__marcelo (__marcelo) wrote,
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In non-romantic news

There were two or three moments in The Name of the Doctor in which I squealed at the screen in sheer delight at the visuals and the concept behind them. And the very ending of the episode! Ye gods. Doctor Who always falls apart for me when I look at it as if it were science fiction or fantasy conceived tightly enough to just be science-fiction-for-a-different-universe (e.g., Discworld): too much plot-convenient handwaving. That said, at an emotional, ludic, sometimes nightmarish level, when it works, it works really well, and as the episode finished I literally felt a knot on my chest.

I do wonder, though, to what degree Doctor Who is turning out to be about middle age-hood (of course, it could be, and probably mostly is, my own age coloring my perception), but it seems as if, funnily enough for a show about a nearly immortal character with total body regeneration, Doctor Who is exploring the concept of vital finitude/the life-arc, in a way that few other shows do, and in a so far less unrealistically positive way. (Ten is not "my Doctor", but his I don't want to go is among my favorite and truest lines I have ever heard on TV).

And Elementary! Moriarty! Can you imagine Te writing *this* Moriarty, from the inside-out?
Tags: doctor who, elementary, tv
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