Well, here we are, another season cliff-hanger, and my major responses are:
Did this whole storyline just jump the shark? Maybe that’s too harsh, but it always worries me when an episode throws in all the old villains and characters from past episodes. Sontarans, Cybermen, … the only one missing was the Daleks.
But mostly, I think it’s the inconsistencies with the entire Dr Who mythos that irk me. At the start, we have Rory popping up all over time and space gathering the help. No explanation of how he got there and back. At the end (small spoiler) River Song pops in to say hello. Does nobody need a Tardis anymore? If anyone can flit around time and space, where would we be, I ask you.
Also, in the previous ep., fake-Amy is disintegrated with the sonic screwdriver, which is all it takes with “The Flesh”. Um. Can it be that in all the previous eps. she’s never been around when the Doctor used it? Someone, please go back and check and let me know in the comments.
What’s bothered me most, for a long time now, is the lack of any clear explanations for what’s going on. You get a quick line such as “The Golgafrinchans have an Interociter”* and then, before you can say “WTF?” the action rushes along quickly to the next bit. I suspect I haven’t understood a word of the series since Tom Baker. However improbable, there used to be Science, and sometimes philosophy at the centre of the series. Now it’s all just dashing about.
* Points if you know what an Interociter is without Googling. No points for Golgafrinchans, too easy.