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02 November 2011 @ 10:38 pm

Day 17 - Fave Donna Moment
Before I share this clip, I want to make one thing very clear. On a personal level, I HATE what happened to Donna. I feel like the Doctor effectively mind raped her. I understand why he did it. But he did it through her protests. He violated her against her will, no matter how good his intentions, no matter if it's the only way she could have lived. Donna's protests, to me, make it clear that she would rather have died physically than forgotten all of the adventures she had. That said. I feel like this scene, and the scenes preceding it, showcase Catherine really, really well. This scene is poignant, and as I'm watching it I've got tears in my eyes yet again. I also love the scenes with Wilf and Sylvia and the Doctor, Wilf so terribly heartbroken that Donna has to revert to what she was before the Doctor met her, and Sylvia getting the verbal slap she so desperately needed. We know that pre-Runaway Bride Donna got a happy ending, because that's the personality she was left with. And hopefully Wilf, Sylvia, and Shaun have shown that Donna that they have enough faith in her that she's managed to regain some semblance of the Donna she became during her travels. So again, from a story standpoint I understand why this ending was necessary, and I feel like it is a good scene, I just hate the Doctor's hubris here (and I do feel like this is a lead up to what happens in Waters of Mars, even if it wasn't meant to be perceived that way).

Day 18 - Fave Amy Moment
Again I had to go trolling YouTube just to figure out what my favorite scene might be on this. Amy was a bit harder than the others, because while I like Amy, I realized that nothing really stands out in terms of any key scenes, at least not with Karen, at least not right now. But the scenes with Caitlin are just too...well my god, an 8 year old girl got abandoned, and that can't be my favorite scene! So I looked through the episode list, and I guess The Girl Who Waited is going to get my vote here. This is Future Amy's final scene, which I guess it's interesting that for both these companions I've selected scenes in which people effectively die. The audience is meant to feel Amy's ceasing to exist as a death, which is how Rory feels it, and even if we are supposed to see the Doctor's actions in Journey's End as good and life saving (which I don't), the Donna that developed over series 4 ceased to exist too. So anyway, here is Future Amy telling Rory how much she loves him and him telling her how much he loves her, and just...grab some tissues.

Day 19 - Favorite Ship
Hm. Well, let's see here. I definitely don't like Doctor/Rose. Doctor/Rose/Jack is a good combination, but ultimately I see it as platonic. Doctor/Martha is just too cruel, although about 3 years ago this would have been my answer. Jackie/Steve, no1curr. Rose/Handy...personally I believe their union may have lasted as long as Kim Kardashian's and Kris Humphries's. Something about the way they look at each other, which you can see at the beginning of the first clip I posted, just doesn't set the right tone for me for everlasting bliss together. Or maybe that's just wishful thinking. Rose/Mickey, well god, that's awful, and Martha/Mickey came out of nowhere, to be honest, and just seemed like an excuse to get two goodbyes in one scene. Now Amy/Rory...I like Amy/Rory, and I may have to make this a draw here, with a stipulation. Ever since she entered the show, I liked River Song. Some people felt she was "disrespectful" to the Doctor in her first appearance: to those people, I say give me a break. Would you rather she follow him around like a puppy and do whatever he says without challenging him? Because that, that is not a relationship. (And here's where the stipulation comes in, bear with me.) I sure as hell wouldn't. Donna stands up to the Doctor, and so does River. I think Donna and River together would have been amazing, but I digress. I LIKED the build up to the "who is River?" question. I LIKE seeing this unusual relationship as it develops for each of its members in different ways. For River, it's sad. Terribly, terribly tragic. And the stipulation comes here: As a viewer, watching the shows in sequence as they aired, I like the Doctor/River relationship from series 4 to 6a, which is, of course, where the sadness starts for River, so it's kind of odd that I would like that, but we don't really see that sadness except at the very end (or beginning, from our perspective), and then in her conversations with Rory. Yes, River's entire LIFE has revolved around the Doctor, and yes, that is incredibly WRONG and tragic. But I also think the Doctor truly does love River, and now that he knows who she is, what she's supposedly done, and that he CAN trust her, now that he knows that, I hope that, if Alex Kingston's schedule works in the show's favor for a while, we can actually get to see some happy times between the two of them where they are both on the same page about their relationship. Amy/Rory is sweet (and I know a lot of people also have issues with how they feel Amy treats Rory; I am not one of these people--yes, he's insecure, but ultimately I think he knows how much she loves him, especially by the time of 6b). Doctor/River tugs at my heartstrings more.
Favorite Rose Moment:
For Rose, I think I'm going to go with this scene from The Parting of the Ways. I have problems with Rose, as you know, but I liked her in series one much better than series two, and even though I haven't watched it in a while, I think this was a good episode and the whole revelation of her as Bad Wolf was pretty cool. So here we have Rose absorbing the time vortex and killing Daleks and resurrecting Jack (and that's always good, because where would we be without Jack/Ianto and amazing coats?) and being generally badass. Now, I will say that when Rose returned in series 4, I did like her more, because I felt like she had grown, but the Rose/Doctor relationship overall is just a little too squick for me, for reasons that are irrelevant here, but that's why I didn't really choose any of those scenes.

Favorite Martha Moment:
I had to think about, and hunt for, this one. At first I was going to go with a clip from Human Nature/Family of Blood, but after looking I'm wondering if I misremembered it, so that was out. The scene I was thinking was where Martha confronts John Smith in front of everyone and declares her love for the Doctor and explains how important he is, to try to get him to change back, but I couldn't find it. Also, I was thinking about something someone (one of you? I don't remember) posted about Martha's time in the TARDIS: it basically sucked. She gets stuck in the '60s for god knows how long, AND she gets stuck in the 1910s as a damn maid, for god's sake, and no one will take her seriously because she's a woman AND because she's black. And THEN she has to go traveling the world for a year to spread the gospel of the Doctor, but I guess at least she got to look cool while doing it. I mean, for god's sake, that's not exactly going to get you a five star review for a vacation spot, you know? One can hope that she had better offscreen adventures. Anyway, I've decided to go with this scene from The Shakespeare Code, where Billy Shakes flirts some more and we learn that Martha is his Dark Lady. And also, despite the Carrionites, this was one of Martha's more enjoyable trips. Shame it went downhill from her first trip. Although I think a close second would be when Martha leaves him because she knows it's what she has to do for herself, which in terms of character development is the better choice, but I really wanted Martha to be a full-time companion longer than she was.

27 October 2011 @ 10:49 pm
I had to think about this one for a minute. Which Doctor, which series, which scene. In the end, I'm choosing one that defines the primary relationship on the show, from The Doctor's Wife. Now, yes, I do have issues with the idea that we watched Idris (and I do mean Idris) die and not one single person, not the Doctor, not Amy, not Rory, gave a thought as to what happened to the woman whose body the TARDIS went into, but the relationship between the Doctor and the TARDIS was just so...tears. So many tears.

Well. Since I'm a Classical history fiend, you'd think I would say Pompeii, but...well it was on the day Vesuvius erupted, so that's gonna be a no. Of course there's also Venice, coupled with "vampires" (and you know how I love vampires), but I still don't think that's going to get it. I think I'm going to have to go back to The Shakespeare Code for this one. I mean how awesome is that for a first trip in the TARDIS? I mean I know I would want to see one of Billy Shakes's plays performed in the Globe WITH HIM IN IT. So yeah. I'm gonna go with Elizabethan England.
26 October 2011 @ 12:08 am
From Journey's End:

And from The Impossible Astronaut:
24 October 2011 @ 11:07 pm

The Shakespeare Code

Martha: Whoa, Nelly, I know for a fact you've got a wife in the country!
Shakespeare: But Martha, this is town ;)
Doctor: Come on, we can all have a good flirt later!
Shakespeare: Is that a promise, Doctor?
Doctor: ... 57 academics just punched the air.
23 October 2011 @ 11:12 am
It's a tie between Love and Monsters and The Curse of the Black Spot. I
Favorite Episode:
The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances. All I really have to say is that it's awesome.

Favorite Series:
Hmm. Either Series 1 or 3, I think. Series 3 culminates with the Master, and even though the last bit of that gets...a little questionable, overall I liked the relationship between the Doctor and the Master. I also just love Martha, and it also has The Shakespeare Code, Blink, Human Nature/Family of Blood (which while it's not my favorite story, I recognize how good it is). But then series 1 was also really good, and the Doctor, Rose, and Jack make a good TARDIS team (series 1 Rose is SO much better than series 2 Rose). Also, Dalek is a really good episode, as is Father's Day. So, yeah, I don't know.
20 October 2011 @ 06:19 pm
Joan Redfern, I think. I mean, I know it was the '10s and everything, but bitch was racist. Also, I really just wanted to give her a brush because the way little wisps of hair kept falling out and sticking to her face really, really bothered me. Also I don't like it when people mistreat Martha.
19 October 2011 @ 05:45 pm
Harry Lloyd

jk! (I mean, I like Harry Lloyd, but I really just wanted an excuse to post a Viserys gif.)

Bernard Cribbins :D Because Wilf is just so heartbreaking. But Lis Sladen is a close second.