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fingers crossed for scares, and ideas not like the tomb raider flying bus mess
while intrusive music blasts out.
due to being really lame, i've started watching the worst spin off series ever, the Sarah Jane Adventures, as it helps soothe my Saturday morning hangover. and this week made me glad i do, as it was essentually a Doctor Who episode, and it was clearly better than the flying buss of doom.
even for live-action kids telly
i do want to murder Sarah-Jane Smith though, she's the worst person in an acting role ever.
and exactly what children's television should be in a time when nobody gives a shit about children's telly.
And yes, The Waters of Mars looks fantastic. All the reviews from the press screening were overwhelmingly positive, saying it is as dark and adult as Doctor Who can ever be.
they've pandered too much to being CBBC friendly in some of the recent series.
the older doctors had some scary stuff in them, kids can handle big dark and dramatic, not everything needs to be wacky and youthy.
remember the kind of movies kids had in the 80s - return to oz, dark crystal, willow - there was some amazing stuff there that didn't treat kids like idiots and didn't go over their heads
Doctor Who should never be dark and adult all the time. I think the sheer variety of stories that the program can tell is its key strength. And every series so far as had its fair share of dark/scary/adult stories: The Empty Child two parter, Girl In The Fireplace, The Impossible Planet, Human Nature, Blink, Utopia, Silence In The Library, Midnight, Turn Left.
I can forewarn you of that, right now...
I GET IT
That they named the Mars base 'Bowie base one'?
But did anyone else notice that they've named the base 'Bowie Base One'? Nice.
This is going to be amazing.
that has been postponed indefinitely...well, til the end of Doc Who, at least.
first the Dune Tomb Raider flying bus thing and now this not being some nightmarish watery bowie edition of the thing boo
the bleakness of this is saving it
was sodding brilliant.
but the rest was so over the top and ridiculous :/
why didn't he just make them all just put spacesuits on and march them over to the tardis? especially seeing as how he completely disregarded the whole 'she has to die' thing by the end.
It was pretty awesome seeing the power he holds overcome him, and in the end becoming the thing he hates. Sets it up very nicely..
i just can't stand tennant's overacting really, so i'm going to grumble whatever the story.
when he could've changed it
he said originally he 'couldnt' change this event because it was fixed, so his decision to go back and save them would've been last minute anywho.
but i liked the hubris-fuelled breakdown at the end.
the next one should be fun
they should have left him howling at the moon, not realising the monster he'd become
Tennant actually made the doctor the most scary thing about the episode...
first stop should be to go and save Adric.
(yes, i am from the seventies)
I would point out that Adric featured in the Eighties. But there are whole websites for people who are anal enough to point out things like that ! More to the point, why would you want Adric saved ? He was rubbish !
seeing him become like The Master in a way. And then the captain lady had to prove that he cannot control everything, like he said.
but in a way I would have liked the Doctor to stay in megalomaniac mode. Then when the Master returns in the next ep and offers him the chance to rule the universe with him, the Doctor says "yeah, all right then". I'd have loved to have seen the look on the Master's face at that point.
the writers clearly watched 28 Days Later whilst formulating the script.
and Invasion of the Bodysnatchers
Was good, though went veering in all sorts of directions in the last quarter of an hour. I liked seeing the Doctor going nuts in God complex mode.
and Lost in Space (Danger David Tennant, Danger!)
The bit when he was just listening to them panicking and dying was pretty bleak.
I like how his weakness, his humanity, led to him becoming arrogant and power-mad. Good stuff.
when he was walking away and it was really bleak and when he went insane with power and hubris and the woman killed herself because of it.
the worst part was the music, presumably it was so light and pacey because for younger views those monsters could've really scary
and as ever the scenes where the Doc was being forced to watch time kill people and remain neutral were emotional.
But I dunno, I guess it was written by RTD but I'm kinda looking forward to him buggering off now. SOOOOOO much running, lots of repeated themes and some really incoherent voiceover flashback that left me a bit confused as to what was going on having not seen the other episodes for a year or so now. It was entertaining as ever, but I still don't feel that any of the hour long specials have ever been particularly great episodes.
I think the trailers each week cheapen the show so much too. I used to live in fear all week of what the Doc might come up against next. Now you know 4 months beforehand and the 'End of the Universe' season finale each year gets bigger and bigger yet somehow less and less interesting for me...? Doctor Who is always about the 'little moments', but when it tries to do epic it generally shows its cracks.
I'll miss Tennant lots when he goes, but I think the show needs to move on now for fear of people losing interest. Well... maybe me anyhow.
Still, that aside I'd still rather have a medium to good episode of Who than 90% of everything else on TV.
* "An evil petting zoo?"
I'm sure that was one of the features of having the key or something? Seemed silly he had to send the robot.
I thought it was a typical mis-paced effort from modern Doctor Who. There have been much better episodes than this. In this case we had the Doctor doing almost entirely sod all and then losing it in a way that seemed completely stupid and out of character.
If ever writing screamed, "HEY, WE'RE GETTING RID OF THIS DOCTOR," then his overacting bollocks at the end was that. Why was he so 'power-crazed'? He's saved people before and not gone off the deep end into 'massive cock'. It all felt so badly handled, like they needed to get the Doctor to point B (emotionally speaking) without considering where point A was.
I found it plausible that he'd actually decide to act and change time so as not to let people die and I found the transformation into arrogant bastard when he realised he could change a major part of history (as opposed to stuff before where it wasn't so major) was plausible.
Even after shooting herself I found his sudden transformation into "I've gone too far - I'm going to die" a bit too quick. I'd much rather he'd gone into the last two episodes still in arrogant megalomanic mode and they'd stuck with that - I'd have been quite interested in the last two episodes had carried on exploring that idea - as it was it was too brief.
Which has been set up and reinforced since the show returned, from Rose ‘saving’ the 9th Doctor to Donna telling him that he needs somebody to tell him when to stop.
He has saved people before and not become power crazed but this time he wasn't supposed to save these people. They existed in a fixed point in time in which they were supposed to die.
i'm pretty sure i missed their episode or have forgotten what happened.
At the end of the episode Ood Sigma, after thanking the Doctor for saving them, told him that his ‘song is ending’. Not sure why the Ood appeared last night yet though, but I’m pretty sure we’ll find out at Christmas.