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Utopia liveblogging

Back in Cardiff again...

Run, Jack, run!

End of the universe...

"Humans are coming!" Say the werewolves with piercings.

Barrowman in the opening credits!

Hmm, not sure about the music.

It's Sir Derek, talking about Utopia and bad coffee. A very cute green tentacled assistant.

The beat - Beethoven's fifth, V for Victory, diggerdydum

It's Jack, with Torchwood music in the background. And Jack is back on form. Recognises the Doctor immediately.

"Busy life, moving on!" A bit callous. But redeemed by the hug. Martha very pissed off - Rose again.

Jack has lived through from 1869!!!

"D'you just get bored of us and disappear?" Ow. The Doctor's riposte on blogging gloriously off-target.

The hunt again. Save the victim, but cut off from the Tardis. The teeth thing is reminiscent of Survival, though much better.

A wee Scottish girrl! At the end of the world!

It's a generation starship! "It's not rocket science!"

The hand! The first ever flashback to The Christmas Invasion!

Poor Martha has been more freaked out in the first quarter of this episode than in the whole of the series so far.

Hermits! Hilarious!

Utopia Project - sounds a bit like Asimov's Foundation.

"Better to live in hope." - "Quite right too!"

The sonic screwdriver as magic wand again.

(What about the Tardis?)

Nasty snarly woman with teeth...

"Food and string and staples." Great!

They found the Tardis, and it means something to the professor...

The sound of drums...

Martha, "Tell me about it!" Awww.

Giggling girls, very cute.

Stet radiation - very technobabble.

Mutant sabotage!

Woo, disintegrated Jake!

Poor old Jack, he's going to get all the really crap jobs. "Well, I look good!"

"The sports car of time travel." Hmm.

Flashback to The Parting of the Ways.

Martha hasn't heard the end of Rose's story before, it seems.

The professor's got the watch!!!!!!

Martha tells the watch story, and the Doctor has never been so dismayed by anything she has ever said to him.

The professor is another Time Lord!!!

YANA - you are not alone! But who is he????

Shuts them out, let's the werewolves in.... Doesn't seem friendly!

The professor was the Master all along! I truly did not see that coming! Superb misdirection re Mr Saxon (or is it?)

The injured Master in the Tardis.

Regenerating... Into Mr Saxon? Oh yes it is!!!!

And he's off, leaving them with the wild men yelling through the keyhole, as Kevin O'Higgins so memorably put it.

Loved it!

Comments

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del_c
Jun. 16th, 2007 08:53 pm (UTC)
This will amuse (or maybe horrify) all the old Who fans who knew what was coming. I just had to explain to my New-Who-fanatic niece on the phone (who has a little Who fans club at school, about a dozen friends) who the Master was.

None of them had understood any of the foreshadowing going on this series and they'd had all sorts of theories as to what "You Are Not Alone" had meant, up to and including the Doctor's secret love child. So this episode was a bit confusing for the younger generation, because they haven't got the background to go "ah!" when Derek Jacobi turns into the Master and then regenerates into John Simms. They just go "huh? what just happened?"
sierra_le_oli
Jun. 16th, 2007 10:31 pm (UTC)
Well, it seemed clear that the Doctor and the Master were old adversaries and that the latter's reappearance was a surprise, but yeah, that's about as far I as get. Hopefully the next ep will explain some more of the background 'cos it sounds like the Master was an important character? I also have no idea who this Derek Jacobi fellow is.

(Got an error trying to post this, apologies if it appears twice.)
nwhyte
Jun. 16th, 2007 11:54 pm (UTC)
You weren't logged in first time, so it was screened - have deleted it since it's just the same text.
rmc28
Jun. 18th, 2007 11:35 am (UTC)
I watched it with two housemates and said "if he's a timelord, I bet he's the Master" and one housemate said "yeah!" and the other said "who's the Master?".
communicator
Jun. 16th, 2007 07:11 pm (UTC)
Phew what a trip
grahamsleight
Jun. 16th, 2007 07:36 pm (UTC)
Weird episode. Sort of broken-backed. The first half - the running round in the quarry, the rocket, Jacobi's performance - reminded me strongly of a duff episode of Blake's Seven where they could afford night-filming. Not much real tension to be had, and RTD was clearly having trouble giving all the TARDIS crew something to do. And then, yes, it did rather kick into gear. Not totally convinced by Simm's performance post-regeneration - rather too Jonathan Pryce for me - but he does look very good indeed in the trailer.

Is Graeme Harper now the first director to have supervised two regenerations?
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qatsi
Jun. 16th, 2007 08:04 pm (UTC)
Ah! I'm not the only person who was reminded of Blakes Seven!

Indeed not.

And wouldn't having Derek Jacobi as The Master for longer have been just great?

It would. And (cf grahamsleight in this thread) I rather like the idea of a Jonathan Pryce Master, too.
surliminal
Jun. 16th, 2007 10:44 pm (UTC)
yes to both :-)
sqferryman
Jun. 16th, 2007 08:08 pm (UTC)
The kid was a boy.
pickwick
Jun. 16th, 2007 09:29 pm (UTC)
Heh, I noticed that in the credits, and was tempted to rewind and check. I was sure it was a girl, too.
pickwick
Jun. 16th, 2007 09:30 pm (UTC)
Giggling girls, very cute.

This was the moment I knew Chantho (?) was doomed, because it was so similar to all the Rose bonding with the help moments.
surliminal
Jun. 16th, 2007 10:43 pm (UTC)
As soon as i knew he ws a Time Lord I knew he was the Master. And I suspected Jacobi was more than he seemed from the beginning with the drums and the genius factor. But I did NOT see the watch thing coming!!! Real shock. But see my own LJ for second reservations..
lostcarpark
Jun. 17th, 2007 10:00 am (UTC)
Jack is seven, and he figured it out back at the Face of Bo episode.

"It's obvious it's the Master," he said.

Admittedly, he has seen more classic Who than the average seven-year-old.
bohemiancoast
Jun. 18th, 2007 08:49 pm (UTC)
M is like this -- 'he's obviously going to use the hand to get into the Tardis' 'well, duh, how else did Jack become immortal' 'obviously it's the same watch' 'what on earth did you think the face of Bo was talking about?'

I know that children are famously more careful readers but I try to pretend that it's because we have more other assorted extraneous information getting in the way of the relevant stuff.
sinclair_furie
Jun. 17th, 2007 03:41 pm (UTC)
:D
That was fun.
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