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After a good long cliff walk and an ice-cream, I am now capable of posting on last night's Doctor Who. I'm going to attempt to embed a LJ cut here for overseas friends who may want to avoid spoilers. Apologies if it doesn't work - just scroll by really quickly....
So, that was season 1 (season 27 if counting from An Unearthly Child).
The finale was crammed with in-jokes: making reference to the idea of being half-human as blasphemy; the Doctor as "the on-coming storm"; a Dalek crying out "My vision is impaired: I cannot see."; Absalom Daak's "stinking Daleks" from the comic strips and the line "you never quite know what you're going to get" (first spoken by the Davison Doctor post-regeneration). It also has some plot wobbles but I forgive it all that for having a regeneration scene which - annoying piano music aside - was beautiful, funny and dramatic. And mentions Barcelona.
The season as a whole has been good: even the worst stories (Boomtown) had some terrific moments and the good stories (Dalek, Empty Child / Doctor Dances) are the sort of drama that should be being produced more often. Fast-paced, yes, but also with a strong emotional content, witty dialogue and moments which cause jaws to drop. Doctor Who, as I tired of telling people many years ago, was never a science fiction show like Trek: it's a telefantasy show. It's about elemental ideas, about epic battles coming down to one man with his finger on the button, and it's about a someone who will look into the abyss without becoming it. It wears its liberal heart on its sleeve and I'm damned proud of it.
Also, Tennant is hawt.