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Sometimes, it's hard to say goodbye

So, the last Tennant Doctor Who - aka The Longest, Most Self-Congratulatory Goodbye In Television History. Talk about dragging it out.

Things I Hated: Pretty much everything, but in the interests of being specific:

- Wilfred's "You're the most wonderful man" speech. Puh-lease. Not even Bernard Cribbins could make me buy that and I love Bernard Cribbins (see below). If you listened to that speech, you could hear RTD fapping away in the background in masturbatory ecstasy.

- Martha and Mickey's marriage. The hell? Martha had the hot doctor blokey who she was engaged to. What the hell happened? And I say that as someone who really loves Mickey as a character and sees no reason for him to be paired up with anyone.

- The Entire 20 Minute Goodbye Segment: It went on for too long, bordered on cliche and did I mention that it went on for too long? Particularly disliked the Martha/Mickey marriage (see above) but the Matron granddaughter booksigning was ripe with cliche and made little sense as well.

- The Return of the Timelords (aborted): Too pat, too dull and could someone please get medical attention for Timothy Dalton's saliva glands because I think that something is seriously wrong with them. He couldn't deliver a single line without flobbing on someone.

- Donna: There was a character who deserved a better ending. Was particularly disappointed by the build up to the whole "She can't remember what happened to her or her brain will explode" thing and then it turns out that the Doctor put a safety mechanism on her. Yeah. Right.

- The Duck Dive Of Death: Looked stupid, was stupid.

- He will knock for times: He actually knocked 16 times.

Things I Liked:

- No more RTD 'Look At The Marvel Of Me!' Scripts: Nuff said.

- Bernard Cribbins: Consistently the best thing in it. Give the man a knighthood.

- June Whitfield: Loved her brief scenes and want to see her as a Companion. In fact, Bernard Cribbins and June Whitfield would both be uber-cool Companions.

- The Doctor's Despair: About the only time I liked Tennant in the whole episode.

- "I'm a girl! ... Still not ginger.": Best line of the episode.

Anyhow, the trailer for the Moffat series is already up on YouTube for those who are interested: here, which looks promising.

In other news, I met up with my mate S. yesterday and we went to see Sherlock Holmes, which was goofily fun but played fast and loose with London's geography - who knew you could get from the Houses of Parliament to Tower Bridge by running down two corridors, sliding down a couple of pipes and climbing through a hatch. Gosh, the Victorians were wonderful. Needless to say, I'll probably be watching the inevitable sequel.

Speaking of geography (and by way of personal confession) I stopped by Trafalgar Square yesterday because there's a scene in Teh Novel that's set there and it doesn't quite work. The reason it doesn't quite work is because I first conceived that scene before the then-Mayor, Ken Livingstone, decided to re-route traffic around the Square. As a result, a key crash can't happen in the way that I've written it - not least because there are bollards in the way.

Having had a good walk around the area and taken a load of photos and video footage on my mobile, I've worked out how to correct it without having to totally re-write it and can do so in such a way that I keep my water lassoo scene. But it's still a pain in the bum.

And I blame Ken Livingstone for it.

:shakes fist:

In other news, the siren call of the 3-for-2 table at Waterstones is calling me and while I resisted the urge yesterday, I think I might succumb later this week. Not that I need any more books. In fact, you could suggest that the very last thing I need in my life are more books.

Right, I have another chapter to edit.


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Jan. 3rd, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
Do you hear about the woman who complained to the BBC because she thought the ginger line was "At least I'm not ginger."

Gobsmacked, I tell you.
Jan. 4th, 2010 04:33 pm (UTC)
Bwah ha ha ha ha! Nothing surprises me.
Jan. 4th, 2010 11:53 pm (UTC)
I must say my inner bitch quickly became an outer bitch.
Jan. 3rd, 2010 04:11 pm (UTC)
I made myself watch the finale to see how badly it went, and as I recall, being hit by the force of a nuclear bomb is a pretty quick death. I really, really wish RTD had someone to beat him on the head with a brick for such... gah. (Although it was worth seeing Wilf in space. Wilf is so much love. And apparently, was considered as a Doctor himself, 20+ years ago...)
Jan. 3rd, 2010 05:06 pm (UTC)
RTD's conception of reality is always shaky.
Jan. 4th, 2010 04:35 pm (UTC)
I did like the "I'm an astronaut!" line plus glee!Wilf is awesome.
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Jan. 4th, 2010 04:36 pm (UTC)
The only good RTD episode was Turn Left, which I couldn't fault (and I really, really tried). The rest promised much and delivered little (to use a phrase ...)
Jan. 3rd, 2010 05:01 pm (UTC)
Oh come on at least he wasn't Boris!
Jan. 4th, 2010 04:36 pm (UTC)
Can't we agree that Ken and Boris are/were both shit?
Jan. 4th, 2010 04:53 pm (UTC)
Yes, but for different reasons. At least Ken wasn't a waffle-headed moron.
Jan. 4th, 2010 05:05 pm (UTC)
No, but Ken was a self-obsessed, left-wing wannabe tyrant who refused to listen to anyone and had a disturbingly liberal attitude towards the homophobic and anti-semitic.
Jan. 3rd, 2010 09:16 pm (UTC)
It went on for too long

God, didn't it? Never thought I'd find myself praying for the Doctor to die. I did love the bit with the Matron's grandaughter, though [/mawkish tendencies].
Jan. 4th, 2010 04:37 pm (UTC)
I did love the bit with the Matron's grandaughter, though [/mawkish tendencies].

Actually, I'd have preferred it if he'd just popped in on Matron's life if he really cared about her. Stopping by the granddaughter's book signing was too evasive and spoke of "ran out of budget to get the costumes out".
Jan. 3rd, 2010 10:24 pm (UTC)
Mmm the trailer looks fun, if more family orientated that recently. Wonder if that's an intention direction by Moffat.

The call of the 3-for-2 is hard to resist but just think 172, 172, 172, 172.
Jan. 4th, 2010 04:38 pm (UTC)
I'll be interested in seeing what Moffat does - I'm not against family-orietnation provided he's got a few dark ones in there.

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I'll be interested in seeing what Moffat does - I'm not against family-orietnation provided he's got a few dark ones in there.

<i.The call of the 3-for-2 is hard to resist but just think 172, 172, 172, 172.</i>

Yeah. That didn't work.

175. 175. 175.
Jan. 3rd, 2010 11:40 pm (UTC)
So, I definitely thought of you and your RDJ love during Sherlock Holmes. I wondered how you got on with his accent. ?
Jan. 4th, 2010 04:40 pm (UTC)
I didn't think his accent was too bad - not as good as his accent in Chaplin and he had a tendency to lower his voice at the end of sentences so I was left thinking "Huh? What was that?", but not to bad.

And it's not RDJ love so much as you know, appreciation, for his acting abilities ...

:denial - a river in Egypt:
Jan. 7th, 2010 01:22 am (UTC)
I also appreciate RDJ's acting abilities.

Jan. 7th, 2010 12:30 pm (UTC)
You see, it's comments like this that explain why we get on so well ... :)
Jan. 4th, 2010 04:41 pm (UTC)
And OMG Don/Joan = OTP!
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