I still don’t get why they needed a spacesuit.

Cast and Crew

Matt Smith as The Doctor
Karen Gillen as Amy Pond
Arthur Darvill as Rory
Alex Kingston as River Song
Frances Barber as Madame Kovarian
Simon Fisher-Becker as Dorium Maldovar
Ian McNeice as Emperor Winston Churchill
Richard Hope as Dr. Malokeh
Marnix Van Den Broeke as The Silent
Nicholas Briggs as the Voice of the Daleks
Simon Callow as Charles Dickens
Sian Williams as Herself
Bill Turnbull as Himself
Meredith Vieira as Newsreader
Niall Greig Fulton as Gideon Vandaleur
Sean Buckley as Barman
Rondo Haxton as Gantok
Emma Campbell-Jones as Dr. Kent
Katharine Burford as Nurse
Richard Dillane as Carter
William Morgan Sheppard as Canton Delaware

Written by Steven Moffat

Produced by Marcus Wilson

Directed by Jeremy Webb

Originally shown on the 1st of October 2011

Premise

It’s time…

High Points

  • “And the wifi down here is excellent.”
  • “It would help if you didn’t keep asking questions.”
  • Amy Pond in a very sharp suit.
  • The Ponds (why isn’t it Melody Williams?) get time as a family

Low Points

  • History all happening at once seems to me just an excuse to show cool shots of steam trains entering pyramids.
  • Didn’t that all seem a little easy to you?

Scores

Originality: Two prominent tropes spring to mind here, neither of them particularly unusual. I’m sure you know which ones I’m talking about. This just wasn’t particularly new, and had a lot of hints of the end of the previous series as well. Three out of six.

Effects: This is where the effects budget went. It’s all done well, although rather over the top at times. Five out of six.

Story: Despite the unoriginality, the story is pretty interesting, even if the big reveal was a bit too easy for my taste. The main benefit of this is probably the effect it’s going to have on the next series, which could be very interesting indeed. Four out of six.

Acting: I think they all enjoyed this one. Five out of six.

Emotional Response: Variable. I got River’s pain and the Doctor’s responsibility, but the final twist didn’t seem to match up in weightiness and spoiled things a little. Five out of six.

Production: Silly, but appropriate. The Silence were handled very well initially, and the rest of that I’ll blame on the plot. Five out of six.

Overall: It was entertaining, but not mindblowing, and there’s a definite pattern forming for Doctor Who series conclusions. Five out of six.

In total, The Wedding of River Song receives thirty-two out of forty-two.