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14 May 2011 @ 10:42 pm
The Doctor's Wife  
I loved all of it, basically. Special praise goes to Suranne Jones, who got that mad, strange, nowhere-and-everywhereness just right. There's so much going on in her performance all at once, in flickers and bits; she manages to play several emotions at any given time, and she's flighty and utterly grounded at the same time. I love the thing with the tenses, because of course the TARDIS would find verb tenses so strange and limiting. (Also: "I always took you where you needed to go." It's a perfect line, because we all kind of knew that to be true--Neil Gaiman mentions in the Confidential [yes, of course I watched it this week] that the episode basically "grew itself" around that conversation--and Suranne plays it wonderfully, just the slightest hint of affront and reproach under the line.) And Matt Smith, can we talk about your face, and how it's brilliant? When Idris leaves, and he works his jaw in that peculiar way, readjusting the mask after he's let it slip and those boyish tears have come out...oh my heart. And his body language is so closed-off and oddly prim there--hands closed in fists, close to his chest. I love the choices he makes.

Okay, a tiny microscopic bit of meta: I do love that, at the end, the Doctor, heartbroken, thinks the thing Idris never got to say to him is "goodbye"--because that word defines the Doctor in so many ways, and he loses so much, so often--and of course, it's not "goodbye" she wants; it's hello. Because he still has what he's always had, and that's her.

And your weekly dose of "I heart Amy/Rory": I love that Amy's mental image for "delight" is her wedding day. I'm skating a bit over the House's mind games with Amy, because that feels very meta already as well--the House playing on her fears and guilt. But the walls with all that vituperation toward Amy scrawled on them, which mind!Rory must have written before dying: that was chilling, and very sad. Poor Amy.

But the fact that Rory is "the pretty one" makes me happy again, so there is that.

Also, on the Confidential: Arthur. My love. What is that shirt?
Constant Reader: doctor who - martha <3skirmish_of_wit on May 15th, 2011 04:26 am (UTC)
Oh, I love that the TARDIS doesn't know names! She calls the Doctor her thief, and Rory is the pretty one (YES, YES HE IS, THANK YOU TARDIS) (not that Amy isn't, obviously)... wait, do we find out how she thinks of Amy? And I wonder how she distinguishes the various other companions from each other.

And I also think that Neil Gaiman managed to create a situation in which a woman naming herself "Sexy" is actually not objectifying her! I think because "sexy" is such a playful and inadequate word for how the Doctor clearly feels about the TARDIS and (we discover) vice versa? And the TARDIS' human form is all about the wonders and limitations of language itself, from names to verb tenses to standard human greeting protocols to "alive."

I have managed to be somewhat more coherent here than I was on my lj but I am dangerously near to devolving into "EEEEEEEEEE" so I will leave this here!

tempestsarekind: a sort of fairytaletempestsarekind on May 15th, 2011 07:18 pm (UTC)
Amy is "the orangey one," a fact that fills me with glee. I also wonder what other sorts of descriptors the TARDIS has used for companions, over the years...

Re: "sexy"--I hadn't thought of that while I was watching the episode, but you're right: now that I think of it, that could have gone really, really badly! It helps, of course, that we know that Eleven actually did call the TARDIS "sexy" when he first saw the new interior, but I think you've pegged it: the Doctor doesn't mean that word in the straightforward sense, and we know that it encompasses a wide range of feelings.

And the TARDIS' human form is all about the wonders and limitations of language itself

I'm basically just quoting this because it makes me happy. :)
viomisehuntviomisehunt on May 15th, 2011 03:11 pm (UTC)
I thought that was the most fey piece of writing ever, but what made it wonderful was that the actors were perfectly up to snuff. Mad dialog, but I didn't feel like I was being yelled at but watching two wondefully mad beings in a dance.

But-- Bunk beds.
tempestsarekind: amy and her boystempestsarekind on May 15th, 2011 07:21 pm (UTC)
Perhaps it's an indication of how thoroughly I've acclimated to the territory of Doctor Who that I was surprised to see you use the word "fey" to describe this episode. "It all seemed perfectly reasonable to me," I thought. And then remembered that it was an episode about a spaceship that becomes human...
the real kwon: fake the restbookelfe on May 15th, 2011 07:26 pm (UTC)
Matt Smith pretty much played this episode perfectly. His reaction when he found out the Timelord distress signals were a fakeout, too - heartbreaking and absolutely right.
tempestsarekind: eleventempestsarekind on May 15th, 2011 07:57 pm (UTC)
Yes, and I love the way he underplays a lot of those moments, too: "I thought I had friends here" is much sadder for me because it was understated.
Neaneadods on May 16th, 2011 02:15 am (UTC)
Also, on the Confidential: Arthur. My love. What is that shirt?

Seriously! That man should not be allowed to dress himself.
tempestsarekind: rory died and turned into a romantempestsarekind on May 16th, 2011 06:43 pm (UTC)
He's usually not quite that bad! I mean, even the sweater with all the birds on it had a subdued color palette.
La Reine Noire: Richard - squee!lareinenoire on May 17th, 2011 02:43 am (UTC)
I'm afraid I have nothing even remotely coherent to say aside from OMG NEIL GAIMAN SHIPS MY OTP.

But, really, it was such a gorgeous episode. The words were magical, the delivery was perfect, and, oh, goodness, that one horrible scene where Amy came across the graffiti false!Rory has written all over the wall was positively chilling.

Also, YAY for Amy's image of "delight" being her wedding day. Make that two of my OTPs that Gaiman ships. ;)
tempestsarekind: rory and amytempestsarekind on May 17th, 2011 09:14 pm (UTC)
Neil Gaiman kept saying in interviews that he was really happy that he'd gotten to rewrite the episode with Rory in it this time. Clearly he does ship Amy/Rory as well as Doctor/TARDIS (which also means giving the poor Ponds psychological trauma, because it wouldn't be Gaiman *or* Doctor Who without that).

I just loved it. I need it to be on DVD already so that I can watch it over and over again while I eat breakfast.
litlover12 on May 22nd, 2011 02:04 am (UTC)
I can't WAIT to read your take on the new one. :-) Rory heroics FTW!
tempestsarekind: rory died and turned into a romantempestsarekind on May 22nd, 2011 04:52 pm (UTC)
1) Rory, why are you so awesome?
2) Rory, please don't die (again).
litlover12 on May 22nd, 2011 04:58 pm (UTC)
How many times has he died now?
tempestsarekind: rory and amytempestsarekind on May 22nd, 2011 05:31 pm (UTC)
Let's see...I think he's only technically died twice. But if you add in almost-deaths or mind-game-deaths, that ups the total to four.
litlover12 on May 22nd, 2011 05:46 pm (UTC)
Poor thing, it must be getting terribly tedious!
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on May 22nd, 2011 05:48 pm (UTC)
I'm sure! Though he doesn't actually know about or remember two of them, at least. :)