I think this was a bit too soon.
The background - I lvoed it, the concept of a 7-day-war that's being mythed (erm, it's a verb. it is!) by the generations into so much more was brilliant. Also the fact that while we could see the Hath can get along with humans - as Martha shown - we still don't know who the real "baddies" in this were - the humans, Hath, or both.
Also, incredible fantastic acting from all involved, especially David Tennant, who rocks, period. And Donna enjoying him not knowing how to answer Jenny. And Jenny rocked, which is surprising cos I thought she wouldn't, but she does.
And they didn't kill her in the end! Hooray. Although I do hope they have a pretty good explanation on why the Doctor can't sense her and come pick her up knownig she's alive etc (and why she regenerated without, erm, regenerating.).
But the thing is, quite spmoe parts in this episode felt like taking key points out of Utopia/Sound of Drums/ Last of the Time Lords and putting them into 45 minutes instead of 2.5 hours. Jenny's death scene was heartbreaking and beautiful, but erm, we've seen this, 7 episodes ago. I can appreciate them tryign to get as much of Tennant as they could in the time he has left - hopefully a lot of it - but they should have waited longer with this story, or make it radically different. Because there were times I felt "I'v e watched this before".
Still cool episode though. I'm in love with this series.
Actually they deal witht hem a lot better than most shows - they acknwoledge it's an existing issue! The whole cell scene, Jenny compeltely calls off the Doctor's hypocrisy. Martha did so too in The Snotaran Stratagem. I think it's quite an adult POV actually - acknowledging that there is hypocrisy involved ni a lot of things people do, and that the Doctor might not want to be a soldier and to kill and all but he finds himself again and again doing just that.Perhaps so, and fair enough then, but my worries started earlier where he's going on about genocide. This is the man who destroyed Skaro, who killed the last of the Krillitane and the Racnoss, who burned his own world and the Daleks with it, so he isn't even someone who won't kill on a massive scale when he's pushed to it. Actually, the same thing gave me pause when he wouldn't push the button on the Sontarans. We know he'll do this kind of thing, so is it just that he can't look them in the eyes and kill them, or is he afraid of his own death? Either way that scene weakens him as a character, far more than the end of The Parting of the Ways, because whereas the Ninth Doctor accepted that he couldn't do that again, certainly not at the cost of Earth, the Tenth blustered about it and now I don't like him so much.
The difference is, he's also always lookign for another way. Killing is never his first choice, only the last.