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The Wedding Of River Song [Oct. 2nd, 2011|10:03 am]
Tony Grist
Pterodactyls, pyramids, Churchill, Dickens, a cave full of living skulls: that was just the most outrageous fun!   I sometimes forget, in my nitpicking over matters of detail,  just how much I enjoy the show.

The BBC is cancelling Dr Who Confidential. I'll miss it. Last night's final episode performed a public service by giving us River Song's time-line the right way round.  We also got a miniature episode scripted by school children, featuring Nickolas Grace as Einstein. It was lovely. 

The "death of the doctor" promises to be a significant turning point- clearing the way for smaller, less overblown story lines. Also, next season, we're promised the "fall of Eleven"- which implies a regeneration-  plus a consideration of the primal question of the universe... 
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[User Picture]From: sorenr
2011-10-02 09:40 am (UTC)
With your knowledge of Dickens you might enjoy "Drood" by Dan Simmons. It's by no means perfect - let along great - but it's a terrific read and good entertainment. - And it's made me want to read some Wilkie Collins, which can't be an entirely bad thing - I hope.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-10-02 11:03 am (UTC)
Yes, that might well appeal.

Collins is good.
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2011-10-02 09:46 am (UTC)
I must get to watch the Confidential on iPlayer as cosuin wanted to watch the Apolo13 film on another channel.

Thoroughly enjoyed this episode despite the final question being unresolved.

Edited at 2011-10-02 09:47 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-10-02 11:04 am (UTC)
Is it possible to answer the final question without it being an anti-climax? Well, it'll be interesting to see what Moffat does with the idea.
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[User Picture]From: ooxc
2011-10-02 11:11 am (UTC)
Surely the final question is "Dr Who?" Wasn't that made clear? And, knowing Moff, I doubt if we'll get the answer. Also, knowing him, i doubt that Eleven refers to the Doctor.
Do you know the story about this icon? After the Van Gogh episode - well before we saw any Silents - someone was photoshopping Tardis into people's favourite paintings - and i asked for this one. Weird or what?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-10-02 11:26 am (UTC)
Yes, that's the question. Unless, of course, it's a red herring.

I rather hope we don't get the answer. It's important for the Doctor to retain some elements of mystery.

We know Matt Smith is signed up for next year, but he must be thinking of moving on. The only actor who has done more than three seasons is Tom Baker. There's the danger- and I think Baker's career is a case in point- of becoming so closely identified with the role that the work dries up.

Cool icon! :)
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[User Picture]From: ooxc
2011-10-02 11:34 am (UTC)
I've much enjoyed Nine to Eleven - but Troughton was "my" Doctor.
Good, isn't it, the icon? But neither of us had any clue that it was a plot point!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-10-02 06:14 pm (UTC)
Troughton was my Doctor too.
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[User Picture]From: huskyteer
2011-10-03 09:37 am (UTC)
It was a load of fun, wasn't it? Had I been 9, I would have been behind the sofa during the skulls, and probably had nightmares later.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-10-03 10:24 am (UTC)
I'm only sorry we didn't get to see Winston's personal mammoth.

I've groused about aspects of Moffat's tenure, but this episode went a long way towards restoring my faith. It was just so deliciously inventive.
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