Another great episode. And for the third year in a row, Moffat delivers the best story of the whole season.
I didn't get the impression that the Doctor and River were married. Especially considering the Doctor knew what would eventually happen to her the entire time. I more got the impression that River is a Companion from the future. Their relationship is pretty typical of the usual Doctor/Companion dynamic, right down to the undercurrent of tension.
But who knows. With Moffat at the helm, I could well see River coming back as a regular Companion in a few years' time.
Steve - you only got 'normal Companion' dynamic? Really? Even to the Doctor telling her his name?
Depends on why he did that. He could very well have told River his name because he knew that she would tell him in her future... because that was the only thing that would convince him to trust her. He can't well alter the chain of events once they're set in motion. "Wibbly wobbly, timey wimey." ;D
I don't think River would be in the normal class of Companions, no... but I could quite easily see the Doctor regarding her much as he would someone like, say, Sarah Jane (the only other person that the Doctor trusts with a sonic device).
The marriage thing is possible, sure... I just don't think it's necessarily the only way to interpret the facts we have.
"Midnight"... back to Davies, and unfortunately, he slips back into mediocrity.
Basically, we have a disaster plot that hinges on the entire group of passengers acting like idiots the entire way through until the very end. I get the feeling that Davies was aiming for something along the lines of Rod Serling's classic Twilight Zone episode "The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street". The theme is basically the same; the monster isn't an alien invader, but the panicked mob mentality of the group. The problem is that the execution of it isn't very good, and it gets worse when you have the Doctor around to point out how insane the mob is acting.
To be fair, there's some good points. Donna isn't in it much, which by itself is a blessing. I actually love the fact that for once, the Doctor makes his big speech to the humans... and it doesn't work. ;D The concept of the villain is actually a decent one, but it's spoiled some by the execution. The problem is that the story really doesn't explain what the creature is or what it was doing there... without that, it feels like it runs on the rail of coincidence, and ventures a bit too much into contrivance.
Oh, and the wrong person saves the day. The heroic sacrifice should have gone to the research assistant... the whole way through, I was expecting her to grow a backbone and get her incompetent professor boss to stand down. Doesn't happen, unfortunately. As a result, the actual hero at the end of the episode feels like it comes out of left field, and not in a good way.
It isn't a horrible episode... it's more mediocre than outright bad. But coming on the heels of a great Moffat two-parter, the flaws in it are more glaring. Especially with the darned annoying shouting and the constant repetitive dialogue in the second half of "Midnight". I shan't see this one again... the first time was irritating enough. ;D
lol i think turn left was pretty dissapointing. there was a big hype of "OMG OMG OGM ROSE COMING BACK WID A BIG GUN!" but its not going to be until next episode she has the big gun. but rose is awesome with or without big gun (probably more awesome with tho ;D)
thanks to LaFille for the banner and Gal for correcting my BB code fail ;D
So far so good. The first big crossover between the Who shows, and it went pretty well.
Good to see Davros again, too. He's one of the few great unused villains, and it's probably right for Davies to end his run with him. Really interesting that Davros cannibalized his own body to restore the Daleks, too... it shows how creepy and fanatical he is.
Although, if this ending is what it looks like... argh! I really hope it isn't, for obvious reasons, but if it is... well, I can see where it would be the right place to begin the Moffat era. Darn teases. ;D