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Because I cannot contain myself because of the unpopular opinions seething up inside myself I will be committing the cardinal sin of liveblogging (well, only liveblogging in Canada). Sadly, I am missing the first episode of heroes for this and 'Last of the Time Lords.'



I hate Lucy Saxon. So far, I have been spending most of 'The Sound of Drums' wanting to smack her. I don't find her interesting, I just find her smirky and as bland as bland can be. If there was an encyclopedia entry for bland evil she'd be in it.

But plus points for managing to make the master genuinely quite horrible and threatening for the first time in forever for me. Of course, actually having him go through and kill off huge chunks of the world's population gives this version a huge advantage in that area
ETA: Plus look at what he did to the TARDIS! Shocking, absolutely appalling. It offends me even more than the decimation of the world's population.

ETA 2: Well it seems that RTD agreed with me and gave up on Lucy Saxon as well. Though I am intrigued at the presentation of what happens when a woman actually decides to live the adoring politician wife routine in private as well as public. I guess it helps if you only have about three brain cells and aren't confused with things like ethics or morality.

ETA 3: Oh, Professor Docherty, you're a traitor. *sob* I am saddened because of how much I liked her from those few minutes when she wasn't stabbing Martha in that back. Actually, I am immensely impressed by how much RTD has made me invest in minor characters, like Chantho in 'Utopia.'

ETA 4: I am tremendously amused by the fact that apparently the only person around who doesn't love the Doctor and want to spend all their days being cradled in his arms is the Master. I am quite, quite happy at this: you can get the whole world to love you so much they regenerate you but the one other Time Lord in existence would rather die than be with you. Except for the bit where he's apparently got a back up escape plan. If it involves that twit Lucy I will be sad.

ETA 5: I really like Martha. In fact, I quite love Martha. I am not sure where liking her slipped over into loving her but it happened. However, the least interesting thing about her was her crush on the Doctor. It just sort of came out of nowhere and served very little narrative function. Usually I just rolled my eyes when it came up. This is not because I have a problem with the Doctor having a relationship with her, but that Martha just seemed really uninteresting when she was moping over him and interesting in other situations. And she seemed madly invested in that love awfully fast.

But strangely I did rather like when she actually told the Doctor about it because I think it was important to her that he know and also because the Doctor just likes to avoid things he doesn't want to hear and she made him listen. Plus that manic bit at the end when he was trying to get her to travel with him reminded me of the last Doctor when he was trying to get Rose to go with him the first time. Maybe the Doctor will end up moping over a picture of her which would be a sort of poetic justice.



And in thrilling news of crap movies I started watching 'Damon and Pythias.' I haven't seen the titular heroes yet but there are baddies with excellent short tunics riding around and killing off old men. Well, only one old man and he was evil. They chucked money at him first, though, which seems very wasteful.

Date: 2007-09-25 08:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] raincitygirl.livejournal.com
They really were an excellent pair of episodes, no?

How are you settling in now that we're starting to get real rainforest weather?

Date: 2007-09-25 11:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
They were excellent, though I could have done without the Doctor being saved by the love of humanity, though I did think it was a nice touch that they saved him from one of his own, rather than the other way around.

I don't mind the weather but I am still occasionally in the pity party throwing business. It makes me mad at myself for being so self-absorbed.

Date: 2007-09-30 07:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] raincitygirl.livejournal.com
Yeah, it made me wonder if RTD was exposed to WAY too many viewings of Peter Pan as a child. But ggreat episodes from an emotional point of view, even if when you look close the logic of the plot starts looking awfully flimsy. So I just choose not to look closely. Sort of like with Serenity.

Well, being angry with yourself for being self-absorbed is actually a form of further self-absorbtion. So just enjoy your pity parties in a whole-hearted manner, and you won't fall into that deeper trap. Aren't you glad I'm not a t therapist?

Have you seen http://flickerbat.typepad.com/being_there/vancouver_buffy_musical.html

Sorry, it's past midnight and I've forgotten how to embed links.

Date: 2007-09-30 06:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
You know, I didn't even get the 'I do believe in fairies' inspiration until you pointed it out! I find most of Doctor Who (old and new) doesn't really bear close scrutiny in the plot department so most of the time I just go with it.

I haven't seen that! Oh, that sounds like a lot of fun - even if the Buffy musical episode isn't one of my favourites, it's a lot different seeing it with a lot of people who are really buying into it.

Are you going?

Date: 2007-09-30 08:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] raincitygirl.livejournal.com
Saturday afternoon showing, most likely. That's when some people I know IRL are going. Wanna come too?

Date: 2007-09-30 08:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
If you don't mind that would be excellent. I'll book my ticket and try and pick you out in the crowd!

Date: 2007-09-30 09:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] raincitygirl.livejournal.com
Or alternately we could grab a coffee or summat beforehand. Alas, my tomatoes are dying green on the vine, so no point in showing them to you.

Date: 2007-10-01 12:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
That would be lovely. Probably easier to spot each other.

In these sorts of situations I feel we should have a code, such as the 'The eagle, it flies by night.'

Date: 2007-10-01 01:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] raincitygirl.livejournal.com
Yes, but I can't wander around the plaza outside Cinematheque saying "The eagle, it flies by night," to every woman I see until I find you. I'd be arrested or taken to the nearest psychiatric ward. Although, given that I'd be around 200 Buffy fans, perhaps nobody would notice. Anyway, psych ward or not, it's impractical. Perhaps a fannish version of the hanky code?

Date: 2007-10-01 03:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
I suspect that no one would notice the saying of such phrases in that crowd. They would probably think it is some sort of exciting spin-off game.

But considering such things it is probably better to meet at a coffee shop before.

Date: 2007-10-02 03:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] raincitygirl.livejournal.com
Or, I've just had a brainwave. Have you been to the Vancouver Aquarium yet? I've got a two-for-one admission coupon that expires Nov 1. And I haven't been in over 2 years (er, since I had someone from out of town visiting and took them), in part because it's bloody expensive (but if we split the cost of the one ticket....). Weekends are crowded, obviously, but at least it's not summer. I figure we could go either the weekend of Oct 13-14 or Oct 20-21. Thanksgiving weekend's likely to be a zoo.

Anyway, if you aren't interested in the Aquarium, just say so. I'm sure I can round up someone else to help me use the coupon, but I figured chances were there are lots of touristy things you haven't done yet because you just moved here, and that could be one of them. And then we'd actually know each other by sight the day of the matinee.

Date: 2007-10-02 04:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
The 14th would be lovely - I have to give a paper here on the 13th so I am sure that after that I will need some looking at fish and such things to soothe me. And I need to do some touristy things! I got to Granville Island this weekend was quite fun but not enough.

Date: 2007-10-04 03:30 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
14th it is then. Email me (raincitygirl at livejournal dot com gets auto-forwarded to me).

Date: 2007-09-25 11:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] queenthesixth.livejournal.com
Poor old Lucy. She saw the end of the world and it just did her head in. Count me in as being appalled when I saw what the Master did to the TARDIS as well. How could he?! That's when I realised I see the TARDIS as a character, as opposed to just a set.

I like Martha a lot too. I didn't mind her having a thing for the Doctor because falling for completely unavailable people for no good reason is something I have done myself in the past. And I liked her relationship with the Doctor, like she called him on stuff, made him tell her about Gallifrey and the like. I loved Nine and Rose together but I don't think that Rose and Ten were good for each other. Bit too self satisfied in places. But Martha and Ten were great.

Spend too much time thinking about the complex relationships of TV characters? Moi? Surely you jest!

Date: 2007-09-25 11:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
The comment below was meant to be a reply to you...

Date: 2007-09-25 11:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
Poor old Lucy. She saw the end of the world and it just did her head in.

That's an excellent theory. My uncharitable opinion was her witlessness was either caused by being dropped on her head as a baby or too much aristocratic inbreeding.

I liked Martha, though I can see why they are switching out companions for a bit - after that ending and having had a year of complete misery I think the woman deserves a break.

Regarding the unrequited crush, I just wasn't sure what it did for Martha's character. She got to complain about it, but even though the Doctor is a self-centred wanker at times it does seem a little mean to complain because someone doesn't love you back just because you have a crush on him. Though I am sure it would have been easier if the whole Rose thing hadn't been mentioned several times.

BUT EVERYONE KNOWS THE DOCTOR'S ONLY TRUE LOVE IS THE TARDIS. Even if he did drive her right into the Titanic.

Date: 2007-09-27 05:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tinuvielberen.livejournal.com
See, I liked Lucy at first because I thought she was batshit crazy and loved the evil. She got off on it; mass murder made her hawt!

But then they turned her into a standard-issue battered wife and she lost all appeal for me at that point.

Date: 2007-09-28 12:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
I think my big problem was that Lucy just seemed really dim-witted rather than insane to me and that made me feel that she'd just got into the evil business because the smart person told her it would be an excellent idea.

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