Day Glo wrote:
A fair bit of iffy stuff in the first half hour or so. Fed up with the "here's another famous woman from history who is in love with the Doctor" thing.
To be fair, Ten said in one of his episodes that he was briefly married to Queen Elizabeth. I thought it was fun to finally see the circumstances that lead to it.
In general, I really liked it. I LOVED having Tennant back. I like the plot and was won over by their justification for not pushing the button. I liked John Hurt. I was even totally fine with Billie Piper's presence. But here are a few things I didn't dig.
I agree with all that, here are my attempts to try and explain away some of your problems
The girl with the scarf. Was that supposed to imply that she'd met the Fourth, or was it just a straight-up fan shout-out? It was way too much scarf to wear indoors, so it came off as pretty fourth-wall-breaky (if you'll pardon the pun).
I pretty much agree with this one, I think it was meant to imply she was just a fan of the Doctor like that group from Love and Monsters (*shudders*)
, she had an inhaler and seemed pretty "nerdy".
What happened with the Zygons in the end? They totally dropped that entire plot thread. Is that going to be dealt with in the Christmas special, I wonder?
They brokered a treaty, so I assumed that was the end of it, maybe they're harmlessly living with us maybe they're gone.
Tom Baker what? I was delighted by his presence, but...who was he supposed to actually be? More fourth-wall-breaking? More unintentional puns? If there wasn't a canonically set number of regenerations, I'd say that some day in the misty future he managed to regenerate into an older version of one of his past selves (why not) and actually did retire for awhile and become the curator of the National Museum. But there is, so he can't be.
Yea but we don't think they're actually going to stick to that number do we? They're not just going to end the show after 50 odd years. Although Moffat assures us they are
Isn't the maximum number of regenerations 13? So Capaldi's existence already proves they got around that.
The gaping Eccleston-shaped hole. It felt like he ought to have been there, especially for that last shot, where their stand-in was aggressively too short. I think it was rather shabby of him to refuse, but given that one of his reasons for leaving was (at least reportedly) that he didn't like the fan culture, I guess he wouldn't care about disappointing us?
Yea, I pretty much agree with this year. His presence was missed.