I put these together in short form last night, but now I’m going to expand them a little…
My random thoughts about the Season 6 opener. Some things will be vague so I don’t spoil things if you haven’t seen it.
- The new monsters are soooo creepy, and I love it. My favorite type of “scary” is the mostly-psychological kind, a la Hitchcock. And the concept that makes them scary is very clever. I quick search tells me they are called “The Silence.” This also seems to explain a lot from last season that seemed out of place.
- The Weeping Angels are still my favorite, but The Silence will give them a good run for their money, I think.
- I don’t think she’s really pregnant. Two reasons for this being that she drank wine not two days earlier, and…
- …the stomach pains can’t be a symptom of pregnancy as another character also experiences the pains. The pains are therefore just a sign of alien encounter. I think the pregnant statement refers to an idea that she’s hiding on purpose coupled with an idea that she’s hiding unknowingly.
- Explanations about River Song are, so far, just about what I expected. I like that. While I appreciate mystery and surprise, I also like when we’re given clues that can actually be used to work out an answer on our own. And I also have a distinct idea about why she’s in prison (that I’ve had since the Time of Angels episode) that, the more I learn, the more I think is true.
- I’m still not sure if I like Rory.
- Matching diaries! I want to know when the second one starts being kept and if, in fact, they are the same diary but at different points in the diary’s time stream.
- The Stetson is great, but I liked the fez better– it was original and, therefore, funnier.
- I want to see the character Jack again sometime, a la Sarah Jane Smith returning several Doctors later.
- I’m sad that Sarah Jane Smith won’t be back in any more episodes.
- I know a lot of people have a David Tennant obsession, but I think I like Matt Smith as well, if not better. Plus the writing from Steven Moffat is so much better than from Russell T Davies. Not that Davies was a bad writer, but I like Moffat’s style a lot more. Davies tended to lean on the side of absurd and comical while Moffat tends to lean on interwoven elements and suspense with the comedy there to break the tension.
So there’s my take. It won’t make sense if you haven’t seen the episode, nor will it make sense if you (like most people who read this, I suspect) have never seen Doctor Who.