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26 December 2010 @ 05:05 pm
A Christmas Carol  
Short version: loved the timey-wimey bits; not so sure about the shark.

That said, if I read the special as the mash-up of Dickens and Peter Pan that it clearly is--with the Doctor as an inadvertent Captain Hook as well as Peter Pan flying into the nursery--then the shark makes more sense to me. (And I loved that shot of the Doctor framed by the window, longing to be let in by Kazran.) And I did quite like the way the episode handled the "Christmas future" bit, with the Doctor showing the little boy the future man he'd become--I wasn't expecting it, and I found it quite moving. Time travel ftw.

And I liked that for all that little-boy-Kazran (whom I adored) has clearly imprinted on Eleven, like Amy but unlike with Amy, the Doctor manages to be properly there this time (little Kazran has a fez! bless), it's Abigail who lives like the Doctor, in brief stopovers while everyone else is on the slow path. "I'll see you in a minute--I mean, in a year," the Doctor says, and Abigail could say the same.

Also, I might have seal-clapped when I saw Arthur Darvill's name in the credits, causing my mother to look at me like I was nuts. Maybe. Also--the Ponds and costumes: clearly A Thing.

I may have more to say about the episode (and the trailer, OMG) once: a) my finger stops hurting, ouch--I don't know quite what I did to it; and b) I've had a chance to watch it again.
Constant Reader: doctor who - rainbow tardisskirmish_of_wit on December 26th, 2010 11:05 pm (UTC)
I love how the sonic screwdriver manages to move the plot along even when it's bitten in half. Bless!

I was upset with the fact that Abigail got fridged (literally!), even though it was clear from the first mention of the number on her freezer that she was going to die.

I loved the costumes! AMY/RORY ♥ Really my main complaint about the episode was just that there wasn't enough Amy or Rory. I love this TARDIS team so freaking much. It's funny, given how unimpressed I was with the idea of Matt Smith and how generally quite impressed I am with anything involving David Tennant, that I so much prefer Eleven over Ten. (But, then, Moffat!) ANYhoodle, I am going to be very, very sad when it is time for them to part ways.
tempestsarekind: rory and amytempestsarekind on December 27th, 2010 08:26 pm (UTC)
Yes--Abigail's fate was pretty well determined from early on, but still. Bah humbug, as it were.

And that is kind of my main complaint as well--more Amy and Rory, please!

(My mom watched the Christmas special with me, and her only mumbled comment was, "I like the old one better." It's a mark of how much I love Matt Smith and Eleven that I was disappointed by this response. Er, and then made my mom watch "The Eleventh Hour" and "Vincent and the Doctor." I'm not sure she was convinced, but I tried my best.)
viomisehuntviomisehunt on December 28th, 2010 09:09 pm (UTC)
I liked it. I was prepared to cringe; so glad I was wrong about Abagail! It was nice Classic Doctor Who, very Christmasy, and very British. I'm liking Moffat's controversy free Doctor Who. The cable station guide where I live describes Doctor Who as: A low-budget cult favorite about the journeys through the universe of a time-traveling eccentric.
And the show return to being that. (Well, I don't know about low-budget) Moffat has avoided the "first" and "relevancy" trap that RTD seemed to embrace in trying to making DW "current" nor is he trying over much to make Doctor seem a more accessible modern hero, and he's writing stories with both hands on the PC. Even with the shippy elements of Season 3-4 the show never for my teenage grandkids: but my youngest likes the show -- well not as much as she likes Supernatural. Me, I'm not running for the set the way I did for the Third Season, but I'm not deliberately turning away as I did with the second season. I enjoy watching the show.
tempestsarekind: eleven and amytempestsarekind on December 29th, 2010 11:28 pm (UTC)
Yes, I liked it too! It's not my favorite Moffat episode, but I enjoyed it (and thought the leads were adorable, as always).

I think Moffat is borrowing more overtly from fairy tales and children's stories, and RTD/the RTD era tended to borrow a lot from modern culture (news media, stories about dieting and global warming).