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The Eighth Doctor

I've just seen the 1996 Doctor Who movie starring Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann in the Doctor-role for the second time in my life. And only now do I see why there are those that find fault with it. I guess that when I saw it for the first time all those years ago, I was just so happy to see The Doctor back in action that I didn't immediately notice Eight's annoying habit of snogging his companion every two minutes. So glad she turned him down in the end; can you imagine what would have gone on in that TARDIS if she hadn't? He would have been too busy kissing Grace at every opportunity to involve himself in the Last Time War and press the button that obliterated Gallifrey, the Daleks and his own race in one fell swoop. And he would have run around in a Wild Bill Hickok-costume for all eternity!

But other than that, I was great fun to see Seven's protracted death scene; Eight's race against the clock; the Eye of Harmony giving up the secret that The Doctor is half-human (aha! so he and Rose really could dance!), and Eric Robert's overacting as The Master.

I followed it with a viewing of 28 Days Later, which I'd picked up for next to nothing in the sales a couple of days ago. And next to nothing was still too much. Rarely have I seen a more pointless and boring film. Not even CE's arrival on screen could stop me yawning all the rest of the way through. Nothing happens in the first hour, then for the last half hour, all hell breaks loose; but the idea behind it is too ludicrous for words and I just couldn't take it seriously.

Earlier in the week, I'd seen The Others on TV -- now there's a story with a twist! Didn't see that one coming at all. And it has CE in it as well.

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bogwitch
Jan. 14th, 2006 08:19 am (UTC)
The Others was boring as hell too.
gamiila
Jan. 14th, 2006 09:17 am (UTC)
Well, yes, it was a bit...until I got to realise that they're all ghosts. I mean, I thought Chris might be, but I had no idea the staff were and ultimately, the mother and children, too.
anonypooh
Jan. 14th, 2006 01:13 pm (UTC)
scared me senseless that movie ... The ghosty one not the Doctor! - I am easily spooked but I think watching it alone in the dark late at night wasn't the best plan - and the fact that my radio switched itself on just after it finished.
gamiila
Jan. 14th, 2006 01:24 pm (UTC)
Did it? That would have weirded anyone out!

I'm getting better at watching scary spooky movies. Still can't deal with stuff like The Omen or The Grudge, but films like The Sixth Sense and the above-mentioned The Others I can watch without having nightmares later, so I don't avoid them as much as I used to. Still wouldn't pay to see them in the cinema, though...
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