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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)
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: (Ten 10)
Friday, December 26th, 2008 11:22 am
Watched The Next Doctor last night with hubby and we both thought it was rather crap, to be honest. Neither of us likes David Morrissey, and we're both really fed up with Cybermen. Though the Queen thing was pretty cool. The special effects of the super-sized Cyberman were absolute pants and completely boring since there was no emotional investment – in the whole episode, really.

The only good bit was the last few minutes. The Doctor admitting that "They break my heart" (though shouldn't it have been 'hearts'?) was soul-wrenching, and I liked the fact that he actually went off to dinner with Jackson. And that he had someone to share memories with. That was kind of nice. But the episode relied far too heavily on the 'tension' of wondering who the other Doctor actually was and while I liked the reveal, it meant there wasn't much left afterwards.

I really can't think of anything else to say. Will catch up at some point with what everyone else thought of it!