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Dept. of Weariness

When You're as Old As I Am ...

... the act of sleeping  - active sleeping, as it were, sleeping for the pure joy of sleeping -  takes on its own delights. Which is why this is going to be an extra specially short post. 

Well, except to say that I've seen Doctor Who tonight, and I can say with certainty that a) I'm liking Twelve (and Capaldi) more, and more; b) I really like Maisie Williams; c) I like parts of The Woman Who Lived; and d) dear lord, I was exasperated at various notable other parts.

Yup. This was, for me, the weakest episode of what has otherwise been, again, for me, the strongest season in the last couple of years. 


This entry was originally posted at http://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/384409.html?mode=reply, where there are currently comment count unavailable comments. You can comment there or here; I watch both.

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clocketpatch
Oct. 25th, 2015 05:43 am (UTC)
Have a great sleep!

The Woman Who Lived won't be available for me until tomorrow but your summary is exactly what I've been expecting of it from its prequel so... I guess I won't be disappointed?
kaffyr
Oct. 26th, 2015 04:49 pm (UTC)
Gah - I'm responding late, and now feeling guilty; I should have put my comments under a spoiler alert. I'll say that it wasn't a bad episode in my eyes, just, for my taste, weaker than previous episodes. I'm reading reviews from people who believe very differently, and who think that the episode was really quite excellent. So you'll definitely have something to look forward to.
clocketpatch
Oct. 27th, 2015 01:44 am (UTC)
Don't feel guilty at all. I mostly enjoyed the episode and the banter (though like you there were bits where I was face!palming all the way). Going in without raised expectations meant that my ecpectatoons ended up being exceeded.
kaffyr
Oct. 27th, 2015 02:05 am (UTC)
Glad to hear you enjoyed it!
(Anonymous)
Oct. 25th, 2015 03:54 pm (UTC)
I have to admit, I’ve rather warmed up to Twelve since last season. While I still don’t really like his more abrasive side, it’s been made very clear that he does care about people. And he’s much more enjoyable now that he’s willing to have a little fun sometimes. That said, I still haven’t got over Eleven going. I know a lot of people weren’t keen on season 7, but I was, and I suspect that just having Matt Smith there was able to paper over any deficiencies.

As for the episode, it was good, but I was wishing it wasn’t another ‘the Doctor ruins people’ story. It isn’t just that I’m not terribly fond of the idea; the whole ‘immortality/unnaturally long lifespans are bad’ thing has been done so much on new Who, that it wasn’t hard to tell how the story would play out. For that matter, I could even guess a lot of Ashildr’s and the Doctor’s dialogue before it even popped out of their mouths. I wish we'd been presented with someone who had adjusted perfectly fine to their immortality and didn’t actually object to the Doctor’s interference. It would be totally unexpected, and rather hilarious, to have him turn up, melodramatically laden with regret and apologies for what he had done, only to be flummoxed by the well-adjusted and happy individual he found. Sadly, I can't see the production team being willing to send themselves and their occasional excesses up that way.

Diona the Lurker
kaffyr
Oct. 26th, 2015 04:54 pm (UTC)
For me, Ashildr's fate appeared to be much less angst-ridden than it could have been. My problems had less to do with the story, than with the construction of the story, if you see what I mean; the ending of it was kind of telegraphed, but it wasn't built organically into the rest of the story. But I suppose we can take some comfort in the fact that she ultimately did appear to decide that she could enjoy her near-immortality again. And for Doctor Who, that's a decent ending.

I agree with you that Capaldi is much easier to watch this year. I always thought he was good, but it felt as if he was all too often uncomfortable in the Doctor's skin last season. With increased comfort came a far more three-dimensional Doctor, so we could see the caring alien along with the alien alien. I still miss Matt and his Eleventy, but I'm liking Twelve more and more.
(Anonymous)
Oct. 27th, 2015 03:56 am (UTC)
It wasn't so much Capaldi I had a problem with last season, as the writing for his Doctor. Twelve did have moments of compassion and caring, but it was all too often stifled by the fake Malcolm Tucker characterisation he was given. Mercifully that's mostly gone now. (Secret admission - people don't seem happy about the sonic sunglasses, but they rather amuse me. Besides, Twelve looks good in them).

Diona the Lurker
kaffyr
Oct. 28th, 2015 02:45 pm (UTC)
He was definitely given some awkward writing, but it's often very hard for an actor to find the character quickly, even with the best of writing, especially if there's been someone ahead of him as the character. And Capaldi had to follow Smith, who really made a mark on the character.

(Secret admission from me - I love the sunglasses!)
liadtbunny
Oct. 25th, 2015 04:22 pm (UTC)
Eating and sleeping are two of my great delights. Have a good snooze:)

DW was OK not good, not bad. I've taken to hand waving away anything that annoys me now.
kaffyr
Oct. 26th, 2015 04:56 pm (UTC)
I don't know why I've been so exhausted the last couple of weeks, but going to bed has become a destination event for me. Heh.

I'm happy to say that S09 really feels very strong to me; perhaps what I'm looking at as a somewhat weaker episode would actually have registered last season as a strong episode. And I'm certainly looking forward to next week!
a_phoenixdragon
Oct. 25th, 2015 10:40 pm (UTC)
Sleep is a magnificent and oft poorly lauded thing, lol!!

I agree with this assessment. That being said, the last half of Season Seven and muchly of Season Eight is on my O_O list. (Season Seven mostly because I got all the 'but I don't want you to go!!' feelings...especially on such a poor note) but that being said, Season Nine definitely has it on the ball. This eppie was a stumble, but every season has one. At least we got it out of the way? :D

*HUGS*
kaffyr
Oct. 27th, 2015 02:09 am (UTC)
Since Clara arrived, I've been on a steady journey of liking her more and more, but often the writing made it just a bit difficult.

And yes, I'm still in that weird fannish space (so very specific to Who fandom) of missing Matt and Eleven like bloody WHOAH, and still loving Capaldi.

I need to do some real reviews, don't I?
a_phoenixdragon
Oct. 27th, 2015 03:20 am (UTC)
This...all of it!

I would love reviews from you. You always have such a fascinating insight!

*HUGS*
cygnia
Oct. 26th, 2015 01:33 pm (UTC)
kaffyr
Oct. 27th, 2015 02:07 am (UTC)
Good to see that people will have more access to Donna - now, if we could just get a Big Finish story in which he comes back and FIXES HIS FRIEND'S BRAIN GODDAMNIT!!!!!

*pants heavily*

Ahem. I'm just a little upset, even this many years later ....
flowsoffire
Oct. 28th, 2015 08:48 pm (UTC)
Quite agreeing about Girl Who Died. I hope you enjoyed your rest! ♥
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