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10 April 2010 @ 10:32 pm
non-spoilery reaction to The Beast Below  
I was having a conversation with thepresidentrix the other day about "Gridlock," among other things, and it reminded me that there are some Doctor Who episodes that I love all out of proportion to their actual quality as episodes, because they work for me as meta. (Which is not to say that they are bad, necessarily; it's just that I love them for reasons other than their quality.) "Gridlock" is one of those, because it is all about Ten going through heroics for Martha (which doesn't happen all that often in S3), and then all about Ten needing therapy at the end. (Er, and because he's totally coming on to her near the end, all "It's been a long time since I saw you, Martha Jones." I am shallow.) "The Lazarus Experiment" is likewise one of those episodes (though it also pushes my person-outside-of-time buttons hard in Southwark Cathedral), because Martha Jones Is a Star and also Never Really Just a Passenger. And so are the Sontaran episodes in S4, because they're all about how Ten has always seen Martha, despite "he never even looks at me."

I wonder whether, upon my finishing the season, "The Beast Below" will be one of those. I suspect that it already is, in some ways (see previous post).
viomisehuntviomisehunt on April 16th, 2010 03:39 am (UTC)
I was thinking more of the emotional dependence Ten had on Rose. And yes, Ten did seem to give Rose the big balloon, when she cried for the moon. It's rather insulting to women in general to suggest she's content with a substitute.
tempestsarekind: bananas are goodtempestsarekind on April 16th, 2010 03:24 pm (UTC)
I don't even know what Rusty was thinking, with that ending. Granted, he doesn't seem to have the strongest sense that people in relationships should actually know one another, and not (say) the version of that person from a parallel universe, in which he would have had very different influential life experiences. But still, 10.5 is very clearly *not* an exact copy of Ten, because he's at least a little bit Donna. You can't just fob a different person off on Rose and expect that to be unproblematic.