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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. 

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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
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.
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
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!)

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