Well, yes...and no... jury's still out on that one.
At this point, it seems she'll try to be a love interest. I hope she backs off.
As long as I don't start complaining to snowmen, I'm safe.
Yes, explained. But no slap, sadly.
Failed epic-ally. It took nearly four hours.
And, most of all, what I really want to see in this episode is something simple.Close enough.
The Doctor’s smile. A real, honest, happy smile, not to hide pain or avoid questions, but because he’s actually happy.
Besides the new companion--who I will discuss later--this episode also marked a new title sequence, a new costume for Eleven, and a new TARDIS theme. First of all, the title sequence.
The new costume seems equally fitting. It's still him, but a sadder, more serious him. And that scene with the bowtie...ouch, very much ouch.
And the glasses, please...Ten had "brainy specs:" Eleven has "specs of sorrow." Sad specs.
The Doctor: No, it's just...I didn't know I put it on. Old habits...
Now, the new TARDIS console. I have two equal and opposite statements to make regarding it.
I can't stand it. It feels wrong--the metal panels feel like they belong in a military building, not the TARDIS. It feels claustrophobic compared to the glass, coral, or even the classic models. Overall, it feels like a machine, not our dear, clever, Sexy. I spent at least a minute yelling "Wrong, it feels wrong" at the screen when it first came up. It feels wrong for my Doctor, the madman with a box, who is now a lonely, sad man. I can't stand to see his feelings reflected that way. It's like walking into your best friend's room and finding it covered with posters of skulls and quotes advocating suicide. I just want to tear it all down and paint bright colors on the wall.
Before I get to the main plot, one more element: the Paternoster Gang. The gag about Sherlock Holmes was funny, Strax's militant nature made me chuckle, and Vastra had some good scenes, especially the interview of Clara. But...I have an elementary-age Whovian brother, and the whole interspecies lesbians thing makes me uncomfortable. At least with most of the previous episodes, it was subtle enough he missed it (Closing Time was an exception). I can handle it, even if I disagree, but with a younger brother...awkward.
Matt Smith was wonderful, showing how the Doctor's darker tendencies would play out after Manhattan. The memory worm scene was a bit surprising--I didn't think he'd go that far, even if he saw it as for the character's own good. Clara...she was straightforward and bold: anything less wouldn't have caught his attention at this point. She's clever, too, as shown by her analysis of their escape. In some ways she reminds me of Donna, but with flirting--and one of the reasons I liked Donna was her lack of flirting.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I am a staunch Doctor/River shipper and the Ponds were my first companions; I'm still mourning them and reluctant to accept a new companion. Even if I didn't ship them, I think grief is a bad place to start a relationship--Eleven is grieving at least as as hard as Ten did in Doomsday, and we all know how Martha's crush turned out. And I'm sick of companions crushing on the Doctor. Can't he just have a friend?
Plotwise: regardless of what anyone says, I liked it. Moffat rarely focuses on the monsters in his specials; he focuses on characters. The real enemy wasn't the Snowmen or the Great Intelligence--it was the Doctor's crippling depression and resulting apathy. But I knew he'd come to the Latimers' aid (Latimer--anyone else notice that?). He still can't let children cry.
On first watch, this episode seemed to be a Davies/Moffat hybrid. But when I rewatched it, I felt the "Davies" elements--Clara's death, the Doctor's loneliness--grew naturally from the mid-season finale. And when I was looking for it, the sense of wonder that infused The Christmas Carol or The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe is still there...just a bit hidden. Some of the scenes--the ladder to the clouds, the shot of Clara and Eleven drenched by the melted snowmen--are absolutely beautiful.
This isn't my full thoughts on The Snowmen--I have a post on Clara's identity and another comparing 10 post-Doomsday and 11 post-Manhattan in the works. But I'd love to hear your thoughts too. So what did you think of the Snowmen?