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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: (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???
unfeathered: (Eleven bemused)
Saturday, September 15th, 2012 11:09 pm
I don't know if it's just because I'm a bit 'ugh' at the moment (some stressful stuff has been happening which I'm not going into in an open post) but I was actually *bored* this evening. I've been really enjoying having new Doctor Who to look forward to the last couple of weeks, but this felt like a real let-down. It just felt really... understated? None of the characters made me feel anything for them, except Rory, a bit. As I said, this could be just me finding it hard to feel excited about anything at the moment, but this is the first time I've been bored during the *first* airing of a DW episode in a very long time!
unfeathered: (Eleven happy)
Sunday, September 25th, 2011 09:34 am
A funny and very cute episode with some fantastic lines and moments (I love Craig, and Craig/Doctor) but as I was watching it it felt particularly devoid of story. Maybe it was because it was Cybermen - again - and my disbelief at how there can be more Cybermen on Earth has reached its limits (though at least this was eventually explained by it being a spaceship that had crashed centuries ago). I don't know. It just felt rather nothingey to me.

I also got stuck on a couple of practical points which completely distracted me.

1. What the hell were Amy and Rory doing in Colchester??? Is Ledworth supposed to be in Essex (I never got that impression). Or is that house the Doctor bought them in Colchester? Why? Because he wanted all his friends near each other? As I said, this completely distracted me.

2. When was this supposed to be set? The way the Doctor kept going on about dying tomorrow, it sounded like it was supposed to be the day before that – i.e. on Earth, not just in his personal timeline. But it can't be, because at that point Amy and Rory were on their way to meet him in America, whereas it's clear that months if not years are supposed to have passed since the Doctor dropped them back off on Earth to give Amy time to have become a perfume model. So that's just weird.

3. Also, if the Doctor's going to die tomorrow, then is he now 1100 and something and this is him 200 years after he dropped off Amy and Rory? I certainly didn't get that vibe off him, in which case I'm confused!

Also also? Enough with the "I'm going to die" angst. At least Eleven is more stoic about it than Ten, but gah, it just feels like that all over again.

Funnest bit, though? Spotting Lynda Barron as the gossipy shop assistant, whom my son and I watch regularly in a children's show called 'Come Outside', and realising that that was recorded so long ago that it was actually closer to her appearance as a pirate captain with the Fifth Doctor in The Eternals than how she looks now! Timey-wimey indeed. *g*
unfeathered: (Jack thinking)
Monday, May 16th, 2011 07:36 pm
Okay, I haven't actually read any one else's reviews yet, because I didn't see the ep till yesterday and haven't had time, but my flist seems to be absolutely full of squee.

So is there anyone else who didn't think much of it, or am I the only one?
unfeathered: (Amelia - believe)
Friday, January 28th, 2011 10:32 pm
I just rewatched these two episodes and I have to say, they were loads better than I remembered. I guess the first time round I was distracted by trying to work out what the hell was going on (okay, I was a bit distracted by that this time too since I couldn't remember how it all worked) and probably also by watching with a four-year-old, but this time around, knowing roughly what was going to happen, I was able to sit back and enjoy and just watch the pieces fall back into place.

And I like River. And Amy. And I love Rory.

(And I am possibly a tiny bit drunk. There has been some consuming of wine this evening. So I'm going to shut up now and go to bed.)
unfeathered: (Christmas TARDIS)
Sunday, January 2nd, 2011 03:05 pm
One of the several classic DW serials I got for Christmas was The Key to Time and last night, feeling ill and knackered and not up to anything requiring great attention, I watched the first two episodes of The Ribos Operation.

Ramblings on childhood viewing of DW )

I'm looking forward to the rest of the season now!

(Note to self: remember to look for more classic Who icons)
unfeathered: (Christmas TARDIS)
Tuesday, December 28th, 2010 12:37 pm
I'm still not quite sure how I feel about this episode and I really do need to watch it again, but I've been reading other people's reviews and have formed a few thoughts of my own.

Cut for length )

Huh. This has turned into a very negative review, considering I really did enjoy the episode as I watched it and laughed a lot.
unfeathered: (Christmas TARDIS)
Monday, April 12th, 2010 11:04 pm
I really enjoyed this episode while it was airing, but felt as if I'd missed some bits, so this evening I went back and watched it again. And really enjoyed it the second time too. I can't say why, exactly, since it's not exactly an original story and it wasn't filled with witty lines or with amazing characters or guest stars, but… I just liked it.

Cut for spoilers )
unfeathered: (Christmas TARDIS)
Monday, December 21st, 2009 08:26 pm
I rewatched this last night for the first time since Christmas Day last year (original reaction post here) and I have to say I enjoyed it a hell of a lot more than I did the first time.

I liked David Morrissey this time. I thought he acted the part brilliantlly (though possibly a fraction too tearfully) and there was lovely chemistry between him and David Tennant. And the story of how he 'became' the Doctor was excellent. I do wish they had left the reveal until later, though, because Jackson Lake's story really was the interesting part of the episode and all the Cybermen stuff really should have been just an excuse for him to become overloaded with the datastamp.

I still thought the Cyberking stuff was boring and not a good climax to the show (though at least it did make a bit more sense to me this time as I heard Ten explain that it was actually a spaceship) and not just a ridiculously large Cyberman, which is what I'd previously thought. *g* But I still prefer my drama on a smaller scale - a human scale - and preferably one that doesn't make one wonder why the history books have never mentioned this enormous Cyberman stomping all over London on Christmas Day 1851!

I also didn't like Jackson declaring that the Doctor had never been thanked for saving people. I'm sure that's a downright lie. All right, maybe he hasn't had loads of people cheering him like that before, but individuals have thanked him, haven't they?

Also? Calling the episode 'The Next Doctor' doesn't make any sense, because he's NOT the next Doctor. The episode isn't actually anything about the next Doctor, and even the real Doctor only thinks Jackson is the next Doctor for about the first quarter of the episode! It should have been called 'The Other Doctor' or something like that.

Anyway. I enjoyed it, and now I'm off to see if Planet of the Dead is better than I remember too. :-)
unfeathered: (Five & AinleyMaster)
Wednesday, November 4th, 2009 10:17 pm
One good thing that came out of me being so tired and out of it last week was that I actually sat down and watched quite a bit of telly. I watched several episodes of Torchwood, one of Buffy, two of Angel, one of Dollhouse, and finally The Five Doctors. So have a review!

Review of The Five Doctors )
unfeathered: (Ten Utopia)
Monday, April 27th, 2009 10:57 pm
Wow. Oh wow.

I remembered it being good, but I didn't remember how good. So much there. Fabulous characters, loads of fantastic lines, lots of tension and suspense - especially the continuing question of how were the seers seeing the future so clearly, and I loved the explanation that they weren't seeing the volcano erupting because in that timeline it wasn't going to - and an absolutely brilliant expansion on the Doctor/Donna relationship. I adore the dynamic between them here: Donna continuously questioning everything the Doctor usually just does automatically, and being exactly what he needs. That's brilliant.

And the moment where he has to make the choice to kill 20,000 people to save the Earth, and all the echoes that must have of having to destroy Gallifrey to save the universe... And the fact that this time he has Donna there to make the choice with him, put her hand over his on the lever, that this time he's not alone... That's just. Wow. Made me shiver.
unfeathered: (Five & AinleyMaster)
Saturday, April 25th, 2009 02:21 pm
I watched this ahead of schedule because I am role-playing Jack/Rani and I thought it sensible to learn more about the character. And a fantastic character she is too - cool and sexy and utterly fascinating as a villain who's not intrinsically villainous like the Master but merely absorbed by her science and not at all concerned about the effects of it on anyone else. And the interplay between her and the Master is hugely entertaining, even if they do both give in to the Doctor a little too easily.

Unfortunately, the Rani and the Master are by far the best things in this serial. (Oh, and the scenery of Blists Hill museum, which I visited on a family holiday not that long after this serial was made in 1984.) I'd been interested to see how I liked watching the Sixth Doctor again, because when I first watched his stories (as a pre/early-teen) I thought Colin Baker rather hot. Not as hot as Peter Davison, of course, but still rather hot. But in the snippets I've seen since then, however, I didn't like him. And, yeah, I didn't like him in this either. He has the same arrogance and rudeness that all incarnations of the Doctor display, but in him, rather than being cool or funny, they're just annoying. I couldn't like him.

And as for Peri... What is the point of her character? I don't think it's Nicola Bryant's fault - I've seen her in other things since and she was all right - as much as the writers/directors. All she seems to do is state the obvious, look frightened (which she admittedly does very well *g*) and get in the way/fail to save the Doctor. I don't think she actually did anything useful, apart from collect the plant for the sleeping draught, and even that involved getting caught in a minefield and getting a rather handsome young man turned into a tree!

It's a shame, because it's a relatively good story and it was beautifully shot. Mind you, don't get me started on those atrocious 'northern' accents! *g*

ETA: Nearly forgot to mention, this was my first good look at the Master's TCE and wow. Could that thing be any more phallic????

Also: Has anyone ever slashed Ainley!Master/Avon? Because they should.
unfeathered: (Ten 10)
Saturday, April 4th, 2009 11:04 pm
Voyage of the Damned: Not a lot to say, really, except that I enjoyed this a hell of a lot more than I remembered enjoying it the first time. Possibly because the first time I'd been waiting months since the end of the last series, so there was a lot more weighing on it, whereas this time it was just something to get out of the way so I could see Donna. *g* But it wasn't bad. It was quite good fun, and there were some great characters, though it was a shame so many of them were killed along the way.

Partners in Crime: I really, really enjoyed this. There's not really a hell of a lot to it, but it works very well as a re-introduction of Donna and her family, and I am completely in love with her grandad, bless him. I loved the cleverness of the Doctor and Donna missing each other so very closely whilst investigating. I enjoyed Sarah Lancashire's performance. The journalist who kept getting tied up was fun. The Adipose were unbelievably cute, for little balls of fat. And Donna just seems to bring out a great performance from DT. And I loved the Doctor's attempt to save the nanny at the end. That's just so him.

(My original, one-line, review of Partners in Crime is here - and heh, that was 6 April last year - very nearly a year ago!)

NB Still need a Donna icon. Must go icon-hunting soon!