The Green Death.
A classic story. The maggots look great, and the ecological theme works really well. The only really bad thing about this one is obviously the flying insect, but fortunately those scenes are mercifully brief.
The supporting cast all put in good turns, and the regular are as consistently good as ever.
Kind of ironic really that Jo Grant’s slightly annoying sycophantic tendency has toned down a lot throughout season 10, and she even rather playfully admonishes the Doctor at times, along with other subtle hints over the last few stories, that the Jo is ‘growing up’, and she’s engaging with her paternalistic uncle type figure with more confidence and slightly less awe, although it’s obvious that a great fondness between them is still very much apparent.
The way Jo’s departure is handled is a credit to the show. It’s both poignant, yet subtle. The very essence of ‘less is more’. Something that NuWho just doesn’t get, as the overwrought blubbering of the ending of Doomsday aptly demonstrates.
Again, it’s that absolute polar opposite in taste, tone, and style which undermines even the better NuWho stories.
This is exactly how to deal with emotional content. You make it part of the subtext. Subtlety need not sacrifice emotional content. If you do it right, it just enhances it. Subtlety can actually be more powerful because what is unsaid, but still felt hangs in the ether and is not spent so easily.
A great end to a fine story.