I appear to have appointed myself the Official Straight Dope New Doctor Who Thread Starter, which is fine by me until someone more qualified comes by and takes the job.
Anyway - I loved this episode. Loved. Although, is RTD trying to break my heart? Between Martha weeping over the sounds of “The Old Rugged Cross”, the Face of Boe finally dying (got something in my eye at that), and the Doctor tearfully remembering Gallifrey over the tune “Abide With Me” (got a BIG something in my eye), I felt wrecked after this one. Husband kept asking what was wrong, and I was like “It’s just so SAD!”
Liked pretty much everything about this one, even the fluffy kitten babies of the cat/human female couple and the religious undertones worked for me. Particularly enjoyed:
All the cars on the motorway that looked like floating Volkswagon buses. And all the different people in them - the old lesbian couple, the cute young carjackers, the Irish cat (Brannigan, I think his name was?), the dapper gentleman in the bowler… And I liked the Doctor crawling down through the tops of all the cars - nice to know he can be an Action Hero as well as a Brilliant Genius when he needs to be. Oh, and by the by, when he dropped into the car with the two cute little Asian girls, on the wall inside the car was a poster with the characters meaning ‘Bad Wolf’. Very interesting…
The crab monsters (forgetting what they were called) were very cool and looked good. Yeah, it was never really dealt with that the under-city was still teeming with crab monsters at the end of the ep, but I like to think without the smog they feed on they’ll just die.
Good to see Novice Hame again, although my reaction was somewhat like the Doctor’s. She redeemed herself though.
The vendors selling emotions were fun, and the emotion patches were silly and simple. “You can trust me, I’m wearing an Honesty patch!” Heh.
The only thing that didn’t work for me was, unfortunately, Martha’s attitude toward the Doctor. I’ve read some other comments about this episode that pretty much summed it up for me - where does she get off demanding his backstory and snotting about his previous relationship when she’s a guest along for the ride and he’s obviously uncomfortable talking about both? I wanted so very badly to like her (and I did at first), but she’s really starting to grate. Dude, he doesn’t like you that way. Let it go.
Don’t know about the pig monsters, but yay Daleks!