Doctor Who Season 6 Mid-season Review

So by this point most fans have seen A Good Man Goes To War and now impa­tiently wait­ing for the second half the season some time in the Autumn. Which seems like a good time to look back at the season so far.

The most obvi­ous thing about season 6 is how domi­nat­ing the story arc is. In season 5, Moffat made the arc much

Doctor Who — Season 6

more promi­nent than it had been in the previ­ous 4 seasons, but this time out Moffat laid out multi­ple on-going plot lines from the first episode of the season and they have been strongly refer­enced in the stand alone episodes as well. That has given the season a differ­ent and more struc­tured feel to any previ­ously. Mostly that’s a good thing, although occa­sion­ally it felt a little forced.

In terms of qual­ity, I feel this season has been the high­est of all the seasons so far. Which is quite impres­sive consid­er­ing I thought the same thing of season 5. The weakest of the episodes (to my mind) The Curse of the Black Spot, was still an enter­tain­ing adven­ture. I am a little worried though that Moffat is falling back on recur­ring tricks. The woman with her window  is a little too simi­lar to the cracks in the universe from the previ­ous season. And as much as I like River Song, she was a little over-used I think.

But the strongest thing about Season 6 is the acting. Matt Smith has been excel­lent from day one, but now Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill are being given oppor­tu­ni­ties to match him. It feels like the produc­tion team and the actors have really settled into their roles. There’s a confi­dence and an eager­ness to push bound­aries which promises a lot for the second half of the season.

Perhaps the most inter­est­ing thing is that Moffat seems to have some sort of master plan under­way. There are elements of this season that were set up last season and I get the feel­ing there are some elements that may not play out until the next season (when­ever that is). One of his themes has been to present Doctor Eleven as a man to be feared. Some­one who can talk entire alien races into submis­sion. He’s build­ing up the Doctor’s feats to ever greater heights and it’s obvi­ous this is a direc­tion that can be only be taken so far.

I’m very curi­ous to see what desti­na­tion Moffat has in mind for our Doctor.

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