Reposted from Whitechapel:
I’ve only just watched it and I’m agreed with Phranky – [Matt Smith is] nuanced, very physically adept and, like Magnulus said, already very different from Tennant as The Doctor.
I loved his listing of the acts of humanity escaping to the stars like an academic enthused about his subject that then turned back into playful energetic movements from on-to-off screen as soon as he saw the girl crying; he seems to have adopted an intriguing wringing of his fingers against each other; as well as pushing his neck forward when inquisitive or in the thrall of understanding something; his accordion face is now one of his greatest assets – it gives him age and a curious, mad wisdom; in regard to his temper, I can see where you’re coming from Ian – there is a moment of hesitation where his voice wavers at the end of his shouting – but if you look at the moment when he says ‘As soon as all this is done, I’m taking you home’ I think he’s revealing the darkness we might get more of toward the end of the season, fingers crossed.
The Beast Below episode verdict: ‘And once every five years, everyone chooses to forget what they’ve learned – democracy in action…hold tight, we’re bringing down the government…say weeeeeeeeee’ ‘AAAAAAAHHHHHHH’, excellent; ‘Right then, this isn’t going to be big on dignity – GERONIMO!’ more excellence that would have my nephew laughing his little socks off and had me smiling that Smith somehow did retain his dignity; the demon headmaster(!) as the right hand of the throne; unsure at the direction of the piece because it seemed a little rushed toward the end [the flashback thing will get old quickly] but the same director’s doing the next one so time will tell and, finally, the script had pearls in it but I felt that too was a little rushed – there’s a lot of room left to explore though so I guess Moffat’s acting as facilitator as well as writer on that front.
Jebus – now that my obvious fanboy is outted…erm…any thoughts?