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Doctor Who 3.13 Last of the Timelords

The British security alert level has been raised to its highest level - think they're scared of Saxon?

The BBC announcer said something about the "seasonal finale". I feel that should be the Christmas Special. I expect better English from the BBC!

Overall: not perfect, but a billion miles better than Doomsday. A decent enough end to a damn good season. A lot of it didn't seem to make much sense, but I will rewatch, and remember it's just a TV show. About a time-travelling alien.

Good things:
  • Post-apocalyptic Who! I have a weakness for post-apocalyptic fiction, so yay. It looked a lot like some of the 50s and 60s post-apocalypse movies - there was one in particular with scenes on a beach, though I can't remember which one.
  • I liked Martha's doctor man
  • And also the Professor woman, though I'd figured she'd betray them.
  • The power of stories, and the power of words. Yeah, the whole "everyone say his name" thing doesn't make sense, really, and was very Peter Pan. But it worked on a thematic and an emotional level. And if you think of the "lonely god" thing, I got resonances of Pratchett's gods, gaining power when people believe in them.
  • Martha's exit, if it was one. It felt real and like she had some dignity, and did what a decent person would do.
  • Jack = Face of Boe. Wish I hadn't read people speculating that, but it was still good.
  • Choice of music, Scissor Sisters, liked it.
  • Incidental music was decent, directing was OK, I think - at least, I didn't notice anything wrong with it.
  • Utopia humans got an ending to their story, even if it wasn't good.
  • "I'm sorry. I'm so sorry" payoff. Yay.
  • I have written "hehehehehehe" near the end of my notes, and I can't remember why, but it must have been good :)

    Questions:
  • I thought regeneration was automatic? How come the Master could choose not to?
  • I can understand lots of people thinking of him gave him power, but levitation and laserproofing? Nice. And did they just all stop thinking about him again?
  • Why did the universe rewind?
  • Connection between Face of Boe and Master? They were both on the Silver Devastation, and Jack could do all sorts of things in the future... They're going to have trouble in Torchwood
    because we know so much about Jack's future.
  • The Doctor's age - he should be older than 900 now, I think.
  • How did he fix the Tardis?
  • In End of the World, the Face of Boe had a baby Boe. What happened to her, or has RTD forgotten about that?

    Hopes:
  • More Lucy and explanation of her story next season.
  • Martha to come back, though I liked her ending if ending it is.
  • They can keep up (and improve on) this level of intertwined storytelling and compelling emotional arcs.
  • And get Steven Moffat back.

    On the Confidential, David Tennant said he was being wheeched about (on wires, when he was levitating). Heh. I love that word.
    Someone else talked about "the little wee 900-year-old Doctor" which reminded me of Spike's "wee little puppet man" from Angel.

    I might add to this later...
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    sovietkiki
    Jun. 30th, 2007 03:51 pm (UTC)
    Connection between Face of Boe and Master? They were both on the Silver Devastation, and Jack could do all sorts of things in the future... They're going to have trouble in Torchwood
    because we know so much about Jack's future.


    It doesn't make any sense. Jack knows that that's where The Master was rescued, so now he won't rescue him. Making this entire arc pointless.
    pickwick
    Jun. 30th, 2007 03:53 pm (UTC)
    Jack knows about time paradoxes and the Reapers, presumably - so he has to rescue the Master or not stop him being rescued, otherwise boom, major paradox. I think.
    sovietkiki
    Jun. 30th, 2007 03:54 pm (UTC)
    Gosh, wouldn't you hate yourself?

    Also: I love your lj-cut text. Haha. :D
    pickwick
    Jun. 30th, 2007 04:02 pm (UTC)
    Heh, yeah. But it is like Rose having to let her dad die, I guess.

    Hey, maybe we'll get alternative universe Master :D
    strange_complex
    Jun. 30th, 2007 04:25 pm (UTC)
    Jack knows that that's where The Master was rescued

    Only if that stuff about the Silver Devastation was true, and not just a false memory for the Professor. In Sound of Drums, the Master simply said he ran to the end of the Universe and hid - which could well include giving himself false memories of having been found as a child on the Silver Devastation.
    pickwick
    Jun. 30th, 2007 04:31 pm (UTC)
    True, yeah. It'd be a bit of a coincidence, but coincidences happen.
    blue_condition
    Jun. 30th, 2007 04:13 pm (UTC)
    Wheeching reminds me of Billy Connolly's brilliant routine about the Jobbie Wheecha. ;)

    A lot of the post-apocalyptic stuff reminded me of Dalek Invasion of Earth.

    Simm stole every scene he was in, he's far too good to get rid of - in fact I think his 'death' was elaborately faked between him and Lucy. If indeed Harold Saxon was the Master. Cherchez la femme? ;)
    pickwick
    Jun. 30th, 2007 04:18 pm (UTC)
    Oooooh. Nice thought, especially given the scene where she takes the ring. She's going to take up where he left off, if nothing else.
    momentsmusicaux
    Jul. 1st, 2007 03:52 am (UTC)
    The Mistress!
    pickwick
    Jul. 1st, 2007 01:25 pm (UTC)
    Oooh, er. I see bondage fic in the future.
    donbert
    Jul. 1st, 2007 03:12 am (UTC)
    And also the Professor woman, though I'd figured she'd betray them.

    I didn't, but then I got fixed on the idea that this was an older Prof. Bernice Summerfield - just something about the way she looked - and couldn't rid myself of that thought.

    I can understand lots of people thinking of him gave him power, but levitation and laserproofing? Nice. And did they just all stop thinking about him again?

    Well, that's just typical human attention... oh, shiny!

    Why did the universe rewind?

    Obviously a sequential access Paradox Machine (VHS) rather than a nice shiny random access one (DVD). Actually, the TARDIS is probably Betamax.

    The Doctor's age - he should be older than 900 now, I think.

    Easily explained. We always used to see Time Lords meet each other on the same Time Line (multi-Doctor stories notwithstanding) so The Master assumed that they were still the same age, but forgot that he'd been dead and resurrected in the meantime... put on hold if you like. Expect digs about how old the Doctor is, next time The Master appears. (Yes he will.)

    How did he fix the Tardis?

    Badly, probably.

    General thoughts:

    That song went on a bit too long.

    Lucy's bruised eye came and went a bit quickly.

    UNIT gets to keep the Master-technology Cloudbase! Yay! Spin-off CGI/cartoon series with Nick Courtney in charge of Valiant? Please?

    Nice underlining of the fact that the Doctor's alone again.

    Umm, Titanic? Able to break through to the inner Dimension of the TARDIS? Hmmm...
    pickwick
    Jul. 1st, 2007 01:27 pm (UTC)
    Obviously a sequential access Paradox Machine (VHS) rather than a nice shiny random access one (DVD). Actually, the TARDIS is probably Betamax.

    Hee. Either that or a hi-tech hard drive box.
    pickwick
    Jul. 1st, 2007 01:28 pm (UTC)
    Also, I didn't even notice Lucy's black eye till people pointed it out - oops.
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    pickwick
    Jul. 1st, 2007 01:29 pm (UTC)
    Yeah, I don't think I totally got how the Paradox Machine worked.

    Is your icon of Buchanan St? If it is, MADE OF WIN.
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