveling habits now that he’s supposed to be dead? Does he get a new companion now that the Ponds are safe with the knowledge that The Doctor is live and well, with an apparent modeling career in their future? All these questions and more will presumably be answered next spring/summer/fall when the show will hopefully return, with of course a Christmas special in-between with some fun, but not really any continuing plot to speak of.
All in all, although it’s hard to declare if it’s their best season or not, it’s certainly one of the better seasons of the show, with plenty of wonderful episodes, both character-based, and plot-based. It had a nice arch, with a good conclusion. And the acting/writing was pretty outstanding throughout the season, with Matt Smith really cementing his place in Doctor Who history. In the end, it also did what a Doctor Who episode is supposed to do, and that’s you wanting to tune back in for more.
So, thank you for sticking through these ramblings while I try to make sense of this season, but now it’s your turn. What did you think of tonight’s episode and Season 6 overall? Are you exited about the plot developments? Are you exited for the possibly new direction the show will take?
Also, Meredith Vieira.