Odd story but enjoyable. Still a little too silly in parts though.
Not sure what to make of Clara though. Seemed too blunt and rude compared to her prior appearences/incarnations.
"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."
I liked it. My only real complaints are that ir felt a little lack in the originality department. I really felt like I had gotten most of the story beats from Moffat before. And, there wasn't really any sense of menace in the episode. If I had to put a number to it: 7/10. Well above average but it didn't wow me.
Didn't get anything particularly amazing from this episode, really. In terms of "let's introduce the new companion" episodes, it was alright, and it had it's moments. The title was a good one, though, hadn't made the connection until the bells of St John started to ring!
It's in a tricky spot in the series. Ecclestone's ep 6 was "Dalek" (Broken. Broken. Broken. Hairdryer!); Tennant had "Age of Steel", "The Lazarus Experiment" and "The Doctor's Daughter" - none of them particularly outstanding episodes, really; Smith has had "Vampires of Venice" and "The Almost People". So, apart from Dalek and maybe The Doctor's Daughter, this is a bit of a low point in the series, the calm before the build-up to the end of the series...
Just remember who’s standing in your way, remember every black day I ever stopped you and then—AND THEN—do the smart thing: let somebody else try first.
Just worked out the thing with Clara's age in the front of the book, how the numbers 16 and 23 were missing. Okay, everyone's got the 23 (show started November 23, 1963) but I've not read a theory on the 16. Here's mine: If Clara is 24 now, she was 16 in 2005, which is when Doctor Who returned as a series - after a hiatus of 16 years.
"Is there a word for total screaming genius that sounds modest and a tiny bit sexy?"