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Doctor Who, 4x09: only half-watched this one because the first part could have been more captivating.

First of all: powered by the heart of an orphan, much?

I don't agree so much with flipping between the Doctor, Donna and the little girl. It breaks the flow of the story too much.

I think the episode should have started with the scene where Dr. Moon comes into Donna's bedroom in the institution, without the bit with the girl in the room at first.

There were some great bits, but it seemed like it was all put together wrong. Like it needed a second draft.

I did like Tennant's acting after River whispered in his ear. The reaction and then the bounce-back through manic energy was just lovely. And his smile at the very end, after he snaps his fingers to open the TARDIS door. And the jump over the library cart.

Also fun was hearing Tennant say "Charlotte" those few times. *goes to happy place*

I also liked the handcuffs. She's someone to be reckoned with if she can get him restrained... and, you know, punch him out.

But so much more was so slightly off. Like, I got the safe/saved thing at the end of last episode. And I've known that books are made from trees for, like, years. I'm not supposed to be swifter than the Doctor. When I am, I start to resent him a little. And resent the writer more.

And the repetition of previous Moffat stuff (the "everybody lives" stuff, among others) was tiresome. Yes, it's a nice theme and yes, when it first showed up three seasons ago it shed quite a poignant light on the kind of person the Doctor is and the kinds of situations he's in. Here, however, it's retreading old ground.

Another thing that didn't really work was River's constant "one day you'll trust me" thing, because that means beans when you need to have something to go on right then. Grrrr. Their relationship got a bit more believable around the part where the Doctor was handcuffed (*rrrowr*) and there was finally some kind of accounting for her asshatty behaviour during the entire two-parter.

The ending. Not sure how I feel about that. Woo River's happy and everyone is wearing white and free from transcription errors: and just like the rest of the series, death is something to fear and fight against and not accept with grace. And how cruel is it to have that stuttering guy be actually real? That's a creepy thing to do to a character, to leave him unable to call out to the woman he loved?

(EDIT: If we're supposed to believe that this River Song woman is the Doctor's One Tru Wuv (or something), where does that leave Rose? Lost and alone in another dimension, bwhahaha.)

Today I spent the afternoon at High Park, and we found an ISBN'd building (click to see the big image):


...and a "Natural Regeneration Area", lol:


...and this poor peacock that had its tail clipped and so looked like a dressed-up turkey (EDIT and as [livejournal.com profile] butterflyishida rightly points out, the poor peacock is so ugly he's now hanging out with the wallabies):

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Date: 2008-06-08 03:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] butterflyishida.livejournal.com
High Park has wallabies what?????

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Date: 2008-06-08 11:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naturelf.livejournal.com
Ha ha yeah. Though I could just see the one. There's a whole zoo there, with yaks, bison, wallabies, those giant mouse-things...

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Date: 2008-06-13 02:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] butterflyishida.livejournal.com
daaaaaaaaaaaaaamn. i gotta get me to High Park!!

these giant mouse things you speak of....do they bounce?

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Date: 2008-06-13 07:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naturelf.livejournal.com
They could probably do anything they wanted. They're bigger than a lot of dogs (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capybara).

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Date: 2008-06-08 10:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] firstgold.livejournal.com
Eh, I don't think that Dr. Song is the one twue wuv ... if anything, I think the Doctor saw her as almost an equal ... almost a Time Lord.

You know back in the Shakespeare episode, there was stuff about knowing something's true name gives you power over them/power to defeat them? Based on Dr. Song's description of how powerful (and dangerous) the Doctor had become, he told her his name to give her the power to stop him, should he need to be stopped.

OR - he knew that the only way he could get the younger version of himself to trust Dr. Song was for her to whisper his real name to his younger self.

Also - in the preview for the next episode, did it look like Donna might have been in Torchwood to you?

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Date: 2008-06-08 11:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naturelf.livejournal.com
His Time Lord radar didn't go off (and he'd said before that he could "sense" other Time Lords) but that's a far preferable option to the soulmate-married thing that could be. However, there was a kiss on that note.

But I do like the idea that it was a trust thing. Romance in science fiction (especially with time travel involved) tends to get too epic for my tastes. Besides, she'd said that he'd always come when she called which implies that they weren't always together.

I don't... I don't recall seeing much Donna in the preview. I was noticing that the episode looked like an adventure-thriller filler before the final EPIC season-ender. Siiiigh.

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Date: 2008-06-09 12:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] firstgold.livejournal.com
Yeah, the episode definitely does look like a filler. *sigh*

Well, not that Dr. Song *herself* was a Time Lord, but maybe future!Doctor felt close to her, like she could have been a Time Lord? I dunno.



Image
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v372/shewalks/donna-preview.jpg)


Now that I look at it again, the tiling in the background doesn't really look like the tiling in the TW hub.

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Date: 2008-06-09 08:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naturelf.livejournal.com
A deep and abiding platonic love? Well, stranger things have happened.

Donna looks a bit stoned there. :D

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Date: 2008-06-18 01:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] firstgold.livejournal.com
Just a tad. Hee!

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Date: 2008-06-09 12:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] firstgold.livejournal.com
ALSO - now that I look at that picture again, that phone has no cord. How the hell is she talking to the Doctor on it, when it is not a cordless phone and *clearly* has a port for the phone cord?

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Date: 2008-06-09 08:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naturelf.livejournal.com
It's a magic purple Barbie phone, that the Doctor screwdrivered to make awesome. The more I look at it, the more it looks like she's at a resort somewhere tropical.

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Date: 2008-06-18 01:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] firstgold.livejournal.com
I've got last week's episode to watch on my computer (but I haven't watched it yet). I skipped ahead to the promo for next week, and I dunno what to think yet. I've decided to save this episode for when I've got next week's and then I can watch 'em back to back.

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Date: 2008-08-25 11:23 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I read an interesting theory about this. (If you haven't seen Journey's End, skip this post) Someone thinks that River is possibly the daughter of human!Doctor and Rose, which would explain the trust... but not how completely not like either of them she looked.
As far as that goes, maybe he could see her something like a daughter? Or a sister? I would much prefer that ot epic romance.
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