I've never been terribly fond of the Sontarans, mostly because I spent pretty much my entire childhood being bored to tears by the Klingons and their whole stupid warrior culture. Any sci-fi "warrior race" gets an immediate eyeroll from me, although I'll give the Sontarans credit for being more upfront and honest about their bloodlust and imperialism, which the Klingons always tried to mask with blather about "honor" and "tradition." I will say, however, that the relationship between Linx and Irongron was an interesting one. I liked all the layers of mutual contempt and faux friendliness between the two, with a bonus little "dance, monkey, dance!" amusement on Linx's part. Also, the Sontaran makeup was much, much better than it later became in "The Two Doctors" which I watched only a few weeks ago. At least this mask was actually attached to the actor's face around the mouth and eyes!
I think my favorite image from the whole story was the suave, sophisticated looking Doctor lobbing home made stink bombs over a castle wall onto the wannabe invaders! It just made me giggle, for some reason. I also end up giggling whenever he breaks out his completely awesome Venusian Aikido because I half expect him to yell "Hikeeba!" You know what would be freaking hilarious? If Eleven decides he wants to take up the Venusian Aikido again, but it's been so long since he's done it that he's completely out of practice and it becomes a running joke about him being so bad at all these moves he tries to bust out when in danger. The chances of that happening are slim to none, but I'd laugh and laugh for days.
Speaking of the new series, I couldn't help but think that if this story had been set in the new series, the Doctor would have a huge freakout about Linx giving guns to people in the Middle Ages and there'd be a big, probably funny, speech about the effect that would have on the timeline. While Three was basically just like "It's bad" and just takes it for granted that everyone else would understand how bad it would be if things were allowed to continue because, well, duh!, I could practically see Ten jumping around all wide eyed and running his hands through his hair all in a snit. And then I laughed some more. I'm very sleep deprived today, so maybe that's why I'm laughing so much, but I think it's just a fun little story that reminds me of other things that are awesome as well.
All in all, an afternoon well spent.
Edited by Raksha, Jun 11, 2009 @ 3:22 AM.