TL;DR: I'm watching the 2005 Dr Who for the first time, with my fanatic friend guiding me along the way. Tune in for my thoughts on each episode as I watch them. Until I get to more recent episodes, there will be unmarked spoilers.
Also, I decided not to do these formal reviews here anymore since they take too long to write and they'll probably bore you anyway. Expect extemporaneous reactions from now (8/14/2012) on.
So, the other night, my friend Chris and I were hanging out and something came up that reminded him of a moment from a Doctor Who
episode. We went on YouTube
later and couldn't find a clip of it, so we decided to look up the episode on Netflix. Long story short, he got the idea to make me watch the entire series from start to finish, since I had never seen a single episode despite having been meaning to for a long time.
And that we did!! (Or at least, started.) About a half hour ago we went through the first two episodes of the Ninth Doctor. And, I decided that since this forum is full of Dr Who
fans, I might as well "blog" my experience with it here. I'll give my own opinions and (if possible) some stray observations from myself and Chris. So, here we are:
Series 1, Episode 1: "Rose" The Plot, According to Me:
Now this is a story all about how Rose Tyler's life got flipped upside down, and I'd like to take a minute so chill your nerves, because she meets the Doctor and helps him save the Earth. My Opinion:
For a first episode of a new series/reboot, it certainly worked for me in terms of being entertaining and introducing some basic concepts. (I did feel like if I didn't really have any background info then I'd be a tad confused about the Sonic Screwdriver, though.) I will fully admit that I didn't really find Christopher Eccleston
as engaging as I would've hoped, but I acknowledge that it's a common complaint people have about the first series. Rose seemed fine enough, and the supporting cast was just alright to me, though I do feel like I could've gotten a better sense of everyone. One thing that seemed a bit strange about Rose to me is that it almost seemed like one second she was very confused about her situation, then a second later she would be hyper-competent. In terms of enjoyment, though, this didn't really get in the way. I thought it was fun.
And, of course, I can't neglect to mention the glorious special effects
. But, then, it's cheesy British sci-fi, so I really can't ask for more Stray Observations:
- Trash cans don't burp!
- Chris noted that the man who had been obsessively tracking the Doctor didn't seem to have any pictures of any of his previous incarnations, which one would think he would have, especially considering that he knows him to be a Legacy Character (even if he was mistaken about how it works).
- The skin color of the alien who copied Rose's boyfriend keeps changing from shot to shot. Not even due to the lighting or anything, it just randomly gets lighter and darker on a whim.
Series 1, Episode 2: "The End of the World" The Plot, According to Me:
After busting their asses to save the Earth, Rose and the Doctor go over 5 million years into the future to watch it asplode. I think the moral of the story is plastic surgery makes you evil. My Opinion:
A perfect second episode, I'd say. Not only do we get a bit more backstory on the Doctor and learn a bit more about Rose's personality, but the series' main gimmick is fully taken advantage of, that being the TARDIS, showing exactly what the writers are able to do with the plots. It is a very navel gaze-y episode, and I don't think that it's a coincidence that they decided to dedicate an episode to the Earth's eventual end right after the protagonists prevented it from happening prematurely. I especially love the parts with Rose just contemplating about the situation, looking down at the Earth and realizing how insignificant the entirety of its history seems in the grand scheme of things. The episode's main plot was decent enough, with Cassandra being the perpetrator being a twist I legitimately did not see coming but didn't feel like it was too out of left field. I do feel like Rose's "The Reason You Suck" Speech
that she gave her lays it on a bit thick, but it's whatever. Didn't really detract from the episode as a whole for me.
I have to admit, though, the jukebox gag was immensely silly. Stray Observations
- Chris and I both had to wonder: Why the hell would you make it so that your only protection from the dangerous exploding star in front of you can be disabled with the click of a single button on a keyboard?!??
- I was a bit perturbed by the Doctor just letting Cassandra wither away like that. Maybe that was intentional? I dunno.
- The Steward reminded me of C3PO.
- Heh, Repeated Meme. That's clever.
Tune in next time for the next two episodes!
edited 13th Aug '12 9:54:00 PM by 0dd1