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12 April 2009 @ 04:36 pm
Quick 'Planet of the Dead' thoughts  
So, ho hum, thoughts behind the cut.

It was okay. I liked "The Next Doctor" better.

I liked all of the characters ... EXCEPT Lady Christina. She was actually, erm, pretty much pointless. The Doctor could have easily got that crystal-bed another way, or without her there, the whole use of her thief-taking skills wouldn't have been necessary, so it wouldn't have been in a place like that. And she did absolutely nothing else worthwhile.

Yeah, she had a hammer/shovel, the priceless item she STOLE!!!, but again, plot mechanics that could have been worked around without her. As an actual character she provided nothing but an illegal Mary-Sue personality. She was pretty much an annoying, arrogant twit. And she was a thief. Yes, the Doctor stole the TARDIS, but different situation, etc. She's a criminal and a thief and she SHOULD have gone to jail. She robbed from a museum, a priceless historical artifact and clearly does this often ... for FUN!!!, that is not a good thing. It's wrong. Not just criminal, not just illegal, but WRONG!!! Ugh.

Bottom-line, I did not like her. At all. And I wanted to, I wanted her to wind up having redeeming qualities to make up for the stealing, and I liked her taking charge, but then, it was just too much. Like I said, she was a criminal Mary-Sue. Perfect at everything, and oh, that's right an immoral criminal to boot. And I was annoyed with the Doctor for letting her get away. Okay, I'll give, saying that he was imprisoning himself in the "Police Box" to the inspector *was* funny. Still, he should have told her, "no, you're a thief. I'm not traveling with you." Period. And it certainly shouldn't have been about emo; no, it should have been about the fact that her rich, aristocratic ass should be in jail!!!!

Without her, I think I would have enjoyed this so much more. Ah well. Nice Donna mention, and Malcolm was fabulous. But overall, Christina ruined the sheer fun of it for me. And I do normally like Michelle Ryan so it wasn't her, and even the flirting/kissing wasn't what bugged because I adored Astrid (just not the ending with the Doctor).

Oh, and about the kissing? Seriously, just unnecessary. I don't mind when it doesn't seem gratuitous and isn't just thrown in there to show off Tennant kissing a female, but this was completely gratuitous. Whatever. Rusty? Not happy with this one. It had its moments, but Christina done killed the overall goodness. I don't know maybe a different style of actress would have made her work for me, but for Ryan -- again, someone I *do* like -- it didn't work for me. She didn't work. At all.

But Malcolm was grand. Just fabulous. And I like the Captain too. She was cool. But Christina, bleh! And that ruined my overall appreciation for the episode and there are so few RTD episodes left.
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Giorgia: DT - tonguetazza_di_jo on April 12th, 2009 09:06 pm (UTC)
WORD. Your thoughts = my thoughts. And then watching the Confidential, more than a half of which is dedicated to showing to us in excruciating detail how much AWESOME she is, just irritates me even more. ACK.
Arabian: ATttD - Sorryarabian on April 12th, 2009 09:10 pm (UTC)
Seriously?!?! Well, any thought of watching the Confidential is gone now. She was just, ugh.

But, hee! loved that moment that's in your icon.

So far you make only the third person I've read thoughts on who didn't like her. Oh well.
Giorgia: DT - tonguetazza_di_jo on April 12th, 2009 09:26 pm (UTC)
I know, we seem to be the minority. So far I've counted you, mrv3000, papilio_luna and wendymr.

As for the episode... meh. It probably would have been fine if it had been part of a series, but as a standalone Special? I'm disappointed. It was... alright. It should have been brilliant.
JCAPPS, INCOGNITO.: celeb; [dt] dancingthistwilight on April 13th, 2009 02:45 am (UTC)
Count me in.

Edited at 2009-04-13 02:46 am (UTC)
sunnytyler001sunnytyler001 on April 12th, 2009 09:12 pm (UTC)
Actually, I think RTD just tried to write a companion ala Moffat.
Arabian: Dr Who (10) - Kissarabian on April 12th, 2009 09:15 pm (UTC)
And she felt EXACTLY like a Moffat character. The only thing I do take comfort in is that RTD co-wrote this one, on his own, I feel the character would have been better. Ah well.
JCAPPS, INCOGNITO.: dw; [10] wtf?thistwilight on April 13th, 2009 02:47 am (UTC)
YES! That's exactly what I was thinking! I actually thought to myself, "did Moffat write this?"
faith5by5_1013faith5by5_1013 on April 12th, 2009 09:30 pm (UTC)
Yes, the Doctor stole the TARDIS, but different situation, etc.

Exactly! He isn't really a thief. I haven't watched Classic Who, but I remember hearing his TARDIS was going to be destroyed like junk or something. And so he was really saving her and getting the freedom he needed.

Perfect at everything, and oh, that's right an immoral criminal to boot. And I was annoyed with the Doctor for letting her get away.

I especially hated when they were talking about being a "perfect team". It annoyed me so much because it's so completely wrong! And I share your annoyance with the Doctor for letting her get away too.

The kissing was pointless and annoying.

Malcolm's scenes were my favorite part! I loved him fanboying over the Doctor.
The Cee Monster: tardissagacious_c on April 13th, 2009 01:55 am (UTC)
I was wondering if they were setting her up for turning up again during Eleven's era. Maybe she could have been interesting with more development, but like you I couldn't get past the thief thing -- that really bothered me.

Also, I had to laugh at the ending -- what is she going to do with a flying double-decker bus???
JCAPPS, INCOGNITO.: dw; [10] O_othistwilight on April 13th, 2009 02:48 am (UTC)
I know right? Geez.
JCAPPS, INCOGNITO.: custom; [10/r]  &do not takethistwilight on April 13th, 2009 02:44 am (UTC)
I agree with this. This actually pretty much sums up my feelings. I didn't even expect to like her. I knew I'd dislike her. I don't hate her, but I certainly don't like her either. She was too... pushy, and forced. And all that "we're made for eachother" crap. God. Sheesh. Thank heavens the Doctor didn't agree. I'd have probably thrown something at my TV if he did. ARGH.

And that kiss. Wtf. ]: Pointless. I mean, I know, he's the Doctor and he's sex on legs, but still. He doesn't have to kiss everyone.

Overall, though, aside from the Christina problem, I loved the episode and the plot itself. It was great.
Jude: tenth!doctordanceonstardust on April 13th, 2009 03:53 am (UTC)
I called her thief bitch at first, then I called her black widow because of the guy getting arrested. So Yeah I had all kinds of different names for her while watching the episode. Mainly bitch and ho. XD I just didn't like her character. Mary sue all the way. I think RTD ran out of ideas for a companion or made a horrific/'supposely' soulmate like one and have (THANKFULLY) rejecting her in the end.

Oh hells yes. Unit team was awesome. Fangirl love! For serious. Malcolm needs to be in the series or should have been in series 4. :D
Angelaserenityveritas on May 10th, 2009 05:51 am (UTC)
Omg! I COMPLETELY agree! Even my boyfriend was completely put off by her and kept muttering about how annoying she was. And he rarely finds people annoying (I on the other hand am quite judgmental :P). My Dad completely disagreed but he's been so in love with Who for so long his opinion doesn't really count (like since the 70s and he's seen every single one that wasn't destroyed). The general gist I had gotten from fandomsecrets and everything was just how much people liked her. And I thought she was terrible and she just really rather ruined the whole special for me. I hope she does not come back.
trustme1013: Dude!Hurleytrustme1013 on April 9th, 2011 04:00 pm (UTC)
So ... I agree with everything you said. I would add that the Doctor's new BFF (the physicist or whatever) was hilarious, and I like UNIT'S Marisa Mgambo. Though she was going to leave the Doctor in the crazy metal stingray planet, she has a job to do and protecting the Earth is #1.

CHRISTINA WAS AWFUL. AND! AND! ANNNNNND! Nine stranded a snarky teenaged genius with a hole in his brain because he stole information from the future to profit from it. How is snarky rich entitled aristocrat stealing from the past any different? Ten is losing his touch in these specials!