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Frankly, it's ricoculous, and I don't use that word lightly. The science and/or logic is ridiculous, the plot-holes gaping. In other words, classic Doctor Who. I would like them to make a bit more of an effort-- this is just sloppy. On the other hand, if I wasn't up to this kind of stuff, I wouldn't be a fan of the show. We have gotten a couple of interesting and likable character moments (eg, the Doctor's family things in the last episode, Martha done (almost) properly, just about every Donna moment onscreen), but by and large they're driven by-- and thus obscured under-- seething piles of bullshit.

Essentially, my reaction to the season so far has been apathy. I watch the episodes, I hold my breath, I laugh my head off, but I'm just not inspired with fannish love when it gets to the end. I stop thinking about it about ninety seconds later.

This is a somewhat understandable rut-- the writing team is running out of sheer "OMG it's Doctor Who!" momentum, and it might well take them the entire season to recover a sense of purpose. However, I'm personally of the opinion that they will especially once they get rid of ***, and if that's the price then I'm willing to take this season at face value.

On the other hand, the next episode is the first one I'm seriously excited for. (Also, notably, the first one which had a trailer that didn't leave me and my watching team going "WHAT. You have got to be shitting me!") It looks an order of magnitude less ridiculous than the last few, although I guess I could always be surprised.