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03 July 2010 @ 09:35 pm
...I really need *not* to write some long, babbling post about how Moffat sees Doctor Who as a comedy, and therefore hope is key to the finale. Even though, after trawling the internet for reviews and meta, I did read a post that mentioned hope, and the light bulb went on: one of the reasons I love Twelfth Night best, and feel the need to Have Words with people who say that Viola is weak or passive, is because hope itself is a willed action, a choice that has to be made, stubbornly, in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. And the finale--and this season as a whole, in some ways--is very much about that. Which is one of many reasons that I love Rory as much as I do: he absolutely embodies that hopeful stubbornness that comedy needs, putting his trust in a madman with a mop and a fez while he waits and protects. And it's Amy all over--both as Amy Pond, and as little Amelia, "looking like a child" in the best way, seeing the world as a place of possibilities.

Also: ridiculous miracles. What is comedy about, if not ridiculous miracles? About snatching back hope from the darkness--about believing, fiercely, even as the stars have gone from the sky?
litlover12 on July 4th, 2010 03:38 am (UTC)
I don't even watch the show and I love the way you write about it. :-)
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on July 4th, 2010 07:06 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you! (Of course I would feel negligent if I didn't recommend Doctor Who here, but I suppose it is something of a commitment.)
litlover12 on July 4th, 2010 07:09 pm (UTC)
It does appear to be. :-) But maybe one of these days . . .
tempestsarekind: eleven and amytempestsarekind on July 5th, 2010 07:10 pm (UTC)
Although I think this season that just wrapped (season five of the relaunched series) actually makes a good place to start, because the show has a new Doctor, a new companion, and a new showrunner/head writer and production team. There are occasional references to previous seasons, but not that many.

And perversely, because there's just so much Doctor Who, it kind of gives you the liberty to jump in at somewhat arbitrary spots, just keeping the basic concept in mind: alien travels through time and space in a blue police box, taking people along for the ride. (None of that is to say that you should feel the need to watch the show, but if you *were* by chance thinking about doing it but feeling overwhelmed, I think S5 is a pretty good place to start.)
litlover12 on July 5th, 2010 11:45 pm (UTC)
I appreciate the help! I'm sure I'd be overwhelmed if I attempted to dive right in without a little guidance.
tempestsarekind: eleven is awkwardtempestsarekind on July 6th, 2010 12:21 am (UTC)
I guess that is the problem with a show that's been on for decades... :)