Sunday, April 30, 2006

School Reunion


I hadn't planned on blogging every episode but never mind! This was a really interesting episode, where Giles, sorry Anthony Head and his form-changing mates were really the side issue to discussing the assistants' relationships with the Doctor. As HolyHosesRob says in the comments to Lisa's post, it was surprisingly moving. David Tennant finally got to get in some emotional depth for the first time since the Christmas Invasion - having to shout indignantly doesn't really count - and his speech about having to leave all his 'companions' behind was beautiful. Grabbing Sarah-Jane's hand like he does with Rose was a really nice touch too... Ooh, and he loves Rose! He said as much! Well almost... But it was telling that he was adamant that he wouldn't leave her behind. 'Not you', were, I think, his exact words. Bless.

13 comments:

Matt_c said...

So re. you post here do you think that means Rose will leave him? And break his heart(s)? That would be a cool little twist (unless its happened before, I don't know enough about the Doctor Who back stories).
Tony Head was hellacool.

AnnaWaits said...

"do you think that means Rose will leave him? And break his heart(s)?"

Oh man. You're goooooood. I think I could cope with that a bit better...

Matt_c said...

Just noticed this line on your post re. A New Earth:

Russell T. should do more of the writing, but get in storyliners.

(My) Lisa keeps saying to me that she thinks the episodes make no sense, and think that's probably fair enough. RTD is great at setting up emotional narrative (ie. Sarah Jane and Rose's jealousy) but not so hot on plot mechanics.

My take is that the 45 minute standalone episodes just aren't long enough to establish an atmosphere and logical plot. A New Earth made no sense because you didn't get a chance to see the New Earth society that the CatNurseNuns cared so much about - there was therefore no emotional investment in the society that the zombie-guineapigs were protecting. The episode ended up being more about the Cassandra/Rose plot strand which was good but made the zombies feel like a subplot...

I think I'm going to petition the BBC to produce a 20 episode series make up of 10 two-parters. This will make the series better for several reasons:
i) Stories will be more fleshed out and thus more compelling.
ii) Seasons 1 and 2 both have 13 episodes but ten stories. Expanding each story to two episodes wouldn't increase production costs exorbitantly but would increase the show's dramatic quality.
iii) It might make people more keen to watch the next episode because of the linked-ness, while not alienating people if they miss a single episode.
iv) It might make it easier to sell in the US because it would fit in with their serial scheduling.
v) It's my idea and people should listen to me.

That went way too long... sorry.

Lisa Rullsenberg said...

I like the idea of some extended stories - perhaps more of a mix though of stand alone episodes, 2-parters and maybe even some trilogies.... with some overall story arc perhaps not so violently thrust at us as Torchwood is appearing (in that respect Bad Wolf was a model of decorum)

Perhaps I'm thinking of the narrative flow of Buffy or the X-files.

And talking of Buffy: hmm... yes the speech about leaving companions behind was moving but even (?!) Cloudy Neil spotted that it was a blatant steal from the season 3 Buffy/Angel exchanges!

No bad thing that though I hasten to add...

David Duff said...

Anna, for some-one who thinks TV is furniture you do spend an inordinate amount of time looking at the sofa!

AnnaWaits said...

The title's ironic... or whatever word means what I think ironic means...! It's meant to be obviously snooty so that I can then subvert the superior ideas a lot of people have about television by discussing it in a semi-serious manner. Can you tell I've been waiting for someone to ask?! ;)

rashbre said...

What is also good is that it is probably one of the few non-sporting occasions where lareg quantities of Brits still sit down at the same time to watch the telly. With around 300 channels on Sky, its good that there can still be "BBC moments".

And what about this rumour about the next Dr Who being a woman....?

rashbre

Rosby said...

Oh dear. And as if that wasn't emotional enough, we have to experience the agony of David Tennant with his *real* girlfriend next episode. Damn.

'Twas *brilliant*, though.

AnnaWaits said...

Why'd you go tell me that! I was already disliking her (yes, just from the ads), because I get jealous on Rose's account anytime another woman's involved...

And thanks for stopping by, Rashbre! I *love* a BBC moment!

AnnaWaits said...

I've read far too many School Reunion reviews now... and so many are really down on Rose and worshipping the ground Sarah-Jane walks on! I *know* that in twenty years time a forty year old Billie Piper will turn up in an episode and I'll be as protective of her as everyone seems to be about S-J, but someone needs to stick up for her now. So back off Smith.

:)

Paul Fuzz said...

Oh, man! Have they brought Doctor Who back?

AnnaWaits said...

Hahahaha!
You should try it you know, you just might like it... actually you probably won't.

MIKEY said...

Its my weekly Dr. Who comment that is completely irrelevant to the topic of conversation, and the one everyone skips!


For me dr who was:

The first time I was happy a dog (metal this time) hadn't died a horrible death. Normally its 'the bigger the explosion the better!' (Before you call RSPCA, I have a horrible horrible fear of dogs)

The time I wondered what would happen if you had one foot in, and one foot outside the TARDIS, and it teleported off elsewhere.

The first time I wanted an episode to hurry up and finish. I wanted to listen to the hockey.


OK, CARRY ON READING PEOPLE. I'm like spam, or something.