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Review Mark Watches Day of the Doctor

Posted by goldenplum on August 4, 2015 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)


From Mark Watches

 

Anyway, for the most part, I felt really good about this special, so let’s break this up into two parts:

 

The Good

 

This special was very liberal with the constant references to past canon, both of the revived show and the original run, and on the surface, I admit to being incredibly entertained by this. (The ding joke was my favorite.)

I watched this off iTunes and in HD, and it was gorgeous, one of the prettiest and best-filmed episodes of this show. So many haunting sequences! That scene with the War Doctor (I’ve since learned he’s being referred to as the War Doctor) in the desert was UNREAL. I don’t have a problem with excessive use of CGI, and for the most part, I enjoyed how surreal and otherworldly most of this special seemed.

For example: Clara riding her motorbike into the TARDIS. Breathtaking! I loved it!

And I still maintain that I love the idea of Clara and Eleven. (Fuck, can I even call him that? Or is he Twelve? Moffat, you didn’t make this easy for any of us. More on that later.) Their chemistry is fun because it feels like they appreciate the same sort of silliness and shenaniganry that they provide for one another.



 

There are SO MANY neat characters in this, too! Osgood and MORE KATE STEWART and I actually liked the Zygons as villains. I never saw their original appearance, though.

I did like the idea of the dual storyline, where what’s happening in the present mirrors the decision the War Doctor had to make. Yes, I had problems with the ending of this, but y’all know that parallel storytelling is my jam.

So, wizards have moving paintings, and Time Lords have 3-D paintings. Our paintings are awful.

Favorite running joke of the special: Eleven having a job. God, what a goofball.

I’m sticking half of my opinion here, but it was UNREAL to finally see the Time War. I honestly thought it would never happen on the show. But… well, see the second half, for more thoughts on this.

As ridiculous and heavy-handed as it was, I kinda loved that the Doctor used a gun for something that wasn’t its intended purpose: to carve a message in stone.

BILLIE PIPER AS THE MOMENT WAS E V E R Y T H I N G. Of course, I wanted Rose and Ten to be reunited, but I imagine that could have gotten weird and messy? But holy shit, Billie is such a fantastic actress. You know what she reminded me of here? When Donna Noble became part Time Lord. Anyway, even if she wasn’t Rose Tyler, I adore that the image of Rose was what guided the War Doctor through this moral quandary because I adore Rose Tyler.

And I miss her. So, so much.

I miss Ten SO MUCH as well, and it was surreal to me to watch David Tennant perfectly slip back into this role without any hesitation. This wasn’t just a little cameo or anything, either. HE WAS IN MOST OF THIS EPISODE! And it wasn’t a trick like “Rose” was; this was his timeline intersection with his past and future selves.

I like Osgood not only because she’s awesome, but because I just imagined that I was her, and that is precisely how I would act around the Doctor.

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We need a two hearted hero

Posted by goldenplum on January 23, 2014 at 3:10 AM Comments comments (0)

 

“When they made this particular hero, they didn’t give him a gun, they gave him a screwdriver to fix things. They didn’t give him a tank or a warship or an x-wing fighter, they gave him a call box from which you can call for help. And they didn’t give him a superpower or pointy ears or a heat ray, they gave him an extra heart. They gave him two hearts.

 

And that’s an extraordinary thing; there will never come a time when we don’t need a hero like the Doctor.”

 

- Steven Moffat


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Posted by goldenplum on December 29, 2013 at 6:50 AM Comments comments (0)


I’ve been running all my lives through time and space, every second of every minute of every day for over 900 years.--And we miss you already Matt


Hello, we're the Doctor. From Gallifrey

Posted by goldenplum on December 18, 2013 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (0)

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The First Doctor portrayed by the actor William Hartnell from 1963 to 1966.

The Second Doctor portrayed by character actor Patrick Troughton from October 29 1966 -June 21 1969

The Third Doctor portrayed by actor Jon Pertwee from 3 January 1970–8 June 1974

The Fourth Doctor portrayed by Tom Baker for seven consecutive seasons from 8 June 1974–21 March 1981. He remains the longest-lived incarnation of the Doctor in the show's on-screen history, counting both the classic and modern series. Further to this, he is considered to be the most recognisable incarnation of the Doctor.

The Fifth Doctor portrayed by Peter Davison from 21 March 1981–16 March 1984.

The Sixth Doctor portrayed by Colin Baker from 16 March 1984–6 December 1986


The Seventh Doctor portrayed by Scottish actor Sylvester from 7 September 1987–6 December 1989, 27 May 1996

The Eighth Doctor portrayed by Paul McGann from 27 May 1996 for the T.V. movie and then the 2013 mini-episode "The Night of the Doctor"


The War Doctor by John Hurt for 3 episodes in 2013


The Ninth Doctor portrayed by Christopher Eccleston 26 March 2005–18 June 2005. He is also the beginning of New Who.

The Tenth Doctor played by Scottish actor David Tennant from 18 June 2005–1 January 2010.

The Eleventh Doctor portrayed by Matt Smith 1 January 2010–-25 December 2013.


The Twelfth Doctor portrayed by Scottish actor Peter Capaldi. just started his run 25 December 2013.


Beautiful

Posted by goldenplum on November 20, 2013 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (0)

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