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
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.
ARGH! I JUST WANT TO WATCH NEW EPISODES!
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