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Yo's the Face of Boe!

1) Finished watching Doctor Who, season 3. I adore the Master! Evil has seldom been so charismatic and handsome. And though I know the Doctor/Master relationship isn't intended to be slashy, I easily see how it could be interpreted that way, what with the quasi-flirting going on. I hope the ring someone (the wife?) picked up at the end indicates a possible return for him, in any case.

And Jack is the Face of Boe! Hah. Finally, a spoiler I hadn't heard about. That rocks. (Though it does almost feel like the writers said, at the last episode, "Hey, you know what we could do with him? We can make him end up the Face of Boe. Will that contradict anything we already said? Hm, nope. Let's do it!")

Martha gets the gold star for being an awesome companion, and of course I believe that she would love the Doctor, but am I alone in thinking she wouldn't be quite so open about saying so to a bunch of strangers? She seems prouder than that, somehow. Her final speech to him rang true, about "getting out" because he was never going to notice her. That served as the truth finally bursting free, and would have been stronger without her sighing and tacitly or outrightly admitting her crush to people every few episodes along the way.

However, I also think she should have inserted a good and proper final snog before telling him, "I'll see you again, mister," and sauntering out.

The Christmas special--well, I tried to like Kylie Minogue, but couldn't quite. (My husband didn't seem to mind her, though. Like Ten, I think he's soft on blondes.) And the angels were done better in "Blink." Still, new black Converse and a tux; that provided eye candy for me.

2) I would be remiss as a linguist if I didn't link to this story: students in Baltimore (and elsewhere) are using "yo" as a gender-neutral third-person singular pronoun. Examples include "Yo threw a thumbtack at me" and "Yo looks like a freak." In short, these kids have managed to do what no well-meaning politically correct language fashioners have been able to do in centuries. Not sure it will catch on everywhere, but it shows there is hope for that cumbersome he/she/one/they business in the third person singular. I think it's great. Oh, come on, it's fun! No, the language is not collapsing. Languages never collapse. Stop being so stuffy.

3) Farewell, Heath Ledger. I am saddened, as I was only just beginning to appreciate you. Also, I have a two-year-old child myself and it breaks my heart to think of your girl growing up without her daddy. So this better not have been intentional or I'll be really angry with you.

4) I'm off to get braces. I'd be apprehensive about the pain, except that the spacers they put between my molars have already inflicted pain upon all four quadrants my jaw for the past week, rendering the eating of crunchy things impossible. So I feel prepared. And you may call me Titani-M* for the next nine or ten months, or however long it takes my little crossbite to straighten out.

*The brackets and wires are a titanium blend nowadays. Stronger, smoother, smaller, faster, sexier, etc.


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Jan. 30th, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
And the angels were done better in "Blink."

In the Voyage of the Damned podcast, RTD mentions something about having the idea of the angel Hosts before Blink came about, but ends up cursing Moffat's name. I swear, the phrase "Bloody Moffat!" is sure catching on quick! I think everyone should use it.

I'm glad you're all caught up! Hooray!

And regarding the Face of Boe... I swear it was something RTD came up with at 3 am as a totally last minute thing. I would just like to know how one becomes a big giant face after millions of years.
Feb. 1st, 2008 10:05 pm (UTC)
Hee. Bloody Moffat for being so brilliant. Damn that guy.

I imagine there's a long story behind Jack's evolution into a giant face...
Jan. 30th, 2008 05:48 pm (UTC)
I hope that everything goes well with the braces! *hugs*

I know what you mean about Heath. It's so tragic. :-( My heart breaks for his little daughter.

Feb. 1st, 2008 10:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks--my mouth wanted to kill itself yesterday, but today it's feeling a bit better. Frozen yogurt helps. (Bless Ben & Jerry.)
Jan. 30th, 2008 05:49 pm (UTC)
>"Hey, you know what we could do with him? We can make him end up the Face of Boe. Will that contradict anything we already said? Hm, nope. Let's do it!")

There probably would have been less payoff in Season Three had the character always been named The Face of Jack.
Feb. 1st, 2008 10:14 pm (UTC)
Well, I meant they didn't appear in the same scene or anything. But I'm a dense enough viewer that I might not even have made the connection if he *had* been called The Face of Jack.
Feb. 2nd, 2008 05:59 pm (UTC)
Suppose it was wearing a giant cap?
Feb. 4th, 2008 04:18 pm (UTC)
Or flirted with everything it met...
Jan. 30th, 2008 06:14 pm (UTC)
1. La-la-laaa, don't see the spoilers! Dude, I so need to get Season 3 so I'm roughly even with you, again.

2. Heh. I never really got what the big deal was with the whole he/she/whatever issue, but apparently it makes a lot of people run a temperature, so yay for this, if it causes people to be happy and not cranky!
Feb. 1st, 2008 10:25 pm (UTC)
Aye, s3 has some great stuff. And the BBC thinks 12 or 13 episodes = a whole season, the sillies, so at least it's easy enough to catch up.

What, you don't feel oppressed by the patriarchy when people use "he" as the singular generic pronoun? For shame, sistah!
Feb. 1st, 2008 10:32 pm (UTC)
*laughs* Yeah, I'm a tool of the patriarchy, what can I say. *grin*
Jan. 30th, 2008 06:22 pm (UTC)
I think I read somewhere that he came up with a while back, but after the Face of Boe was first introduced -- so if you go back and watch some eps, like the one where Boe saved all the people in cars underground, there are some things said that make sense in retrospect.
Feb. 1st, 2008 10:28 pm (UTC)
Hmm, cool. I'll be keeping an ear open for those hints when I rewatch the series.
Jan. 30th, 2008 08:03 pm (UTC)
I thought the "Face of Boe" business was wonderful; I found the season finale less so. The new Master seemed pointlessly cruel and bloodthirsty; I kept feeling like Roger Delgado would have smacked him one and told him to settle down a bit. But hey, regenerations and all, so I can deal with it.

More annoying to me is the new Who's recurring finale habit of "OH, NOES, APOCALYPSE!... oh, it's okay, reset button." I hope they find a different way to wrap up season four.

The Xmas Special had some good bits in it, though I still haven't worked out how the Titanic could crash its bow into an extra-dimensional space. But skipping past that, I also hope that the fourth season breaks this generally morose mood the show's been in since Tennant showed up. Eccleston carried an entire species' worth of survivor's guilt and managed to stay more cheerful than this.

Okay, nitpicky whining done, and I can get back to eagerly awaiting the season premiere :)
Feb. 1st, 2008 10:30 pm (UTC)
This is probably one of those instances that it helps to have not seen the old Who. :) I wonder how my impression of the Master will change when/if I get around to seeing the original guy.

Yeah, agreed on the apocalypse. They played the "or else Earth/the universe will be obliterated" card way too early, and now have to use it in pretty much every episode or else (they presume) it'll be a letdown.

I liked Ten in s2 when he was peppy. Do hope he breaks out of the gloom sometime in s4.
Jan. 30th, 2008 09:54 pm (UTC)
Just recently got caught up on Dr. Who myself and was so excited to see that Jack has a long, albiet creepy life ahead of him. So the plot twist begs the question...how did his head get soooo big?
Jan. 30th, 2008 11:43 pm (UTC)
Arguably, he has a big head, at least in the sense of self-image, already.
Jan. 31st, 2008 01:22 am (UTC)
Exactly. :)

Katymulvey are you the Katy Mulvey betrothed to one "astromanrich"?
Feb. 1st, 2008 10:31 pm (UTC)
I suppose in millions of years you could theoretically evolve...though why to a big face? Hmm.
Jan. 31st, 2008 12:25 pm (UTC)
To paraphrase Comic Book Guy: Best.Exit.Evar.

It wasn't a final exit, because he's got the phone and will probably use it at some point, but, as character exits go, Martha's was brilliant. Fantastic, even. No tears, just a strong, proud woman realising that she was on a sinking ship and getting off before she drowned. Classy.

And yes, Doctor/Master is marvellously slashy - the adventures they could have had!
Feb. 1st, 2008 10:33 pm (UTC)
*nods* Martha was highly classy. Excellent woman. Rose was a dear, but that running mascara got a bit old sometimes.

I may have to look up some Master/Doctor fanfic. *evil grin* Hums Depeche Mode: "Let's play Master and servant..."
Feb. 2nd, 2008 12:30 am (UTC)
I loved Doctor/Rose (though in my heart it has to be Nine/Rose/Jack - my OT3) and I thought the way the writers dealt with their relationship was very moving - I cried many many tears over them - but Martha was refreshingly different - more of an equal to the Doctor, rather than just a love interest.

I've not read any Doctor/Master stuff, but I might have to go looking for some at some point.
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