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Doctor Who 3.03 Gridlock

In 2005, it didn't take me long to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with the all new Doctor Who-series and the ninth incarnation of The Doctor, who I started out loving as much as The Doctor I grew up with (Four), and then cranked it up a notch, or two. I cried when he regenerated, and mourned his loss for weeks after. I hoped that I would come to love his tenth incarnation equally as much, but sadly, it wasn't to be. Ten has his moments, but on the whole I find him a bit over-zealous, a bit over-shouty, and frankly, a bit annoying really.

Three episodes in to this year's series, my opinion of him hasn't changed. I kind of like his new companion, though. But the writing's on the wall as far as this fandom's concerned, I think -- what else could it mean if out of three episodes aired, I totally forget to tune in for the first (and only took the trouble to download and watch it days later), forget to tune in for and miss the first half hour of the second (and still haven't caught up with the bits I missed), and then forget to tune in and miss the first ten minutes of the third?

And oh joy! it's Ardal O'Hanlon, who only ever does Ardal O'Hanlon in whatever role he's playing...and I'm not keen on Ardal O'Hanlon. Gridlock, if the majority of the part of my flist that watches Doctor Who with me is to be believed, was a superb episode. Personally, I wasn't convinced. The Face of Boe's final secret, after having lived billions of years, the thing he can only impart to another exalted being like him/herself (RTD may have forgotten about it, but wasn't the Face of Boe said to have been pregnant in End of the World The Long Game, or is my memory going?) is 'You're not alone'? Big fucking deal! Is that what we've been waiting to hear for two years? And, he/she was smart enough to keep the Lower City powered up for 24 years, but he couldn't instruct his cat nurse to connect a few wires and flip a lever -- he had to wait for The Doctor to show up again?

And those cat people -- they're actually born as kittens? Then at what time do the skeletal changes to their pelvisses and back legs take place to allow them to walk like humans? Or do they have to have countless operations to achieve that?

And I think I missed what happened to the giant crabs at the end -- did the sunlight kill them? And shouldn't the miasma of the Lower City have risen up and enveloped the Upper City when the roof of the tunnel opened, before being carried away on the wind and poisoning the atmosphere, blocking out the sun and causing a new Ice Age to come into existence?

Overall, I'd vote a big fat 'meh' on this episode.



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Apr. 15th, 2007 07:17 pm (UTC)
I'm with you. It had lots and lots of CGI and almost no story to speak of. And the story that was there was pretty dopey.
Apr. 15th, 2007 09:32 pm (UTC)
It was almost as dopey as last year's story with the absorbo monster and the guy that ended up shagging a street tile (eww!) -- only that one was saved by its ELO soundtrack. This had no redeeming features whatsoever.
Apr. 16th, 2007 01:30 am (UTC)
The Absorbalov was the result of a CBBC competition. As such - the product of a child's mind, it was always going to be a bit lame, but I thought was redeemed by the ELO soundtrack (my BF and I are closet ELO fans) and the guy playing the Absorbalov.

You're totally right about Tennant, IMO. Don't tell half my flist though, I'll be lynched. I still miss 9. Bring back 9, I say!
Apr. 15th, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC)
So should I take it as read that you didn't really like it then? *LOL*
I liked it, but then I liked it because it had huge plot holes and was silly: )
Apr. 15th, 2007 09:13 pm (UTC)
I liked it well enough to keep watching...but only because there was nothing else on anywhere else. ;-)
Apr. 15th, 2007 08:14 pm (UTC)
I SO get what you mean... I'm still playing the "Nine would have done that better" game... I would probably have cried my eyes out if Christopher Eccleston had been acting in the Face of Bow death scene... as it was - not a tear...

I suppose I'm enjoying Ten OK... but not it a GOT TO OWN every episode NOW kind of way... not even bothered to get S2 DVD's... still hopefully it will improve with the (all to short) appearance of Jack...

If only the Doctor could ever regenerate back into an earlier self !!!
Apr. 15th, 2007 09:28 pm (UTC)
I would probably have cried my eyes out if Christopher Eccleston had been acting in the Face of Bow death scene... as it was - not a tear...

I'm not sure that even he could have done better with the material at hand...in the end, the Face of Boe didn't prove to be that interesting a character, I don't think. But I was mad to expect anything more from an animatronic rubber mask in a jar, I suppose...

I've not sent off for any of the Ten DVDs either, nor will I. Instead, I'll just cherish my Nine collection forever. ;-)

Jack's going to be in it only fleetingly, will he? Bummer!
Apr. 15th, 2007 09:29 pm (UTC)
Yeah - Boe's amazing secret message was rather a let down !!

I think Jack's in for about 3 episodes... so he should brighten the place up a bit !
Apr. 15th, 2007 09:40 pm (UTC)
Considering he was only in it for 3 episodes last time (or 5, if you split the two-parters) and had such a huge impact he got his own spin-off series on the strength of it, I hope he definitely will bring the series back around!
Apr. 15th, 2007 08:30 pm (UTC)
The Face of Boe was pregnant during The Long Game (4 3/4 billion years earlier) maybe he was very careless with the little Boe-lets?
Apr. 15th, 2007 09:09 pm (UTC)
The Face of Boe was pregnant during The Long Game

And so he was. Oops, my mistake! And he can't have been a very good parent if all his babies predeceased him...or maybe that's The Doctor and his Time War's fault again?
Apr. 18th, 2007 05:22 pm (UTC)
Maybe he ate them?
Apr. 15th, 2007 08:30 pm (UTC)
I really liked this ep, but the scenes that everyone seems to be going mad about fall a little flat, in my opinion. Then again, I *do* like Tennant a lot.

The one plot gap that definitely isn't one (I could argue/handwave the others, but I don't have the inclination to defend this ep *that* much. :-))
The Face of Boe was said to be pregnant, not in EotW, but in The Long Game, which is, in a linear chronology, set a couple of billion years before all of this. (ridiculousness of numbers slightly conveniently ignored, there)

Apr. 15th, 2007 09:19 pm (UTC)
Ach, it's Doctor Who; it doesn't have to make sense on all levels. And the Face of Boe-thing, I wasn't thinking of it as a plot gap, merely questioning in my mind what gender I should assign to him/her.
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