I liked it thought it wasn't quite what I had expected from the trailer, but it had me trying to suss out what was going on from start to finish.
"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."
A real treat for all of us I think. the link to the Eye of Harmony makes more sense here than it did in the 8th Doctor TV movie-a very imaginative 'bio computer' concept for the architectural configuration system and a fiftieth anniversary nod to Edge of Destruction. Thoroughly enjoyable.
They've been long overdue an episode entirely inside the TARDIS, I just wish they'd given it to Neil Gaiman. That being said, I thought this one was great after the fairly bland start to the series. "Hide" and this one really put the series back on track.
Loved - the geography of the TARDIS. The library, the observatory (wish we'd seen more of that!) the pool, even the hint of the layout system on the console. The Eye of Harmony was suitably grand and Magrathean. The Encyclopaedia Gallifreya - spend an evening drinking history!
Liked - the salvage team. It was just the sort of practical joke any of us would play on our brothers given the chance.
Not so fond of - the Deus-Ex-TARDIS to wrap everything up. Felt very rushed.
Even liked the trailer for next week.
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.
Aside from the Eye of Harmony issue, i was scratching my head at the notion that the history of the time war was just sitting there in book form. Who the hell was capable of writing it and why would they? and why would the Doctor even have a copy? And leave it out in the open in the library where any companion could stumble across it?
also undercuts the severity of Ten's reaction to River knowing his name. it goes from 'Theres only one time i could ever tell it" to 'oh, you saw it in the book i keep lying around"
You must be proud, bold, pleasant, resolute, And now and then stab, as occasion serves.