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The disruption and protests on the Olympic Torch route - I'm not sure what to think about them. I think people should possibly have protested when Beijing applied to host the Olympics, or when they got it, rather than now. (Unless there's something recent I've missed, possibly connected to Burma - don't know that much about it.) But I love the BBC's reporting sometimes - "After an unpublicised change to the route, the Chinese ambassador carried the torch through Chinatown. It later made an unscheduled move onto a bus." The torch did? By itself? Call the Doctor!


Everyone seems to have enjoyed Partners In Crime more than I did, so I feel compelled to explain why I wasn't keen.

I think early on, it went into Just Bloody Stupid territory for me, and once you're in there, I'll be more critical than I might otherwise have been - I'll object to things I would otherwise let pass, because it's just Stupid piling upon Stupid.

First out, though, I have to say Catherine Tate wasn't as bad as I expected. I quite liked Donna for this first half of the episode - right up until she actually met up with the Doctor, when I thought it went horribly downhill.

People seemed to like Donna and the Doctor continually just missing each other, and I don't mind the idea, but I thought the execution was terrible. It was badly-choreographed farce, it was subtle as CBeebies, or less so. The bit in the office with the prairie-dogging could have worked if it had happened once or twice, or if one of them had known the other was there and was trying to avoid them, but as it was it was - you guessed it - Just Bloody Stupid. The Tardis materialising behind the car as Donna heads off could have been good, except we know that the Tardis makes a loud enough and distinctive enough noise for Mickey to hear it halfway across a housing estate, and Donna is supposed to be actively looking for the Doctor, so unless it's in a previously unknown stealth mode, I have no idea what was going on there. Maybe she's partially deaf? That might explain the (again, overlong) mugging-through-the-windows scene. Again, could have been fine if they'd kept it to a "Donna?" "Oh my God" "Doctor" type thing, but the extended conversation WHILE THERE'S A HOSTAGE IN DANGER RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU? Gah. The Nanny watching them could have been funny if I wasn't so annoyed by that point. Yet again, Companion > Person In Danger. And there were bits where the writer/ director wasn't even trying - when Donna was dangling outside the office building, and they wanted her inside, they just cut away to her being mostly inside the office, at an angle that would not have been physically possible to get to from her previous position.

They treated that poor reporter girl horribly the whole time. They kept leaving her in danger, leaving her tied up, and not even because they had more urgent things to do. They didn't even untie her from the chair at the end, FFS. Maybe someone stomping off with a chair attached to them is funny, but I want the Doctor to help people, dammit.

Sarah Lancashire got to play another of RTD's Evil Female Villains, who all seem kind of similar. Miss Foster reminded me most of the head of Torchwood 1, whose name I've temporarily forgotten - all buttoned-up power-suited arrogance - and was explicitly compared to the spiderwoman from Voyage of the Damned, trying to protect "her" babies. She was overdone and hammily acted, and then she even got a cartoon death - the tractor beam stopped, and she hung in the air for a full two seconds before suddenly plummeting. Say it with me - Just Bloody Stupid.

Donna telling the Doctor to stop babbling and tell her what needed done was great, I did like that. And I approve of her not being in luuuurve with the Doctor, but again, my issues are with the way it was done. I believe it's possible to just Not Fancy Someone, without having to go "Ewww OMG alien things ewwww", and I wouldn't have thought the Doctor would be too keen on that reaction either, to be honest. (Although I agree with her - and Jonathan Ross - about the skinniness.)

Doctor remembering and missing Martha = good, although frustrating since he spent the whole time she was there pining for Rose. Doctor remembering Martha mostly because she fancied him = bad. Grrr. I know the Doctor's got Alien Gallifreyan Emotions with Added Post-Traumatic Stress, and all that, but they seem to have stuck him round about where a 12-year-old human male would be in developmental terms.

The Adipose. Yeah, they were cute, but don't you find it annoying when something has obviously been shoehorned in entirely for the purpose of being cute and making people go "awwww" and buy merchandise? There was no reason in the world that they would look like that. I would have preferred yucky fat-ball babies that, I dunno, had two hands on long skinny arms with which they rolled themselves along, and features made out of bits of intestine. I'd probably have thought they were cute, in fact. It's possible I'm weird.

I liked the Rose bit. I hope she's Eeeevil. But I doubt it.

And then the bit at the end with Bernard Cribbins annoyed me too, although I liked the earlier scene with him and Donna. I have no idea now why it annoyed me, except that the hanging-out-of-the-Tardis-door scenes always do. And I'm not sure the Doctor can steer it that accurately, especially FROM THE DOORWAY.

Strange as it may seem, I think this actually suffered from airing so soon after the Torchwood finale. Torchwood had a better plot, better acting, better writing, better bad guys, more emotion, and it was funnier. And it's TORCHWOOD. It's not supposed to be qualitatively better than Who.

We watched the re-run of Tate & Tennant on Jonathan Ross, and that annoyed me too. I think the show's Just Bloody Stupid might have been caught from Tate. Apparently the character of Donna has changed her mind completely and "done a 360 degree turn" when it comes to the Doctor. I'm sure she said other dim things, too. I know I'm a terrible intellectual snob, but gah! Stupid people are stupid. The guy with the snake was ace, though.

Also it's Not Snowing here, although it might have been at one point. When I was asleep.

Edit: This entry seems to be breaking Firefox. I have no idea why...I'll fix it if anyone can figure it out! Works in IE, though.

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dibsy
Apr. 6th, 2008 06:13 pm (UTC)
Erm...the recent thing was shooting a lot of Tibetans, and the general levels of brutality used in suppressing Tibetan protests about China's continued occupation of Tibet.
pickwick
Apr. 6th, 2008 06:16 pm (UTC)
Oops.

They should make it more clear what they're protesting about, then :D I just keep reading about "China's human rights abuses", and the more general Tibet thing, which we've known about for a while.

There's been a really good series called A Year In Tibet on the BBC, it seems to be horrendous out there.

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sovietkiki
Apr. 6th, 2008 06:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D

Sarah Lancashire got to play another of RTD's Evil Female Villains, who all seem kind of similar. Miss Foster reminded me most of the head of Torchwood 1, whose name I've temporarily forgotten - all buttoned-up power-suited arrogance - and was explicitly compared to the spiderwoman from Voyage of the Damned, trying to protect "her" babies. She was overdone and hammily acted, and then she even got a cartoon death - the tractor beam stopped, and she hung in the air for a full two seconds before suddenly plummeting. Say it with me - Just Bloody Stupid.

Yeah. I found the entire plot so fucking stupid, and you could see where it was going right from, oh, the first second the woman flashed an I'm Creepy Badass Woman...Only Not So smile. :/ And, whoopee, the next episode is a history episode! With mythical baddies who will no doubt turn out to be aliens! Just like...oh, The Unquiet Dead, Tooth and Claw and The Shakespeare Code! With obligatory History Dude Of The Season turning up and being all ":D!".

Jesus. Formulaic episodes surmounted by a formuliac season. Present day, past, future, present day, present day, present day (I'm guessing at these, but considering the show doesn't seem to have the imagination of going into the past/future more than once or twice per season, I'm guessing this is how it will roll.) Urgh.
dibsy
Apr. 6th, 2008 06:17 pm (UTC)
I'm looking forward to them doing at least one episode off of the planet, with no humans. That would be nice. That used to happen a lot.
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kniblet
Apr. 6th, 2008 06:25 pm (UTC)
I didn't really *like* the episode, just didn't hate it as much as I thought I would. I like the idea of an older (and not beautiful/skinny) companion a lot. But the Donna character still annoys me. She's too damn whiny and people with that much baggageluggage bug the shit out of me. I've never seen Catherine Tate in anything else so have no preconceived notions about her as an actress.

I think the ~10 years before the Olympics selection process really fucked up this time. My favourite OMG! WTF were they thinking?! moment came when it was reported that Beijing plans to shut down all its factories for the duration of the Olympics to keep the air pollution levels down.
pickwick
Apr. 6th, 2008 06:37 pm (UTC)
Oh, God, I'd forgotten all about - or possibly repressed - the luggage. I liked that she had it in the boot trunk of her car just in case, but even Rose just had a rucksack for most of the first season.

*boggles* I hadn't heard that. I really must pay more attention.
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donbert
Apr. 6th, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC)
The Tardis materialising behind the car as Donna heads off could have been good, except we know that the Tardis makes a loud enough and distinctive enough noise for Mickey to hear it halfway across a housing estate, and Donna is supposed to be actively looking for the Doctor, so unless it's in a previously unknown stealth mode, I have no idea what was going on there.

I guess the Chameleon Circuit is at least partly working:

Scanning destination surroundings...
Earth, Britain, Council Estate...
Dominant Species: Chavs...
Chameleonic adjustment: Pump up the exhaust volume...
*VWORP VWORP VWORP*
pickwick
Apr. 6th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
Hahaha! That explains a lot, actually.
theealex
Apr. 6th, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC)
Four words:

Watch Battlestar Galactica instead.
pickwick
Apr. 6th, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
I really must. I've got the season 1 box set kicking about and I've only watched about the first four eps, and I keep MEANING to get back to it...
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laserboy
Apr. 6th, 2008 07:38 pm (UTC)
I think the previous holder of the JBS title has to be Love and Monsters. Remember all that pratting about in the corridor like something from a Scoobie Doo cartoon? I'm sure it was terribly cute on paper but ugh!

I think I've really had enough of RTD's hubris. Someone's got to be able to stand up and call him on something just being ridiculous. I can't honestly believe that a whole team of people could have sat down with the script of the last Who finale and not one of those talented souls pointed out that it was garbage. The house elf? Ugh!

Get him gone! I just miss the excitement of Who when it first came back and every episode either had a wee gem (the "45 seconds" thing and No 10 getting blown up in 'Aliens of London') or was directly criticising something (media news in 'The Long Game'). When he's gone things will b fine.

And maybe we can have Doctor number 8 back again.
pickwick
Apr. 6th, 2008 09:56 pm (UTC)
Heh, I quite liked Love and Monsters. For some reason that fell into "nicely silly" instead of Just Bloody Stupid for me. Although I hated the Peter Kay Monster and the end.

Yes. I haven't read any interviews or anything with RTD for several years now, because the man irritates me immensely.

And I miss Chris. But then, I have no idea if he'd be able to do anything with this material either.
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Apr. 6th, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
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Apr. 6th, 2008 09:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the tip. Logged in on IE.
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marcella_riddle
Apr. 6th, 2008 11:10 pm (UTC)
The TV coverage did make me laugh - there were way more police officers than protestors and they were generally heavy-handed. A big deal over nothing, as far as I can see.

I didn't even get why the 360 comment was off until I read your entry. Which just serves to prove my stupidity. I really liked Partners in Crime, mostly for the reasons you disliked it. Lol!
pickwick
Apr. 7th, 2008 02:04 pm (UTC)
Heheh, fair enough!

I liked the coverage of the Paris leg of the Olympic Torch today, with the cops on rollerblades.
arborophile
Apr. 7th, 2008 11:17 am (UTC)
Doctor Who..it annoyed me that it was another rip off idea from a Torchwood book that Torchwood already ripped off itself[but they went with big bug in gut] and what the Heck has RTD got against big people??
pickwick
Apr. 7th, 2008 02:10 pm (UTC)
I was a bit worried by the big people thing myself, but I didn't think this ep was as bad as the Christmas special for that!
datura800
Apr. 7th, 2008 11:37 am (UTC)
I think several of your problems just seem to be down to overthinking the whole thing - I mean if you go down that route nothing on the show is going to make sense. And they did help that woman - she was freed and told to run, but she went back and got herself caught again which, you know, isn't really their fault.
datura800
Apr. 7th, 2008 11:42 am (UTC)
Oh and as an addition, I must say I find the casual implications that RTD is racist that some people have been throwing around after this episode to be REALLY out of order. They're just ridiculous, and seem to be based on the idea that it's fine for any man or white woman to be in jeopardy (as frequently happens) but as soon as it's a woman from an ethnic minority it's racist?! WTF? It's not even true that every non-white woman in the show ends up dead/tied up/whatever.
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