OMG I LOVED IT.
Yeah, that might be as coherent as it gets. But seriously, that was a Thing of Beauty, that episode. Steven Moffat does it again! Woot! The clockwork robots were wicked cool, and there was a horsey, and BBC costume drama! Which means French characters being played with British accents, obviously. And once again we're reminded that Rose is Not The Extra Special One True Love of the Doctor.
I'm noticing in the fandom that there's a correlation between Doctor/Rose shippers and David Tennant fangirls. So obviously, there is some serious hating going on towards Madame De Pompadour/Sophia Myles. Me, I don't have a specific DW otp. The Doctor believes in Free Love for All, so he can snog and fall in love with whomsoever he wishes imho. And I thought the love story in this was equally sweet and sad. Very well-executed, which you would expect of Mr Moffat. Sophia Myles acted well, and it's interesting to watch her and Tennant interact and see the chemistry that got them together IRL.
Rose didn't strike me as especially jealous or upset during this episode. Maybe jealous in the way that she was when Nine made off with Jabe, but not overtly. Billie Piper's interactions with Tennant as Rose and Ten are fun to watch, but they generally lack the intensity that you see between her and Eccleston. I could really believe that Nine loved Rose, and Ten probably does too, just not in the same way. As it was in the old series, when the Doctor regenerates, the dynamic changes between the new incarnation and the companions that are travelling with him at the time of regeneration. For some reason, the only companion who I think could love the Doctor in more than one incarnation is Romana. I think because she is his equal in a lot of ways, as well as being a Time Lord (or Lady, rather) herself. Mind you, she might love some more than others, but that's a whole other argument for the fandom to engage in (next installment in the ongoing debate on the Doctor and his 'dancing': Which incarnation would Romana love best? And which incarnation of Romana would love which Doctor?).
I could've sworn that early spoilers for this episode said that Casanova was going to pop up somewhere. But he didn't. Alas! But t'was still fun anyway.
Next week: Cybermen! And Owen from the Vicar of Dibley as a Davros-type character. Only not.
severa, I got your graduation invite in the mail today. Gaaah, I would love to be there. But I can't, due to monetary constraints and Real Life crushing me under its commitments. However, I am going to send my apologies via snail mail. And maybe a little something else. :)
In other news, negotiations with a possum tonight were successful in getting him out of the house with no mess being made. And trust me, it's not easy at all. *shall be more careful and shut the back door at night in the future*