Overall, I really liked it. Going in, my main concern about Matt Smith wasn't his age but that in the photos and trailers, he seemed too much like Ten (whom I adored, of course.) And, well, he did seem to be channeling Tennant throughout the episode. Some of that could be chalked up to the regeneration, but both Moffat and Smith need to start differentiating him as soon as possible to make him his own person. I'm quite willing to give him a chance, though.
"Back here. Now." So he's still got Ten's hubris? And I suppose silence/cracks will be this season's theme.
I really, really liked Amy. The story with her as a child was touching and just the sort of thing to appeal to young viewers. The actress -- who bears a striking resemblance to Ellen Page -- was a bit too limited in her expressiveness, but some of that could be due to Amy's severe trust issues. I totally called the wedding dress "twist" when she asked if they could get back by tomorrow morning. One of the problems with their youth and Eleven's semi-flirtiness will be to keep from playing up the sexual tension... but then I'm one of those DW fans who likes a bit of flirting but doesn't want any kissin' in the TARDIS. :) Oh, and I'm quite amused that this companion is essentially a stripper, albeit in a kid-safe way!
I also liked having her be from this ordinary village, instead of London. Something about the look of it all appealed to me. Not as thrilled by the CSI effect in several scenes. But I have adored Steven Moffat's writing since I first saw Coupling years ago, so I look forward to his spin on things.
Oh, and the new clothes are rather tragic. When he had all those ties draped around his neck, I hoped that wacky neckwear would be his quirk. Instead, we get that bow tie? Yikes. (Also perhaps a way to make him seem older?)
So, yeah. I'm liking it thus far. And let me be the one Doctor Who fan eager for the return of River Song! ;)
Saw a post on Vulture that DirecTV might pick up Damages, which I haven't watched since the first season. They'd be using the same production model as with Friday Night Lights. I laughed aloud at this line from the post: "Until Buddy Garrity surfaces as Glenn Close's long-lost lover, that's all the shows have in common." I would so love to read Patty/Buddy fic. That whacked-out ship rivals my love for the truly amazing hookup potential for Sue Sylvester (Glee) and Ron Swanson (Parks & Recreation).
While waiting in a very long line at Trader Joe's this afternoon, a woman cut in front of me with "I only have a few things!" Sweetie, I didn't have many more than you did. She kept smiling and pretended to ask permission, but she was obviously going to cut whether I liked it or not, so what was there to do? Even the clerk and the man behind me commiserated once she was gone. And in sympathy for me being put on the spot, the cashier offered me a free chocolate bar. Excellent.
And now I'm off to catch up with my roll call post from Thursday. That was fun! Thanks for checking in, friends. :)