|Doctor Who night
||[Nov. 16th, 2014|09:56 pm]
So, when we last left the Usual Suspects: the Doctor was still trying to figure out what was going on; the Master was saying that after this latest regeneration she'd prefer to be called the Mistress; Clara was still constitutionally incapable of being straight with anyone; and Danny was finding out that it's cold in the afterlife.
"You don't know who I am." "You are Clara Oswald. You are human. You are of no value."
"I'm not Clara Oswald. Clara Oswald has never existed. I'm the Doctor."
"Welcome to the only planet where he's on the payroll." "Am I?" "Yes." "How much?" "Shush."
"Chaplet Funeral Home" .... now is this a vague reference to one of the most easily forgotten regular cast members ever?
"Do you think your father would have done this?" "We both know he absolutely would."
This latest UNIT team seem to have more than their fair share of Supermarionation geeks. Including... "Mind you, me and Sylvia Anderson... now that was a foxtrot to remember..."
"You are the chief executive officer of the human race. Any questions?"
"Born 23rd November 1986!" "I always like that date..."
"The public are being advised to stay away from all cemeteries". ... Yeah right. If the time zones wouldn't have been wrong I'd have been up country with a pen and clipboard asking "Name, age and date of death, please"; the occasional "Ko wai koe?", and trying to find out what is the Cantonese for "Who are you?".
The cemeteries also look like real cemeteries, not stage sets: the headstones are actually in reasonably regular looking rows, and the grass looks like it's seen a lawnmower within the previous few months.
"How can you win a war against an enemy that can weaponise the dead?"
The Master is now singing Toni Basil. Now watch everyone less than 35 years old not get the reference at all...
So, it looks like the latest Cybermen have been getting flying lessons from Tony Stark...
"Now that is the sound of your chain being yanked. Heel, Doctor!"
"You're an AI interface. Now kindly delete your opinion. Thank you."
"And didn't one of those beautiful speeches just disappear in the face of a tactical advantage? Sir?"
... Nice Mary Poppins impersonation there.
"Go on. Crack a smile. I want to see your eyebrows fall off."
"I want my friend back!"
"I... Am... An... IDIOT! With a box. And a screwdriver..."
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So that's it for this year's series of Doctor Who. Story wise, it's been one of the best seasons of the rebooted series. Character wise... I seem to be the only person who thinks this, but Clara simply doesn't seem 'right' to me. Some of the time she acts like she wants to be a mini-Doctor, but she can't get the balance right between straightforwardness and prevarication, with the result that, more often or not, she just ends up embarrassing herself. Last week, she managed to make contact with Danny's consciousness, and wasted all that effort trying to make him jump through loops proving he was actually Danny... and tonight, right in front of Danny-in-a-cyberman-suit, she goes on about how the Doctor was the most important person in her life. (True, Danny was by then presumed deceased, but that still wasn't great judgement on Clara's part). It's no surprise that Danny wanted Clara to finish the cyber-conversion process and get rid of his emotions for once and for all.