Liked it. There really isn’t a whole lot else I can say yet.
For about 34 minutes it seems pretty silly — not “The End of Time” silly, fortunately, but still “New Who Season Finale” silly: big, fast, loose, very kitchen-sink with the monsters and the gratuitous CGI.
Then River Song makes an important discovery, and everything starts to flip-flop in rapid succession. One of the cheesiest moments in the episode turns out to have been a brilliant fake-out. And even though I guessed correctly about the contents of the Pandorica very early on, it was still a thrill to see the proof.
It’s a hell of a cliffhanger. And I get the feeling Moffat knew what each of the foreshadowing moments meant as he planted them during the season, as opposed to just tossing out breadcrumbs and then following them back to their origin. I greatly appreciate that.
I’m enjoying River Song more and more, I must admit. She has kind of a “Virgin New Adventures” feel to her, that sort of female commando/professor thing they were doing for a while.
I’m wary here, because I’m remembering how fabulous “The Sound of Drums” was and how wretched “Last of the Time Lords” was. But I really think this is going to work like crazy.
P.S. How many echoes of the Hitchhiker’s Guide series did you count?