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Doctor Who XXXI.13: The Big Bang (more thoughts, in brief)

June 28th, 2010 (01:49 am)

I don't know when I'm going to find time to write a longer review, but some of the points I'd want to mention would be...

  • Moffat's sense of causality - a paradox can work as one moment in a longer chain of cause and effect.
  • I'd expected that the Alliance of adversaries would be got rid of early in the episode, and they went even more quickly than I'd thought.
  • Amy as the link between the old universe and the new. I imagine the ailing Doctor crawling through the crack in Amelia's bedroom wall and finding a universe where only the TARDIS exists, reconstituted, and together they wait for Amy to call the Doctor into existence - and presumably he's now a presence in the history of the rebooted universe too, though no doubt leaving leeway for some things to have happened, and some things to have not.
  • I was puzzled by River's appearance in Leadworth, but perhaps that is where she should be - to prompt Amy's memory, and serve as part of the key which unlocks the Doctor's prison, more potent than the Pandorica, and needing deeper magic to unlock it.
  • Lovely throwaway line as Amy goes up to the TARDIS to meet the Doctor, from Rory to Tabetha Pond, as he starts to explain the backstory and begins by saying that he used to be plastic. This is a remarkable way to begin relations with one's new mother-in-law.
  • That reminiscence about her Nestene duplicate lover and his exchangeable heads, and the "Everything changes" line... just what relation is River Song to Jack Harkness?
  • Lovely way to end the series - Amy gets to her wedding and she and her groom get to fly off in the TARDIS at the end. Marriage hasn't exactly been presented in past Doctor Who as precluding fantastic adventure - after all, the first thing Cliff and Jo were going to do after The Green Death was to take a boat up the Amazon, and we've seen Martha and Mickey almost getting killed while tracking a Sontaran in a disused factory in The End of Time - but from the Doctor's "Look after her" farewell to Ben at the end of The Faceless Ones (referring to Polly) to Donna's wedding, marriage and TARDIS travel have been presented as opposites, or the former at least a consolation prize for not being able to enjoy the latter any more. Presumably the TARDIS has a honeymoon suite.
  • One of the shots of Auton Rory, as he advances upon the stone Dalek, gun arm raised, reminded me very much of a frame from the Alan Moore/David Lloyd Auton back-up strip in the last few issues of Doctor Who Weekly in 1980, Business as Usual.

In short, I really enjoyed this, thought it was very well-structured, and almost wish Christmas was closer.


Posted by: Amanda (neohippie)
Posted at: June 28th, 2010 05:23 am (UTC)

River Song as the new Jack Harkness... I like that. She totally is. Why didn't I think of that before?

I don't know how River got to Leadworth either, but she's magic, so *shrug*.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: June 28th, 2010 10:36 am (UTC)

River in Leadworth only works if she is part of the completion of the universe-healing process; the reboot of the universe isn't complete until the Doctor shows up, because the universe can't do without him... and that is magic.

Posted by: Virgers! How are we doing with those explosives? (tree_and_leaf)
Posted at: June 29th, 2010 02:12 pm (UTC)

ust what relation is River Song to Jack Harkness?

Big sister. The one he never talks about because admitting how much cooler she is would spoil his image.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: June 29th, 2010 02:14 pm (UTC)

Ha! :)

He's also jealous of her because it looks as if she actually gets the Doctor... in more than one sense, depending on who you think she's been sentenced to prison for killing.