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July 3rd, 2007


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01:28 pm - [Dr Who] Last of the Timelords (spoilers under cut)
It was and annoying mixture of deeply serious and absolutely ludicrous, and while far from as bad at the Torchwood finale (which is definitely in the running for worst TV episode of 2007) it was very much a disappointment after the previous two episodes. I most definitely appreciated the slashiness, but it honestly had the feeling of one of those pieces of slash fiction where the author is very into the pairing and does them well, but can't write the rest of the episode to save their life.

I completely agree with andrewducker's comment: "The Doctor is Tinkerbell and The Master is Ming the Merciless." and this is not a good thing. Joss Whedon did the magically supercharges hero far better in the season 4 Buffy episode "Primeval", and without the vast amount of cheeziness.

The outcomes of the episode were however, more positive.
  • Martha not going with the Doctor both makes sense and if true, is from my PoV a very good thing indeed. All she has ever been, despite efforts to the contrary is Rose Mark II, and that's not very interesting. She did a very good job in both "Human Nature" and "Family of Blood", but was otherwise entirely wasted in this series and with luck the next companion will be better.
  • If Jack didn't have his own show, it would have made sense for him to go with the Doctor, but I can see this decision. Also, I don't buy the Face of Boe comment for a second. Given that on Satellite 5, questions about The Face of Boe were used on quiz shows, Jack would certainly heard of The Face of Boe, and my take is very much that he's set that entire segment of the conversation up as a shaggy dog story to mess with the Doctor, which among another things indicates he really is coming to terms with being immortal. I'm now quite interesting in seeing the new season of Torchwood, since Jack will clearly no longer be a stand-in for Angel, complete with brooding.
  • I guessed Lucy was the Master's escape clause before she shot him, and it will be interesting to see the Master in a female body. We didn't get to see Alexandra Moen act very much in the last two episodes, but I'd be interested to see her again in a more active role. However, a comment by RTD indicates it may be a while before we see the Master again, which is both disappointing but also sensible, since reintroducing him too soon would be sort of cheap.

Current Mood: disappointeddisappointed

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From:lyssabard
Date:July 3rd, 2007 11:17 pm (UTC)
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Let me be clear, I love Peter Pan bur probably for reasons that would get me sent to prison if people could read my mind.

Having JUST finished the last ep,I am trying to process the hottest slash CANNON I have ever seen...with the shittiest ...was that a plot? Was there coherancy? I mean..I get what he was trying to do (and I think he is serious abt Face of Boe, and I am kinda ok with that, actually) But...WTF IS THE MUPPET FREAK THING!?!? THAT IS NOT THE DOCTOR....

and...yet...sex...kink...Master...

I missed the whole she-is-he references. Dumb me...still...

I...

*sigh*.
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From:lyssabard
Date:July 3rd, 2007 11:18 pm (UTC)
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ps--ring my cell sometime? I lost your number...

Thx. :)
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From:heron61
Date:July 3rd, 2007 11:28 pm (UTC)
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*nods* most definitely... As for calling, I'll give you a ring tomorrow. Right now, I'm about to go out to listen to have some sushi at the best sushi place in Portland (yum!!!)
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From:rhiannasilel
Date:July 4th, 2007 03:04 am (UTC)
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I don't know, I liked. I will admit that the first part of the episode was a bit much, what with the Doctor doll in the cage and all. It was a bit over the top, even for the Master, reminding me of this old Vampire the Masquerade table top game I played where the GM came up with this idea of a Ventru baby blood draining machine in this odd attempt to be dark and gothic, but it really just kind of ended up being funny in a sick sort of way.

I am curious as to whether Kylie Minogue is going to be the Doctor's new companion. She is slated to be in the Christmas Invasion episode and I guess would strangely be keeping with the pop start companion role. Martha is supposed to only be in a few of the episodes of the next series and there are reports of a new companion. Hard to say whether they'll stay with the tradition they did last year and just have a special guest companion for that episode or whether they're actually introducing a new companion.

I'm not sure what to think about Capt. Jack being The Face of Boe. I think it's possible. He would likely have become much more humble after living for several million years (although the time line would only be thousands rather than millions of years based on a linear timeline of when The Face of Boe passed away, or maybe I have the timeline wrong).

I do like the possible idea of time lords playing with gender roles. I don't see why a male time lord couldn't regenerate as a female and vice versa. I think that would be a fascinating exploration into how a species that could regenerate would view things like gender or if they would even view it or consider it at all. I suspect the Gallifreyan view of gender would be much more fluid, but who knows.

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