Saturday, 7 May 2011


Doctor Who - Day of the Moon (Series Six, Episode Two). Amy (Karen Gillan), River Song (Alex Kingston) and Rory (Arthur Darvill) are hunt down by Canton (Mark Sheppard) and his men cross America.

Meanwhile, the Doctor (Matt Smith) is under guard like an "illegal alien" somewhere in Area 51


Directed by Toby Haynes and written by Doctor Who supremo Steven Moffat, Day of the Moon is the second half of the two-part event series opener marking the first time the show is filmed stateside, thanks to BBC America. And you know what they say, when in Rome... From the pre-credits American TV sci-fi moments (The Invaders, Dark Skies, The X-Files) to Moffat's pre-watershed grindhouse horror movie in the Oswald Cobblepot orphanage and the showdown with the baddies, this is the closest idea of what'd be a Who remake on a network today.

Time can be rewritten and what time can't do, the Nixon Ex Machina will manage (Stuart Milligan with prosthetics as a running gag prez). And even heavy exposition will not prevent some viewers to feel as confused as Dr. Renfrew (Kerry Shale) in this high concept tale of the Big Why built up since the previous series. The words "high concept" should be banned by the television industry anyway. Now, the Doctor knows that the Rogers are here and he must convince a disbelieving world that the nightmare has already begun...

But there's Mark Sheppard as Canton Everett Delaware III. Canton III has the potential Captain Jack Harkness had when he appeared in The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances (back then a kid with a gas mask was enough). Shepphard deserves his own show or, if the suits can't break the piggy bank for another spin-off, at least an encore.

The little girl glows in the dark? Oh, well... whatever. As long as she can eat meat properly.

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