I think I'm going to get an entire paragraph out of the way by just using one sentence. "Intergalactic mercenary police rhinos in leather skirts with magic markers are totally badass." There. That said, I do have one complaint about them. And it goes a little something like "No Go To Cho Flo Mo Ho Tho Yo Po Lo Fo Ro Co(.uk?)." Why's every word in their language end in a long "O" sound? That's got to be confusing. I mean, even Yorkshire only ends every OTHER word in an O, and people in in the south can't make out a word they're saying. I'm betting a few Rhino civil wars have broken out from a misunderstanding between "Can I have a pint?" and "Piss off I slagged your sister's horn." The other monster of the story, the Plasmavore, surprised me. I'd read about "plasmavores" and I was thinking something akin to a bipedal version of 2005's Reapers. Plasmavore just sounds scary, but in reality isn't, much like the people from the Southern united states..
"No Go To Cho Flo Mo Ho Tho Yo Po Lo Fo Ro Co(.uk?)."
Freema's family. Whew. Dad's obviously that guy who's got an impotent air of authority, and hates it. As evidenced by his "This is me putting my foot down!" bit. And wow. Annalise. She's GOT to be my favorite member of the family, if only because she looks like Jackie Tyler's slapper little sister. If those two aren't related, my world has just fallen apart. The rest of the family is pretty much blank to me. Brother's 21, sister's got a job, mum's angry. And her poor cousin Adeola. What an unfortunate name. I feel for anyone who's ever been named after a naughty bit. High school must have been hell for her.
Poor Adeola. What an unfortunate name. I've always pitied people named after naughty bits...
As for Freema herself. She's really got a light-up smile huh? And, to risk being rude, the best bum I've seen in Who since possibly Leela. And quite capable of pulling off Disney-face (see: balcony scene). But, and this will apply to anyone who's ever worked in IT, but Martha Jones knows how to RTFM. When faced with a piece of machinery she's never personally used before, she doesn't start randomly hitting buttons like other companions we've seen (HOW DO YOU FLY?!?!), but (to the applause of geeks everywhere), she grabs the nearest owner's manual, which tells her to hit the big yellow menacing button which must not be pressed under any circumstances(ok, so it was obvious to me, let's give the girl a hand nonetheless).
Oh, David Tennant...David, david.. You had your moments here, you really did. I'll hit the one moment that I didn't like, and that's only because I've seen it too much by now. When you looked at that ship flying overhead, got that scowl on your face, and snarled "Judoon!" I nearly gave up. Although, be fair, it's not David's fault. I'm tired of the Doctor identifying the alien-of-the-week automatically and snarling it's species name out through a curled lip. Makes me wish for Love & Monsters, where he just made a name up on the fly, and it really worked. Top marks for the initial Martha/Doctor interaction. The choice between Martha and Indian doctor really shows you what being the Doctor is all about: Being a good, quick judge of character. And did he REALLY say ginormous? That was great. And one last point - the Doctor being concious far longer than anyone else in that hospital: could this be the respiratory bypass system Time Lords are famed for having (and then not having), that allows them to survive (albeit uncomfortably) in low-oxygen to aneorobic environments? How the First and Seventh could go into asthmatic fits any time they passed a lit cigarette, but the Eighth was capable of pulling friend Fitz through open space unprotected, or the Fifth was able to withstand the vacuum of space to return to the TARDIS by way of cricket ball? Also, one of the best speeches of the year is sure to be the Rhinos! In space!!
Did he really just say ginormous..?
In closing, Martha's A-OK, David's getting better by the year apparently, Russel's shocked us all, and Smith & Jones seems to be a winner. Only one question: How's the hospital still have electricity, on the moon? On the mooon...ON THE MOON. Hm, maybe that'll be this year's "..FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE" moment.