Should Gaiman write more episodes? Fuck no. Forget Gaiman writing more episodes. Can we please have Gaiman write EVERY episode? I love Mr. Moffat's writing dearly, don't get me wrong, but that . . . that was just . . . damn.
The creepy atmosphere of this episode is absolutely perfect. Doctor Who has done creepy before of course, and Moffat has been particularly good at it, but Neil Gaiman is a whole different kind of creepy that I want to just eat like candy every day.
I love that Sexy (can we call her Sexy?) calls the Doctor her Thief. It's just so perfect that she would think of him that way. Such an amazing topper on one of the longest held and beloved bits of continuity in the series.
When the Cloister Bell started ringing again, I was cheering its return, but then I was almost immediately like FUCK THAT, TARDIS CORRIDORS, HOLY SHIT, WE'RE FINALLY GETTING TO SEE THE TARDIS CORRIDORS AGAIN! And then of course, it was all HEY IT'S THE CORAL DESKTOP THEME! It was like a never-ending nerdgasm of truly epic proportions that simply kept getting better and better.
But speaking of the corridors, even though I knew it was just an illusion cast by House, the age-jumping Amy-hating Rory thing was hard as hell to watch. See, other DW writers, if you want to do horrific emotionally-wrenching stuff with Amy and Rory's relationship, this is how you do it. This is how you make your viewers squirm on the hook. Watch and learn, dammit!
Regarding the telepathic connection thing, in Sexy's defense, they're both the pretty ones, so picking Rory was plenty fair enough.
Finally, the finale. I'm going to admit it. I cried. Very literally. I cried like a big stupid baby. I'm feeling myself starting to tear up a little again just thinking about as I write this. I'm not even going to talk about it here in the thread we made to specifically talk about spoilers, because everyone needs to see this for themselves. You people who are looking for the spoilers before watching the episode, stop that right this instant, and go watch the episode! NOW!
And that's it. I just . . . it just . . . burble burble burble! I can't possibly love this episode enough. I'm going to wait for a few days, and then I'm going to watch it again. And then just before watching the next episode, I'm going to watch it a third time. I'd just keep watching it over and over again one viewing right after the other, but I don't want to burn out on it. I want to keep that emotional level, preserve it.
This is why Neil Gaiman is seriously one of the best authors who has ever lived. He may have his occasional missteps, but when he gets it right, he will melt your fucking face off with awesomeness.