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Doctor Who - Contains SPOILERS

I was in bed and asleep when it aired last night, but I have the season pass through iTunes and the new episode was waiting for me when I woke up this morning. I just finished watching it and have to say that Peter has insane down perfectly. *grins* That's one of the hallmarks of the Doctor, it seems. I miss the rambles. More shut ups than before, but still keeping in line with his old selves. I'm not sure what I think of him, but it's not enough to make me stop watching the show. With 11 being my modern day Doctor, I know that I'm always going to miss him, and thank heavens for DVDs and iTunes so I can still see him.

Well, let's just start at the beginning and when I come to the end, I'll stop. I loved the dinosaur. That was adorable and I wish there was a bit of prequel showing how the heck the Doctor got into that situation in the first place. I've maintained since "Dinosaurs on a spaceship" that the Doctor can speak dinosaur - I actually put it into one of my fan fiction pieces - and was thrilled to hear him say that in here. I hate that the dinosaur died, but that push woke the Doctor up better than anything else could.

Having Madam Vastra, Jenny, and Strax in here was genius. I love all the references to Sherlock Holmes, down to the name of the restaurant where the alien ship was hidden. I think my favorite early line was when the dinosaur coughs up the TARDIS, the inspector says it just laid and egg, and Vastra comments on his lack of a grasp of basic biology. I also love that she's the only one not shocked by the regeneration. Strax was, as always, total win. I'm not sure of my favorite part with him, it could well be everything, just because he's always so lost with human behavior, human clothes, humans in general that he seems to never know what's going on, but he'll happily destroy everything and sort it out later. I don't think this episode would have been half as good without those three in.

Clara, more than any companion in a while, was the audience again. I know that's the role for the companion in general, but her shock and mixed feelings as the new Doctor were perfect for me. Then again, I like Clara a lot more than most of the modern day companions (Jack is an exception) and that could well be why I'm relating to her so well once again. It's like it's the Doctor but it's not the Doctor and it's hard to work out exactly how I feel about that. Clara was truly brilliant in this episode. Her belief in the Doctor, even when she's isn't sure who he is, never wavered that he would come back for her and save her from the alien robots.

I'll admit that I didn't get the immediate reference to the robots attempting to rebuild themselves. As soon as the name popped up on the tube though, that got my mind working and I figured it out. I also really liked the references to the episode with 10 and Donna where they saw that face before. That reference I did pick up. I have a feeling that I missed one more classic reference, but it could well be an episode I haven't seen, so it's really quite possible that I did miss something important. Might have to go on one of the fan sites, cut through the bull and see what I can find.

Now to the Doctor himself. Like I said above, Peter has insane down. That might well be the easy part. The episode right after regeneration, the Doctor is always confused and trying to figure out who he is this time around. They might have overplayed that one a little, but it didn't take away from the show overall. At least I don't think so. I can't imagine what it's like to go through something like that, and given that this was not a standard regeneration, it's possible that there's more going on in there than anything thinks. Which regeneration was it where the Doctor spent a few episodes trying to convince his companion it was still him even though he was completely different? Five into Six, I think. I haven't seen that one, so I might be misremembering. I could still see traces of 11 in 12, and I hope those stay. Not that I want 12 to act like 11 because that won't work, but every so often it seems like they still pull on their previous regeneration and that part comes out. It's when the fandom always says "your...........is showing." So something like 11, your 10 is showing. The ramble referencing the long scarf was fantastic.

He's still the Doctor. I think he always stays the same at the core, even with everything changing, in his hearts it's still him, and that helps everyone get past the shock of regeneration. I think this is going to be interesting. Do I think I can come to love Peter, probably. Not nearly as much as I love Tom and Matt, but I think I'll find a place for him in my heart. With Clara leaving the show, it'll be interesting to see how the "Impossible Girl" storyline is wrapped up. I hope the Moff had enough warning to be able to play that out completely because it'll be a let down otherwise. Yeah, I know it was partly explained last season, but I have the feeling there's more to it than that. Just something nagging at me as a writer myself. It's like some piece is still hiding from us, and I'm curious to see if I'm right or not.

I'd forgotten they shot a phone call from 11 to Clara for the end of this episode. I was in tears the whole time because it just drove home that 11 is gone and 12 is now the Doctor. It's going to take some getting used to. It really will. I did love when Clara hugged him and he said he didn't think he was a huggy man this time, and she said he didn't have a say in that one. She keeps him in line, and that's something the Doctor hasn't had in a while. The reference to Amy was unexpected, and with Clara's reaction, I don't think she knows about the Ponds. I remember reading somewhere that the Doctor purposely regenerated to this face because it looks like an older Rory and he's Scottish like Amy. That was a fan theory, and it's heart-breaking to think about if it is true. We all know he never got over losing the Ponds like he did, and I know he blames himself for what happened. That's one of the problems with the Doctor, he's so good at hiding his pain, it's always hard to impossible to know what he's really thinking about.

So, I'm still curious. I want to see where they take this Doctor, how they're going to work with him. I'm sure I'll be commenting on things because it's lonely down here. Two Whovians at work, one isn't watching the current season (hasn't seen the 50th or end of 11's run) and the other is super-busy and I only see him every couple of weeks or so. *sighs* It makes me miss Zeppoz and the group of Whovians I worked with there. I'll have to hit Facebook and see what they think of things. I might be able to get a discussion going over there. Maybe.


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Aug. 24th, 2014 05:30 pm (UTC)
This...this is perfect. And I love the idea that he regenned into the face he did Because Ponds. Actually. That makes perfect sense, really. Tis heartbreaking, but then, he can BE a Pond for a lifetime which would ease his heart, really.

This was a good eppie. Have a few nitpicks, but I am perfectly willing to see where it all goes as I do love the Doctor and I love where Moff guides things.

Aug. 24th, 2014 06:10 pm (UTC)
It does make perfect sense and it breaks my heart so much to think that it's true. He loves Amy and Rory so much and this just drove home how much. That small reference, that one muttered comment about Amy. The stubborn old Time Lord.

One of my friends on Facebook, KP, suggested that Missy is the TARDIS. I'm not sure what I think about that. I'm leaning towards her being a Time Lady that wasn't on Gallifrey during the Time War. What do you think about her, just out of curiosity.

I think every episode deserves a couple of nitpicks. I have a couple myself, but they could well be set-up for a later episode that I don't dare complain too much because I have a feeling they'll come back to haunt me in the long term. Another amazing moment, one I forgot to mention, was when he was talking with the clockwork man about how things are replaced over time until there isn't a piece of the original left, and then they closed in on his reflection in the platter. In a way he was talking about himself. He's still the Doctor, still himself, but he has doubt. I've never seen the Doctor with doubt and it makes me wonder what will happen to him with that doubt.

Aug. 24th, 2014 06:26 pm (UTC)
Gods, yes. Proving that love CAN be forever (like with Sarah, Rose, River, Jack) and family is the same. Bless him.

Well, from the way she spoke, the first name that popped into my head was 'Iris Wildthyme'. She was a Time Lord that straddled the line. She meddled like the Doctor but was more self absorbed. And she LOVED the Doctor with a passion. She was his stalker, essentially, lol!! I'm sure I'll be proven wrong, but she was the first one to pop into my head - and Iris would have found a way to NOT be there during the Time War. And no one would think to look for her as she was always more of a nuisance than a help.

Well. New regenerations. It makes sense. Each new regeneration of the original set is a patchwork of a personality and keeps being remade. The original is still the core, but the other bits keep changing and remaking until the original is all but gone. This is a WHOLE NEW SET. Which could come with it's own 'differing' personality and consequences. And really, doesn't it completely remove the ORIGINAL? This is the crisis the Doctor is up against. I can't blame him for being afraid and unsure because he himself doesn't know anymore. Then there is the fact he has never trusted his People. Lord knows what they tinkered with before sending the new set along?

Edited at 2014-08-24 06:30 pm (UTC)
Aug. 24th, 2014 09:50 pm (UTC)
Yep, exactly.

I wonder if you're right because that would be awesome if they managed to work her into the show again. I always wonder what the Moff is plotting for the show because you know he works things out years in advance and sets us all up so perfectly for things.

I'd forgotten that part. I wonder what, if anything, the Time Lords did this time around. They've messed with him so many times before, it seems logical that they would have this time as well. The memory seems more jumbled than it has for any other regeneration I've seen. They're usually able to get things by the end of the episode, so a day or two. I get the feeling that 12 is still really lost, and I don't wonder if 11 didn't expect that to happen in more ways than one? He knows what regeneration is, what can happen, but he also knows that the Time Lords just meddled again. He's got to be wondering so many things right now.
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