This week was The Moff's sequel to Blink; his Aliens to the former's Alien; his Wrath of Khan to, er, The Motion Picture; his Parting of the Ways to Dalek; his... (that's enough Time of Angels comparisons - Ed).
Smith – back to his best with some good material. And look at him running – he runs like Troughton!
Gillan - Proving to be the best companion for ages, and got in a cheeky "I'm not that clingy' line this week. Take that Rose!
Cool opening scene, bizarrely featuring the bloke from The Streets. But it worked.
All of the cast. No-one put a foot wrong. And Iain Glen's in it!
Alien films references. Maybe not references as such, but there were plenty of smart lifts from the Alien films, including the space-faring warrior clergy; the uprated threat and new powers from the Angels; the use of sci-fi tech; and just taking the whole thing up several notches.
A spot of unpleasant violence. One of the things that RTD seemed to arbitrarily rule out was anything that was deemed too nasty. Snapped necks and plenty of guns this week rather bucked that trend.
Moffatt one-liners. One of the things that The Moff really excels at is smart, often throwaway one-liners. Littered throughout the script like angels in the cavern here.
Some old TARDIS noises. Namely the BOINK on landing and familiar hum.
Smith's pivotal speech. Smith nailed it, and every Doc should have a character-defining speech. This was the Eleventh Doctor's.
The bloody BBC. Squashing titles is bad enough; those gormless Saturday night trails with Daleks chasing after Graham Norton and the like between shows are worse; but the Beeb outdid itself this week, plastering an animated Norton right over Matt Smith's face as he was delivering THE speech of the season. Fucking idiots.
Sound mix - still doesn't sound right on normal TVs – too many lines are drowned out.
River Song. The idea of the out-of-synch love story is an engaging one, and Alex Kingston is fine. I find the character just a bit annoying, though. Still, I'm reaching a bit as there wasn't that much to dislike this week.
• Caves and Twins? What are you dribbling on about?
Go here: Caves and Twins
Steven Moffat has unveiled his bold new take on swirly whirly thing promo photos, with this image of Matt Smith pointing at the camera and Karen Gillen looking spooked, in front of a swirly whirly thing.
It's not yet clear if the swirly whirly thing will be the template swirly whirly thing for future promo shots, which could include:
• Matt Smith and a Dalek in front of the swirly whirly thing
• Matt Smith and Alex Kingston in front of the swirly whirly thing
• Matt Smith pointing the sonic screwdriver at the camera in front of the swirly whirly thing
• Matt Smith and a Weeping Angel in front of the swirly whirly thing
• Matt Smith and Gina Bellman in front of the swirly whirly thing
There's no news as to other applications of the swirly whirly thing at present, but it's expected that in addition to promo shots the swirly whirly thing could feature on the front cover of Doctor Who Adventures comics, remaindered annuals in £1 book shops and lunch boxes.
The swirly whirly thing replaces the lens flare thing that David Tennant stood in front of for four years.
The lens flare thing is thought to be setting its sights on a career in Hollywood.