Hmm, doesn’t appear to be a thread about this one and it’s been two days now, and I feel like chatting about it, so I’ll take it upon myself. If it sinks like a stone, so be it.
I liked this episode, though it had a different and somewhat sillier feel than Smith and Jones.
I really liked that Martha addressed the concern about her being black in the year 1500-something (“Am I going to be carted off and sold into slavery?!”), and I loved that the Doctor was completely oblivious as to why she would even worry about it.
The witches were very cheesy and a bit hard to take on my first viewing, but after a crash course from Mr. Bunny about the Exaulted History of Cheesy Doctor Who Villains, they worked much better upon my second viewing. It also helped when I learned that they were called Carrionites and not, in fact, “Carrier Knights” like my stupid American ears heard the first time. :rolleyes:
Shakespeare was perfect.
All the Harry Potter references went over my head, and I gather that’s probably just as well.
The Globe Theater looked amazing! In fact, the whole episode looked great.
I personally like all the Doctor’s reminiscing about Rose, but it does strike me that he’s being a bit of a dick to poor Martha about it (main example, the whole conversation in bed - “Rose would know what to say. But you’re a novice; it can’t be helped.”). 'Course once again, the boy pointed out to me that the Doctor has always prided himself on being a bit of a dick, so there you go. Still, I do hope he’ll stop torturing the girl at some point.
Lots of very funny lines in this one that had me cracking up consistently. My personal favourite: The Doctor, yelling at Shakespeare and Martha that there will be time for flirting later.
Shakespeare, with a very saucy look: “Is that a promise, Doctor?”
Doctor, agape: “Oh, 57 academics just punched the air.”
So what did you folks think? Is this season still looking good? Next week’s episode looks fantastic - (I will spoiler this, because it’s from the preview):
The Face of Boe! We’ll finally get to hear his great secret!