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Published on June 27th, 2010 | by Christian Cawley

So What did You Think?

Doctor Who is over – well, until Christmas – and the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory have gone travelling off into time and space.

Doctor Who - The Big Bang guest stars Alex Kingston as the enigmatic River SongBefore I go on – a massive well done to the stars, Matt Smith and Karen Gillan, regular guests such as Arthur Darvill and Alex Kingston and to all the one-off guests throughout the series. They’ve all been great, as have Steven Moffat and all of the writers and production staff involved in this new era of Doctor Who.

The end of a smashing series of Doctor Who has concluded with a tightly woven, fez-wearing bit of madness, and while we still don’t certain things it would seem likely that we’ll find out more as time goes on.

After all – every episode from The Eleventh Hour through to The Pandorica Opens was referenced in The Big Bang. Could it be that Steven Moffat’s whole era fits together in a similar, vast story?

We’ll have a full review of The Big Bang a little later today, as well as a review of the season over the next couple of weeks.

In the meantime, it’s up to you: did you enjoy The Big Bang? Did it answer enough questions for you, ior did as we predicted yesterday, just raise new ones?

Leave your comments below!


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About the Author


A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

10 Responses to So What did You Think?

  1. avatar bobbygaga says:

    Loved it. As a grown man of 31 I feel no shame admitting that I was jumping up and down like a seven year old pumped up on e-numbers through most of the ep. Bravo to all concerned.

  2. avatar TheDarkling says:

    Very exciting, with a wonderful turn from Alex Kingston as Han Solo, sorry River Song! It was a pity that so many questions went unanswered, but that just makes Christmas and fnarg 2 all the more appetising. Well done all involved.

  3. avatar bluebox444 says:

    Magnificent! A triumph for the new Doctor and the new showrunner. This series finale was the best one yet. The fact that the main story arc wasn’t completely resolved was actually one of the episode’s main strengths. The Grand Moff focused on the characters more than the plot, bringing everything to a satisfying conclusion without rushing around trying to tie up myriad plot threads. A brilliant “modern fairy tale”, as the Guardian put it. I can’t wait for Christmas and series 6…bring on River Song and the Silence!

  4. avatar Carn says:

    pretty much the most i’ve enjoyed any series of any show of any era. And yeah I like that we’re still left with questions. I only hate it when a show leaves us with questions and then gets cancelled before it can answer them but obviously it ain’t happening here.

    Now the long wait til SJA and then the Christmas Who and then back to next series. Shall keep myself occupied with the adventure games and collecting more figures.

    Hm, now it’s over for now all that’s left on the TV currently is Big Brother and the World Cup. I’ve no reason to switch it on anymore other than for playing games.

  5. avatar Rick714 says:

    THAT was big fun. I look forward to next season! —and Christmas before it! I’m hoping they lump the Christmas special in with next season and we get the DVD set of this series soon…

  6. avatar G1000 says:

    Interesting last couple of episodes which I hope means the new team is finally finding it’s feet after a very wobbley start.
    Matt Smith’s Doctor is quite wonderful while Karen’s Amy is a major irritant; I hope learns to control her eyeballs so she can do something other than googley eye stuff, and if she could stop shouty acting that would be excellent too, as it’s getting rather dull. Rory was just forgettable… twice. I didn’t care enough that he died in the first place as he wasn’t around long enough to care.
    The overall tone I wish was darker (the shampoo bottle Daleks too. Please Steven, less of changing stuff for changes sake from now on. Only change stuff that needs changing.), and hope that’s where we go next. The ‘threat’, what ever that needs to be, needs to be BIG. Problems seemed bigger under RTD, and I’m surprised I’m saying that. No more poorly designed 3d creatures either, and no more reptile monsters with breasts… that’s just silly.
    Give us more theme proper theme tune, and sort out opening GFX a bit… I can hardly read Matt’s name. The incidental stuff is wonderful though.
    Oh, and finally keep the series back references, it makes it all ‘whole’.
    Over all, not my fave DW series ever, but a good ‘holding’ series. Go forward and make it work bigger and better.

  7. avatar bobbygaga says:

    G1000, You are correct, problems were indeed bigger when RTD was in charge – so big that the only way he could resolve them was a with a magic hand wave. That’s sloppy writing.

  8. avatar Hyncharas says:

    Well we were never told who it was said that “silence will fall” in the TARDIS, though I suspect it was Davros… he is the one character that appeared every few seasons in the old show and, technically, the specials could have counted as a season (despite being a short one), then with the 11th Doctor.

    I really enjoyed the show, though like most seasons, it will take some time for the parents to share my enthusiasm for the new characters!

  9. avatar G1000 says:

    Sorry Bobby Gaga, you’ve either missed my point, or are trying to score against RTD. I don’t mind which, but the problems (to be solved by the Doctor) were bigger under RTD that SM.
    I don’t dispute your comment of ‘sloppy writing’ and resolving ‘with a magic wand’ – in fact, I’m fully in agreement (Though ep 13 this time had a little of that itself). However, any episodic threat in this season has just been over in no time, or no major ‘visual’ threat at all. The spectacle has been quite dull because the menace hasn’t been seen enough (see space turkey in Vincent…. or do I mean invisible space turkey…. or Primeval reject… take your pick), and that from the mouths of kids I know which I have to agree with. The huge set up by a collection of all villains in ep 12 was the obvious exception, though they were then not seen again in ep 13.
    Is that a lack of budget? I’d say maybe there is, but it needs to be addressed. I want more memorable monster minutes on screen, and I think kids do too. And it after all show for kids in the family, as we’re often being told.

  10. avatar chopper141 says:

    How very dissapionting that someone who was held as a great writer can produce such a cop out ending! I love Dr who and will defend it to the end….however, its very difficult to do so with such poor writing!
    (Is it just me, but how can the doctor give Rory the sonic screwdriver to release his earlier self from the ‘box’, when he hasnt escaped from there in the first place? This isnt a paradox….its very poor!)
    RTD was correct saying that not to loose the mainstream viewer by having too many plots crossing old episodes, so why is Moffat doing this….it will alienate new viewers and figers will come crashing down! Why not finish the story…tell us why the Tardis exploded….otherwise Christmas will come round and the mainstream viewer wont care/remeber that it did!
    There was no depth to the majority of the charaters, so you really didnt care what happened to them!
    Weeping angels? More like lazy angels….they haved loads of chances to kill the soldiers!! Poor!
    Moffat, please take heed of what people are saying and adjust the scripts accordly in future! We dont what another “McCoy era” again!

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