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Starting a rewatch of the new Doctor Who. I'm catching things that I missed before: for example, the Doctor deliberately taking Rose to the end of her world so that she could experience the loss that he had been through so that he wouldn't be so alone (rather selfish), as well the references to "Bad Wolf" starting right from the second episode.

I have to give full credit to my former roomie: although I'd occasionally seen bits and pieces of the old Doctor Who very late at night on PBS growing up, I'd never paid any attention to it or had any idea that it had a following. It was only when I saw her funny "TARDIS Mail: When it absolutely has to be there before you sent it," bumper sticker that I realized it had some popularity, and it wasn't until the 2005 reboot that I really got it.

I quit watching the series several episodes after David Tennant came on board: I just found myself missing Christopher Eccleston's interpretation of the role too much. However, since my husband, proftlb, and mumpish keep discussing it every time we go out, I'm trying to get caught up so that I can participate. I have a feeling I'm going to get attached to Eccleston all over again, but I'll try to persevere.


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Sep. 5th, 2010 02:21 pm (UTC)
I'm a huge Doctor Who fanso I'm always happy to see anyone watching it (or in your case rewatching it).

As for getting attached to Eccleston, that's understandable. I think almost everyone who watches the show finds one that means a lot to them, whether it's Tom Baker because they grew up watching him on PBS or Chris Eccelston or whomever. Personally I grew really fond of David Tennant. And I'm man enough to admit that I cried a bit when he left the show. One of my best friends has become really reall fond of Matt Smith. But while I might enjoy Tennant a smidge more then Smith or Eccelston doesn't mean I can't acknowledge that they were brillant in their own right. So I hope you get to enjoy the show after Eccelston leaves.

"The Dotor? Lovely chap. All of them" - Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart
Sep. 8th, 2010 01:49 am (UTC)
I think if you just get through a few episodes with Tennant you'll find yourself warming up to him. He's geekier, all knees and elbows, and attractive in that skinny-guy kind of way. Eccleston is more understated, but Tennant's energy can be fun too.
Sep. 12th, 2010 06:11 pm (UTC)
Well, I hope you're right, but I'm not optimistic at this point. I'm starting "Tooth and Claw" as I write this, and I'm actually disliking the change even more than I did the first time around, although, to be fair, I'm realizing that it's not just the change of actor and performance, it's the writing. Specifically, they've changed the way they're writing the Doctor and his personality.

I had seen only a tiny fragment of "The Christmas Invasion" before. This time, I've watched the whole thing, and #10 seems very, very different from #9. He's harder, and less compassionate. I was shocked by the way he dealt with Harriet Jones. In fact, comparing his conduct there with his conduct in "New Earth" he was kinder to an enemy (Cassandra) than to someone who had helped him in the past (Harriet). Rather than really explaining things to her and giving her a little time to get over being shell-shocked from having watched her aides slain in front of her eyes, it was his way or the highway. He can hand-deliver Margaret's egg to the Raxacoricofallapatorians, and give Cassandra a good death after her murdering ways (and the latter was after the change), but he can't take a little time to explain to Harriet, or heck, show her via the TARDIS, why she can still rely on him to be there in humanity's hour of need? From her perspective, she had some very valid points: he could have shown her some respect and treated her as a sentient being working with limited information, which is exactly what she was. I didn't care for the way the writers handled that at all.

My husband maintains that I'll like #10 better if I keep watching, so I'm going to try to be more patient this time, but two episodes in, I really detest the mercurial justice he's dished out thus far.

Edited at 2010-09-12 06:14 pm (UTC)
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