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Doctor Who night [Apr. 18th, 2013|10:46 pm]

It's definitely 1981... even if the cover date on the comic he's reading hadn't given the secret away, The Specials' "Ghost Town" playing in the background would have done the trick.

Looks like the Doctor's doing a bit of snooping. I wonder if the snoopees will realise that some suspicious looking character is watching them.

That marketplace is making me think of Mos Eisley.

We actually get to see somewhere really alienly alien. That's a rare treat in New Who.

"I came here a long time ago. With my granddaughter." "... What?"

So it's the Doctor who's wandered off and got lost. That's a change.

What... are these aliens? They look like a couple of Cardassians.

... So how come Clara can't understand the alien who growls like a dog? She can understand Creepy Little Not-Quite-A-Cardassian Kid all right.

"Can you pretend I'm, like, a space alien, and explain?"

So Little Kid is the "Queen of Years". The explanation of all this is making me think of Lamas and suchlike. ... There is definitely something very Tibetan about all of this.

She starts singing, and a whole bunch of invisible strings start up. That's impressive.

... Any god that they have to make sure stays asleep, I don't really think would be all that good at the godding business.

"Okay, what's happening? Is that supposed to happen?" ... Welcome to travelling with the Doctor.

"Do not wake from slumber. Do not wake from slumber..." I'm now thinking of the Black Mother from "Digger".

I get the feeling that they're foreshadowing that something unfortunate is going to happen to the Sonic Screwdriver.

... I think the Doctor owes Lewis Carroll some royalties for that speech.

"Everyone will be fine." "You promise?" "Cross my hearts."

"Stay back! I'm armed! ... with a screwdriver."

"I think I may have made a bit of a boo-boo."

"You're going to fight it?" "Regretfully... yes."

So the Doctor did end up getting caught for snooping into Clara's past.

There's an interesting dynamic here between the Doctor, now definitely acting older and more jaded, and the still very inexperienced Clara. I hope to see Clara maturing and developing a bit in the next few weeks.

[User Picture]From: voicelessloud
2013-04-18 04:26 pm (UTC)
The original Dr. who traveled around with a young woman he called his granddaughter, so I guess they wanted to link the present who with the past who
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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2013-04-30 07:26 am (UTC)
yup... Susan Foreman. She ended up settling down in 22nd century Earth after a big Dalek invasion. It would be interesting to see her meet up with the Doctor again, if he ever visits the 22nd century.

It's always fun seeing how characters react when they find out that the Doctor is ever so slightly very much older than he appears...

... looking up the her actor's (Carole Ann Ford) page on Wikipedia, Ford is still active and starring in a BBC "The making of the original series" documentary some time this year (not as herself), so I wonder if Steven Moffat's tried sounding her out about returning to her role as Susan Foreman in the show itself. I've seen things more bizarre than that done in the show in my time...
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[User Picture]From: d_h
2013-04-19 04:28 am (UTC)
And a couple of strong hints (lack of translation, and Clara's comment) that the Tardis may have issues with Clara.
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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2013-04-30 07:19 am (UTC)
Interesting... although she seemed to be getting on fairly well in Russian last week, so I'll see how things keep on going.
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