A Message From Team Seth…

posted by EC Stacey

Plaid and the Silence in the Summer of ’69: Doctor Who Series 6, Ep1 Recap

So, I left you at the funeral on the lake… I did forget to mention that the “old dude with the gasoline” said to them, “I’m Canton Everett Delaware III and I won’t be seeing you again, but you’ll be seeing me.”  River quickly realizes that they all have blue envelopes for their invitations that are numbered. She’s #2, Amy and Rory are #3, and Canton is #4. “Who is #1? Who does the Doctor trust more than anyone else?”  (I hate when you realize how obvious wording is after the fact, it’s like when you think of that perfect comeback 2 hours after the insult’s been given)  River, Amy, and Rory peace out old man Canton and head back to the 1950s diner to put their heads together. There it is on a table, the fourth envelope…#1.  But no one to go with it. In a build up as long and annoying as the one I’ve just written, we find out that #1 is the Doctor! 

EC: He’s on Supernatural too! I knew he looked familiar!

WHOA. Amy Pond can’t handle this.  River Song slaps him.  And Rory is like, “Amy, you’re not this stupid, stop trying to be.” but in a nicer way then he and River spell out the whole situation for Amy [and the audience] of how this Doctor is a younger doctor (“our” Doctor from the viewer’s timeline POV) and not the one we just saw die, BUT we can’t tell this Doctor that we saw him die because it’ll cross timelines and terrible things could happen (yada yada, Time Lordy stuff). Our foursome (heh) decides to go to 1969 regarding the lunar mission because, well, that’s what the older Doctor said he was interested in before he died.

Then we see Canton being taken to the president by the FBI all film noir-style, and Nixon and him are chatting about this awkward phone call Nixon keeps getting from a little girl saying the space man is coming to eat her (if only the Doctor would say that to me…).  The TARDIS lands in the oval office in invisible mode (WHAT?!) and the Doctor eavesdrops on their convo. Without his Jammie Dodgers, the Doctor still manages to evade the secret service and pinpoint the location of the mysterious call.  All the while Amy takes a little detour to the bathroom where she encounters none other than the weird alien she saw, and forgot. Steven Moffat does it again and creates another excessively terrifying villain (that kept me up scared more than one night!). Basically we find out later they’re a race called the Silence and it reminds us of series 5 with all the references to “the silence coming” and “silence will fall”. So, the thing with the Silence is that when you’re looking at them you can see them, but as soon as you look away you forget that segment of time ever happened. So, of course, Amy takes a photo of it with her camera phone.

How can Amy forget about this creepy guy?

The space suit...1960's style

So, off they go, The Legs, The Nose, and Mrs. Robinson, along with Canton, to find the ANI caller, who is in Cape Kennedy, FL (present day Cape Canaveral–not that they really filmed it there). And, no shock, it’s a warehouse type setting with crates and alien tech hanging around. Including this 1960s space suit that is the same as the one the astronaut who shot the Doctor. The “alien tech” looks more like food than anything and soon River discovers one of the “food tubes” is going down a sewer hatch.

When he speaks, you listen!

Finally Canton adjusts to the whole, you know, TARDIS thing, tells the Doctor “Nice ride.” and essentially disappears from the scene except for some minor dialogue. Which is a shame, because his voice is actually quite gruff and sexy. Like how we all imagined Klaus was going to sound before we actually saw the actor. When Canton says “Nice ride.” it reminds you of whenever Eric Northman speaks and makes you want to give him suggestive glances. (I may have a little Canton crush, luckily I can purchase this tshirt…http://www.redbubble.com/products/configure/7143247-t-shirt?body_color=light_pink&style=vneck).

Team's Seth's little crush...

So, River makes some joke about being “quite the screamer”, forcing us all to think about her taking it hard from Matt Smith, before going down (heh) the hatch that the alien tube thingy is hanging in to see what’s down there. Of course the creepy aliens are down there, which she promptly forgets. Rory goes down to help her and then we have a touching moment where she lays out some serious foreshadowing and they discover a locked secret room that’s UM, the friggin space ship from last season’s episode “The Lodger”. !!!Steven, you’re such a mindf**k!!!

Team Seth just had a mindfu...behave!

Above ground, Amy, Doctor, and Canton hear the little girl yelling for help and rush towards her voice–but something’s wrong with Amy (oh noes!) and she HAS to tell the Doctor that she’s pregnant.  She does it in such a way that we’re convinced it’s his, even though she doesn’t say it out right.  Canton’s knocked out. An astronaut approaches, Amy goes for Canton’s gun, the astronaut raises her visor to show she’s the little girl, and BANG! Amy shoots her.

But who is she?

-TS

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One Response to “A Message From Team Seth…”

  1. I made that picture my desktop background. I love that man.

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