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26 June 2010 @ 06:34 pm
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(Cue Drew Barrymore in Never Been Kissed--yes, I know--going, "That's literally never happened to me before! Words are my life!")

Seriously, though, I can't think of anything of substance to say about the finale. I'm just making gleeful faces and happy burbling noises. Possibly on a rewatch I'll come up with nitpicks, but right now it's all glee-faces over here.

Oh, one thing, though: Matt Smith, ILU. The Doctor is facing down the possibility that he might cease to exist, and saying goodbye to little Amelia just in case (while telling her the story that will bring him back), and it was lovely. Just beautiful and restrained and tender and heartbreaking. He's trying so hard to put on a brave face, but he's scared--scared as this Doctor lets himself be, maybe can't stop himself from being. One of the things that's been delightful about watching him is that for all that his reactions sometimes seem like they come from another planet (that strange business with the sonic screwdriver in the "Angels" bit, for example: he is distracted by a gadget he sees all the time, absorbed enough that his second self can just swan in and have a conversation with Amy), his emotions are so simple and open.

And the show gets all meta on us there: "We're all stories in the end. Just make it a good one, eh? 'Cause it was, you know. It was the best. A daft old man who stole a magic box--and ran away." In-text and out of it, the Doctor is a story--maybe every story, every good wizard who ever was. Certainly one of the best ones. That's the voice of someone who loves the show, right there. "I don't belong here anymore," the Doctor says, old, old sorrow in his eyes--an old man being left behind by a new world. But Amy's stubborn belief brings him back, makes him a part of that world, too. You may draw parallels to the show's fans at your leisure. (And I love how much this season has been about stories, and how that continues here: the girl with the fairy-tale name, the patient centurion, the Pandorica.)

Also, "Something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue." ♥

Also also, we get to keep Rory! And he's no longer plastic! ("Trust the plastic"--hee. I love Rory's oddball sarcasm, and the way he takes the strangest things in stride.) This makes me very happy.

Speaking of Rory (sort of): Amy, oh, oh, Amy. She can say "I love you" like it's nothing, now. The Doctor gave her that, by closing the cracks and giving her back the life she never had.
Constant Readerskirmish_of_wit on June 26th, 2010 11:04 pm (UTC)
I still have not come out of the squee zone into the intelligent words zone. All I can think is that I WANT FIC, I have never shipped an OT3 or OT4 until now, and fic must tide me over for the next SIX MONTHS (!!!).

I never expected to love Matt Smith as much as I do. He is phenomenal. Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill are too. And Alex Kingston! And Steven Moffat! I am just FULL OF LOVE.

I want to watch the whole season again from start to finish just to BASK in its GLORY.
tempestsarekind: eleven and amytempestsarekind on June 26th, 2010 11:09 pm (UTC)
I'm feeling very "I love everyone!" right now. I can't remember the last time I felt that way after a Doctor Who finale--since even the good ones had all that tragedy jammed in.

I was very, very worried about Amy/Rory, because I got the two of them, but they weren't in a place where marriage made sense. (Plus, you know, he was an Auton and all.) But the odd grace of this episode is that Amy isn't that broken girl anymore. She still wants adventure, but she's not running from anything now.

Edited at 2010-06-26 11:10 pm (UTC)
Gileonnen: You and Igileonnen on June 27th, 2010 12:06 am (UTC)

tempestsarekind: a sort of fairytaletempestsarekind on June 27th, 2010 12:16 am (UTC)
I know, I know, RORY! I am so, so happy about that, because I have been dreading Bad Things this whole time. And then when he got turned into an Auton and the Doctor was all, "Whatever you do, don't go near--" I was like, "oh no, we're going to lose him." So I *loved* that the broken things of their lives got repaired. Love.


Haha, yes! I love that it's saving the world with a story, with Amy just trusting her memory and her will enough to bring him back: "I saved the others, I can bring you back home too!" Oh, Amy.
Constant Readerskirmish_of_wit on June 27th, 2010 01:07 am (UTC)
The best part about this is that because Moffat set up the power of Amy's memory in the very first episode, and because the series has returned to that theme over and over again (but tweaked each time!), this solution doesn't even seem like a deus ex machina. ALSO, and what I possibly like VERY BEST: of all the personality traits and acts to make heroic, memory must be the closest thing to universal that you can find. It's just so deeply redemptive, so wonderfully powerful -- and so deliberately OPPOSITE of what happens to Donna that I can't help but see it as a corrective to the notion that a delicate human ladybrain couldn't possibly handle all that Time Lord truthiness (whereas 10.5's part-human manbrain clearly had no problems with it).

tempestsarekind: eleven and amytempestsarekind on June 27th, 2010 01:19 am (UTC)
Yes! It isn't "oh hey, my extra hand can grow a new me, even though nothing in this whole season has hinted that this is a possibility!" Amy's memory has been crucial throughout.

I can't help but see it as a corrective to the notion that a delicate human ladybrain couldn't possibly handle all that Time Lord truthiness

1)does this mean that Ten = Stephen Colbert?
2) It's also, for me, a corrective to the idea that being the most special woman in all of creation = getting Time Lord science jammed into your head. (This continues to rankle.) But Amy saves the day because she remembers, because she believes. And as you point out, anyone can do that, if they're willing to try. *hearts*

It's like, we've got River, who knows more than anyone, who is skilled and has tools and knowledge that rivals the Doctor's, and that's excellent. But we've also got faith, and steadiness (Rooooory! ♥ ), and love being held up and praised by the narrative as well.
viomisehuntviomisehunt on June 27th, 2010 04:59 am (UTC)
I can't wait to see this. Right now Weeping because I'm doing two double shifts in a row and I was looking forward to seeing Vincent and the Doctor. Oh well' there is Tuesday.... Sounds like the Doctor is back in the house!
tempestsarekind: eleven and amytempestsarekind on June 27th, 2010 06:39 pm (UTC)
Well, I certainly enjoyed it. :) But you still have "Vincent" to look forward to, and that one was an absolute treat for me.
clean all the things!!!: amy pondthepresidentrix on June 28th, 2010 06:48 pm (UTC)
Augh! I still don't have time to type up all my Thoughts, and - just as you say - it's hard to hear my own brain over the sound of all the squee! This was just such a completely fantastic, adorable, charismatic, wonderful season, and everything worked together in a thrilling, moving way. Right now, I don't want to talk about anything but Doctor, Doctor, Doctor, LOL. It is two days later, and I am still carrying around my happy afterglow. Like nothing bad can touch me!

Because somehow, everybody including Rory made it! Oh, sweet relief! Poor Rory, I love them all so much, and I was so afraid that he was going to be the sacrificial lamb whose death (or never-birth) would buy a provisionally acceptable ending for everyone else - and, indeed, the universe. But instead he was magnificent *and* human *and* plastic, and he earned his own place in legend right alongside Amy and River and the Doctor, not by transcending his 'goose egg' personality, but by being exactly who he's been all along.

And Matt Smith was beyond wonderful, and Amy was fantastic (AND YOU ARE LATE FOR *MY* WEDDING/why, you're my tiny little dad!), and I really loved River in this one. (Though I will observe: Time of Angels River comes between Big Bang River and Silence in the Library River, but I thought the more tolerable, reflective River we see here seemed more mature than the flip, supposedly-later River to come). And THE DOCTOR GETS TO KEEP THEM ALL! He doesn't lose anybody! Not today, anyway.

And, oh, could it be any better? (Only if we got to see another episode RIGHT NAO). This is the way I felt about The Office as of a couple years ago. I was convinced that Jim and Pam were real, and I thought if only I could go to Scranton, we could all be bestest friends.

Ugh, must study, but in conclusion (for now) and in the category of eight actors in Britain: Rory = Tip Dorrit. MIND BLOWN.
tempestsarekind: rory and amytempestsarekind on June 28th, 2010 07:22 pm (UTC)
Starting backwards: Rory = Tip Dorrit. MIND BLOWN.

I KNOW. I was telling my mother about this last night--she doesn't watch Doctor Who and hasn't seen Little Dorrit, so it was totally silly, but I NEEDED to talk about my show!--and I cannot make the two of them into the same actor. I just can't. When I found out Arthur Darvill was Tip, I even watched part of Little Dorrit again, and I still couldn't make my brain accept this as fact.

But yes, oh yes, Rory. Like you, I was worried (okay, increasingly convinced, especially after he became an Auton) that he would be the sacrifice. But he wasn't! And he gets to travel too! And the Doctor likes him and praised him! And yes, absolutely--Rory stays Rory. I know there's a reading of his arc that says he gets made more "masculine" and heroic by becoming the centurion...but Rory's been a hero all along. He's willing to throw himself in front of vampires and ray guns to protect the ones he cares about; here he just accepts that being plastic allows him to protect them for longer. And I love that part of what he wants to protect Amy from is simply being alone.

Amy's "Raggedy Man" speech gives me chills, it really does. It's so hopeful and poignant and powerful, and Karen does it so well. Childhood stories make us who we are, they matter, and the episode knows that.

And Matt Smith broke my heart at least twice: that scene with little Amelia mentioned in the post (eeep), and his conversation with Amy when he's in the Pandorica. I don't know how Matt Smith manages to look so weary, but the way Eleven talks to Amy there is just amazing, so old and tender. And the way he says "You won't need your imaginary friend anymore" and "Crying over me, eh?"--it makes me cry.

viomisehuntviomisehunt on June 29th, 2010 09:46 pm (UTC)
I think we'll be okay with Moffat and team for awhile as long as Moffat doesn't fall into the same trap RTD fell into, and in a way it was our fault as DT fans. RTD began to write the The David Tennant Show, which was okay--but he was sooooooo sad. And RTD can write controversy, and confrontation, but I couldn't see anything as lyrical as Vincent and the Doctor coming out of his season. The closet he got was Girl in the Fireplace -- and Human Nature to a point. Moffat is a good story-teller.
tempestsarekind: ten is a bookwormtempestsarekind on June 30th, 2010 02:24 am (UTC)
I certainly couldn't imagine *Ten* in "Vincent and the Doctor," that's for sure: I tried, when I first saw it, and couldn't make it work.

Even if Moffat did start writing The Matt Smith Show, I would probably prefer it to The David Tennant Show--not because I don't love David Tennant, because I do, but The Matt Smith Show (based on what I've seen so far) would have a lot less angst.