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 Happy Easter, y'all!

And, in hope of mking this entry actually brief enough to finish and post, I give you


Right. Lady Christina De Suza. I love her last name, for one thing. Reminds me of that Carlyle film, the Albania in fucking neon one, have you seen it? Lady Christina, Time Ladyesque beautiful thiefperson who speaks French and carries a shovel. It's... quite obvious a lot of fandom will hate her. And yell Mary Sue. And Obnoxio Sue. And whatnot. Honestly, that much unabashed shiny would get on one's nerves with time. Nobody is that flawless. So her flaws would probably be a lot like the Doctor's flaws, since her strengths are obviously a lot like his own, and if she were a constant companion, I'm afraid this would generate a neverending cycle of shiny babbly emo with French quotes. And it'd be one of -those- shows, you know, funny but tiring wiith their cracked shiny and probably I'd just collapse into a morose puddle of Nine-and/or-Donna-mourning goo.

But! No danger of that, since the Doctor did his usual little Nay, we can never be together thingy, which was disappointing but oh so predictable, given that the writers went out of their way to prove Christina was Perfect Companion Material. (Although I guess she lacked the taking-them-nigh-against-his-will thing that Martha also lacked that Rose and Donna had that has a lot to do with yelling undignantly at his twiggy (or possibly Northern leather-clad) arse. Or maybe it had to do with the fact that they both joined him for you-need-someone-and-also-my-life-is-borderline-unbearable reasons rather than eeeee-adventurde reasons, but I digress.)

  Now Christina has a red bus (did that bus magically have its roof fixed during the episode?) that flies throughout London and who else smells spinoff? Everyone smells spinoff. Possibly a Torchwood cameo. And eventual Christina/Jenny girlslash. Although I sorta wish she'd turn evil and unite forces with the Master at some point.

... Unless Christina IS the Master. That would be awesome. That would be beyond magnificent. This is my new pet theory. I wonder if she knows it? Or possibly her memories are supressed in some random piece of diamond jewellery. Or those sunglasses. And one day she breaks the sunglasses and All Demonry Breaks Loose. OR POSSIBLY she knows she's the Master and played Ten for the skirt-chasing sucker he is. And she'll TARDISify the red bus and call it Knight Bus just for kicks. 

Kay, that's my new pet theory, and in retrospect it raises the episode from 6 to 8+.

Now, moving on from too-obvious-to-be-honest!Christinaness, it was not a bad episode, but it was not too goodd either. I may actually rate it below the Christmas ep. It had its moments - "Well... it's a large estate" was a lovely quote and the crucifix-jokes were sorta cool. And it was sweet. I think this was, like, Ten's faith in humanity being restored, a Midnight Redux of sorts that actually turned out okay, people NOT turning against one another (I loved Nathan comforting whatsherface, Angela, who reminded me of Skye but was not a psychotic problematic voicesnatching alien). I liked all the passangers, really. Well, fortune-telling-but-loved-black-woman was a bit... underwhelming, though I liked her knocking prediction. And the driver's death was sorta abrupt and obviously needed only for plot reasons (ie. Gasp! We haven't a driver! But ragtag ingenuity and sonic screwdriving will save the day!),  and it led me to feel at least one more person shall croak, but I was glad nobody did.

The flypeople were ridiculous and shall never be spoken of again, but I liked the stingrays.

Malcolm was brilliant. Saluting soldierlady not so much, and eventually the Doctor will have to meet a soldier who does the right thing and doesn't die immediately afterwards. 

Ten was odd. Thin, for one thing. Lonely, for another. "You're my new best friend!" "We're made for each other!", lalalala, I AM ALONE IN MY EMO AND I MISS PEOPLE AND BY PEOPLE I MOSTLY MEAN DONNA, BUT AT THE MOMENT ANYONE WOULD DO, BUT NOT LONG-TERM, OF COURSE, so I like to think of Malcolm as the rebound shag. Hope we'll be seeing more of him. And of Nathan and Berkley, or whatever their names were. And you just now we'll see more Christina, because she'll have to genderswitch, knock four times and be destroyed by Tragically Dying Donna, or something.

Overall, nice ep, but not particularly rewatchable. The next one seems fascinating, I love future-eps and faux-horror and the blinding tragedy of the Doctor finally landing on Mars and nobody teasing him about it. And I hope he'll let go of the I-am-a-lonely-snowflake angst, because it's becoming grating, even after a happy and lite episode like Planet of the Dead. 

Also? Tennant's tongue is lovely.
 

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ehnel
Apr. 12th, 2009 05:37 pm (UTC)
Below the Christmas ep? Oh my, not sure we've ever been in such disagreement about an episode before. *woeful giggle* I thought it was vastly better than that episode ... Not much substance, of course, but beautifully light, like a really good sponge cake. (A Ten-angst-heavy episode would be like ... Christmas cake. Heavy. Rich. Palatable in small quantities. Draped in marzipan (Martha-pan? with, uh, Donna-licious icing and ... I can't think of a pun for Rose). And I just realised that Ten-angst sounds like Tennant. Sort of.) So, a really light bubble-full sponge-cake. Eminently eatable.

Not rewatchable? Really? Woe? I thought it was - not for the plot (it was almost PWP, Plot-what-plot, but with word-porn instead of body-porn) but the froth-bubble humour, at least for me. :)

At least we agree on the Malcolm front. EEEEE, he was lovely! "I love you! I love you! *hugs* I love you!" asl;fkas;lfk

I think the bus-roof did get fixed, yes ... We can put that plot-hole down to ... Christina carries a spare bus-roof in her bag? :P

Honestly, that much unabashed shiny would get on one's nerves with time. Nobody is that flawless. So her flaws would probably be a lot like the Doctor's flaws, since her strengths are obviously a lot like his own

She's more arrogant than Ten, I think. For all his buoyant "I'm a genius"-ness, he's got a wide streak of modesty to match it, whereas Christina is calmly confident that She Is Absolutely Wonderful, It's The Generations Of Breeding, Thank You For Noticing My Excellence.

if she were a constant companion, I'm afraid this would generate a neverending cycle of shiny babbly emo with French quotes.

I do think it could work, but admittedly not for long. It's unlikely to happen, anyway, it seems like the writers have to pick a companion that is an "audience surrogate", and Christina is too confident, beautiful, intelligent and glamourous to carry that off. Shame, really. She was great with Ten. Maybe she'll be back in the two-parter specials finale that sees the regeneration into Eleven (I presume)? She'll be awesome for a while with Ten, snappy dialogue and equal minds having wicked fun, and then (if your theory is correct) she'll turn into John Simm (sort of reverse regeneration?) and there will be even more snappy dialogue and equal minds and fun shenanigans. And Wilf. Hopefully.
caboca
Apr. 12th, 2009 06:36 pm (UTC)
11 icon! Eeee!
Aww, yes. The only other ep we've ever substantially disagreed on was New Earth but that's largely cause I'm leery of both zombies in hospitals and of body swap plots.

I agree she's bad Companion material for audience empathy reasons - I think she's just perfect enough for most of fandom to despise her, because we all know how fandom treats its women.

But on the other hand, the very essence of Who's awesomnity, to Chilla's mind, is that its protagonists aren't glamorous AND beautiful AND intelligent. They're not ordinary, either. They're special, but not by, you know, society's standards. That's why the shop girl could stay while the tech genius got punished, why the temp saved planets, why all the hours Martha spent cramming for med school wouldn't matter if she hadn't read Harry Potter (or if she didn't have the ability to scrub floors for weeks and keep her mouth shut while on the receiving end of black jokes - methinks that was one of the most poignant moments of Companion awesomeness ever). Different measures of worth.

But Christina is successful by our standards too. Rich, beautiful, educated, athletic, arrogant (that's an important component of success and we know it), sexually confident, materialistic, funny, quick AND she knows French. She's like the heroine of 70% of Hollywood movies and shows and urban fantasy novels and everything, so to watch her here too would feel... I don't know. You know?

Yeah. This may've not made sense.
ehnel
Apr. 12th, 2009 09:24 pm (UTC)
Re: 11 icon! Eeee!
I think she's just perfect enough for most of fandom to despise her, because we all know how fandom treats its women.

Ah, yes, sadly true. Fandom is pretty misogynistic. Group brains frequently are.

I had more to say about Christina, but I'm completely overdosed on chocolate and roast dinner (not at the same time) so it's off to bed for me. I might email you more tomorrow.

PS: On an entirely unrelated note, how wonderful is this word: syzygy! I suppose you say it sih-zih-gee, or sy-zy-gee, but it looks so brilliant written down. Excellent scrabble word, hm ...
caboca
Apr. 13th, 2009 04:51 pm (UTC)
Re: 11 icon! Eeee!
I'd say it sihzihgee, and yes, it's hot. It gets my writin' gears a-running... hmm.
caboca
Apr. 12th, 2009 06:36 pm (UTC)
Although, aesthetically, Christina would go beautifully with Eleven. Just sayin'.
ehnel
Apr. 12th, 2009 09:26 pm (UTC)
Yes. Especially in this icon where he looks smirky-arrogant. Fit him with sunglasses, pop a sunglassed!Christina beside him, it would be Time And Space With The Arrogant Double Act.
caboca
Apr. 13th, 2009 05:46 pm (UTC)
(fringes?)
Our bangs, let us show you them!
ehnel
Apr. 13th, 2009 09:33 pm (UTC)
Re: (fringes?)
We'll surf time and space on our hair!
softly_me
Apr. 13th, 2009 01:39 am (UTC)
*thoughtful face* You would rate this one below the christmas ep? You didn't find the 'The Next Doctor' to be unbearably dull and unbelievably ridiculous? We disagree on that part. However bad, this episode was an improvement over that mess of a christmas special. (Although, I admit that I am much more excited for the Mars adventure. The preview for that was much more exciting than this entire epsiode.)

Other than that, we seem to agree on all parts. I liked Christina (but mostly because I felt the need to defend her from the hoards of fangirls who would hate her on principle). Ten was emo. Malcolm was love. And everything would be better if Donna was there.
caboca
Apr. 13th, 2009 04:48 pm (UTC)
Nah, not particularly dull, and only about as ridiculous as Torchwood, which is pretty ridiculous but not bad per se. And I really didn't know where it was heading and I liked Red Dress Lady, mostly because I love the idea of an evil mastermind who had no formal schooling and genuinely hates humanity for validish reasons.

The only was this episode WASN'T predictable was that everybody lived.

You're totally right about the need to like Christina because such a horde hates her, and, honestly, this fic helps with this: http://users.livejournal.com/_thirty2flavors/62868.html?style=mine#cutid1 because you know that's what Donna would call her, and she totally well is. (Read and then holler if you didn't know what I meant.)
softly_me
Apr. 14th, 2009 03:37 am (UTC)
It was just as ridiculous as Torchwood and just as dull. I can only ever pay half-attention to any TW episode until the last ten minutes when everything happens at once. That's how I felt about 'The Next Doctor'. Red Dress Lady was awesome, though.

*giggles* Christina = Tomb Raider with flying bus.
ehnel
Apr. 13th, 2009 09:34 pm (UTC)
And everything would be better if Donna was there.

That should be iconed. And made into an international motto.
caboca
Apr. 13th, 2009 09:45 pm (UTC)
I bet the President has this problem too.
softly_me
Apr. 14th, 2009 01:11 am (UTC)
*nudges* You're the one that occasionally makes icons :D
brytning
Apr. 13th, 2009 03:29 am (UTC)
Angela reminded me of Skye too, egads!
caboca
Apr. 13th, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
I suppose that's because we're not too skilled in telling apart wrinkly old blondes. I had this heart-stopping moment when I thought it was Donna's mum. Although, in retrospect, that woulda been awesome.
tardis_stowaway
Apr. 13th, 2009 09:02 pm (UTC)
I agree with a lot of what you said here. This was a good episode, but not a great one, and IMHO not as good as The Next Doctor (even if this one did win points for not having anything as ridiculously contrived as the Cybershades). Christina was fun and doesn't deserve the inevitable Sue cries, but I'm also glad that she's not a regular companion. For one thing, the one big difference between her and the Doctor is that we saw no indication of morality or compassion from her. The Doctor needs someone who can balance him when he goes too far or conversely comfort him when he takes the deaths of those he can't save too hard.

I like your Christina = Master theory. I had been rooting for Christina being Jenny, regenerated and either memory-wiped or deliberately concealing her identity, until they kissed. That would be a bit too squicky. She could also be Romana!

The flypeople justified their existence by giving Tennant an excuse to make ridiculous mouth noises while speaking their language.

Lonely, for another. "You're my new best friend!" "We're made for each other!", lalalala, I AM ALONE IN MY EMO AND I MISS PEOPLE AND BY PEOPLE I MOSTLY MEAN DONNA, BUT AT THE MOMENT ANYONE WOULD DO, BUT NOT LONG-TERM, OF COURSE, so I like to think of Malcolm as the rebound shag.

LOL! Yeah, there was one point in the meeting of the Doctor and Malcolm where I was momentarily certain that Malcolm was about to snog the Doctor. Sadly, it was not to be. ;)

I echo the excitement about the preview!
caboca
Apr. 13th, 2009 09:44 pm (UTC)
You're right, she showed no particular care for the driver's death, but then neither did the Doctor, which makes me feel he really needs someone to slap him well. (he couldn't stop the man from jumping in, seriously? Since when is Ten POLITE and IGNORABLE.) Very good point about this being why she is Not a Perfect Companion after all. (Although I sorta have the impression that she would have fit right in with Old Skool companions? Specifically, Ace?)

Dunno much about Romana, but it would be cool if it was her. It WOULD also be cool if it was Jenny. Especially the My Father Lost Everything bits. (Maybe her father is a previous incarnation of the Master? OR MAYBE IT'S LUMIC.)

Malcolm should have snogged the Doctor, but I'm sure he'll write all about it on his blog.
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