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they shall not grow old

So I'm not the only person who was in floods of tears by the end of tonight's Doctor Who, then? Good.

John Smith's vision of the future, including a perfect death, which was what really set me off blubbing! His realisation that his entire life wasn't real, and that it was all going to end! The braveness of the crying schoolboy soldiers, hideous foreshadowing of the subsequent years! The memorial service at the end! Oh, it was all too much for me. Also, when I was a kid, the ultimate fates of the Family would have given me sleepless nights for weeks, if not months. The kid-in-the-mirror was a particularly evil touch - that would have totally got me back then (and may have actually done so now even though I am now, of course, grown up and sensible). Anyway, the whole thing was totally and utterly amazing. Probably the best episodes of the revival so far.

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daegaer
Jun. 3rd, 2007 08:55 am (UTC)
Argh, the little girl in the mirror! As bad as faces appearing outside dark windows!

(And I'm really glad they used "To be a Pilgrim" in the schoolboy soldiers scene instead of "Jerusalem". "Jerusalem" would have been too easy a choice).
stellanova
Jun. 3rd, 2007 05:19 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think Jerusalem would have been too cheesy and clichéd - 'To Be a Pilgrim' worked perfectly.

And yes, as someone who is scared of the possibility of The Face at the Window AND The Movement Behind You in the Mirror at Night, I was thoroughly freaked out!
stephencass
Jun. 4th, 2007 06:56 pm (UTC)
The terror in John Smith's face after the Doctor surfaced for a moment was what killed me... As well as the utter ruthlessness of the Doctor in the end. ("No second chances. That's the kind of man I am." was clearly not just a throwaway quip after all) Tennant has replaced Baker in my heart as Greatest Doctor of All Time.
stellanova
Jun. 5th, 2007 09:26 am (UTC)
He's absolutely astonishing in the role, isn't he? So much better than Ecclestone, who is a great actor but can only really do "intense" - Tennant can do funny brilliantly but can be serious and incredibly touching when the part demands it. And he can be scary - the Doctor's ruthlessness at the end was indeed chilling.
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