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23 November 2013 @ 11:03 pm
Doctor Who 50° Anniversary special | Reaction  
Thoughts under the cut!


Even thought I don't like Moffat's Who, I thought this was decent! It could have been worse....I got a bit lost on the convoluted shapeshifter/Queen Elizabeth plot, as usual (what the hell happened?? I have no idea, but who cares. Oh, I hated everything to do with Elizabeth, by the way... horrible characterization, terrible actress ), but I think all in all it did justice to the history of the show (Tom Baker! Jack mention Capaldi's eyes!)? But I'll wait to hear the thoughts of the old school fans for that.

The interaction between Ten/Eleven - Tennant/Smith was wonderful. I watched the show in Italian, so I couldn't fully appreciate their performances, but I could still see that they worked great together.... I can't wait to watch it again in English.

I like that they rewrote the ending of the Time War and that they saved Gallifrey... it opens up new scenarios for the future of the show.

I wish Eccleston had been willing to participate... it would have made John Hurt's regeneration all the more poignant.... and Nine was the Doctor who was more affected by the destruction of Gallifrey, so he should have been there. Oh well.

I was disappointed by Billie Piper's role, though. I thought we were going to have the real Rose and Rose and Ten interaction (it was the last chance), so that was disappointing for me. But I understand why they wanted to focus on the Doctor. Having Rose there wouldn't have fit, so I guess they found an ok way to involve her while not involving her.

All in all, I'm satisfied!! :)
 
 
 
sherrilina: 10/Rose (Doctor Who)sherrilina on November 23rd, 2013 10:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I too enjoyed it note than I expected to (I think having very low expectations going in helped)--it could have indeed been worse! Although I hated the ret on with Gallifrey, it's stupid IMO, and they are forgetting that the real reason why the Doctor did it was because the High Council of Time Lords were planning to destroy reality--what happened there, lol? (Ironically they showed that epp immediately after the special here).

My main worry was that it would be current!Rose, because DNW Moffat effing with that canon better left to the image nation, or writing Rose period, since he sucks at it--this way it's the best of both worlds, we get to see Billie and get a nod to the importance of Rose in the Doctor's life, but no messing with her character.

I miss Ten so much...*sigh* Those glasses...;). Also the Tom Baker touch was nice.

Were you able to watch it live on TV?

Also apparently CE was considering coming back, but Moffat was such an asshole he chased him away and CE said Never Mind.
francy_m79francy_m79 on November 23rd, 2013 10:41 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I too enjoyed it note than I expected to (I think having very low expectations going in helped)--it could have indeed been worse! Although I hated the ret on with Gallifrey, it's stupid IMO, and they are forgetting that the real reason why the Doctor did it was because the High Council of Time Lords were planning to destroy reality--what happened there, lol? (Ironically they showed that epp immediately after the special here)

I suck at Who canon... I know very little about what happened before Nine, so you may be right that it doesn't make sense... but I don't mind the retcon. If the show has to continue, there has to be new life to it, and I think this brings a lot of possibilities. Also, it was done in a way that makes some sense, so I'm really ok with it! Now, all depends on what they do with it... and I have no confidence in Moffat. Sigh.

My main worry was that it would be current!Rose, because DNW Moffat effing with that canon better left to the image nation, or writing Rose period, since he sucks at it--this way it's the best of both worlds, we get to see Billie and get a nod to the importance of Rose in the Doctor's life, but no messing with her character.

Probably it was for the best. What I don't get is.. since he doesn't like Rose, why did Moffat feel the need to include Billie? He could have avoided it, since this story coud have worked without the Bad Wolf. Oh well.

Still, since it was revealed that Tennant and Piper would take part in this, I always expected to be treated with Rose and Ten interaction (last chance) and I'm still disappointed. Maybe it was my fault for making assumptions LOL Serves me right.

I miss Ten so much...*sigh* Those glasses...;). Also the Tom Baker touch was nice.

Me too. Ten and Nine. They are the superior Doctors. Nothing against Matt, but Eleven just doesn't work for me (not his fault).

And I've seen nothing of 4, but that was a nice touch indeed! :)

Were you able to watch it live on TV?

Yes! Astonishingly, it aired simultaneously on Italian tv!!

Also apparently CE was considering coming back, but Moffat was such an asshole he chased him away and CE said Never Mind.

Fuck Moffat forever. He won't leave soon enough.

sherrilina: 10/Rose (Doctor Who)sherrilina on November 24th, 2013 04:06 am (UTC)
Lol The End of Time was in NuWho though--it was Tennant's farewell!!! Remember his death? ;) That was it! In that epp we learned that the real reason he committed genocide was because he knew of the Time Lord leaders' plan to destroy everything. But the special totally ignored that threat, which is still ongoing...

And well Moffat knows Billie is popular (she is regularly voted Favorite Companion in the polls) so I'm sure that's why he included her.

Yes, 9+10>>>>11 indeed! And I cant wait for Moffat to go either, as you know! ;). Glad we are in such agreement about DW! ;) And yeah you should watch "The Genesis of the Daleks" with Four sometime--it's probably the most approachable Classic Who I've seen so far, since it includes familiar characters like Sarah Jane and Davros, and it has an air of tragic inevitability and angst and moral dilemmas reminiscent of the RTD era of NuWho. (Also I met Tom Baker! I stumbled upon a signing when I was doing a self-guided walk in London after returning from Cardiff and visiting Jo!)