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01 January 2010 @ 11:23 pm
New Year, New Journal, New Doctor...  
Well, 2009 you were just full of stress and worry for me mostly so bloody good riddance to you.

Hi, 2010! Let's hope you and me get on better.

In keeping with the fresh start theme, I've completely restyled my journal. I found an really old S1 theme I liked but I wasn't going to switch to S1, so I've coded the CSS for this pretty much from scratch and just used the one I liked as basic inspiration. It's taken me a good couple of weeks but, hey, I can do CSS now!

And finally, new Doctor.

Wilf was the perfect companion for the Doctor in this episode, the old solider able to empathise with what the Doctor was going through. Their exchange on the ship was just amazingly poignant. And then we got Wilf kicking arse on the laser gun and finally him not wanting the Doctor to sacrifice himself to save his life. Cribbins was utterly brilliant throughout.

Donna. Ah Donna. I loved the symmetry of ending with her wedding since we started that way. I loved that she's showing signs of growing. I loved the Doctor referring to her as his bes friend. I really hope the Time Lady Wilf saw was Donna, as the Doctor's little look suggested.

And for all the other, Mickey and Martha was a bit 'wtf?! What about Dr Tom?!' but I liked it all the same. A guest appearance on Torchwood wouldn't go amiss for those two. Captain Jack seemed to get out of his funk very quickly when he met Alonso (yay! Alonso was back as a surprise). I'm sure the angry Jack/Ianto fans are sharpening their pitchforks as I type but for me it just summed up the nature of Jack. Sarah Jane seemed to understand what was going on and why the Doctor had come to see her. And Rose was...well, there. But at least Billie could talk this time.

And Tennant. Oh, I salute you sir for a fine tenure as the Doctor and I shall miss you terribly. Your final line utterly broke my heart. Shame we couldn't have seen you for one Moffatt series but I look forward to Matt Smith.
jacksrubberduck: i want to believe - TARDIS doctor whojacksrubberduck on January 1st, 2010 11:26 pm (UTC)
Yay someone else looking forward to the next doctor! I was beginning to think I was the only one. :)
doylefan22: dw - doctor dragdoylefan22 on January 1st, 2010 11:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm quite happy to give him a chance no matter how much I loved Tennant. That's the nature of the show - it moves on.
jacksrubberduck: dust off your converse - doctor whojacksrubberduck on January 2nd, 2010 06:49 pm (UTC)
Word. ;)
Lil Miss Morgan Dork: Twinsbadfalcon on January 2nd, 2010 11:48 am (UTC)
Wilf was all kinds of utterly awesome, I'm gonna miss him bunches! But I'm with you on looking forward to Matt Smith too :)
keeping it vaguely imaginary...: Bunny Who // frozenreality.co.uk__kali__ on January 3rd, 2010 06:41 pm (UTC)
I'll miss the Tenth Doctor liek whoa but after seeing the S5 trailer I'm very much looking forward to the spring. woo!

PS love the new layout.
doylefan22: dw - doctor dragdoylefan22 on January 3rd, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
I still suspect I will get to the end of S5 loving 11 but cursing the fact that DT couldn't have stayed on for one season with Moffat.

And cheers me dears.
kat_rowe: fandom we know dramakat_rowe on January 3rd, 2010 08:01 pm (UTC)
i am a HUGE Jack/Ianto fan but my pitchfork is still in the barn. for one, it's JACK. for another, there's no indication how long it's been since CoE. the thing that bugged me about that scene was how much it resembled the cantina scene from the original Star Wars

i'll be honest that i wasn't thrilled with the story itself in a LOT of places, but Wilf, Ten, and Donna were wonderful as, I suppose, was getting to see how all the companions had fared ... although the time-frame annoyed me. i've watched all the New and most of the Original series and never seen it take that long to go from the fatal incident to regeneration (and I know that radiation poisoning can be a slow way to die but he used regenerative energy to heal and specifically stated that it had started, so that annoys me a tad) ... other Doctors have had to be content with visions of their companions or with nothing at all *shrugs* but that's just my quibble

and I'm definitely looking forward to seeing what Matt Smith brings to the role. i saw an interview with him and he seemed wonderfully aware of the significance of the role he's stepping into, so I'm looking forward to great things from him. (although, at the rate Doctors seem to be getting younger, Twelve might end up being about 15 years old, lol)

Bring on the Eleven!!!
doylefan22: dw - doctor dragdoylefan22 on January 3rd, 2010 08:10 pm (UTC)
We got slightly burned by going to see the Ianto tribute wall in Cardiff Bay last week - some of the stuff there is SCARY! The Star Wars cantina tribute made me laugh although I'm not sure if I was supposed to (and I'm going to stick with the idea the little Adipose was drunk :D)

The story itself was badly placed at times but there were some wonderful dialogue scenes in it. Bernard Cribbins was excellent. I thought John Simm had a really hard job with the material he was given and coped pretty well with it. The ending with all the companions was indulgent but as it was the last hurrah for this version of the DW universe and we very likely won't see any of those characters again, I could forgive it. DT's final line is so incredibly heart breaking and it was really interesting to see on the Confidential program thr four different takes he did on it.

Now I've managed to see the S5 preview trailer, I'm very excited!
kat_rowe: bad writing/Iantokat_rowe on January 3rd, 2010 10:57 pm (UTC)
lots of angry Ianto fans still? sad. i mean, I miss him terribly (he gave hope to downtrodden office-workers everywhere that it really IS possible to sleep your way to the top) but it's Torchwood. There was never going to be a happy ending

the story had flaws *points to icon* but the acting was uniformly great and really sold what I think would otherwise have been a complete disaster ... David and Bernard and John just all threw their hearts and souls into that send-off and they were amazing to watch
doylefan22: dw - doctor dragdoylefan22 on January 3rd, 2010 11:42 pm (UTC)
I read several comments from Ianto fans who were angry about the scene unfortunately. Nothing quite as crazy as the 'RTD is homophobic' claims we got after COE though.
kat_rowe: know i left reality around here somewherkat_rowe on January 4th, 2010 12:46 am (UTC)
'RTD is homophobic'

*wonders if she could possibly have read that right*
doylefan22: stng - Picard wtf?doylefan22 on January 4th, 2010 07:45 am (UTC)
Oh yes....There were a lot of in depth rants/essays claiming that he we purposely showing th gay relationships were always doomed.
kat_rowe: wtfkat_rowe on January 4th, 2010 08:04 am (UTC)
i... see

*goes to double-check that RTD is, in fact, gay and then is even more confused since he is*

um... right, then

*staggers off to bed feeling most confused*

*and will tag Morgana tomorrow; i had a birthday fic to write for a friend that needed to be finished*
doylefan22: stng - Picard wtf?doylefan22 on January 4th, 2010 04:41 pm (UTC)
All I can conclude is that their logic is not our logic.

*No worries - I had multiplying plot nubbins to deal with anyway :)*
kat_rowe: voices/ideaskat_rowe on January 5th, 2010 01:50 am (UTC)
plot-Nubbins do that if you don't keep the temperature low enough. which is problematic in the winter since one's instinct is to turn the thermostat up...

i don't think it qualifies as logic at all but that's just me, lol