Stuff Wot I Did On My Hols (Part 1) - The Doctor And I

So I recently took time off from work. I realise normal people do this all the time, but I don't. Or if I do, it's for necessary reasons, like being sick or urgently having to go somewhere or attend something, etc. etc.

This was not that kind of Taking Off Time From Work. This was for purely selfish reasons, just so I could go to Wellington lots and sleep in and bum around and read books and watch telly for three weeks. You guys, it was glorious. I never wanted it to end. (Why are there no rich patrons anymore? Why will no one pay me to sit on my arse all day and drink wine while I watch ALL the shows? Honestly, careers are so overrated.)

I did mean to do updates about what I got up to, but I think I'm gonna split it into parts because I have trouble with conciseness. Hence, Part 1: telly!

Near the top on my agenda was catching up with Doctor Who before the new series started. And I did, oh did I ever. I'd watched the first three seasons of the reboot years ago and did enjoy them but never reached the point of addiction. There were two reasons for this: 1) Rose. 2) Martha. I loved both Eccleston and Tennant, but the ditzyness of the companions, combined with the ham-fisted NO NO, SHE IS SPECIAL AND YOU MUST LOVE HER vibes, soured the whole experience for me. I got through the Rose seasons because people were all nodding compassionately and agreeing Rose was made of fail but that Martha was so much better so just to stick it out - but then I got to Martha and uhm... well, let's just say I have a hard time deciding which of the two annoys me more, lol. (Usually whichever one is currently on screen, which made those eps when BOTH of them were around pretty much torture *shudders*).

Long story short, I stopped watching after the end of season 3. Which, as it turns out, was precisely the point where I could have finally got addicted had I just hung around for one more single solitary episode, lol. Timing's a bitch. I did watch a handful of random later eps here and there and did realise that the Eleventh Doctor rocked, that Amy Pond was a far cry from her predecessors, and that I wanted to roll around in River Song's hair. But for the longest time it was that show that I would eventually get round to catching up on, provided I had nothing better to do.

Sometimes I fail phenomenally at judgement, lol.

I started marathoning a few weeks ago, and what can I say, it was love. Violent, painful, cracky, glorious love, from minute one of season 4. DONNA. ALL THE FEELINGS. THE LIBRARY EPS. THE OOD. WILFRED. THAT FUCKING THING WHERE EVERY SINGLE EPISODE BROKE MY HEART AND PUT IT BACK TOGETHER. EXCEPT AT THE END, THEY SKIPPED THE PUTTING BACK TOGETHER PART ALTOGETHER. ARRRRGH.

I can not words, people.

And then season five and six followed with a daze of feels and awesome. I loved Donna so violently that I was mildly worried about Amy initially, except then along she comes and there are moments where she is legit my favourite. And Rory. Rory Rory Rory HE IS THE PERFECT PERSON. I've not cried and laughed so much and so wholeheartedly at a show in what feels like a very long time.

AND of course, there's the woman I want to be when I grow up:

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Guh. Guh guh guh. I honestly had my doubts that they'd manage to pull off all the epic stuff they set up with River Song's story, but it very, very quickly turned out I could take those doubts and shove them, because ow. My heart. Such gorgeous storytelling. So much timey-wimey brilliance. ALL THE PAIN.

Also, River Song gives my other favourite space chick named River a run for her money.

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Mind you, no one can ever quite supplant River Tam in my affections (her mix of psycho, adorbs and heartbreak remains legendary) but man, even the fact that there can be legit competition was fabulous and unexpected.

[Sidebar: We live in sad times where apparently no fanvid can get by without heaps of dialogue, text, and talking heads. And where a Jedward song is among one of the saner choices. I can't even.

Still, Cool Space Chicks Named River:





(srsly, just go with the Jedward. Believe me, I waded through three dozen that were worse.)


I'll be running out of hyperbole-adjacent adjectives anytime now, so I'll say no more other than I AM SO GLAD I DECIDED TO CATCH UP. And now, of course, having to wait for new eps to air will be torture. But oh so delish.

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LOVE, LOVE, ALL THE LOVE.

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ALDIALDIALDIALDIALDI. OH MY GOD. FEELS, YES? ALL THE FEELS. OH MY GOD. I'M GETTING ALL OF THEM JUST READING THIS. RIVER MOTHERFUCKING SONG. I WANT HER IN EVERY WAY POSSIBLE. (Honestly, I don't think I've ever been so sexually attracted to a character. Or just so genereally in love with. She's clever, and funny, and tragic, and mysterious, and badass, and incredible, and goddamn gorgeous. Ugh. So many feels. Just looking at those .gifs does funny things to many parts of me).

And I'm the same with the earlier companions. I didn't really care for Martha, and I only really loved Rose because the Doctor did, and when he cries, I'm a wibbly mess of emotion. WILFRED. Wilfred got me EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

To be honest, though, I will definitely be okay when there is a new, not-Amy companion. I thought that last season was her final one, but I suppose Moffat has something a million times more heartbreaking for getting rid of Amy and Rory. But I loved Rory, too. He's beautiful. Everyone is. OH MY GOD EVERYTHING.

/rant

So now I'm just waiting and staying away from the internet, because I can't watch the new episode yet (internet business). Crying.
(gee thanks for eating my comment, IJ. ILU really.)

GIORGIA! *clings* ALL THE FEELS. I CAN'T EVEN. HOW IS THIS SHOW SO GOOD!

River is the perfect woman. Just GUH. I want one.

Yes, Amy has had a good long run and I'm ready for the new companion too, especially since she seems pretty promising. But I shall be ignoring all this talk of having something heartbreaking in store for Rory & Amy's exit because NO NO NO, I CANNOT TAKE IT. THEY WILL LIVE HAPPILY EVER AFTER. I KNOW THE TRADITION IS TO LEAVE THE COMPANIONS BEHIND IN A BROKEN PILE OF SHATTERED PIECES BUT NOOOOOOOOOO. IT DOES NOT BEAR THINKING ABOUT.

I hope you get to see the new ep soon - comply, internet! It's good! Eeeeeeeeee.
I'm so glad you gave it another chance! I just knew you'd love Moffat's interp (after seeing how you loved the flying fish in the streetlamps, I knew you couldn't resist), but I didn't know you'd not seen Donna. Sigh. I can forgive RTD for killing Ianto - I still think his pacing was seriously off in CoE and that he underestimated how Ianto's death would minimise the impact of everything that came after - but I will never, ever, EVER forgive him for what he did to Donna. Especially since it happened to give Rose her happy ending. Pfft. (I know I've mentioned it before, but I did a short canon repair if you're interested.)

As much as I loved travelling with Donna though, I agree that the Pond triad approaches perfection. And I love how much more sophisticated the time-hopping's become in these later series - River's relationship with the Doctor is a case in point. She's fabulous, and one of the images that can break me in an instant is remembering when he takes her back to prison and she kisses him, and then realises that it's their last and first kiss. My heart just hurts thinking of her face.

I don't think you're allowed to compare the two Rivers. It's like comparing two rivers in real life, when both are gorgeously winding and glorious. It's much better to think about how the two of them probably met on one of River Song's field trips to Osiris!
God, yeah, that first kiss/last kiss thing hurts so much. What an impossible, wonderful, painful relationship!

Pfft, Rose, ugh. I hate that she came back into it at all! When you get stuck in a parallel universe and supposedly can never come back, you should NEVER COME BACK. And her whole "hm, I guess I'll just take this one, then *SNOG*" thing just made her look so shallow.

But Donna for all the wins! I loved your canon repair fic - just what was needed.

I don't think you're allowed to compare the two Rivers.

Hahahaha but they are TWO KICKASS SPACE CHICKS NAMED RIVER! Who are both more than slightly mental and shoot things and have a fucked-up history! I'm not sure how I *can't* compare, lol. But ok, I will focus on the awesome over the competition ;) A meeting of the Rivers would be epic!

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