After TARDISloads of fan anticipation and promises that this will be, beyond a doubt, the most epic Doctor Who series ever, “The Impossible Astronaut” didn’t disappoint Saturday night. Though in the grand scheme of what creator Steven Moffat has planned, it may be just a glimpse, the episode serves to thrill fans at the return of their favorite characters, and inject even more mystery, danger and uncertainty into a universe already rattled by cracks in the fabric of spacetime and more than a little mystery about The Doctor’s future ladylove, Dr. River Song. Buoyed by the strange visuals and rapid fire oddball dialogue typical of a Moffat-written episode, “The Impossible Astronaut” is both the premiere we’ve all been waiting for and the primer for a season that’s said to bring The Doctor’s darkest hour.
SPOILER WARNING: We’re not giving away the ending, or who dies, or any big twists, but what lies ahead will by necessity contain some general details of the plot. If you haven’t seen the episode yet, you’ll learn a few things. Follow the jump only if you’re prepared.