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Saturday, 19 November 2005

How cool was that?

SPOILERS FOLLOW
As the BBC have made the mini episode available online, I’m not going to be too picky about spoilers – look! It’s right there!
I had a moment of doubt: sat in a hotel room in Scotland earlier this week, I saw the Children in Need trailer and suddenly doubted my enthusiasm for David Tennant as the Doctor. Had my hopeless girly side, the bit that still laughs when he says ‘Bar-ce-lo-na’, sent my judgement into some kind of hormonal spin? But no, he really is going to be a good Doctor, isn’t he?

There is a grand tradition of Post Regeneration Stress Disorder scenes in which the new Doctor shows how he is different to the old one by a) being rude, b) being confused or c) attempting to kill the companion. What impressed me with this was that you could imagine Eccleston saying the same lines, with the same emphasises, so you know at some level that it is Doctor, yet he is utterly different. And it was so wonderfully scripted: the “Can you change back?” / “No. Do you want me to?” / “Yes.” exchange was simply lovely. Also the “Was that a smile?” bit – he’s going to be a charmer. Rose’s doubts and rationalisations, the way he convinces her…oh, all of it.

Also, it is cute how skinny he looks in Eccleston’s clothing. Awwww. I wanna ruffle his hair. That’s bad. It’s like fancying your brother. And just how long will it be till we get a Rose/10th fic called ‘Love the Mole’?

There are some screencaps here.

I ::heart:: my Doctor.

happy happy joy joy

Sunday, 19 June 2005

After a good long cliff walk and an ice-cream, I am now capable of posting on last night’s Doctor Who. I’m going to attempt to embed a LJ cut here for overseas friends who may want to avoid spoilers. Apologies if it doesn’t work – just scroll by really quickly….

squee RESULT!

So, that was season 1 (season 27 if counting from An Unearthly Child).

The finale was crammed with in-jokes: making reference to the idea of being half-human as blasphemy; the Doctor as “the on-coming storm”; a Dalek crying out “My vision is impaired: I cannot see.”; Absalom Daak’s “stinking Daleks” from the comic strips and the line “you never quite know what you’re going to get” (first spoken by the Davison Doctor post-regeneration). It also has some plot wobbles but I forgive it all that for having a regeneration scene which – annoying piano music aside – was beautiful, funny and dramatic. And mentions Barcelona.

The season as a whole has been good: even the worst stories (Boomtown) had some terrific moments and the good stories (Dalek, Empty Child / Doctor Dances) are the sort of drama that should be being produced more often. Fast-paced, yes, but also with a strong emotional content, witty dialogue and moments which cause jaws to drop. Doctor Who, as I tired of telling people many years ago, was never a science fiction show like Trek: it’s a telefantasy show. It’s about elemental ideas, about epic battles coming down to one man with his finger on the button, and it’s about a someone who will look into the abyss without becoming it. It wears its liberal heart on its sleeve and I’m damned proud of it.

Also, Tennant is hawt.

Thank you.


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