PICTURE SPOILER AT END OF POST!
Well that was a barnstorming series opener - didn't think "The Eleventh Hour" would easily be topped.
Of course, in terms of ingredients it had a lot going for it even on paper. Location shoot in the Utah desert, another return for River Song, a really hugely scary new alien, more cinematic direction from Toby Haynes (his 4th consecutive story!) and SOMEONE DIES. Having had Doctor Who Magazine already whittle that down to either The Doctor, Amy, Rory or River Song even though strictly speaking three of them have already 'died' last series.
(spoilers from here on in)
And indeed they didn't lie, underlining it with a cremation and going for the most audacious of those options by killing off the Doctor himself! Though this is already not 'our' Doctor - this one is around 200 years older and appears to know his murderer (though we do not as it is the specesuited & helmeted astronaut of the title) and be somewhat expecting it. Presumably this version already knows what is about to unfold and has somehow come up with this 'solution' having invited his friends to witness it. This does not just spark off this year's story arc, but continues with The Silents/The Silence, who (unseen) seemed to be main suspects for last year's crack. And yet we don't know the meaning of 'The Silence Will Fall" and whether that is good or bad, but these skulls in suits don't seem a nice bunch at all. And of course there is the continuing mystery of River Song's identity and who she might have killed - and do we suspect we just saw that happen? And yet it appears at the climax of the episode that inside the spacesuit is a little girl, or is it? And has Amy just shot her dead? And will it turn out to be her child, and will that child also be River Song? And why did Amy have to reveal she was pregnant at that specific point? And why is the not-quite TARDIS console from "The Lodger" connected? And how much does 'our' younger Doctor already know, despite Amy, Rory and River vowing not to tell him they've already seen him die? And is/was anyone telling a big fat lie?