Eee!! I squeed with joy when I saw Moffat come up as writer for this ep--I had hoped he'd get to write an ep this season but didn't know for sure. And WOW, I really wasn't disappointed! I don't know what it is about his writing, but he always, always 'gets' me at both the humour/charm level and the emotional undercurrent, and he writes sparky sexual chemistry really well (for me, at least--these things are highly subjective). For those of you who don't know there was once a show called Press Gang, about a bunch of teenagers who run a school newspaper. I watched it obsessively as a teenager and Spike/Lynda was my OTP. I always thought the writing (especially the snark between Lynda and Spike) was well written, but I really didn't see anything else from Steven Moffat until he popped up as a writer on Who for 'The Empty Child' and 'The Doctor Dances'.
His other Who episode so far, the much hated 'The Girl in the Fireplace', was, until today, my favourite 'Who' episode. Now it's got competition, though it probably still wins just because the Doctor was more central in that one. And the horse was so randomly awesome. *g*
I thought 'Who' was pretty flat at the start of this season, but I loved the recent two-parter--I nearly posted about it, but I figured I'd have nothing fresh to say. But I totally loved this ep and I'm probably going to be the only person on my f'list that liked it so I'm going to give it some (in my eyes) well-deserved squee, dammit! :-)
One thing that Doctor Who does really well is casting--their guest stars/supporting cast are nearly always brilliant, and I really liked the girl they cast as Sally Sparrow. I can imagine a lot of fans whining about the fact that the Doctor not being in it much. Martha was in it even less. But I'm actually a huge sucker for those eps where we get to see the Doctor touch others' lives fleetingly. And Sally had enough spark and heart to carry the episode, imho.
On the shallow level, I completely loved her outfit. Colour combination was fab and it was cute without being too sexy. Good work, costuming!
I teared up TWICE in this ep--once when Billy died (of course! omg, that scene was so beautiful--because Moffat had once again completely sold me on a couple within a few brief lines) and once when the camera panned to show 'Sparrow and Nightingale' as the name of the shop. That really got to me because it was both sad (she'd lost her best friend who'd originally joked about that name being good for investigators) and beautiful (since she now owned the show with Cathy's brother). I know. I'm daft.
Even though I could see it coming a mile away that Sally would hook up with Cathy's brother, I still totally loved the development and I thought it was cutely understated to just have her take his hand at the end once she'd solved the mystery.
The Doctor's writing was really adorably cute--'it goes ding when there's stuff'! *giggles* I loved the bow and arrow at the end. And poor Martha--he was clearly driving her bonkers the whole time. Bless!
And movie geeks for the win! The movie nerd in me totally loved that the Doctor was an Easter Egg (dude, I would so obsessive over that too if I found it!). And the line 'by "the guys", you mean the internet, don't you?' had me *lol*ing. 'Egg forums'! T-shirts! *loves* And I loved that the DVD store guy talking back to the TV screen prompted Sally to go to the police. Heee! That's so fabulous.
The episode managed to be so goddam cute in its geeks-save-the-day scripting AND be genuinely creepy and moving. Oh, I just adored it! I'd VID it if I could think of a fitting song!
Doctor Who producers: please, please, please get Moffat to write more! PLEEEEASE! *begs*
ETA: Minor spoiler for next season's Heroes in commebnts, which probably everyone knows anyway but just in case...