Still in 1969, the Doctor has come to the conclusion that the alien creatures are only seen when they directly look at them. As soon as you look away, any memory of their presence is wiped ... See full summary »

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Still in 1969, the Doctor has come to the conclusion that the alien creatures are only seen when they directly look at them. As soon as you look away, any memory of their presence is wiped clean. The aliens are also able to leave suggestions in people's minds, and aren't invaders per se, but have been on Earth for a very long time. While the Doctor works to ensure the success of Apollo 11, the others try to solve the mystery of the little girl in the space suit. Written by garykmcd, zabet

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The Doctor mentions David Frost, referencing the famous interviews by Frost of Richard Nixon and the film Frost/Nixon (2008). Michael Sheen, who played Frost in the film, appeared as the voice of House two episodes later in "The Doctor's Wife". See more »

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In the opening scene Amy Pond is chased and cornered by two Jeeps. The black one, a JEEP CJ-7 was not made until 1978 and the model shown wasn't available until 1984. See more »

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[first lines]
Canton Delaware: [into car radio] Suspect directly ahead. Coming to you now. Over.
Amy Pond: Canton.
Canton Delaware: [steps out of his car] Miss Pond.
Amy Pond: Is that a body bag?
Canton Delaware: Yes it is.
Amy Pond: It's empty.
Canton Delaware: How about that?
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Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
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American Gothic
30 April 2011 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

There is something about the serial form that I both love and hate and it can be summed up in one word: cliffhanger. That final minute of the episode that puts the hero and associates in a deadly situation and then cuts, leaving you a week or so to gnaw your fingernails off while you wonder how they're going to get out of this one... sweet agony and Steven Moffat knows how to go about it and I bless him and curse him for it.

In this episode, we finish up the season's two part premiere very stylishly, with lots of verve, starting the show three months after the last one concluded. We also see a stylistic reference to the old series. The classic Doctor Who series had long stretches of Gothic horror, with vampires, mysterious Chinese magicians and such like, notably THE TALONS OF WENG-CHIANG.

Moffat has dug back into that and expanded on it. After all, we are in America and so we have American Gothic, complete with a mad Southern orphanage keeper with messages written in blood on the walls of his ruined orphanage and the companions running around with strange markings on their faces while being shot down by the FBI.... paranoia run rampant and a happy ending.....along with the usual hairpin plot turns, silly lines and another cliffhanger.

Bless Steven Moffat's sick little imagination. And curse him, too.


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