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Oh brave new world...

Last night, roughly 3 years after everyone else in the entire world, I finally discovered BitTorrent, and successfully downloaded The Parting of the Ways. It took several hours, and an annoying pop-up telling me to open a certain port in my firewall had me worried I wouldn't succeed, but in the end it turned out to be all there -- and oh! the picture quality is better even than on TV. Now, if only I can work out how to open that port (because I don't want to be blacklisted as my smartass colleague says will happen if I don't), and find another programme to interest me, I foresee countless hours of fun in my immediate future.

So, what did I think of the Doctor Who-finale, then?

I loved it. The Doctor and Capt. Jack's rescue of Rose seemed a tad too easy, maybe; but since they also had to somehow destroy half a million Daleks and only 45 minutes to do it in, I won't quibble with that.

And I won't quibble with the fact that in spite of his promise, The Doctor couldn't ensure that if she came with him, Lynda-with-a-y would live. His reaction to her death was deeply moving, almost as moving as his reaction to Rose's in the previous episode had been.

And speaking of reactions -- the writers and the actors did a splendid job of showing all the emotion that had been lurking under the skin of the various characters in this episode clearly and beautifully, never getting too much. There was so much love, and humour there...For instance, it was wonderful to see how Rose reacted to her rival. She never said anything, but boy! was she jealous. As jealous as The Doctor had been when Rose had first brought Jack into their cosy little world. And The Doctor really did seem more than a little fond of and flirty with his 'sweet Lynda' -- it even got my hackles up.

However, his gallantry in sending Rose home in combination with his pre-recorded emergency programme 1 message in which he exhorts her to have a fantastic life in remembrance of him, did everything to restore my faith in the Doctor/Rose 'ship; and when Lynda snuffed it not long after, I respected the Doctor's obvious pain and shock over it, but secretly I was relieved that she wouldn't be there to muddy the waters anymore.

Then Rose falling apart at the thought of having no way to get back to The Doctor and fight to the death alongside him in the scenes with her mother and Mickey, and the two of them helping her jumpstart the TARDIS knowing they will probably never see her again if they get it working...Mickey's brave little toaster face when he realizes that there's no chance Rose will ever come back and resume the life she had, and be happy with him as he had believed she had been before...all of this combined made the episode a worthy conclusion to the story arc.

Rose, absorbing the time vortex into her own person and melding with the TARDIS, saving the earth and mankind -- The Doctor, unable to press the button and kill every living creature, choosing to be 'a coward, not a killer' -- the kiss, oh God, that kiss, so sweet, so perfect...the kiss of death, but also of love and hope...the regeneration reminded me a little of Spike's demise...

I loved how Nine tried to reassure Rose, how bravely he met his end; but I hated how he made a disparaging remark about his own ugly mug (no! it's not ugly, it's beautiful, he's beautiful), and I hated seeing it replaced by DT's...but most of all, I think I hated Rose's amnesia -- how can she not remember that kiss?

In other news, I'm still puzzling over how to get my digital camera to take a picture. It's not as easy as loading a film and clicking away, and the manual doesn't even mention the snapping of shots until you get to page 108 -- before that, it's all boring stuff about software and how to set it up before you can actually get to pointing your camera in any object's direction, and press the silver button on top. I wonder if I'll ever get around to using it...I still much prefer my trusty old Olympus. Occasionally it needs a battery change, but on the whole it's quick and easy to use, doesn't require a mass of cables or a docking station, and is -all things considered- more than sufficient to my needs.


My vanity and greed will be my undoing one of these days.

ETA: A few days ago, I asked you to check out river_soul's journal for her fic. Unfortunately, I left off the s at the end of her moniker, which meant you would have been taken to somebody else's LJ if, your curiosity piqued, you'd clicked it. Sorry.

BTW, is there any point to this new tags-feature? 'Cause unless there is, I think I'll do away with them altogether.



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Jun. 20th, 2005 02:25 pm (UTC)
I managed to find her journal anyway and her writing is quite good. Thanks for the rec. Even though I haven't gotten to see the Dr. yet, I am excited to find someone who writes BSG and Stargate.

And, btw, I've never used BitTorrent. So you're not the last in the entire world to find it. :)
Jun. 20th, 2005 05:23 pm (UTC)
I managed to find her journal anyway and her writing is quite good. Thanks for the rec. Even though I haven't gotten to see the Dr. yet, I am excited to find someone who writes BSG and Stargate.

I thought that might appeal to you! And I'm glad you like her writing.

And oh dear, I hope I haven't spoiled the ending for you now if when you get finally do to see the show. Just forget anything I may ever have said about it in my journal; just erase it from your memory.

I'm not the last? Huh. Fancy that...
Jun. 20th, 2005 05:54 pm (UTC)
Spoilers don't bother me, they just peak my interest to find out how things are going to happen.
Jun. 20th, 2005 05:54 pm (UTC)
Rose better remember that freakin' kiss. I demand it. The Doctor better tell her. Or, I don't know, at least stare whistfully and be upset that she doesn't remember.

I'm trying not to think too much about the new Doctor beyond - "He's alive! He's not dead!" If I think about it too much I'm afraid I will decide ahead of time that I hate the new Doctor. It's very conflicting.
Jun. 20th, 2005 06:30 pm (UTC)
Or, I don't know, at least stare whistfully and be upset that she doesn't remember.

Yes. I have no problem with Ten whistfully remembering -- I do, however, have a big problem with Ten following in Nine's footsteps where the relationship between his predecessor and Rose is concerned. Despite what certain detractors may have to say on the subject of Doctor/Companion relationships, it's quite clear that from The Long Game onwards that the Doctor is head over heels in love with Rose, which is probably also why he's so bittery disappointed and angry with her in Father's Day. And it's more than clear that Rose cares just as deeply for him as he for her, especially in the last few episodes, and certainly since The Doctor Dances.

The Doctor didn't have time to explain the regen properly. It's not just his "daft old face" that's changed, Ten, even if he has all previous' Doctors' vast intelligence and memories, is not and can never be Nine. He will have his own quirks and personality, his own way of doing things...and although we only saw him for a minute or two before the end credits rolled, I do believe he's fundamentally less sad and traumatised as Nine was -- perhaps because he's a) at one remove from the Time War, and b) his regen, painful as it looked, was him accepting the consequence of his action -- he knew that in saving Rose with that kiss, he'd bring about his own death. I do believe though that the speed with which the process started kind of surprised him, if the look on his face after he saw the charge go over his hand and his hurried explanation to Rose of what was happening to him as well as the mention of all the places he wished he could have taken her to are anything to go by.

Goodbye, Christopher Eccleston/Nine. It's a good thing the show'll be on hiatus until Christmas, or David Tennant/Ten and me would have been starting off on the wrong foot already.
Jun. 20th, 2005 06:02 pm (UTC)
Nah, you didn't discover BitTorrent all that late. I just found it this weekend myself. Isn't it wonderful?
Jun. 20th, 2005 06:14 pm (UTC)
Oh, it is! It's made me seriously consider investing in an even faster broadband connection now.
Jun. 20th, 2005 11:54 pm (UTC)
The wonders of high speed. I'm addicted. I don't know how I'd go back to dial-up at this point.
Jun. 21st, 2005 06:49 am (UTC)
I've only had my Internet connection since November. Not knowing how I was going to use it at that time, I opted for the basic no frills package -- it's been wonderful and fast so far, but...3 hours 24 minutes to download a 350MB Dr. Who-ep? I'm sure I can do better.
Jun. 21st, 2005 01:40 pm (UTC)
That depends. I have the highest speed offered, and it takes about two hours over BitTorrent. Of course, you may have more options than we do here in Nebraska. We're sort of in the sticks.
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