Mmmm, I liked this one. I like how Bill is sassy in her own Bill way. And again with the non-usual questions.
Transcript is here.
Foreshadowing, yes... "I want to see if it's happy." And "They say the settlers have cracked the secret of human happiness." I think cracked is the operative word.
The bit where the Doctor got two portions because he has two hearts! And Bill is all "wait a minute - two hearts?"
BILL: You're thinking. Tell me what you're thinking about.
DOCTOR: A magic haddock.
That's very Twelve, when you look back on it: saying something which appears to be irrelevant, but which is actually very relevant. A bit like Father Brown, really. (I've been watching the Kenneth More version of Father Brown recently. Good stuff.)
The skeleton crew is literally a skeleton crew... (shudder)
BILL Why did the robots feed them to the garden?
DOCTOR: I don't know. Maybe they ran out of fertiliser. Let's not ask them.
(reminding me of The Girl in the Fireplace)
The dilemma of the episode is like... wishing for World Peace and being given the Peace of Death. I'm kind of surprised that the Doctor didn't think of messing with their programming sooner, but he did have a point: he couldn't fix the problem until he knew what caused the problem. As any good programmer knows. We, the viewers, had a better idea of what was going on simply because we had the advantage of seeing the last of the skeleton crew being killed.
"Well, you don't steer the Tardis, you negotiate with it. The still point between where you want to go and where you need to be, that's where she takes you." -- Doctor
NARDOLE: Hmm. Why's she here?
DOCTOR: Because she isn't anywhere else.
(love this Doctor's snappy evasions)
"There's a giant smiley abattoir over there and I'm having this really childish impulse to blow it up. Be right back." -- Doctor
"What do you think's going to happen when all those people arrive? They're expecting the new garden of Eden. What they are not expecting is to be the fertiliser." -- Doctor
BILL: Why are you Scottish?
DOCTOR: I'm not Scottish, I'm just cross.
BILL: Is there a Scotland in space?
DOCTOR: They're all over the place, demanding independence from every planet that they land on.
"You don't call the helpline because you are the helpline." -- Bill
"All traps are beautiful, that's how they work." -- Doctor
STEADFAST: They want to kill us.
DOCTOR: No. They want to help you. Killing you is just a side-effect.
"Do you know why I always win at chess? Because I have a secret move. I kick over the board." -- Doctor