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It's been such a roller coaster ride this year, with Doctor Who. It's been a love/hate relationship. I've spent so much time willing myself to be excited for Series 5 (and believe me, I am) that I sort of forgot, or at least pretended to forget what was really happening. That David was leaving. That, come 2010, The Doctor as I've known him for four years would be a completely different person.
I mean, there seems to be this general consensus amongst some people (who shall go unnamed) on certain lj communities that I hate David Tennant and I hate the Tenth Doctor. No, no. What the hell? Ten is, I guess, "my Doctor." He's the Doctor who introduced me to the whole Whoniverse. It was only after seeing him in "Blink" that I went back and watched Series 2, Eccleston's run, and finally Classic Who (introducing me to the unftastic Peter Davison). And I love David, I've watched nearly everything he's done before and during his time on Who.
But, yes, I'm ready for a new Doctor. I'm ready for a new direction for this show. And I'm not going to sit here and pretend like I'm not, say that I sobbed and cried when Ten died. Sorry. No. But I was so happy with this episode. It redeemed Ten for me. Because I don't think it's any big secret that I wasn't crazy about him this year. And I either hated or just felt "meh" about all the specials. The Next Doctor bored me. Planet of the Dead was so bad it actually made me kick my laptop off the bed. Waters of Mars was good-ish, but it left a bad taste in my mouth. And the End of Time Part 1 was so cracky and disjointed that I think I'm just going to pretend that it doesn't exist.
But whatever. Because all through that, the one constant was David Tennant's brilliant acting. Yes, sometimes he can over do it, and I complain like the fickle fangirl that I am. But tonight, it was the perfect balance. We got the hero!Doctor, the cheeky!Doctor, the emo!Doctor, the...oh you get it. We got to see shades of the Doctor that have only been hinted at, or that have never even come up before. Bernard Cribbins as Donna's granddad played off of him beautifully. And the episode was everything I hoped it would be. It was everything it should have been. It was the perfect farewell to a man who is probably the most beloved Doctor of all time at the point.
It was really towards the end where it got really good. The whole thing with the Time Lords and the Master was interesting but, just like Waters of Mars, I figured the Big Moment was going to surpass even Gallifrey showing up over the sky. And it did. It was so simple...so heartbreaking. Ugh. But I'm getting ahead of myself.
Scenes that really stood out for me -
- The Doctor and Wilf, stranded on the spaceship above Earth. I know everyone loves running-around-yelling-eyebrows-teeth Ten, but I think David really shines in these quiet, one-on-one scenes. Suddenly you see how old the Doctor really is. How old he must feel. And Wilf pushing the gun towards the Doctor, pleading for him to kill the Master, to not die...God, it felt like he was speaking for most of the fandom just then.
- The Doctor! Weilding a gun! Will he shoot The Master? Will he shoot sexy-ass Timoty Dalton? It was pure suspense, though in my heart of hearts I knew he wasn't gonna pull the trigger.
- The Doctor, laying there, happy, laughing, realizing that he's still alive and...knock, knock, knock, knock. And the look on David's face when he hears that knock was...I'm sorry, shit was Oscar caliber. Motherfucker WORKED that shit. GOD. GOD. I love how RTD always waits till the last possible fucking moment to be good. How fucking amazing was that? I can't get over it. It reminded me of a Greek Myth, the hero trying to defeat fate when all along fate was really just toying with him. Not even you, Time Lord Victorious, can escape destiny. It was heartbreaking, seeing the Doctor railing against his death with that little speech when he realized what was happening. Because even with him complaining about how unfair the Universe was being, you knew he was going to save Wilf. Because he's just that sort of a man. And Wilf just standing there....it was almost comical. And sad. And pitiful. And ksukfsdbf. Then suddenly, it was happening. This was really happening. The Doctor was going to die.
I will say, I wanted to see more of Donna and Ten. It's a shame they couldn't reconnect for one last time. I guess Donna had a happy ending but...sort of bittersweet, wasn't it? And even if Eleven and her meet in a future episode, maybe, it just won't be the same. There's something about Ten and Donna that was really special (I feel the same way about Ten and Sarah Jane, but that's a tangent I'm not going to follow). I guess because he had finally found a best mate. Not a love interest, or someone to ignore while he moped about Rose. He even said it, "my best friend," which made me squee. Ugh. Ah well.
And also, I wasn't totally happy with the cameos at the end. I got it, but it just seemed sort of random and took me out of the episode a smidge. Mickey? and Martha? OIC. Ahem. I did love the scene between Ten and Rose, though, even though I knew it was coming (right down to the lines). Everyone knows I hate Rose with the fire of a thousand suns but I've always appreciated and respected the link she has with the Doctor. It was just so sad, and fitting, her being the last person he sees before it happened.
And then. And then it got really epic.
The music, the Universe singing the Doctor "to his sleep," was beautiful. A little tiny niggling part of me was like, "Oh God, RTD, a bit gaudy isn't it?" but then...YES OF COURSE. IT HAS TO BE OVERBLOWN. IT HAS TO BE EPIC. OF COURSE THE TARDIS HAS TO BE BLOWN TO SHIT WHEN HE REGENERATES. OF COURSE. THIS IS TEN. MOTHERFUCKING TEN. AND HE'S GOING OUT WITH A FUCKING BANG, JUST LIKE HE CAME IN. KGSNGJSLGNS.
God, I'll miss you David. You were brilliant, you were fantastic, you were amazing. From your very first episode of Who, you walked in and you kilt that shit. You played the part with so much passion and you seemed to be a class act on and off the set. Be proud, and good luck. You're going to be a VERY tough act to follow.
And that brings me to...Matt Smith. I'm so ready. I'm ready to let go of Ten and his era, I'm ready to move on to something different. I love Matt. He's been brilliant in everything I've seen him in. He has a nice plump ass, which helps (don't judge me), and epic hair. Steven Moffat is a brilliant writer. He's written probably one of the greatest sitcoms ever (Coupling), and basically every episode he ever did for Who has been head and shoulders above the rest. He has vision. He has conviction. Oh shit.
But you know what?
....I'm a little nervous. Actually, I'm a lot nervous. Nervous that it won't be good. Nervous that Who fans, especailly those most enamored with David Tennant and Ten, will abandon the show. Already I've seen a lot of people who have declared that they won't be watching Series 5 because Matt Smith is either too young or too "ugly." And I know there are even people on my f-list whose ties to Ten were so strong that his dying feels less like the death of a fictional character or more like the death of a family member. Fair play.
But it's just like...I've spent the better part of a year defending Matt and the Moff, and I just really hope they proce me right. Because come Spring there's no more saying, "BUT YOU HAVEN'T EVEN SEEN ANYTHING YET!" Or if an episode is particularly bad, you can't just blame it on RTD (lolz, I remember blaming RTD for crappy episodes he hadn't even written, my excuse being "well he reviews all scripts doesn't he??"). Now, there's no one to blame but Moff &Co and I really don't want to do that because...skgdfsgjk I dunno I like Moff and I didn't like RTd, lolz.
To be quite honest, even though there was a great amount of squeeing and squnfing going on when Matt came on screen I'm gonna come right out and say that I was also sort of wtfing the entire time. Like, was the DOP or editor or whatever trying to totally sabotage him? He was great, I just didn't like the way the scene was edited I guess.
THE SERIES 5 TRAILER TOTALLY PACIFIED ME BECAUSE IT WAS EPIC AND AMAZING AND UNF AND SGJKSNGJKSDF. YOU KNOW WHAT? IT'S BOLD. THE DOCTOR SNOGGING A COMPANION, AGAIN? THE WEEPING ANGELS, AGAIN? RIVER SONG, AGAIN? AND THE DOCTOR HOLDING A GUN? WITH A BADASS EXPRESSION ON HIS FACE? OH SHIT. I MEAN, IT EITHER HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BE REALLY AMAZING OR REALLY SHIT BUT GIVEN THAT IT'S THE MOFF I'M GONNA GO WITH THE FORMER. FAREWELL SWEET PRINCE AND EVERYTHING BUT HOLY SHIT I AM READY FOR ELEVEN.
lolz i love how this reaction went from all serious and somber to completely retardfedsfkjdsfns
WHAT DID YOU GUYS THINK?