Sorry: very Doctor Who-intensive post ahead. Sorry for those who don’t watch this show – or rather I feel sorry for you.
If it’s not obvious from my tweets these last few months, I’m pretty much a huge Doctor Who fan right now. The current season turned me from a casual “download it when I have the time” watcher to a “holy shit when is the next episode coming out goddammit” Who-head. Wait, is there even such a term as Who-head? Anyway, yeah. Doctor Who rocks. Also, the fact that the girl playing Amy Pond, Karen Gillan, is arguably one of the cutest women on TV right now, helps.
Disturbing obsessions with The Doctor’s cute companion aside, I found Doctor Who season five to be an insanely addictive show. It’s got all sorts of weird timey-wimey stuff mixed with just the right amount of camp to appeal to anyone with a passing interest in time travel stories. The 11th Doctor, Matt Smith, is just way too much fun to watch, filled to the brim with manic energy. From the way he was jumping everywhere, talking too fast in technobabble, and trying to scare his enemies into submission with “IM THE DOCTOR!” as he waved his sonic screwdriver around, you just know that he’s having a grand time playing The Doctor.
I’m going to be honest with you guys: as much as I love the show right now, I thought season five was just so-so. The first episode was pretty neat, even though there was no tension whatsoever (come on, a bunch of UFOs were threatening to destroy the world, and you never felt scared?) and the rest of the season meandered from just ok (“Vincent and The Doctor”) to the horrible (“Victory of the Daleks”). Thank goodness there were episodes like “Cold Blood” and “Flesh And Stone” which were awesome.
However, nothing – and I mean nothing – compares to “The Big Bang”. So the previous episode ended on a cliffhanger, leaving The Doctor trapped inside The Pandorica, Amy Pond seemingly dead at the hands of a duplicate of her dead-but-never-really-existed (it’s complicated, wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff) fiancé, Rory, and with the Tardis blown into bits, and the universe collapsing onto itself. Oh yeah, the only way to save the universe was to reboot it by recreating the big bang.
To say that it’s kind of an impossible situation to get out of is an understatement.
The first 12 minutes of this episode was better than the entire season if you ask me. It was one twist after another, delivered in quick succession. I had to pause and rewind every few seconds (in between screaming “HOLY SHIT WHAT JUST HAPPENED”) just to figure out what the heck was going on.
Also, it featured The Doctor time-jumping between 200 A.D. and 1996 wearing a fez.
And believe me, I am now convinced that you need to put a fez on everything to make it better. I think I want to wear a fez on my next gig.
I’m rather surprised at how neatly they wrapped up almost everything for the finale, but I can’t say I’m disappointed. Everything about this episode was fucking EPIC. Also, it had Amy Pond being OMGSOCUTESY in a wedding gown.
My favorite episode up to this point was “Blink.” Now I’m confused, because “The Big Bang” is an instant classic.
Seriously, watch it.
What do you think of the Doctor Who season 5 finale? Did you find “The Big Bang” as awesome as I found it? Share your thoughts in the comments!