Doctor Who Liveblog: S05E02 – The Beast Below, by Steven Moffat

I am liveblogging each episode of Doctor Who as I watch it. This is more or less a raw stream of consciousness list of things I am considering and wondering about as I watch. (Sometimes I add links later for reference, but otherwise it’s all exactly what I typed at the time.) In the interest of not spoiling anything for anyone I am putting all of it behind the jump.

This episode is the second episode of Season Five (or Thirty-One depending who you ask), called The Beast Below. From the TARDIS Index File:

So we’re on a spaceship of England?
It looks a lot like…is it Bioshock?
Kids in a line, look at those olden desks.
Weird robot voice they’re all waiting for.
What the-!?
Timmy was bad? Yikes!
They’re talking to a fortune teller booth guy thing?
He can’t get in the vator?
Twenty decks seems far.
What’s around the vator operator’s neck? Some sort of key?
McClintock’s Candy Burgers? What’s a candy burger?
!!! He was just a kid! What’d he do to deserve that!?
(credits)
Amy in her PJs huh?
Holding by her ankle? Dude!
That looks awesome.
29th Century, solar flares roast the Earth…hm.
Starship UK. I was right!
A whole country, living and laughing and…shopping.
He never gets involved, huh?
Hee!
“Oh lovely, you’re a cheery one.” Heh.
What’s wrong with this picture? ENGINES! There’s no engines.
Well if there is an engine I don’t hear it.
Escaped fish. Hee!
“I think a lot, it’s hard to keep track.”
How is a crying little girl a police state?
Who is THAT lovely gentleman in black with a key?
What thing did he do? Put water on the ground?
Why does “She” have all that water on the ground too?
I like the tile.
Are you a parent? Heh.
Smiling fellas in the booths. Creepy.
“What I always do, stay out of trouble. Badly.”
Well at least she a smart little girl.
Where did Amy get a bobby pin?
I like her rebel streak though.
How is the face in the booth half the head but it has three faces?
Oh now what the crap is that thing???
Looks spiky on the end….oh and it is.
And now they have Amy. Oh please don’t let her be a Martha companion messing about and getting captured every episode.
Where’s he off to? Engines?
More water!
I really wish he had a nicer fitting jacket.
No engines, eh? That’s the impossible truth?
What kind of help can he give? Helping figure out the engines?
I am Liz Ten? How many are there? Is this like Caprica Six?
Ahhh! Creepy booth guys!
She’s 1306 huh? Heh.
Unburdened by the knowledge? That doesn’t end well, I’m sure.
Amy recorded a message to herself that she’s ignoring?
“Once every five years everyone chooses to forget what they’ve learned. Democracy in action.” Hee!
“No, you look Timelord, we came first.” Ha!
“It’s only me.” How does she know Liz?
A tongue? EW!
“This isn’t going to be big on dignity.” You ain’t just whistling Dixie, bub!
That sounded…moist.
Oh, they can get out and walk around? Oh crap!
!!!
Well helLO Liz Ten!
Her whole family was brought up on these stories?
AND DOWN! Holy crap I need to see her do that again.
“I’m the bloody Queen, mate. Basically, I rule.” NICE!
I don’t think it’s nefarious. I think those things bursting through are it reaching out.
What if it’s just hurt and not an enemy?
She’s been at this for ten years?
She’s 50 now? DAAAAAAAAMN.
But that mask is so very old.
“So everything”??
You’ve expressed interest in the inner workings of Starship UK?
She has to go to the Tower?
What are they doing to it?
Lasers and pounding, this is bad.
It spared the children?
What are they doing to it?
It IS a torture chamber. Of the creature that spit them out.
Oh that’s awful. It’s hurting so.
I am so sorry for this creature.
How does she not know?
It’s an antique that fits her EXACTLY?
The last of the Starwhales? Oh noes.
Why is he turning on her?
He’s going to turn the starwhale into a vegetable?
This is really hard for him, poor Doctor.
Oh man. He’s really….wow. I think he just won me over.
What are the kids doing?
It heard the children screaming and showed up on its own, didn’t it?
It’s making friends now…
Oh noes! Abdicate button!
Curse you Steven Moffat! Making me feel bad for humanity even though they were awful!
“It’s always a big day tomorrow, I’ve got a time machine, I skip the little ones.”
What did he run away from?
People phone him? That is a bit odd.
Prime Minister? Holy…
Winston Churchill? And the Doctor calls him “dear”? Hee!
OMGWTFDALEK!

In bed above or deep asleep,
While greater love lies further deep,
This dream must end, this world must know
We all depend on the beast below

OMG There’s the crack!

Overall:
I like this one. A bit weird, but fun. Sort of sad but also some funny moments, as any good episode should have. Certainly more emotional range here from the Doctor. I think Eleven is done growing on me, I officially like him.