Last night, I my father-in-law visited me. He passed away a little over a year ago.
Doctor Who, S2E4. The Girl in the Fireplace. Written by Steven Moffat.
I know a lot of people love this episode, but I don’t think it’s all that. I think it’s disjointed and has some good parts and good characters, but the mash-up is both trite and awkward, and I don’t love this episode. I usually skip to my favorite parts.
Doctor Who, S2E3 – School Reunion. Written by Tony Whithouse
At a high school, the principal,
Uther Pendragon Mr. Finch, daintily drums his finders together as he descends a stairwell and sees a student outside his office. She has a headache, but she can’t go home because she lives in an orphanage. Mr. Finch offers crappy sympathies: Aww.. You’re alone and unwanted. Then takes her into his office. The door closes, then there is a flap of wings, and the girl screams. (Trivia: Did you know that this dude, Anthony Head was screen tested for the eighth doctor in ’96? Where would Buffy have been?)
The Doctor (under the alias John Smith) and Rose “Not Again” Tyler are already working undercover in the school. (Oh! 21 Jump Street!)
Credits. A long esophagus.
Doctor Who, S2E2, Tooth and Claw. Written by Russell T. Davies
All in all, I don’t mind this episode – I like hearing Tennent speak with his native accent, his reference to Rose in shorts as a “wee naked child” and “timorous beastie.”
There are are hooded men taking over a landed estate, harboring another man in a cage. So they’re a traveling prison guard, in a way. They have orange suits beneath their robes and are experts in a sort of martial art that make them hard to beat. Once they fight their way in, they say to the terrified occupants of the house, “May God have mercy on our souls.”
Credits. Blue and red fire tunnel.
Doctor Who, S2E1, New Earth. Written by Russell T. Davies
The Doctor prepares the TARDIS for take off and outside Jackie looks like she’s sending Rose “Adventure Time” Taylor off to school, hugging her and her backpack and fussing over her, giving advice. Mickey’s standing there pouting. She gives him a long kiss good bye. “Love you.” He says, but she doesn’t say it back. Hmmm…
Doctor Who. The Parting of Ways. S1 Ep 13. Written by Russell T. Davies
I almost tried to quit watching Doctor Who again after this episode. I know that effort would be futile, however, and, by and large, this was a satisfying end to the season-long story arc.
This episode picked up where the last episode left their cliffhanger. The Daleks demand that Rose predict the Doctor’s actions and tell them what he’ll do, but she refuses. But never fear! Thanks to a force field that Jack has rigged up, the TARDIS is protected and able to materialize on the Dalek ship in front of Rose. Jack and the Doctor exit the TARDIS, and are fired upon, but the TARDIS’ protection field covers them. The Doctor taunts the Daleks, reminding them that Dalek legend refers to the Doctor as “The Oncoming Storm” and wondered aloud how they lived through the Time War. A low grating voice explains they survived “…through me.” The camera pulls back to reveal a brain with tentacles in a glass fluid-filled capsule. The whole contraption is propped up with metal legs and shields.
Doctor Who S1 Ep 12 Bad Wolf. Written by Russell T. Davies
I like to see fandoms collide, hence my title. A Sherlock line used to refer to both the situation for our heroes as well as the conclusion of this story arc, which has been building all season.
The Doctor awakens in a Big Brother-like house on Channel 44000. Rose wakes up on a The Weakest Link-type set. Jack wakes up in another show I don’t recognize (I find out its “What Not To Wear” on TLC), and a “defabricator” strips him naked. Aren’t we going to buy him a drink first?
After I posted “Hi, Captain Jack Harkness,” I was listening to a podcast about the shows, and the hosts commented on something I hadn’t noticed before.
Doctor Who – Season 1 – Ep. 11 Boom Town. Written by Russell T. Davies
Oh, Christ have mercy – it’s the farting aliens again. I hate this episode. There are a few fun or significant things in it to comment on, but I’m not gonna go too deep, here.
The TARDIS needs to be recharged, so the Doctor lands it over that rift in Cardiff to recharge it. It’ll take all day, so he, Rose and Jack (who is still with them) get to play. Mickey joins them, and they all play and laugh. The Doctor sees a sign and realizes that the lady farting alien (henceforth known as “Fartlien”) has become the mayor of Cardiff and has initiated the construction of a nuclear power plant. The plant is named Blaidd Drwg, (Welsh, I tell you!) Welsh for “Bad Wolf.” This time, the Doctor notices that these words have been popping up everywhere.
We see Fartlien talk to a human about the human’s plans for her marriage and approaching baby child, and this gives Fartlien a sense of the harm she’s causing.
Later that night, Jack realized that the extrapolator can be used to halve the time to refuel the TARDIS, and goes to work installing it. Rose and Mickey go out to reconnect – unsuccessfully, and the Doctor takes the Fartlien her Last Dinner.
There’s an earthquake (I think because of the TARDIS energy recharging) and the group, including Fartlien, goes to the TARDIS. The Doctor realizes that Fartlien wanted the rift to split in Cardiff and eventually in the whole Earth. Fartlien struggles with the crew for a minute to take over power, but she fails and finally dies.
After this, Rose realized that Mickey had left. The Doctor offers to wait for him, but Rose lets him go.
On to bigger and better things.
If we were having coffee, it would be a little later in the day, for I have been recovering from last night. I know: I’m not a kid anymore and never mix your liquors, but lordy it was fun. I just haven’t gone out like that in such a long time, to a bar/club with dancing and people watching.