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The Tenth Doctor (Who)

I finished watching the David Tennant Doctor Who episodes. Should I put a spoiler cut even though all these shows aired 2006–2010? Might as well.

I liked the Tenth Doctor, but I kept thinking that he was like the kind of manager who ignores a problem until it's a huge problem and then gets his department to run around like a chicken with its head cut off to solve the problem and then gets a lot of kudos for it.

I also didn't like the constant emphasis on someone (usually a woman) dying to solve the problem.

I mainly kept watching because I thought so many of the female leads/guest stars/characters were great. Agatha Christie (though the story was dumb), Captain Brooke (though I didn't like the ending)...

Mostly I just liked little moments. The references to various Agatha Christie novels. The scene where a cell phone holds remnants of a dead woman's consciousness. People in Donna's family's temporary home singing "Bohemian Rhapsody." Daleks in German going around yelling "EXTERMINEIREN." Naming the Mars base Bowie Base One. The church with the little Tardis in its stained glass window.

I'm starting to watch the Eleventh Doctor now, but I'm worried because I don't trust Steven Moffat.

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Aug. 19th, 2013 04:04 am (UTC)
We just got Netflix so we're nibbling around Dr. Who. The only one I've liked so far was "The waters of Mars", which had no bewildered Companion being dragged around. Also the story held together.

But the horror movie tropes got to be too much, as in some other Who's.

Can you suggest any without Compannions or horror?
Aug. 19th, 2013 05:42 am (UTC)
You might like "Midnight" or "Turn Left"? They're more psychological horror than "ugly monsters" horror. (I think most Doctor Who episodes have some horror tropes though.)
Aug. 19th, 2013 09:25 am (UTC)
Psychological horror is worse! The one about Paris and going into the past to meet a painter who was duplicating paintings was not horror, but did have the bewildered companion, and didn't hang together very well.

Maybe my expectatations are too high?
Aug. 19th, 2013 09:41 am (UTC)
I've only watched rebooted Doctor Who (2005 and on). I would say if you don't like horror tropes or companions, you might not like much of the rebooted stuff.
Aug. 19th, 2013 09:56 am (UTC)
That's helpful, thanks! I'll try pre-2005.
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Aug. 21st, 2013 01:33 am (UTC)
I was very impressed with "Waters of Mars"; I just dislike that repetitive horror motif -- seeing the same fate slowly approach and destroy one character after another. It was used sometimes in the old Avengers, which I love otherwise. Maybe I should learn to use the fastforward. ;-)

I'll try "Midnight". Anyway some kind of sidekick and/or lesser heroine is a trope of nearly every storyverse. I just thought the girl in the Paris story was especially badly treated.

Just saw "Tomb of the Cybermen" and liked it! Now I see what the mystique is about.

Tvtropes catalog of the stories is very helpful.
Aug. 19th, 2013 02:12 pm (UTC)
I prefer 11 to 10, personality- and physicality-wise (Smith convinces me he's alien in a way that Tennant never fully did), and I was happy to see the end of the Oncoming Emo, but Moffat's arcs are weak. He's best at single-episode stories and completely mangles female characterization. This said, on re-watch, I liked 11's run much better than the first time I watched it.

Bring on 12, though. OMG. Can't wait.
Aug. 19th, 2013 05:29 pm (UTC)
Smith convinces me he's alien in a way that Tennant never fully did

Hm, good point. (I've now watched 6 episodes with Smith.)
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Aug. 20th, 2013 10:53 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I really didn't like the blank slate-ness of Moffat's female characters. And yet River, Vastra, and Jenny all suggest that he can write female characters with interesting stories but just chooses not to when it comes to the main companions. I hated what he did with Amy's character and felt that Clara was just one missed opportunity after another (though I really liked that actress and quite often found that she compensated for some of the bad writing, as did Alex Kingston).
Aug. 20th, 2013 11:18 pm (UTC)
Yeah, this is what I was afraid of WRT Moffat. I've watched 6 episodes and I can see it already.
Aug. 20th, 2013 04:12 pm (UTC)
At this point, I think of the shows as supplements to the fanfic. The characters and setting are a lot of fun, but the stories tend to disappoint. And then someone writes a brilliant tag fic or AU and I'm over the moon with love for that ep because now it all makes sense.

Some one on my flist (sorry, can't remember who) said that she'd read somewhere that the first couple of 11 eps were meant for 10, and on the rewatch, I can see how they would have gone.

I've loved all the Doctors. Ten is the one I've mostly written (and Ten II) but I really love them all. I was sorry to see 9 go, and 10. I'll be sorry to see 11 go. It always seems too soon.

But, still, I'm very excited about Capaldi; he's just very good and I think he'll make an incredible Doctor. I can't wait to see how he'll play him.
Aug. 20th, 2013 06:13 pm (UTC)
At this point, I think of the shows as supplements to the fanfic.

Ah! Of course! That makes sense.
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