It was ok. I thought it started off really well but as it went along and the reveal was just disappointing.
"There are worlds out there where the sky is burning, and the sea's asleep, and the rivers dream; people made of smoke and cities made of song. Somewhere there's danger, somewhere there's injustice, somewhere else the tea's getting cold. Come on, Ace. We've got work to do."
Not sure exactly what it is about it, but I loved it. The alien parasite thing was a bit silly looking but other than that it all seemed to just gel together very well. Also, I loved getting to see Strax go violent!
It really enjoyed it. It was a bit weird, kept me guessing and had some genuinely creepy images. Dame Diana's performance was wonderful. Would have liked Mr Sweet to have been a known adversary. Loved the sepia film-like summary too.
I liked that it wasn't a male bad guy for a change - that hasn't happened since New New Earth (or possibly the Silurian 2 parter) and it wasn't a world destroying badness.
But as a work colleague pointed out - it was good up until the Doctor appeared. Suddenly it's farcical, with character pastiches and poses, and the evil madwoman suddenly becomes a caricature of herself - gone is the public speaking puritan with a plan.
Also, there seemed to be very little for the majority of characters in the story. Strax was comic relief as usual - but it was mainly a Doctor and Jenny episode.
"This is my timey wimey detector. Goes ding when there's stuff."