But now that I've watched it again, and given it my undivided attention, I can only concur with everyone else who has said that it was a brilliant episode, full of action and drama..and yes, maybe just a little bit of cheese; but cheese is good, cheese is wonderful.
- Oh Mickey, how you've grown! Can you really be that same scared-out-of-his-wits-Mickey that clung to Rose we met in Rose, or defeatist-Mickey who refused the chance to come with in World War Three? The fight against the Cybermen in Zeppelinville has done you the world of good.
- Good to see Jake again, if only for a few seconds. However, when he burst through the door together with a Cyberman, and they both started firing their guns at Daleks, I didn't know what was going on. The enemy of my enemy is my friend, I suppose.
- On first viewing, I thought the bickering back and forth between the Dalek and the Cybermen a bit tedious - now I think it's bloody brilliant.
- You are superior in only one respect.
- Which is?
- You are better at dying.
Actually, when you come to think of it, they're better at one other thing too: they can touch things, and don't need to force other species to open up metal boxes for them.
- Kudos to Camille Coduri; all through the series, her Jackie has been consistently great - shrill and annoying at times, but also one of the most human and certainly the warmest character of them all. Also a great one for comic relief.
- And then Rose: her speech to her mother, telling her she loves her, but she has to stay with The Doctor; her outrage at his again sending her away without her consent, and her immediate action to remedy the situation; her dedication to the task she set herself, ultimately causing her to be separated from her Doctor a third and final time - a true heroine, if a broken one...
- And in those final scenes, DT shows us that he too can act opposite a wall, same as Spike/JM, same as The Doctor/CE. Him and Rose, on both sides of the wall, still connecting, still connected...and then he walks away.
- The final goodbye on the beach has me in tears. She told him she loved him, he nearly told her the same. I'm sure she knows he feels it, and how like him to get his calculations wrong. Poor Doctor, poor Rose...
- Catherine Tate? WTF?
Only 169 days till Christmas...