I'm glad Charlie Brooker lowered my expectations. Not because it was rubbish, because it wasn't, but because the last few things we've had from Doctor Who - The Parting of the Ways and the Christmas Invasion - were so stupidly funny and sad and entertaining that we've been spoilt, and have maybe forgotten that not every episode was like that last series. 'New Earth' was way better than 'Rose' though.
Bad stuff? It didn't seem much of an introduction to DT's Doctor. I know we've already had the Christmas special but it felt very much like a mid-series episode. Good stuff? Billie as Rose/Cassandra was really funny, I thought, and Zoe Wannamaker is going to improve anything she's in. Plus, I really liked how the Doctor reacted to the kiss - 'Yup.... still got it.' This Doctor's a lot more playful than Chris's, who I feel would have been gravely concerned by the kiss and pushed her away or something. And we don't want that. Overall, it was pretty enjoyable, but just reinforces my feeling that Russell T. should do more of the writing, but get in storyliners.
By the way, it hit me yesterday that someday soon Billie Piper is going to leave. And now I'm scared. The Doctor is meant to regenerate, but no matter who plays him, there'll still be an element of continuity. But when Billie leaves, Rose'll have to leave. And be replaced. With a different character. Does that not fill anyone else with horror?! I love the chemistry that having a female assistant allows, but if I thought anything was going on with the Doctor and the new lass, I'd be constantly thinking GET OFF, HE'S TAKEN. Which would be irrational, but I don't think I'm alone. As such, the next assistant has gotta be male, I reckon. We know that Russell can do really interesting and dynamic and brave things with male relationships, so I think that's the way to go. Mr. Davis, I know you're reading - next assistant = male. Thank you.