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Well, it was all right, wasn't it? Not as bad as last year.

I know that's not exactly a ringing endorsement, but, you know, better than I really expected. I don't think there were any bits that made me squee, though, just as there weren't really any that made me scream - it was pretty meh overall. I was amused that everyone's taken to avoiding London at Christmas.

I'm not actually sure if I have any more to say. Hmm. That's probably bad. I got quite excited about the Torchwood trailer, I suppose.

OK, random thoughts

- Several of the people who died did so for no reason except to reinforce RTD's "sacrifice" theme.
- I wish all bullet wounds were as non-troubling as the bloke in the bridge's.
- I would much rather have the interesting old bloke as a companion than Catherine Bloody Tate, though I suppose the corridor running could be a problem.
- Plenty of skience to go round, there, and plenty of "but...they don't have the power for that, but they have enough for THAT?"
- It's a pretty shitty cyborg that's irretrievably dead when it runs out of battery...and were we meant to be shocked that he was a cyborg? We'd have been more shocked if one of the "humans" was. And does that mean there weren't any alien aliens at all? Don't recall seeing any others.
- don't massive EMPs affect humans?
- more evil overlord monologuing and explaining his plans...I'm sure I've threatened to get RTD a copy of the Evil Overlord list before.
- The repetitive chants are getting progressively worse. "Exterminate, exterminate" = good. "Delete, delete" = bad. "Kill, kill" = horrendous, and not exactly stealthy.
- Didn't like the "information" at the beginning of every sentence, either - too much like Chantho.
- Come to think of it, why WERE they angels? They can't make themed information androids for every trip, surely.
- Combine the sharp headwear throwing and the evil monologuing and the penguin suit and the famous girl star, and it was basically a Bond film, no?

Hope you're having a good Christmas, too. Swag pictures later, probably.

Edit: Waaaaaaaah! Torchwood starts on my birthday and I'm going to be out of the country!!


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Dec. 25th, 2007 09:04 pm (UTC)
And why have logic when we can have puns? I can go with that!
Dec. 25th, 2007 09:25 pm (UTC)
I found Max hilariously close to Dr Evil - "i hear the women are fond of....metal".

Other than that, the most exciting thing for me was spotting Peter Capaldi in the trailer for the next series.
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Dec. 25th, 2007 09:29 pm (UTC)
Aha oh yes, that's perfect!
Dec. 25th, 2007 09:31 pm (UTC)
Ah, I haven't seen WWW, due to an irrational dislike of Will Smith. Which I may or may not get over and go and see Legion.

Edited at 2007-12-25 09:33 pm (UTC)
Dec. 25th, 2007 09:30 pm (UTC)
Oooh! I missed that. I love Peter Capaldi.
Dec. 27th, 2007 12:22 am (UTC)
I heard that as 'mental' rather than 'metal' myself, but I suppose either works under the circumstance.
(Just watched it on YouTube, as I don't believe anyone's aired it in the States this year).
Dec. 25th, 2007 10:14 pm (UTC)
Mr Copper would certainly have made a good companion, I agree there!

I was disappointed with the number of people who got killed, though. Still, much better than last year's Christmas Episode.

New series of Torchwood looks fun!

Dec. 26th, 2007 12:25 am (UTC)
I'm half expecting Torchwood to be better than Who this year, which is a bit scary.
Dec. 26th, 2007 08:42 am (UTC)
I was disappointed with the number of people who got killed, though

What, you wanted more, or fewer?
Dec. 25th, 2007 10:44 pm (UTC)
It was better than last year (which was dreadful), had a rather heavy handed (yet typical) RTD 'pro gay rights' message with the 'it's ok, Cyborgs are even allowed to get married now' thing, the deaths were pointless in a lot of places...and WHY does the Doctor keep forgetting he has a Time Machine?? He could have materialised the TARDIS beneath the (magically no longer in the forklift) falling Kylie and saved her.

When everything was going to shit I thought he was just going to teleport to Earth, grab the TARDIS and undo the whole thing, dramatically ignoring the 'rules' of not changing stuff.

Not terrible, and the new season looks promising (was that the female Master in there?) so it'll do :)
Dec. 26th, 2007 12:27 am (UTC)
There was actually very little Tardis in this one, now that you mention it. Boo.

I need to watch the trailer again, I don't think I was watching closely enough! I thought RTD had said he had no plans to bring the Master back, but he's lied about plenty of other things, so who knows?
Dec. 25th, 2007 11:23 pm (UTC)
Reminded me a lot of the movie "The Poseidon Adventure", the original one.
Yes, I've seen it, I was young and didn't know any better, besides, had some great camp in it.
Even had their own version of the Shelly Winters' part in it.
Dec. 26th, 2007 12:28 am (UTC)
Yeah, a few people have said that. If I ever saw the movie, it was long enough ago that I can't remember it. I have a vague feeling I read the book, too, if there is such a thing.
Dec. 26th, 2007 12:10 am (UTC)
And here's me, thinking it was so much worse than last year! :~D
Dec. 26th, 2007 12:29 am (UTC)
Well, to be fair, I hated last year's to a somewhat irrational extent. I even hated the Tardis-on-the-motorway bit that everyone else on the planet loved.
Dec. 26th, 2007 01:11 am (UTC)
Heh, I think I'm hating this year's to a somewhat irrational extent -- I suppose we all have our (funny) turn :~)
Dec. 26th, 2007 10:43 am (UTC)
Good grief. I had only half an eye and ear on it, since I was sewing at the time, and it seems I've spotted the blooper nobody else has.

Remember Foom said she'd spent five thousand credits on obtaining the tickets, and her husband said they'd never be able to pay that back in their lifetimes? Right. Well, at the very end, the Doctor tells the old chap that the million pounds on his Earth credit card is worth fifty million credits. It doesn't take a PhD in mathematics to work out that five thousand credits is therefore worth £100.

Something tells me a first-class cruise ticket on anything is worth more than £50!
Dec. 26th, 2007 11:11 am (UTC)
I was amazed Douglas Adams didn't receive a writing credit. The entire thing was an almost carbon copy of Starship Titanic. I was just waiting for a nut-demanding parrot and a senile smart bomb to turn up.

And yes, the old bloke would make for a decent companion for a while. Must give her a chance I suppose but what I saw of Catherine Tate in the trailer for the new series made me want to switch off already. If she squeems and squeems there may be riots.
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