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Some Doctor Who Season 2 shallow thoughts

Regarding episodes "The Idiot Lantern" and "The Impossible Planet"/"The Satan Pit"...

"Idiot Lantern"--Doctor with '50s hair! So cute. That's all I have to say, really.

The two-part Satan Planet story chilled me, in the way that good old traditional sci-fi about a tiny band of humans stranded in a horrifying place on the edge of a black hole where the Devil is coming to life in everything around them often can. And what further proof do we need that The Doctor = Courage? Faced with a freaking gigantic Satan Balrog, he simply treats it like any other life form he meets, and reasons with it. (Or at it, anyway.)

Now, regarding this Rose/Doctor sorta-romance they have going on: Clearly he's conflicted about the idea; Me Eternal, You Earthling, etc. He seems to feel comfortable treating her as a student and friend, but gets all awkward (adorably, but painfully) when it comes to the ubercrush she oh-so-clearly has on him.

Therefore, were we really meant to think that when he said before potentially dying, "Tell Rose ...Oh, she knows," that the completed thought was "Tell Rose I love her"? Because, really, I'm not so sure she does know that, especially after the excruciating moment where she tried to suggest settling down with the same mortgage and he averted his eyes and cut her off with "Anyway". Ouch. Guess Doctor = Courage except where possible girlfriends are concerned.

So maybe the completed thought was a more Doctor-ish spiel about going forth and living life and being happy and adventurous. In retrospect that seems likelier.

I should take this moment to add that while I sympathize with Rose and wouldn't mind some continuing romantic angst, I'm not a Doctor/Rose shipper exactly. Maybe this is a subconscious way to shield myself from disappointment, since I already know she leaves after this season (though I don't know how yet). But I think it's also the effect of those awkward moments that make me think the Doctor's hearts aren't entirely in it for whatever reason.

Odd, isn't it, how you can be someone's fangirl/boy without shipping them with anyone, or a shipper of a pair without being a particular fangirl/boy of either person in the pair, or a megafan of an ensemble cast with or without having favorites or serious ships within it? Or maybe I'm just flexible that way. Some people do seem to ship everything they come across, or cannot ship if they don't lust after someone in the pair, or what have you.

Oops, there's me rambling again. Time for bed.


Dec. 5th, 2007 06:13 am (UTC)
We sure do. I'm so glad I followed you gals' lead on this one. The Ten love, it's crippling in its strength. Dear dear.
Dec. 5th, 2007 07:41 pm (UTC)
Kevon makes fun of our schoolgirl Ten crush.
Dec. 5th, 2007 11:01 pm (UTC)
I would too. It's quite absurd how soul-consuming this crush is, and how fast it came on. What the hell hit me? I'm almost annoyed with you gals for being so right about him. :)
Dec. 6th, 2007 12:00 am (UTC)
I know what you mean... one day I was watching the show and it just hit me. Ten is almost fictionally perfect...
Dec. 7th, 2007 10:45 pm (UTC)
He really is. I think this is why almost no other Tennant part, including being himself, quite seems to live up. How could it? When else is he going to possess 900 years of knowledge, charm, and dorkiness? :)

Speaking of which, I'm watching Casanova now, and...blech. It isn't his fault (unless he's the one who said, "Oh! Please, flatten the life out of my hair; and give me a freakin' rat-tail while you're at it."), but it's still a shame. I may have to do a whole post on why it isn't working for me. Of course, I'll still finish watching it, because it's him. *sighs at lameness of self*
Dec. 8th, 2007 01:06 pm (UTC)
I just watched "Secret Smile" and his character says to a woman "I've cum in that mouth". I don't need the Doctor uttering those words. Gah.

But, he still maintained those nuances that make me love his as the Doctor so it was just odd--like I was reading badly written smutty Ten fanfic. In a recent Graham Norton interview he was so completely "Ten" that I think the character is taking him over just a wee bit. I wonder how that will play out in "Hamlet"-- it may just work wonders.

You can catch some young Tennant action in "Takin' Over the Asylum" on YouTube. It is worth the watch.

As for "Casanova" -- blech is correct. I watched it before the TENnat-love hit me and it made me oddly uncomfortable because it is so poorly executed. As you said, it isn't his fault as an actor (in my opinion he more or less pulled a DiCaprio in Titanic--he phoned his performance in. He gives it his usual Tennant-ese treatment but this is a Russell T. Davis ego piece at its heart... which is the very thing the film lacks. The film is so effing glib.

Dec. 8th, 2007 11:00 pm (UTC)
Sounds like I got some Netflix and YouTube looking-up to do. Cool.

Now why on earth would you go to the trouble of watching Casanova *before* the TenNant love hit you? :) But yes, "no heart" is a good way to sum it up. Nobody at all has any chemistry or much physical appeal, despite a number of good and attractive actors being in it. You know it's a sad turn of events when, in the midst of all-consuming Tennant crushage, you still prefer Heath Ledger's Casanova. (That version managed a lot more of both comedy and sexiness without veering into crassness.)

and his character says to a woman "I've cum in that mouth". I don't need the Doctor uttering those words. Gah.

Eeek. Crass indeed. Right, the Doctor's sense of civilized decency is a large part of why we love him, so that's just too jarring. Oh well; we're allowed to like certain roles and not others. May even be the sign of a good actor. :)