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04 December 2009 @ 11:34 am

So Waters of Mars played on NZ tv last sunday, and aimeesworld and annemjw came round to watch it with me and the_turtlemoves . I was asked my thoughts in a comment on punkfunkdisco 's lj, but my reply got so huge that I thought I'd just post it here instead, lol.

We had Dalek and Cybermen biscuits (cookies, for American readers) and a cake with TARDIS on it. I don't know if you can see it, but the Cybermen have little angry faces XD

T A R D I S - Time and Relative Dimension In Space!You would defeat us with four Daleks? We Would Defeat You With ONE Dalek!

I really really enjoyed the episode. It was different and worrisome and such a good episode to lead up to the final two-parter. I think a lot of fandom-y people are annoyed about it, because of the way the Doctor chose to act (in terms of plot, not actual acting, because I'm sure everyone can agree that David Tennant was superb). But I really liked the character development in that episode, and particularly because it highlights how much the Doctor really needs a companion. It would've been a competely different episode if the Doctor had had someone outside of the event to talk to, and someone to keep him doing the right thing. I really like Waters of Mars in that respect, because it builds on all the losses the Doctor has suffered in New Who, specifically - the time war, losing Rose twice, the effect he had on Martha's life and family, the Master's death and of course Donna's tragic ending at the end of series 4. It makes sense in terms of character and plot development, and really builds the tension for the Ten's regeneration into Eleven. I just hope that the events of End of Time ensure that Eleven isn't as emo as Ten is at the moment.

Speaking of Eleven, I think it would be super fun if the new companion is from the 90s, not least because of the many opportunities for Billie Piper jokes 90s nostalgia, but also because I think it would be a smart move to have a character who hasn't experienced all of the crazy events that have happened so far in the New Who present. She'd have no knowledge of Daleks, Cybermen, the ATMOS craziness, or the stolen earth arc, which I think might be nicely refreshing for the Doctor, and a clever way to be able to re-explain all of these things to the audience and plausibly reintroduce the daleks etc again.

After watching the episode, Lee, Anne and I listened to the podcast commentary by Russell T Davies, Julie Gardner and David Tennant, which was quite interesting, because a lot of what they came up with as discussion about the episode was stuff we had just been saying. I love how David Tennant is the biggest fanboy, too. And his comments seemed more in line with what the fans would be thinking about, where Russell T Davies was more focussed, I think, on what works from a storytelling perspective.


Lee got back from Australia and brought all sorts of goodies with her. She gave me Being Human on dvd as an early birthday present (yay!!), and had also bought Season 4 of How I Met Your Mother, so now between us we have the first four seasons. And for her birthday (which was December 1st) I got her Season 1 of Pushing Daisies, so we've been watching a lot of TV series lately. ^_^

Tonight I am going to see Titus Andronicus, as performed by the Long Cloud theatre group. I haven't seen Titus before, so I'm quite excited.There's a huge bunch of us going, which will be fun.

A while ago we went to Ophelia Thinks Harder which is a play by NZ playwright Jean Betts. It was really good, despite being overtly feminist. It was kind of like how Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead works in that it is happens in and around the plot of Hamlet, but focuses on Ophelia instead. Hamlet was a total douche which is nicely in-character, and Ophelia got all of his awesome lines before he got to say them. Horatio was in love with Ophelia and so got all of the well-known romantic speeches from a bunch of Shakespeare's other plays, and even wrote Ophelia a sonnet or two. It was fantastic, he pulled out a handkerchief at one point to give to Ophelia and we cracked up laughing. It was really quite sweet, though.And Rosencrantz and Guildenstern were women disguised as men. At the end, Ophelia fakes her death and runs off with Horatio to the band of travelling actors. It was cute and funny and lots of fun.

I'm doubting that Titus Andronicus will be cute or funny, but I hope it will be fun nonetheless. XD

Mood: relaxedrelaxed
kinoko: Doctor Who - Ten {PlayStation scores}sevthebat on December 3rd, 2009 11:16 pm (UTC)
Mega-jealous of your cake and biscuits, girl. They're pretty much the greatest thing you could have done to celebrate a new Who episode.

I really loved the Doctor's character development, too. I know some fans are kind of annoyed about it, but it's so interesting.
My knowledge of the older series is severely lacking (my mum was a Who fan when she was in college, so she tells me bits of it), but I don't think the Doctor has ever gone rogue like that before?
I agree with you completely - it's a great way to build up to his regeneration into Eleven, and Ten will have a wonderful exit, I'm sure. <3

Ophelia Thinks Harder sounds kind of amazing and very sweet. I think I would still prefer Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, but Ophelia always needs more love.
sherbert0lemon: R&G - Rosencrantz heartsherbert0lemon on December 4th, 2009 03:15 am (UTC)
"Interesting" is definitely the term. Because he's kind of right, as the last Time Lord, he doesn't really have anyone to answer to (although I have a feeling that the fact that events kind of ended up righting themselves hints that there is something more powerful than Time Lords, be it Time itself or the universe or whatever.).

I really need to get my hands on some of the Sarah-Jane doctor who episodes, because she is a total cutie, and her reappearance in new who is so awesome.

Ophelia Thinks Harder was really cute. I recently read R&G and I am so impressed that anyone is able to actually learn that play to be able to perform it. Seriously, some of those speeches are impossibly long and convoluted, and they repeat conversations and ideas all over the place. It's insane and amazing.
slightlytookish: DW: Doctor - Cubicleslightlytookish on December 3rd, 2009 11:54 pm (UTC)
I really love the Tardis cake! But I haven't seen the new DW episode yet so I'm averting my eyes from your review :)
sherbert0lemon: DW - Doctor winksherbert0lemon on December 4th, 2009 03:06 am (UTC)
Whoops, I should have put it behind a cut. I think I was vague enough about the details of the episode so if you read it accidentally you won't be spoiled :)
cat: TV: DW: martha doctor moonpunkfunkdisco on December 4th, 2009 12:00 am (UTC)
Firstly, your cake and biscuits are AMAZING. The fact that you even wrote "Vworp! Vworp!" in icing is one of my favourite things ever xD

It was a shock when the Doctor started being all "I control tiiiiiiiiiime!" etc but you're so right. After everything that's happened and all the losses he's suffered, I think he's due a bit of a breakdown. And it was really refreshing to see him not playing by his own rules.

Heh! I like your idea that the new companion should be from the '90s. I think that would be a really great twist because I'm not really down for yet another kick-ass modern companion that saaaaaves the woooooorld. They need to do something different.

Hey, and since when was "overtly feminist" not automatically good ;)
sherbert0lemon: Singing in the Rain - Gene Kellysherbert0lemon on December 4th, 2009 03:04 am (UTC)
Hehe it was embarassingly fun drawing little frowny faces on the cybermen. We acted out Dalek vs Cyberman scenes with them from season 2.

I don't mind feminism in general, but it frustrates me when it's really really over the top and lecture-y, so I was glad that Ophelia Thinks Harder wasn't like that, because the summary I read beforehand made it seem like it might have been. :)
get crazy with the cheese-whiz!jackie_oh on December 4th, 2009 12:32 am (UTC)
Whoa, your biscuts are made of win. Did you snap some pictures to show us your awesome talents?
sherbert0lemon: Singing in the Rain - Gene Kellysherbert0lemon on December 4th, 2009 03:09 am (UTC)
I stole the pics I put up in this post from my flatmate XD It was way too much fun using the little icing pens we found at the supermarket. They even glitter XDDD
get crazy with the cheese-whiz!jackie_oh on December 4th, 2009 03:33 am (UTC)
Oh, snaps! Time out, I didn't see them on my first viewing of your entry. My b! Your Dalek's are incredibly awesome/hilarious!
sherbert0lemon: DW - Doctor winksherbert0lemon on December 4th, 2009 04:20 am (UTC)
It was tricky, I couldn't work out how to get the probe bits to stick. The Daleks are actually christmas bell cookies, lol.
annemjw: Young and Naive (iconomicon)annemjw on December 4th, 2009 02:05 pm (UTC)
I have some close up ones too, I will upload when it is not 3 am :D
I forgot my name, and drowned.: [biglove] margie <3thedoingofit on December 4th, 2009 04:07 pm (UTC)
Your cake is amazing...! And "Ophelia Thinks Harder" sounds really interesting... I'll have to see if I can get my hands on a copy of a script... ;oP
madhowan on December 9th, 2009 08:10 am (UTC)
Love the biscuits and the cake! Too cute to eat, almost.

I think it would be super fun if the new companion is from the 90s, not least because of the many opportunities for Billie Piper jokes 90s nostalgia, but also because I think it would be a smart move to have a character who hasn't experienced all of the crazy events that have happened so far in the New Who present.

This. Every word of this.

And a very happy (belated) birthday to you :D