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Fear Her

I thought that was excellent, in a series where we've had several really excellent stories so far.

OK, not especially sfnal, more kind of magical, but I thought it dealt with the dysfunctional family setting much more realistically and compassionately than "The Idiot Box"; it was well written, grippingly filmed, brilliantly acted.

And, of course, we have the foreshadowing of Rose's imminent departure - the Doctor unable to give her straight answer (if indeed he is even listening) as to how long they will be together, and his casual remark that he was a dad once, to which she can't think of anything to say.

Loved it.

(I know this is a bit heretical, but I am not overwhelmed by David Tennant's Doctor. He's good, but sometimes he's over the top in mid-to-late Tom Baker mode, and I'm afraid the scene with the Olympic Torch at the end was the one bit I didn't like about this week's episode.)

Edited to add: first two comments on my f-list: ang_grrr hated it, blue_condition liked it but not as much as I did.

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blue_condition
Jun. 24th, 2006 07:07 pm (UTC)
> I'm afraid the scene with the Olympic Torch at the end was the one bit I didn't like about this week's episode

Agreed. As I was watching I was thinking "I wouldn't do it that way; change this scene, shift that bit of dialogue around, oooh that's clumsy", but on the whole I liked what they were trying to do and how they were trying to do it with the main plot, but these days it's "spot the theme of loss" and "spot the Rose death foreshadowing" ;)

It's one of those episodes that with slightly different treatment could've been utterly magnificent; as it was, I found it more emotionally satisfying than most of the other "loss" ones, and I loved the low-key approach - very minimal effects apart from the animations.

In some ways, this one pairs with "The Girl In The Fireplace" - stories of personal loss, misunderstanding, loneliness, and their effect on a wider cosmos...
purplepooka
Jun. 24th, 2006 07:12 pm (UTC)
Agreed about the final scene - I think what annoys me most about New Who in general is that some interesting beginnings of stories get totally mired down in feel-good sentimentality by the end.
ang_grrr
Jun. 24th, 2006 07:14 pm (UTC)
I'm very much as "New Who" fan. Of course I watched the previous series as a kid (I remember the end of Tom Baker onwards) but I'm not in the same league as many on my friends list. I don't know if I expect a different type of show to the real fans.
tamaranth
Jun. 24th, 2006 08:12 pm (UTC)
The Olympic Torch was on a par with the Ballroom Horse.

I don't especially like David Tennant, esp. as the Doctor.

I think they filmed some of that episode (the bits with DLR trains in the background) in the carpark of Tesco's, Lewisham. You can see my ex-house from there ...

on the whole, I enjoyed that episode a lot more than several recent ones (though it was remarkably Sapphire and Steelish): but ooooh teasers teasers teasers for next week!
blue_condition
Jun. 24th, 2006 09:04 pm (UTC)
Yes, the way it was done (sound and light rather than big effects, and the whole structure of the 'mystery') was very S&S - although S&S with characters rather than archetypes! More humour than PJ Hammond would ever use, though.

Wasn't there an S&S where something was living in pictures?

We won't mention Simon In The Land Of Chalk Drawings ;)
moral_vacuum
Jun. 25th, 2006 06:56 pm (UTC)
It was the person living in photographs. And had no face.
aramuin
Jun. 24th, 2006 08:23 pm (UTC)
I actually really enjoyed this episode, though the way the Doctor brushed-off Rose's attempt to convince herself that they'll be okay seemed a little too unnecessarily cruel for my taste.

And, speaking as someone who only got drawn into Who-dom with the Ninth Doctor, I have to say that I adore David Tennant's Doctor as a bouncy geek with dark edges.
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