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You won't get this if you don't read Kate Beaton/Hark! A Vagrant hehe. (source)
And I don't even really ship Rose/Doctor all that much, but people thought that “Would you do it? Would you do this? Think about it Doctor. One last day with your beloved, which day would you choose?”
“Christmas.” exchange was a callback to 10 visiting Rose one last time, and that's kind of heartbreaking..
Kazran: Are you really a babysitter?
The Doctor: I think you’ll find I’m universally recognized as a mature and responsible adult.
Kazran: It’s just a lot of wavy lines.
The Doctor: Yeah. Shorted out. Finally, a lie too big.
I do love this two-parter and the preceding mediocre episodes make this one that much better. And that last line? Yeah, made of awesome. (Although it pissed a lot of people off that the Doctor was using a gun, but I think it's fine because he didn't use it to kill anyone.)
Other favorite things in this episode apart from what you mentioned: Amy Pond's glee of excitement at the prospect of exploring a different plant (it's a PLANET!) and her red sweater. It's my favorite piece of her wardrobe, IDEK why (probably my weakness for hoodies and unnecessarily wide clothing).
OR MAYBE IT'S BECAUSE THEY ARE ALL OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD AWESOME.
I love the idea of a large number of characters interacting with each other, of the narrative being able to focus on separate people without ever returning to the first for a long while.
makes me think that you would enjoy "A Song of Ice and Fire". That series does an ensemble cast like no other, the number and complexity of characters is amazing. It's high fantasy though.
I'm glad you feel this way because IT NEVER STOPPED BOTHERING ME. Oh Katniss, plz be more genre savvy.