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: (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: 13 running towards the TARDIS (TARDIS)
Vids are the answer. I've been working on a very long and indepth post about Thirteen and I'm just fed up. Imma gonna go back to watching Five and maybe at some point I'll feel extra cross with Chibbers and post the darn thing, but until then there's this, which just made my morning:

Dr Who

2 January 2019 09:25 pm
elisi: (Thirteen)
Well thank the Lord, they haven't forgotten how to make the show.

(Probably more later, although I have a whole year in which to formulate my thoughts...)
elisi: Candide as criticism of Chibnall Who (Chibnall)
So, tonight (at 7pm) we'll get the only Doctor Who of the whole of 2019.

I am trying very hard not to be negative, so here is a very positive review of The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos (and S11 in general).

However, when I started thinking about tonight's ep I figured the older girls will probably ask what happened in S11 (they only watched the first two episodes) and my answer will be: Nothing much, really.

Of course Doctor Who is by nature very accessible, you can hop on board pretty much anywhere, but the biggest development of S11 was Ryan calling Graham 'grandad'.

ETA: Knew I was forgetting something. My summary of S11:

S11Moral5

And to go with that, I bring you something silly. From the comments of a post about Resolution (even the link is spoilery! Don't hover over!), here is a 'Leaked script extract':

SPOILERS FOR VILLAIN )

It's possible there was something else I meant to say, but I am 3/4 of the way through a Fifth Doctor story and would like to see how it ends. :) (I am watching Classic Who backwards. I saw the movie years ago and most of Seven. I have now watched the rest of Seven, all of Six (♥) and have now started on Five. It's all been far more engaging than S11. (Go on Chibnall. Prove me wrong!)
elisi: (Protest)


New Year's better be good... )

In other news, I have almost finished S22 and may write up some thoughts on that! Six is my darling and I luff him to pieces. ♥
elisi: (Girl Doctor)
Why couldn't we have had THIS season from the start? *cries*

(I watched it and then immediately re-watched it. This one's magical. Last week's ep was Doctor Who. But this? This was MY show.)
elisi: (Girl Doctor)
How about we don't let anymore straight white men near Doctor Who for like... the next 50 years?

Because tonight's episode was both written AND directed by women and it was great. Like, 'proper' Doctor Who, could sit comfortably in any season. Easily the best one so far. Good plot, great guest star/historical celebrity, good villain, stuff to make the children hide behind the sofa... Where has this show BEEN for the past many weeks? (Rhetorical question, and disabling comments as I shouldn't be here at all...)
elisi: (Six)
TIBERIAN THOUGHTS – Sheffield Steel, or a Subjective Look at the Thirteenth Doctor #7: “Kerblam!”

This might be the most indepth take so so far. And the most... brutal, I think. The conclusion *burns*.


The thing is, I am easy to please. It takes a lot to genuinely offend me (when it comes to TV), and Kerblam! managed it.

In happier news, I watched 'The Twin Dilemma' this afternoon and it was DELIGHTFUL. <3 (Haters to the left.) All the love for Six. Gimme a Doctor who is arrogant, doesn't give a crap about niceties and is happy to destroy the bad guys, it's like balm to my soul. :D

(I am really REALLY hoping the S11 finale does something drastic. Otherwise I am going to seriously doubt my commitment to Sparkle Motion.)
elisi: (Girl Doctor)
Thoughts on the Doctor in S11, a few minor spoilers for the season so far.

N.B. This is not the meta café - this is just a custard cream to go with your tea. :)

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elisi: (Shiny! Kaylee by eyesthatslay)
Ten-ohyes

I think that might have been the most Chibnall-y episode to ever Chibnall. Fabulously entertaining and fun and utterly ridiculous and PEOPLE and FAMILY and [redacted - i.e. the threat thing, which... *hands*].

A lot of character stuff for those that want to delve into it, Imma just gonna sit over here and chuckle to myself.
elisi: (Thirteen)
If you came this way,
Taking any route, starting from anywhere,
At any time or at any season,
It would always be the same

(T.S. Eliot, Little Gidding - many apologies)

I had a sort of mini-epiphany. I've said that the show now feels [in texture] like Classic Who, and that you could jump from then to now with no problem.

And I think that's the thing. The show has been re-booted, but it's still anchor-less. There is no part of it that makes it a continuation of New Who. (Except for Thirteen wearing Twelve's clothes and the shorter format etc etc, that's not what I am talking about.)

So far Thirteen is absolutely the Doctor, no doubt about it, and she's brilliant, but like... sort of in parallel to the past? Her stories could be set at any point. She could be a Classic Doctor, like... a re-cast Five? And you needn't change a thing.

I'm not saying this is bad. But it means there is nothing that really grabs me.

So, instead of complaining I'm off to watch Classic Who! Watched Battlefield last night (S26, ep 1, Seven's final season) and loved it to pieces. Next up is Ghostlight which [personal profile] thisbluespirit bought for me. ♥ And once I'm done with Seven I'll start on Six properly. Hurrah for the 50+ years of show!
elisi: van Gogh almond flowers (Earring)
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”
elisi: (Girl Doctor)
Re. The Ghost Monument, then I never had the time to write down any kind of thoughts (not that I really had many), so instead I'll just link you to this Tumblr post. (SPOILERS obvs.)
elisi: van Gogh almond flowers (Earring)
Ray Holman - Costume Designer Q+A
We put Thirteen of your questions to our amazing costume designer - Ray Holman to get an insight into the Doctor's Costume.

The Doctor’s Earring: Original Designer Alex Monroe Announces Official Replicas
V good pictures if you want a better look.

Re. imagery, then I think the earring is the most meta thing on the show! <3

ETA: So, I made an icon of the earring... Because poetry. The line is the final line from T.S.Eliot's Little Gidding. The poem basically IS Twice Upon a Time, but the ending is all Thirteen. <3

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
Through the unknown, unremembered gate
When the last of earth left to discover
Is that which was the beginning;
At the source of the longest river
The voice of the hidden waterfall
And the children in the apple-tree

Not known, because not looked for
But heard, half-heard, in the stillness
Between two waves of the sea.
Quick now, here, now, always--
A condition of complete simplicity
(Costing not less than everything)
And all shall be well and
All manner of thing shall be well
When the tongues of flames are in-folded
Into the crowned knot of fire
And the fire and the rose are one.
elisi: (Girl Doctor)
Cut for spoilers )

ETA: Main thing - I could watch Thirteen forever. Utterly magical. ♥

Also this, which isn't spoilery: Doctor Who Weekly Roundup: 24th Sept - 1st Oct Mostly for the picture of thirteen Thirteenth Doctor. :)
elisi: (Girl Doctor)
A one minute clip from episode 1. (This was leaked... weeks and weeks ago, so you may already have seen it.)

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