Four envelopes, numbered two, three and four - each containing a date, time and map reference, unsigned, but TARDIS blue - begin the latest series of the time-travelling adventures. Who sent them? And who received the missing number one? This strange summons reunites The Doctor, Amy, Rory and River Song in the middle of the Utah desert and unveils a terrible secret that The Doctor's friends must never reveal to him. Placing his life entirely in their hands, The Doctor agrees to search for the recipient of the fourth envelope. Just who is Canton Everett Delaware the Third? And what is the relevance of their only other clue: "Space 1969"? Their quest lands them in the Oval Office, where they are enlisted by President Nixon himself to assist enigmatic former FBI agent Canton in saving a terrified little girl from a mysterious spaceman. Written by
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The plot seems just fine, and we know we're being set up for another season-long story arc. I'm excited to go along for the ride. My commentary is more about the BBC/BBCA joint venture. The scenery was, as you would expect from Utah at that time of day/year, beautiful.
What bothers me generally as an American, is we know when someone is faking the accent. Whether it's Charlie Hunnam on Sons of Anarchy, or Mr. Delaware here, we know it's put on - thick. I think if we're willing to suspend disbelief for the plot in the name of entertainment, we could do so for FBI agents with accents. Who knows, they could be part of some foreign-exchange program(me?).
Also, that diner they went to. A giant American flag and a Chevy poster montage? While I have no doubt that there are diners that look like this (in AmericaTowns all across the globe) I guess I was hoping that the Doctor's first extended foray into US culture would have been more representative of it's true nature. Our dining establishments are not furnished solely with red vinyl seats and chrome plating. That would be like assuming British folks only eat fish & chips - their version of our burger and fries, I suppose. But Morgan Spurlock showed us what happens if one tries to live on fish & chips alone...
So, next time, let's see the doctor choking down some Waffle House and driving around in a 75 Lincoln. He's got two hearts, it'd take a lot longer to clog his arteries or feel the effects of the smog his rolling TARDIS would create.
Otherwise, I'm really looking forward to the new season ("series"? no, you're in America now!) and all of the twists and turns that we've come to expect from this wonderfully produced series.
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