WARNING!!! SPOILERS AHEAD!
If you’re watching Doctor Who on BBC America, you are a week behind people watching it on the internet or in Great Britian (which can’t be anyone here because we have 8 posts about Franklin and Bash) because of the holiday weekend. So if you’re planning to watch the midseason finale this Saturday on TV with your mom or some friends or maybe just your cat and a big bowl of popcorn, please scroll on by because it is a really wonderful episode, and I would hate to ruin it for you.
I feel like this was really the first season of Who where we’ve had a major plot or mysteries introduced in the first episode of the season that were left unresolved and really carried through a lot of episodes rather than having all the episodes be self contained with a couple of two parters and everything moving in a vague direction. Most of this stuff was driving me nuts, so I’m glad we cleared some of it up. Yes, Amy was pregnant. The little girl in the space suit is a Time Lord, which is also why we saw her regenerating. That’s where Amy was when we heard her talking on the transmitter. And I’m assuming The Doctor who is 200 years older is the Flesh Doctor, or it’s the other way around. Either way, now there are two Doctors, which is what I was kind of suspecting all along.
First off, I just want to say, this is some Twilight shit! In case you didn’t read all of them in the summer of 2008 (what else was I supposed to do?), Jacob “imprints” (becomes creepy pedohilic soulmates at first sight with, not like a baby duck) on Bella’s daughter Renesme as soon as she’s born, and they wipe all the goo off her. I really thought that River was going to be an assasin sent to kill him except she falls in love with him or something, or she was that young cleric from the Gamma Forests who I think I was supposed to recognize, but was probably just a red herring. It’s creepy, and I don’t know if I like it yet.
What concerns me and what I feel like we’re not addressing is that Rory and Amy just lost their daughter? Because she’s River Song not Melody Pond, and I’m assuming she’s always breaking out of prison because she’s been locked up her whole life. Also don’t we know that she’s from way in the future? Or does the fact that she likes Stevie Wonder mean that she’s from the 21st century, and wouldn’t The Doctor know that Stevie Wonder wasn’t alive in 1814 since he was active on Earth in the 70s and 80s? (Actually come to think of it, we saw Spacesuit Girl regenerating in 1969, so it’s highly possible she just lived through the end of the 20th century.) Or is the feeling that she’s from the future and the fact that we call her River Song and not by her real name just a component of her being a Time Lord (lordess? What is the correct way to say that?) because she was conceived on the Tardis?
Also worth noting is that we got some much needed self awareness (“Rory wasn’t even there at the beginning, then he was dead, then he didn’t exist, then he was plastic, then I had to reboot the whole universe”). The Doctor is the source of his own problems. You can’t go around the universe destroying nations of beings to save your friends without eventually creating the source of your own destruction. It’s incredibly elegant, and I’m so sorry for those nasty thoughts I had about you being emotionally manipulative.
Finally, The Doctor returns in the fall in “Let’s Kill Hitler”? Seriously!? Are you fucking with me right now? Brb, dying.