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Tooth and Claw

Spoilery thoughts on last nights Doctor Who ep, Tooth And Claw, .

I liked this much, much better than last week's. There were still a few niggles, but nothing too serious. Random thoughts:

- Lots of people seemed to think the Torchwood stuff was very heavy-handed and anvilly, but it made me squee so much!
- Scottish ninja monks! Yay! I'm going to assume they've managed to acquire superninja abilities in the 300 years since the werewolf first appeared in order to worship and protect it...I don't think most monasteries in 19th century Scotland were like that. But the monks looked wicked, even if a lot of it was stolen from the Matrix, Batman Begins (same fight co-ordinator) and the BBC1 idents with the capoiera guys.
- David Tennant using his normal accent! Eee!
- Some of the "funny stuff" was a bit much and just got annoying - they overused the "We are not amused" gag, and Rose being "naked", and Rose trying to do the Scottish accent. I don't think any 21st-century English people still think the Scots say "Hoots, mon", do they? *glares* But I realise that they had to put in a bunch of stuff kids would find funny to offset the dark horror of the rest of it.
- Pauline Collins was wonderful as Queen Victoria.
- The Doctor's getting a bit up himself - I'm assuming this is on purpose for forthcoming plot, rather than just bad characterisation.
- The laird's wife and the girls from the kitchen. Why did they work out about the mistletoe, and then run upstairs with a bucket just in time to save the day, *and then bugger off back down to the kitchen*? Seems a bit useless, frankly.
- Whee, the Doctor loves books! I bet there's a huge L-space-like library in the Tardis. Ooooh.
- The special effects were fantastic, both in the pre-credits teaser with the monks and the werewolf effects. Props to the CGI guys!
- Apparently it wasn't just me who thought the laird's wife was using her maids as a human shield. Heh.

I'll add more if I think of any...or when I re-watch.

I should also say we watched New Earth again before Tooth And Claw, and it didn't annoy me nearly so much the second time.

And look at the pretty icon I made. I used the wonderful screencaps from this site.



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Apr. 23rd, 2006 03:13 pm (UTC)
I didn't bat an eyelid at the Laird's wife using the maids as sheilds, they're there to care for her, look after her, do anything she needs I think
Apr. 23rd, 2006 03:14 pm (UTC)
I think a lot of people expected them to save them from danger too
Apr. 23rd, 2006 03:19 pm (UTC)
I just wasn't sure if that was what the script had intended, because she did have her arms round them and things. It probably is accurate enough!
Apr. 23rd, 2006 03:30 pm (UTC)
I thought it looked like a human shield at first, too, but then I noticed that she was actually letting them hide their heads like a protective mother of frightened children, whilst she herself looked squarely, if apprehensively, towards doorway.
Apr. 23rd, 2006 03:32 pm (UTC)
I am in almost complete agreement.

Also, I love your new u-pic ;o)
Apr. 23rd, 2006 11:33 pm (UTC)
I thought of it as the women actually help save the day[and themselves] whilst the men tended to just be macho and become dogfood!
Apr. 24th, 2006 12:34 am (UTC)
my word association mind...
From what tooth or claw does murder spring,
from what flesh and blood does passion?
Both cut through the air with the pendulum's swing
in deadly but delicate fashion.

from the Van Der Graaf Generator song, The Sleepwalkers (lyrics by Peter Hammill)
Apr. 24th, 2006 09:26 am (UTC)
It was a big improvement.

I didn't for one minute believe that Victoria would be riding into the haunted glen without ladies in waiting and hosts of servants, but wotthehell- they'd only have got in the way.

I liked the silly jokes.

The CGI werewolf was great- better than the one in the Brothers Grimm I was complaining about the other day.

And the banishing of Rose and the Doctor at the end. That was cool. An unexpected dramatic reversal.

I like it how Rose and the Doctor are now comporting themselves like a pair of naughty kids. Rose was always a little in awe of Eccleston's Doc; now she's an equal partner.

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