Hello, from merry old England! Well...Scotland. Well...a plane. Sorry, it took me so long to post today. Easter holidays you know. And am I extremely knackered...have you any idea of the time?
But anyway...what you want to know is what I think of today's episode, right?
Step this way for some spoilers...
I thought this was a very good example of what we can expect if Moffat really does go with companion of the week. I don't think he will, btw. I think that is a Ten moping thingee. But if he does...we will have shallower episodes. Because there's no real feeling here...it's just a romp. The Doctor was sexy (especially those sonic shades...Yowza). Lady Christina was sexy. They worked well together. Her backpack was almost like pockets. But I saw no reason to invest much interest in her...as I knew she would be gone by the end of the episode. It is rather like those old Star Trek episodes where Kirk or Spock meet someone perfect and then she's eaten by a space weevil or Spock sobers up or something.
What do we care if Christina is the perfect woman for him and the odd face over the kissing in the tabloids was from another take entirely? She's River Song. She's over before she begins. He's leaving later on...and all we can hope for is that she flies away to guest-star another day. And she does.
So...what else was on the menu? The tritivores were okay. Nice weird environmentally friendly message. I liked the translator devices. As bug-eyed monsters went though, they were not the least bit scary. I liked the Doctor once again being captivated by the average daily lives of ordinary people. All that talk of home...family...tea. Kudos to RTD for having such a misleading trailer...nothing was as it appeared. Also, nothing really looked that Hi-Def to me...except the swarm was lovely and menacing. And I really enjoyed the one in the gravity well.
I liked Malcolm but thought he was quite over the top. Liked M'Gombo...thought she might make a nice successor to the Brig. Enjoyed her pistol work. Thought Lady Christina could have used a bit more edge really...she was too cute...I found her reactions a tad shallow. But maybe that is just my prejudice against wildly attractive jewel thieves coming through. Certainly, she was a nice match for the Doctor in the back and forth decision making. I very much liked her taking charge of the bus crowd at the beginning. Yes, Ma'am!
Which brings me to the Pony. You knew I would get there. Here we see that the Doctor isn't moving on from his losses, even in the face of outstanding temptations...he isn't tempted. He mentions Donna calling him spaceman. But it is Rose reflected in how perfect Christina is for him...as Christina rushes to his side and is rebuffed. Remember Rose is defined by his subconscious as "perfect" in Human Nature.
And finally...again...his song is coming to an end. Good murky foreshadowing there. Could mean anything at all. It is returning through the darkness. He will knock four times. I admit this was rather echoing of the creature from Midnight...knocking. And we are set into that place with the bus trip, too. However, I like to think this is a reference to something else and Ten 2.
It might be the Master, knocking is very like drumming. Or it could be Gallifrey. It could be Fendal or something else that is equally sinister. It could even be the Bad Wolf. It could be a reference to River Song again...for those who are committed to her...if you hold with the Time Traveler's Wife theory...because knocking 4 times was the signal for Claire to enter the basement.
But no...I'm sticking with it being the Other. A mythical figure from the Time Lord past...that's Ten 2...who is also Eleven. He's coming. He will knock. I like to think that he will ask to be let in...to take over...and Ten will go to Rose. Because of all the things that our modern Cassandra said...I am most moved by her..."Oh, but you..."
Maybe she sees him...but not him...
Ten...whose song is coming to an end. Still!
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