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I Saw It And It Was Good

I saw Deep Breath on Saturday night, and I thought that it was good. I saw it again tonight, and I liked it even better. I got a better feel for why Clara acted as she did (and the true and quite logical reason was right in front of me, and had nothing to do with her being young and shallow) and I saw once again that Moffat has tweaked us yet again: this Doctor is as tuned in to humans and as tied to them as ever his younger selves were. Silly of me to have thought that would be different and glad I am that I was mistaken.

This is a very good Doctor.

I don't, however, have any more brain to talk about it. I got up early and traveled 45 miles each way to an absolutely wonderful wedding at the Bristol Renaissance Faire, wandered around in the heat after the wedding, drove back, then cleaned up and set up an evening of light munchies for the folks who came to watch Deep Breath with us, and I have to get up early tomorrow to give testimony to an attorney, and it's deadline day, and I'm covered in dried sweat and ... well, I'm not at my best right now.

More, tomorrow?

Oh, and ...

Totally the Master, amirite?

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Aug. 25th, 2014 03:28 am (UTC)
Totally the Master, amirite?

That was the second thing that occurred to me, after the Rani, which means that we're probably both wrong. :)
Aug. 25th, 2014 05:02 pm (UTC)
Hmm. Hadn't considered the Rani, but I'm not at all certain she'd call the Doctor "my boyfriend," even in jest. She's not a big one for jesting, is the Rani.
Aug. 26th, 2014 06:24 pm (UTC)
The thing that occurred to me later was an older splinter of Clara, but again, probably way too obvious...
Aug. 26th, 2014 06:41 pm (UTC)
As in, an older, crazier, really kind of malevolent splinter? Nope, it wasn't obvious ... but it is intriguing, and very possible; there's no reason that a splintered Clara's avatars should all turn out "right" ... very intriguing ....
Aug. 25th, 2014 04:36 am (UTC)
My first thought was Evil Iris Wildthyme. But I doubt we'll be that lucky. Evidence does seem to point towards it being the Master.
Aug. 25th, 2014 05:08 pm (UTC)
Iris is from the timeline that included Faction Paradox? Am I mistaken in that? She was definitely a loose cannon, and, although I've not read any non-fic stories involving her, she does seem as if she's the type who would refer to him as "my boyfriend."

If it is the Master, I'm going to wait and see which segment of fandom screams the loudest: the rigid classicists who still hold religiously with the idea that one doesn't, one simply doesn't change the gender of a major Gallifreyan, or the folks who are 100 percent convinced that Moffat is 100 percent misogynistic and homophobic, and would take a gender-swapped Master as proof that Moffat wanted to work through the homoerotic aspects of the Doctor-Master relationship without having that icky same-sex stuff involved.

(I will keep as clear of those particular swamps as possible. In my estimation, Moffat has definite weaknesses and definite shortcomings, and a lot of them do involve his attitude towards women. However, I'm far less convinced his attitudes are nearly as misogynistic as some people think - and I'm definitely not convinced they are as homophobic as some think.)
Aug. 25th, 2014 06:33 pm (UTC)
I had to Google Iris Wildthyme--it wouldn't surprise me if Moff draws this character into the TV series; sounds like she might work well as a new adversary.

I honestly didn't think of the Master, but the last we saw him was Ten's regeneration, so it's been a while, and Moff might well have decided it's time to bring him back. And as a woman? I have no problems with this, and I actively loved the Doctor-Master homoerotic stuff. I'm sure certain corners of fandom will howl, but don't they always?

The other theory I suppose should be tossed out there is River, but that seems a bit far-fetched.

Be interesting to see what's really going on--but I guess we have our "eyepatch lady" of season eight. ; )
Aug. 25th, 2014 10:39 am (UTC)
Ohhhh...never thought about the Master. But you culd have a point there!! Whoot!! I thought it was Iris being nuttier (and more evil) than usual, lol!

Aug. 25th, 2014 05:18 pm (UTC)
See, you're the second person I know who thought of Iris!

Aug. 25th, 2014 04:34 pm (UTC)
I too thought it was a very good starter and that idea of Misst being the Master sounds like an intriguing idea.
Aug. 25th, 2014 05:34 pm (UTC)
As robling_t jokes, above, we'll probably both be wrong (she was thinking the Rani), and a couple of other folks have proposed Iris Wildthyme, who is one of the more intriguing possibilities. Oh, what fun we shall have over the next little while, being detectives and prognosticators!
Aug. 28th, 2014 10:00 am (UTC)
I hope you could rest up and are feeling better right now! And yes, Capaldi is great. Regarding Missy—I can't quite see her as the Master, but I could be wrong. Tbh, I'm not sure about it being an already-existing character altogether but the Iris Wildthyme theory several people thought of appears to be a good one. I guess we'll see ;P
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