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unfeathered: (Master Plan)
Thursday, March 26th, 2009 10:57 pm
Wow. I just rewatched TSoD and LotTL for the first time in far, far too long. I deliberately left it for a long time because I'd overwatched them early on, and I wanted to get my enjoyment back - and it definitely worked. They are two amazing episodes. So much going on there.

On the other hand, I spotted several things that mean I'm going to have rejig some of what I've written for the latest chapter on Master Plan. I mean, that's why I watched, because I'd forgotten a lot of the details, and I'm glad I did, and it's given me some new ideas for Masterly and Doctorly sneakiness, but... yeah. Some things just aren't going to work the way I've written them.

Still. Yeah. A very enjoyable evening of telly. :-)
unfeathered: (Simm!Master Hot)
Thursday, January 15th, 2009 08:17 am
Okay, it's a long time since I've watched Last of the Time Lords (will try and have a look tonight) but I just got thinking: when they reversed the paradox, everything on the earth got reversed but the Valiant didn't, right? So what happened to those people who were on the Valiant right before the paradox kicked in - all the film crews and world leaders or whoever they were? I know the President got zapped and so there wasn't a body (right?), but there were other people present at that point who didn't suddenly appear on the bridge of the Valiant when time was reversed.

So where did they go?

And no, I'm not expecting an actual canon explanation for this, because they don't think things through that thoroughly, but can anyone suggest something that makes sense? At the moment, all I can imagine is them somehow popping up at their homes or something, going "Whu....?"
unfeathered: (Ten eyebrow)
Saturday, November 8th, 2008 07:01 pm
I watched these again last night and wow, I'd forgotten how amazing they are! I really don't think I've got anything to add to my original reviews last year:

Human Nature
The Family of Blood

Definitely some of the very best episodes of the new Doctor Who so far. Very, very good.
unfeathered: (Ten Fed Up)
Friday, November 7th, 2008 07:41 pm
Review here )

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On an unrelated note, I'm shattered and braindead and I think I'm going to spend the best part of the evening watching Human Nature/The Family of Blood. I have no brain left for RP.

I have, however, got a ficlet off to beta and written another 300 or so words of Master Plan today. Which feels good!

Oh, and I love our first floor living room with huge picture window. We're getting a great fireworks show from the comfort of our own sofa!
unfeathered: (Ten Utopia)
Tuesday, November 4th, 2008 10:56 pm
Not a great episode by any means. Mainly, I think, because Martha's family just don't interest me. Leo's quite amusing but Tish is just dumb and Francine is incredibly annoying.

Lazarus himself just doesn't really interest me. I think I'd find him more scary if he didn't keep reverting to the CGI creature. I'm more interested in villains with brains and cool dialogue than random creatures chasing you and trying to eat you. His wife, actually, was a better character. Much scarier.

No really great stuff for the Doctor either, except looking nice in a suit. And I liked Martha's dress.

God, there must be more to say about this episode than that!

Oh! There's the Saxon stuff. I have literally only seen this episode the once, when it first aired, and it was interesting coming back to it after having rewatched the Master episodes so many times because although I knew there was obviously a connection between the Master and Lazarus, I'd forgotten about the guy coming up to Francine and trying to use her to turn Martha against the Doctor. That's really interesting. Is that really the Master trying to change his own timeline???

6/10
unfeathered: (Ten Fed Up)
Sunday, November 2nd, 2008 11:20 pm
I watched the first of this double-parter last night, which turned out to be extremely apt as it's set on 1st November! (Okay, 1930, but still…)

I never wrote a review first time round and I'm afraid I still don't have very much to say (mainly because it's late and I'm tired) but I'm determined to actually post something!

Like Gridlock, I enjoyed these a lot more than I did the first time. Yes, there are some pretty awful characters (Tallulah and Laszlo spring immediately to mind) but there are some really cool ones too, like Frank and Soloman. (And the guy who plays Soloman was a character in my absolute favourite episode of Press Gang many, many years ago, which is pretty cool!)

The first part is a pretty standard episode, but it kept the interest going and I enjoyed it. And the second part had some really interesting stuff. The Daleks making humans into Daleks and the way that debate kept going back and forth, and the Doctor being so damned cool giving himself up to the Daleks at Hooverville, and his desperation when he lost his screwdriver trying to get the Dalek panels off the top of the mast, and clinging to the mast so the lightning would go through him too - very cool! (Though I do think they missed a bit of a trick there, in that the 'new race' were therefore part Time Lord – they could have made more of that – a spark of hope in the Doctor that he now wasn't entirely alone, before they wiped them all out!)

And how cool was the Doctor going down afterwards to face off Dalek Caan? (Or is it Kahn? Suddenly, I can't remember!) The Doctor had a lot of really cool moments in this one. It really was DT's episode.

Daleks in Manhatten – 6.5/10
Evolution of the Daleks – 7.5/10
unfeathered: (Ten Respect)
Thursday, October 30th, 2008 08:46 pm
I have to admit that Gridlock is where I stopped writing reviews on my first viewing of Season 3, because I found it incredibly boring. And I don't know what was different this time except that possibly I'm a bit emotional (hormones) but this time I really enjoyed it.

Yes, the couple who kidnapped Martha were still very wet, and all the car stuff was a bit boring, and I still want to know where the hell they came from if they had only just started travelling and yet everything but the motorway had been sealed off for 24 years, and how no-one had seen the sky when there was definitely sky in that alley with the street-sellers – it was raining, so there must have been sky! – but yeah. I enjoyed it.

Especially the Doctor. DT gives a stellar performance in this episode. From the bit at the beginning where Martha's asking him about his home world and he's pretending it's still there, to his desperation when he loses her only three episodes after losing Rose, to the fun of his interaction with the various passengers of the cars he passes through, to the sheer ache of his meeting with the Face of Boe, to his exhilaration at saving everyone, to the pathos of Martha finally making him talk about Gallifrey. I cried. He is a very good actor.

And then there's the Face of Boe. I deliberately went into the episode this time with an open mind about the Jack/FoB stuff, and actually, the idea that that's Jack, looking after the people of (New) Earth in the Doctor's absence (yeah, that sounds familiar) and giving everything he has to save those people… that idea is definitely growing on me. There's even the fact that, as Nurse Hayne tells us, he wired himself into the mainframe and 'gave his lifeforce' to power it. Hmm. That sounds distinctly familiar, doesn't it?

Anyway. Definitely better than I remember. 7.5/10
unfeathered: (Yana & Simm!Master)
Sunday, March 2nd, 2008 11:19 pm
I just watched Utopia for the first time in quite a while (along with its commentary, for the first time) and something struck me.

Yana tells Doctor he has the sound of drums in his head. The Doctor, without blinking or any reaction whatsoever just asks him when it started.

Now, if the Master had had drums in his head BEFORE (his resurrection and/or the destruction of Gallifrey, whichever you choose as the point when they started) wouldn't the Doctor react at least a bit to this? Shouldn't we be given at least one little glimpse of him wondering? Yes, he thinks the Master is dead so he's really not expecting Yana to be the Master and I wouldn't really expect him to leap up and go, "Hey, I used to know someone who heard drums - OMG, you're the Master!" but if it meant anything to him at all, surely there should have been a bit of a reaction, however small?
unfeathered: (Default)
Sunday, July 1st, 2007 10:17 pm
I’m not sure what to think about this episode. It was definitely a let-down after the last two weeks. I enjoyed it enough while I was watching, but then it ended and I felt rather “Is that all?”

Cut for spoilers )
unfeathered: (Default)
Monday, June 25th, 2007 09:10 pm
Finally, more than a week after this episode aired, here’s my review. Yeah, it’s all been said already, but I write these for my own use (to remember what happened, what I liked, what I didn’t) as much as anything else, so I’m going to do it anyway.

(Obviously, I’ve now seen The Sound of Drums, but I hadn’t when I started this review, so I’ll continue in that vein!

Review of Utopia )
unfeathered: (Default)
Sunday, June 3rd, 2007 01:51 pm
This was amazing. I was worried it wouldn’t be, because usually only one part of a two-parter is good and last week was fantastic, but this proved to be the exception to the rule. Great writing, great story-telling, great acting, great everything!

Review here )
unfeathered: (Default)
Sunday, May 20th, 2007 10:18 pm
I have to say I’m distinctly underwhelmed by this episode.

Review of 42 )
unfeathered: (Default)
Monday, April 2nd, 2007 12:07 pm
I didn't get to see this till last night, as we actually went out to the cinema on Saturday (for the first time since Serenity!!!) to see Becoming Jane, which I really enjoyed, though I probably wouldn't have done if I'd actually remembered anything about Jane Austen's life because then I'd have been muttering about how inaccurate it was.

Anyway...

Review here )