Normally, I take a quick look at Twitter after watching and enjoying an episode of Doctor Who, only to end up utterly deflated by a flood of "full of holes!" "RTD suckses!" and "boooooooooooooooooorings!"
Doesn't stop me though, and I did exactly the same last night, but this time... things were different. The tweets I saw were uniformly positive! Matt Smith? "Fun and adventurous!" Amy Pond? "Cool and the hottest since Romana!" Story? "Good, silly timey-wimey stuff!" Direction? "Genuinely interesting!" I mean, everyone disliked the theme tune (rightly, bloody awful), and I've read that the haters were out in force on the forums but let's face it, the first problem we should just get over, and the second isn't ever going to change - those people just don't like Doctor Who any more.
For the rest of us, there was such a lot to get excited about - Matt Smith in particular. David Tennant was such an ambassador for the show (and so overall ace) that he was always going to leave quite a void; so for Matt to make it so that we feel utterly comfortable with him in the role within one episode - minutes, in fact - was pretty darn impressive. Personality-wise, it's not nearly so big a leap as from grumpy Nine to bouncy Ten - Eleven is buzzing with ideas and talks ten-to-the-dozen much like DT's Doctor, but it's great to see he's such a geek. As Stuart says over on Behind The Sofa you can't imagine gangly, nutty professor-esque Eleven's got much of a "fightin' hand"... but then there is that gun...
And as for Amy Pond, well she's patently as screwy as he is, so they make quite the pair. Quite how their relationship will work, though, will be very interesting - she doesn't seem to be the sort to play Donna's 'reining in' role, that's for sure. In terms of Karen Gillan, she's instantly engaging and clearly has real comic skill; there wasn't much scope for deep emotion here, but her sense of wonder was clear.
The storyline wasn't overly interesting (and precisely the sort that the RTD-detractors would have rolled their eyes at had he written it), but I DID like the massive eye - obviously - and in any case, the sci-fi aspect of the first episode of a new Doctor or assistant's tenure is secondary to the introductions. Overall, I am certainly a very happy (Easter) bunny.
(Definitely catch Lisa's post, by the way!)