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"Well then.... here we go again!" - Blather. Rants. Repeat.
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"Well then.... here we go again!"
It took me an extra day to work it in- I couldn't make it through all the last-night hype, followed by screwed-up closed captions and endless lower-screen promotional nonsense and commercials and Intruder previews during the episode itself- but I have now made it to the end of "Deep Breath." There are really two things going here- The Plot, which was largely forgettable (unless the final scene comes back later), and The Continuity, which was quite well handled.

So much of the lead-up to this season premiere was about Peter Capaldi being so.... OLD! GRAY! After seven series of smart young matinee idols since the reboot, how would the Whoniverse handle someone eligible to be in AARP? (BARP? SARP? LLLLLLLARP?)

Leave it to Eleanor (who, mind, does not follow the show) to put that into perspective faster than you can say "Geronimo!" Within seconds of hearing him interviewed on the BBCA pre-show, she said, "I know who he is! Just from the voice! Local Hero!"

Granted, it's one of our favourite films, but from over 30 years ago. Was he the innkeeper? Someone at the pub?

"No- the star's co-worker, who fell in love with Marina!"

Ohhhhh- the other guy, in the car, with the rabbit!

Right, that's Twelve in the car, back when he was young.

When WE were. This prompted me to check: Dude's about a year and a half older than I am.

Not that there's anything wrong with that. Checking in with Emily about the episode (and other loose ends for their busy coming week), I mentioned that there's plenty of Doctoring still to be done by an older incarnation- and Eleanor immediately nominated Betty White as a potential Thirteen.

After the Mostly End of the Plot, then, Moff made this issue a big part of resolving the Continuity, in perhaps the most satisfying way he could:

By giving Eleven a more specific sendoff than he was ever able to give Clara during the chaotic end of "Time of the Doctor" last Christmas. She never saw him, but we did, and after assuring her that his new self needed her as much as his bowtie-fezzy one did, he virtually blows the fourth wall off the TARDIS:

The Doctor: He sounds old. Please tell me I didn't get old. I was young. Oh. Is he gray?

Clara: Yes.

The Doctor: Clara, please, hey, for me. Help him. Go on. And don't be afraid. Goodbye Clara. Miss you.

He's also Scottish, which Twelve has some fun with.

Next time: Daleks. A good old-school departure from Moff's favourite threesome, who are getting a little overdone and forcing the series into too much Victoriana to accommodate them. But I'll forgive the plot and casting choices, in favour of a good introduction to a Doctor who's worthy of the title and has the gray to prove it.
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liddle_oldman From: liddle_oldman Date: August 25th, 2014 04:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nothing like giving us a nice punch right under the heart to start with!

I find that there are much greater emotional depths to the new series than the old. I had to go to Galifrey -- I couldn't take you with me. Yes, but you never came back for me

Everybody lives! Just this once, Rose, everybody lives.
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