April 7th, 2013

hugh house

I still really need a new New Who icon

(uh, I nearly typed New Hugh there -- I <3 Hugh Dillon)

Last night's New Who was absolutely toe-curling. Uh. Let me count the ways:

Iphigenia! I managed that after about three seconds:
* Actually, I had that impression from the trailer last week
* I was just hoping for something better
* Iphigenia is the only good part of "De Rerum Natura" by Lucretius
[I hate Lucretius -- but the opening is amazing "tantum religio potuit suadere malorum" / "Only religion can lead to such evil."
* Short version: Iphy was sacrificed to get her dad the wind he needed to get to Troy. She was told that she was going to marry Achilles. The moment of sheer fucking terror as she realizes that she wasn't dressed up as a bride, but like a sacrificial cow. Such Evil is a massive understatement
* Achilles (at least) doesn't like the plan one jot.

* Clara had a brain smart-ectomy: Screw all that genius stuff, let's go with "what do I do now, Doctor?)
*It didn't make very much sense - how does Sacrifice Girl suddenly know how to get out of the Temple? Or what the monsters were trying to do?
* Oh god - I can't believe that wasn't written by RTD -- on a bad day.
* Murray Gold - if I hear another of his "ah...ah...ahh" songs...
* how come the TARDIS translator suddenly not work: besides making Doctor look smart (and Clara spectacularly dim) even Jack got it to work for him -- and he's freakier
* TARDIS seems to be cock-bloking -- grow up
* Clara's godawful mockney/working-class accent: it was funny in the Xmas Special, but seriously, the joke's over. [is it meant to be endearing? or to sound like her dead mum whenever we need sympathy?]
* The whole Doctor massively in love with Assistant trope?
* The whole Doctor is a the reepy stalker of the Assistant trope?
* Still, why the stalking her parents? The "don't you remember me?!" in St John? I don't like this development.


And:
* the Doctor is an absolute arse - at least that bit was interesting. Very self-serving (the Doctor as Psychopath: doesn't even understand that other people have emotional responses) and even a teeny bit malicious. Is this why they made such a thing about the Doctor wearing them in this episode? He's fine about the ring - and the leaf


Uh, apparently my mum says it's past my bedtime. Only I'm 29. Rather killed the mood here.