Okay, so who was the cleverclogs who frightened the life out of me with the original music! There was I, all unsuspecting (well, for a second anyway, I clicked what might happen when they showed the sign with the street name on for where the Tardis was in the first episode) and I jumped out of my skin!! I suppose it was the right thing to do, but some warning would have been polite! Tell you what, I wonder what those titles would have looked like in colour. They are spooky in black and white. I'm guessing they'd be akin to what Jon Pertwee had.
I missed the Capaldi cameo, when was that?
"Are you capable of speaking without flapping your hands about?" has to be one of the best lines ever! Go on, admit it, it's something you've wondered about Smith's Doctor! I loved "Am I having a mid-life crisis" as well, that was brilliant. I thought the way Smith and Tennant played off one another was fantastic too. I thought the kissing was a bit of a comedy thing this time, the show having a laugh at itself, like the reversing the polarity line, which was good fun.
I didn't quite see the point of the Zygon thing. It actually struck me that it was a bit of a shame they've already done a meeting with the cybermen and the daleks. The 50th anniversary would have surely been a good moment. The zygons seemed a bit random. The Bad Wolf idea coming back as well seemed a bit out there, even by Moffatt's standards, bless him.
It took me a little time to grasp what was going on, but once I'd got it (I felt quite clever
) I thought it was great. They've surely set up what could be a lovely storyline for Peter Capaldi, his Doctor searching for Gallifrey.
Those time war scenes were amazing last night. They'd be amazing on the cinema screen.
It would probably have been wrong not to include one of the old Doctors somehow, and much to my surprise I found it genuinely moving. Tom Baker used to scare me to death (the eyes!) but his appearance was spot on last night. Did you notice how he couldn't quite keep the glee out of his voice? Which reminds me, that voice of his, as soon as he spoke you just knew it was him, even before they showed his face.
I was watching the news this morning and they were interviewing a comedian who is also a Doctor Who fan. He watched the episode at one of the cinema screenings. This bloke was saying he'd spoken to Tom Baker yesterday and Baker was telling him what a shame it was that none of the old Doctors would be in the episode, and how much fun it would have been to have been in it. The man had fallen for it hook, line and sinker, so he said when Baker appeared on the screen he actually cried.
All in all, though I do think the plot was a bit complicated, and the original music gave me a fright, I thought it was a fantastic tribute. Some of the references to the past were about as subtle as a sledge-hammer, but it was fun to see the show not take itself too seriously.