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The Caretaker

Ooh boy, tonight’s episode was an emotional roller coaster for me! And really, it wasn’t even about the almost-destruction of Earth. Anyway, my thoughts:

1. I may never get to see them on screen together, but I ship Twelve/River SO HARD. Please, BBC, just once, can we make that happen? Pretty please?

2. I have a serious love/hate relationship with Twelve and Danny’s dynamic. Like, I understand why they feel as they do about each other at this point, and I love that under all his bravado and anger the Doctor is so protective of Clara, but the sappy white girl part of me NEEDS the two most important men in her life to get along better. Only time will tell, though, I suppose. And Danny provides this hugely important soldier’s perspective/commentary on the Doctor and his effect on his companions.

3. Related note: Danny is effing amazing and I really really hope we get to see loads more of him now that the cat’s out of the bag.

4. Every time I think I couldn’t possibly love Twelve any more, I am immediately proven wrong. If this keeps up he will soon be my favorite Doctor by a mile, and I’m not sure yet how I feel about that. It almost feels like I’m betraying Nine and Three (currently my favorites, followed closely by Ten). But he’s just. So. Good. I fall in love with him all over again every Saturday night!

5. I know tonight’s “world threat” was just a convenient setting for all the character interaction and revelation and growth and whatever; I just wish it hadn’t FELT so much like a convenient setting for all the character stuff. However, I was glad to see some more of this mysterious Missy, and to finally hear the word “nethersphere”. Hopefully soon we’ll start making some actual progress instead of these dangling promises of a master plot.

Weirwoods are considered sacred to the followers of the old gods. The children of the forest are said to have carved faces in the weirwoods during the Dawn Age, before the coming of the First Men across the narrow sea. It is said that through the faces the old gods watch over the followers and bear witness to important events. The greenseers of the children of the forest can see through the eyes of weirwoods. Since trees have no sense of time, the greenseer can see into the past or present when looking through the eyes of a tree.

(Source: tywins)

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