Doctor Who: Season 6, Episode 12

Closing Time (24 Sep. 2011)

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After traveling for 200 years and leaving messages for Amy Pond across time and space, the Doctor realizes his time is up, its time to settle down and accept his future at Lake Silencio. . ... See full summary »

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After traveling for 200 years and leaving messages for Amy Pond across time and space, the Doctor realizes his time is up, its time to settle down and accept his future at Lake Silencio. . . . . .But not before one last goodbye. The Doctor travels to England and visits Craig and Sophie, who are now happily married and struggling with parenthood. Not everything is well, as the Doctor soon finds himself miraculously working at a shop and battling Cybermen. Written by Trevor Alvis

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Seven babies and two infant dolls were used to portray Alfie. See more »

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The Doctor: [to a reprogrammed cybermat probe] Come along, Bitey!
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One For My Baby and One More for the Road
24 September 2011 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

As this season of Doctor Who laps towards the final show, we get a brief break from the excellent if rather Gothic block of terror tales that have had the Doctor coming to terms with his impending death. Who better to companion him than Craig Owens from last season's THE LODGER and his infant son, Alfie, whose real name is Stormageddon, the Dark Lord of all?

James Corden, reprising Craig, is as funny as ever, and if his life isn't quite taken over by the Doctor this time, it is by Stormageddon, who holds conversations with the Doctor about his lack of respect for his father. Can Craig help the Doctor defeat the Cybermen and gain his infant's respect before the Doctor is shot in Utah next episode? Well, I don't think the answer to that question will come as a surprise, but then it never does. What comes as a pleasant surprise to me is the small scale that Gareth Roberts script works on. Yes, there is a terrible menace, but it is sorted out in short order. Really, it's an excuse to tell jokes, and one I approve of. I've noted in other reviews that I occasionally grow tired of the Doctor saving the universe and miss the small-scale villains that Robert Holmes delighted in writing for the original series. Gareth Roberts seems to enjoy writing those stories, and I am most appreciative. I hope you are, too.

I am usually not terribly fond of Murray Gold's orchestrations. I feel that he tends to ignore the sort of technological music that suits science fiction and relies too much on chorale work. However, the sort of "Roger Rabbit" stings that he puts into the action sections in this comedy work very well.


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