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Promethia found this wordpress. I have only started to poke around, but there are two sets of reviews - one lot delving into the meta, and another that's group reviews, with lots of fascinating insights:

https://downtime2017.wordpress.com/

They're all thoughtful and smart, without any of the 'I didn't like it, therefore it is rubbish' or 'Thank goodness Moffat's gone!' that you may get elsewhere.


Links to individual eps:

Meta (Tiberian Thoughts):

Sheffield Steel, or a Subjective Look at the Thirteenth Doctor – #1 – “The Woman Who Fell to Earth”

Sheffield Steel, or a Subjective Look at the Thirteenth Doctor #2: “The Ghost Monument”

Sheffield Steel, or a Subjective Look at the Thirteenth Doctor #3: “Rosa”



Group reviews (Bit of Adrenaline, Dash of Outrage):

Our Thoughts on “The Woman Who Fell to Earth”

Our Thoughts on “The Ghost Monument”

Our Thoughts on “Rosa”

Our Thoughts on “Arachnids in the UK”

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Date: 31 October 2018 07:33 pm (UTC)
purplefringe: Amelie (Default)
From: [personal profile] purplefringe
oh god thank you I've been needing this <3

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Date: 31 October 2018 10:37 pm (UTC)
purplefringe: Amelie (Default)
From: [personal profile] purplefringe
Started reading this allearlier but am too tired to think about it properly tonight - am going to read it all tomorrow and report back. <3

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Date: 3 November 2018 10:10 am (UTC)
purplefringe: Amelie (Default)
From: [personal profile] purplefringe
So much! It was all wonderful (well, I read the stuff about the new series - don't know that I have the energy to go back further than that!) I'm so glad this is here, I'd been really missing all the meta and was a bit adrift.

It's so funny the different ways I watch each era. I just had a week off work and for some reason spent most of it rewatching the entirety of RTD-era Who, which I haven't watched in...well, at least 7 years. I had SO MANY thoughts and feelings which I probably should have written down, but mostly just drowned in decades-old emotions like an idiot. I can't watch that era the way I watch the Moffat era - I started tracking themes and symbolism and recurring motifs, but couldn't do more than that. I analyse it in a different way. I think I still watch it with the same brain I had when it was on the first time. Though I am now hyper-aware of Moffat's episodes, and how far they foreshadow all his preoccupations. And also of how the Doctor's 'Ponding' phase (remember that?) is hinted at the end of Tennant's era ('Jackson Lake'). And gosh I do love The Waters of Mars. For many many reasons, but also for this now extremely prescient line: Water is patient, Adelaide. Water just waits. It wears down the clifftops, the mountains, the whole of the world. Water always wins.

Anyway, tldr, I've just spent a week reliving my teenage DW emotions (a TERRIBLE IDEA BTW) and I'm glad I have something to latch onto, a lens through which to watch the new series. Thanks to you and Promethia for finding this!

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Date: 3 November 2018 05:00 pm (UTC)
purplefringe: Amelie (Default)
From: [personal profile] purplefringe
I am pondering writing about Twice Upon A Time using T.S.Eliot's Little Gidding
I'm glad you've had an epiphany :)

It's sort of like time-travel. Weird, but wonderful.
omg it SUPER IS. I was suddenly viscerally remembering all these thoughts and feelings I had at the time (not all of them about DW!), and had a lot of the same reactions to specific lines and moments that I did back in like 2006.

four episodes is not enough to draw anything from
Very true, and yet I feel like we managed to extrapolate an extremely large proportion of the Moffat Agenda from The Beast Below and the Angels eps :) But maybe that all came later and we didn't realise it at the time.

haven't watched it in years. Probably should
It is A Lot. I know you've written lots of wonderful meta about The Time Lord Victorious (and how River fits into that mould, etc) and it really is the perfect culmination of Ten's arc. OH TEN.
Edited Date: 3 November 2018 05:46 pm (UTC)

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Date: 3 November 2018 05:46 pm (UTC)
purplefringe: Amelie (Default)
From: [personal profile] purplefringe
fixed :)

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