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April 1st, 2007


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01:05 pm - "Riiight. Not pompous at all then"
And I has seen Smith and Jones, and I is all full of squee. For the episode, and for what looks to be coming up with the rest of the series (Seen Confidential as well).

The short, spoiler free version: Thought it was great, a solid 4 out of 5. Nothing earth shatteringly original, but a good companion introduction and decent alien plot. Also, I is quite liking Martha from what we've seen thus far.

And for more spoilery thought, in utterly no order whatsoever:


Firstly: I am currently completely and utterly baffled as to how the final scene in this episode can not only contain both the Obligatory Rose Emo Moment (tm) - which was, to my great pleasure, not shoe-horned in at all, but seemed quite natural - but also some of the most outrageously shippy flirting between the Doctor and Martha.

How the hell does that work? And this written by RTD who has said that the Doctor barely notices Martha. BARELY NOTICES, MY ARSE. He's been keeping an eye on her all episode, who goes to see her at the end for no other reason than to ask her to come along (So obvious he was backtracking with the "just one trip" stuff), and he's flirting outrageously with her.

Which she calls him on. Smart girl. And she comments on his tight suit and the fact he's asked her out, hee!

Actually, outrageous flirting aside, I do love the final scene in this episode. It seems so... magical. More so than Rose's intro to the TARDIS, where she was (understandably) freaking out. Martha just had this sense of wonder, and questioning, as well as her shiny new theme going in the background.

Also, some classic lines there. The post title is one of them loved that one. And the Doctor's remark about cheap tricks, which tied the episode all up nicely (and was so him showing off.)

And when he mouthed along to the "Bigger on the inside" remark (apparently Tennant's own idea). The entire episode would be worth it for that.

But, back to the start. We are introduced to Martha's family, big and busy (but not as much in the foreground as Rose's lot. Not yet, anyway). For the most part, I think they were just there to set up Martha's role as peacemaker, the level-headed one of the lot, and to be the loud and busy thing she could use a holiday from.

(All the talk of the Doctor being an interruption on Martha's life now makes me think of her TARDIS time as a sort of intergalactic gap year. Though I'm sure that'd change)

Though, it'll be interesting to get some minor character fics from them. Even if most of what we know comes from the (apparently) offical Martha MySpace blog.

But I shall be interested to see where we are going with this.

Her work-mates were alright, too. Emo Julia (I think it was) who initially freaked out but later coped, Morgenstern the guy showing the Judoon around, whom I quite liked, actually. And Stoker, the boss, who was the amusingly nasty over-bearing supervisor.

The Doctor in his PJs, rambling like a loony about Ben Franklin (god bless the Doctor and his name-dropping). the wink was rather cute, too.

And then there's the rain, and the rain going upwards (which was a neat concept). And Martha on the Moon!

At which point, the Doctor overhears her being sensible, and quickly becomes All About Martha, giving others the brush-off (See what I mean about barely noticing being bull).

I did like the conversation on the balcony, even the remark about the cousin Adeola, which was unnecessary but cute. But it's good to find someone who actually, you know, thinks all the alien invasions or whatnot in the past years were real.

I liked it that the main aliens (the Judoon) weren't actually bad guys, just ruthless obeys of the rules. Nice to see some shades of grey in the alien depictions. The vampire granny was a bit too much with the monologuing, though.

Also, the "Slabs" which were leather all the way through. Did the Doctor really make that remark about a fetish? Egads.

Oh, Martha snarking about the sonic while the Doctor's on the computer. Laser Spanner, hee! And then more name-dropping.

Also, that entire scene has some utterly stupendous hair from David Tennant. I felt that deserved a paragraph of it's own.

Then there was, of course, the snog. Which, much as the Doctor said it meant nothing... well, there are other ways to get some facial genetic transfer. Probably like there are other ways to remove the Vortex from someone. He is a slutboi alien tease, is her not? And did you see Martha's swoon after...

Brave of her, to stand there when she thought the Judoon might kill her, just to give the Doctor more time to pull off his plan.

Which was interestingly self-sacrificing (and involved a hilariously mental conversation, to trigger Vampire!Granny's monologuing). Did he expect to come out of it okay, was he waiting for Martha and the CPR, or was he actually planning to regenerate out of it? Perhaps we shall never know.

I did like Martha doing CPR. And then realising it's a bit different for an alien with two hearts, and trying to compensate for that. Bless. And giving her last breathe to save him, about which essays could be written (and possibly will, once we are further into the series).

The Doctor, quite ill looking, staggering around holding Martha's limp body = fab scene. It just looked plain cool, and has some interesting subtexts to it. Also, "It's raining on the moon." = win.

And this back to the end. Which goes back to the start (I do love time-travel messes)

And with adorable Morgenstern who Martha worked with talking on the radio about the aliens being proof of Saxon's theories. *spooky noises*

I think the only bit I didn't like was the "expelling the radiation through my shoe" hopping around from the Doctor. Though the when he went and ditched the other shoe 'cos wearing one was a bit odd, it almost made up for it.

So yeah, really enjoyed it, it was great fun. A few nice throwbacks to past episode, old school and new. And Rusty's getting onto the banana references, too. Plus, what are our thoughts on the brother line? One of the lines RTD's thrown in to set the fans a-fluster, or foreshadowing?


And now I want icons. And fic smut, not smut, it's all good.

I think I'm gonna like this series.
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From:eido
Date:April 1st, 2007 04:16 am (UTC)
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Which, much as the Doctor said it meant nothing... well, there are other ways to get some facial genetic transfer.

Like... licking her, perhaps? ;) No licking this time around which I was a bit sad for but just for a moment (there are 12 eps enough for that after all).
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From:drakyndra
Date:April 1st, 2007 04:37 am (UTC)
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I am entirely in support of the Doctor demonstrating some gratuitous licking at some point this series.
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From:moocow1985
Date:April 3rd, 2007 12:43 am (UTC)
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I, for one, am a little sad he didn't simply lick her face for the genetic transfer.
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From:stickmarionette
Date:April 1st, 2007 04:25 am (UTC)
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And did you see Martha's swoon after...
And "that was NOTHING?" Oh, she is made of win.

Did the Doctor really make that remark about a fetish? Egads.
That was the episode of Kink, apparently. Come on, blood sucking too?

Much much better than New Earth. And this is from someone who actually liked New Earth.

(I need more Martha icons.)
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From:drakyndra
Date:April 1st, 2007 04:39 am (UTC)
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Ah, snarktastic. I like.

Yes, it was a terribly, terribly kinktastic episode. And yes, so much better than New Earth. (personally, I think New Earth is bad, but weirdly enjoyable. But I'd take bad over boring any day)

Let's hope the icon-makers get busy with some Smith and Jones icons
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From:stickmarionette
Date:April 1st, 2007 05:26 am (UTC)
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I think the only reasons I like New Earth are 1) Ten's scenes with the Face of Boe, and with the Novice cat nun and 2) the whole Alien Jesus thing. But this episode is so much more enjoyable overall.

Except for the X-ray expelling bit. That was wince-worthy. But made up for by the bit with the sonic screwdriver right after. And his glee when she called him 'Doctor'.
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From:drakyndra
Date:April 1st, 2007 05:56 am (UTC)
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New Earth I like because of the silliness. I strongly approve of silliness, even when I am rationally aware it's shit.

Yes, I think the X-ray repelling thing was the one flaw of Smith and Jones.
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From:thehornedgod
Date:April 1st, 2007 07:38 am (UTC)
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Oooh, what was the banana reference?
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From:drakyndra
Date:April 1st, 2007 07:44 am (UTC)
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In the MRI room, when the Vampire!Granny got out her straw, he made a gag about milkshakes, and wanting a banana flavoured one.
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From:thehornedgod
Date:April 1st, 2007 07:46 am (UTC)
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I missed it, I'm stupid! But that's awesome.
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From:cedara
Date:April 1st, 2007 08:27 am (UTC)
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Did the Doctor really make that remark about a fetish?

Yep, he did!
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From:drakyndra
Date:April 1st, 2007 09:29 am (UTC)
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He's a kinky bastard, ain't he?
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From:cedara
Date:April 1st, 2007 09:38 am (UTC)
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He is, and I love that about him. :-D
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From:meester_bond
Date:April 1st, 2007 04:41 pm (UTC)
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Is it just me or did anyone else see one of the slabs and think: "OMG the Stig is on Doctor Who in disguise!"
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From:drakyndra
Date:April 2nd, 2007 09:39 am (UTC)
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Being an overseas type, I have never actually seen Top Gear. But I was amused that pretty much everyone seemed to make this analogy.
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From:nostalgia_lj
Date:April 1st, 2007 11:54 pm (UTC)
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Memo to Mr Tennant: It appears that you do not know what "unrequited" means. Kthnx.
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From:drakyndra
Date:April 2nd, 2007 09:40 am (UTC)
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Indeed.
From:tree_and_leaf
Date:April 2nd, 2007 09:36 am (UTC)
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I'm just waiting for CPR-wank, given that she was following the old guidelines rather than the new...
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From:drakyndra
Date:April 2nd, 2007 09:40 am (UTC)
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I've seen some minor bitching about this, but nothing particularly wanky.
From:tree_and_leaf
Date:April 2nd, 2007 10:24 am (UTC)
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OMG ITZ TOTALY IRRESPONSABLE OF THE BBC THEY COLD KILL SUM1!!!11!

Err, I mean, that's good....
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From:magic_lilybean
Date:April 4th, 2007 09:38 pm (UTC)
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He was clearly mentally auditioning her the minute he ran into her again on the moon. There's no "barely noticing" about it. What I loved about her is that she saw straight through him, called him on it, sending him off on his "just one trip" backpedalling bit. Yeah. Because everyone I know shows up out of nowhere (stalk much?) to bring a woman that's practically a stranger on one minor trip through space and time.

And how about him luring her in there like that? Makes me think of our mothers telling us not to take candy from strangers if you know what I mean. Creepy alien slutboi.

I was talking to my husband about how fucked up it is that he's luring this medical student away. And he said, "he's got a time machine. He can bring her back to whenever she needs." But no, see - he never lands at the time he's aiming for, does he? He rarely brings people back to the time or place that they belong, he *knows* it, and he continues picking them up anyway. He's just that needy.

Oh, also squee-worthy, at least for me - the delightful exhibition of Tennant's scrawny slutboi throat. Mmmm-hmmm.
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From:drakyndra
Date:April 4th, 2007 10:59 pm (UTC)
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Yes, his behaviour does verge on being stalkery (Or not so much verge as do a cheeky little tapdance over the line)

And, being the Doctor, I suspect he thinks he can bring her back on time, because he's basically pretty arrogant, no matter the regeneration. But he doesn't actually live up to his perceptions when it comes to TARDIS navigation, really.

And yes, he was really quite impressively hot in this episode.

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