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unfeathered: (Christmas TARDIS)
Sunday, April 30th, 2017 12:00 pm
Did anyone else immediately think of Eleven and River dancing on the Thames to Stevie Wonder's performance? According to https://blogtorwho.com/blast-past-continuity-references-thin-ice/:

"River Song returned to her cell at the Stormcage Containment Facility having just visited 1814 the last of the Frost Fairs, presumably with the Eleventh Doctor. She told Rory that Stevie Wonder sang under London Bridge for her birthday (A Good Man Goes to War, 2011). Writer Sarah Dollard confirmed that a line of dialogue had referred to this happening, presumably simultaneously, further up the river. Sadly this reference was cut for time."

Would have been really cool if there'd been a glimpse of Eleven and River (even from the back, i.e. different actors) for the Doctor to double-take at, or even the odd strains of Stevie Wonder drifting in for Bill to double-take at!
unfeathered: (JB Oh yeah)
Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 09:15 am
It's weird, but this season has finally made me start loving Doctor Who again. I've actually started wanting to rewatch episodes (the last couple of seasons, I've literally only got round to rewatching in the last few weeks before the next season, and then only really because I honestly couldn't remember what had come before) and discuss them and think about them again. I hadn't realised how much I'd missed that – the interaction with fandom and the fun of looking at episodes as a writer again. The fact that I can. Because I'm pretty sure the reason I stopped doing that was that, mostly, Moffat's Who just doesn't make any sense. Oh sure, it's chock full of meaningful imagery and timey-wimey cleverness and intricate writing, but the one place where it seems to fail is in making sense from a character point of view. The main reason I stopped analysing it is because I couldn't work out the characters' motivations in doing what they do, and that was a shame because that's what I watch drama for. It's what I'm interested in – the people in a story, far less than the story itself. And while Moffat's stories are often wonderful, they often, for me, lack a strong sense of character and that's made me lose touch with the series.

I don't really know what's changed this season but somehow I feel like I'm connecting with the Doctor again for the first time in way too long. I suspect a large part of it is the marvellous acting of Peter Capaldi, but I've also started to connect with Clara too, and feel that her character was finally starting to actually show the traits they kept saying she had (the recklessness, the control freak thing), so obviously it's not just the acting. Either something's changed in the writing, or something's changed in my brain!

The reason I started thinking about this was that I was re-watching Last of the Time Lords with my son last night (and Utopia and The Sound of Drums a couple of nights before) and I still love those episodes to bits, even though I've watched them about a hundred trillion times, both for research because I used to write the Master and (still write) Jack, and because I just loved them. I know exactly what's going to happen in every single moment of each episode, but I still love watching them and I still get something out of watching them, because there's just so much to see. Okay, so the Tinkerbell Doctor ending is incredibly twee, and I still don't see why Martha actually needed to get up to the Valiant in time for the countdown etc. etc., but I don't care, because everything is driven by character and in that respect it makes sense. And the characters and their interactions are fabulous. (Also, last night, I even spotted something new – or possibly something I'd once known but had since forgotten – the fact that the Master's screwdriver sounds like a sword coming out of a sheath when it's being activated, which fits in beautifully with all his other 'old-time villain' traits such as loving a countdown and corny dialogue.)

I can't imagine wanting to watch even the best of season 9 (the first two, Ashildr's second ep, the Zygon ones, the final three) as many times as I've watched the Master trilogy, but at least I feel like there's something there again. Something that's made me connect with Doctor Who and its characters again.

After all this time, it's quite a relief!
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: (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: (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 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: (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: (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.