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24 September 2012 @ 01:23 pm
another "The Power of Three" thought  
Actually, two thoughts.

1. There were two little moments that struck me, both to do with food. One is when Rory is gently teasing his dad about "Brian's Log," and takes a sip of tea; you can see that the tea is too hot and burns him. The other is at the end, where Amy is fishing a hair out of her noodles. In an episode that's all about "real life" versus "Doctor life," as Rory puts it, I rather love that there are these two little realistic, utterly unromantic touches to the Ponds' everyday lives.

2. Has fandom collectively determined a chronology for season 7 yet? Since Eleven mentions Rory leaving his phone charger in Henry VIII's on-suite in "A Town Called Mercy" but they don't visit Henry VIII until "The Power of Three," at least part of the latter episode has to happen before the former. And where does "Pond Life" fit in? My current guess is that when the Doctor barges into their bedroom in one of the minisodes, he's expecting them to be in the middle of the events of "The Power of Three," but that's mostly a hunch based on that shot of them in bed, and also the fact that Chris Chibnall wrote "Pond Life" as well as "The Power of Three." I'm hesitant to make any other guesses based on wardrobe - like Amy's striped sweater - because it's always a possibility that they had limited costume options on hand for "Pond Life," since they filmed it after the season wrapped (which is why Karen is wearing that wig to hide her new fringe), and people do tend to wear their favorite clothes more often; Amy's wearing the same yellow polka-dot shirt, which I loved so much at the end of "Dinosaurs," in "The Power of Three," but I have a hard time seeing that as significant since the latter episode spans the better part of a year, and the wardrobe budget is presumably only so large. But who knows?

Anyway, I wonder if someone with more patience than I (and who has downloaded the episodes for repeat viewing) has worked out a theory of when things have happened. And whether the Doctor is moving through the Ponds' life in a different order than they're living it. I can't remember whether Rory looks like he knows what the Doctor is talking about when the Doctor makes the Henry VIII comment, since I wasn't paying close attention to that at the time; maybe it's a slip-up on the Doctor's part?

In news that is actually not as related as it looks, I stopped in at the bookstore yesterday on my walk home because...of reasons?, and found a lovely 50th Anniversary edition of A Wrinkle in Time in the children's section. I didn't buy it, but I really, really wanted to have someone to buy it *for*. Anyway, I found myself thinking about how much I loved those books, especially A Swiftly Tilting Planet - and suddenly it was like someone had hit me upside the head with realization, and I had to stop myself from exclaiming "Time can be rewritten!" out loud in the store. Of course I love that storytelling move of Moffat's so much, when I read that book so often and loved it so dearly. It's obvious, when you think about it; it's embedded in my narrative DNA.
Emily-- Toppington von Monocle: eleven wall [doctor who]sadcypress on September 24th, 2012 09:56 pm (UTC)
I think fans have a theory that the Doctor is spending so much time with the Ponds right now because he's actually already told them goodbye- he's gained another 100 years of life in his last report, so there's definitely a lot going on that we're not seeing...
tempestsarekind: eleven wears a fez nowtempestsarekind on September 25th, 2012 02:07 am (UTC)
Did he get another 100 years older? I totally missed that!

I would be perfectly fine with that theory, as long as it doesn't mean the Ponds are tragically inaccessible for some reason. When the Doctor said "Never them" to Brian, I got seriously worried, because, like "I'm going to stay with you forever," that is just tempting fate! But if he's already said goodbye to them and knows that they're safe, then it's actually the truth rather than willful hope...

Ugh, this week is going to be SO LONG.
harder, harder, hardest; i am the artist: dr who -- eleven | space gandalfradiantbaby on September 25th, 2012 09:06 am (UTC)
Did he get another 100 years older? I totally missed that!

He said that he was 1200 years old (in 'A Town Called Mercy', I believe), but the last time we heard him say his age was when the older!Eleven was chatting with River in the diner at the beginning of 'The Impossible Astronaut' and he says he's 1103 (and that, in his timeline, would be the end of the events of S6, of course). But then he could be just rounding? Much like him saying he was 900-something for ages as the Ninth and Tenth Doctor, despite being 945 or so when he was the Seventh Doctor.

Edited at 2012-09-25 09:07 am (UTC)
tempestsarekind: eleven is awkwardtempestsarekind on September 25th, 2012 04:48 pm (UTC)
Oh, Doctor, you are so bad with dates. :) It's so hard to know what's significant on this show!
harder, harder, hardest; i am the artist: dr who -- eleven | library cardradiantbaby on September 26th, 2012 04:53 am (UTC)
Oh, Doctor, you are so bad with dates. :)

I know, right? I mean, I just assumed the 900-ish thing during his Ninth and Tenth regenerations was due to a) 900 being the Time Lord equivalent of 30, b) worrying that if he said his real age (which I once saw a timeline someone sketched out of all the ages references he's ever made, including Big Finish, and back then -- in 2007 or so -- he was about 1200) his companions would be put-off*, and c) the Tenth Doctor was really a mid-life crisis kind of guy (the only explanation that makes sense to me regarding his relationship with Rose, TBH), so I can see him lying about his age as means of denial.

At least he's gotten back to saying he's older now, especially with nice little gaps that future writers can play with (part of what I hated about him aging a literal year in-text each season from S1-S4).

* The romantically interested ones, at least. He wouldn't want to seem like a Dirty Old Man or something.
tempestsarekind: eleventempestsarekind on September 26th, 2012 05:21 pm (UTC)
Hee. It's like the way that 99 cents is supposed to feel much cheaper than a dollar: 900 years is old, but 1000 is Creepy. :)

I like the gaps as well; it seems like an easier situation for the writers than trying to keep the show completely parallel with air dates at all times!
harder, harder, hardest; i am the artist: dr who -- rory/amy/eleven | weddingradiantbaby on September 25th, 2012 09:00 am (UTC)
That's what I've been hearing too. I can't wait to see if that's right or if its all a red herring.
tempestsarekind: amy and her boystempestsarekind on September 25th, 2012 04:45 pm (UTC)
It's such an intriguing idea, isn't it? It reminds me of the whole thing with the Doctor's jacket in S5, which I was of two minds about right until the finale. I guess we'll soon find out if this is more than a theory as well!