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I liked the plot and idea of this arc, but I had a few problems with details. I also liked the library planet, which I wish really existed because I would live there and be blissfully happy. :)

My first problem is that I didn't like River Song. Once again, someone has fallen in love with the Doctor, and he obviously becomes very fond of her, too. However, I'm tired of women falling in love with the Doctor. I thought it was nice with Rose, but now it just seems like capitalizing on DT's sex appeal. There are many different sorts of relationships that do not require one member of the relationship to have romantic feelings toward the other. One reason I am really enjoying Donna this season is the fact that she treats the Doctor like a little brother. It is very sweet without any romantic interaction. It is also different from the first three seasons which had companions with romantic intentions toward the Doctor. I was talking to [ profile] tallulah99 and she put it best - "The Doctor managed to go like 40 years without having a love interest of any kind and in the last three they have given him Rose (OTP if you ask me), Reinette AND Martha."

I also want to know who else knows the Doctor's name. The fangirl in me hopes it is Rose, but the realist thinks it may have been his wife or the Master or someone like that. Once again, this may just be the fangirl in me, but if Rose is so important to him, when he is near-death, I think that he would be thinking about her. Throughout series 3 and 4, I just want a little acknowledgement that he hasn't forgot her, especially at the points in the show where he thinks he isn't going to survive.

Finally, I love Donna more and more each episode. I think I might have enjoyed the B-story more in this episode, actually. Donna's story was so touching and sweet, and I'm sad that she missed the guy she married while in CAL. There hasn't been a companion yet in the revival who wanted a family and normal home like Donna. Though she enjoys traveling, I think she will eventually meet someone, hop off the TARDIS, and never look back.

More generally, I'm afraid of the end of this series. I foresee much angst, and I don't like a sad Doctor. I'm thinking Donna is going to die and Rose is going to either die or choose to go back to the alternate world. I'm tired of sadaloneANGST!Doctor. Can TPTB just give him a break? Just a little happiness? I miss the happier and goofier Doctor of the first 2 series. I'm invested in the character and I don't want to see him kicked while he's down anymore. :(

Guh, waiting for the next four episodes is going to be painful. I really want to just get to the end of this series, but at the same time, I don't want it to be over because of the aforementioned speculation. Guh.

Date: 2008-06-12 04:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, I'm with you. The whole oh-god-there-goes-another-chick-in-love-with-the-Doctor thing is really, really old. There's no question it's a popular theme, but for god's sake let's aim for more creativity here.

Also, while I love Moffat's writing, this episode had some serious cheese factor and some weird plot holes. The name "River Song" had better have some significance to it, because otherwise it sounds like a Mary Sue name straight out of fanfic. (Either that, or a brand of douche.) I could also do without the whole One True Companion thing altogether.

Date: 2008-06-12 04:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Like I said, capitalizing on DT's sex appeal. They never would have done this to the first doctor.

I myself love a little cheese and I like my sci-fi with the cheese factor. I don't want everything to be dramatic all the time in sci-fi, and that's why I like shows like Firefly, which are hilarious, or Dr Who, which is cheesy at times. I embrace the cheese. I mean, I watch Ugly Betty, which thrives on camp.

I think it has to do something with 'The Planet of the Ood' and the song they sing. They said at the end of the episode something about songs ending soon for the Doctor. I chalk it up to typical cryptic Dr. Who writing that has no significance until the last 2-3 episodes.

I like the One True Companion thing though, because I like Rose.

Date: 2008-06-12 12:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You'll just have to nevermind DM. She is allergic to romantic subplots. How she ever got all fluttery over Jareth and Sarah; I will never know.

What REALLY kills me is the number of times you hear the writer or director or whoever making the comment about the flavor-of-the-month 'the Doctor realizes that this could be the love of his life'. WTF!!! I mean, I know he lives a long ass time, but how many loves-of-his-life can he freaking HAVE? I have heard Rose, Rinette AND River Song referred to that way. Have some freaking consistency, guys. For realz.

See I like to think of it this way: He lived 900 years with no real romantic interests (On screen anyway. I don't think much of anything is known about his wife and child(ren)). After the trauma of the Time War he meets Rose and falls in love with her. They get tragically separated, but he still loves HER and doesn't run off and hook up with every other female he stumbles across for the rest of his life. Freaking Stephen Moffat...

A lot of people are theorizing that Donna is going to kick it this season. I hope not. I like her. Let her meet a nice man and go home to be with him.

Also - Rose had BETTER die (assuming the 'they live happily ever after' thing is rather unlikely). If she CHOOSES to go back to her world and leave him I WILL FREAKING FLIP OUT.

Date: 2008-06-12 03:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I don't want Donna to die either, but I think she will anyway. :(

Yea, but she may have to choose to leave him to keep the universes from imploding or some such nonsense. I blame Billie Piper. Why did she want to go pursue other acting opportnities? We like her on Dr. Who.

Date: 2008-06-14 03:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well, the Dcotor and his first wife, Patience, had twelve kids aso I think they were married for a good long time. If I had twelve kids, it would take me 900 years to think about having sex again, too. Maybe he's just er, um, perking up again?

I think Rose is his main squeeze, but there's no way she's going to live into the 51st century, which is when River song is alive and kicking. And I didn't get the impression that his 51st century self was as madly in love with her as he is with Rose. So I think River is, a few centuries after Rose, his third wife/honey/significant other.

Let's just pray that Billie Piper comes to her senses and comes back next season!!!!!!!!


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