Sunday, April 16, 2006

Do I need to tell you what this post is about...?

I'm glad Charlie Brooker lowered my expectations. Not because it was rubbish, because it wasn't, but because the last few things we've had from Doctor Who - The Parting of the Ways and the Christmas Invasion - were so stupidly funny and sad and entertaining that we've been spoilt, and have maybe forgotten that not every episode was like that last series. 'New Earth' was way better than 'Rose' though.

Bad stuff? It didn't seem much of an introduction to DT's Doctor. I know we've already had the Christmas special but it felt very much like a mid-series episode. Good stuff? Billie as Rose/Cassandra was really funny, I thought, and Zoe Wannamaker is going to improve anything she's in. Plus, I really liked how the Doctor reacted to the kiss - 'Yup.... still got it.' This Doctor's a lot more playful than Chris's, who I feel would have been gravely concerned by the kiss and pushed her away or something. And we don't want that. Overall, it was pretty enjoyable, but just reinforces my feeling that Russell T. should do more of the writing, but get in storyliners.

By the way, it hit me yesterday that someday soon Billie Piper is going to leave. And now I'm scared. The Doctor is meant to regenerate, but no matter who plays him, there'll still be an element of continuity. But when Billie leaves, Rose'll have to leave. And be replaced. With a different character. Does that not fill anyone else with horror?! I love the chemistry that having a female assistant allows, but if I thought anything was going on with the Doctor and the new lass, I'd be constantly thinking GET OFF, HE'S TAKEN. Which would be irrational, but I don't think I'm alone. As such, the next assistant has gotta be male, I reckon. We know that Russell can do really interesting and dynamic and brave things with male relationships, so I think that's the way to go. Mr. Davis, I know you're reading - next assistant = male. Thank you.

:)

13 comments:

MIKEY said...

Is it sad that as I was watching the program yesterday, half way through I realised to myself 'Yes, this means anna will post about the episode!'

Eugh. I need to get out more I think. I'm listening to Damien Rice's 'O', album, and its the last track, and as I loaded up your blog, the big with the opera singer started. It was a wierd moment I had.

If you don't know the CD, get it!

David Duff said...

It might just be that you're growing up, unlike, say, dear Lisa, who will remain forever the Peter Pan 'de nos jours'! Growing up, of course, means growing old, just like me - or, perhaps not *exactly* like me, God help you, but something akin, like treating *all* TV as crap unless it can prove otherwise!

AnnaWaits said...

Hehe am I *that* predictable, Mikey? ;)

And David, I think I'm right in saying 'thanks'...!

MediumRob said...

Bah. Humbug. I remember the first season and still can't believe everyone went as batty as they did over it. There were only around three episodes I'd really rate as above average and none I'd watch again, although I still love "Who sees a screwdriver and thinks 'That could do with being more sonic'?" as a line.

'Christmas Invasion'? Now that's another matter. That was good.

As for Piper departing, if they're worried about the "he's taken" angle, they'll just splat her into an asteroid like Adric, chuck her out of a spaceship airlock like Katrina or have her shot by a warlord like Peri: companions die all the time in Doctor Who. That's the entertaining part: you never know who's going to kark it.

Bereaved Doctor? It's 'hurt/comfort' time for some lucky lady. And think of the opportunities for traumatising kids around the country.

MediumRob said...

Actually, I've just remembered that Adric was the asteroid. He splatted into the Earth at high velocity and wiped out the dinosaurs. That'll learn him.

AnnaWaits said...

I don't know about little kids but I'd be bloody devastated!

AnnaWaits said...

Sorry that makes sense in reference to your first post...!!

MediumRob said...

Ah, but it wouldn't it teach them all that danger and violence has its consequences? Companion death is practically Reithian: entertain and educate. It's also the Doctor Who way: that's why the Doctor dances in "The Doctor Dances" - nobody died for once! It's practically unheard of.

Plus RTD is a Joss Whedon fan. And what was the big lesson of Buffy/Angel/Firefly? Kill people off where necessary and frequently. TTFN Angel. Hasta la vista Tara. Adios Darla. I smite thee Cordelia, Anya, that guy in the pilot episode of Buffy that everyone thought was going to be a regular, that Irish demon sidekick in Angel, Winifred Burkel, Wesley and half the Firefly regulars in Serenity.

The second Piper thinks about leaving (she's signed up for season three), she'll be smeared all over the floor, ready to be a topping on a slice of Dalek toast. You mark my words.

MediumRob said...

Forgot Kamelion. The Doctor killed him/it himself to put him/it out of his/its misery. Could be interesting if extended to Piper.

Marie said...

Am I the only one who couldn't concentrate on the rest of the comments the moment MediumRob said that bit about hurt/comfort?

Lisa Rullsenberg said...

Marie: no you weren't...

Lisa Rullsenberg said...

Whilst I'm really don't agree with her follow-up remarks on the sexual tension between the Doctor and Rose, I had to laugh at this gem from Caitlin Moran's review of New Earth:

"David Tennant, meanwhile, wore an extremely fetching pair of spectacles, and continued to project the aura of a phenomenally great lay with access to a Tardis — in other words, the first Timephwoard."

Sorry, I juts had to share that!

AnnaWaits said...

"Timephwoard"

Teehee.