And for God's sake, did we have to have the universe saved by tea? I'm as dependent on it as the next Brit, but it has this cutesy quality of "Oh, we're so British. See our quaintsy British ways. Let's dress up in native costume and do a tweely bastardised traditional dance for the tourists!" that really grates for me.
[Small voice] I found it funny. [/Small voice]
I don't think it was meant to be pandering to non-Brit views of the British (stiff upper lip, always drink tea, all that nonsense) - but rather it was a British show poking fun at the foibles of the British. A comparable situation would be a Canadian show poking fun at our obsession with hockey, or an Indian show poking fun of their obsession with cricket.
Back on topic - I loved this episode. It was my first exposure to new Who (I'd seen 1 serial from the Tom Baker era, but that was it) and I was instantly sucked in. It helped, of course, that I tuned in just as the Doctor awoke, thereby missing the slower first half.
The Royal Family on the roof bit cracked me up, as did the Lion King reference. I even forgave the overly-convenient-button-for-collapsing-just-that-particular-part-of-the-ship bit, cause DT's delivery of "No more second chances. I'm that kind of a man" was that
Did anyone else find that the end, with 10 and Rose holding hands, was maybe a bit too shippy? I mean, 9 and Rose definitely had chemistry, but they kept a certain distance. Considering the fact that the Doctor apparently doesn't do romantic relationships, the only way they can work this out is if (speculation alert!) Rose's exit arc involves her falling in love with someone else, forestalling any potential relationship with the doctor.