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Wow, that was exciting and genuinely quite scary. I loved many things about it (and I may have shed a beaming tear when everyone around the world was thinking of the Doctor, cheesy though it was - it made me wish I could watch it en masse on the big screen at Pride in Trafalgar Square) although I'm sad that Martha's going, because I think she's great. I had guessed that the Toclafanes were the Utopians (I didn't realise that Toclafanes is a bastardisation of the French for "fool the fans", though, which is quite funny). I liked the truth about Martha's mission, and I was impressed by the sheer homoeroticism of the Master's death. Poor old lonely Doctor. And poor Martha, back on earth, although at least she chose it, unlike Rose. And Jack is the Face of Boe! Who would have thought it?

I didn't like the aged Doctor being forced to live in a tent with a dog's bowl outside, which reminded me of the first thing I ever read that really unsettled and disturbed me rather than just scaring me, which was a reference in When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit (which I read when I was about 8) to a Jewish professor forced by Nazi guards to live in a kennel and eat and drink from dog's bowls. I'm glad we didn't see too much of the Doctor's constant degradation - I was going to say dehumanisation, but that doesn't quite work. De-Timelord-isation? Anyway, I was glad to see the Doctor restored to full vigour by the end of what has been, in my humble opinion at least, the best of the new series. And gah, six months until the next episode! Is it Christmas yet?



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Jun. 30th, 2007 09:37 pm (UTC)
Oh, Doctor! Oh, Master!

"I win!" *sniff*

The Doctor had someone to care for! *sob*

I loved the 900 year old Doctor. That was a fantastic effect. And I loved that the Master, when he'd achieved ultimate power became so ultimately banal. All that New Gallifreyan empire guff for the outside, sleazy suggestions his wife get it on with the help for at home.

I can't believe they let Simm get away so quickly, though. Couldn't they have offered him a zillion pounds to be a recurring villain?
Jun. 30th, 2007 09:41 pm (UTC)
But what about that Ming the Merciless-style ring recovery (awesomely camp and cheesy as it was)? Perhaps he really will be back!
Jun. 30th, 2007 09:49 pm (UTC)
I am confused - I was cheerfully reading that as "The Master has regenerated as a woman! They finally did it!" but then . . . I just saw someone on my flist suggest it was Lucy who picked up the ring. She's been acting kind of weird and spaced out, and the Master did have a worldwide telepathic network. Is something going on? Well, something else, anyway?

(Also, I then turned over to TV3 and caught "The Long Game", in which Nine and Rose are on the News Satellite - one of the news stories was that the Face of Boe had announced he was pregnant, the Sky1 type caption reading "Face of Boe expecting little Boemina" . . .)
Jul. 1st, 2007 03:33 pm (UTC)
Hee! I watched it as well - and it was a real reminder of how much better - like, a million times better - than Christopher Ecclestone David Tennant is at playing the doctor. I wish he weren't leaving at the end of the next series - what are the odds of them finding someone half as good (and hot)?

And I think we haven't seen the last of Lucy - she's the daughter of Lord Cole of Tarminster, and apparently Tarminster was the location of the Master's first appearance back in the '70s! There must be something there...
Jul. 1st, 2007 09:13 pm (UTC)
Only one more season of him? Nooooooooo!

And I think we'll definitely be seeing more of Lucy - the Master's death had to be part of a plan; right from the moment he knows he's trapped he begins provoking Francine to shoot him (to make sure someone did? To spare Lucy that?)

AND, he controlled Lazarus Labs! And the ring had the labs logo (apparently)! And we heard his Ming-style evil laughter. All of which makes me think we'll be seeing John Simm chewing up the scenery as a cloned Master at some point . . .
Jul. 1st, 2007 01:29 am (UTC)
They didn't show us it in Traf Square.


They just lied to us and strung us along and fed us an utterly pathetic excuse at the end.

And I missed John and Freema - they didn't do the stage, but they were wandering around the crowd (blatantly 150% gay man going "I saw Freema! If ever there was a woman to turn me straight...")
Jul. 1st, 2007 05:59 pm (UTC)
Bah, that's so annoying! I hope you got to see it by,um, unorthodox and possibly illegal means (which is what I've done every time I've missed an episode - thank goodness for the internet...).
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