Call me a softy and I won't argue, but I was SO glad Rose didn't actually die. Unbelievably glad. Not only because it's against good narrative practice to have the point of view from the perspective of a dead person. But because I'm just a fool like that. I know there's no hope of her returning to the series (and somehow, I really liked Rose? I know, it boggles me too,) but the thought of the character living on anyway... it's one of my things. I never want a character to die for good.
This episode blew me out of the water. It made me incredibly pleased I decided to cast aside my Who fear and watch the latest series. It was depressing, uplifting, beautiful. David Tennant pleases me greatly, in oh so many ways. His performance was breathtaking. The calm. The fear. The worry. The tears, oh my God, the tears. UGH. Break my heart already. And I'm not even huge on the whole Ten/Rose thing, or Doctor/Rose thing (which makes the fact I am writing such a fic for a ficathon worry me just a lot), but seeing his face against the wall where the breach had been started the waterworks for me, and I didn't stop until the end of the episode. Even then, I was still finding it difficult to completely stop, as we set off for Pirates of the Caribbean 2 for the second time.
The Daleks versus the Cybermen were brilliant. Exterminate... delete. It was so corny and cheesy and yet somehow genuinely mortifying. When the Dalek said "neither did we need him alive", about the Torchwood employee, I shivered involuntarily. I'll admit that the Daleks were the creaturechines which really used to freak me out as a kid. They still freak me out, though I find them considerably more appealing now, especially when they have uttered another fantastic line such as "this is not war, this is pest control."
Mickey, who I always liked (because I haven't seen series 27), made me happy. "I love it when you talk technical." Hah! He was brave, too. Even if he did touch the Arc. And I loved the Doctor's response to Mickey's confession about that too. The kiss! HAH. Take that Rose. I don't really mean that.
I thought the plot of this episode was incredibly clever. I was really glad the 3D glasses were explained. Yvonne's cybermannish act rocked. Pete Tyler amused me. There was lots to love.
So. The ending. I knew that would happen, but since I was already crying, it still upset me.
"I love you."
"Quite right too."
Gee, Ten. Egotistical young whippersnapper you are.
I look forward to Christmas.