I have to admit to being distracted by the wig for most of it.
Mainly I have the similar feeling I had after watching The End of Time. An entertaining spectacle, yes, but I didn't totally connect with it.
It might be because I'm dense but I had to really concentrate to understand the dynamics and motivations of the three-way stand off on the planet. Time I would have rather spent marvelling at wooden cybermen, good old Handles, and freaky Silence.
Regeneration stories must be a bitch to get right. The Caves of Androzani and The Parting of the Ways show it can be done, but the last two have wobbled a bit under the weight of expectation.
But I really liked how Smith's Doctor embraced his end in a way, as opposed to Tennant's who tried his best to hang on to his body. Smith's last scene, when he was on the verge of tears, doing his usual wonderful flappy arm thing and saying "you've got to keep moving, so long as you remember all the people that you used to be", was really quite wonderful.
inflatable dalek wrote:
No Tellytuby Daleks. If they're not even going to wheel them out to pad out Dalek crowd scenes anymore I think that's got to be the final nail in the coffin for that design misstep.
Pretty sure that was the voice of one of them coming from the ship.
The new Daleks are great when used properly. The stone Dalek in The Big Bang, or the leader in Asylum of the Daleks. I think it works best when we have both, for instance in Planet of the Daleks when the leader is a bigger bastard Dalek than the others.
inflatable dalek wrote:The actual rapid-fire regeneration, short, sharp shocking and fresh in a way most of the rest of the episode wasn't.
That was brilliant, I did not expect that all.