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lazarus 03-05-2011 01:22 PM

Also, the Christmas episode isn't mythology-heavy, but it's also fantastic.

mobvok 03-05-2011 03:30 PM

Oh my.

mobvok 03-05-2011 04:32 PM

That was a really impressive mix of episodic and serial writing this season by Moffat and crew, particularly the explanation of the Doctor/Amy scene in the Angels two parter. Just fantastic. But I've soured on Rory, he's really kind of a wet noodle.

Amy Pond, Doctor Who fan surrogate:

Born in 1989, saw the Doctor for one night in 1996, and spent the rest of her life consumed by visions of an "imaginary" man.

lazarus 03-05-2011 04:57 PM

Haha, well-observed.

Moffat's usage of the "something old, something new..." line is one of the greatest moments in DW history.

mobvok 03-05-2011 06:34 PM

I'd love to take credit for that observation, but it was from one more astute than I.

Saw this link a while back, and helped prod me to see the whole season: How, exactly, do you film someone being stalked by a statue? : Lawyers, Guns & Money

It's a great breakdown of the Amy/Angel scene in Time of Angels.

mobvok 03-06-2011 02:00 AM

Well, that Christmas Special was charming. Michael Gambon's distaste at the Doctor's manipulation was spot-on as I was wondering the same thing during the Ghost of Christmas Past montage, but that impressive note was actually exceeded by the Doctor's Christmas Future trick.

They stole the random lens flares from Star Trek.

Moffat is intensely fascinated by flying marine life.

mobvok 03-10-2011 01:37 AM

The season starts April 23rd in the US and Britain.

mobvok 03-20-2011 10:45 AM

YouTube - Doctor Who: Time, Part One - Red Nose Day 2011 - BBC Comic Relief Night

YouTube - Doctor Who: Time, Part Two - Red Nose Day 2011 - BBC Comic Relief Night

The wibbley lever!

lazarus 03-20-2011 12:00 PM

Oh, to be under that glass floor...

mobvok 03-23-2011 05:01 PM

A few odds and ends I picked up:

:doh: New York Times:


Q. Is your story meant to be a loose nod to Dickens’s “Christmas Carol”?

A. Well, it’s called “A Christmas Carol.” It is “A Christmas Carol.”
Returning plot points from last year:

The season 6 trailer has the space ship from The Lodger, and a teaser quote: "Octavian wasn't lying".

I was impressed with how the season-long arc wove into each individual monster-of-the-week, and between these tidbits and the "silence" explanation, I'm getting pretty excited by the prospect of seeing how the multi-season narrative comes together.

More generally, over the last few days I started crawling backwards through The End of Time and The Waters of Mars, then as penance for cheating started over at the veeeery beginning with "Rose" and the 9th Doktor. Clearly the show's gotten more technically sophisticated over the last several decades, but even comparing season 1 and season 4/5 there are some pretty substantial strides forward. One good example is the high-key sitcom lighting in Rose that drove me crazy. Why is everyone glowing?!?

I'm starting to understand the complaints with Russell Davies a little more having seen the last two specials. Each included some questionable elements (Skeletor!). But both climaxes hit a satisfying thematic note: the disastrous escape from Mars and the unusual sense, watching the Doctor alternate between pointing a gun at the Master and Timothy Dalton, that he had been usurped in relative power, or that he was no longer unique. Not sure I explained that well, but it was a satisfying shift.

mobvok 03-27-2011 03:40 AM

The stray Welsh consonants confused and enraged me, but after watching the first episode of Torchwood I think I enjoyed it quite a bit. John Barrowman is....quite something.

My snobby lighting complaint from the first two episodes went away fairly quickly. I used your cheat sheet from the TV thread, laz, for the first season and by the time we got to The Doctor Dances it looks like Davies found his ideal footing visually (and qualitatively, with an assist from one Mr. Moffat). And skimming the Netflix episode descriptions is a little strange because I think I've picked up a surprising number of scenes/episodes near-subconsciously, yet never pieced it all together. From Season 2, I know I've already seen Rise of the Cybermen, Age of Steel, the end of Tooth and Claw, The Impossible Planet, The Satan Pit, and Fear Her.

That's stupid. I'm stupid.

lazarus 03-27-2011 04:29 AM

I think The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances is in the All-Time Top 10 DW stories. God, I love that. And as much as I like Torchwood, I'm bummed that Capt. Jack wasn't on DW proper for longer. He really made that show come alive.

Funny, those Season 2 episodes you've seen aren't even the better ones (with the exception of the Impossible Planet/Satan Pit two-parter that I thought was very well-done).

Torchwood is uneven but there are some very strong episodes in Season 1, including a really fantastic two-part finale that nicely ties back into DW Season "3". Season 2 IMO was a little stronger, and I felt that the episode called "Adrift" is up there with anything from New Who. Very powerful. And another great finale in the two episodes following it (all three written by show-runner Chris Chibnall).

In short, it's worth sticking with. And Eve Myles is HAWT. :heart:

mobvok 03-27-2011 06:28 PM

A fun subtext of watching Doctor Who and Torchwood so far has been the audio tour of Great Britain accents. Karen Gillan has the sweet Scottish accent, the Doctors sound almost "normal" to this American ear, and Eve Myles saying "hello" is.....well, Welsh sounds a little funny. Friggin' Wales.

Reggo 03-27-2011 07:31 PM

Semi-related: I just finished knitting a Fourth Doctor/Original Season 12 scarf. Managed to occupy a good five months of my time.

mobvok 03-28-2011 05:02 AM

It took a little dedication to persevere through Cyberwoman. The, uh, dinosaur/robot fight was cool, I guess.

To be fair it's not surprising that a 51st century con man wouldn't have especially well developed management skills in human resources, but I get the feeling that Jim-Bob from HR, while not immortal, might have done a better job of weeding out the serial killers, discovering the Cyberman hiding in the basement, and keeping alien dishwashing technology from being used off premises.

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