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2.04 The Girl in the Fireplace

Yes. Well. What can I say? A good and enjoyable episode, if a little jumbled up in places (half the time I didn't know what was going on) and very bittersweet at the end. Poor Doctor.


And poor Rose! What is going on with her and Ten? Definitely not what was going on with her and Nine, that's for sure. 'Dancing' with Reinette...bad Ten! Bad, bad Ten!

Rose, that single tear. She looked so lost and forlorn, and utterly devoid of hope when he didn't return. Actually, she seemed quite ill at ease all through the episode, and who can blame her? One minute, she's happy, safe and secure with Nine (they were solid, right?), then he goes and regenerates on her and starts chasing after other women. Bye-bye soulmate, hello show-off!

Pretending to be drunk Doctor was kind of funny -- but one thing I'll never get is why baddies always stop in their tracks, allow themselves to be distracted, and stand around to listen to whatever the good guy's blathering on about instead of just getting on with it and (in this case) slicing up Rose and Mickey and Mme de Pompadour.

Yay! for Arthur, the way he crashed through that mirror. That'll do, horsey, that'll do!

Mickey -- love him.

Glad all was explained at the end, when it transpired that the ship was called the SS Madame de Pompadour. So that's why they wanted her brain for their computer, and no one else's would do.


All in all, it was a bit silly, wasn't it?

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grapefruitzzz
May. 6th, 2006 07:41 pm (UTC)
Every week I bitch like mad and then come round later in the week. I did feel sorry for Rose as Ten chased his baby-girl.

The horsy was so cute! It followed the Doctor around and wanted to be his friend! Much better story than the main plot.

The 'ship name' thing was explained in that the robots were all tangled up and grasping at half-facts, so they got it into their heads they needed someone with the same name as the ship. But by gum she was dull.
gamiila
May. 6th, 2006 07:53 pm (UTC)
The horsey was my favourite character in this -- such a sweetheart, the way he followed the Doctor around. Someone better make an icon of the two of them in the nex week or so.

I'm retiring my 'Still Inside'-icon of Ten/Rose/TARDIS and Nine, because with every passing episode in this new series, it seems more clear to me that sadly, there's hardly anything left of Nine in Ten, other than an abiding appreciation for bananas.
grapefruitzzz
May. 6th, 2006 07:59 pm (UTC)
*need horsey icon*

I'm retiring my 'Still Inside'-icon of Ten/Rose/TARDIS and Nine, because with every passing episode in this new series, it seems more clear to me that sadly, there's hardly anything left of Nine in Ten, other than an abiding appreciation for bananas.

Yes, very much so. I'm not saying Nine was better, but he was definitely less shallow. Ten has known this woman for about twenty minutes of his time and he wants to trap Rose on a spaceship for her sake? I don't understand what I'm suppsed to read from the emotions of this plot (I understood the mechanics fine). If he had to stay with Pomp for the timeline, it should have been mentioned. As it is, he just looks dangerously fickle and impulsive. Even for him!
gamiila
May. 6th, 2006 08:54 pm (UTC)
Yet in a way, Ten does seem to be more akin to previous Doctors (as I remember them), while Nine was a completely different animal...far more mature, far more willing to compromise, far less convinced of himself while still believing he was so impressive.

I don't know. Ten is the Doctor and I love him, but on a strictly personal level, I <3 Nine.
grapefruitzzz
May. 6th, 2006 09:07 pm (UTC)
Ten makes me remember that I didn't always *like* the Doctor, and while he was some fanboys' ultimate hero, he was never mine.

Nine was entirely different, as if the fabled Time War had made him stop and think for a bit.
bogwitch
May. 6th, 2006 08:29 pm (UTC)
I thought I'd tuned into a Adam and the Ants retrospective. With cheap CGI.
gamiila
May. 6th, 2006 08:44 pm (UTC)
Okay, he didn't swing from the chandelier, but he did jump out of a mirror on a horse, so yes! definitely reminiscent of the video for Prince Charming!
grapefruitzzz
May. 6th, 2006 09:12 pm (UTC)
Hey! Ridicule is *nothing* to be scared of!
gamiila
May. 6th, 2006 09:18 pm (UTC)
Well, he'll never stop being dandy, that's for sure! :D
bogwitch
May. 6th, 2006 09:22 pm (UTC)
And bad puns.
anonypooh
May. 8th, 2006 11:20 am (UTC)
I was just winding you up
hahaha bad me for not thinking that!!

I love your post-who analysis posts! I can't join in much though .. just watch, enjoy - shout at the screen a couple of times for something being stooooopid - and then forget it all til next week hee - tis all good :D

river_soul
May. 10th, 2006 06:59 pm (UTC)
OMG I miss nine. I miss him and his love for ROSE and WTF is up with Ten? Ugh. I don't want to hate DT but I'm getting close, oh so very close at the moment. My poor, poor Rose!

Rose did seem to have grown up a bit in this episode. She was jealous but she, umm, hid it well? I mean we didn't get any childish moments but some really great ones with her comforting the lady.

You can just see Rose is missing nine, that she wants him back. Makes me all wibbly.
gamiila
May. 10th, 2006 07:32 pm (UTC)
The relationship between Rose and The Doctor certainly has changed a lot with his regeneration. I'm sure she must miss Nine, the way he respected her and relied on her. Ten doesn't seem to need her as much in order to connect to others - he's not as damaged, not as desperate, and not as deep...and if she doesn't miss him, I do!
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