- Strong return for The Master/Mistress in her reveal. Actual confirmation of gender bending time lords beyond Gaiman's script. <3
- I'll admit that I didn't see Cybermen coming. Though I didn't quite catch the whole "cyber space cyber men" part.
- Clara actually feeling guilty over something tangible. Good!
- Danny is finally dead. Thank goodness. I don't care if they bring him back. He's a crappy romantic subplot.
- As opposed to the previous one, this episode actually employed actors. Good job!
- The Mistress isn't a hypersexualized "I love The Doctor and what his butt-bottom while vaguely wanting him harmed before I save him because of my immense love" like Moffat turned River into. This could still change, but the choice in casting suggests Moffat is actually showing some restraint here.
- The return of Granny Oswald, whom was... underwhelming in this appearance, but none the less welcome.
- The confrontation on the kid Danny killed was tepid at best, and didn't really add much. Unless this kid is gonna do something in the next episode, this was an opportunity wasted. However, it wasn't TERRIBLE.
- I get that The Mistress is using The Cybermen to do something bigger, but... hasn't she learned her lesson yet? I mean, quite literally every partner she has betrays her at some point. The Daleks at least twice. The Time Lords. The companion she abused. She's literally better just working on her own.
- Sincerely wanted Eternals more than The Mistress. That would've been entertaining. We already have a Death eternal! ;_; But The Mistress is rarely boring, so...
- Lack of coherent explanation on the Time Lord's fancy disco ball. I remember things being said, but the sound was too loud or the actors were too soft.
- Come to think of it, we never learn what the three words are. I'm fairly sure the white noise thing was five words. And like I think one of them started with W. Or am I missing something?
- Missy's sexual assault on The Doctor for no reason. I get that the ship's been teased very hard in the show, but it felt very forced. Like, even the "I'm pressing your hand erotically against my chest" thing doesn't make sense when time lords can quite literally sense one another over a long distance of space/time.
- The dream sequence literally added nothing to the episode. We already knew Clara was upset and waiting for The Doctor to help her save Danny. The fact that it was a dream patch took away all the drama and punch out of the volcano scene.
- This episode was padded SO HARD to maintain the "rise" so that the next episode can be mostly climax. Lots of standing around going "WHAT IS THE THING!?" "Well, lemme explain it in vague, pointed terms that lead you to the conclusion." "BUT WHAT IS THE THING, SHE WANTS TO KNOW!" "I ALSO WANT TO KNOW BUT DON'T WANT TO BE SPOKEN FOR!" "Okay, I hear what you're saying, so let me rephrase it in yet another vague, drawn out way." "BUT WHAT IS THE THING!?" "TELL ME WHAT THE THING WITH A THREAT SO YOU'LL TELL ME WHAT THE THING IS!" "Okay, so here's what this other thing is." "THAT IS NOT WHAT WE ASKED!" "Okay, so here's what the thing actually is." This form of padding was done most memorably twice: once in the office with the singular cyberman, and again between Clara and Danny.
- Did Clara seriously forget in her dream state that The Doctor can open the door with a snap? Or that he'd seriously NEED the keys? Or that he couldn't somehow make more?
- Danny was killed in such a contrived way that they might as well played "You Are My Sunshine" in the background while he's signing papers related to his teaching retirement that is two weeks away.
- So tired of Clara's waif face. I know she can act, but it's like Moffat wrote "please don't use any facial expressions other than concerned, pleasant, worried, or bereaved".
- Also 11,307% done with Clara and Danny's contrived romance. We're shown that they love each other, but we never really get a feel of why. We know that Danny has some weird protective instincts that need to be exercised over Clara somehow. And that they find each other physically attractive. Other than the fact that they save each other and that Clara knows their grandkid will be a pioneer time traveler, there's almost no shown relationship. If you count when Clara went back in time and did the whole mommy thing during his time at an orphanage, then I would disagree- given that he barely remembers it.
- Sorta miffed that Moffat scoffed at a female Doctor, but now The Mistress is female. Kinda feels hypocritical.