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Doctor Who night [May. 24th, 2010|11:48 am]
[Current Location |Dunedin]
[mood |sickclogged up]

First another comment on an ad. There is a whole generation growing up who won't get the joke that the two cavemen in the Kai Point Coal ad appear to be called "Mungo" and "Jerry".

Anyway on to the show. The Home Box is an interesting idea. Science fiction gets quite interesting when people think up sensible things to use their way-out technology for.

Graffiti in Old High Gallifreyan? ... "What does it say?" " 'Hello, sweetie' ".

"Follow that ship!"

I've just started thinking that River Song could well end up the Romana of the new series. The Doctor really does, every so often, need a character that won't take any crap from him.

"It's not meant to make that noise. You leave the brakes on." - See what I mean?

"I can run away from anything I like!"

"That... woman... is not dragging me into anything." ... Yeah, right.

"Amy Pond, Professor River Song." "I'm going to be a Professor?"

"Her past. My future. Time travel. We keep meeting in the wrong order."

"Is River Song your wife?"

... The Doctor has started looking scarily like Neil Finn. (Hat tip intheologus who first noticed this a couple of weeks ago).

"I need the Spotter's Guide!" Poor River, not knowing which Doctor is which...

"You're just a recording. You can't move!" ... Looks like nobody told the Angel that. "That which holds the image of an Angel becomes an Angel." ... Good of you to figure that out now, Doctor. And think of all those children at home who are now terrified of their TV sets...

"River? Hug Amy." "Why?" "Because I'm busy."

... I think this is the first time I have ever seen anyone light up a cave by kicking a soccer ball into it.

So, what's River's big secret this time?

... Amy, if you're not fine, don't tell people you are!

"Are we there yet?" ... Some things never change.

It looks like over-eager-trigger-fingered-soldier was right after all.

Every statue is a Weeping Angel... So much for my thoughts of maybe taking a walk around the Northern Cemetery while I'm here in Dunedin... (I did some field work in an old cemetery the day after seeing the original Blink. Never again.)

"We're in the middle of an army and it's waking up." ... Oh shit.

"I didn't escape, sir. The angel killed me too."

"No pressure, but this is when you normally have a Really Cool Idea."

Overall, this episode is something of a return to form for Stephen Moffat. His earlier scripts in this series have been good, but haven't had the sparkle of his previous work. This one has. He may have spent more time developing this one, and if this is the case, the results show it. Even compared with his earlier scripts, this is one of the better ones; it doesn't have the slightly "thin" quality that Silence in the Library / Forests of the Dead had, for example.

Lastly, something to think about... Coming straight after a confrontation with the Daleks, the Doctor pronounces the Angels his most terrifying foes? That's... ever so slightly worrying, that is...

[User Picture]From: mthomas3
2010-05-24 01:18 am (UTC)
You took a walk around a *cemetery* after watching 'Blink'? What were you thinking!?

Probably not a good idea to take a walk around a museum after watching an Angels 'Doctor Who' episode, either. As I recall, the Louvre in Paris has some lovely halls full of old marble statuary, lit by skylights. Lovely to see on a quiet afternoon... but if I'd visited that hall right after seeing 'Blink', I might have had a very different impression! Particularly with the statues of Medusa.
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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2010-05-24 04:08 am (UTC)
I was thinking "well, it's Monday, so this must be Riversdale, and I'll get Waikaia and Balfour done at the same time, and maybe make a start on Lumsden, and OH MY GODS THERE'S ANGELS HERE AND I MUST NOT TURN MY BACK ON BLOCK XVII AND WHATEVER I DO I MUST NOT BLINK..."

Luckily I made yesterday's trip to the Otago early settlers' museum before seeing the new episode. But it's a two-parter so I've got a whole week to worry about angels taking over TV sets and sneaking up on me while I'm blinking...
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[User Picture]From: mthomas3
2010-05-24 05:09 am (UTC)
snicker, snicker.

I hope there were no passerby, because explaining yourself would have been Way Too Complicated. (Then again, passerby might have un-Doctor-Who'd the atmosphere.)
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[User Picture]From: foenix
2010-05-24 01:24 am (UTC)
I keep having this *really* bizarre theory that River Song is actually Cassandra the last human, somehow alive, in a body, in the past, and running an EXTREMELY complex con on the Doctor to get revenge.
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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2010-05-24 04:09 am (UTC)
... Discussion among the usual suspects has arrived at some sort of consensus that the idea in question is so insane that it just might work.
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