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Jul 23

So, do you comfort a lot of people on the night before their wedding?

Day 12: Scene/Moment that makes you giggle

The scene that I’ve chosen is amusing on its own, but it becomes really funny the more you think about it, to the point where it’s freaking hilarious upon any rewatch.

The scene in question is when Amy propositions the Doctor the night before her wedding. The Doctor’s extraordinarily uncomfortable reaction is fantastic. The arm flailing? Classic. Amy’s persistence is great. The pacing of the scene is flawless. So it’s funny the first time.

And then you learn a lot of things. This is what it is on rewatch: Amy and the Doctor have just crawled out of the Byzantium with River Song, who they do not yet know is Amy’s daughter. Also the Doctor’s wife. The Doctor is Amy’s son-in-law. Amy attempts to seduce him on the night before her wedding to Rory. It gets funnier the more you think about it. Just try.

Jul 22

Take it away.

Day 11: Scene/Moment that makes you cry

In the spirit of theme, you should know that I’m watching the Buffy episode entitled “Becoming Pt. 2” as I write this.

Okay so, like many emotionally stunted people, I don’t cry. But if I did, it would happen during the scene in which Donna hears the song that the Ood captives sing. Donna’s emotional moments always sneak up, and they’re always powerful, but this one takes the cake. I don’t really know what words can describe it. In that moment, Donna understands the things. All the things about the Ood. And it completely devastates her because Donna’s got just about the biggest heart possible hidden under all of her bravado and sass. It’s a really really beautiful moment, and it gives me more feels than my emotionally stunted self knows how to handle.

Jul 21

I can’t just be a passenger anymore.

Day 10: Least Favorite Season (or series or whatever)

Season three. That’s right. No long-winded introduction talking about what an impossible decision this was. Weird for me, I know. Okay. Let’s rant.

The end of season two was really really tough. Saying goodbye to Rose, thinking I’d never see her again was an incredibly difficult thing to go through. But the show goes on, so, as a viewer, I knew that I would enjoy other companions, maybe not in the same way that I love Rose, but I would be okay. Now, in the universe of the show, the Doctor doesn’t have the comfort of knowing that everything is going to be okay. That’s where we’re at when we meet Martha Jones.

Martha Jones is an incredibly fantastic character. She’s brave, but not reckless. She’s brilliant and witty and an intellectual match for the Doctor. Martha is level-headed and doesn’t panic in a crisis. She also happens to be a mega badass who still finds time to manage her incredibly difficult family. Martha Jones should be something like the ultimate companion.

And so the writers decided that Martha’s number one defining trait would be that she’s Not Rose. They never let us forget that Martha Jones may be fantastic, but hey, guess what, she’s Not Rose. Were you just appreciating the new dynamic Martha brings to the TARDIS? Well, she’s Not Rose, so…..

It makes sense to an extent on the level of plot and character. Of course the Doctor is broken up about the loss of Rose, and of course he’s going to be thinking about her a lot, and of course that’s going to come through in the way he interacts with Martha. But by constantly pitting Martha against the memory of a much beloved character the writers did her a huge disservice. She never really gets the chance to stand on her own. When we talk about Martha we should be talking about The Girl Who Walked the Earth, not The Girl Who’s Not Rose.

In the end, one of the reasons that Martha stands out as an amazing companion and person in general is that she chose to walk away. Doesn’t someone of that kind impressive mental and emotional fortitude deserve better than the season that she got?

Jul 20

Daleks have no concept of worry.

Day 9: Least Favorite Episode

This should be a difficult decision. But, as it turns out, it’s really not. I choose the two-parter of Daleks in Manhattan and Evolution of the Daleks.

Logic tells us that the Daleks should not be scary. They’re large metallic cones that talk in robot voices and repeat the same word over and over again. And yet, the episode Dalek showed us that they are terrifying. They actually strike fear when they appear in Bad Wolf. These episodes nearly undo all of that.

Nothing that anyone does in these episodes makes any sense. The Daleks’ plan follows no logic that I can understand. Why the hell are they running around in sewers? Since when do Daleks need slaves? Shouldn’t there be more exterminating happening? Why is any of this happening? It comes off as sort of half-thought through, and filmed without any rewrites.

It does have a saving grace though. His name is Andrew Garfield.

We’re all stories in the end.

Day 8: Favorite Series/Season

I’m American, so I’m going to stick with calling them seasons. I’m sorry again. Am I apologizing too much?

Another impossible question, because they all have their serious merits. But I think I’ve chosen to talk about season 5. Very tight storytellng in season 5. They threw in more River Song, and even though the entire mystery of her isn’t solved, it is decided that she can be counted on as an ally.

We get introduced to Matt-Smith-as-the-Doctor, Amy Pond, and Rory (Pond) in this season. That’s basically a reboot. And they pull it off with great aplomb. Season 5 showed that, despite a changing of the guard, the show would continue to be great.

Jul 19

Good men don’t need rules. Today is not the day to find out why I have so many.

Day 7: Favorite Episode

Another impossible question. I considered quite a few, but ultimately decided to choose A Good Man Goes to War.

The episode is an epic. To clarify, I did not say that the episode is epic, I said it is AN epic. As in, like Homer’s Odyssey. It introduces characters, solves mysteries, and unearths yet more mysteries.

We finally learn the truth of River Song’s identity. We find out what’s been going on with Amy. We get a good dose of Vastra, Jenny, and Strax (more on how much I love them later. Seriously. I will rave.). I don’t even know what things to say about it, other than I’ve watched it more times than any of the other episodes.

Again, it’s got Vastra, Jenny, and Strax. It’s got awesome narration on the parts of both Amy Pond and River Song. It’s got Rory doing what he does best, being a supreme badass. And again, it’s a River Song episode. Love a River Song episode.

Jul 18

It’s weird, it’s kind of useless.

Day 6: Least Favorite Character

Seriously? What sort of question is this supposed to be? How could I possibly have a least favorite character? It’s not one of the regulars, or even recurring ones for sure. Hey, I know. I’ll pick this guy.

Adam. I pick him because he really doesn’t make any sense at all. What’s the deal with him? Was I supposed to care about him? Did he really serve any function at all? So many questions that I don’t really care about the answer to. I’m perfectly happy forgetting he existed as soon as I finish watching his episodes, and that happens pretty easily.

Jul 16

One may tolerate a world of demons for the sake of an angel.

Day 5: Favorite Guest Star

Well this was difficult, as evilandskanky informed me that “guest” is different from “recurring.” For the purposes of this, anyway. So basically, this is my favorite one-appearance performance.

And for that, I have to choose Sophia Myles, AKA Reinette, AKA Madame de Pompadour. I mean, holy crap, how good is “The Girl in the Fireplace”? And a large part of its success is on her shoulders. It takes an incredibly strong performance to make an audience care that much about a character who they have never seen before and will never see again. Easily one of the most memorable guest stars this show has ever had. And I mean, you’ve got to love a girl who’s not phased by an alien coming out of her fireplace.

Jul 15

Is that a technical term, “jiggery pokery”?

Day 4: Favorite Character

Okay. I said before that this particular choice was well-worn ground…..My favorite character is Rose Tyler.

I like Rose because she’s the Everyman of the renewed Doctor Who. She, of all of the companions, is the least extraordinary. She’s not overly brave (although she does tend to be overly reckless), but she will go to the ends of the universe (and beyond) for the people she cares about.

A lot tends to be made of Rose’s relationship with the Doctor, and it’s possible that that’s why people like her so much, but that’s not where I’m at. I mean, they’re adorable, but for me that’s not the point. Rose punched a hole in the universe, not because she was desperate to be with the Doctor, but because she knew that she was the only one who could help him. And she did it with the biggest gun ever.

Rose Tyler is the Bad Wolf. There is literally nothing she won’t do to save the universe. Any of them. Plus, she wears a Union Jack t-shirt to the German occupation of London and is adorably bad at running.

Jul 14

Silence will fall.

Day 3: Favorite Villain/Monster/Alien/Baddie of the Week

I gave this one a lot of thought today. I mean, there are some really great ones. There are also some less great ones, but that’s beside the point. I nearly picked the Weeping Angels, but then I (in a fit of something vaguely resembling irony) remembered the Silence.

More accurately, the aliens that represent the Silence, but for simplicity’s sake…..I digress. Clearly, I like the scary monsters. The Silence look like a cross between the Gentlemen from Buffy and Slenderman. Really great creature design, as well as overall concept. And the scene with Amy alone upstairs in the abandoned orphanage where the marks appear all over her face? An all-time favorite.

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