John: "You know what I want more than anything?"
Amy: "Lessons on gender politics?"
John: "A dinosaur tooth to take home."
Have you heard of Rupert Graves? Did you know that he is professionally handsome? Did you know that Tumblr loves him so much that literally every second of every movie and TV show he's ever been in has been split into its component parts and turned into reaction gifs? Did that you know that in episode 7x02 of the television show Doctor Who, he wears a waistcoat?
This episode was a veritable sisterhood love-fest, which I can ONLY AGREE WITH. Nefertiti is QUEEN and she will do what she wants! I loved the moment where Amy is totally fangirling Nefertiti, and then John Riddell goes in a snit because Amy hasn't heard of him. And then later on Nefertiti stands up for her and Alison Bechdel rides in on a unicorn and buys everyone an icecream. (I may have imagined that last part.) Oh, and Nefertiti's costume? LOLz 4 dayz because her crown is so beauteously crafted from whatever was left over in the prop room. Which isn't to say it looks bad, but I'm weirdly glad to notice moments where the Doctor Who crew are transparently being mindful of their budget. The Eleventh Doctor seasons are of a considerably higher grade when it comes to special effects and set-design, but you can bet the backstage crew were glad that Rupert Graves could wear any old crap from the BBC's costume warehouses. And at the end of the episode Rory and his father drive the spaceship via the technological wizardry of... spotlights. I LOVE IT.
I will never tire of the way the Doctor refers to all Amy-adjacent people as "Ponds". Rory's dad was a great addition to the gang, bringing along a note normality to the endless string of heartwrenching space-epics we see week after week. Parents have been unfortunately absent from Moffat's Doctor Who, which saddens me because parents are always funny in this show. People watch it with their parents -- some with their parents and their parents' parents, I imagine -- and there's so much universal humour to be found in the situation of the Doctor interacting with the in-laws. Rory's dad was such utter distilled dad-ness that he was almost a parody character, but Mark Williams' acting is good enough that even over the course of one episode you come to love his sagging face and embarrassing mannerisms. Plus, Arthur Darville (Rory) is world champion at the long-suffering reaction shot. The ultimate transformation of Rory's father from confused stay-at-home to adventure-seeking traveller was the kind of background story that Doctor Who does best -- heartwarming without being hackneyed, and showcasing the Doctor as an inspiration rather than a leader to follow.