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Saturday, May 29, 2010

The Doctor Delivers

I love the new Doctor Who! An episode with the Daleks and the Cybermen? Stuff of legend. The return of the Master? Brilliant! (I knew it was him. I knew if anyone could survive a Time War, it would be that slippery ...) Well, brilliant. The Master likes teletubbies. That alone should prove how evil he is. And pulling out a bag of jelly babies just before the killing starts? Ha!

You can tell the writers love this show. They love everything about it, bless them, like J.J. Abrams and the newest Star Trek. It could only have been written by someone who loved the original.

Rose has gone and left a giant, bleeding hole in her wake. I don't think the Doctor ever felt for another companion the way he felt for Rose, not even Leela, and they were together a long time.
Rose's final episode was heart-rending. That moment when they are pressed against the wall... heavy sigh. If grief could kill, they'd both be dead. Beautiful.

I've been glued to the screen as the Doctor ignores his newest companion, Martha, and finds himself in continual trouble. He's been struck by lightning, nearly incinerated by a solar beast, and dropped into a black hole to meet the devil (that's out of order, but how we would know? He's a time traveler). Really, it is exhausting just watching the guy. I can't imagine following him around. Not the life for this turtle.

The episode with the weeping angels was terrifying. How can you not blink? It was like The Grudge without the ticking. Or the killing. Shiver.

And Jack Harkness. Ha ha! Brilliant use of a plot twist to connect dots. Did they know what they would do, that first season, or did they improvise? Who cares? It works.

But this new Doctor - he's more than just adventure. He's sorrow, and hope, and ... Time. He is the embodiment of this show's concept of time - all wiggly-woggly, timey-whimey, in a sort of non-linear ball. That's him. Amazing.

I wish I could write like this.

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