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14 June 2010 @ 04:36 pm
other reasons it's probably good that I live alone.  
So. Today I watched "The Empty Child" and "The Doctor Dances," and in the middle of that scene between Nancy and Rose (you know the one--"What future?"), I suddenly burst into tears. And kept doing it at random moments thereafter. The funny thing is, I thought I'd done quite well for myself, not crying at the whole "small, damp island" bit in the first episode. But no--it was just waiting to sneak up on me, that's all.

In my defense, I actually haven't seen these episodes in years. But it was still a bit odd. Oh, show.
 
 
 
La Reine Noire: Cate with lacelareinenoire on June 14th, 2010 09:20 pm (UTC)
Oh, I teared up watching those the other day! My fiancé is encountering Nine and Ten for the first time and I'm rediscovering old episodes -- but I still teared up watching those. And 'Girl in the Fireplace' and 'Parting of the Ways'. I'd forgotten how incredibly sad the S1 finale is.
tempestsarekind: martha + ten + TARDIStempestsarekind on June 14th, 2010 09:36 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen the S1 finale in years, either (probably self-preservation!), but "Girl in the Fireplace" always makes me sad and happy at the same time; the episode is sad, but I adore it. And the skewed logic of the clockwork robots is sad, too, even as it's menacing: they just don't understand, and then there's just this abandoned, empty spaceship, floating forever...
La Reine Noire: Cate with lacelareinenoire on June 14th, 2010 09:59 pm (UTC)
'Girl in the Fireplace' is my favourite episode of New Who, to be completely honest. I just love everything about it -- the combination of zany and heartbreaking, the creepiness and ultimate tragedy (as you point out) of the clockwork robots, and this wonderful sense of history and historical emotion.

(Also, and tell me if you think I'm crazy, but doesn't Amy remind you just a bit of Reinette? The whole idea of a childhood imaginary friend and a precocious, somewhat foolhardy girl...)
tempestsarekind: a sort of fairytaletempestsarekind on June 14th, 2010 10:43 pm (UTC)
My favorite episode is either "Girl in the Fireplace" or "Blink" (I've never quite been able to decide), but there's probably only a very small fraction of difference between them. It's just lovely.

As for Amy--oh, absolutely! She and Eleven have got that same temporally mismatched thing going on as well--years for her are only minutes for him--which I love. I think (as I seem to remember others saying, too) "The Eleventh Hour" manages to rewrite bits of "Girl in the Fireplace": Eleven's still late, but he can make amends. Like much of season five when compared to Ten's tenure, it's not a tragedy.
La Reine Noire: Elizabethlareinenoire on June 14th, 2010 10:53 pm (UTC)
I think (as I seem to remember others saying, too) "The Eleventh Hour" manages to rewrite bits of "Girl in the Fireplace": Eleven's still late, but he can make amends. Like much of season five when compared to Ten's tenure, it's not a tragedy.

Yes. I think that's exactly it. Eleven isn't a tragic figure. He's misunderstood and often comically wrong, but he's not quite the Lonely God.
tempestsarekind: eleven is awkwardtempestsarekind on June 14th, 2010 11:20 pm (UTC)
And I'm enjoying that immensely. He can be sad and sorrowful, he can feel grief, but he isn't tragic.
viomisehuntviomisehunt on June 15th, 2010 02:21 am (UTC)
I love Girl In the Fireplace, and the relationship between the "empty child" and his "big sister". Beautifully written. Didn't take to Jack right away, other than he's gorgeous, but loved Nine in it.

tempestsarekind: bananas are goodtempestsarekind on June 15th, 2010 08:36 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Jack took a while to grow on me as well: I don't usually like the "charming rogue" type all that much anyway. Nancy is one of my favorite one-off characters ever. I adore her, and her bravery, and the way she teases Nine about his nose and his ears.
viomisehuntviomisehunt on June 15th, 2010 08:46 pm (UTC)
I know it's silly, but what usually gets people about John Barrowman is what initially turned me off. Yeah -- he's gorgeous. I don't know if you have seen the movie Penolope, but Matt Rippy, (Who portrays the real Jack in the Captain Jack Harkness episode) has a brief appearance as chauffeu and they give his teeth that artificial sparkle. I the first shot of John was so "perfect" I thought I saw one, although it's not there. I liked him better on Torchwood with that touch of darkness.
tempestsarekind: captain jack harkness: MAKES THE TEA!tempestsarekind on June 15th, 2010 08:57 pm (UTC)
Well, that's okay--I don't usually respond to "typical" gorgeousness either. I tend to like Jack better on Doctor Who than on Torchwood because what I've seen of Torchwood is so inconsistent, but I like the idea of Torchwood Jack, just not the execution.