Doctor: No you don't!
Synopsis and brief review of Doctor Who: The Impossible Astronaut. Very long post with spoilers and screencaps (by marishna , thanks again so much!) under the cut.
Wow. Wow. Wow. What an unbelievable first ten minutes. The beginning is a hoot- with The Doctor inserting himself into history so Rory and Amy notice him. He is spotted in a Laurel and Hardy film and caught posing nude for a painting...(this is now my avatar at TrekBBS!):
Amy, Rory, and River Song are summoned to the U.S.A. for a picnic, where the 1,100 year-old-Doctor tells them he's been running for a long time and it's time to stop. Amy spots a mysterious figure, but forgets it as soon as she turns away. An Apollo astronaut appears in the lake, and the Doctor approaches it, telling everyone to stay back. He knows who or what it is, and what is going to happen. But no one expected this:
He is shot mid-regeneration and DIES. Yes. Stone cold DEAD. This is confirmed by another guest- an elderly man named Canton Everett Delaware III (love the name).
The saddest clip I've seen since Doomsday- another companion and Doctor parted forever.
The Doctor must be burned to avoid his body falling into the wrong hands ("A Timelord's body is a miracle, even a dead one"- River)- he is given a Viking-style funeral.
River realizes that there was one more invitation- but who could it be? They return to a diner...only to discover THE DOCTOR. This Doctor is 909, in other words, "their" Doctor. River is not amused (SLAP!):
Have I mentioned how much I love Matt Smith's facial expressions? Heeeeeee!
The companions realize that they must not tell the Doctor what is going to happen to him, and convince him to continue the mission. They must find Delaware in 1969- and track him to the White House.
Oh hai, i'm in ur Oval Office, scaring ur Secret Service Agents.
President Nixon has been getting calls from a little girl who is scared of a "spaceman". The Doctor figures out where the girl is calling from, and he, the companions, and Delaware head to Florida. Before that, Amy has another encounter with the alien from Utah- but once again forgets. In a warehouse in Florida, the quintet splits up, with Rory and River finding odd tunnels and what looks like the mock Tardis from "The Lodger". They see the aliens, then forget them. Delaware is knocked unconcious, Amy tells the Doctor she's pregnant, and the astronaut from the future appears. Amy gets hysterical and shoots at it- the helmet opens to reveal a little girl!
Wow...the Silence are creepy, but I'm not so sure they're Weeping Angels creepy-terrifying yet. The beginning shocked the hell out of me, and I was spoiled for it! Lots to look forward to this series. Pregnant Amy (yikes- how will that play out?), more info about River (who she REALLY is), and who are the Silence and what do they want?
I loved the opening sequence (though we didn't really get the naked Doctor we were promised. :p). The Utah scenes- especially the funeral- were shot beautifully. I hate Utah- I guess I've been to the wrong parts. :p Nice stuff with the Tardis appearing in the Oval Office, and the Doctor's "code names" for his companions. I even liked Nixon. *lol* Lots of nice banter/flirting between the Doctor and River.
I love Matt Smith more and more with each episode- he doesn't disappoint here. He really played the weary old man at the beginning well. The rest of the cast was great- Karen Gillan as Amy was heartbreaking as she clings to the dead Doctor. Alex Kingston as River also had some great moments, especially when she reveals to Rory bits about her past with the Doctor, and the time she dreads (the day they meet and he doesn't know her at all- which of course has already happened in series 4). Nice to see Arthur Darvill in the opening credits. :) Maybe Rory (aka Mr. Pond and "The Nose") will get some real respect now. Bring on the rest of the series. I think it will completely, totally rock.