Apart from being absolutely visually stunning, The Impossible Astronaut is possibly the best series opener ever, it’s just so solid, and introduces us to the wonderful Canton, who really should have returned at some point in Matt’s tenure as the Doctor. The Doctor’s death scene is one of the most shocking and beautiful scenes the show has produced, I just love it!!
Don’t think about the Diner’s presence in “The Impossible Astronaut”
Don’t think about Clara seeing still-alive River, not-yet-an-author Amy, and the two Elevens… One looking absurdly young, younger than she’s ever seen him, one not too far away from when she first encountered him in person (though those 300 years he was Eleven pre-Trenzalore were basically like the minute difference between your early 20s and 30s)…
Don’t think about Clara marvelling at how innocent he looks compared to later.
Don’t think about Ashildr reminding her that she can’t interfere too much.
Don’t think of him inexplicably finding a pile of dry clothes after unshrinking himself from the remains of the Tessalecta.
Don’t think about this perhaps being Clara’s way of taking one last good look at him before going to Gallifrey.
Don’t think of Clara picking up on Amy’s accent and realizing, “Oh, that’s why.”, and going to the control room with a sad but content smile on her face as she remembers Twelve.