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28 June 2010 @ 01:08 am
'Doctor Who' Series Five, Ep 1 'The Eleventh Hour'  
Okay, so I watched the first episode of Doctor Who series five. Quick thoughts behind the cut.

I decided partway through to just really consider this a clean break from RTD's Who, David Tennant's Doctor -- which wasn't hard for me, honestly; it's not like I didn't love Tennant and Ten, but I ADORED Christopher Eccleston and Nine, and getting over that, well, if I could do that and love the next Doctor I knew it'd be no problem accepting Eleven. Doctor/Rose, I'm just pushing to the sidelines because that's just easiest. Rose is with TenII in Pete's World, let them be happy there and move on. It's still the Doctor, but it's not the *same* Doctor and that works because of how Moffat writes the Doctor.

Okay, random thoughts ...

- Matt Smith and Karen Gillian have seriously KILLER chemistry, like WHOAH! I completely get people shipping them after the first episode.

- New DW credits are ugly and suck. Yuck! New TARDIS is close enough to the one I'm familiar with plus a few new gadgets, I'm fine with it.

- Matt Smith is as adorable as I thought he would be. Just an utter delight. He's really not good-looking at all, but he's endlessly charming, charismatic and talented ... all of which makes him quite attractive. And, yes, I happen to agree that, on his Eleven, the bow-tie is cool.

- There were a few head-scratching, huh? plot moments here and there, but, hello, Moffat. It's to be expected.

- Karen Gillian was pretty durn good too.

- I do think that Moffat did a good job in casting *his* Doctor. While I could have bought Eccleston's Nine giving that "basically ... run" and having it mean serious business, I don't think I would have quite bought the armies tremble in fear bite behind it as was told us Moffat's s4 two-parter from David Tennant, but I bought it from Matt Smith.

- There were a few Moffat-y things that annoyed (the kiss-o-gram, really just unnecessary, the snapping fingers to open the TARDIS will never make me NOT roll my eyes), but overall, not too shabby (and MUCH better than his last two outings -- man SotL/FotD were terrible!).

- Overall, it was fun, it felt like Who, and I don't feel the need to analyze at all, so it probably will remain fun. There were many moments that were so Doctor-ish and Who-ish that I breathed a happy sigh because I do love the premise and the character. I tend not to get obsessive and moody/ecstatic over shows/movies unless I have a couple I'm die-hard for, since I can't see that happening here -- as I know what happens with Amy and Rory -- I think I may be okay.

So, yeah, first episode, my thoughts. There ya go.

I don't know that I'll even do a brief write-up for each episode, but we'll see. Thanks, guys, for pushing me to watch. It was cute.
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jessicajason: Doctor 11jessicajason on June 28th, 2010 05:27 am (UTC)
I always enjoy reading your thoughts on things like this. I watch Doctor Who with my 11- year old son, and we were both leery about the change from 10 to 11. Once we got used to not seeing David Tennant, we began to enjoy 11 and Amy.

Regarding the new opening, Michael especially hated them, but now he actually doesn't mind them so much. He likes the lightning. I don't like the new logo at all.

I was meh on Rory at first, thinking he'd just be a Mickey re-tread, but his actions in the finale made me a fan.
Arabian: Dr Who (Nine)arabian on June 28th, 2010 03:17 pm (UTC)
I always enjoy reading your thoughts on things like this.

Aww, that's sweet of you to say.

Gah, the logo is just hideous. So, so bad.

I was meh on Rory at first, thinking he'd just be a Mickey re-tread

I have a confession. I am NOT a Noel Clarke fan, so I never liked Mickey (even when he became more interesting and well-rounded), so this character Rory already has a one-up on him for me.

Edited at 2010-06-28 03:19 pm (UTC)
Alisha: Dr. Who (Ten & Eleven) Are Lovekalishaka on June 28th, 2010 11:28 am (UTC)
So glad you decided to watch. I love Matt Smith's doctor so very much. He's utterly fantastic in the role. And this season was a lot of fun, even if not really well plotted or completed in feeling. What can I say.... I loved me some RTD. Man did character like no one else. I love the new Tardis, it is gorgeous. I actually still really don't like Amy, and I'm still not entirely certain if it's the character or Karen's acting. Because when she's not playing off of Matt or Arthur (Rory) she falls really really flat for me.

Also, totally finished The Vampire Diaries. I am in love and we totally must speak upon it!
Arabian: Dr Who (Ten)arabian on June 28th, 2010 03:19 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm already kinda in love with Eleven. That could be simply because based on the very little bit I've seen of Matt Smith as Eleven (and Matt Smith in general), I thought he was adorable. It will be interesting to see what happens with Amy because I remember many loved her starting out and then as the season wore on, the bloom fell off the rose.

Also, totally finished The Vampire Diaries. I am in love and we totally must speak upon it!

We should TOTALLY talk sometime today. Just let me know what's a good time, and I'm there!
Alisha: Dr. Who (Rose) Pink and Yellow Gleekalishaka on June 28th, 2010 04:59 pm (UTC)
Well, I officially am home for the rest of the day, so if you get bored feel free to give me a call. =)
Arabian: Rose_smilearabian on June 28th, 2010 05:51 pm (UTC)
I will definitely call later! Is 9pm too late? I'm running low on minutes, sniff, sniff!
Alisha: Dr. Who (Donna & Rose) B&Wkalishaka on June 28th, 2010 06:11 pm (UTC)
Nope. That's perfectly fine.
Diana: Open Door -- the TARDISbutterfly on June 28th, 2010 05:51 pm (UTC)
The saga begins. Will definitely be reading your reviews with interest.

I'm just not sure that I can cut off the part of me that cares so much about the show. But maybe it's easier than it sounds. I don't know.
Arabian: TARDISarabian on June 30th, 2010 10:30 pm (UTC)
There's no depth to the series; and it's just, well, it's just not special. Matt Smith is FANTASTIC though. I can't praise him enough.
Diana: World Still Turning - Rosebutterfly on June 30th, 2010 11:21 pm (UTC)
Matt Smith is FANTASTIC though. I can't praise him enough.

That is good to hear, at least! How's the River Song part of things going for you? Or haven't you run into her yet? Ha, I have no clue when she appears.

Edited at 2010-06-30 11:21 pm (UTC)
Arabian: TARDISarabian on July 1st, 2010 04:03 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm guessing you didn't read the whole post then. I went into detail about River.

ETA: Oops, I thought this was the 2nd post.

Edited at 2010-07-01 04:05 am (UTC)
Dianabutterfly on July 1st, 2010 04:08 am (UTC)
Comment notifications have been acting strangely the last couple of days - you'd probably made the next post by the time you'd gotten my comment.
Cindy: Jim polecorpsebride05 on June 29th, 2010 07:24 am (UTC)

I may be getting into Doctor Who. My sister loves it and I've seen two complete episodes: one from Doctor 10 and the other from Doctor 11. The basic elements of Doctor Who confuse me though. What is he? Why does he do what he does? Is he the only time lord? Why do they change Doctors ?
Arabian: Dr Who (Nine)arabian on June 29th, 2010 10:58 am (UTC)
Oh, no you should totally start from Nine's episodes. There are only 13 eps per season. I'm pretty sure s1 and s2 are still on Netflix Watch Instantly. Christopher Eccelston played Nine and was FANTASTIC! He's my Doctor.

The Doctor is the last of his people, Time Lords. They have incredibly long life spans and (at this point -- they may retcon that eventually) can have up to 13 regenerations. A regeneration is basically when the Doctor dies, instead of actually dying, he regenerates into another person.
Cindy: jack liz kisscorpsebride05 on July 5th, 2010 07:47 am (UTC)

Thanks! Your Awesome! The episodes my sister doesn't have I shall watch on Netflix! She's hard core Doctor Who!
(Anonymous) on June 29th, 2010 09:50 am (UTC)
Why does it matter if he's hot or not? I hate how many people give crap to Matt Smith because he's not David Tennant - which is, simple enough, because he's not as hot. Ugh :(
Arabian: Dr Who (9) - WTFarabian on June 29th, 2010 11:01 am (UTC)
I didn't say it mattered, I merely commented on his looks because I'm shallow like that and bring looks into the equation, but that's not, nor has it ever been the be-all, end-all for me. Some of my favorite actors do not even remotely fall under the 'he's hot!' category. Oh, and obviously, you have no idea who I am because the fact that I didn't mention David Tennant meant something. I'm not a DT stan, at all. Of the three current doctors, I personally find Christopher Eccleston WAY the hottest. I don't think DT is hot at all. I love him, I think he's cute (like I think that MS is cute), but I don't think he's hot.

Way to (anonymously) butt into someone's journal with no clue as to who the person is or how they think.

Edited at 2010-06-29 11:01 am (UTC)
S.: dw; staying out of trouble (badly)artic_fox on June 29th, 2010 06:19 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed it more than you thought you would. Matt Smith is damn charming, and you are right -- any 'unattractiveness' people may (or may not) see in him is soon cancelled out by actual talent, and charisma.

Also the Eleventh Hour is basically a platform episode for new fans to jump on board, so I think it managed to introduce the idea of the show pretty well. I think the series does continue to get consistently better as it gets more complex.
Arabian: TARDISarabian on June 29th, 2010 10:54 pm (UTC)
I finished ep 2, and was singularly unimpressed, but the 3rd ep is written by Mark Gattis. He wrote my all-time fave DW episode ("The Unquiet Dead").

Matt Smith is really fantastic. I think he's already (in two and a half episodes) moved ahead of David Tennant in my opinion.
S.: dw; eleven/amyartic_fox on June 30th, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC)
I think the early episodes really take some time getting to the right place. I really loved most beyond the Angels episodes. Didn't love the second two-parter, but I think the latter half of the series had some brilliant stories, ie: Vincent and the Doctor, Amy's Choice, The Lodger, etc. I thought Vampires in Venice was ridiculously silly but amazing as well.
Arabian: Bad Wolfarabian on June 30th, 2010 10:31 pm (UTC)
I'm enjoying ViV much more than previous episodes, so that's a good sign. :)
Jude: 11 and Amydanceonstardust on June 30th, 2010 10:43 pm (UTC)
Okay, I totally agree with you about M.S. being a better doctor. I'm still a Ten fangirl but OMG, Matt Smith *is* the doctor. I mean I grew up watching classic!who and seen the doctor at his place. I liked 10 because he was refreshingly new and cute... yeah, I went shallow there but Matt just plays the Doctor. Not just the 11th doctor. THE DOCTOR.

There were a few Moffat-y things that annoyed (the kiss-o-gram, really just unnecessary, the snapping fingers to open the TARDIS will never make me NOT roll my eyes), but overall, not too shabby (and MUCH better than his last two outings -- man SotL/FotD were terrible!).
YES YES YES YES. New watchers I talked to (you know who) were like but that's part of her personality!!! I was like "Yes, but they could have done better. This is a misogynistic part of the storyline. I agree much better.

Overall, it was fun, it felt like Who, and I don't feel the need to analyze at all, so it probably will remain fun. There were many moments that were so Doctor-ish and Who-ish that I breathed a happy sigh because I do love the premise and the character.
That's why I loved the show in end!! It stands true to Classic!Who. Which is just amazing. :D


Edited at 2010-06-30 10:44 pm (UTC)
Arabian: Dr Who (Eleven)arabian on August 10th, 2010 08:41 pm (UTC)
Hmm, how did I miss this one? Wasn't lj having messed up notifications? I think so. Anyhoo ...

Okay, I totally agree with you about M.S. being a better doctor. I'm still a Ten fangirl but OMG, Matt Smith *is* the doctor. I mean I grew up watching classic!who and seen the doctor at his place. I liked 10 because he was refreshingly new and cute... yeah, I went shallow there but Matt just plays the Doctor. Not just the 11th doctor. THE DOCTOR.

A friend of mine who has all of the Classic Who said the same thing, and that Matt plays the Doctor reminiscent of her favorite Classic Doctor.

That's why I loved the show in end!! It stands true to Classic!Who.

Yup, while I'll always love RTD's best, I still love the premise/character so much, so I'm glad that I caved. :)