You remember the last season of Doctor Who? Man, that was great stuff, wasn’t it? Well, things are only going to get better–and weirder–thanks to the return of everyone’s favorite Gallifrey survivor. The folks out at the BBC sent over a copy of Doctor Who, Series Six Part One, for us to review, and once again, you’re going to have a bang up time here if you’re anywhere near interested in science fiction.
Doctor Who, Series Six Part One, once again joins up with the last of the Time Lords and his assorted cohorts. And he’s got plenty to do, too–he’ll be interfering in Earth’s history all over the place, and then, once he’s done that (seriously, by the end of the first episode, he’ll die, or almost die, a couple times, then take on an alien invasion of the strangest sort of aliens I’ve seen in some time–even by the end of the first episode. And then, it carries on from there.
And that’s the amazing thing about Doctor Who in general, and this season in particular–there is a lot going on here. I mean a lot. A lot of a lot, even. Some of it is disturbing, some of it is hilarious, but what it almost never is is boring. This is incredibly taut and well put together science fiction, and it’s intermingling suspense and horror and drama and even comedy with terrific aplomb. You can say what you will, but the last man of Gallifrey will keep your interest at every stretch.
Of course, you’ve got to be something of a science fiction buff to get much out of this, but rest assured that if you do have a fondness for science fiction, you’re going to absolutely love this. It’s some of the most complex science fiction out there, and probably some of the best.
It’s full of wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey stuff, which doesn’t often lend itself well to being coherent and making sense, but this will often make much more sense by the end than it did at the beginning. And that’s an absolute delight.
The Screenhead Ten Scale can’t do anything but the obvious and hands Doctor Who, Series Six Part One, a full ten out of ten. Here’s hoping that Part Two will be anywhere near as good as Part One was. This is a magnificent piece of science fiction that will absolutely entrance its viewers, and you should be one of them.