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30 June 2010 @ 02:50 pm
'Doctor Who' Series Five, Episodes 2-5 Thinky (Somewhat Ranty) Thoughts  
I'm trying to put my finger on what is not working with this version of Who for me, and what I've come up with is that it's like so much other television, and non-great television at that. Not bad television, mind you, I'd compare it to good television, enjoyable television. It's just not great, or ... special. And RTD's Doctor Who, in my opinion, was beyond great, it was unbelievably fantastic. It *was* special. There was a light, a spark, a belief in what could happen, and what could happen was anything, everything, and the reactions (both good and bad) from the Doctor, his companions, the other characters (recurring or one-offs) made the viewer feel like they were witnessing that something special.

In Moffat's Who, I'm just watching a standard sci-fi television show where 'ooh!spooky!' things happen, but they're just stuff that happens on a tv show. I don't *feel* anything. Which fits with Moffat's comments about Who being plot-based in his opinion, about being what is the scary thing in the dark, as opposed to why there is a scary thing in the dark. I prefer the why. Also all the episodes, so far, that I've watched have so many moments of predictability. I say dialogue before the characters do, I know what's going to happen before it does because it's so obvious. It's just not ... special. *sigh* In a way, this is worse than I thought it would be because it's not bad, it's not terrible, other than Matt Smith, it's just kinda there. Anyhoo, onto specific episodes (02 through 05), some brief thoughts, with later episodes getting a bit wordier treatment.

Also, note that I am NOT a Steven Moffat fan. I insult him and his work quite a bit in this. If you're a Moffat stan, or even just a reasonably-minded fan of the guy, you will most likely disagree or even be annoyed with much of this. Just a heads-up. Oh, and anon commenters showing up just to be Moffat-jerky-stans, I will delete you pronto without a response.

"The Beast Below" -- Wow, that was pretty bad. Good thing I enjoyed the first one or I'd pretty much be done after this. Bad story, bad plotting, bad pacing, the Doctor was kinda an annoying git, and oh my Lord, could the anvils and sentiments BEEN any more heavy-handed? I don't think so.

"Victory of the Daleks" -- Well, my hopes were raised when I saw that this one was written by Mark Gattis (he of my beloved "The Unquiet Dead"), but nope, this one was pretty bad too (which reminded me that, of course, he also wrote "The Idiot's Lantern," an episode that's only bright spot was the great Doctor/Rose interaction). It was just ... lacking. And it rather began to sum up my problem with the series as a whole so far. There is no depth; I don't feel anything for any of the characters. The one-off characters are so thin that they make no impression. Also, I felt that Ian McNiece's performance as Churchill was that of a caricature. Points to advance the plot felt *exactly* like that. It was all plot points and no substance. And, damnit, the Daleks were lame. Daleks are NEVER lame. But they were in this. Maybe it's just my bias, but I could feel/see/hear Moffat's influence over the entire episode. Ugh.

The one bright, shining spot is Matt Smith. He is PHENOMENAL. And I thought during this episode something that I never even remotely came close to thinking EVER during RTD's Who. Matt Smith? Is better than this show. He's too good for it. Man, oh man, what RTD could have done with this kid's talent. Wow! And I think I like him better than Ten/Tennant already, but that could be because Ten/Tennant was surrounded by awesome and so his awesome mingled with all that around him. Eleven/Smith is the ONLY awesome to be found. So he stands out even more. Still, Tennant, Smith, Ten, Eleven? Either way, I love them both (but Nine will always be MY Doctor).

Ah well, a River Song episode is next. Yay. What joy. What bliss.

"The Time of Angels" -- Thank God for Alex Kingston because she's actually making me like River despite the GOD-AWFUL writing of the character. What an annoying pretentious, rude, know-it-all! UGH. She can not only read, but write in Gallifreyan! She can fly the TARDIS better than the Doctor, and knows buttons he doesn't! And can land it without the awesome whoosh-whoosh noise! She can float through space! But, she's not perfect, so you *can* feel for her! She was in prison! Oh noes! Gah. Can NOT stand the writing of the character, but Kingston is so good that, yeah, I actually began to like her by episode's end.

Sigh. Her performance, as well as the always-delicious Matt Smith, were the only redeeming qualities in this episode for me (yet it was still way better than the last two episodes ... sad). SO VERY PREDICTABLE. And the characters were SO STUPID. Why didn't Amy tell the Doctor or River things? Why did they keep bits of info to themselves? Why did we see the EXACT same thing happen to two separate one-off characters? Why are the Bishops/Clerics soldiers? It just seems like a silly 'ooh!shocking!' plot point -- the kind that Moffat loves doing for no reason other than to go 'ooh!shocking!'

As for the Doctor/River relationship, I do find them amusing to a degree. Which has me thinking now that had River shown up in THIS series, as opposed to right before the climactic end of the Doctor/Rose love story, I wouldn't be soooo negative about it, but, you know, Moffat? Filled with so much disrespectful fail. Never mind that the executive producer, writers, directors, actors, pretty much EVERYONE involved with creating Doctor Who for the last four series' had developed and crafted, nurtured and respected this love story between the Doctor and Rose. Nah, Moffat's just gonna come in, ignore that and throw in HIS awesome Doctor love interest. Oh, and that little bit of them filming at Bad Wolf Bay? Sure, it wasn't called BWB and wasn't supposed to be it, but there was NO REASON to film there AT ALL! I'm sorry, I can't see how Moffat couldn't have known that every flipping Doctor/Rose fan on the planet wouldn't recognize that location. And he brought River there. I just can't see it as anything other than a FU to the D/R shippers. Blech! Whatever, Moffat, whatever.

Still, if I put that aside, I was actually amused by the "Sweetie" when she casually, naturally said it during the mission and Eleven's reaction (mouthing the word) was cute. Again, Alex Kingston rocks. As does Matt Smith. I do like them together. And as freaking annoying as River is, she's not bland. Give her that. She's not just, you know, there. Unlike Amy. Who is. Just. There.

Oh, and way to take away the actual spookiness of the Angels. Now they're snapping necks and trying to take over, blah, blah, blah. And they're the MOST AWFUL EVIL EVER! Hello?!?! Moffat, many of us HAVE watched Who before, there have been a LOT more evil baddies! Just because the Angels are the only actual baddies* you ever created on the show, doesn't discount the way more awesome villains from Classic and New Who. Seriously. Gah, the ego on this man!

* The robots in GitF weren't bad guys, just doing their job.

Ugh, well, we'll see what happens in part two. Maybe some of my issues will make sense. I doubt it, but hope springs eternal.

"Flesh and Stone" -- A flashback to the crack in Amy's room?! Seriously!?!? Does Moffat think his viewers are that stupid they need a visual reminder?!? REALLY!?!?!? I can kinda sorta buy the flashback in the end, but it was still a bit annoying. Anyhoo ...

Well, this one was the best since the premiere so far, definitely. I felt genuine emotion -- gasp! I felt something! -- during the Doctor/Octavian pre-death scene. That was very well done. I did like AngelBob. I like River now, and Alex Kingston and Matt Smith have a huge step up from Kingston and Tennant: They have chemistry. Smith still has loads with Karen Gillian (loved, loved, LOVED the scene in the forest right before he left her), yet, I really did NOT like the final bit with her coming on to him because it came out of nowhere. His reaction was amusing, but still, her going at him was just 'huh?' I am confuzzled. :shakes head: Also, I was annoyed with the whole 'Amy Pond is the most important person in history' bs because hello? That's Donna's claim to fame, thank you very much. Ugh, do kindly stop taking cool companion things from RTD's era and giving them to your folks, Stevie, mmkay?

Speaking of, if this had been RTD's Who, I'd totally think that Eleven's smiling "time can be rewritten" as he stands at Bad Wolf Bay was about Rose, and that it meant Rose was coming back with the events of "Doomsday" being rewritten. However, because it's not, and is instead Moffat's Who, I'm sure it has absolutely nothing to do with that. Oh, and speaking of BWB, their presence there bugged me in part one, and it bugged me even more in this one. I'm sorry, but that was so clearly, completely, absolutely Bad Wolf Bay. Moffat choosing to film there truly comes across as nothing more than a giant FUCK YOU! to the Doctor/Rose shippers. Gah, what an ass.

Trying to be positive though, again, this episode was pretty good, but I still think that the Angels lost most of their cool, spooky factor and were kinda lame. And I felt bad for Octavian if those were his best soldiers, considering all of them completely neglected their primary order at that point which was: Protect Amy. :rolls eyes: Still, there were genuine moments of suspense, I liked more than Eleven in this episode. River charmed me a bit, Amy was more than just there, and there were a few, strong, emotional-character scenes. So, it was good. And I've been told, the series gets better as it progresses.

Oh, and butterfly, at this point, I'm going to definitely say that despite Matt Smith's uber-adorable factor, don't bother.
 
 
 
bastetseyebastetseye on June 30th, 2010 08:02 pm (UTC)
In a way, this is worse than I thought it would be because it's not bad, it's not terrible, other than Matt Smith, it's just kinda there.


This so much! I was actually commenting on this to my father the other day, all though I couldn't nail down what you've just said, but I was saying how I feel almost indifferent to the series, I'm watching it, but more out of habit.

As for Matt Smith, at time I see glimses of an Amazing Doctor from him, and at other times his perfomance clashes with that opinion The only thing I can put it down to is that the moment of briliance are him shining through and the others are poor directing, as I've seen him in other things and thought he was an excellent actor.
Arabian: Feelings Journalarabian on June 30th, 2010 08:43 pm (UTC)
Aww, see I see the amazing Doctor all the time with Matt Smith. I think he's doing a PHENOMENAL job. Love him to bits.

I feel almost indifferent to the series, I'm watching it, but more out of habit.

Yup! And I'm trying, I want to love it, heck even like it ... but other than Smith, I'm just not feeling anything.
Donna: doctor who: madman elevenladyofjest on June 30th, 2010 08:10 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry, but that was so clearly, completely, absolutely Bad Wolf Bay.

Heh, I didn't even notice it was the same locale until you mentioned it.

(loved, loved, LOVED the scene in the forest right before he left her)

This is especially compelling if you notice that it's not the same Doctor. When I first saw that scene and rewatched to be sure, it took my burgeoning glee for this season and catapulted it into absolute excitement.
Arabian: TARDISarabian on June 30th, 2010 08:41 pm (UTC)
I think it's the die-hard Doctor/Rose shippers who would recognize it. I haven't even rewatched the two eps with BWB a gazillion times at all, and yet, I recognized it instantly and felt a surge of GRRR!

Okay, I don't know what you mean by "not the same Doctor." But yeah, either way, we're not agreeing on this, LOL! Because burgeoning glee is nowhere near where I'm at. But, still, Matt Smith!??! SQUEE!!!! I may make a Matt Smith/Eleven icon.
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Beccy: DW ~ Doctor/Rose1epic_love on June 30th, 2010 08:14 pm (UTC)
Yay, I'm so glad you're not really enjoying this, hee.

I've read all your DW related stuff, and your thoughts/opinions on all of it are pretty much the same as mine, so I was worried reading what you thought of all the new stuff would ruin my complete disinterest in watching Moffats Who, but thank god, I'm still not gonna go there.

Ugh, I seriously hate Moffat, HOW DARE HE FILM AT BAD WOLF BAY, that place is SACRED!
Arabian: Dr Who (10) - Kissarabian on June 30th, 2010 08:39 pm (UTC)
Hee! Glad I could be of assistance. So, uhm, yeah, if you pretty much agree with me on my Who thoughts, then don't bother. Unless you want to watch the oh-so-adorable Matt Smith. LOVE HIM!
WeHo M.: DW - Doesn't Knowafrocurl on June 30th, 2010 08:25 pm (UTC)
The first episodes do move slowly, but I think the better episodes are in the latter half of the series. I also find the overall arc really compelling in the end.

As for shooting at BWB, I don't think there are many places in Wales to shoot a scene like that without recycling the location.
Arabian: TARDISarabian on June 30th, 2010 08:38 pm (UTC)
But why did they need a beach scene period? That was my point. Them being on the beach had absolutely no significance. That was my problem.

Yeah, I've heard that the later eps are better, and I do adore me some Matt Smith.
sunnytyler001sunnytyler001 on June 30th, 2010 08:34 pm (UTC)
Agreed, with all you said: I like it, it's not bad, but RTD's who was really SPECIAL. I wanted to watch it because I really cared about its characters. Here? I feel nothing. Well, yes, I do love Rory... But, there is no comparison possible with my love for Rose, Donna or Mickey...
Arabian: Dr Who (10)arabian on June 30th, 2010 08:42 pm (UTC)
RTD's who was really SPECIAL.

Yes, it was. It truly was and *that* is what this series is highlighting for me.
ThroughAnAmberFocus: Eleven and Amy--Smilingamberfocus on June 30th, 2010 09:21 pm (UTC)
Rory joining the TARDIS crew makes things a lot better. Well...not the scripts, but the interactions. My opinion on this season was mostly, I've watched shallow Who before and can do so again, but I do miss the depth and characterization I got used to with RTD and Nine and Ten and their various companions. Matt Smith is talented, he is a good Doctor, but it's in spite of the writing, not because of it.
Arabian: I ♥ RTDarabian on June 30th, 2010 09:28 pm (UTC)
Well, Rory is joining in the next episode, so we'll see. And this ...

do miss the depth and characterization I got used to with RTD and Nine and Ten and their various companions. Matt Smith is talented, he is a good Doctor, but it's in spite of the writing, not because of it.

A huge, stinking dollop of WORD!
S.: dw; introducing 11artic_fox on June 30th, 2010 10:15 pm (UTC)
Sorry you aren't enjoying it, but glad you are liking Matt Smith. I enjoyed him in Billie Piper's 'Shadow of the North' series as well :)

I think the series picks up in the latter half. I hope you'll continue through at least.
Arabian: Dr Who (Eleven)arabian on July 1st, 2010 04:15 am (UTC)
You were all right in that the eps get better. 4 was better than 2/3, 5 was better than 4, 6 was better than 5 and 7 is just FANTASTIC. I don't think I'll EVER be gung-ho or obsessed with this Who, but I'll definitely keep watching.

Look! An Eleven icon!
A lurking goblin marionettedanceinacircle on June 30th, 2010 10:20 pm (UTC)
I think I'm the only person who can't tell the difference between RTD and Moffat, and who super doesn't care, lol.

I love Amy and I love Rory - the second half of the season was spectacular for me (well, minus the Earth eating episodes which...no), and she really ranks up there with Rose and Donna in my sheer amounts of <3 for her.

I didn't think I could like another Doctor after Ten, but Eleven is really pushing all the buttons I needed him to. When I found myself shipping Amy and Eleven a little, I knew everything would be okay.
Arabian: I ♥ RTDarabian on July 1st, 2010 04:13 am (UTC)
Well, it's all about super-obsession and psycho-analysis, I think. Hee! And see I ADORE RTD. He seriously is my favoritiest showrunner EVER! And Moffat isn't bad. Really. It's just that while RTD hits all of my showrunning/writing happyhappyjoyjoy kinks, Moffat hits all of my showrunning/writing sporkmyeyeout kinks. It's just different styles. One happens to encapsulate the best; the other, the worst.

For me, I ADORED Nine. Nine was my Doctor. I went two years between watching Nine and Ten, so I knew if I could get over Nine, I could easily get over Ten. And yeah, by the middle of the third episode, I decided that I actually kinda like Eleven more than Ten. What can I say? I actually prefer the darker, more dangerous, less emo Doctor, I guess, LOL! And Matt Smith and Karen Gillian have FANTASTIC chemistry, so I'm not surprised at all at the shipping.
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Jude: Amydanceonstardust on June 30th, 2010 11:09 pm (UTC)
WORD, THIS, and MTE.

One thing I didn't notice AT ALL was the BWB beach. Shame on me, my future is to work in film and I didn't notice the damn location!!

I check things out and I went and saw the beginning of Doomsday and saw that Rose's background and then went to Flesh and Stone and yeah... -_-*

I did make fun of that two parter early on when I first watched those episodes...

I compared it to Army of Ghosts & Doomsday to Time of the Angels & Flesh and Stone (fully making fun of Moffat and his obvious copycatting the awesome RTD's creations XD):

1. Sexy black dress cougar.
2. One or two amazing emotional scene (s) between the Doctor and his companion.
3. The companion in some kind of trouble/choice.
4. Gorgeous beach scene (that I know now is kind of stolen... A big FU to Moffat to that).

Yep, the reason why I love the show today is because of Matt Smith, he makes me watch and also Karen Gillian. Also Arthur Darvill who plays Rory. but I CANNOT SEE THE DAMN CHEMISTRY between Rory/Amy but I think they are adorable anyway. you already know this from our conversation earlier but yeah I'm still ranting damn it

River, I'm still suspicious about her... Yes, her and Matt have good chemistry but she still gives me the creeps for some reason.

Edited at 2010-06-30 11:11 pm (UTC)
Arabian: Dr Who (Eleven)arabian on July 1st, 2010 04:10 am (UTC)
How could you not notice BWB?!?!?!??

Ah, see, I'm not as huge a fan of AoG and Doomsday as most, so I actually didn't notice any similarities, was just annoyed about BWB.

Matt Smith and Arthur Darvill are WONDERFUL. Karen Gillian's, uhm, well, I'd put her on par with Freema at this point. Good, but not OHMYGOD great like all of the other main Who actors.

Oh, I can see why River gives you the creeps, and I want her to wind up to be evil at the end of the day, but I'm not holding my breath. (And I know she's not by the end of the series, but hope springs eternal.)
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Diana: Nine with Rosebutterfly on July 1st, 2010 12:30 am (UTC)
I'm trying to put my finger on what is not working with this version of Who for me, and what I've come up with is that it's like so much other television, and non-great television at that. Not bad television, mind you, I'd compare it to good television, enjoyable television. It's just not great, or ... special. And RTD's Doctor Who, in my opinion, was beyond great, it was unbelievably fantastic. It *was* special. There was a light, a spark, a belief in what could happen, and what could happen was anything, everything, and the reactions (both good and bad) from the Doctor, his companions, the other characters (recurring or one-offs) made the viewer feel like they were witnessing that something special.

If you were going to wrap up everything I was afraid Moffat might do to the show (after you take out any of the potential sexism bits, not even counting the potential sexism), this would be it. I was afraid that he would lose its heart. There was something a little bit magic about RTD's Who. Something a little bit more true.

Oh, and butterfly, at this point, I'm going to definitely say that despite Matt Smith's uber-adorable factor, don't bother.

Thank you! I will keeping an eye out for your next reviews, though, for sure.
Arabian: Dr Who (9)arabian on July 1st, 2010 04:08 am (UTC)
I've watched two more eps and they are getting better, the last one was actually quite wonderful. By far my favorite, and it stacks up there with RTD's era. Not written by Moffat. Of course.

But yeah, prior to this episode, not much heart and mostly lackluster characterization.

Oh, and obviously this post covers my River Song thoughts thus far. :)
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jessicajason: Doctor 10jessicajason on July 1st, 2010 01:23 am (UTC)
My thougts:
Liz 10 was cool in The Beast Below, if nothing else. I thought the Power Ranger Daleks were lame. Even my son noticed the beach in Time of Angels and Flesh and Stone was Bad Wolf Bay.

I didn't like seeing the angels actually move (even though my son thought it was cool) because it took away the creepy factor of them moving faster than a blink. And I was shocked but not overly upset when Rory died at the end of that two-parter. I was more upset at the TARDIS shrapnel. I said to my son, "Kill all the companions you want, but you can't destroy the TARDIS!"

I still don't like River and her stupid "Spoilers" (her moment of awesome in the season finale notwithstanding), but I especially hated how she one-upped the Doctor in flying his own ship. I would have been pissed if they'd done away with the TARDIS landing noise; it's my current message alert on my phone (the non-sucky theme song is my ringtone).

I agree 100% about Amy being the most important person in the universe. Um, no, that was Donna. Did Amy save the universe from device meant to un-make reality? I didn't think so! And I also hated when she started coming on to him. Thank goodness he had the sense to turn her away.

Overall, like you said, it's not awful (most of the time) but neither is it as good as it used to be. I still miss Ten/Tennant liike crazy.
Arabian: Dr Who (Ten)arabian on July 1st, 2010 01:43 am (UTC)
Rory hasn't died for me yet, LOL! I'm not there. Overall, I agree with your thoughts with a few differing opinions.
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Alisha: Dr. Who (Ten & Eleven) Are Lovekalishaka on July 1st, 2010 02:14 am (UTC)
Some of this I'd already heard, because I'm special! But your thoughts on the angel eps are about what I thought they would be. Matt really is the saving grace of this series, and I love him so very much. I just wish I liked the actual episodes more. I think my favorite it prolly the companion-lite ep, just because Matt had me laughing the entire time, past that I don't even know if there was anything really memorable for me in this season, and that makes me really really sad.
Arabian: Dr Who (Eleven)arabian on July 1st, 2010 03:19 am (UTC)
Well, I just finished episode seven (the dream-reality ep), and I actually loved it. By far my fave episode, and I'd put it alongside eps I loved in RTD's Who. Shocking, I know.

And Matt Smith is fantastic!
Cassandra Elise: 10.5 kisscassandra_elise on July 1st, 2010 07:23 pm (UTC)
Hee. I agree with your opinions on season 5, except I still can't stand River Song. I still feel it's too soon for the Doctor to have a new love interest. ANd River is soooooooooo annoying. :/
Arabian: Dr Who (10) - Kissarabian on July 1st, 2010 07:48 pm (UTC)
Ah, see I don't consider her a love interest. And never will. Nyeah, nyeah. Even if something happens, I don't care, the way Moffat introduced her pretty much made anything *real* about them ... not. The Doctor knows that he HAS to do whatever he does with River to get to their end in order to save Donna, and the rest of the world, and thus Rose.

So, yeah, in my mind anything that happens with River is all about making sure that Rose is okay, and that she gets a Doctor to live happily ever after with. Uh huh.
Jessica: who. eight. less than forget.galfridian on July 1st, 2010 09:33 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry that you're not enjoying S5. I know there are differences between Davies-era and Moffat-era, but I don't seem to feel them as keenly as most fans do. Yeah, there are elements of Davies-era I miss/will miss, but there are elements of Moffat-era I like. S5 returned to the “romps-in-space” feel that Doctor Who had in S1/S2. I LIKE that, because depressing!Who (while still enjoyable) is something of a downer.

I liked “The Beast Below” because it so bittersweet: A whole country surviving because of the servitude of a great creature. I also think it was a crucial episode for the Doctor and Amy, much in the way that “The End of the World” was a crucial episode for the Doctor and Rose. In fact, the episode felt like a throwback to me. For his first spacebound adventure with Amy, Eleven took her to roughly the same time as Nine took Rose. One thing about S5 is that it referenced S1-S4, as well as the classic series. Moffat could have not acknowledged S1-S4 at all, but he did.

I liked “Victory of the Daleks” because I'm simple: I like Daleks. I like Daleks serving tea. I like Daleks in multiple colors. This episode seemed to be about the lulz, which is good for Doctor Who from time to time.

“The Time of Angels”/“Flesh and Stone” were definitely the most enjoyable of S5 when they aired, especially “Flesh and Stone.” Thing is though, Jenn, that Moffat did weave a subtle story throughout the season, and it does help to flashback to the crack! Actually, there's something VERY important in “Flesh and Stone”, and it's not just Eleven's “time can be rewritten” thing. Filming at Bad Wolf Bay, if that was Bad Wolf Bay (and it does look like it), was another throwback I think. Moffat didn't exactly have time or reason to set a scene on Bad Wolf Bay, but using the setting for something else is a nod that doesn't require the plot.

I'll tell you now: “Vampires of Venice” is not a great story, but I enjoyed “Amy's Choice” (and I don't even ship Rory/Amy, so if you ship Rory/Amy...well, you'll probably like this episode). Likewise, “The Hungry Earth”/“Cold Blood” were so awful. I suppose fans of the classic series enjoyed it because it featured aliens from the old series, but it wasn't well written. HOWEVER, HOWEVER, HOWEVER. After that, you get “Vincent and the Doctor”! That episode is, hands down, one of my absolute favorites so far. Seriously, it's so, so, so good. You'll enjoy the episode after that (“The Lodger”) because you're enjoying Matt Smith and he's HILARIOUS and AWESOME in it (plus, plus, there's more FLASHBACKS to S1-S4!). Then you're at the season finale, which was pretty good because it was all timey-wimey!

Okay, I'll be honest: I mostly want you to get to “Vincent and the Doctor” because it's such a good episode and TOO few people are interested in flailing about it with me. *selfish*

Edited at 2010-07-01 09:33 pm (UTC)
Arabian: Dr Who (Eleven)arabian on July 1st, 2010 09:58 pm (UTC)
I haven't posted it yet because I'm doing it in batches, but I liked ViV and I LOVED "Amy's Choice," so I definitely do agree that it's getting better for sure. And I'm seriously just falling more and more in love with Matt Smith each episode. (See? I made an icon!)

Trust me, if I wasn't enjoying enough of it, I wouldn't keep watching. The only *bad* ones were TBB and VotD for me. T&F/F&S were good, and I did like River in them.

I will post my thoughts on the eps when I get to V&tD because I've heard nothing but great things about that, and then I'll do the last three on their own.

ETA: And like I said at the top, I don't think it's bad overall. I think it's good television; it's just not fantastic and special to me the way that RTD's Who was.

Edited at 2010-07-01 09:59 pm (UTC)