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Caught up on the Whoniverse

I'm actually caught up on Doctor Who and Torchwood. This is a first.

Unfortunately, I can't say that my affection for Who has increased. I dislike different things about it now than I did during Ten's run, but, well, I'm still watching it primarily for spouse and friends. Left to my own devices, I'm not sure I'd tune in.

Out of six seasons of new Who, I've really enjoyed two of them: S1 and S4. That's it.

Warning: potential spoilers ahead.

  • I don't care for Amy Pond. I dislike the way she treats Rory. I like Rory. He's a caring, nice, thoughtful man who puts up with a lot and voluntarily guarded her for two millennia because he loves her. She repays this loyalty by talking about having a snog in the bushes with the Doctor as they're entering the TARDIS after their wedding! I get that she's likely intoxicated, but still. There have been a few signs recently that he's no longer second in her heart, but ... Dear Who Writers: We are sick of the lovesick companions, okay? People adored Donna for a reason.


  • I really don't like all the fixed points in the Doctor's future that Steven Moffat has built in with both the River Song storyline and the Silent storyline. I love Alex Kingston, I really do: she adds great energy. However, there are now an awful lot of things that have to happen for her future with the Doctor to exist.


  • The "Christmas Carol" episode. The Doctor would not stomp all over his own timeline like that, and it struck me as very out of character for him to go and mess with an individual's history in that way. (By the way, I got the Star Trek references in that episode, but I didn't understand why they were there. Does anyone know the reason?)


  • Who is this woman with the eye patch, why is she the Doctor's enemy, and, more importantly, how did she find out about Amy's baby so darned early, much less that the baby just happened to be affected by the time travel energy on the TARDIS? Did they plant a bug on the TARDIS? Kind of hard to do. How did they know that Amy and Rory were a couple to begin with, much less that they'd conceived? Rory didn't even know, remember. Yeah, they've got some serious 'splainin' to do, there.


  • Matt Smith. I don't love him. I don't hate him. He's perfectly fine. I feel like he was the Doctor selected by committee, not because everyone loved him, but because no one found him objectionable.


  • Frankly, I thought the writing was very weak in S5, save for the two-part finale. I've seen a slight uptick in S6, but I'm not feeling terribly optimistic.


This is not the best post I've ever written: I'm tired, and about to go to bed, so I know there are more plot holes I'm not remembering at this very moment, but I wanted to get this down for jasondemotte

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wytchcroft
Aug. 23rd, 2011 03:44 am (UTC)
i agree with your comments here - though i wish i didn't.
i'd also add that dr who has very rarely worked with the clunky baggage of more than one companion at a time.
and the built in bits are fairly moveable and bogus.

it really grates on me that Moffatt just gave out the other day that he is just watching firefly for the first time.
first time?! well pardon my skepticism but c'mon - RIVER SONG?!?!

it is, however, less shouty and better edited than when ten's series ran off the rails around season 3.

torchwood is less annoying but - le sigh - that is only coz it's meh.

sad really.

pointedview
Aug. 24th, 2011 03:34 am (UTC)
Less shouty! I love that -- it's perfect, wytchcroft! Yes, Ten's series was quite shouty, I wholly agree. I'm borrowing that in conversation with friends, but I will give you full credit. :)

Seriously about SM watching Firefly for the first time? Hard to believe. I mean, heck, it's only what, 13 episodes? He could've installed a telly in the bathroom and watched it in there when he had time, as short as it is.

I'm interested in Torchwood: Miracle Day, but I'll be the first to admit that it's no Children of Earth. I miss the old ensemble cast from S1 & S2. I like Phifer as an actor, but I don't much care for the character of Rex Matheson so far. However, flawed Torchwood is better than no Torchwood at all, in my humble and wholly biased opinion. ;)


wytchcroft
Aug. 24th, 2011 06:02 am (UTC)
yes, i think we were pretty well spoiled by children of earth. so good. that said - i miss the early lightness of Jack and Dr 9 sometimes. i liked Ecclestone a lot. (even if i have probably forgotten how to spell his name!)

big fan of the audio Dr Who series still.
pointedview
Aug. 25th, 2011 02:15 am (UTC)
How odd: my husband just mentioned this yesterday: that he misses old, flirty Jack.

Eccleston remains my favorite Doctor thus far. He's a very talented actor, and showed both range and subtlety in portraying the Doctor. He did a beautiful job ... a really moving performance in so many ways, showing transition points in the midst of the character's grief ... forceful when he needed to be forceful without overplaying it ... he's just good. Really good.
jasondemotte
Aug. 25th, 2011 12:48 am (UTC)
Obviously I agree, as I not only remain a huge Doctor Who fanboy but the Smith/Era is possibly my favorite, but I did want to thank you for giving your thoughts. I can respect your points, though they generally never bothered me.
pointedview
Aug. 25th, 2011 02:31 am (UTC)
Speaking of Smith, I assume you've heard this rumor?

Thank you for understanding: I did try very hard to like it, and thoroughly enjoyed two seasons ... I'm not giving up on it, either. Now that I'm caught up, it makes sense to stay current, if only to be informed enough to participate in discussions about it. :)

Side note: have you ever visited the Doctor Who museum in Second Life? I liked the sense of humor on display (I'd be walking along, interacting with an exhibit, and I'd look down and see an Adipose sitting there, for example). It's the most popular fandom in SL by far.
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