charamei: Doctor Who: Mine goes up to Eleven (DW11: Up to Eleven)
I enjoy the Eleventh Doctor, I really do. I laugh at his jokes, I've appreciated plenty of the plots he's been given and I'm rapidly falling in love with one of his companions.

But I don't love the Eleventh Doctor. I'm not fannish about him. He's ephemeral to me: I watch the show and enjoy it, and I then forget about it to such an extent that if asked to give a blow-by-blow description of the most recent episode twenty-four hours later I'd usually struggle to remember what the alien of the week was. Certainly every week thus far when I've sat down in front of iPlayer to watch the new episode, I've found myself wondering what happened last week.

By contrast, I listened to Wreck of the Titan over a week ago and could probably still give you a pretty good description of events, maybe even quote some dialogue. This despite the fact that it's twice as long and I listened to it in a fairly noisy office, while doing my paid job* and being interrupted constantly by real life.

*Which is basically copy-pasting. If I needed to use my brain, I wouldn't be listening to Who... probably ;)

I don't know why Eleven doesn't touch my heart. That bugs me, but I can't really answer it. There are some things that are probably related, though.

Arc plots, reactivity and Amy Pond. SPOILERS for all S05 )
charamei: Doctor Who: Mine goes up to Eleven (DW11: Up to Eleven)
But first, a sign of the times:
Ubuntu's weather app says: 15 degrees centigrade, volcanic ash, clear sky.

So by episode three, we should be all settled down, accustomed to the new Doctor, and able to start making some comment about trends in the series.

Which means that by episode three, I have to say... I'm actually still not settled.

SPOILERS beyond this point. )
Hm... I might sit next episode out, at least for reviewing. I hate River Song, and although I agree that Blink is excellent, the weeping angels don't exactly terrify me. So if I review it, be it good or bad, I'm likely to just end up wanking about it. And believe me, you don't want to see an asexual wank...
charamei: Doctor Who: Spoilers (DW10: Spoilers)
Bernard, I have served eleven governments in the past thirty years. If I had believed in all their policies, I would have been passionately committed to keeping out of the Common Market, and passionately committed to going into it. I would have been utterly convinced of the rightness of nationalising steel, and of denationalising it and renationalising it. On capital punishment, I'd have been a fervent retentionist and an ardent abolitionist. I would have been a Keynesian and a Friedmanite, a grammar school preserver and destroyer, a nationalisation freak and a privatisation maniac; but above all, I would have been a stark, staring, raving schizophrenic. - Sir Humphrey Appleby

And this applies to stories, too! )
charamei: Doctor Who: Spoilers (DW10: Spoilers)
...but still not really in a reviewing mood. IMO, The Eleventh Hour was good - but it had too much work to do to spare time on being brilliant. I fully expect that to change now that we're over the initial hurdles of 'This is the Doctor, this is the companion, this is the companion's family, this is the arc plot, this is the alien threatening the world and this is the brand spanking new TARDIS'.

On the other hand, some things bear mention, and some are really bugging me.

Spoilers beyond this point. )

Kind of makes me wish I didn't RP on Saturdays.
charamei: Tenth Doctor, looking confused: "Dear Diary. Questioning own sexuality - think I may have one!" (DW10: Not asexual)
I keep trying to work out how to get this into a review of the 2009 Christmas trilogy without driving it off-course, and I can't; but I feel a need to document it somewhere, because it's important (to me, at least). Therefore, here, have one giant meta wank with a bit of TMI thrown in.

On why the Doctor's asexuality matters so much to me. )

Now hopefully I can write the damn review without getting my wank mixed up with a more objective discussion of the trilogy.

(In happier news, massive props to Big Finish for once again handling the same issue with tact and intelligence. The 'And you have a son... how did you manage that?' exchange in An Earthly Child made my day.)

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