My apologies for not managing a review of the first episode of the series. Easter kind of got in the way, and then there was lots of manic work stuff when I got back. I did like it a lot, and would probably give it something in the mid thirties I would think. Anyway, here’s the review of the second part…

Cast and Crew

Matt Smith as The Doctor
Karen Gillan as Amy Pod
Arthur Darvill as Rory
Alex Kingston as River Song
Mark Sheppard as Canton Delaware
Marnix Van Den Broeke as The Silent
Stuart Milligan as President Richard Nixon
Kerry Shale as Doctor Renfrew
Glenn Wrage as Gardner
Jeff Mash as Grant
Sydney Wade as Little Girl
Tommy Campbell as Sergeant
Peter Banks as Doctor Shepherd
Frances Barber as Eye Patch Lady
Ricky Fearon as Tramp
Chuk Iwuji as Carl
Mark Griffin as Phil

Written by Steven Moffat

Produced by Marcus Wilson

Directed by Toby Haynes

Originally shown on the 30th of April 2011

Premise

America, 1969: aliens you can’t remember after you can’t see them anymore are wandering around. What do they want? How long have they been here? Can they be stopped?

High Points

  • “Not Apollo 11, that would be silly. It’s Neil Armstrong’s foot.”
  • “There’s always a bit left over, isn’t there?”
  • On a more personal note, “Yes… he is.”
  • Low Points

    Umm… couldn’t think of any really. The very start might be considered slightly cheap, I suppose, but it resolves otherwise quickly enough to prevent serious dissatisfaction.

    Scores

    Originality: It’s a differently constructed story to what we’re used to, continuing the trend of Moffat embracing time travel and its consequences. The Silence are classically terrifying, but taken to a place that feels very new. 5 out of 6.

    Effects: Generally good effects although not perfect in places, particularly none of the TV screens looked at all real. 4 out of 6.

    Story: A great continuation of the series opener, and lots of hooks for what’s coming later without making it feel completely unfinished. Satisfactory for now, and there’ll be more on this topic later. It was also tense, witty and scary in just about the right proportions. 5 out of 6.

    Acting: The cast seem to have levelled up in acting since last series. All the regulars were great. I wasn’t so convinced by ‘President Nixon’ though. 5 out of 6.

    Emotional Response: The blend of fear and excitement and relief and humour here is now what we expect from a really good Doctor Who episode, and it’s delivered straight to the brain, possibly with some sort of invisible probe which emerges from the television screen. 5 out of 6.

    Production: Some great locations and sets (particularly the orphanage), and a wonderful, wonderful set of sound effects for the Silence. 5 out of 6.

    Overall: 5 out of 6.

    In total, Day of the Moon receives 34 out of 42.