Wednesday, December 21, 2011

My Review of Doctor Who's: "First Night"

Written by Steven Moffat
Directed by Richard Senior

River (to the Doctor): "I knew you'd come back here, you nostalgic idiot. Hold me."

Now I can't be alone in saying that out of all the Night And The Doctor scenes on the Series 6 DVD set, the ones involving River would be the ones I was most looking forward to. I mean, they were going to have to be important, right?

And they are - River's serving her sentence at Stormcage and the Doctor busts her out for a little night out on the tiles. Cue much discussion about a dress, River having to write everything they do in her diary from now on and another River fainting in the Doctor's arms.

Yes, it's a good hook for ending the first of the two River related scenes and I certainly can't wait to see what predicament both the Doctor and his missus have gotten themselves into.

- This is a rather shot scene compared to the others we've had on the DVD set and that dress - wasn't it the same one River did wear in Day Of The Moon?
- Love the Doctor in his white tuxedo, akin to A Christmas Carol here but seriously, there's a planet of chip shops? Doesn't sound particularly exciting.
- River is serving twelve thousand consecutive life sentences at Stormcage for 'killing' the Doctor.
- Chronology, hard to tell but after The Wedding Of River Song, perhaps?

A great hook and while you don't have to be a fan of the Doctor/River pairing to actually enjoy this, it probably does help a bit.

Rating: 9 out of 10

1 comment:

NocadLee said...

Chronology, hard to tell but after The Wedding Of River Song, perhaps?

But _when_ The Wedding of River Song took place exactly? :)
Since in the minisode the Doctor says River "Parents are sleeping", episodewise it has to happen somewhere before Closing Time but after "Let's Kill Hitler". From River's point of view, it is after The Wedding of River Song but before Good Man Goes To War.