Even in this lengthy recap, I’ve had to skip past many of the emotional beats and nuances in this marvelous episode.
After the dizzyingly complex plotting and major revelations of the past few episodes, “Night Terrors” is a real change of pace.
It kicks off the second half of the season with an episode packed with Steven Moffat’s trademark witty dialogue, dazzling perspective shifts, and a surprising number of answers about the mysterious River Song.
Before this split season began, showrunner Steven Moffat promised that the first half would end with a “game-changing” cliffhanger.
“The Almost People” is an episode with a dual function.
With one of those tonal shifts so characteristic of Doctor Who, last week’s mix of Lovecraftian horror and ancient romance is followed up with a harder-edged, industrial sci-fi thriller.
Giving an episode a title like “The Doctor’s Wife” is enough in itself to encourage feverish speculation all across the internet.
After the opening two-part story of this season launched a ton of mysteries and ongoing plot threads, the Doctor and his friends have decided to go off and have a stand-alone adventure.
Last week’s season opener “The Impossible Astronaut” raised a multitude of questions, right from the opening shock of the Doctor, two hundred years into his personal future, apparently being killed.
Certainly there aren’t many carefree moments in this episode apart from the very beginning.
At long last, BBC America has bowed to the reality of the internet and broadcast the Doctor Who Christmas special within hours of its UK premiere.
Given the way things stood after last week’s cliffhanger, it was obvious that “The Big Bang” would have to be quite a different kind of episode from “The Pandorica Opens.”
This two-part finale is directed by another of this season’s first-time directors, Toby Haynes.
Over the last five seasons of Doctor Who, the week or two just before the big finale has tended to be where the oddball, envelope-pushing episodes turn up.
“Vincent and the Doctor” is one of the episodes this season that I was particularly looking forward to.
“Cold Blood” completes the two-part story of the clash between the Silurians and present-day humanity, showing the two sides being unable to overcome their seemingly irreconcilable differences.
Many of the elements of this story have their roots in the Pertwee era.
One of the major threads running through this season has been Amy’s relationships with the Doctor and her fiancé Rory.
“The Vampires of Venice” is a distinct step down for the season after the triumph of the Weeping Angels two-parter.
“Flesh and Stone” maintains the high quality displayed by the first half of this two-parter, “The Time of Angels.”