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Dept. of Who Review

Robots of Sherwood
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  • Oh, Mark Gatiss, I believe I've finally met one of your episodes that I can like unreservedly!
  • This Doctor doesn't like bantering, does he? Liar.
  • Why weren't there 90 more scenes of the Doctor being jealous of Robin?
  • I should have hated Robin as much as the Doctor thought he did, but I didn't. That's a bit of a miracle, and I'm glad.
  • And there goes the Doctor, being mistaken again.
  • Only robots and metal men get to go to the Promised Land?
  • Go, Clara, you clever, clever woman. I like you more and more. I like it when she tells the Doctor to shut up. Even though I love Amy with a great burning love, I never liked it when she said it. I wonder why?
  • Clara's proof that you can be a story, be in a story, and love a story, and not be as thin as a paper page. See how long it took Robin and the Doctor to catch up with her? Oh, yes, I like this woman.
  • Or maybe 100 more scenes of Robin getting on the Doctor's nerves. Ha! Ha-ha! And no hernia!
  • Yup. I liked this one.



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mack_the_spoon
Sep. 7th, 2014 07:09 am (UTC)
This was such a fun episode - and I didn't feel like there were all sorts of huge plot holes I had to ignore in order to enjoy it (though I'm sure there were plot holes aplenty).

I'm enjoying Twelve and Clara more than I ever enjoyed Eleven with her, somehow. She feels more like a real person now.
kaffyr
Sep. 7th, 2014 05:58 pm (UTC)
Since there are always holes in Doctor Who (the Swiss Cheese of televised skiffy, and tasty it is), I've no doubt this one was laced with them. And I still don't mind. Heh.

I'm enjoying Twelve and Clara more than I ever enjoyed Eleven with her, somehow. She feels more like a real person now.

I understand that. One theory I have is that, because Eleven looked at her, for quite some time, as only a problem to be solved, we only saw her that way as well. And of course, outside the story, since she was being written as a problem to be solved, it was hard for Jenna Louise Coleman to act her way past that barrier.
mack_the_spoon
Sep. 7th, 2014 11:52 pm (UTC)
One theory I have is that, because Eleven looked at her, for quite some time, as only a problem to be solved, we only saw her that way as well. And of course, outside the story, since she was being written as a problem to be solved, it was hard for Jenna Louise Coleman to act her way past that barrier.
That makes a lot of sense. (I certainly didn't and don't blame JLC for my previous lukewarm feelings about the character.) It's great that we get to see new dimensions of her now.
clocketpatch
Sep. 7th, 2014 12:41 pm (UTC)
Why weren't there 90 more scenes of the Doctor being jealous of Robin?

THIS!

I could have easily watched an entire episode of those two bickering (and Clara mediating). *wipes away tears of joy*
kaffyr
Sep. 7th, 2014 05:59 pm (UTC)
Hee, yes. I think I might watch the episode again, right now, just for the joy of the bickering.
livii
Sep. 8th, 2014 06:12 am (UTC)
Yes, we loved it too. Silly and funny and just fun.

Only robots and metal men get to go to the Promised Land?

Well, there was the soldier woman from last week - she met up with Missy too. Glad we didn't have to see that again, though. I like my fun episodes fun, not all tied up with messy arc stuff.
kaffyr
Sep. 8th, 2014 03:05 pm (UTC)
Ah, I'd forgotten about her - which is, of course, exactly the wrong thing to do. I need to remember her and name something good after her.

I like my fun episodes fun, not all tied up with messy arc stuff.

I'm a cheap date, I love the fun episodes, and I adore arc episodes, so, hurrah! The only time I lose is when either type of story is badly written. Which does, unfortunately, happen, but it didn't this time, and I am well pleased.
lost_spook
Sep. 8th, 2014 09:15 am (UTC)
Hee, it was fun, wasn't it? :-)

Only robots and metal men get to go to the Promised Land?

It's Silicon Heaven, I suppose, and it'd be silly to think humans get to go. :-D
kaffyr
Sep. 8th, 2014 03:08 pm (UTC)
It's Silicon Heaven, I suppose, and it'd be silly to think humans get to go.

Heh. I like that. Although, as livii pointed out to me, Gretchen was human and got there, which I'd forgotten.
lost_spook
Sep. 8th, 2014 03:46 pm (UTC)
Indeed! It was just when you put it that way, it reminded me of Kryten and Silicon Heaven. (Where Lister assumes that Silicon Heaven is a concept programmed into androids to make them servile, and Kryten thinks human heaven is even sillier. "Where would all the calculators go?") Er, you do know Red Dwarf? I was assuming you did, because it seemed like the sort of thing you would.
kaffyr
Sep. 8th, 2014 03:56 pm (UTC)
I'm definitely aware of Red Dwarf, but I haven't seen any episodes (or at least I don't think I've seen any episodes.) It's on my list to watch when I can grab some time. And, yes, it is the sort of thing I'd watch!
lost_spook
Sep. 8th, 2014 04:32 pm (UTC)
I think it has dated more than a lot of other things, but I do love it, S3-6 particularly. There's a lot of it that's sort of indelibly stuck in my head, though & when it's good, it's priceless, and, after all, there aren't that many SF comedies around.

(I found the silicon heaven clip. :-D)
kaffyr
Sep. 8th, 2014 09:18 pm (UTC)
there aren't that many SF comedies around.

Yes, more's the pity!
flowsoffire
Sep. 14th, 2014 09:46 pm (UTC)
Funnnn :) ♥
kaffyr
Sep. 15th, 2014 03:08 am (UTC)
Oh, it really was!
a_phoenixdragon
Sep. 15th, 2014 07:40 pm (UTC)
He is a lying liar who lies, lol!! I wanted more petty, little-by scuffles between these two, lol!!

Probably because Amy was never calm when she told him to shut up. Likely because the Doctor always rousted uncalmness in her that nothing else could. Clara always goes 'Nanny-mode' with him, lol!!

It was a fun eppie, lol!!

*HUGS*
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