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I kinda want to see this now.

In my view, the second episode of this season is much better than the first. My major issue with the first episode was that getting rid of Prisoner Zero had an irritating deus ex machina solution involving the Doctor doing some Clever Science and somehow Fixing Everything, a shortcut for good story-writing that I hoped would go out with Russell T Davies. I won’t spoil it for you, but in the second episode, the solution was contained very neatly in the problem. I found that much more satisfying.

Also, the second episode was genuinely, satisfyingly scary. And the Doctor gets even more interesting and complicated. :) I hope this series keeps getting better.

I don't know that I agree with your analysis of the solution in Eleventh Hour... the whole "send out a virus and then have them track it back to the phone" is very standard "________ doesn't work that way", which to me is an integral part of the show (see also: SONIC screwdriver). The ultimate solution did flow from what they'd established about the thing and its shapeshifting. It was a little hurried, but it was hardly a matter of "Of course! I just remembered that all transdimensional multiforms are vulnerable to citrus fruits."

Okay, having watched the second episode now... I think in both cases the seeds for the resolution were laid equally well, although in both cases I don't think it was particularly well. We didn't see any sign of the "beast"'s fondness for children until the closing minutes and didn't hear the trigger line ("our children screamed") until just before that.

But yes it was satisfyingly eerie and creepy in a way that I remember Doctor Who being from my childhood, and in a way that only a few of the best episodes of the new show have been.

What's your opinion so far of the companion?

Oh my God. I had avoided reading anything I could avoid reading about the new season because I was determined to give the new Who and the new crew a fair airing and I've found that a lot of things that sound ridiculous when reduced to a sound byte play out just fine in practice, so I had no idea who the new companion was going to be.

And so when I saw the little girl packing up her little suitcase because she wanted to run away with the funny time traveler in the box, I paused the playback (really good eyesight) and did a quick Google to see if they were actually going to have a child companion or if I was going to have my heart broken in the first act. I wasn't sure I'd be able to keep watching if they were going to break my heart. So I did the Google search and saw references to Amelia "Amy" Pond as the companion and thought "Oh, thank God." and resumed.

And had my heart broken anyway.

I have to agree with River Song: it's much better without spoilers. I don't usually have the willpower to avoid them.

That doesn't really answer your question. Generally I'm in favor of her. I really like the fact that she was created with an arc in mind. The Doctor's companions deserve more than "travel with the Doctor until the actor's career takes off/something tragic happens".

River? Spoilers don't show up till next Saturday.

Just finished watching ep 3. I . . . uh . . . fly to London every weekend just to pick up a DVR.

Eleven reminds me more of Four than either Nine or Ten did (and when you take a step back and look at it, character discussions in Who fandom are just weird). This makes me very happy.

I think with Nine they felt the need to do a clear departure from everything that's come before, just to establish that they can and will break from the previous molds.

I really liked Nine's brooding intensity, but Eleven feels like a return to the days of being ridiculous and running around and saying things like, "you may be a Doctor, but I'm the Doctor. The definite article, as it were."

Yes, yes. Ten sort of straddled that line sometimes, but Eleven has stepped back across it.

I think the brooding intensity interspersed with mania is what I like most about Nine. I think he's been my favorite so far because he reminds me most of myself (sort of). I did like Ten's choice of footwear more, though.

I think Nine would have gotten tiring after very much longer, though. And he was less in keeping with what makes the Doctor the Doctor. He was excellent for the post-war trauma, though.

I definitely agree with all of this. I didn't think so at the time, but one series with him was just right. I appreciate, though, that Ten had his moments of trauma that led him to doing some extreme things.

My consensus: Luv #11. Elevenluv!

But I also want to fire Moffat out of a cannon.


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