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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: (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: (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: (Jack John fire)
Tuesday, April 5th, 2011 02:22 pm
(Please ignore this: I just realised I never linked to this fic from this journal, so it doesn't come up in the tag list here! Posting this to rectify. It is not a new fic! It was originally posted on 23 September 2009.)

Title: Push and Shove
Fandom: Torchwood
Author: [livejournal.com profile] unfeathered
Pairing: John Hart/Jack Harkness
Rating: R
Warnings: None
Word Count: 1,357
Spoilers: End of Torchwood season 2
Disclaimer: Not mine
Summary: After the events of Exit Wounds, Jack still has some unfinished business with John.
Beta: [livejournal.com profile] mad_jaks
Author's Note: For [livejournal.com profile] sistercarrion's birthday.

Push and Shove
unfeathered: (Buffy *cries*)
Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011 10:05 am
Oh god, the Brig is dead. So very sad. :-(

I've really enjoyed re-discovering his character in the various classic series I've bought over the last couple of years, plus Nicholas Courtney seems so very, very lovely on all the interviews and commentaries on the DVDs. It's horribly sad to think that he's gone. :-(
unfeathered: (Jack Lick Here)
Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 09:16 pm
Title: Flying Apart
Fandom: Doctor Who/Torchwood
Author: [livejournal.com profile] unfeathered
Pairing: Reinette/Jack Harkness
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: Spanking
Word Count: 1,007
Spoilers: The Girl in the Fireplace for Reinette; a long time post-series for Jack (at a point where he's time-travelling regularly again)
Disclaimer: Not mine
Summary: Reinette always knows what Jack's come to her for.
Betas: [livejournal.com profile] mad_jaks and [livejournal.com profile] czarina_kitty - huge thanks to them both for helping me tidy this up and giving me the confidence to post it.
Author's Note: Written for Round 1 Challenge 3 of [livejournal.com profile] kink_las

Flying Apart
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: (Ten Utopia)
Saturday, January 22nd, 2011 06:49 pm
Title: Never Happened
Fandom: Doctor Who
Author: [livejournal.com profile] unfeathered
Character(s): Tenth Doctor
Rating: G
Word Count: 100
Spoilers: Last of the Time Lords
Disclaimer: Not mine
Summary: It's all right because it never happened.

Never Happened
unfeathered: (Jack S2 promo)
Monday, January 17th, 2011 09:42 am
Whee! I actually got a vote for this challenge of [livejournal.com profile] kink_las! :-) So here's the fic:

Title: Making up for Lost Time
Fandom: Doctor Who
Author: [livejournal.com profile] unfeathered
Pairing: Jack Harkness/Eleventh Doctor
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: Implied torture/non-con (extremely vague)
Word Count: 982
Spoilers: Last of the Time Lords
Disclaimer: Not mine
Summary: In this regeneration, the Doctor is more willing to cross his own timeline to fix things, if he can, so here he is.
Betas: Unbeta'd
Author's Note: Written for Round 1 Challenge 2 of [livejournal.com profile] kink_las

Making up for Lost Time
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.