WARNING: THIS ANALYSIS MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT WATCHED DOCTOR WHO OR AT THE VERY LEAST HAVE NOT SEEN THIS EPISODE. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
That spoiler warning is key this time, so BE WARNED.
It's here, ladies and gents...the 2012 Christmas Special!!!! All those Countdown posts have been leading to this.
I swear, I have never been so excited to write an analysis for this blog. I mean, I liked writing the other posts, but for some reason this one makes me really excited. I don't know why. Maybe it's the Christmas spirit?
OR MAYBE IT'S JUST THAT THIS EPISODE IS AWESOME.
Now, granted, I literally just finished watching it a short while ago, so I'm still in that mood you get when you've just seen/watched/experienced something cool and exciting. But I'll try to remain calm.
So anyway, this episode is set in Victorian London and looks like it could've come from Dickens or Sherlock Holmes or something. Which is pretty awesome. Even the Doctor's "Victorian" outfit looks Dickens-like, as I said before. A good setting for the storyline. It just goes to show you don't need the future and alien spaceships to make a Doctor Who episode cool. (Then again, "The Power of Three" totally proved that anyway by being set almost entirely in our world and our present).
The episode begins with a little kid who won't play with the other kids, and is instead making a snowman alone. One thing I noticed is that, as the scene comes on, it says "England 1842" on the ground. Is Doctor Who taking cues from Fringe now? (Fringe is famous for its text that hangs in the middle of the air to announce location changes).
And just as the kid is making the snowman, the snowman starts to talk to him. Notice that it just repeats what the kid says. That's important for later.
We fast-forward fifty years to 1892. The boy we saw has now grown up and is now Dr. Simeon. And played by this guy named Richard E. Grant, who I have never heard of. Apparently, he has been in a lot of things, and he's no stranger to the Doctor Who universe: he played the "Quite Handsome Doctor" (a version of the Tenth Doctor) in the parody sketch Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death in 1999 and later played a Shalka version of the Ninth Doctor in the 2003 webcast Scream of the Shalka, which was intended to continue the continuity from when the show stopped in 1989 as well as the 1996 TV movie, but which was shelved as "unofficial" once the series was revived in 2005. Here he is a villain. It's interesting later on that a Moriarty reference is made in his presence, because he does strike me as what Moriarty is like in the original Sherlock Holmes stories, as well as in the new Sherlock Holmes films with Robert Downey, Jr and Jude Law. Anyway, we see him collecting some snow in jars with swing tops. He then brings them into a room with a huge clear globe inside filled with snow.
That "office" of his (as the Doctor calls it later) is a really nice set. Cause of course it's a set; we all know this. It looks very historically appropriate. Even the clear globe thing looks historically accurate (though for today's purposes it's probably made of plastic or plexiglass...while early forms of plastic did exist in 1892, it was not as common as it is today, so it's unlikely Dr. Simeon would have made that globe out of plastic). They did a really good job there.
I nearly squeed when I heard the voice of the snow. IAN MCKELLEN!!! (Though BBC America screwed up in the credits and credited him as "Iam McKellen"...oops). My family and I just saw The Hobbit last night (as I mentioned), so his voice is fresh in my head. This voice is more like McKellen's "angry Gandalf" voice, or maybe his Magneto voice. It actually sounds a lot like Christopher Lee, strangely. So some people may have thought it was him. It's odd to see McKellen in a villain role -- the only one I primarily know him for is of course Magneto from X-Men, in which he was up against the equally amazing British actor Sir Patrick Stewart as the main hero, Professor Xavier. But he does a really good job.
So anyway, this far into the episode we know this guy is bad news and so is that snow. Not to mention we already saw some scary snowflakes falling onto Earth. Oh and he then summons snowmen to eat all the working-class men he hired to help him collect samples of the snow. Nice fellow, isn't he?
I also noticed that Simeon says "winter is coming," which of course automatically made me think of Game of Thrones - "Winter is coming" is the motto of the House of Stark in that series and the book series it is based on, George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire. Odd that I noticed that since I only got through about 1/4 of the first book before giving up on the series.
Oh and we meet the Doctor's friends in this scene - Vastra, her assistant Jenny, and Strax - who are seen briefly trying to figure out what Simeon is up to. They do confront him, but Simeon scoffs at them, and suggests that "Dr Doyle" (a reference to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) is basing his stories about Sherlock Holmes on Vastra's exploits, but that people would be shocked to learn "Holmes" is really a woman. (The multiple Sherlock Holmes references in this episode are great, especially since this is 1892; Sherlock Holmes debuted in 1887 and was truly becoming popular at around this time due to the Holmes short stories Doyle was publishing in serial form at the time. It's also been noted by people that the Holmes references are likely in reference to the fact that Steven Moffat, writer of this episode and current showrunner for Doctor Who, is also lead scriptwriter for Sherlock, another recent popular British series that has found a strong American audience).
I think this is where the new opening sequence comes in. People have noted it's similar to some of the older sequences, and that showing the Doctor's face in the sequence hasn't been done since the original 1963-1989 run. Mostly I just thought it was pretty cool, especially the end where the TARDIS flies toward you and then opens its doors onto the scene. That kind of reminded me of the scene transitions in the English dub of Sailor Moon. For some reason. The theme music is also remixed, supposedly, and you can hear some difference though it doesn't seem like a huge change to me.
We then switch to another scene, a shot of a tavern/bar called "The Rose and Crown." A door opens, and out steps...JENNA-LOUISE COLEMAN! I recognized her face immediately from "Asylum of the Daleks," though in this case she's dressed in a fancy, red Victorian dress. I was excited when she showed up, because I knew Jenna was going to be the new Companion moving forward, so I wanted to see what she'd be like in her first episode as a Companion. She steps outside and sees a snowman that wasn't there before, and asks a passing man if he made it. The man turns around...and it's the Doctor! Matt Smith looks a lot better when his face doesn't look like it was carved out of marble. I don't know if it was the lighting, the makeup, or what. Anyway, he checks out the snow with his trusty Sonic Screwdriver and a pair of glasses after Jenna's character brings it to his attention, and decides it has some kind of memory. (Some people have pointed out that the glasses he's wearing are Amy Pond's reading glasses from "The Angels Take Manhattan"...it's kinda cool that he still has them!) Jenna's character wants to know more, but apparently the Doctor's not in the mood for adventure. He asks for her name and she introduces herself as Clara. He says that's a good name and to keep it, before striding off. He gets in a carriage and Clara follows him. Through the Doctor's conversation with Vastra through some sort of primitive telephone, she learns he is called "the Doctor," and drops in on him from the top of the carriage, asking the classic question (supposedly called the "First Question"): "Doctor who?"
Realizing Clara has followed him, the Doctor locks her in his carriage and asks Strax, who he meets at another location, to retrieve a special worm that, when touched, erases about an hour of your memory - though if it bites you, it can take lots of your memory away - so that Clara will forget she met him. Unfortunately, Strax is kind of a buffoon and forgets to handle the worm with the proper gloves, resulting in him losing his memory instead. The Doctor and Strax then try to get the worm back while Clara watches, only for Strax to lose his memory again when he forgets to use the gloves again, as shown when Clara finds the gloves herself.
Unfortunately, at this moment the mutant Snowmen attack the Doctor and Clara. Because the snow has a telepathic field that responds to the thoughts of those around them, they keep multiplying because Clara is thinking about them. The Doctor realizes this and tells Clara to imagine them melting. She does, and soon the Snowmen have melted and they are drenched with water. The Doctor then realizes if he uses the worm on Clara, she will forget his advice on how to stop the Snowmen, so he lets her go.
Then there is a pretty funny scene where the Doctor heads off and Clara follows him to some park. He then puts up his hands and jumps and a ladder comes down, which he then ascends a short distance before disappearing into thin air. Who knew the TARDIS had a ladder? Clara, ever the curious one, attempts the same maneuver. For some reason, I thought I'd seen a scene like this before in a movie, but I can't remember what movie. Anyway, somehow she manages to jump in the right way and the ladder descends for her as well. She climbs it until she reaches its top, at which points she waves to the people on the street before realizing they can't see her. She then turns to find a spiral staircase going up, which she ascends. I liked the spiral staircase for a couple reasons. One, because it was completely period-appropriate for the setting in its styling. And two, because, as you can see very well in the wide shot of the stairs against the sky, the design resembles the double-helix shape of DNA - and DNA is a key part of the bad guys' plan in this episode.
Clara reaches the top of the staircase and finds the TARDIS. I like that it retained the wear and tear it sustained in "The Angels Take Manhattan." I think it shows the depth of the Doctor's sulking over the loss of the Ponds - he hasn't even addressed the issue of the damage to his own precious spacecraft. It also goes with his declaration that he's basically retired. Anyway, the ever-curious Clara dares to knock on the TARDIS door, though after doing so she hides so the Doctor can't find her (which he tries to do) and finally runs back down the stairs, though she leaves her shawl behind, which the Doctor finds.
This adventure apparently inspires Clara, and she leaves her job at the bar to go back to her old job, from which she had been temporarily absent, as Alice Montague, governess to the children of Captain Latimer. (Given her curiosity, that her cover name is Alice is interesting, because Alice from Alice in Wonderland was curious too, and that book was around in 1892. Queen Victoria's daughter's name was Alice also, so the name would've been popular during this period. The meaning of it is "noble, of the noble kind." The name Montague has literary ties too, of course, from Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet. Its meaning is "from the sharp or steep mountain"). I liked the contrast between her barmaid attire, which was bright and colorful, and her governess attire, which was dark and black and proper. Actually, the style of her dress is very period-appropriate; if you watch movies about governesses of the 1800's - like Jane Eyre, for example - this seems to be the type of attire governesses wore back then. It's also mentioned in the scenes that follow that Clara switches her voice for this job, using a more proper British accent, her "secret voice" being more of a Cockney accent. (It may be a play on the fact that Jenna-Louise Coleman is from Lancashire, just like Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston - if you ever wondered why the Ninth Doctor had a North Country accent, that's why. It may also be a reference to the Cockney character Coleman played in the 2011 mini-series Titanic). She finds out Francesca, Latimer's daughter, has been having bad dreams about their previous governess, who died after falling in the pond outside the house about a year previously. The kids show Clara the pond and she notes that it's still frozen over even though all the other snow has thawed.
Francesca's brother mentions that she "needs a Doctor," which gives Clara an idea. She returns to the park where she found the ladder to the TARDIS and starts yelling for the Doctor, despite the fact that people are looking at her funny. Just then, Madame Vastra's assistant Jenny notices her, and realizing what she is trying to do, takes her to see Vastra. Strax is funny here with his line to Clara about not leaving because she will get obliterated and then offering to take her coat. Clara then talks to Vastra, but because Vastra believes truth can only be spoken in single words, Clara is forced to get creative with her answers to Vastra's questions in order to answer using only one word. I also liked Vastra's line "lies are words, words, words," because it made me think of a scene from Hamlet (which, as I said before, is my favorite Shakespeare play) where Polonius asks Hamlet what he is reading, to which Hamlet replies "words, words, words."
I have to say, that must've been a tough scene to write, finding a way that Clara could respond to the questions using only single words. But Jenna-Louise Coleman pulls it off. And Vastra explains the Doctor's situation to Clara: that the Doctor was once a hero, a savior of worlds, but that he suffered great losses that hurt him, and he has now chosen isolation to avoid "the possibility of pain's return." This is interesting, because throughout Series 7 we have seen how the Doctor traveling alone has a bad effect on him, and at the end of "The Angels Take Manhattan" Amy Pond's final message specifically tells the Doctor to not travel alone, because she can see what it does to him. River Song also warned him at the end of that episode not to travel alone. Yet in this episode the Doctor has done just that - chosen isolation. And we see the effect it has on him even more clearly in this episode - he is a moody, bitter old Scrooge, lost in his thoughts and memories (when Clara says "but we were just getting acquainted," he says sadly, "Those were the days"), and seems to have lost his old sense of adventure. It's only when he actually dares to be with people that his better nature starts to come out again.
Vastra decides to test Clara. She asks Clara to give her a message to give to the Doctor to explain the danger she is facing and why she needs his help - but she can only use one word. We see Clara's face, then the scene jumps to later that day (as it is night where the Doctor is), with the Doctor taking a call (on a very traditional phone) from Vastra. And that's when we learn the word that Clara chose:
Now of course she means the pond that the governess drowned in. But think about it: the word "Pond" would be an extremely important word to the Doctor at this point in time, since he just lost Amy and Rory. Somehow, without knowing it, Clara chose the one word for her message that would be sure to get the Doctor's attention. Which I love. I love that that word was the key word in all this.
Then comes a funny scene where the Doctor visits Dr. Simeon pretending to be Sherlock Holmes, wearing the classic deerstalker hat and matching coat and carrying the classic Holmes pipe (none of which are Holmes canon by the way; they came about due to movie and TV adaptations). He attempts to do deductions like Holmes, but fails miserably. Which is kind of funny for someone who supposedly knows everything because he is aware of all of time at once. He manages to wake up the snow monster and learns that it is the Great Intelligence. Apparently, this is a throwback to the era of the Second Doctor, the first time the Great Intelligence appeared as a villain, and this episode contains many canon elements about the Intelligence and supposedly resolves the mystery of how they got on Earth, which was unanswered back then (making this episode a sort of prequel to the Great Intelligence adventures of the Second Doctor's era). Simeon demands that his servants seize the Doctor, but the Doctor escapes through a window. Oh, and we also discover in this scene that the Sonic Screwdriver, famous for unlocking doors, can also lock doors.
The Doctor then heads to the Latimer house to examine the pond, where Strax makes fun of him by calling him "Mr Holmes," which is pretty funny. Clara sees him from the window and tries to gesture for him to come in, but the Doctor, fighting his urge to get involved in an adventure, decides he's going to gesture that he's leaving. Instead, somewhat unconsciously, he gives her a thumbs up. Clara then comforts the children by telling them about the Doctor, calling him a man who lives in the sky and makes sure no children have bad dreams. Francesca mentions she's had bad dreams, to which Clara responds that he's been on holiday, but he's back in business now. But just when Clara thinks the Doctor's coming, she and the children are instead confronted by a weird woman made out of ice, a reanimation of the children's former governess who drowned in the pond. They flee but are trapped in what seems to be a parlor. Just when the Ice Woman seems to have the upper hand, a puppet in a nearby puppet theater starts talking, and we see the familiar green light of the Sonic Screwdriver. The Ice Woman breaks into smithereens, and the Doctor pops up from behind the puppet, declaring that "that's the way you do it" and telling Clara his Screwdriver has a new "antifreeze" function. He examines the floor and confirms the ice creature is destroyed.
But, unbeknownst to him, Simeon is waiting outside, and using a device connected to his carriage, sprays the house with snow, reanimating the Ice Woman just as Vastra, Jenny, and Strax arrive. In the meantime, the Doctor happens to catch a glimpse of himself in the mirror, and realizes he is wearing a bow tie. I thought this was cool, since a bow tie is a signature part of the Eleventh Doctor's outfit. He attempts to dismiss it, saying he must've just put it on out of habit. But I thought it was cool that he was unconsciously going back to his old habits. Just goes to show the Doctor has certain irresistible urges that crop up even if he's trying to suppress them. Which makes him very human. At any rate, this moment includes a funny scene where Clara looks out the window and sees the snow hitting the house, while the Doctor is still looking in the mirror:
CLARA: It's cooler.(Lines obtained via this post from the Doctor Who official Tumblr)
DOCTOR: Yes. It is, isn't it?
[He admires himself in the mirror]
DOCTOR: It is very cool. Bow ties are cool.
Of course, Clara is talking about the temperature - the temperature in the room is getting colder due to Simeon's snow. But the Doctor thinks she's talking about his tie. Which is absolutely hilarious. And it brings about the return of the Eleventh Doctor's catchphrase, "Bow ties are cool," which originated in his first episode (Series 5 episode 1). It was also nice to see the Doctor smile, seeing how serious and sulky he is for most of the episode.
Anyway, the ice governess reanimates and begins chasing Vastra, Jenny, Strax, the Doctor, and Clara. The Doctor, Jenny, and Vastra trap the Ice Woman temporarily. The Doctor leads Latimer, his children, his friends, and Clara to a side room and tells them to stay there, but the defiant Clara instead follows him, even kissing him (he'd explained his presence earlier by saying he was Clara's gentleman friend). The two lure the Ice Governess to the roof, since they need to get her out of the house, but he also doesn't want to deliver her to Simeon and the scary Snowmen outside, since the Ice Governess is what the Great Intelligence needs to achieve a true human form. After a funny moment where Clara's bustle gets her stuck in the window, the Doctor tests her by asking her if he has a plan. After some hesitation, she explains that he must have a plan because if they were escaping or hiding, they'd have gone to a different part of the house. Satisfied, the Doctor calls up the TARDIS ladder, and he and Clara ascend, though Clara gets in a final word of smugness to her governess predecessor before she gets pulled up.
The Doctor then leads her to the TARDIS, after sealing the top of the stairs with water vapor to keep the Ice Governess from following them. He opens the doors and excitedly introduces her to his beloved spaceship: "It's called the TARDIS. It can travel anywhere in time and space." Then, turning around and with a proud smile on his face, he adds, "And it's mine." I love how proud he is of the TARDIS, actually. I mean, why wouldn't he be?
While we're at it -- here we see the promised interior redesign of the TARDIS. I like it actually. Some fans are saying it resembles what the TARDIS looked like back in the '70's, though I wouldn't know myself. I just thought it was cool that the TARDIS interior actually looks like a spaceship now. It didn't have that vibe before. I mean, I'm not a fan of the "stark, white modern style" that is so hip right now. I can't stand it in home design and I especially cannot stand it in web design. But I mean, at least it looks like a spaceship. Cause, after all, it is.
Clara does the classic Companion thing of seeing how big the TARDIS is inside then running outside to look at the outside again. The Doctor prompts her to make the classic "first-time-in-the-TARDIS" comment ("It's bigger on the inside"). But she surprises him by saying "It's smaller on the outside" instead, which I thought was fun. She also asks if the TARDIS has a kitchen (another first) and then says she doesn't know why she asked that, but says she guesses it's because she likes making soufflés.
The Doctor does a double take. "Soufflés?"
That was a big moment for me. I knew from the TV Guide article that Clara and Coleman's earlier character, Oswin Oswald from "Asylum of the Daleks," were supposedly connected. But this nailed it for me. Anyone who saw "Asylum of the Daleks" remembers the running gag about Oswin and her soufflés. Thus I was intrigued.
After some conversation, the Doctor presses a key into Clara's hand. I wasn't sure what the key was supposed to be for but then remembered the Doctor opens the doors of the TARDIS with actual physical keys, and realized he was giving her a TARDIS key. She asks why, but he replies
"I never know why — I only know who," implying that he considers her a potential Companion at last.
Unfortunately, just as this occurs, the Ice Governess breaks through the barrier and grabs Clara, pulling her down off the cloud where the TARDIS is parked, and Clara drops the key on the TARDIS floor. The Doctor, in shock, calls her name.
Vastra and company look outside the window to find Clara on the ground, having fallen from the sky. Vastra does a scan with some device and determines that Clara is dead. This made me sad, because I was afraid that this was going to be the end of her time as a Companion, and it had barely started. But then I knew that couldn't be right. At any rate, the Doctor arrives just then, materializing the TARDIS around Clara's body. He brings her into the house, where Strax is able to bring her back to life temporarily using some sort of technology. The Doctor manages to wake Clara up, and they briefly talk. Clara mentions how Vastra told her he had been a savior of worlds, and asks if he is going to save this one too. He asks if she will go away with him if he does. She says yes.
This moves the Doctor to action. He kisses Clara on the head saying, "Well then, Merry Christmas." He then collects fragments of the Ice Governess in a tin box and shows it to Simeon, who is still waiting outside, and tells him "I'll see you at the office." Simeon then departs, heading back to his office, only to find the Doctor and Vastra already there. A confrontation ensues, in which the Doctor realizes the Intelligence has been using Simeon all this time, and flashbacks of Simeon's original encounter with the Intelligence are shown. Remember how I said to take note that the snowman only repeated what the kid said? Well, this is why: the snow only mimics what others say. (The Intelligence itself does not seem to do this, however). Seeing the connection, the Doctor prompts Simeon to grab the tin, only to reveal that the tin does not in fact hold the ice crystals but the Memory Worm from before. The Doctor assumes that, by erasing Simeon's memory, the Great Intelligence, which got its foothold for this attack through a parasitic connection with Simeon, will also be obliterated - much like how in "The Angels Take Manhattan" Amy and Rory created a paradox that erased Winter Quay from existence.
Well, for once, the Doctor is wrong. The Great Intelligence somehow manages to hold on to existence, and takes control of Simeon's body in a weird, scary zombie-esque fashion. Zombie-Simeon gets the better of the Doctor and attempts to strangle him while also freezing his face.
Meanwhile, back at the mansion, Clara is dying, and begins to cry. She tells Captain Latimer that his children are scared, and that he should comfort them. He insists that children aren't his expertise, but she says they are now.
Outside, the snow turns to rain. The snow in the globe starts going ballistic, and Zombie-Simeon loses his control over the Doctor, eventually dying. Vastra and the Doctor realize the snow in the globe is turning to rain, and go to the window. Opening it, they taste the rain, and Vastra comments that it's salty. The Doctor realizes it's not rain, but tears (tears are salty? Since when?). He realizes the snow was still psychically connected to Clara, and that something must have happened at Latimer's house. He and Vastra rush back.
When they arrive, Strax informs the Doctor that Clara has only moments left to live. He runs to her side, comforting her, and gives her the TARDIS key back. And then, with her last breaths, she says:
"You clever boy."
This phrase sparks a moment of recognition in the Doctor. Because, of course, the last thing Oswin said in "Asylum of the Daleks" before the Doctor left her was, "Run, you clever boy."
Unfortunately, Clara still dies. At her funeral, the Doctor realizes he never knew her full name. And then he reads it on the tombstone:
Clara Oswin Oswald.
"It was Soufflé Girl again!" he exclaims, realizing that Clara and Oswin Oswald are the same person ("Soufflé Girl" was his nickname for Oswin in "Asylum of the Daleks"). He then realizes that many of their mannerisms were the same, as were their last words ("Run, you clever boy. And remember"). He also remembers that he never did see Oswin's face when they were on the asylum planet - he only heard her voice. And Oswin and Clara's voices are the same. (Of course they are, silly Doctor - they're the same actress!) He then declares it impossible that there could be two versions of her, but runs off gleefully to the TARDIS anyway, eager to investigate the impossibility. Jenny and Vastra look on, with Jenny confused because Clara, as far as she's concerned, is dead. But Vastra is more understanding. (Oh and also notice Clara's birthday on the tombstone - November 23, the same day Doctor Who debuted on TV in 1963. Nice little homage).
The Doctor heads back to the TARDIS, joyfully activating the controls, and yells: "Clara! Oswin! Oswald! Watch me run."
And then, we return to the same graveyard, but in modern times. A black girl calls after a friend, "Stop! Where are you going? Don't you think this place is creepy?"
The camera zooms in on a girl with familiar-looking hair. She then turns around - and it's Jenna! Or Clara or Oswin or whatever her name is. She then says, confidently, "No. I don't believe in ghosts."
And...the episode ends. Well, actually it led right into a "Coming Soon" trailer highlighting what's to come in Part 2 of Series 7, all tied together with the tagline "Right then, Clara Oswald. Time to find out who you are." (Well, and also the tagline "I'm the Doctor. I'm an alien from outer space. I'm a thousand years old, I've got two hearts, and I can't fly a plane!" LOL). It also features the Doctor's classic question to Companions, which he asked to both Rose and Amy, among others: the question of where the Companion wants to go and what she wants to see, which is a nice touch. Here's the trailer:
This episode got me really excited. Like the Doctor, I am really curious to find out who Clara really is and how she could possibly have multiple lives. Is she like River Song, someone who can encounter the Doctor in multiple places in time? Or is reincarnation involved? (I don't believe in reincarnation; I'm just putting the idea out there). Or could she have some Time Lord traits (again, like River Song) and be able to regenerate into different people? We won't know for a while yet.
So the official Doctor Who Tumblr confirmed Series 7 Part 2 will be coming to us in 2013, but didn't give an exact date. (One commercial on BBC America, highlighting all the new shows coming up in 2013 on the channel, also confirms this, and even has a cameo at the end from Matt Smith, where he says "It's going to be epic"). But "the offseason belongs to the fans," they have declared, and they're going to be posting every day till the show returns to keep the fandom active. I like how appreciative they are of the fandom, not just in England but everywhere in the world. I'm definitely going to use the offseason to become even more of a Whovian. Soon, I think I won't be as much of a novice. :)
Well, that's it. Hope you enjoyed this analysis. I can't wait to see what Series 7 Part 2 brings!
(Oh, and given the revelation of Clara's full name in this episode, I have edited the "Companions: Clara" label for this blog accordingly. It is now "Companions: Clara Oswin Oswald." Sorry if that spoils anyone. I also updated the "Next Doctor Who Episode" section of the footer).
Started writing around 3pm, then took a break and finished later.