Bananas are good
God, The Doctor Dances (yes, I did just watch it again) really is just the best episode of anything ever, isn't it?
It's got everything. It's funny. It's scary. It's clever. It's well-paced. It's beautifully-shot. It's gripping. It's just a wonderful forty-five minutes of television.
(the first episode, and indeed the two-part story as a whole, are great, obviously; but there's just something about the second part that elevates it. Maybe it's because it acknowledges that the Doctor never manages to completely succeed, never manages to save everyone - but this is the one time that he does. Coming off the back of the Time War, arguably his most crushing failure, it carries even more resonance).
It's got all the best lines, too. "Those would have been terrible last words." "Well I've got a banana, and at a pinch you could put up some shelves." "Well, there is a war on, is it possible you miscounted?" "Who says I'm not? Red bicycle when you were twelve!" "There is no escape pod onboard".
The second series has got a lot to live up to. Great as it's going to be, I can't see anything in it managing to come close to Steven Moffat's magnum opus. But I will heartily welcome being proven wrong.