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Doctor Who night [Oct. 12th, 2014|09:21 pm]

This one was actually rather good. This time they've managed to balance new ideas with stock ideas ('base-under-siege' being a favourite way for the show to tell a good story without spending too much money on expensive sets), tell a good story, and build a bit more into the regulars at the same time.

So, why is the BBC's stock photo of the Moon still in black and white? Anyone would think they'd have invented colour photography by 2049...

"How would you like to be First Woman on the Moon? That's 'special' enough."

"We're going to crash." "Why didn't you just tell her you didn't mean it?"

"Is that the best you could get?" "Second hand space shuttle, third hand astronauts."

"There was no shuttle." "You've got one." "It was in a museum!"

... And now I'm thinking back to the 1964 Dalek Invasion of Earth story, where the in-story explanation of why they're running around 22nd century Earth in a 1950s commercial van is that they found it in a museum...

I see they still have those silly little LED torch things in the year 2049... which, all right, isn't really THAT far in the future any more. It's in about 35 years time... 35 years ago, I was still watching THE SAME TV SHOW. Of course, back in those days it had a tin dog in it...

(And they break the show for an advertisement for the Latest Greatest Thing. A small barbecue that can be folded up and taken places. Just like... the 1970s barbecue that's probably still sitting in my garden shed. Or my father's garden shed. Or possibly my brother's garden shed. It probably hasn't been used since about 1985...)

"Please, can I go home now? I'm really sorry. I'd like to go home."

"There are little moments in which big things are decided. This is one of them."

There seems to be a lot of avoiding of the word 'spider' for things that look a bit like spiders, move a lot like spiders and leave cobwebs behind them...

"I will be back!"

"What am I doing? I'm putting photos on Tumbler." "Don't put anything on Tumbler!" "My gran used to put photos on Tumbler."

"The Moon isn't breaking apart... the Moon is hatching!"

"Is it a chicken?" "No!" "What size of chicken could have..." "Courtney! Don't spoil the moment!"

"Kill it. Let it be. I can't make that decision for you."

"The future is no more malleable than the past!"

"Doctor! Doctor!" "Oh, what a prat."

"The moon isn't rock, is it? It's made of eggshell."

"Bloody irresponsible idiots." "Mind your language please, there are children present."

"Tell me what you knew, Doctor, or I'll slap you so hard you'll regenerate."

"She met this bloke called Blinovitch..."

"How did you get to be so wise?" "Same way as everyone else. I had a really bad day."

[User Picture]From: aeb
2014-10-12 09:03 pm (UTC)
That does sound like a fun episode. {Smile}

I'm particularly amused by the not-spiders. From the way you describe them, they'd normally get a nickname involving the word "spider." {Smile}

Anne Elizabeth Baldwin
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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2014-10-19 08:26 am (UTC)
It was rather fun. One thing I appreciated that I didn't get around to mentioning in the notes themselves was the desperate atmosphere, how this was several decades after the last space flight and that the Space Shuttle getting them up there in the first place was fairly much held together with wire, duct tape and hope.

The spider-things apparently were supposed to be bacterium-things, just on a much larger scale (similar to that of the Moon being an egg that's just about to hatch). I'm not certain what bacteria actually look like, but I'm fairly sure that 'tiny little spiders' isn't quite it...
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[User Picture]From: foenix
2014-10-12 11:20 pm (UTC)
I think this was my favourite episode of the 12th Doctor's so far. Although I felt he was being TOO much of an arrogant jerk. That's well within the Doctor's wheelhouse, but it felt like they were pushing it JUST a bit much. I'm not sure if my uncomfortableness with it was because it seemed like they were trying to hard, or I don't want the doctor being a jerk. ;)
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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2014-10-19 08:19 am (UTC)
I've found (in the new series, at least) is that "Doctor being a jerk" is followed fairly quickly by "Doctor getting metaphorically stomped on". But even at his worst (e.g. Tennant on Mars) he barely rates 0.2 of a clarkson on the scale of jerkishness.
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[User Picture]From: botrytis
2014-10-13 12:55 am (UTC)
Some of it worked for me, some of it didn't.

The young girl in particular grated, and the moon-as-egg just doesn't settle very well for me.

The Barbecue ad, if it's the one I'm thinking of was for Weber BBQ's ? Per http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weber-Stephen_Products they've been around a long time...
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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2014-10-19 08:15 am (UTC)
Yes, that's the ad.

Somewhere, possibly in my garage, possibly in my parents' garage, and very slightly possibly in my brother's garage (or in the local dump) is what in the 1970s I thought of as a 'normal' barbecue. It was, basically, a box of bits which, when assembled, became a rather wobbly tripod containing a fire (fuelled by certain quantities of charcoal and metyhlated spirits) which converted sausages from pink-and-uncooked to black-and-burned-solid without any detectable intermediate stage. It's only really in the last 20 years that most people I know who've done anything with barbecues, had those large LPG-powered things with multiple hot surfaces and places to put salads and stuff like that.
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