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I watched Planet of the Dead, finally. (I can't really explain why I didn't watch it earlier -- it just wasn't the right time.) I'm finding that I'm thinking a lot about Lady Christina. I found her annoying, got irritated with RTD and others saying that "the Doctor has met his match", since it so clearly wasn't true, except in effrontery -- and yet I was disappointed to see that there were only seven stories at Teaspoon in which she was listed as a character.

I find myself thinking about what Jack would make of her, and what she would make of Jack, what she would make of Reinette and vice versa, and whether any part of the name "Lady Christina de Souza" was attached to her at birth.

(I was sorry that she wasn't from another planet, or another century -- finding out she was merely a 21st century human -- and therefore, provincial -- was disappointing.)

Considering the repeating meme of "there's no such thing as an ordinary human being" and how "ordinary human beings" like Rose and Mickey and Jackie have been featured, Christina represented an interesting switch: she's *not* an ordinary human being. Neither by birth, vocation, or inclination is she an ordinary human being.

Not sure where I'm going with this, but it's got me thinking.

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earlgreytea68
Jun. 10th, 2009 02:50 am (UTC)
Actually, when I first watched PotD, I thought Christina would have been a lot of fun to combine with an older Brem, much like his father only without a lot of the baggage and more, perhaps, keen a sense of unadulterated fun.
np_complete
Jun. 10th, 2009 03:35 am (UTC)
Actually, when I first watched PotD, I thought Christina would have been a lot of fun to combine with an older Brem.

My first thought is that she'd eat him alive. But that may not be fair. She's still quite young, and while she isn't unaware of her effect on men, it's not her principal tool. She relies primarily on herself.

I would be interested to see what she and Athena made of each other: two young women from very privileged backgrounds, each accustomed to being the prettiest girl in the room, both very resourceful and (in some ways) quite isolated. Christina seems to have an unshakeable sense of self and of command: I don't know if Athena is quite that confident yet. Christina is also transgressive against law and society in a way that, if Athena is, we've only read hints of it so far.
earlgreytea68
Jun. 10th, 2009 03:56 am (UTC)
I actually do agree that Christina would pretty much eat an 18-year-old Brem alive. But I think it would be more of an even match after he's grown up and travelled and lived for a few years.

As for Athena and Christina, you're right, it's an interesting dynamic, and I actually think Athena would disapprove of Christina. There's rebellion, and then there's *rebellion.*
np_complete
Jun. 11th, 2009 01:57 am (UTC)
It would be interesting to see Athena meet Christina, if only because meeting someone who is something like a peer is something neither of them would expect. Athena would probably not trust Christina near Brem, even if Brem has grown in maturity and worldly wisdom: to play on words a bit, Athena is an adventurer, while Christina is an adventuress.

I actually think Athena would disapprove of Christina. There's rebellion, and then there's *rebellion.*

Oh, I agree completely. Rescuing a precious idol from the ruins of a temple on a no-longer-inhabited planet: a proper adventure. Stealing from a reclusive collector: well, it kind of depends on how the collector got the item. Ripping off Henry Van Statten: thoroughly acceptable (although I wouldn't give much for her chances without a lot of backup.) But: stealing from a museum, arguably the best place for a one-of-a-kind precious item, where everybody can see it: no!

(Although: did we ever hear what Christina intended to do with the cup? She did refer to its value, but not (I don't believe) to a buyer. Perhaps she meant to keep it as a trophy? I think I'd prefer to think of her as an adventuress than as a mercenary.)

EDITED for typo.

Edited at 2009-06-11 01:58 am (UTC)
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