elisi: (Girl Doctor)
So, what is Chibnall Who like, judged by its first season? Well, it’s nice. Fine, really. Bit pedestrian, with a few flashes of greatness and one massive clusterfuck. (Or, as some people have said, safe.) The thing is, if it hadn’t been for Kerblam! really pissing me off I might not be writing anything at all, because I have precious little to say. If this hadn’t been Doctor Who I’d probably just have drifted away the way I do when something doesn’t really capture me. Doesn’t mean it’s bad — lots of people have come back to the show, so it’s obviously working for others — just that it’s not what I’m looking for in a TV show. (What that something is, isn’t easy to pin down, so I shan’t try. *g*) Anyway, this is all very weird for me, cause I'm a Pollyanna and just being mostly meh isn't like me. :(

This post is just me going through the episodes, mostly just so I can point towards it and say ‘These are my thoughts on S11’. I sort of group the episodes together in my head, so will do them in groups (or individually) as necessary. More or less keeping to the order they appeared in, skipping Kerblam! since that one gets a whole section of its own.

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elisi: (Salt of the Earth by eyesthatslay)
elisi: (We are all stories by immobulus_icons)

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elisi: (Not OK)
This is probably the closest I'll be getting to actual meta on S11.

It's essentially me trying to understand Thirteen and how she fits with what came before. She is of course perfectly Doctor-y, but she feels a little bit like she fell out of E-Space. I don't really see the age, that core of darkness we know she carries inside. There are tiny glimpses, but it's nothing more than that, and continuity-wise the Time War might as well never have happened. (I presume this will get fixed in the future, and that they're just giving us a nice fluffy season of a breather to start off with.)

But to illustrate what I mean I shall use Four, whose era I am currently working my way through (just finished Season 13!). Four is of course utterly brilliant and effortlessly ageless and alien. But he feels young. (He's full of energy and action and curiosity and vitality, a happy man enjoying life.) I have been imagining this little exchange in my head, adapting River's first meeting with Ten:

RIVER: But look at you. You're young.
FOUR (wide grin, you know the one): See, this is exactly what I was saying to the Sisterhood of Karn the other day. Life doesn't begin until seven hundred and fifty!

In the same way Thirteen is perfectly 'ageless', easily striding across the universe and endlessly capable - a perfectly Doctor-y Doctor, with odd clothes and strange habits and full of obscure knowledge; but she doesn't seem to have that age to her that Nine onwards do, that burden of her blood-stained past, and sits much more comfortably alongside the Classic Doctors than the New ones. I presume this is a conscious decision, but I need that link, the acknowledgement of her history and her past to fix her properly in my head.

Or as Promethia said back when S11 was airing:

Back during Season Five I remember an old-timer saying that watch enough Who and inevitably your favorite character become the Doctor and your favorite Doctor becomes the Doctor. Which made enough intellectual sense to me to take note of, but man, I am feeling it this season. I get it now. Like, yes, your new friends seem lovely, but slightly in the middle of a 55-year old character arc here. Bit keen to get back.

The Doctor's internal conflicts have been the driving force of the show for... all of New Who, basically, so suddenly having a [perfectly nice, don't get me wrong] blank to work with is disorienting.

Now pointing out the issues obviously doesn't really help in trying to work out how to reconcile what's on screen with the disparity in my head. Thankfully, I found an explanation that works for me.

Why Does Thirteen Run? )
elisi: (Girl Doctor)
Since S11 was a barren wilderness from a meta/poetry perspective, I have been trying to work out how to organise my thoughts. Because I have thoughts, they're just scattered and mostly not terribly positive. So I decided to divide them up into separate posts, and am starting with the good and positive things about S11, irrespective of any personal opinions. Vague spoilers below the cut.

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ETA: In short this. ♥
elisi: Tony Stark (Mourning)
First of all - I hope my previous post didn't create the impression that I didn't like the film! It was just a bit like sitting through a whole season of TV, crammed into 2 1/2 hours... No space to breathe.

elisi: Klaus needs all the hugs (ENTP)
(And had stayed unspoiled...)

Main impression: That was THE LONGEST THING EVER! Classic Who will FLY by after this.
elisi: (Tea (11) by cheesygirl)

(Watch the videos.)


3 April 2019 08:02 pm
elisi: (Ponds)

elisi: Five and his teeny companions (Cute)

SO. Instead of dwelling on that, I bring you one of the single most delightful things in existence. The sort of thing you don't know you need until you come across it - the Fifth Doctor & companions to Last Friday Night. Enjoy:

elisi: (Democracy)
Now: The Revoke Article 50 and remain in the EU petition has just passed 5 million.

Yesterday: The Guardian: Put it to the People march: a formidable sea of humanity and powerful strength of feeling
They came to London from across Britain and Europe, filled with enthusiasm for the new three Rs: revoke, remain, reform

Last week: Christchurch shootings: The people killed as they prayed
In order to remember the victims, not the killer.
elisi: (Doctor Who)
Partly just to prove that I am actually watching Classic Who and have Opinions...

As I have explained previusly, I am watching backwards, by Doctor. I find this a very good way of acclimatising myself to the slower pace (Seven's stories are paced quite similar to modern TV, and then it gets slower as you get further back), and it really helps to follow a TARDIS team and see how they grow & develop. Watching random 'good episodes' never managed to make me invested enough to watch more, but this has worked a treat! (Even the dull/annoying episodes are worth it when you care about the characters.)

I have now done Seven, Six and Five, and have just finished S12 (Four's first). And I luff them all very much. (I watched the movie years ago, and should probably watch it again, although I know that Eight is basically to be found in Big Finish...)

Anyway. Opinion time. :) With thanks to Promethia. (As always.)

Poll #21655 The Ark in Space...
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 13

The Arc in Space was hella boring:

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1) Finally! Sombody admits it!
3 (23.1%)

2) It was just ok.
4 (30.8%)

3) It's overhyped but still good.
1 (7.7%)

4) You are wrong and I will tell you why in the comments.
1 (7.7%)

5) You are wrong and we are now mortal enemies.
2 (15.4%)

6) You have no idea how scary bubblewrap was for a six-year-old in 1975!
0 (0.0%)

7) I've never seen The Arc in Space.
1 (7.7%)

8) I don't know what's going on. I'm just here for the drama.
0 (0.0%)

9) Harry Sullivan is an imbecile.*
1 (7.7%)

*I know that line was from Revenge of the Cybermen, but it's too perfect not to use
elisi: Five (The future's shit) (Darkest timeline)
I sort of want to write something about Brexit, but it'll probably be outdated within the hour, and ancient news by tomorrow.

(Not to mention all the other news from around the world. *hands*)

On the other hand, The Umbrella Academy is a thing that exists in the world, so not everything is bad. I am watching it for the second time, remembering what it's like to fall in love with a show and a [weird and wonderful] world and a whole bunch of characters. And what characters!! I can't even. There are SO MANY, and I love them all. (Even the stupid/annoying ones.) Although Five and Klaus were basically custom-made to hit alllll my buttons. Like ticking off everything on a list of 'Stuff that elisi loves'. That hasn't happened in a long, long time.

There are many excellent shows out there, but there are very, very few that hit me in that way, so this was a most wonderful surprise. ♥

ETA: There will likely be spoilers in the comments...

ETA2: THE MUSIC! I can't believe I forgot to mention the music. The music (and how it's used) is just incredible!


20 March 2019 09:01 am
elisi: (Vote Saxon by diapadme)
Worth watching, May as Hitler (you know the one):

May vs Bercow
elisi: van Gogh almond flowers (Default)
I've been trying to think of something to say about the Christchurch killings, but not been able to. However, this thread was in my mind yesterday as we went to church (go to Twitter and read the whole thing):


10 March 2019 08:09 pm
elisi: (Sunglasses)
I think this might be the perfect Twelve vid.

(I have embedded it, but watch it on youtube in wide- or fullscreen.)

The song is perfect of course (okay, it's a cover, which is sad), but the editing is exquisite, and just... *kisses fingertips*
elisi: Rahul from Bake Off 2018 <3 (OMG!!!)
Trust me.

I've been humming it all day. (Any attempt at description will fall short, so just watch. It's only 4 minutes.)
elisi: (Girl with a sword by sandy_s)
Finally got to Revelations & Lover's Walk.

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