I generally refuse to get drawn into the silliness of Doctor Who, preferring to download it a couple of days after the initial hullabaloo has died down, and thus being able to watch it in peace. The only reason I watch it at all is because my girlfriend likes it so very much, and since I was in the mood to spend some time gawping at her in a lovestruck fashion, I watched tonight’s episode with her. (Not that she noticed, what with being all caught up in the “acting” or whatever.)
First things first, David Tennant? I don’t care how much you’re from Paisley, a constant set of STAREY EYES does not constitute a sensitive dramatic performance. I know we mustn’t scare the chidlers, but honestly? Try another facial expression. I much preferred ol’ Eccles Cakes, as a matter of record, but I think Tennent’s Lager can do the angst of being ALONE rather well when he tries – like the one in the school, that actually quite struck me (“I used to have so much mercy” etc – I could appreciate that).
I have no strong feelings about the sidekick, since I thought Billie Piper was sort of alright at best. I think she’s a little too bland, but thank God they’re finally steering her away from having a crush on teh Doctor, because I get enough of that from Livejournal, thankyouverymuch.
I love cats as much as the next feline-crazy lesbian, but giant talking ones creep. me. the. fuck. out. Enough already.
Which brings me to the biggest bone of contention: stop rehashing the same freakin’ plots all the time. Oh the Doctor doesn’t need anyone? Except he totally does? Right you are. We’re back on New x15 York are we? Fandabydoozy (with no Zoe Wanamaker, for shame). You can’t bring characters back from the dead I suppose? Well what about the freaking Daleks then? I am sick to the very back teeth of seeing them, and I haven’t even seen half the episodes. The one with the “last” Dalek was actually sort of poignant because of this Time War that I have to ask Kaite about every time it’s mentioned. Then they brought them back which was a sell-out of the previous vaguely good material. The whole Galaxy, and the Doctor doesn’t have any more sworn enemies? Puh-lease. Then they brought them back again for the Chrissie from ‘Enders episodes that I didn’t watch. The Dalek quota is overfilled. Stop it! But oh no, they’ll be back next week.
Sure, it’s all iconic and stuff. God knows they probably need the merchandising funds, but the mystique of the Daleks was over when we discovered they could get up stairs after all. The end.