I loved the Doctor's exultant shout: "Everybody lives! Just this once -- everybody lives!" That was an uplifting moment, considering how high the death toll usually is on this show. And of course it had personal meaning for him given that he lost his whole species not so long ago. A terrific moment for Eccleston and for the Doctor. (Although the validity of the sentiment is questionable considering that there was a massive aerial bombardment going on at the time.)
Overall, quite an effective episode. Nancy was a terrific character, very resourceful and smart, and ultimately the key to the whole story. It'd be interesting to find out what happened to her and Jamie in the decades that followed.
My one problem with this one was that it kind of pulled the same scare tactic twice -- first it takes our gang a few moments to realize that the tape has run out and the "Mummy?" pleas come from the actual Child, and then it takes Nancy's bunch a few moments to realize that the kid isn't typing anymore and it's the Child sending them a message. It was effective the first time (although the tape machine was anachronistic, as Wikipedia pointed out), but doing it twice in quick succession weakened it.
But the stuff leading up to it was great. I never thought I'd see the Doctor telling a horde of menacing zombies to "Go to your room!" and have it work. But it made sense. (Plus the hilarious followup, "I'm really glad that worked. Those would've been terrible last words!") And then of course "his room" turns out to be the very place the Doctor et al. ended up! Oopsie!
One thing I'm wondering: did the motivation for "Are you my mummy?" come from Jamie or the nanogenes? Was it some residual impulse in the dead child's brain, the portion of it that the nanogenes were able to reactivate? Maybe the last thought Jamie had before he died? Or was it a manifestation of the nanogenes' search for an uncorrupted DNA sample? Hmm, no, in that case, why would the nanogenes have transformed others to match Jamie? And as the Doctor said, it took the genes a moment to "figure it out" when Nancy identified herself as "Mummy." So that suggests they weren't specifically looking for her. It's just kind of a lucky happenstance that the residual impulse driving zombie Jamie (for whatever reason) ended up pointing the nanogenes to the very thing they needed.
So only three episodes left this season, huh? Or is it four? The Beeb's website lists "The Christmas Invasion" as part of this season, but I don't know whether SciFi's going to show it.
Edited by Christopher, 12 May 2006 - 10:43 PM.