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S. and I went out for a late lunch and I had a champagne cocktail (a very good one, by the way.) So I'm giddy. I am having a very good day.

Warning: no substance at all to this post. I am just enjoying myself.

This was a fun standalone -- the epitome of the standalone, in fact: no angst, no continuing story, no effect on Amy or the Doctor at all (except for the very very end, when Amy found the ring.)

I think this may be the very first episode in which I completely saw Matt as the Doctor, not just as a very very young actor. It may be because there were no distractions: just the Doctor being perfectly logical, very charming, and (to an outsider) utterly eccentric. (I very much enjoy Doctor-through-someone-else's-eyes stories.) I enjoyed how he sorted out Craig's life, got Craig's employer back on track by presenting Craig's ideas at the meeting (crediting him, one assumes), and baited Sophie into considering why it was she didn't really want to leave Colchester.

I suppose one can see some traces of the story originally having been written for David Tennant (with terrible art, it looks like) in that Matt seemed almost to be bouncing off the walls and certainly talked a mile a minute. But it was charming.


I watched the Confidential, too. Karen was a lot of fun. I personally love planetaria (planetariums?) and enjoyed the two astronomers ("space scientists") who talked to her. Dr. Maggie should have her own television show or series of children's DVDs.

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earlgreytea68
Jun. 14th, 2010 12:43 am (UTC)
I completely agree about the episode. I hate to see it, but I feel like maybe Eleven has gotten overshadowed by Amy's plot all season. It was lovely to have an episode that was kind of just *him.* I felt like Matt Smith's really quite considerable charm in the part shone through. I am quite taken with him now. Not that I wasn't before--I was sold on him from minute one of "The Eleventh Hour," I'll be honest--but this sealed the deal for me.

And I always support champagne cocktails!
np_complete
Jun. 14th, 2010 01:03 am (UTC)
I feel like maybe Eleven has gotten overshadowed by Amy's plot all season. It was lovely to have an episode that was kind of just *him.* I felt like Matt Smith's really quite considerable charm in the part shone through.

I agree with all of this. This was an episode in which the Amy-Doctor relationship, with or without Rory, was completely irrelevant. And I do feel that Matt finally got a chance to shine in his own way rather than by doing the classic Doctor Who ranting, yelling, and running about. (There was no running about in this, did you notice? Except for fleeing the house at the end.)

I feel that it was the football scene that sealed the deal: I can see that it's contrived, in that they have the luck to have an actor who almost became a pro footballer. Why not work that into the plot? And yet, it works well: the Doctor tries something new, does something social, visibly has the time of his life, and just so obviously enjoys himself. Watching him play, he was visibly at ease with himself and his body in a way that I don't remember Ten ever being.
np_complete
Jun. 14th, 2010 01:07 am (UTC)
Pursuant to the previous
If there's a human Alt!Eleven running around Pete's World, as there have been Alt!Nines and Alt!Tens, I'm betting he's a footballer.
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