The Impossible Astronaut
Episode / March 18, 2016

Aired 23 April 2011 Doctor Who wastes no time in setting major events in motion in ‘The Impossible Astronaut.’ Despite weeks of teases that one of the main characters was going to die in the season opener, it’s unlikely that the Doctor himself made it to the top of many prediction lists. And while there will undoubtedly be some clever plot devices and actions that allow these events to change in the 200 years before they occur in the Doctor’s personal timeline, it’s still a shocking sequence to be hold especially since, as it stands, the speed with which he dies does not allow for regeneration. ‘The Impossible Astronaut’ is an ambitious episode with ambitious scope, filmed on location in the US and offering sense of worldwide peril rather than a more isolated threat as usual. While there are many threads already being weaved into events, it’s the Silence mentioned so frequently in the previous run of episodes that offers the most satisfying connection. Finally the Silence is revealed, a visually sinister race that has the unnerving ability to be completely forgotten when not being looked at directly. The scenes featuring this new race, even as they stand in the…