Dalek : The Dr gloating about about destroying a whole race… Then torturing a living creature (albeit a Dalek).. Half naked Dr over-acting… Then he lets out a Dalek to save one person… Then the Dr with a gun… Tsk… Some very nice Dalek existentialism though and plenty of pathos..

Long Game : Face of Boe announces he’s pregnant??? Nicely creepy Simon Pegg… Slightly hit-over-the-head comment on broadcast news and evil banks…

Father’s day : Rose wishes to see her father while he was still alive, then to see her father get killed and the Dr takes her there (is this guy a prize pr*ck or what?), then he duplicates them over *knowing* how back that can be… Killing random innocents (check)… Baaad CGI… Truly excellent "empty TARDIS"… No-one seems especially bothered that lots of people have ‘died’ and that the world is coming to an end… Nice TARDIS summoning :-)… Not sure which is more surprising – the top quality of Billy Piper’s acting or how much better it got for the brief period when the Dr wasn’t in it…

Empty Child : Pant-wettingly scary from 3 mins in, excellent dialogue, introduction of Cap’n Jack (didn’t remember that the ‘effect’ was his fault), interesting first nod to Jack’s sexuality, blimey does this feel like a Sapphire and Steel story… Excellent special effects (flight over London, tractor beam and ship, gas mask transformation) – blimey introducing Mr Moffett  makes a world-class difference

Doctor Dances : Straight-up reference to someone being gay (Saturday dinner-time, how times change), ‘good source of potassium’ (funny!), ‘she was hanging from a barrage balloon, I had an invisible spaceship – she never had a chance…’, 10 mins into this episode suddenly lots and lots of funny lines… Damn but the central concepts are good (both the SF and emotional ones)… The sweeping in of Jack’s ship… A 100% step-up from RTD in almost every way… This is what we come to know and love…

 
Sadly back to Slytheen tomorrow…
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