Review: Doctor Who 6.01: The Impossible Astronaut

By Heather S. Vina

[spoilers through 6.07]


Written By: Steven Moffat

Recap: The episode opens with an “In Memoriam” message for Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith), who passed away from cancer on April 19, 2011. As I am a huge fan of Elisabeth and Sarah Jane, my favourite companion, that made me teary-eyed. I was so glad to see that they fit something in there for her.

The action itself starts off with a 17th-or-18th-century English King, bursting into a Lady’s chambers with two men, swords drawn. He’s shouting, “Where is he?” In the room, there’s a pile of clothing – the Doctor’s clothing – and on an easel, a painting of the Doctor, naked. The Lady painter innocently asks whom the King is screaming for. When he says, “The Doctor,” she answers, “Doctor who?” Ha, I see what you did there, show! The Doctor ruins the subterfuge with a sneeze and the King finds the Doctor hiding underneath her skirts.

In the present day in a little flat in London, Amy is reading about the incident from a history book to Rory, who tells her that they can’t be sure that it is their Doctor. However, he quickly changes his mind when she finishes the story by reading how contemporary accounts had the Doctor being freed from the Tower of London one night by a mysterious sphere. Amy tells him that there’s more.

Flashback to a man crawling through an underground tunnel, whisper-shouting for the Doctor and asking him what he sees. The Doctor pops his head into the tunnel and asks him if the Commandant’s office is painted green with a flag on the wall. Suddenly, an alarm goes off and he’s pulled out of the tunnel.

Amy tells Rory that it’s as if the Doctor is trying to attract their attention. Rory questions whether she really thinks that the Doctor is trying to “wave to us out of history books.” Amy tells him it’s the sort of thing he would do. As this is happening, the Doctor is literally waving to them from their TV screens, as you can see him dancing with Laurel and Hardy in one of Rory’s favourite old movies! Alas, Rory misses it.

Rory asks why Amy thinks the Doctor would be doing this. She tells him that he said he would “be in touch.” Rory reminds her that the Doctor told them this two months ago. She tells him that two months is nothing to the Doctor.

I have to admit that this part was a little strange to me. Did the Doctor just drop them off after their honeymoon? How did Rory and Amy get an apartment? Are they living in London? Are they working? Did the Doctor tell them that he was coming back for them? Considering that Amy has always been adamant about wanting to go off with the Doctor, it seems strange that we go from her running off with the Doctor, with her new husband in tow on their honeymoon, to living in a little flat with Rory, having had no contact with the Doctor for the past two months. It’s a cozy little flat and they seem quite comfortable there. So, it seems as if their lives have moved on, yet we have no idea how or why it happened.

Anyways, Amy answers the door and receives a telegram. It’s a blue envelope with the number three on the back. It has a date, a time and coordinates on it, in the form of latitude and longitude. As Amy calls it, it’s “TARDIS Blue”.

Out in space, in River’s prison cell, we see her receiving the same kind of envelope. Opening it, she smiles. Alarms start blaring and guards are running down the hall, with one of the guards on the phone, reporting to his boss that “she’s doing it again. Dr. Song, sir, she’s packing. Says she’s going to some planet called ‘America’.”

Back on Earth, in America, Amy and Rory arrive at the coordinates that they were given, which happen to be in the middle of the Utah desert. There, they find the Doctor, and have a happy reunion. The Doctor’s wearing a Stetson, “’cause Stetsons are cool.” Only, not everyone thinks so. River shoots it off of him, announcing her own arrival to the trio.

The gang settles down at a local diner, with River and the Doctor “synching” their diaries of what has happened for them and what hasn’t, trying to figure out at which point in their lives they are at. Once they’re done, Amy asks the Doctor what he’s been up to. The Doctor turns quite serious and tells her that he’s been running, faster than he’s ever run before. In fact, he’s been running his whole life, but now it’s time for him to stop and he needs them all with him. The table gets quiet. Amy asks him what’s going on. He tells them that they’re going to have a picnic and then go somewhere brand new: space, 1969.

Roll Credits.

Picnic in the desert by a little lake. The gang all toast with a glass of wine. When Amy asks the Doctor, since when does he drink wine, he testily tells her that he’s “1103; I must have drunk it sometime.” Of course, as soon as he takes a swig, he spits it out, telling them that “wine’s horrid.” Lovely little callback to his behavior with little Amelia Pond in 5.01, “The Eleventh Hour”, there. Amy laughs, but comments on the fact that he said he’s “1103”, since the last time she saw him, he was 908. He testily replies that he’d noticed she had put on a few pounds, but he wasn’t going to mention it. She laughs again, but is distracted by someone standing on the hill beyond them, watching. It’s an alien-looking humanoid creature, wearing a suit. She asks who it is, but when Rory asks her whom she’s talking about, she takes her eyes off of the alien and suddenly forgets all about the creature, and about the fact that she had commented on it in the first place. The Doctor looks at her knowingly, with concern, but no one else picks up on it.

The moon hangs low over the water where they’re picnicking and it’s a beautiful sight. The Doctor comments on the moon, talking about how human beings “couldn’t resist it.” Rory picks up on the fact that the moon landing happened in 1969 and asks the Doctor if that’s where they’re going. The Doctor tells him that a lot more happened in 1969 than anyone remembers. He gets a little nostalgic, as he remarks on human beings, and how he never thought that he’d get done saving us. He seems a little sad. Considering what happens next, that makes sense. It’s interesting to look back on this scene of them all picnicking together, knowing about the familial revelations that are to come in “A Good Man Goes To War”. But…that’s later.

As the Doctor is talking, a truck drives up and an old man (William Morgan Sheppard) gets out. The Doctor solemnly waves to him. He waves back. As Amy is asking who the old man is, River notices something unusual: An astronaut has come out of the water. The Doctor looks at the astronaut sadly and tells his companions that they have to stay back. No matter what happens, they must not interfere.

The Doctor walks up to the astronaut and says hello. He tells the astronaut that he knows who it is, so there’s no need to keep the mask down. The astronaut lifts up the mask. No matter how hard I tried, I could not freeze the frame in time to see who was behind the mask!

River, Amy and Rory watch from a distance while the Doctor and astronaut talk, unsure of what is going on. We can’t hear what is happening, either. As the Doctor bows his head, the astronaut pulls something out and shoots the Doctor! Amy starts screaming and running toward the Doctor, but Rory and River stop her, River telling her that they have to stay back. The astronaut shoots the Doctor again and the Doctor stumbles back further. The regeneration process starts, the yellow light starting to emanate from his skin as the change begins, and the Doctor looks at the trio and says, “I’m sorry,” right before the astronaut shoots him again. This time, no one tries to stop Amy, and they all dash towards the Doctor.

Bending down next to the prone Doctor, River scans him, Amy begging her to do something. Unfortunately, there’s nothing to do for the Doctor. Grief-stricken, River stands up and shoots at the astronaut, but none of her bullets hit as the astronaut retreats back into the water.

Bending back down, River sadly explains to a crying Amy that the final bullet shot into the Doctor as he was beginning the regeneration process, thus it stopped the process and killed him for good. Amy desperately speculates that it was a clone or a duplicate, but the old man comes up and tells her that he can save her some time: “That was most certainly the Doctor and he is most certainly dead.” He sets down a canister of gasoline, telling them that the Doctor told him that they’d need it. River explains to the others that “a Time Lord’s body is a miracle, even a dead one. There are whole empires out there who’d rip this world apart for just one cell. We can’t leave him here, or anywhere.” (Ironic to hear her speak of this now, considering we later discover that something similar to that happened to River, when it was discovered that she was impacted by the timestream and had Time Lord-like DNA) Amy cries over his body, wondering what they do now. River tells him that they do what the Doctor’s companions always do: what they’re told. Rory sees a boat and tells them that they have to do send him off properly.

With the sun setting, the Doctor’s companions build him a Viking-like funeral pyre on the boat and watch as it burns. River finally asks the old man who he is and why he came. He answers that he’s there for the same reason as them and pulls out a familiar blue envelope. River pulls out hers. The envelopes are identical except for one thing: hers has a number two on the back, while his has a number four. He tells them that his name is ‘Canton Everett Delaware the Third’, and he won’t be seeing them again. But they’ll be seeing him again. And then he leaves.

River turns to the others and desperately points out that the Doctor numbered the envelopes. Back at the diner, River explains that she had two, they had three, and Canton had four. So, who had one? Rory realizes that the Doctor invited someone else. He tells the others that he must have, because he planned everything down to the last detail. A grief-stricken Amy doesn’t care, because it doesn’t matter, as he’s dead. Rory rightfully points out that it does matter, because it mattered to the Doctor. River says that even if the Doctor is dead, he still needs them. Rory notices another envelope on the table that they were eating at earlier in the day. Rushing over, River sees that it has the number one on it.

River explains that the Doctor knew he was going to his death, so he sent out messages. Whom do you call when you know it’s your end? Your friends. Whom did the Doctor trust the most, who was his #1? Who is it? Hmm…let’s guess…As the gang turn to look, in walks the Doctor from the back of the diner, with a straw in his mouth and the TARDIS standing in the hallway behind him. He looks surprised to see them, but not more than they are to see him. River is shocked but furious, telling him that this is cold, even for him. Amy is wondering how he can be okay. Sensing something is wrong with her, he hugs her and reassures her that he’s always okay. Then he hugs Rory. When he goes to say hello to River, she slaps him across the face.

The others are still shocked at what is happening, and River demands that the Doctor tell Amy how old he is: 909. When River desperately asks him if they have done all of those things that the other Doctor told her that they had, he has no idea what she is talking about. This is a much-younger Doctor than the one who died. The trio clam up about everything that has happened and the Doctor is suspicious. River tells him that they were recruited for a mission to 1969. When the Doctor asks her who they were recruited by, she gives him her usual answer: spoilers.

In the TARDIS, the Doctor is rambling about going to 1969 and finding Canton Everett Delaware the Third, but Amy is too upset and runs out of the room. River and Rory follow her. River tries to explain to Amy that this Doctor is 200 years younger than the one they saw die. They still don’t understand why the future Doctor knew he was going to die, or why he arranged this gathering. They rule out vengeance and Rory doubts Amy’s theory that the Doctor arranged all of this so that they could save him. Regardless of the reason, Amy wants to tell him, but River explains that they can’t. It would rip a hole in the universe. Amy protests that they can’t just let him die; how can River be okay with this? River tells her that the Doctor’s death doesn’t frighten her, nor does her own. There is a far worse day coming for her.

Everyone converges on deck, where the Doctor tells them about how the TARDIS has tracked down Canton Everett Delaware the Third, and pinpointed him in Washington DC, on April 8, 1969. When Rory asks when they are going, the Doctor says they’re not. He has no intention of going there. Rory and Amy are going home; River’s going back to prison; and he’s late for a biplane lesson. Or a knitting lesson, one or the other.

The Doctor sits down and rubs his head, as everyone looks at him. He looks up and tells them that he received a mysterious summons, and they think he’s just going to go like that? Who sent the messages? No one answers. River tells him that he is just going to have to trust them. Frustrated, the Doctor points out that he knows nothing about River, therefore, he doesn’t have any reason to trust her. Amy asks him to trust her, then. The Doctor looks in her eyes and asks her if she’s being threatened, but she says no. He tells her to swear to him on something that matters that she’s not lying to him. Her answer? Fish fingers and custard, the very food that the Doctor finally found he liked back in 5.01, “The Eleventh Hour”, with little Amelia Pond. The Doctor agrees to trust her and they go after Canton.

A former FBI agent, Canton (younger version played by Mark Sheppard) is sitting in a bar. He’s approached by two men (played by Chuk Iwuji and Mark Griffin), who tell him that his “boss” wants to see him, AKA the President of the United States, Richard Nixon (played by Stuart Milligan). Nixon needs a FBI agent who is on the outside of the Bureau for a special mission. In the Oval Office, he explains to Canton that for the past two weeks, every day, regardless of where he is, he receives a phone call from a mysterious child. While he’s playing the most recent recording of the phone call for Canton, the Doctor – having landed in the Oval Office and cloaked the TARDIS – sneaks in to listen.

The phone call consists of a child – Canton says girl, Nixon says boy – telling Nixon about a spaceman that she’s afraid of. Nixon asks her who she is and where she is. The little girl tells him, “Jefferson, Adams, Hamilton” before she hangs up. Nixon assumes this is her name, thus a little boy. Nixon explains that he can’t be sure that the FBI isn’t involved, because the calls happen wherever he is. As he turns around to face Canton, he sees the Doctor standing there. Seems the Doctor assumed he was as invisible as the TARDIS, but he assumed wrong!

Canton tackles the Doctor, who shouts for River to make the TARDIS visible again. The Secret Service rush in, just in time to see the TARDIS materialize. Taking advantage of their shock, the Doctor plops himself down in the President’s chair and tells them that he will take the case. The Servicemen point their guns at him, but the Doctor points out that he just snuck into the Oval Office and parked a “big blue box” on the carpet. Do they really think they can just shoot him? However, when River rushes out and points out that they’re Americans, the Doctor pops up and reacts with panic, telling them not to shoot! Yeah, I’m American, but I really found it hilarious that the fact that they’re Americans completely negated the idea that they wouldn’t shoot! Ah, our reputation as an “Act first” nation.

Rory and Amy exit the TARDIS, as well. The Doctor manages to convince Canton to convince the President to give him five minutes to track down the child making the phone calls.

The Doctor starts looking through maps of Florida, trying to track down the child. He explains to the President that Florida is where NASA is, i.e. where the spacemen live, and then mysteriously mentions that he’s “following another lead” as well, glancing at his companions. Amy excitedly whispers to River that this “spaceman” could be the same one they saw at the lake who shot the Doctor. River agrees it could be. When River moves away from her, Amy sees an alien figure, dressed in a suit, standing in the doorway of the Oval Office. Suddenly, the memory of the figure in the desert flashes back in her head and she remembers it all. But when Rory steps in front of her, breaking her line of sight to the alien, she’s back to having no idea what just happened. The whole incident seems to make her nauseous. With Canton’s approval, an agent escorts her to the bathroom.

In the bathroom, the alien confronts Amy and her memory of the previous incidents comes rushing back. As she questions the alien, an older woman walks out of a stall. Amy warns her against the alien, and the woman turns in surprise to see it. But as soon as she turns away from the alien, she has no memory of it, despite it still standing there. This happens a few times, before the alien kills the woman in front of Amy, vaporizing her in a flash of electricity. Amy is horrified. She points out that the alien didn’t have to kill her, as the woman didn’t even remember it. Pulling out her phone, she takes a picture of it. The alien tells her that she must tell the Doctor “what he must know and what he must never know.” Amy immediately jumps to the conclusion that the alien is talking about the fact that she saw the Doctor die, but I honestly don’t know if the alien meant that, or something else. Anyways, the alien says, “Tell him” once last time, before Amy rushes out of the bathroom in terror. But once again, as soon as she’s out of eyesight of the alien, her memory of it disappears. Puzzled as to why her phone is out, she puts it back in her pocket without looking at it and is escorted back to the Oval Office.

Back in the Oval Office, the Doctor pinpoints where the phone call is coming from, and the little girl calls again. This time, she’s in a panic, telling them that the “alien is going to eat” her. The Doctor tells the President to reassure the child that they are coming after her. He then hustles his companions, as well as Canton, into the TARDIS and takes off.

Inside, the Doctor explains that the names were “where” the little girl is, not her name. The Doctor tasks Rory with taking care of a stunned Canton as they arrive at their destination: a warehouse about five miles from Cape Canaveral, on the corner of the streets Jefferson, Adams, and Hamilton.

They do a bit of exploring. The Doctor remarks to River that this is probably a trap. When Amy asks how they know, River points out to Amy that the phone in the main office was disabled, so how could the little girl have called out? As they are talking, they are being watched by the astronaut from the beginning of the episode.

The gang discovers a surgery/work table. River speculates that it’s non-terrestrial, probably not even from 1969. The Doctor finds an astronaut outfit from the present day in a crate. Amy tries to get River to agree to find the astronaut and stop it before it ever shoots the Doctor, but River explains to her that they can’t. It would create a paradox: They are back in time precisely because the astronaut shot the Doctor. Despite River’s explanations, Amy still wants to try and save the Doctor, but she’s prevented from arguing her point to River further when River is distracted by a weird-looking cord traveling down into a manhole. After a bit of flirting with the Doctor, River heads down the manhole to investigate the tunnels underneath.

Down in the tunnel, River is shocked to see a group of aliens. Interestingly enough, most of them are huddled together, dressed in dark jumper suits. Only one of them acts aggressively and that’s the one dressed in a regular suit. River frantically rushes back up the hole to report to the rest, but when she gets to the top, she completely forgets everything and instead tells them that it’s “all clear.” She decides to go back down to investigate further and the Doctor sends a reluctant Rory to go with her. Back underground, the aliens are gone and River admits to Rory that she’s feeling “a bit sick”. So I guess it wasn’t just Amy that ended up nauseous after an experience with the aliens.

Exploring, River tells Rory that the tunnels are old, really old, but she is puzzled how they can be that old and yet no one has noticed them. Um, River? I have a theory, but you won’t remember it if I tell you!

They find a locked maintenance hatch and River decides to break into it, much to Rory’s consternation. As she’s breaking in, Rory asks her what she meant when she told Amy that “a worse day” was coming for her. She sadly explains to him about her relationship with the Doctor, how they are moving, timewise, away from each other: Each time she meets him, he knows her less. She lives for the days when she sees him, yet knows that every time they meet, it brings her one step closer to the day when he doesn’t know who she is. And she fears that when that day comes, it will kill her.

Oh, River. If you only knew how right you are there.

Anyways, River manages to break into the room. She and Rory find a spaceship platform, much like the one that was in 5.11, “The Lodger”. An alarm goes off. Rory goes to stand watch by the door, while River explores the control platform. Rory peeks his head out the door and is freaked out to see three aliens in suits, approaching. However, as soon as he turns to tell River about them, he forgets and tells her that it’s all clear, instead. River scans the machine and tells Rory that the tunnels aren’t just here; they’re running under the entire surface of the planet. “They’ve been here for centuries.” From outside the door, lights start flashing. As both turn around to see what is going on, River’s eyes widen in fear and she shouts Rory’s name.

Back upstairs, Amy asks why Canton was kicked out of the FBI. He said he wasn’t; he just wanted to get married. Canton changes the subject to the Doctor and questions Amy about him. Watching the Doctor, Amy admits to Canton that the Doctor is her friend – she thinks – and she has something she wants to tell him, but stuff always gets in the way. They’re interrupted by the little girl crying, “Help me!” Canton pulls out his gun and rushes off. The Doctor and Amy start to follow when Amy suddenly stops, gasping in pain and holding her stomach. The Doctor runs to her. She tells him that she has to tell him something “really important”. The Doctor pulls her along with him as they run after Canton.

The Doctor and Amy find Canton, knocked unconscious from a blow to the head. Amy blurts out to the Doctor that she’s pregnant, much to his shock. But before he can react, the little girl cries, “Help me!” again. They look up to find the astronaut walking towards them. As the astronaut starts to raise its visor, Amy turns away to grab Canton’s gun. The Doctor sees that the astronaut is really the little girl (played by Sydney Wade), begging them for help, but alas, Amy does not. The Doctor is shocked at Amy grabbing the gun and screams at her, “What are you doing?!” as she takes aim. She answers, “Saving your life!” right before she shoots at the astronaut.

Review: Interesting fact: There was a short prequel scene that was released on the official website for this show. In it, you see Nixon receiving a phone call from the little girl, while he’s sitting in the Oval Office. She is asking him for help and telling him he needs to look behind him, but all he can focus on is how she got his number. She tells him that the “spaceman” told her. When she tells him there are monsters there, he tells her that “there are no monsters in the Oval Office.” He hangs up on her and, as the camera pulls away, you can see one of the aliens standing in the room.

Well. It’s really kind of fascinating to go back through and rewatch this, knowing the things that I know now, especially the bits about the Doctor’s “death” and River being Amy and Rory’s daughter.

Is the Doctor we see that is killed really a Flesh version of him? Was that why he has been “running” his entire life? We know the Doctor did run from the Time Lords, so technically, the real Doctor has been running a great portion of his life. But having seen the Flesh episodes, it makes me wonder now if there was something deeper to that – if this Doctor didn’t mean his entire life, which began as being a copy of the original.

I love the fact that whichever version this Doctor is, he gathered up everyone to bring to his wake. The whole “TARDIS Blue” envelopes, and calling everyone together: very clever, and oh-so-typical of the Doctor! I have a couple of thoughts about who in the astronaut suit killed the Doctor. My two biggest ones are these:

River: A long time ago, River told someone that she was in prison for having murdered the best man that she had ever known. My speculation back then was that it was the Doctor, though that never quite fit, since the Doctor was, of course, not ever going to really be murdered, as that would end the series. That theory could fit, if she shot a version of the Doctor but not the actual Doctor, himself. However, considering their relationship and the things that have been revealed since then, it’s still hard for me to see the Doctor being the one that she killed and her being imprisoned for it. But it’s still entirely possible that it was River – either as her adult version or her child version – who shot the Doctor.

The Doctor: It’s the Doctor in the suit and he kills himself. He knows it has to be done because it is done, and there are some things that you can’t change, and it is himself, so who better to take himself out than himself? I think that one has to be my #1 theory, because of the whole “Who does he trust the most?” from River. The whole thing was just so civil that I really think it has to be someone that the Doctor knew and trusted, and there are so few people that he would feel that way about.

The aliens are creepy as all get-out. Steven Moffat was quoted as saying that he wanted to come up with an alien that was as scary as the Weeping Angels and I think he did a good job. The Weeping Angels still are my #1 scary villain, but these aliens come in second. The idea that, as soon as you turn away from them, you forget about them, is pretty horrifying. Watching River and Rory and Amy see these threats coming at them, and then completely forget the danger they are in as soon as they look away…was very frightening.

Interestingly enough, according to Moffat, Matt Smith and Karen Gilliam, these aliens are called the “Silence”. The Silence were first mentioned in 5.01, “The Eleventh Hour”, when the phrase “The Silence will fall” was first heard. It was a recurring theme throughout season five, but was never addressed in the season finale. It seems to be picking up steam this season, though, and is being entwined with Amy’s pregnancy, the little girl/Melody Pond/River Song, the war against the Doctor, and the Doctor’s death.

I quite liked Canton, both the older and younger versions of him. I will be curious to see if we will see him past this two-part opener.

Loved the little digs at Americans’ habit of “shooting first” and Nixon. They were funny because, well, they are true. Ironically enough, we see Amy reacting with a ‘shoot first’ mentality in the end scene, when, in her fears for the Doctor, she grabs the gun and shoots before ever seeing who the astronaut is.

I’m curious what the Silence want the Doctor to know. Amy just assumed that the “thing he must never know” was about his death, but I’m not sure. The show likes to be ambiguous and play with things like this: I think it’s quite possible it could be something else. And why would the Silence care about the Doctor knowing he’s going to die when he’s 1103?

I like Amy, but I think she must have the worst timing! Why she decided to tell the Doctor she is pregnant while they were in the middle of a crisis situation, I will never know!

I really felt for River in her speech about the Doctor, especially considering that when she does reach the point where he doesn’t remember her, it does kill her (4.09, “Silence In the Library”; 4.10, “Forest Of The Dead”). But listening to her talk and speak in romantic terms of her relationship with the Doctor still confuses me, when you consider it ends up that she’s Rory and Amy’s daughter. It still doesn’t make sense to me that the Doctor would ever look at their daughter in a romantic light. Granted, the Doctor in this episode doesn’t know who she is, but I can’t see the Doctor, when he does know, ever promoting anything romantic between them. But I guess we’ll see, now that in the current episode, he has discovered the truth.

Next week? “The Silence Will Fall.”




King: Where’s the Doctor?
Lady: Doctor who?

Amy: 1103? You were 908 last time I met you.
The Doctor: And you’ve put on a couple of pounds, but I wasn’t going to mention it.

The Doctor:
Human beings. I thought I’d never get done saving you.

Amy [crying over the Doctor’s body]: What do we do, Rory?
River: We’re his friends. We do what the Doctor’s friends always do. As we’re told.

The Doctor: Just stopped out to get my special straw. It adds more fizz.

Amy: You’re okay. How can you be okay?”
The Doctor: Hey, of course I’m okay. I’m always okay. I’m the King of Okay. Oh, that’s a rubbish title, forget that title.

River: The Doctor’s death doesn’t frighten me, nor does my own. There’s a far worse day coming for me.

The Doctor: Don’t play games with me. Don’t ever, ever think you’re capable of that.
River: You’re just going to have to trust us this time.
The Doctor: Trust you, sure. But first of all, Dr Song, just one thing: Who are you? You’re someone from my future, getting that, but who? Okay. Why are you in prison? Who did you kill, hmm? Now, I love a bad girl, me, but trust you…? Seriously?
Amy: Trust me.
The Doctor: Okay.

Amy: You have to do this and you can’t ask why.
The Doctor: Are you being threatened? Is someone making you say that?
Amy: No.
The Doctor: You’re lying.
Amy: I’m not lying.
The Doctor: Swear to me, swear to me on something that matters.
Amy: Fish Fingers and custard.
The Doctor: My life in your hands, Amelia Pond.

Nixon: You were my second choice for this, Mr. Delaware.
Canton: That’s Okay. You were my second choice for President, Mr. Nixon.

The Doctor: In 1969, who’s President?
River: Richard Milhouse Nixon. Vietnam, Watergate. There’s some good stuff too.
The Doctor: Yeah, but not enough.

River: Hippie!
The Doctor: Archaeologist.

The Doctor: River, make her blue, again!

The Doctor: Fellows, the guns, really? I just walked into the highest-security office in the United States, and parked a big blue box on the rug. You think you can just shoot me?
River: They’re Americans!
The Doctor: Don’t shoot, definitely no shooting!

Nixon: What is that box?
The Doctor: It’s a police box, can’t you read?

The Doctor: I’m your new undercover agent, on loan from Scotland Yard, code name “The Doctor”. These are my top operatives, “The Legs”, “The Nose” and “Mrs Robinson”.
River: I hate you.
The Doctor: No, you don’t.

Carl: Mr. President, that man is a clear and present danger.
Canton: Mr President, that man walked in here, with a big blue box and three of his friends, and that’s the man he walked past. One of them is worth listening to. I say we give him five minutes, see if he delivers.
The Doctor: Thanks, Canton.
Canton: If he doesn’t, I’ll shoot him, myself.
The Doctor: Not-so-thanks.

The Doctor: Jefferson, Adams, Hamilton. River?
River: Surnames of three of America’s founding fathers.
The Doctor: Lovely fellows. Two of them fancied me.

The Doctor: Dr Song, you’ve got that face on again.
River: What face?
The Doctor: The “He’s hot when he’s clever” face.
River: This is my normal face.
The Doctor: Yes, it is.
River: Oh, shut up.
The Doctor: Not a chance.

Amy: Okay, but why would anyone want to trap us?
The Doctor: Don’t know. Let’s see if anyone tries to kill us and then work backwards.

The Doctor: Maybe ’cause it’s cooler! Look at how cool this stuff is!
Amy: “Cool” aliens?
The Doctor: Well, what would you call me?
Amy: An alien.
The Doctor: Oy!

The Doctor: Life signs?
River: No, nothing that’s showing up.
The Doctor: Those are the worst kind.

The Doctor:
Rory, would you mind going with her?
Rory: Yeah, a bit!
The Doctor: Then I’d appreciate it all the more.

Rory: What did you mean, what you said to Amy? There’s a worse day coming for you.
River: When I first met the Doctor – long, long time ago – he knew all about me. Think about that. Impressionable young girl and suddenly, this man just drops out of the sky, and he’s clever and mad and wonderful, and knows every last thing about her. Imagine what that does to a girl.
Rory: I don’t really have to.
River: Trouble is, it’s all back to front: My past is his future. We’re traveling in opposite directions. Every time we meet, I know him more and he knows me less. I live for the days when I see him. But I know that every time I do, he’ll be one step further away. And the day’s coming when I look into that man’s eyes – my Doctor – and he won’t have the faintest idea who I am. And I think it’s going to kill me.

Canton: Doctor…who?
Amy: That’s classified.
Canton: Classified by who?
Amy: God knows.

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