I’m caught between loving and loathing this latest episode. Love & Loathing hardly features the Doctor and Rose at all… but, at the same time this didn’t really detract from the story. I have the general feeling for the season – how The Doctor impacts on those around him… whether they come into contact with him for a moment or years. He changes everything around him… he changes lives; he changes events; he changes people’s perceptions. From old compansion like Sarah Jane; to Mikey and his sense of loss for his grandmother; to Elton and his half-forgotten meeting with the Timelord. The Doctor makes a difference… but, as noted in this episode, it might be good or bad. Or somewhere inbetween.
I think my biggest problem lay with the Abzorbaloff. I appreciate it was created from a winning competition entry on Blue Peter… I like the involvement of the viewing public. Just… well, somehow… it didn’t quite work. Too much like the Slitheen, perhaps (yes… I know he was supposed to be… being from the twin planet of Raxacoricofallapatorian… caled… um… Klom). Big, green, obnoxious. And I hate Peter Kay. I just don’t find him funny.