You need look no further than yesterday’s post to know that I find the moon romantic and beautiful. Space is full of beauty and mystery, and perhaps that’s why both Sailor Moon and Doctor Who appeal to me. This weekend’s episode of Doctor Who, Kill the Moon, posed the moon as a gigantic egg in the sky; from it hatched a unique winged creature that ignited humankind’s desire to explore space. I loved the concept for this episode. Here are a few of my favorite things from this episode:
“In fact, I’m not entirely sure if I won’t keep on regenerating forever.”
The Doctor says while illustrating the futility of shooting him. This line piqued my interest, as I think it’s something that many Whovians wonder about. Are there a finite number of regenerations? We’re not sure. It seems the Doctor’s not quite sure himself. It’s nice to leave this open ended for show purposes, huh?
Maria on the moon
Maria are large, basaltic plains that are the “seas” of the moon. I learned this when I googled a bunch of things the Doctor said. The Doctor mentions the Sea of Tranquility, Sea of Nectar, and the Sea of Crises, which are all real things! I feel like I learned something thanks to this episode… which, is the actual original purpose of Doctor Who. Look at that! Wiki the list of Maria on the moon yourself– it’s super interesting!
Watching Doctor Who can be a little cultural lesson. I love British accents and I love regional differences in vernacular. One thing that caught me off guard was torch v. flashlight. I just wasn’t expecting this one. Something I found funny, that I’m wondering whether it’s a British-ism, is that Clara said the “President of America.” I don’t think this is something an American would ever say. We say President of the United States [of America] exclusively.
Fixed points v. gray bits
We’ve heard the Doctor talk about “fixed points in time,” which have to unravel the way they do– he cannot affect these moments. (Although, he usually does.) In Kill the Moon, the Doctor talks about the opposite, the eloquently named “gray bits” that he can’t quite discern the outcome. I like this explanation of sort of junctions in time. It says a lot for the gravity of the situation.
“My granny used to put things on tumblr!”
The astronaut in 2048 says this with a hearty laugh, and I get a real kick out of it. It’s a great illustration of technology in action, isn’t it? I actually love this gag in general, that we have Courtney snapping iPhone photos on the moon 35 years in the future and posting them on tumblr from the Tardis.
I do find it slightly odd that Clara’s like, uh no I don’t have Courtney’s number, but she obviously knows her tumblr username. Like, which is actually weirder?
The Doctor tells Courtney there are several DVDs onboard the Tardis which will take it (and if holding on correctly, her) to him. Is this a little call-back to Blink?! Clearly the Doctor has learned that he needs to keep a few of these on hand!
What did you guys think of Kill the Moon?