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‘Doctor Who’ blogging: “Day of the Moon”

(all spoilers! don’t read till you’ve seen the episode! this is a love fest only — all complaints and bitching must come from a place of love / previous: “The Impossible Astronaut”)
I’m really coming to hate Steven Moffat — and by “hate” I mean love, of course — for being such a sneakier, teasinger bastard with each passing week. I want to say that this episode opens up more questions than it answers… except that I’m not sure it answers any questions at all! All the bouncing around in time — which is more dominant here than in any other story that immediately springs to mind — leaves lots of room for the answers to turn up eventually. And I suspect that there’s even more room for answers to slip in than would be the case with your ordinary, run-of-the-mill timey-whimey plot. Because the aliens that you forget as soon as you stop looking at them? I’m thinking that could be a metaphor for how the story is working here: How much has been “forgotten” in the telling of this story? How much may have been “forgotten” in previous stories that, once “remembered,” will make it all make sense? I mean, there’s retconning, but this is on a whole ’nother level…

Will we all be like Canton in the TARDIS

suddenly turning around to realize that something we’d forgotten was there is staring us in the face?

Are we all suddenly going to be told, in effect, by Steven Moffat to turn around, look back?

I sorta feel like I’m on the verge of getting my mind blown, but it hasn’t quite happened yet. And the genius of Moffat is that he maintains that feeling through this whole episode without paying it off and without making us feel cheated, either. Our minds aren’t blown yet… maybe next week…

Also too: there a lots of playing with narrative time on a very small scale that could hint at a messing around on a larger scale. In this bit where Amy is wandering around the abandoned orphanage, she goes from having marks indicating encounters with the Silence on her hands, but none on her face:

to having those same indicator marks on her face

in two seconds. (Note the timestamps. They are, from the first image to the fourth, 14:29, 14:30, 14:32, and 14:36.) In the space of mere moments of screen time, lots and lots of time has actually passed, and lots of stuff has happened. That could be happening throughout this story… indeed, through the entire history of Doctor Who. Moffat has just created a pretty much unassailable narratively sound reason for inserting retcons anywhere throughout the half-century history of the show.

So, does all this mean it’s possible that Amy really was pregnant, and actually did give birth to the child in the spacesuit, as seems to be the implication?

Even though only three months have passed since she told the Doctor she thought she was pregnant?

Or has Amy not yet given birth to the baby that will become the child in the spacesuit? Because at the end of this episode, she appears to be both pregnant and not pregnant at the same time:

Schrodinger’s fetus?

Is it possible we’re seeing everything out of order, like River and the Doctor are with each other? Is it possible that things are even more out of order than they should be? Because River has always been pretty sure about where in their respective timelines she and the Doctor are meeting, but she’s surprised and disturbed to learn that this is, from his perspective, the first time they’ve kissed:

The universe may be deeply screwed up at this point.

Or is any of it real at all? Who the hell is Cyborg Nanny?

“No, I think she’s just dreaming,” Cyborg Nanny says to someone else we can’t see. Could this all be a dream of Amy’s? I wondered at the beginning of last season about the reality of Amy — see “the problem of Amy Pond”. And here’s another thought: I could swear that we heard, back before Matt Smith even debuted as the Doctor, that the new companion Amy Pond was going to be from 1965… which would sorta jibe with her being mother to a five-year-old-ish child in 1969. What if that’s actually the case? Perhaps everything since we met Amy and this new Doctor is happening in some parallel universe, or as a nightmare of the regenerating Doctor?

So many new questions! Why would Amy be worred about being pregnant on the TARDIS if she hasn’t actually been on the TARDIS for ages, as seemed to be the implication at the beginning of “The Impossible Astronaut”? (Unless time is messed up.) Where has River been that she’s so dressed up when she jumps out of the building in NYC? Where does Area 51 get “zero balance dwarf star alloy… the densest material in the universe” from? How did the TARDIS get into that Area 51 cell of the Doctor’s? Why the fuck is the kid from the spacesuit regenerating?

Is she the Doctor’s child? The child of another Time Lord? (And again, I reiterate that Moffat is treading dangerously close to some fan-fictiony ideas I’ve been working on. Must bring my head in to be checked for leaks.)

Now the Doctor has ensured that humans kills the Silence every time they see them… is this why the Silence want revenge? Is this why they will blow up the TARDIS in 2010?

Maybe we really are seeing everything out of order.

Random thoughts on “Day of the Moon”:

• How is Rory not insane with all the memories in his head? He’s lived thousands of years, witnessed all of Western history. He’s older than the Doctor. “I don’t remember it all the time” isn’t enough, I don’t think…

• I could totally use one of those nanorecorder things. Much better than leaving yourself a voicemail.

• River really does trust the Doctor, doesn’t she?

• 1960s Rory is so cute!

• So gothic X-Files!

Amy’s doing a Scully here, isn’t she?

• Poor Renfrew, so creepy and sad:

• “Canton just wants to get married.” Ah, I knew it was going to be that he wants to marry a man…

• Oh, man, the flirting is driving me crazy!

“Stop it.” –the Doctor
“Make me.” –River
“Yeah, well maybe I will.” –the Doctor

• This:

and Rory’s question about what kind of doctor River is make me think of this exchange, from Stargate SG-1:

“What kind of archaeologist carries a weapon?” –Jack O’Neill:
“Uh, I do.” –Daniel Jackson

• Great quotes:

“What about Doctor Song? She dove off a rooftop!” –Canton
“Don’t worry, she does that.” –the Doctor

“This is my friend River. Nice hair, clever, has her own gun, and unlike me, she really doesn’t mind shooting people. I shouldn’t like that, kinda do a bit.” –the Doctor
“Thank you, sweetie.” –River

“As long as there’s been something in the corner of your eye, or creaking in your house, or breathing under your bed, or voices through a wall.” –the Doctor, on how long the Silence has been around (and obviously they’re still here *gulp*)

“You have to tape everything that happens in this office, every word.” –the Doctor to Richard Nixon

“Will I be remembered?” –Nixon
“Oh, Dickie. Tricky Dickie. They’re never going to forget you… Say hi to David Frost for me.” –the Doctor

(next: “The Curse of the Black Spot”)

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  • Radek Piskorski

    Well if we take River at her word, the next time they meet will be the future (for us and for the Doctor) but it will be in a past version of her.

    And, again taking her at her word, the last River saw the Doctor was in the Library, but the last one before that would have to be The Time of Angels.

    So as MAJ said, it can’t be just simply backwards.