A good, fun episode. Though the ending annoyed me a little. In Silence in the Library it was a big moment when River realised that when The Doctor took her to Derillium he knew it would be their last time together before her death, but in this episode she seemed to have it all figured out already. And the picnic at the towers somehow turned into a 24-year holiday together. It's starting to bug me a little how Steven Moffatt doesn't seem to be able to do sad goodbyes without tacking on some "but they had loads of time to live a happy life first" clause.
It was cute. The entertaining bits were where the Doctor was playing up being River's "companion." The robot was just silly. There was nothing I absolutely hated, which is a refreshing change in a Moffat script. The Doctor's love for River was just as squicky as ever, though Capaldi's more mature portrayal of it was much better than Smith's schoolboy giddiness.
P.S.: Moffat seems to think that bodiless heads are the height of comedy.
I was expecting a fun and silly christmas adventure. So while I did get that I was also pleased it had some great moments of drama and character in it. Loved the idea of the Doctor being a step ahead of River for a change.
Logic, my dear Zoe, simply allows one to be wrong with authority.
Post by CountClockwise on Jan 5, 2016 12:35:39 GMT
I have mixed feelings about this episode. While I do agree it was meant to be a light-hearted romp it made me question River Song's character a bit. Something about the whole "not loving me back" speech just kinda rubbed me up the wrong way. Overall I still enjoyed the episode but something about it just didn't sit right with me.
Also how practical is the whole, 'genocide cruise' anyway, surely that kind of business model won't work and no wonder it was an obvious trap.
Anyway these were minor grievances in an otherwise harmless episode.
I found the "he doesn't love me" speech to be quite organic actually. From her perspective, the Doctor pops in and out, visits rarely, hardly spends any significant stretches of time, he abandoned her after they just met (for very reasonable reasons, but still) and she remembers trying to kill him.
This combined with the fact that she hasn't had any stable emotional connection to anyone, (seriously, her own mother tried to kill her when she was a child), a trait no doubt cultivated by the Silence who want to use her as an assassin. No wonder she is so insecure in her relationship with the Doctor!
The overcompensation (ie; her marrying everyone) is to helps underline this...And is quite pssoibly why she moves the Doctor from the 'person' category to the 'natural phenomena' category. She is self assured in her desirability, so the problem is he is too far removed from those kind of experiences. After all, how can a sunset love a bird?
[*] The Aquarius Invasion Retconned
[*] Valley of the Storm
A little too silly for the most for me but I did love the ending. That made it better for me.
"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."