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2.08 The Impossible Planet

Yet another episode that made me go meh -- inbetween the bits where it made me go hey! that's Will from Strictly Come Dancing! and hah! it's Tim Curry in Legend! And I know I've seen Zach and Jefferson before too, but can't quite put my finger on where, exactly...

My attitude to Doctor Who has changed with this new series. Whereas last year I watched because I simply couldn't miss an episode, however silly or flawed; now I watch it out of habit and because there really isn't anything else on, but while I'm watching, the silliness and the flaws grate on me. Last year, I cared about the characters; this year, I couldn't give a toss, least of all about The Doctor and Rose. The writing and the editing seems sloppy, the special effects hit-and-miss, and overall, the series seems to lack cohesion (IMO). Come November, I definitely won't be acquiring the dvd-box.

What I am looking forward to though is the return of Ripley Holden in Viva Blackpool this next Saturday, even if it's just a one-off special.

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xwingace
Jun. 4th, 2006 01:00 pm (UTC)
Zack is the same actor who played Rocco in Casanova. I'll join you in thinking Jefferson's face is familiar, but I don't know where I've seen *him*, either.

XWA
gamiila
Jun. 4th, 2006 02:04 pm (UTC)
Zack is the same actor who played Rocco in Casanova.

Ah yes. But I mostly remember him with goggles on in one of those Mummy films. ;-)
frelling_tralk
Jun. 4th, 2006 02:56 pm (UTC)
I'd be tempted to get The Chrildren In Need special, and The Christmas Invasion. Just for all the nice weepy bits and adjusting to the new Doctor.

But TCI DVD comes with New Earth :/

gamiila
Jun. 4th, 2006 05:15 pm (UTC)
Euggggh. Still, I might consider it: I did quite like the cats in wimples.
__kali__
Jun. 4th, 2006 07:34 pm (UTC)
I'm very looking forward to Blackpool even if there won't be any Tennant in it.
gamiila
Jun. 4th, 2006 09:12 pm (UTC)
I guess I'm not too big with the Tennant-love...I liked him well enough in Casablanca, thought he did a good job in Blackpool, but his presence is not required, for me to sit down and watch a series.
halliggye
Jun. 4th, 2006 07:58 pm (UTC)
Heh, I'm with you on the new Who. It's a shame because I was really looking forward to it, but Tennant's Doctor is not doing it. He's too... shouty? Silly? Bloke-ish? Not alien enough? It's probably all those things and more. It's just not working for me. I'm sad to say I haven't watched the last three episodes. :(
gamiila
Jun. 4th, 2006 09:21 pm (UTC)
It's a shame because I was really looking forward to it

So was I, although I was a bit apprehensive that I might not love it as much as the 2005 series. I was more optimistic in that regard after TCI, but from New Earth on, I have found little to like about shouty!shallow!Doctor and vapid!shallow!Rose. My favourite character this year was Mickey, and he's gone! :(
enigmaticblues
Jun. 4th, 2006 11:34 pm (UTC)
I have to admit that I'm behind about 3 or 4 eps now, and I can't seem to care about catching up. I enjoyed 9, but I'm somehow not as into 10, although I enjoy the show when I do watch it. It's just not must-see TV for me now.
gamiila
Jun. 5th, 2006 09:36 am (UTC)
Since RTD and the rest of the writing team insist that they have made no fundamental changes to the character, I can only conclude that what turned the series ino must see TV last year was Chris's interpretation of his role. DT tries, but he's only ever as good as the scripts he's given, whereas CE seems to have been able to transcend them.
diachrony
Jun. 11th, 2006 08:14 pm (UTC)
Oooo ... I see that the DVD set of the Christopher Eccleston season of "Doctor Who" will be available to us States folk on ... wait for it ... my birthday. And it's to have closed-captioning! (This per Amazon.com.)

::anticipatory bounce::

I'm sorry to hear the new season isn't as enjoyable for you. I do look forward to watching the "good" season, however late!
gamiila
Jun. 11th, 2006 09:00 pm (UTC)
Well, it seems to me as if the second series has just picked up a bit with the last episode, but it may be too little too late...The writing and characterisation have all been off this year, which is a bit disappointing...but it still makes for mildly amusing television. I just miss the cohesion of the first series, and Christopher Eccleston who I thought was great as The Doctor. Not everyone agrees with me though, and I'll leave you to make up your own mind.

I do hope you will enjoy Doctor Who 2005 when you get your set!
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