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I don't... I don't understand how the man who gave us Utopia and The Sound of Drums can be the same man to... give us Last of the WTF?!

First of all - having an entire year pass does not, by definition, give you automatic points for deep and supposedly worthwhile drama.

But having a year go by only to erase it means even less than nothing, and I think that's why I wasn't the least bit moved by the whole A-plot. Because we know Rusty, we're in on the secret. We know the DW universe can't bear that magnitude of injustice, that's why the smaller injustices are the ones that hit us where it hurts the most. Where it hurts for real.

One real death is worth all the billions of deaths we know are temporary.

Though, ok, I'll admit you've given fandom an entire gap year which will soon be filled to the brim with dark, delicious pr0n on the Valiant and probably too much introspective, inspirational Martha gen. And we haven't even begun to talk about Torchwood during this year, a failed Torchwood without Jack. The gap year will be a greenhouse for darkfic, and I'm excited about that.

And it's not that there weren't good points, there were. The Toclafane are the humans from Utopia? Fucking brilliant man, full marks for that. And as I largely stayed away from fandom speculation the whole Jack-is-the-Face-of-Boe revelation was a truly sincere HA! moment.

And the acting was just... just inspiring. John Simm was nothing short of brilliant and god knows I love the man to bits and pieces and then some - but Tennant blew this one out of the intergalactic waters. Tears I'm telling you, genuine gut-wrenched brokenhearted tears. If there had been a 'stay with me' or a 'Theta' worked in there somehow I might have imploded from the sheer sorrow of it all.

It even made me forget the whole 'I do believe in fairies the Doctor' deus ex machina. Ok, almost made me forget. That's shoddy workmanship there Rusty, really sloppy plotting.

As for both Jack and Martha leaving... I had hoped Jack would stick around for the Christmas Special, that he wouldn't leave the Doctor now when he needs companionship the most. I know that the realities of producing these things, scheduling conflicts and budgetary demands and so on and so forth - and I understand that things can't always work out the way the way they deserve to, but this point really bothers me. Jack's finally gotten him back, he's died so many times for him and I think he knew Martha wouldn't stay.

Jack Harkness the character wouldn't leave the Doctor, not again. Or at least not yet. John Barrowman has other commitments, that's understandable and I would love to see his horrible year referenced in the new season of Torchwood (*prays to the TPTB that it opens with lots and lots of h/c sex with Ianto*) but from a literary point of view, it's disappointing.

Sigh...

I think this really drove home the differences between Rose and Martha. They were both willing to die for the Doctor, but only Rose was willing to give up her life for him. And I'm not faulting Martha for it, Rose knew she was loved and maybe that makes Martha's sacrifices even more significant.

Anyways, the Titanic setup looks promising and I have a good feeling about the new companion, whoever that may be. I just hope RTD takes a chance on someone truly unique. I hope he trusts us enough to give us a companion who doesn't have to fall in love with the Doctor in order to love him. In order to want to be with him. Someone who isn't afraid of the Doctor's grief, who understands what a dangerous combination tragedy and power can be.

I'd love to see a slipping-into-maddness Doctor next season, I'd love to see him teetering on that beautiful brink of surrendering to his darker side. I'd love to see him, for once, acknowledging how broken he is, I want to see him give up. Because he's been moving forward on the power of inertia until now, how exciting would it be to see him come to a full stop and then have to make the conscious decision to start moving again?

Date: 2007-07-01 11:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] darthfi.livejournal.com
*sobs*

All I wanted was the Master kept prisoner in the TARDIS. Honestly, a nice bit of Doctor/Master BDSM with chains and sonic screwdrivers.

It's a simple wish.

Date: 2007-07-01 11:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jamie-dakin.livejournal.com
There, there.
*pets*

And it's so cruel really, there we had the Master in handcuffs and the canonical (well, sort of) promise of all sorts of marvelous angry healing sexual escapades and then... ARGH.

Damn RTD, that cheeky tease.

Date: 2007-07-01 11:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] darthfi.livejournal.com
Handcuffs *behind* his back!

No, no, because I've never written a John Simm character in that position, ever. Especially not with his face in someone's crotch. Honest.

Date: 2007-07-01 12:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] teh-gandu.livejournal.com
My thoughts exactly!

Date: 2007-07-03 06:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bistokids.livejournal.com
Just wandered in as a result of your reference to a review. As I expected I agree wholeheartedly with everything you say (except on the Jack=Boe thing *spit* but I suspect there we must agree to differ).

I'd love to see a slipping-into-maddness Doctor next season, I'd love to see him teetering on that beautiful brink of surrendering to his darker side. I'd love to see him, for once, acknowledging how broken he is, I want to see him give up.

But what will actually happen is that we'll get teased with vague meanderings along this path but nothing properly tangible. If this latest is anything to go by. You're right, though, the year gap was, surely, a conscious gift from RTD to the fandom, so I guess thanks for that. But, oh Rusty, how can you tease with your promises of having the Master and the Doctor locked away in the tardis together, and then withdraw it so cruelly?

I've friended you, btw. I hope this is OK. :)

Date: 2007-07-03 07:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jamie-dakin.livejournal.com
except on the Jack=Boe thing *spit

Hee, because seriously though, big gaping plot holes aside - well gee, I thought fixed point in time and space means… fixed point in time and space - how can we go on with a closed timeline in which Jack is no longer all the things that make him Jack?

Because those are exactly the things that will keep him from going insane throughout those billions and billions of years.

*friended back, anyone who understands the Doctor/Master joy-that-almost-was is my kind of person anyday*
;)

Date: 2007-07-03 06:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] principia.livejournal.com
Another person who's wandered in from your 'emotional voyeurism' post.

I would like to think Jack left either a) because he knows how much his very existence puts a pit in the Doctor's stomach (and they still don't know if the TARDIS would cotton to his presence long-term), or b) because now that they know the possibility of how badly things can get out of hand, Jack wants to seriously kick his team in the arse and make them into a proper and serious bunch of investigators.

If the Titanic story goes where it could, I could see that opening the door to the Doctor going completely nuts next year. Remember Nine was on-board the Titanic: assuming this is really the Titanic and not some ghost-ship or whatnot, will Ten spend the episode trying to track down Nine so he can convince him to help him go fetch Rose... and then the TARDIS ends up at the bottom of the North Atlantic or whatever?

Personally, what I'd like to see (and you may have seen me mention 'round [livejournal.com profile] new_who) is the Master returning, and dissatisfied with either being in Lucy's body or in whatever 'accommodations' she's put him in, scheming to steal the Doctor's hand so he can grow himself a new Time Lord body. Tennant!Master ahoy!

Date: 2007-07-03 06:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jamie-dakin.livejournal.com

……
Tennant!Master…

You know that youtube clip of those girls having a 'whogasm'? Yeah that about sums up what just happened to me. Madam, the BBC awaits…

Date: 2007-07-03 06:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] principia.livejournal.com
If you're interested in the thread where [livejournal.com profile] ancalemon and I get into a bit more of a details-fest, that'd be here (http://community.livejournal.com/new_who/717132.html?thread=2837836#t2837836).

Ooh, just had another creepy thought about the effects they could use: Lucy smashes the jar, puts the ring on the hand and then Tennant!Master's body grows out of the hand. Eek!

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