I haven't read the book and I'm never likely to.
Okay. That was, easily, the best episode of Doctor Who this series so far. Unfortunately, the latest incarnation of Doctor Who has a habit of always having a less brilliant second part to two-parters, but wow, that entire experience was wonderful.
Genius casting. Jessica Hynes! I love her so much. And having her as the Doctor's love interest? WIN! As soon as I saw Thomas Sangster, I knew we'd have some lovely character work there. He's a good little actor. Harry Lloyd was absolutely brilliant. CRAZY EYES!
It was camp, but not too camp. It was thought provoking, without it being shoved in our faces. The music and the costumes and the use of camera were all absolutely fantastic. The extreme close-ups were put to great effect. Another thing I loved was the journal - how brilliant was that? The pictures. Was that Paul McGann I saw? Love.
For the most part, Martha was fantastic. I confess I wish they'd stop with the "companion is madly in [romantic] love with the Doctor" thing, but hey, who am I to judge, really? I think it shows an enormous amount of strength and character on her part to adapt to this completely different lifestyle and I loved the glimpses we saw of how uncomfortable it must be. And she slapped Ten - major points for her.
Now, I'm kind of scared of mentioning Paul Cornell, because when you do that, he tends to pop up out of nowhere and respond. (I do not know how - his search-fu is mighty?) Uh, hopefully lots of people will be talking about him and he'll be too busy. But, I'll admit, after seeing "Father's Day" (yes, I make judgement calls on single episodes), I'd sort of relegated Cornell to being a good but not great writer. I have now revised my opinion. Great writer. The type of writer I'd love to be one day.
Mmm. I don't think I'll ever get overly emotionally invested in Doctor Who. I cried when Rose left, yes, but within two minutes I was thinking about other things. I don't know what it is about me that responds to some texts intellectually, others emotionally, and others still both at the same time. Doctor Who always makes me think vaguely thinky thoughts and then move on.
I'm looking forward to next week. I won't get my hopes up too much and maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised by a second part that lives up to the first. I'm still very much looking forward to John Barrowman and John Simm appearing in a couple of weeks time. I'm really hoping for some CRAZY EYES from JS. I've mentioned how much I adore it when he camps it up, haven't I? John Simm + Ham Acting = Loz grinning like a fool.