Lots of Sherlock in this episode. I liked Vastra and Jenny being the inspirations for the stories. I also thought I heard some music reminiscent of the TV series when the Doctor appeared at Simeon's in Sherlock mode (though I could be completely wrong about that; I just got into that show).
No, the music echoes were definitely present! The Sherlock Holmes running-gag was very cute. My favorite line was "I can see that these are your business cards due to the fact that you have your name printed on them." That cracked me up. I love Sherlock
(the show and the character) but I'd much rather spend time with the Doctor.
That was a surprisingly enjoyable episode. I was dreading this new companion because her character didn't impress me at all in the Dalek episode (she seemed like a carbon copy of River Song) but I really liked Clara and I really liked that we were presented with almost a straightforward love story between her and the Doctor. They had great chemistry, too. I'm also actually intrigued by her multiple deaths and resurrections (although I'm worried about the answer to her dilemma--Moffat tends to make his plot solutions needlessly complicated and semi-pointless).
My only complaints are that many characters in this special basically had nothing to do (the kids really didn't need to be there and Richard E. Grant seemed wasted) and I really didn't buy that losing Amy would make the Doctor live on a frickin' cloud and give up his usual traveling/adventure/saving planets routine. Amy left whole, intact, and happy with Rory. I know he'd be sad--but the moping? And abandoning his usual reasons for living? Really? I mean, he destroyed his entire species and didn't stop running around.
It seems of a piece with what sfsfsf1968
Moffat's infatuation with the "Doctor? Doctor WHO?" gag seems more and more like a way to claim a proprietary ownership over the entire series -- ie, the whole show has been building up to and culminates in his current plot lines. It seems, I don't know, unsporting somehow.
I agree. I feel this way about a lot of what he does (aging the doctor several hundred years in the previous two series), the River Song interminable romance that may never end, etc.