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Doctor Who 4.06

I, uh, didn't like that as much as other people seem to have. Or at all. (Except for the two short Time War/ Doctor's family bits.) I liked some of the concepts - the redefinition of "generations", the Haths' bubble tubes - but the execution stank. And Martha's characterisation was all over the place. And whoever wrote it can't write dialogue for Donna to save their life, it all went a bit "apples and pears".

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blue_condition
May. 10th, 2008 06:56 pm (UTC)
Martha has become a bit of a problem, hasn't she? She was OK but underused last season, but with a very strong companion character in Donna, and the prospect of Rose returning later in this season (and obviously the focus will switch to her, which may or may not - no, let's be blunt - probably will be a Bad Thing), she's become a bit of a "tin dog". It's not helped by the fact that Catherine Tate is an infinitely better actress.

It does seem that they decided to renew Freema's contract but can't really think what to do with her. I mean, in this episode all she was there for was to get separated from the rest of the regulars, oh and leave again; there was nothing much 'Martha' about her part. It could've been anyone.
pickwick
May. 10th, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah, she really didn't do anything much. And yeah...I think Rose coming back could be quite interesting, but not in RTD's hands.
blue_condition
May. 10th, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC)
The show really doesn't need Rose any more. She was a good viewpoint character to introduce a new audience to the show, and although I found a lot of the soap-opera elements of her arc annoying, the overall plot was good, but I really can't see what she had that any of the Doctor's other companions didn't that makes him gooey-eyed over her.

I much prefer the adult, "just good friends" (although there was a disturbing line about "travelling with him forever") relationship between the Doctor and Donna to the frankly embarrassing infatuation he had with Rose.

Either the season-closing arc is something that has potentially cosmos-shattering consequences and really does need that other universe, or RTD's just playing Rose 'shipper fanw*nk. I hope the former, I fear the latter. Whatever happens, let Rose go. Please.
sovietkiki
May. 10th, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC)
The execution was awful. I sat there cringing sometimes. D: But I liked the basic premise.
matgb
May. 10th, 2008 07:48 pm (UTC)
Aye, what she said. And also?

Georgia in the confidentials much more attractive than in the actual show. Weird.
gemz_lee
May. 10th, 2008 10:13 pm (UTC)
I quite enjoyed this episode. It's proven to me that Donna is very likeable once you get used to her. I've never been super keen on Martha, but she is a valuable companion.

Major Doctor!Angst to the point where I was yelling "yes, we know you're all tortured and stuff about Gallifrey, but please stop going on about it!" He was being very emo this episode.

I liked how they explained Genny's existence, and I knew that she was going to be alright in the end. I also think that she's well fit! ;)
laserboy
May. 11th, 2008 10:45 am (UTC)
LOL! Icon love :)
laserboy
May. 11th, 2008 10:44 am (UTC)
If I just don't think about any of it at all, then I quite liked it. It was a huge shame in that respect as some of the ideas had a lot of promise.

When is he going to mention Susan outright? I'm getting sick of him talking around her.
marcella_riddle
May. 11th, 2008 01:36 pm (UTC)
Same here. It left me confused and a bit underwhelmed.
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