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June 28th, 2010

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01:54 am - Doctor Who – A New & Better Doctor
So, I watched the finale of Matt Smith's first season as The Doctor, & Steven Moffat's first season in charge of the show, and I was very impressed with the season as a whole and greatly enjoyed the episode. While I'm very grateful for the fact that Russell T. Davies brought back Doctor Who, that he got Christopher Eccleston to play the 9th Doctor, and the he introduced a number of queer characters to the whoverse. After his first season, I thought all of his finale's were dreadful, I found both his ideas about storytelling and his actual storytelling to be really dubious, and most of all, I disliked the pervasive grimness and pessimism of his stories, and also the fact that for Davies, the 10th Doctor was some sort of messianic Space Jesus. I also generally didn't like the 10th Doctor – I really like the 11th Doctor.

Thankfully, Moffat's first season showed that he has none of these faults – his Doctor is a fae being who lives life out of order and who seems to have just stepped out of a faerie tale. His storytelling is generally far better, and as I just saw, he can do a very enjoyable and solid finale. It's also interesting to compare the first Davies season with the first Moffat season, because in some ways they are similar. The cracks of this season were fairly similar to the appearance of Bad Wolf in the last season, except that they were more fore-grounded, and actually fit better with the season plot – Bad Wolf turned out to be a meaningless phrase – the cracks, the appearances of the Doctor with and without his jacket, and similar small bits all fit together perfectly, and are a credit to Moffat's ability as a storyteller.

On any sort of level of realism, Doctor Who never makes sense, especially not in the finale, but at least on the level of telling a good story, this finale worked in a way that no finale since Davies' first season has, and better yet (at least from my PoV) it had a happy ending, which is especially nice after Davies' almost perpetual grimness. I am also very pleased with Amy Pond, I think Karen Gillan did a wonderful job, and Amy is a wonderful mixture of smart, humane, and exceedingly active. I was also quite pleased when I read this recent interview with Karen Gillan. In any case, I'm overjoyed that Steven Moffat, Matt Smith, and Karen Gillan will all be back next season.
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Date:June 28th, 2010 02:45 pm (UTC)
I still haven't seen the current Doctor Who. (I can't suss out how to download them.) I was talking with a friend last night, and he said he hates the current Doctor. He said he dislikes how "upbeat" Matt Smith is, and preferred the pessimism of 9 and 10. That, of course, told me a lot about him. I love your description of the Doctor as a fae being, and I look forward to seeing the season when I finally have the opportunity.
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Date:June 29th, 2010 12:38 am (UTC)
The links to the megadownload site are usually posted to the doctorwho community on Saturday afternoons, if you want to look there; that's where I've found all of them to download. I think they're frequently posted locked, so you may need to join the community in order to see them.
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Date:June 29th, 2010 09:39 pm (UTC)
I managed to find a bit torrent download, but I only got audio to play, not video. I really don't know what I'm doing when it comes to these things. Thanks, though.

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