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Things that are crap:

Me. Completely failed to make it to Eastercon, due to not being in the mood to go and find people I've never met before and talk to them. Instead I watched TV and was gloomy. Apologies to anyone looking out for me...

Work. More precisely, being at work when a) it's Easter Sunday and b) there isn't much work to do, anyway.

Illness. I was fine for, like, two days, and now I feel slightly dodgy again. Not ill, just not right.

LJ. Everyone else is on holiday, so it's very quiet.

Doctor Who. So, I wasn't particularly impressed with last night's Who. Things I didn't like:

- not enough Doctor/ Rose time, as they got split up really early and after that one of them was always Cassandra.

- When they were together, it was crap and cheesy. "I love travelling with you, Doctor." Yes, we know. Shutup. And it was really obvious that the first scene involved a hideous, windy day and a matte painting.

- Why did the Doctor just bugger off and abandon her to follow? Why didn't they go to the ward together? Plot purposes, of course, but you have to give *reasons* - most people, when they go visiting a hospital, at least manage to get in the lift together.

- We didn't see enough of the nurses and their reasons for what they were doing. Too much Cassandra and that pointless Duke.

- The Doctor asserting himself as the moral law of the entire universe. *is doubtful*

- If the sick people just wanted to touch and be touched, why didn't they hug each other when they got out rather than just heading for healthy people?

- How the hell can a disinfectant shower cure everything? Wouldn't they need to, like, ingest?

- Even assuming a disinfectant shower CAN cure, hugging someone with your clothes still wet? Unlikely to have a major effect.

- Cassandra's sudden volte-face about dying. Hum. Don't think so...maybe if she'd been thinking about it all the time she was in the hospital, but it was just a trifle sudden.

- The fact that what's-his-face that she jumped into was suddenly dying anyway was a bit neat. And suddenly the moral law of the entire universe is useless and just waves his hands about a bit.

- In fact all that yelling he did earlier about how Cassandra must get out of Rose *or else* - could he actually have done anything about it if she just said, "Er, no"? Didn't seem like it to me.

- How come taking Cassandra back and her holding herself didn't cause a rift like in Father's Day? Cos she was in a different body? Would have been nice if they'd, you know, clarified.

- If the psychic graft was as easy as it seemed to be in the second half of the episode, wouldn't she have done it before? If she was waiting for a pure human, why'd she give her up again so easily?

- WHY were the cat nurses able to do things that meant their medicine was far ahead of where it should be? Usually that only happens when someone's changed things.

For balance, cos that seems very grumpy, things I liked:

- Billie's acting. Great as herself, great as Cassandra.

- "It's like living inside a bouncy castle!" and a couple of other good lines. Wasn't too keen on the "I'm a chav!" thing - chav's a very "now" word and I suspect that'll date *really* badly. Besides, she wasn't even looking particularly chavvy, and anyway, Cassandra shouldn't have been surprised, cos she already knew Rose.

- The bit with the two of them in the lifts with the disinfectant. Plot problems aside, it was wonderfully done.

- Rose picking up the weapon before going into the unknown lair (she's learning, slightly!)

- David Tennant's facial expressions.

- The Face of Boe being enigmatic.

I'm sure there must have been other things I liked. It wasn't actually crap, just worse than I'd hoped, but then I only thought the episode Rose was OK, last year, and didn't like End of the World at all. So I still have hope for the rest of the series, and I think David Tennant could be great if he was written well for. When's the first ep not written by Russell T Davies?


( 17 comments — Comment )
Apr. 16th, 2006 02:56 pm (UTC)
is there nothing on tomorrow?

I know arborophile was looking forward to meeting you
Apr. 16th, 2006 04:32 pm (UTC)
I think there are only a couple of things on and I wasn't that keen on any of them. I spoke to arborophile on the phone the other day, would like to meet her too, but I was just in a total "hiding in the house" mood.
Apr. 16th, 2006 04:58 pm (UTC)
I know that feeling

I feel like that at the moment :-(

don't want to go back to work on Tuesday
Apr. 16th, 2006 03:26 pm (UTC)
I don't know, but you'd think- what with all the money and care they're lavishing on this series- they'd have someone sit down and go through the scripts and pick up on some of the absurdities.

A scattering of witty lines is not enough.

And it's not that difficult to construct a reasonably watertight plot.
Apr. 16th, 2006 04:33 pm (UTC)
I don't even need the plot to be watertight, just not to hit me over the head with it's absurdities. I can ignore all sorts of things usually, but there seemed a bit too much to ignore in that episode!
Apr. 16th, 2006 04:14 pm (UTC)
Ugh sorry your days been so crap. *sends you virual chocolate peanubutter filled eggs*
Apr. 16th, 2006 04:33 pm (UTC)
Ooh, yum :) I'm going to the supermarket when I leave here to buy hopefully cheap easter eggs - yay!
Apr. 16th, 2006 05:19 pm (UTC)
great idea! After easter candy sales rock.
Apr. 16th, 2006 04:48 pm (UTC)
As much as it's great fun to meet people you've never met before, it's not the best thing to do when you're feeling out of sorts. I'm sure they'll forgive you.

Hope things pick up soon.
Apr. 16th, 2006 04:58 pm (UTC)

Hope you feel better soon.
Apr. 16th, 2006 05:46 pm (UTC)
- The Doctor asserting himself as the moral law of the entire universe. *is doubtful*

McCoy did that a lot, so I'm ok with that.

I don't understand what the cats actually used the pod people for.
And how many times did they go up & down that building?
Did you notice the stairs at the bottom of the pods were the same as from the Auton lair?
Irritating opening with Jackie & Micky. Irritating and overlong ending with Cassandra -- felt like RTD was trying to pad out 30 minutes in 45.
Most of his episodes last season felt like they'd been rushed.
Apr. 16th, 2006 06:11 pm (UTC)
Did you notice the stairs at the bottom of the pods were the same as from the Auton lair?

Ah! I thought so!

Thanks for confirming. :)
Apr. 16th, 2006 06:14 pm (UTC)
Yep, you have some definite points, there.

I think the amount of time devoted to the Duke (and his lawyer) means he'll turn out not to be pointless, though. Like the Face of Boe, I expect him to recur in later episodes this series.

I also liked the subtly different, slightly pacier and more driven theme tune. I'm glad they're sticking to the tradition of giving each Doctor his own version, and also glad they've kept the violin counter-melody they brought in for Ecclestone.
Apr. 16th, 2006 06:15 pm (UTC)
Hope you're feeling well again soon.

I thought that RTD must not have been very sure about how everything works in his vision of the future, because, enjoyable though the Dr and Rose were (when they weren't being sappy), the story didn't really hang together. The laying on of hands at the end just left me with a state of WTF?

I'm willing to believe in the profundity of Cassandra's experience whilst inside the zombie woman, and thus in her sudden conversion--but only just. I'm also not phased that the Half Life that she finally jumped into was dying, because they established that he was coming towards the end of his existence earlier on.
Apr. 16th, 2006 06:18 pm (UTC)
I'm also not phased that the Half Life

Neither was I fazed...

Why can I never see these thing before I click 'Post'?
Apr. 17th, 2006 08:14 am (UTC)
Ah. That explains why I couldnt find you :)
Apr. 19th, 2006 12:39 pm (UTC)
Thought the whole her getting in to New Human body responsible for sudden change..sorry didnt see you, hope to another time! :)
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