He's a pleasant surprise, isn't he? One thing I didn't care for in David Tennant's Doctor was that he was so obviously trying to appear, well, eccentric. You could see him acting. Not so with this new guy. He's got so much energy he can barely contain himself. And I liked the Amelia Pond story. It always tickled me how easily the Doctor's companions gave up everything they were familiar with to go gallivanting around the universe. But this girl has been waiting for the Doctor over half her life. She has no parents, and the aunt she lived with as a child has apparently passed on. She has only a sort-of boyfriend, and she works in a job that would seem to offer little opportunity for advancement (!). This companion was well prepared for. Good.