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Who Gets Smoochy!

All righty, I'm hooked! Sometimes takes me a full season to see how they round things out and maximize the drama, but I do get there if the show's worthy, and I call the new Doctor Who worthy.

I hear the romantic angle of the new Who really bothered a lot of folks who liked the (supposedly) more asexual old Who (I say "supposedly" since I'm not very familiar with the old series). I'm sorry for them since I know it sucks when someone comes along and jarringly alters the fandom you loved so dearly. But I myself am not complaining about the smoochies; no sirree. My slash-happy dark side did jump up in glee when Jack planted one on the Doctor, I admit. And I was touched by the "I think you need a Doctor" kiss that saved Rose from being eaten by the space-time vortex. That one reminded me of Doyle kissing Cordy in Angel, or for that matter Prince Charming kissing Sleeping Beauty--a love kiss, yes, but more importantly a spell-breaking (or spell-transferring) kiss. It doesn't have to end in sex and/or marriage to give me my voyeuristic thrills.

That's part of what I loved so much about the Buffy-and-Angel-verse: the writers coupled and decoupled so many characters, so often, with such good drama, that we were never without a thorny romantic entanglement to watch, no matter what heavy supernatural woes were going on simultaneously. So adding romance into the new Who is just the kind of thing to draw someone like me into the viewership. (And drive away those who go, "Eww, kissing is yucky! It totally contaminates the pristine and refreshingly intellectual-only dialectic of the blah blah blah." Look, sex is a part of life--make that a big part of life--no, make that the source of life, excepting certain organisms whose lifestyles are too boring to put on TV--so yeah, I expect it to show up in just about all types of storytelling, even if it never gets farther than subtext and kissing.)

It was a real treat to get a glimpse of David Tennant at the end there! I was fond of Nine and his loverly accent, but I got over my minor parting sadness when Ten-Nant arrived and ran his tongue around his new teeth. Let's face it, he is totally my type, what with the wide eyes and untamed hair. Lest you need convincing of this being my type, let's review a photographic sampling of just a few of the many Boys I Have Obsessed Over In My Lifetime:
The Monkees
Robert Smith of the Cure
Elijah Wood
Toby Stephens, especially as Mr. Rochester
And of course my husband.

Yeah. No hope for me. Bring on the Ten!


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Nov. 11th, 2007 06:23 am (UTC)
Robert Smith is love. ♥

(Which reminds me: I need music icons, dammit!)
Nov. 11th, 2007 11:59 pm (UTC)
I had a phase when I wanted to meet RS more than anyone on the planet, pretty much. Luckily I'm over that level of obsession, but I still like the music.

Hm, I only have a couple music icons, none of them Cure. *uses Jarvis Cocker instead*
Nov. 11th, 2007 06:31 am (UTC)
Keep going, keep going! You can totally be caught up by Christmas, when the new special comes out!

Agreed. I like Nine a lot, but Tennant is so my type.

*sigh* Oh, Captain Jack. Why must you be full of awesome?

Make sure you watch the Children in Need special before you watch "The Christmas Invasion". It's a mini-episode that takes place immediately after where the Series 1 finale left off. It's not NECESSARY, but it's handy to watch.
Nov. 12th, 2007 12:00 am (UTC)
Thanks--just found the special on YouTube. "Love the mole." Heehee!
Nov. 11th, 2007 11:36 am (UTC)
The long-term tug of war between writers who want to make the Doctor a person and those who want him to be a cipher has amused me.

At the beginning of the show, when it became clear that Gallifrey and the Time Lords were gone, I was a bit disappointed, because it seemed like too much in the 'cipher' direction. But then the season made it clear that Rose was to be the Doctor's new anchor, and that he'd care for her as he did few other companions, dragged him back to the 'person' side, and that pleased me.

I'm more of an Eccleston fan than a Tennant fan, personally, but I do approve of how they are handling the Companion dynamic in seasons two and three. I won't spoil it, though.
Nov. 12th, 2007 12:01 am (UTC)
Cool. Glad it has appeased some of the fans from the older days too!
Nov. 11th, 2007 12:32 pm (UTC)
For more Tennanty goodness, I highly recommend you watch the BBC version of Casanova.
Nov. 12th, 2007 12:04 am (UTC)
Sweet! Didn't know about that one. My library appears to have it, so I've placed a hold on it. *glee*
Nov. 12th, 2007 12:53 pm (UTC)
Enjoy. :)
Nov. 11th, 2007 02:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, David Tennant! The gods smiled happily on thee!

I told you before that I feel kinda odd about feeling attracted to the Doctor but--gracious goodness--David Tennant made me into a swoony mooon-eye fangirl. The finale of season one (which I have re-watched again recently) is very well done. Parts of season two still annoy me because I see myself in Rose a bit--the moon-eyed swooner to Tennant's doctor. It is a bit of a character assassination at times, but I suppose that is how one acts when one is in love with something they admire. Rose has grown on me now that I am almost through with re-watching season two--I'm almost protective of her even though I disagree with her actions from time to time. Nonetheless, I think it is because of Tennant that I came to appreciate the the romantic angle.

Also, I've been re-watching the old series. There are moments of Romance in it at time--just never as blatant as the new series. Doctor One: Ian and Barbara, Susan and her beau, Vicki fell in love with the Trojan warrior Troilus. The Doctor was too old for romance. This is the asexual version that everyone seems to use as the argument against the Doctor and romance.
Doctor Two: Jamie was totally in love with the Doctor, I think. Not that such a relationship would have been explored then.
Doctor Three: The Doctor's reaction to Jo Grant departure for marriage was quite moving
Doctor Four: Sarah Jane was the Doctor's best love companion for a looong time until-erm-Rose came along
Doctor Five: Adric, Tegan both were smitten with the Doctor. Nyssa, too. There is something slashy with Turlough. Doctor Five was a sex kitten...
Doctor Six: Peri was somewhat smitten... it started with 5 and continues with his regeneration -- sexual tension.
Doctor Seven: There was a mentor/respect/crush aspect with Ace's character. Similar to Rose and the Doctor though he was a bit of an older regeneration then 9 or 10.
Doctor Eight: The beginning of modern Romance as seen in the new Who.

I just don't want anyone to have sex on camera in the Tardis... it would scar me for life. It would be like Oscar the Grouch getting it on in his trashcan.
Nov. 12th, 2007 12:07 am (UTC)
I just don't want anyone to have sex on camera in the Tardis... it would scar me for life. It would be like Oscar the Grouch getting it on in his trashcan.

Heheh. Agreed. In my "yay, sex!" rave I neglected to mention that I still view the Doctor as a loner character who is perhaps best off not settling down with anyone, nor getting into a hot affair. The "it can never be" aspect makes it more romantic in a way, anyhow.

I can see Captain Jack having sex in the Tardis and staying in character, but yeah, maybe off-camera is best. :)
Nov. 11th, 2007 04:11 pm (UTC)
I recently popped in the Dickens ep to prep me for speed writing, and I was reminded just how much I love Nine. I love Ten, too, of course. Eccles was in Heroes last season, so I had a bit of a reunion then. :D

Glad you're sticking with!
Nov. 12th, 2007 12:08 am (UTC)
I look forward to starting Heroes one of these months too. Glad to hear I'll see crazy Eccleston again!
Nov. 11th, 2007 06:00 pm (UTC)
Isn't the new Who fabulous? The romance is fun, and the complicated, morally tormented Doctor owns my SOUL.

As for kissing and what-not, wait till you see Season Two. *bounces*

Both Nine and Ten are terrific, but I have a soft spot for Ten -- he manages to be pretty and alien at the same time, which is quite a trick!
Nov. 12th, 2007 12:09 am (UTC)
*pets your Tennant icon*

Yes, we who were suckers for Frolijah are shoo-ins as Ten fangirls, I suppose. :)

I'm impressed with how the new Who can pull in those who weren't very familiar with the old series, and not alienate (hah) them.

More smoochies in S2? Yay!
Nov. 11th, 2007 07:49 pm (UTC)
Yayyyy! :-)
Nov. 12th, 2007 12:10 am (UTC)
*pats your pretty Tennant icon*
Nov. 14th, 2007 02:27 am (UTC)
Glad you like! It's by graven_rose. ;-) Can't wait to hear how you're liking the Tennant Doctor Who eps!!
Nov. 14th, 2007 11:04 pm (UTC)
He is just such a darn cutie. I've only seen the first ep of S2 so far, but I had to go grab some Ten icons anyway. The tweedy suit he puts on at the end! *swoon*
Nov. 12th, 2007 05:15 am (UTC)
Just watched the first three eps of S2 tonight and I think you will like them muchly. I was a special fan of the third ep, "Tooth and Claw."

Ernie and I have decided that we like Ten very well. Still miss Nine, a little. I think I had a baby-duck thing with him: I didn't have a crush on him so much as I just imprinted. I suspect he'll be The Doctor to me for a long time. *grin*

The new teeth thing cracked me up. It was like the show was saying to me "Look, I know you have reservations about this whole new actor thing, but really, it's going to be okay."
Nov. 14th, 2007 02:28 am (UTC)
*waves* I agree with you, kalquessa, about "Tooth and Claw." That's a really fun episode. :-)
Nov. 14th, 2007 10:55 pm (UTC)
I've only seen one full ep with Ten so far, but he is a type of geeky dorky cute that I can definitely appreciate. (And looks good in a tweedy Brit suit!)

Yeah, Steve and I were discussing how rare it is for a show to replace a main character's actor in mid-stride, and more or less pull it off. Explaining the change via the plot was a fun way to do it. Though, man, I keep expecting Rose to say, "Yes, you absolutely look fine this way, cutie-pie!" Well, *I* would say it, anyway.
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