I hate River Song. Hate her hate her hate her. Continuing the tradition started with her first appearance, this episode has made me hate her even more than before. I hate her stupid catchphrases. I hate that she doesn't want the Doctor to have a hat (he actually looked good in the Stetson, dammit). I hate her stupid out-of-synch gimmick. I hate how she just ties things up in knots. Hate hate HATE. IF THE WORD "HATE" WAS ENGRAVED ON EACH NANOANGSTROM . . .
I love Rory. Love him love him love him. Continuing the tradition started with his first appearance, this episode has made me love him even more than before. I have to add him to the list with Nathan Fillion and Bruce Campbell of the guys I would totally have the man-sex with. He was technically already on there, but this is, like, bumping him up from the reserves to a full-time member of the team. Seriously. I'm so invested in this, I'm actually going to go and look up the actor's name.
Okay, it's Arthur Darvill. He is my new designated man-crush.
This season has definitely started on a dark note. A dark, crazyass note. Wow. The Greys. The astronaut suit and who's inside it. The stuff that happens to the Doctor. I know we made this thread so we wouldn't have to bother with spoilers, but I really don't want to talk about all of it in exact terms just in case I don't happen to be the last person on the board to have seen it. Y'all all know what I'm talking about anyway.
I was rather surprised to see the proto-TARDIS set show up again. They mentioned the possibility of what they're dealing with possibly being from another timezone, and that would definitely fit in, but I'm wondering if it is, in fact, supposed to be another proto-TARDIS or if it's just a case of set reuse that we weren't supposed to notice. Though if it's the latter, then that was a poor play on their part considering that set was in one of the coolest episodes of the previous season and therefore imminently recognizable.
I'm actually happy that it seems Moffat has kinda done what I was hoping he'd do . . . in this episode they mentioned firmly that crossing back over your own timeline is SERIOUS BUSINESS, which makes me wonder if we're even supposed to consider the Doctor's Christmas Carol canon or not. I can certainly go for the idea that it was just a bit of fun, myself, setting it apart from the rest of the series. The idea that he would end last season with that and then start this season with this and expect them both to be taken entirely as non-contradictory . . . I really wouldn't be alright with that.
kleptoman wrote:The ending of the episode was kind of ruined by the "next time on dr who" bit. Really. You end on a cliff hanger and then remove all the tension right away? Really?
Pro-tip: If the Next Time trailer is at the end of the credits instead of before, DO NOT WATCH THEM. It's been their standard practice to put spoilery trailers at the end of the credits ever since people complained their lungs out because of an episode in the first season when a pre-credits trailer was particularly spoilery. The two-parter with the Slitheens' first appearance, as I recall. The big spoiler was "The Doctor lived!"
Thankfully for me, I did not watch the trailer, so I'm all good and set for the next episode to surprise me.
kleptoman wrote:That reminds me. Whats with the cloaking thing? I thought the reason it was a police call box was because it's cloaking device was able to make it fit it, but then it got stuck. So why does it have a cloaking device to make it invisible? Does it make that much sense? Surely it would be one or the other?
Meh. The TARDIS basically has any abilities it needs to have, but they hardly ever work. It's part of the charm of the machine, that everything's sort of broken down. Fully expect that the next time the Doctor tries to use the cloak - even if River is there - it won't work.
And while the chameleon circuit is a very elegant solution since it has a Somebody Else's Problem field around it as well as just looking like an everyday object, it's kind of hard to ignore a big blue box appearing right in front of you. When you absolutely positively have to kill every motherfu- er, I mean, have to make sure no one notices your entrance, the cloaking device would be a great thing to have in addition to the SEP and chameleon circuit.
A few folks wrote:Theories about who River really is.
My personal theory is that I don't give a shit who she really is and she needs to die and be forgotten. Perhaps not the best thought out or most detailed of theories, but I like it.
. . . I think it may be time for another beer.