I have to say I hate the title, The Runaway Bride. First, because my mind immediately goes to the Julia Roberts movie. Second, because it's not accurate!
This is me for the first fifteen minutes of the ep: "SHUT UP AND DIE, DONNA!" That thought only momentarily interrupted by wondering if a) the TARDIS could really fly like that and b) out of all those people on that road only two kids noticed the damn thing and their parents *never* turned around to see why they were so excited?!?!
After Donna finally shut up, I kind of felt bad for her. I mean she was abducted and missing and they go on with the reception? Great family. And I just knew Lance was using her.
Unfortunately, I am still at a loss as to why she or anyone had to be infected with the particles for Spiderwoman's plan to work. And how did that tie in with Torchwood? They supposedly built the lab, did Spiderwoman just happen to find it and use it to her advantage? Why would Torchwood want to drill to the earth's core? And why were Jack and his team oblivious to this? There were just far too many plot holes in this story.
There was also far too much yelling. First Donna and then Spiderwoman. And there is the Doctor's tendancy to get animated. So basically I feel like I need an Advil now.
They drained the Thames. Yeah, that won't have any long lasting environmental effects.
Two moments I really did like: The Doctor being merciless. That was very in character. He gave her a chance to save herself and her children and when she refused to take his deal he did what he had to do. I can't say that he was wrong in what he did, but it is a side of him that is scary and I can understand why Donna would not want to be part of that life. I also liked that Donna made the observation that the Doctor needs someone to tell him when to stop. Did Rose always get him to? No. But she did make him think about his actions and he needs someone to not let the power go to his head.
The fact that the Doctor asked Donna to go with him seemed rather desperate. I get that he is lonely, even though he'll never admit it, and that the writers probably thought we would expect him to ask, but I really wish he just would have said 'Nice to meet you. Have a good life.' and send her on her way. I'm not familiar with all the past companions, but I don't see what Donna had to offer him.
More cards arrived today (As well as your package writteninstars . I told you not to send Priority Mail! ;p E-mail/call to follow :) thedeadlyhook , avrelia , onlyoot , sdwolfpup , and the_royal_anna (I am so very jealous of your card making skills - and my favorite colors too!) - thank you all for thinking of me and the sweet words. :)
And for some reason I'm exhausted tonight. Work wasn't even that bad. Off to sleep.