carmen_lj: (eleven; not a mad professor)
[personal profile] carmen_lj
OH DOCTOR WHO WAS ON. And I did not write a post. SHOCKING. Anyway, just to add to the shock, I loved it. I know, it's astonishing, there is Matt Smith on the telly being the Doctor and I am aflail with glee. HOW TERRIBLY UNEXPECTED.


  • Monk! Oh, I would make a Time Meddler joke but I can't think of one. Rest assured than in my head there was totaly SHENANIGANS going on with history as well as emo painting time. I won't admit how long it took me to realise what the bells of St John actually were but I will note it was definitely BEFORE, um....yeah, alright shusht, it was when the telephone started which, yes, SHUSHT. Quantum Leap is full of MIND-BOGGLING TWISTS TO ME.

  • I didn't spot Amy's name on the book either the first time. In my defence I was watching it with like 500 people, there were intermittent technical difficulties and I had had a wee drink or two. BUT EXCELLENT MOMENT. It's just a really lovely shout-out to the former companions without being anything that diminishes the new one. Also, was being a children's author in canon somewhere? Cause when I think of that, I think of [livejournal.com profile] lizbee's fic first. I would like to be able to pretend they nicked it.

  • THE CHEMISTRY. It is not as good as last time cause she's not Scottish, but I very much like. I still like Snowmen!Clara better cause I did love her whole way of life and the commentary on the class system and stuff, but this new one WILL DO.

  • I still think it's hilarious how much is a deconstruction of Everything RTD Did Wrong re companions. Eleven might be emo, but he does it to either friends who understand and are willing to look after/tolerate it and have their own lives and support systems so no dependence on his for getting home and all that (Vastra, Jenny, Strax) or in his own bloody time. Which, yes, excellent. GOOD CHOICE. He never does it at the New Companion except as a rather weak initial brush-off. And I don't imagine tomorrow's ep is going to make me want to smack him with a custard pie when he tells Clara that of course Amy would know.

  • It all looks rather modern. The palette seemed v blue and grey to me. I give points to the director. There was a new vibe to it, in a sort of mini-pilot kind of way, like a real marking that this is a new era. Actually, it most reminded me of The War Machines. Another firm break in Who eras that isn't a change of Doctor, also set in London, modern day (indeed the v first Who story that's properly set in the modern day), also featuring a shiny new London landmark and with a deliberately contemporary feel to it.

  • I did like the villain rather a lot. I'll have to look the actress up, but she made me think of an evil!JudiDench!M. Unexpected Great Intelligence! That was quite a nice moment. Though I do love REG had a cameo, the problem with having the Great Intelligence as your Big Bad is that the main reason I like the Great Intelligence is that they spread havoc with robots disguised as adorable cuddly yeti. And creepy as the wi-fi thing was, there was a distinct lack of yeti.

  • The people being trapped in tellies...computer screens, whatever, was fucking scary. And it's just occurred there were people trapped in screens in Idiot's Lantern too...and that really, really wasn't scary. What a diff a decent script and/or director makes.

  • So, yes, a good, solid opener. Not omg amazing, but fun, enjoyable, a little bit scary, a satisfying bit of telly. Next week, by which I mean tomorrow, there appears to be sppppaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaace! I like space.

Date: 2013-04-05 06:13 pm (UTC)
elisi: (The Doctor)
From: [personal profile] elisi
I didn't spot Amy's name on the book either the first time.
It is A REAL BOOK, and you can buy it (here, for Kindle) and it is rather superb. Very Children's Adventure, very Amy.)

And I don't imagine tomorrow's ep is going to make me want to smack him with a custard pie when he tells Clara that of course Amy would know.
*gigglesnort* ETA: Mind you, the dynamic is sort of the same Let me explain: Martha thought the Doctor was very keen on her (what with snogging her and all, and figures he is *saying* that he's not interested), and only belatedly realised that she was Rebound Girl. Clara is also aware that the Doctor is rather keen (since he, well turns up on her doorstep and is terribly eager for her to come with him) - but the difference is that he really IS keen. Not in that sense, but he is genuinely intrigued by her. /ramble, I am tired

I'll have to look the actress up, but she made me think of an evil!JudiDench!M.
She is Celia Imrie, and awesome.

And creepy as the wi-fi thing was, there was a distinct lack of yeti.
It is my dear hope that at SOME POINT there will be yeti, since the Great Intelligence is obviously an ongoing thing.

And it's just occurred there were people trapped in screens in Idiot's Lantern too...and that really, really wasn't scary.
Well... Richard E. Grant wasn't going "FEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEED MEEEEEEEEEEEEE!" ETA: Being serious for a moment, then I think that's actually the main thing? The Wire (that was the name of the thing in Idiot's Lantern, wasn't it?) needed to be 'fed' in order to survive/take over the world (can't remember the plot), and once it as stopped, that was the end of it. Where as The Great Intelligence isn't thrown at all, merely withdrawing for a while - cold, impersonal, calculating. And far more frightening.
Edited Date: 2013-04-06 10:46 am (UTC)

Date: 2013-04-07 05:28 pm (UTC)
ext_17485: (river; unicorns and rainbows)
From: [identity profile] calapine.livejournal.com
I feel REALLY CHURLISH demanding Yeti when there is NEXT WEEK'S EP OMGOMG!!

Date: 2013-04-05 08:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ragdoll.livejournal.com
I still think it's hilarious how much is a deconstruction of Everything RTD Did Wrong re companions. Eleven might be emo, but he does it to either friends who understand and are willing to look after/tolerate it and have their own lives and support systems so no dependence on his for getting home and all that (Vastra, Jenny, Strax) or in his own bloody time. Which, yes, excellent. GOOD CHOICE. He never does it at the New Companion except as a rather weak initial brush-off. And I don't imagine tomorrow's ep is going to make me want to smack him with a custard pie when he tells Clara that of course Amy would know.

THIS! Times a million.

Also, Celia Imre is made of brilliance. I would recommend Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Calendar Girls and the sitcom After You've Gone and Kingdom (Stephen Fry series) as starters. She never gives a bad performance. I ♥ her.

Date: 2013-04-07 05:29 pm (UTC)
ext_17485: (eleven; hats with romana)
From: [identity profile] calapine.livejournal.com
To the IMDB! She was smashing, yes.

Date: 2013-04-05 10:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] iamrman82.livejournal.com
You're not alone in being slow on the uptake. it took me a while to suss the title out.

I too am awaiting the inevitable arrival of the silly fluffy Yeti.

Date: 2013-04-07 05:29 pm (UTC)
ext_17485: (river; unicorns and rainbows)
From: [identity profile] calapine.livejournal.com
Silly? Srs business monsters, darnit!

Date: 2013-04-08 04:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] iamrman82.livejournal.com
Even the rubbish ones?

Date: 2013-04-06 12:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chicafrom3.livejournal.com
And I don't imagine tomorrow's ep is going to make me want to smack him with a custard pie when he tells Clara that of course Amy would know.

This is making me THE MOST HAPPY. What can I say, I like it when the Doctor likes his Companions and treats them well instead of going on about how They Aren't That One Person She Was So Much Better.

Date: 2013-04-07 05:30 pm (UTC)
ext_17485: (martha; save another world)
From: [identity profile] calapine.livejournal.com
QUITE. By all the things Martha should be my favourite but she isn't becasue her episodes are just BIT TOO PAINFUL, yarg.

Date: 2013-04-06 10:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladyvivien.livejournal.com
Evil!JudiDench!M actress was Celia Imrie (they've actually worked together a lot). I love her sfm. By the way, if you watch Elementary I wrote fic (Skyfall spoilers) about M being Moriarty...

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