Now for the second part. I got to see the pilot of the new Doctor Who series. I won't spoil any of the details for anybody, I just want to say that just seeing the opening credits gave me a big stupid grin all over my face, and by the time it was over my face hurt from grinning so much. I also jumped and clutched my husband several times, which is just the way Who ought to be. The dialogue's clever and snappy, Christopher Eccleston as the new Doctor is wonderfully Doctorish, there are some delightful tips of the hat to the original series, and I genuinely like Rose. The story has a few over-the-top goofy moments, but would it really be Who if it didn't?
Anyway, I can't wait until the premiere officially airs so I can a) watch it again and catch the stuff I missed the first time; and b) find out what everybody else thinks of it. I'm sure there will be some people somewhere who don't like it (again, would it be Who if etc.?) but on the whole I think it's a great way to pull in new viewers and a tremendously promising start to the series.
Oh, and speaking of new viewers, my husband actually liked it and said he wouldn't mind seeing another episode. That's a major triumph for a guy who avows that he hates "time travel stuff" and has never liked any of the Doctor Who episodes I've shown him before (including the TV movie).