We can have spoilers on this thread can't we?
I just finished watching this week's episode with my young son, and I was pretty blown away by it.
I don't know if it was because I could see the look of anxiety on his face.....
(he's just over 2 and a half and should really have been watching it, but he loved the one with the big fish and keeps asking to watch DR Who so I caved tonight, despite the adult concept of the Doomsday clock and the Monks being too scary for a kid his age - but fuck it, Darth Vader is his favourite Star Wars character so the damage has probably already been done!)
.... but I felt a great deal of tension from around the halfway point onwards and when the Dr got locked behind the airlock I genuinely thought how the fuck is he going to get out of this (I had a couple of solutions which he could have used but they were not plot devicey enough and to be honest would have been nowhere near as interesting) and 2 things hit me;
1) Capaldi's Dr is going to die this season and that really upsets me. It shouldn't because I have not enjoyed the previous 2 seasons although I do think Capaldi is probably my favourite Dr since McCoy, especially after this season has won me back over on spectacular fashion.
This foreshadowed my feelings to come, the helplessness I'm going to feel when it does happen at Xmas.
2) Rudi (my wee boy) was utterly engrossed. He obviously doesn't understand what is going on but he knew the Dr was in danger and he's still asking me when Dr Who is going to get the naughty men.
This epsiode didn't start well; it took me 10 mins to get won over. Dr fannying about with the electric guitar gave me painful flashbacks of things I don't think have worked for Capaldi's Dr.
It was clearly a Moffat epsiode but I thought it was a really good Moffat epsiode (and he is after allcapable of GREAT episodes - so this is not a surprise to me). I thought it was very smartly done and I dare say if I pick at it hard enough it might fall apart but I'm not inclined to do so because I enjoyed it so much.
I have enjoyed the done in one format so far but I kind of think this was both a done in one and a multi parter, it successfully straddled the two for me.
I also (and I might have this completely wrong) really like how the Monks have tried these big concept ways of taking over the planet first off with the simulation of earth then the whole utilisation of the doomsday scenario to trick us into it.
I found this to be really thrilling, tense peace of family entertainment - I've read the thread and I think I'm nearly alone in that; I'm not sure why it worked so well for me in that case.