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16th-Apr-2005 08:42 pm
knitting sketch
Am I the only one who is pissed off by the number of times The Doctor and his allies have stood gawping for far too long just as the danger of the week is launching its attack? It happenend in the first episode when the Doctor was held over the pit and locked eyes with Rose. Then again in episode two with the zombies. But tonight's episode, with its jouvenile fart jokes which irritated me from the first flutterblast, outstripped even the first two as not only the Doctor and the whole team of experts in all things alien, but Rose's Mum and Rose and her MP friends just stood and watched as the aliens struggled out of the stolen human skins to reveal themselves.

All momentum was lost and the viewers' suspended disbelief had time to reassert itself loudly. Mine yelled, "Those are not aliens, they're actors dressed up as aliens pretending to be humans."

The director needs a swift kick.
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16th-Apr-2005 08:25 pm (UTC)
*thwacks you*

Naughty girl.
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16th-Apr-2005 07:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah I agree with you all the way there love. I call it the 'Zombie' symdrome.

Lets hope it improves in the second part.
16th-Apr-2005 08:30 pm (UTC)
I was so disappointed. It was fine up to that point, and then I thought 'oh no, here we go again'. And this from someone who gave us those great Buffy shoutouts last week. You think he'd take a leaf out of ME's book when it came to the facing-up-to-the-monster bit. Can you imagine what would have happened if Buffy had frozen like that? It'd all have been over before the end of Season 1.

I'm keen to see how well part two manages to persuade us that they all survived given their inability to react sufficiently quickly.
16th-Apr-2005 08:36 pm (UTC)
It's strange Isn't It? This is from the same man who often talks at great length about how Whedon changed the face of fantasy drama with his 'keep you guessin' writing, and yet we end up with this when RTD pens a story himself.
16th-Apr-2005 08:00 pm (UTC)
Rose's Mum and Rose and her MP friends just stood and watched as the aliens struggled out of the stolen human skins to reveal themselves.

Maybe they were stunned and shocked into immobility? I think I possibly would be.

And the farting went down very well with the boy. Mind you, he's only 8.

Mine yelled, "Those are not aliens, they're actors dressed up as aliens pretending to be humans."

I did that - but only because daughter couldn't get behind the sofa quickly enough. She's only 6.
16th-Apr-2005 08:34 pm (UTC)
Maybe they were stunned and shocked into immobility? I think I possibly would be.

Even the MP woman who'd witnessed it all before from the cupboard?

And the farting went down very well with the boy. Mind you, he's only 8.

I thought immediately 'primary schoolboy humour'. It still irritated me though.

16th-Apr-2005 09:13 pm (UTC)
Good, seems I'm not the only one who was irked by that. It certainly marred my enjoyment of the episode -- though there was plenty other stuff to squee over. CE, mostly, of course. That grin from ear to ear. That unbridled, infectious enthusiasm for watching history as it unfolds. Getting slapped by somebody's mum for the first time in 900 years. The riling of Ricky Mickey. I loved all of that, and more.

Didn't care about the farting much. Didn't care about the fake pig much either. And the discarded skin looked far too clean and plastic-y to my taste (as in: not scary at all, so why did the MP for Flygate North burst into tears when relating her story to Rose?) -- but it was the inaction of all concerned, and especially The Doctor, that got up my nose in this episode.
16th-Apr-2005 09:18 pm (UTC)
It's a serious flaw in the series IMO and one I was hoping wouldn't continue. Perhaps, as someone suggested, he's traumatised from the Wars that destoryed Gallifrey. I hope that's what it is, otherwise, if the series continues to do this, I'm going to be tuning out. Even the charms you've so eloquently outlined won't keep me watching. I'd be waiting for the frozen moment all the time.
16th-Apr-2005 09:31 pm (UTC)
Perhaps, as someone suggested, he's traumatised from the Wars that destoryed Gallifrey. I hope that's what it is,

Me, too. 'Hesitant' is not a word I would previously have used to describe our Doctor in any of the incarnations that have gone before...I hope it really isn't part of this incarnation's makeup, either.
16th-Apr-2005 10:21 pm (UTC)
Am I the only one who is pissed off by the number of times The Doctor and his allies have stood gawping for far too long just as the danger of the week is launching its attack?

It's not just you. I thought last week that maybe it's deliberate and that Gallifrey was destroyed because the Doctor acted too quickly and wrongly. The other alternative is bad editing...

I thought one farting joke was one too many but maybe I'm feeling a bit jaundiced as I was trying to buy a birthday card this week and they are *full* of farting jokes. Someone must like them, but it isn't me.
16th-Apr-2005 11:51 pm (UTC) - Wham Bam Thank you Doc
All I can think now is - this is a one series Doctor.
Is this what will it be like? There are only 12 regenerations and next series it will be his 10th. They will change canon just because and it will suck.

I don't like it. I really don't like it.
17th-Apr-2005 08:35 pm (UTC) - Re: Wham Bam Thank you Doc
Are you not enjoying it at all? :(

Hang on - how are you getting to see it?
18th-Apr-2005 02:07 am (UTC) - Re: Wham Bam Thank you Doc
Didn't I tell you? I moved to London!

Nah. I wish.

I've got kind friends who understand a girl must have entertainment. I get sent the episodes.
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