Well, I’ve given series 6 of Doctor Who two episodes now (the first was called the Impossible Astronaut, and the second Day of the Moon) and, sad to say, it’s just as overloaded as the last series. The ideas are plenty big enough and original, but that’s part of the problem really: 45-min episodes just aren’t long enough to do them justice.
The baddies in the first two episodes of this series are called the Silence. Any human who happens to see the Silence immediately forgets having met them once they can no longer see them (a bit like the Angels from a few series back). The Silence have been on earth for thousands of years, all the while manipulating the course of our history for their own sinister ends. With a premise like that, it’ll always be tough to explore the storyline fully in just two short episodes, especially when the writers also want to start a new story arc for the series and cram in plenty of character moments.
Matt Smith struggles gamely with the script, but it never slows down enough to let him do some real acting (his strength really). It’s all a bit half-cocked and frenetic. Solution? The BBC would do better to go back to basics and write some four-part storylines with decent cliffhangers (like in the good ol’ days).
Day of the Moon (episode 2) ended up with a bit of a silly half-chase round an old house. The Silence get caught on a mobile/video phone and are then broadcast everywhere. Thus ends the threat. All a bit anticlimactic for me. So, just 6/10.