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unfeathered: (Default)
Saturday, September 6th, 2014 08:27 pm
Well, that was more like it! What a romp! It got a bit overtly meta at the end (I don't think spelling out what it's all about is at all necessary at this point) but all in all, extremely enjoyable and lots of fun. Put a big grin on my face!

ETA: Oh, also? Was anyone else struck by how very much Ben Miller looked like Anthony Ainley with that beard?
unfeathered: (Pocoyo giggle)
Thursday, October 17th, 2013 12:53 pm
OMG, I'm an auntie!!!! My sister-in-law went into labour 12 days early last night and this morning I have a nephew!!!! Sooooo excited!

(Now I need to finish the blanket and cardigan I've been knitting but got behind on due to a hurt shoulder, and also the meals I've been planning to cook for them!)
unfeathered: (First Doctor)
Saturday, October 12th, 2013 04:44 pm
I have to admit, I was rather ridiculously excited to be getting 'new' (i.e. new to me!) classic Who on telly again and tried not to get my hopes up too far as the last couple of First Doctor stories I've watched, I've found pretty boring. But this was one was great! Really good pacing – barely a dully moment! – a witty script, beautiful costumes, a fantastic storyline for Barbara that really allowed her to shine, Ian looking gorgeously handsome strutting around being heroic, a softer side to the Doctor (how cute was he flirting???) and not too much of Susan. Jack and I watched the whole thing in one sitting and both thoroughly enjoyed it!

Thank you Watch! :-)
unfeathered: (First Doctor)
Wednesday, August 7th, 2013 08:46 am
Lovely, tongue-in-cheek description of the announcement: The Internet's Reaction to the Twelth Doctor (found via [personal profile] elisi)

As for the announcement itself, I am extremely happy with it. I wanted an older Doctor, and I got one. I wanted someone I'd actually heard of, and I got it. I don't remember him from anything other than DW and TW, but he impressed me greatly in those and I know I *have* seen him in some other things, and he seems to have a great range of acting which is of course something the Doctor absolutely needs. So very much looking forward to this, and seeing what Moffat can do with a new Doctor. :-)

(Ooh, first use of 'twelth doctor' tag!!!!)
unfeathered: (Eve Myles - sexy)
Sunday, June 30th, 2013 10:48 pm
Just caught up on the first episode of this (had it recorded but hadn't been in the mood for something new till tonight) and wow, that was good. I didn't expect to be bowled over by it, and to be honest probably most of my reaction is just emotional resonance with the woman trying to care for everybody else and not looking after herself and her own home, but wow, that really got me.

Also, how weird is it that the DW episode I watched with Jack earlier this evening was The Shakespeare Code? That is, to my knowledge, the only other thing I have seen Dean Lennox Kelly in, and I then spent most of Frankie trying to work out which of the two guys he was, because he looked so different! A very nice cast there, and good writing - very believable characters.

Looking forward to episode 2 now!
unfeathered: (Eleven & River)
Saturday, May 18th, 2013 08:05 pm
Well. That was a hell of a lot better than expected. I really was scared it would ruin everything, but I think it just about managed not to. And oh, there were some lovely, lovely touches. Cut for spoilers )
unfeathered: (Eleven bemused)
Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 10:48 am
Like most of this half-series of Doctor Who, last week's episode left me cold. It was all very clever clever and there were some fantastic performances, especially from Matt Smith, but like so many of the recent episodes it didn't grab me emotionally at all. I sat through it, fairly bored, and at the end actually contemplated next week's finale with dread. I am literally dreading what Moffat is going to do to the Doctor next week in the name of cleverness.

On the plus side, it was nice to see the girl who played Angie again, having been really impressed by her polished performances in the CBeebies series Nuzzle and Scratch as the Boss of two lovably incapable alpacas. (Yes really.) But apart from that… Cybermen who just upgrade past any threat you throw at them – yes, that should have been scary but it just felt really predictable. There was no tension there for me at all, and despite some great performances, the supporting characters (as in previous recent episodes) felt extremely 'cardboard-cutout' to me. Even Clara, whilst fun and spunky and likeable, is completely 2 dimensional. I'm not sure why this is, since both her previous incarnations seemed to have a lot more to them, but Clara III seems incredibly flat and characterless and merely there to provide a puzzle. It's hard to connect to her.

It's weird. I did enjoy Moffat's first season, and mostly enjoyed the second, but this third just… feels really flat. Perhaps I feel that Moffat, having 'fixed' everything RTD broke about the Doctor (as [personal profile] elisi puts it), doesn't know what to do with the Doctor now. (Kind of like, how do you make the 'happy ever after' emotionally satisfying?) And I know I should be invested in the finale which will presumably tie up at least some of the many, many questions that have been posed through the last three seasons, but I can't help dreading that it's just going to be another overly complicated timey-wimey dash about with a last minute fix and no dramatic tension and… Well. I guess I haven't long to wait and see now, at least.
unfeathered: (Simm!Master laughing)
Friday, May 3rd, 2013 08:14 am
Haven't done a rec in forever (mainly because I don't read a lot of fic these days) but I've read two stories in two days and they've both been fantastic. They're both Year of Hell-inspired, which is probably part of the attraction, because I still can't seem to let go of my fascination with that!

Bait and Bleed by [personal profile] karaokegal - Jack has a rough night and Tosh proves her worth

Sometimes... by [livejournal.com profile] czarina_kitty - During the Year that Never Was, Ianto makes a discovery

Go. Read! :-)
unfeathered: (Amelia - believe)
Saturday, March 16th, 2013 01:38 pm
So, I was rewatching The Girl in the Fireplace the other night, as that's where we've got to in our current New Who rewatch, and whilst I very much enjoyed it I couldn't help noticing some rather distinctive parallels.

The Doctor meets Reinette first when she's 7 (well, she says she was 7, though going by dates she couldn't actually have been more than 6). He then pops away expecting to be right back, and ends up coming back when she's 19, leaving her thinking of him as her kind-of-imaginary childhood friend.

For goodness sake, even the *ages* are the same as Amy's ages! I mean, I know it's become very evident that Moffat likes to recycle ideas (and normally does it well enough that I don't mind), but honestly, does he really have such a lack of creativity as that???
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Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 10:46 pm
Wow. Isn't he just... beautiful? Love the dark hair and the really nice suits and the relative lack of hamming it up (considering how cheesy the whole show is). Plus so much of him in this ep! Yum. :-D
unfeathered: (Four stare)
Sunday, December 30th, 2012 02:37 pm
I was very nervous about this one because Jack is such a stickler for detail and I was anticipating a lot of criticism. But he was thrilled with it and complimented me particularly on the idea of using cut-in-half maltesers for Dalek bumps instead of chocolate buttons as most people seem to do.

He also says it's the best-tasting cake ever. He's a little sweetie! :-)

Picture under the cut as it's a bit big! )
unfeathered: (Because it's wrong)
Sunday, November 25th, 2012 01:18 pm
Dear LJ

Please stop sending me email notifications that my birthday is today. It's not. It's on Tuesday. I assume these notifications are supposed to be the "so-and-so's birthday is in two days' time" ones but somehow you've mucked them up. I still don't appreciate you trying to tell me I'm 40 two days early!!!!

Yours patiently

unfeathered: (Buffy huh)
Saturday, November 24th, 2012 11:01 pm
Just caught up with the last episode.

After a shaky start, I really got into the series and have been really enjoying it, despite having pretty much no clue what the hell has been going on. But this last episode - and the very ending - and the baby... I'm sorry, but what???
unfeathered: (Fangirls @ 2 o'clock)
Saturday, November 3rd, 2012 11:59 am
In light of recent proposed changes by LJ, I've done some housekeeping on both DW and LJ. I've found most of the feeds I had on LJ and put them on DW instead, and I've added everyone I can find to my circle on DW and I've deleted them on my LJ flist. And from now on DW will be where I start reading. I'll still crosspost everything to LJ (as much as I do post these days, at least, which isn't much!) but I'm going to visit LJ as little as humanly possible.

Thankfully, my RP game has moved across to IJ too, so there really will be very little need for me to use the dreadful new LJ flist from now on!

I've also reinstated my paid account at DW so I've got all my lovely icons back! :-)

So here we go. Here's to a new era at Dreamwidth!
unfeathered: (Second Doctor)
Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 02:27 pm
Okay, so the new 'beta but soon to be compulsory' friends page design on LJ is actually wider than my computer screen, if I have it zoomed up to a zoom where the text is actually big enough to read comfortably. So even if I did feel like doing away with my own nice-looking friends page, this wouldn't be practicable anyway!

So, I guess, whenever they make it compulsory, that's when I'll be saying goodbye to LJ for good.

I just wish the few people and communities I'm still following on LJ would move over to DW too! :-(

(P.S. must get round to making my DW a/c a paid one again so I can have all my icons back!)