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Who dreams?

Last night, I had a very vivid dream about an episode of Doctor Who….

We see McCoy shot, straight from the TV movie (McCoy later becomes McGann). Time passes.

Some time later. McGann returns, having had his adventure.

Matt Smith materialises in New York. He says to Amy ‘I have to leave a warning. The Time Lords. The Time War. The silence. I understand it all now’. Races to McGann’s tardis.

He slips a note behind the Tardis sign, so it just peeks out.

Tennant appears. ‘I thought I’d find you here, so, you’re my successor are you?’
Smith looks confused. ‘I don’t remember me being here before’.
‘Wibbly wobbly’ says Tennant.
‘Timey Wimey’ says Davison appearing stage left. Tennant and Smith look shocked.

McGann opens the door… ‘what’s this….noise?’ – he looks at Davison, Davison smiles.

Smith. ‘Ah. Let me explain. Paradoxes are cool….’

Then I woke up.

Wish Lists

Time for the cheeky link to my wishlists (it’s my birthday as well as christmas).

Firstly my general list. It’s several pages long usually (see the links at the bottom to go the the next pages). This contains a range of things from printer toner (yes, it may be boring to you, but it’s damned useful) to a boxed set of ‘The Wire’. There are multiple seasons of some shows on the list I’d rather get season 2 of something after season 1 – so if both are on the list, the earlier is preferred. I’m a little completist, so it looks as if I lurve ‘er’ and similar. Not really, it’s just that you can’t watch later seasons without the earlier ones, can you? I’ve given some indication of the desirability with the ‘priority’ on each item.

My second list is purely of Doctor Who DVDs, and this list was created from this list of releases. Here, I’m working through from earlier to later doctors. The earliest release on this list is ‘War Games’, Troughton’s last story, then it’s onto Pertwee and Tom Baker.

I like watching cycling, especially ‘The Tour de France’, so I moved related things to my ‘Tour de France’ list. This is a list to ‘pick at’. I wouldn’t want too much from this list in one go as it’s all a bit ‘samey’.

So there you go. To answer the perennial question. If it’s on the lists. I don’t have it, and I would like to have it. If it’s not on the list, I might like it, I might not, and I might already have it. It might be more of a surprise, but it may be a duplicate. Them’s the risks!

The other half’s wishlist is here (though very empty right now, she needs to update it).

The Lodger

This post will contain spoilers for the eleventh Matt Smith episode, The Lodger.

Individual parts of the episode were good, there were some lovely character pieces, but overall I thought this was a bit of a mess. The first half or so was fine and overall it had some good character pieces. I liked the little observations the Doctor misunderstanding social niceties such as ‘just shout’, and air kissing – but getting them just a little bit wrong. I did enjoy the response of the doctor to ‘annihilating’ the team next week.

The most surprising part of the episode for me was that James Corden put in a decent performance, which surprised me to be honest.

However the whole thing was confused and confusing, the resolution was all a little ‘deux ex machina’ without any real explanation.

[spoiler]Eventually we got to the ‘Mock Up Tardis’ upstairs, which needs a pilot who wants to travel. Humans won’t do, Time Lords would blow the planet up, a human who doesn’t want to travel shuts the thing down and makes it go away (which it couldn’t do before). Okayyyyy.[/spoiler]

[spoiler]Where did this ship come from? Why is nobody even wondering about that – ‘somebody’ is trying to build a Tardis?[/spoiler]

This uncoordinated Doctor is another Pele? How indulgent. The Doctor is somehow able to transfer specific information via head butt? Rather conveniently he’s never doing that again.

[spoiler]… and we also find out that the Tardis controls are sensitive to where you’re standing?[/spoiler]

[spoiler]The episode finishes with a really obvious ‘crack’ shot, and Amy discovering the ring that Rory (who no longer ever existed) left in the Tardis, and which should no longer be there.[/spoiler]

Cold Blood

This post will contain spoilers for the ninth Matt Smith episode of Dr. Who

This episode really hit the spot for me, much more so than the rather slow Hungry Earth did, however, taken both together, the pacing was good. This story would have been much better as a double episode broadcast on one day as a special, than two discrete episodes.

There were a few parts which didn’t quite work out.

  • We had the nasty lizard doctor [spoiler]advancing with the scalpel[/spoiler], and he then [spoiler]turns out to be a sweetie-pie[/spoiler]. Really?
  • When the [spoiler]lizard doctor was about to dissect Amy, he pushes a button and the clamps grab her arms – but she’d been struggling for ages up to this point, surely she could have slipped out[/spoiler].
  • The [spoiler]poison gas defence seemed a bit too convenient[/spoiler], but I’ll forgive them this, given the idea is that there is [spoiler]suspended animation[/spoiler] available.
  • How can the doctor [spoiler]reach into the crack without being affected?[/spoiler] Especially when [spoiler]he was going to feed himself to the crack in ‘Flesh and Stone'[/spoiler]

There was the very ‘classic’ who feel to a lot of the episode, a little reference to Celery (Davison) , as well as the whole episode being rather Pertwee-esque.

There was a lot I liked about the episode. Firstly, [spoiler]the setup for a return, 1000 years hence, with Nasreem and Frank. It’d be great to have them join the Tardis – when Amy is coming to the end of her time and the Doctor wants to get past his ‘likes em young’ phase. Honestly, though, I don’t expect to see them again except for any episode which features Homo Reptilia in the return to 3010[/spoiler].

[spoiler]Rory’s death was unexpected for me, I do like it when shows take a major step by killing off a main character, it says to the audience that ‘nobody is safe’. My one gripe here would be that Rory hadn’t really been around for that long, this was only his third story.[/spoiler]. Update: My other gripe is [spoiler]the lack of permanence! Oh my God! You killed Rory![/spoiler] [censor]You Bastard![/censor]

I do love Matt Smith’s characterisation of the Doctor. [spoiler]"Front door approach, definitely. Always the best way…. <fx>‘hostile life form detected’</fx>…. apart for the back door approach, that’s also good, sometimes better"[/spoiler] His characterisation is absent minded, professorial, slightly manic especially when he’s stumbling over his lines to get all his thoughts out as quickly as possible and with lots of elements from previous Doctors. Even with all the absent-mindedness, he’s focussed on the task at hand – [spoiler]during his hug with Nasreem he’s calculating just how much time he can give and is glancing at the timer[/spoiler]. From the end of his first episode Matt Smith has owned the part, and for me he’s totally eclipsed Tennant in the same way that Tennant eclipsed Ecclestone. My favourite line in this episode? [spoiler]"Okay, <hits the table>, bringing things to order. The first meeting of representatives of the Human Race and Homo Reptilia, is now in session. <camply>Ha! Never said that before, that’s fab!</camply>"[/spoiler]

A few thoughts for the future.

In the recap before the credit sequence they made a point of showing [spoiler]Rory putting the engagement ring in a safe place in the Tardis. I’m expecting Amy to discover this ring in a later episode, but how would the ring remain if Rory has been wiped from history. Perhaps the Tardis shielded it, in that case but why not shield Amy? The argument that Rory was a special case because he pre-dated her time traveller status can just about wash, but I can’t see them having it both ways if they show the ring somehow survived the crack. (Update: the ring did survive. Immediately after the convenient-to-the-story jolt to the Tardis, the doctor is strewn on the floor and we see him look at the ring box – why was the ring still on the Tardis?)[/spoiler]

It’d also be nice if, just once, they’d portray [spoiler]a military class who were able to fight, but were not warlike as they knew exactly what warfare meant (I know the clerics from ‘Flesh and Stone’ may have fulfilled that role – but I’m referring to where we have a ‘generic’ warrior caste).[/spoiler]

With the Doctor announcing [spoiler]a 1000 years to get the planet ready to be shared, Elliott replied with a very definite ‘Yeah, I get you’. The edit gave this significance it seemed. Are we going to be returning too see Elliott at various times in his life?[/spoiler]

The episode raised questions, and I trust the important ones will get answered. Overall, I really enjoyed being taken along for the ride this week, 5/5.