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Apr 08, 2007

2007: Fit the Second - Verily, Forsooth, and the like

That was quite lovely. 

The story I first remember while watching Doctor Who when I was younger was State of Decay.  I must say that this story reminds me greatly of it, and that is to excellent effect.  Decay was one of those stories I watched again years later, and enjoyed even more when older.  Setting aside Shakespeare himself for a moment, the second landing of series three seems to have not put its foot wrong.  That's two in a row. Gareth Roberts, while not quite a Who-superstar writer, provides an excellent voice for the regulars, and as well as some high-quality laugh-out-loud moments.

The witches.  Whew.  Having married a pagan myself, I was a little worried about the portrayal of witches in Doctor Who, but by the end of this episode, I was quite delighted by the fact that they weren't proper witches, but aliens who inspired the myth of the warted, broom-riding, cackling crones. Much like the aforementioned Decay, with its vampires. Of course, it didn't hurt that Christina Cole, formerly seen in Hex, and whom I've fancied briefly(her and the whole female cast of Hex - for shame, Salem.. - Maybe this could have been improved upon had Jemima Rooper and Robin Piper played the other two?)played the lead witch beautifully. She took great pains, I believe, to not hit quite Soldeed heights of camp.  Somehow, she managed to almost reach the level Tony Head around this time last year.  Quite impressive for an actress half his age.

Maybe this could have been improved upon had Jemima Rooper and Robin Piper played the other two?

Martha Jones continues to impress me, using her brain as well as her medical skills, even calling the Doctor on faking death (thankfully well AFTER the danger has passed).  Much amusement comes from her dignified fending off of Shakespeare's advances as well. This is also the first time I've seen a companion's trepidation about changing the future, or wiping themselves out of existence, which has got to be points for M.  One thing that almost bugged me though, she seemed a little bit jealous when she and the Doctor were in the bed, but honestly, I think she's just responding to the way that she feels a normal man would be acting in his case. And while I'm not familiar with the Harry Potter series, name-checking it and providing the faux-Latin Expelliarmus for the coup de grace was a nice touch.

Special mention goes to the end, with a real moment I've been waiting to see.  I've always wondered why he's never encountered someone he hasn't pissed off yet, at least from his point of view.  I fully expect to see how this happened.

I'm going to have to apologize at this point, my usual eloquence is thrown off from my exuberance from this episode.  I rarely write reviews directly after watching the episode, but this one, I just felt compelled to start writing straight away. What's this next week anyway?  Gridlock? Doesn't look so bad from the previews, AND...according to my beloved Wikipedia, "Gridlock is the 727th episode of Doctor Who. This will break the record held by the various Star Trek series, which have a total of 726 combined episodes between them. Doctor Who has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest-running science fiction series in the world, based on the original series' 26-year continuous run and the 43+ years since the programme's 1963 debut."

It had better be good..

Comments

"tne thing that almost bugged me though, she seemed a little bit jealous when she and the Doctor were in the bed, but honestly, I think she's just responding to the way that she feels a normal man would be acting in his case."

or maybe the fact he was still harpin on about Rose, what woman would not get offish at that.

Well, what I said, leading into what you said, ending with how she reacted. That's more what I was aiming at, but was rendered impotent at expressing due to premature release of my review.

So I asked the bartender for a double entendre, and he GAVE ME ONE.

You married a pagan? Cripes, she must be WELL dirty! Nice work, my friend.

There's more of them than you'd think in Americaland, DS. Practically throw a stick and hit one.

And uh..yeah. You called it mate.

nice work my friend

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