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September 2nd, 2011


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08:13 pm - Doctor Who, "Let's Kill Hitler"
Finally, I had time to watch this! (It's amazing how much planning a wedding interferes with one's life. The episode aired during my bridal shower.)

Overall reaction: Ooh, I *liked* this!


Seven things I liked:

1. Kudos to the actress playing young Melody. She was amazing. At the end of the opener, I just wanted to keep watching to see more of Mels!

2. Oh, Matt Smith. Stroking my inner h/c junkie with your floppy body and uneven voice. Have we ever seen the Doctor quite this disabled? (Other than, perhaps, in "The Caves of Androzani"?)

3. I love Amy/Rory. You guys, I keep thinking I can't love them more, but then I do. Rory's quiet alertness and smarts, Amy's instincts and constant courage; the way they both look at Melody whenever they're in the room with her... <3

4. Special mention for Amy's line: "She's River... and our daughter." Which captures perfectly the odd paradox of their relationship to her.

5. Tiny people in a robot human body. WIN WIN WIN.

6. The moment when Amy finally realized that Rory was in love with her. <3 <3 <3

7. Melody's awe and confusion at realizing how much the Doctor cares.

Three things I noticed:

1. Melody: "I think I'll change the age a bit. De-age it a little. Just to freak people out." Way to address the aging of the actress in-character, Show. :)

2. I love that River's reaction to her own regeneration is so different from--and so much the same as--the Doctor's to his. LOL. Also, is this the first regeneration where we've seen a major change in skin tone? Canonically, I mean?

3. Out of all the images of his companions that the Voice Interface tried, it was the image of Donna that seemed to dig the deepest. Oh, Doctor.

Questions:

--What is up with River being this age and still not knowing her River Song name? Does she not get it from the forest people after all, except via the Doctor and her parents?

--I'm a little unsettled by Melody being called a psychopath, although the Doctor's "my own bespoke psychopath" was rather endearing. In a technical sense, she isn't; though I expect it might be hard to tell the difference, sometimes, between intense brainwashing and an actual mental disorder.


Can't wait for the next episode! This season continues to be awesome.
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From:astrogirl2
Date:September 3rd, 2011 03:29 am (UTC)
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Also, is this the first regeneration where we've seen a major change in skin tone? Canonically, I mean?

Yep.

What is up with River being this age and still not knowing her River Song name? Does she not get it from the forest people after all, except via the Doctor and her parents?

I was wondering about this, myself, and whether I had misremembered something somewhere. I think the explanation I made up was that "River Song" is an approximate translation of her name in whatever alien language it was -- which I believe is canon -- and that she just hadn't heard that particular translation before and didn't twig to it being essentially the same as her name. Except now I'm not sure when she would have spent time with said forest people yet. So I don't know.

In a technical sense, she isn't

She certainly isn't. People are always using that term incredibly loosely.
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From:izhilzha
Date:September 3rd, 2011 08:40 pm (UTC)
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Except now I'm not sure when she would have spent time with said forest people yet. So I don't know.

Yeah, this is where I'm getting tangled up as well. Probably I should re-watch AGMGTW.
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From:ladymercury_10
Date:September 3rd, 2011 03:54 am (UTC)
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Haha, I agree on many of these, especially #2.

Also, I'm not sure about the Gamma Forests bit, but I just assumed that she got her name from Lorna (who's from the Gamma Forests) embroidering her prayer leaf with "Song River," which is how her name translates. Maybe Amy and Rory and the Doctor read her name on the leaf and so that's where it came from originally, and then when they meet her in LKH, of course they call her that. I don't know that the show was trying to imply that she ever went to those Forests, although certainly that is one theory.
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From:jhall1
Date:September 3rd, 2011 08:38 am (UTC)
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Letting preparations for your wedding get in the way of watching Doctor Who? Have you no sense of priorities? :)
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From:izhilzha
Date:September 5th, 2011 11:41 pm (UTC)
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Apparently, no, I have no sense of priorities. :)
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From:scionofgrace
Date:September 4th, 2011 01:31 am (UTC)
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I also only saw this last night, but that's 'cause we girls get together on Fridays for such things.

This is definitely the first time anybody's regenerated into an obviously different ethnicity. (FINALLY.) I liked Melody's reaction, too. Going to weigh herself, commenting on her hair, declaring gleefully that she's going to wear "lots of jodhpurs!" And then holding up a restaurant so she can steal clothes. WIN.

Amy realizing Rory loved her was SO PERFECT. Poor Teenage!Rory. Amy was so mean to him growing up!

I don't think calling Melody a psychopath was a diagnosis, exactly. I think she's been trained/brainwashed to act like a psychopath, but the Doctor's selflessness and sacrifice started to break through that.

I don't think Melody heard the name "River Song" until Amy, Rory, & the Doctor used it in this episode. It's more of an accident, and Melody might take the name to distance herself from being a weapon and to keep from messing up the timelines.

I loved Leadworth!Melody blaming the Doctor for not stopping tragedies and wars, etc. I bet she's convinced he took advantage of her parents, among other crimes.

I like how Melody wasn't totally confident about switching sides, more kind of bewildered and "my life suddenly doesn't make sense the way I thought it did."

Though I am really, really sad that now we know for sure that Amy and Rory didn't get to raise their own daughter. Yeah, they're friends later, but that's just heartbreaking.
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From:izhilzha
Date:September 5th, 2011 11:42 pm (UTC)
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I like how Melody wasn't totally confident about switching sides, more kind of bewildered and "my life suddenly doesn't make sense the way I thought it did."

Yes, yes, yes! All very lovely, and how amazing is Alex Kingston?
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From:kerravonsen
Date:September 5th, 2011 11:09 am (UTC)

Belated comments...

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What is up with River being this age and still not knowing her River Song name? Does she not get it from the forest people after all, except via the Doctor and her parents?

I think River got it via the Doctor and her parents, but at some point she did visit the forest people, because she knew, in AGMGTW, that the forest people didn't have a word for "pond", which means, IMHO, she must have learned their language, since she didn't have a convenient TARDIS to translate for her. Hence, the writing on the prayer leaf thing was mainly to point out that "Melody Pond" and "River Song" are essentially the same name.

It is a bit of an ontological paradox(*) because they knew her as River Song because that's the name she was using when they first met her, yet she was going by River Song because they knew her as River Song.

Though I think there was an element of choice there too, in that I think she also chose to go by River Song because she wanted to be a new person.

(*) I love that phrase, "ontological paradox", ever since I discovered it.

Oh, Matt Smith. Stroking my inner h/c junkie with your floppy body and uneven voice.
It was kind of like he was dancing death. If you see what I mean.

Have we ever seen the Doctor quite this disabled? (Other than, perhaps, in "The Caves of Androzani"?)
"Castrovalva"? That was Five too.
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From:izhilzha
Date:September 5th, 2011 11:53 pm (UTC)

Re: Belated comments...

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It is a bit of an ontological paradox(*) because they knew her as River Song because that's the name she was using when they first met her, yet she was going by River Song because they knew her as River Song.

Ah, yes, I can buy this. There are some other closed-loop time travel things happening in River's story (and this episode in particular), so it fits in.

Though I think there was an element of choice there too, in that I think she also chose to go by River Song because she wanted to be a new person.

Oh, I really like that!

It was kind of like he was dancing death. If you see what I mean.

Ooh, yes. A great way of putting it.

"Castrovalva"? That was Five too.

Do tell! I haven't seen that one yet. *runs away to check if it's in her Netflix queue yet*
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From:kerravonsen
Date:September 6th, 2011 01:09 am (UTC)

Re: Belated comments...

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"Castrovalva"? That was Five too.

Do tell! I haven't seen that one yet.


It was his first story, and he was in a great deal of post-regeneration confusion; that was what struck me more than any physical problems he was having. It was a difficult regeneration. (hugs Five)

Five is a rather hurt/comfort-y Doctor. Possibly one reason why I like him so much.

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