Yay! I was going to start the thead myself if no one else had done by today.
I agree with everyone else, that this was a beautifully done two-parter. I’m not a tremendous fan of The Girl in the Fireplace, but my previous favourite two-part episode had been The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances and this came very close IMO to that episode in quality.
It is really wonderful to see David Tennant get to flex his acting muscles a bit more this season, isn’t it? I’ve got to hand it to him…I was positive he’d never win me over, being so very entranced with Chris Eccleston and still lamenting his departure, but over the past two seasons he’s come very, very close. Still grates on me once in awhile, but installments like the last several (Lazarus Experiment, 42 and HN/FoB) have really blown me away. Watching him switch so effortlessly between John Smith and the Doctor was quite impressive, and the part where he was starting to wig over having to “die” and become this lonely, demented alien he’d been hearing about really made me tear up…also, the part at the end where he’s doling out punishments scared the crap out of me, frankly.
God I can’t wait till this season actually comes to the states and I can watch it all over again!