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Doctor Who 4.03


I'll add more to this later, probably.

I'm not really sure about this one. I'll have to watch it again. A lot of it was dumb, although bits at the end might have explained some of it. The hair-loss bad guy was an idiotic over-the-top bad guy in the "fine" "tradition" of Roger Lloyd Pack as the uber-Cyberman, but I suppose some of that might be explained by his slow transformation into Oodness...? Maybe? The actress who played the PR girl was great - while she could just have been another Evil Company Minion, I got a real sense of how she did agree with the Doctor and Donna, but knew that if she helped them her whole life as it was would be over, and she was just too scared. The Traitorous Scientist Minion, sadly, was completely pointless. Much better to have had the Ood brain evolving the ability to overcome the anti-telepathic force circle.

I think watching the old Whos has given me a bit more training in ignoring the fluff and looking for the themes, and I liked the themes here. I was continually relieved at how the Ood brain system was slowly explained, because my first thought at the brains-in-hands reveal was how stupid an idea that was, and how it would never have evolved. The idea of the song of the Ood was lovely, and I now find I can appreciate that and ignore the actual song, which was very LOTR-lite.

Donna's really growing on me. Hurray, I think. "Oh, the Doctor's off on one of his speeches, I'll just pop back and get my big fluffy coat. Cos it's freezing." I'm very much behind the idea of appropriate clothing, and suddenly I find myself supporting the amount of luggage she had. (Though I'm sure the Tardis wardrobe has coats.)

I usually turn off before the trailer for next week, but I didn't quite manage it and saw the first few shots - ZOMG! EEEE! etc.

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sovietkiki
Apr. 19th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure about this one either. I liked Donna and the Doctor, but I was a bit "meh" with the overall story.
pickwick
Apr. 19th, 2008 06:37 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I wanted to like it a lot, but there were too many "huh?!" moments.
redatt
Apr. 19th, 2008 06:56 pm (UTC)
I'm not really sure about this one.

No, me either. I liked the story, I didn't like the execution.
pickwick
Apr. 19th, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
Yep. I'm tempted to blame RTD, even though I have no idea whether it's his fault. But there were "funny bits" - Donna characterization, "contemporary references", the guy chasing the Doctor with the giant claw - that just felt crowbarred in.
laserboy
Apr. 20th, 2008 09:54 am (UTC)
I quite liked this weeks, despite the initial trepidation about the silly red eye effect when the entity from The Satan Pit wouldn't have anything to do it.

The Ood brain system was so unnatural to me that I assumed it was something they'd deliberately created/engineered as a society aeons ago using high technology. I like the idea of a strongly telepathic race choosing to create a hive mind as a kind of government structure to support them and create harmony.

I think, story-wise, I would have prefered that the murderous feelings were coming from us and it was actually dangerous for the Ood to spend any great length of time with humans. There wasn't really much sense of scale either. Oh well, it was watchable enough and there were some nice moments.

Not a very subtle hint about regeneration this week. I guess we're building to the 11th Doctor then. Feels a bit wasteful.
dibsy
Apr. 21st, 2008 02:00 am (UTC)
Or something bad is going to happen to the Doctor this season. Worse than being turned into Dobby bad.
laserboy
Apr. 21st, 2008 11:13 pm (UTC)
If it's something that will stick, then I'm all for it. It bothers me that RTD is too fond of handwavy magic resolutions. Makes all the effort Who fans put into speculation pointless. :P
dibsy
Apr. 21st, 2008 02:01 am (UTC)
I liked it. Though the music did get a little pantalicious.
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