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No Ten Little 'Indians'?

  • May. 17th, 2008 at 7:43 PM
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A country house murder mystery in 1926 (complete with furtive gayness on the lawn). There wasn't really any way I wasn't going to love this, was there?

* Fenella Woolgar = awesomeness. And she looks quite a lot like Christie too. I was all aflail for her and her angsting (even if I fear for the sake of humanity if she becomes the best-selling author of all time, alas).
* Donna! No disrespect to Martha, but Ten 'n' Donna as a team are so much fun. I want her dress. And her hair. And her ability to remember what magnifying glasses do to pesky insects in a crisis.
* 'loo' not toilet'. I was all set to be cross about them getting that wrong, and then it turns out they know their Mitford after all. :D
* 'I loved him so passionately that I didn't mind that he was a giant wasp'. Oh, Barbara: whatever would Tom say?
* Vague shoutouts to Black Orchid, Ghost Light, The Green Death, and not-so vague to The Veiled Leopard: yay.
* Ten's Belgian adventures. Mmmkay. (Is that what he got up to post-Rose?)
* Apparently ginger beer doesn't just get Time Lords drunk. *makes note*
* Oh, the kitchen antidote scene, I love you. UST up the wazoo. I approve muchly of the 'aliens made us snog right after one of us just downed a jarful of anchovies' trope.

Jolly good fun: gin slings all round. My favourite historical of New Who so far, definitely.

There were two things wrong with that whole season - and no, they aren't called Bela and Ruby (although damn, I was really hoping TPTB wouldn't bow to the fanbrats like that, sigh). Lack of budget (hence tiny casts, crap FX and most of all, no cock rock soundtrack) plus the writer's strike has made Dean's Year feel a bit like Dean's crowbarred-in-at-the-last-minute Hour Or Two.

Finale: a bit wonky, but satisfying. I assume if they'd had a few more pennies, we'd have seen the 'inner' demons just as Dean was seeing them, which would've made that idea feel a bit less slapdash - and really, if they'd had more time, I'm guessing they would've seeded that earlier on. But I'll forgive them all for the Bon Jovi scene, which...dawwwww, dorky Winchesters. And (unlike last year, where they wrapped it all up a little too much) we've got a tasty cliffy to chew on. You aren't a proper genre show until you've left one of your heroes in Hell between seasons, after all.



[identity profile] wrote:
May. 17th, 2008 07:19 pm (UTC)
I AGREE! Jolly good show old chap, what?
[identity profile] wrote:
May. 17th, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC)
Simply marvellous, old thing.
[identity profile] wrote:
May. 17th, 2008 07:26 pm (UTC)
I wish they'd kept Agatha for another episode and then dropped her off later. That would have been fun.
[identity profile] wrote:
May. 17th, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
When I first heard they were doing a Christie one, I was convinced they'd kidnap her for those ten days (or fuck up dropping her off after months of jolly adventuring). Which would indeed have been awesome. Oh well, it was fab anyway: will let them off.
[identity profile] wrote:
May. 17th, 2008 07:58 pm (UTC)
I'd have liked to see Agatha meeting Daleks.
[identity profile] wrote:
May. 17th, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC)
I also loved it muchly. Sooo muchly. :)

Thought the reference to Unquiet Dead was cool too - and then Noddy! lol :)
[identity profile] wrote:
May. 17th, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC)
Ooh yes, Dickens too. And the random trunkful of stuff (though really, I suspect his filing system ought to be a bit better with a whole TARDIS to work with).
[identity profile] wrote:
May. 17th, 2008 07:26 pm (UTC)
hee :D
[identity profile] wrote:
May. 17th, 2008 09:15 pm (UTC)
[identity profile] wrote:
May. 17th, 2008 11:22 pm (UTC)
Well, not exactly a reference, so much as a very similar idea in terms of notorious theives and their unmasking. Let's call it an homage?
[identity profile] wrote:
May. 17th, 2008 09:43 pm (UTC)
Ten's Belgian adventures. Mmmkay. (Is that what he got up to post-Rose?)

Was a reference to the end of Blink, where Sally Sparrow catches him and Martha suiting up with some kick-ass bows and arrows, maybe? (Not my idea; [ profile] pickwick!)

I LOVED THIS EPISODE. slldkfffffff. And Black Orchid was my first thought, too. (:
[identity profile] wrote:
May. 17th, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the quiver made me wonder that too. But where was Martha?

Looooved it to bits. Yay.
[identity profile] wrote:
May. 17th, 2008 11:10 pm (UTC)
Oh no, I have to watch this, don't I. Curses.
[identity profile] wrote:
May. 17th, 2008 11:24 pm (UTC)
No curses required! It's just lovely fluffy silly fun. With wasps. :)
[identity profile] wrote:
May. 18th, 2008 02:25 am (UTC)
I only wish Donna had made a "YUCK ANCHOVIES!" face, ahahahah. Oh, I love her.
[identity profile] wrote:
May. 18th, 2008 04:21 pm (UTC)
She's awesome, isn't she? I was so entirely resistant post-TRB, and she just gets more and more fun and smart and yayful. It's making me like Ten, for heaven's sake. I shall take this as evidence that all the best companions are ginger, natch.
[identity profile] wrote:
May. 18th, 2008 04:41 am (UTC)
Apparently ginger beer doesn't just get Time Lords drunk. *makes note*

Hee! Yes, I was thinking the same thing. And the bit about "Veiled Leopard."

And the Doctor'n'Donna were rather adorable there at the beginning when she came out of the TARDIS and they walked off arm-in-arm. It doesn't help that I've been rereading my fave Allinghams though; when the vicar bicycled up I fully expected it to be Peter Davison for some daft reason.

As for SPN, I agree about the shoehorning & crowbarring of Dean's Year. Still, that's what fic is for. (And I was happy just with Dean seeing the demons, thanks; that particular bit actually pressed one of my buttons that I usually forget I have, about One of Our Heroes suddenly acquiring Unexpected Skillz. Um. I have odd kinks.)
[identity profile] wrote:
May. 18th, 2008 04:27 pm (UTC)
I shouted 'Campion!' at the screen on several occasions (not least when the gargoyle fell on someone's head - though am sure Christie probably used that old chestnut somewhere too).

Heroes with Unexpected Skillz is indeed v good - especially as Dean is such a thumping meathead, the prospect of him having Magic Brainz is extra entertaining. I wonder if he'll keep that particular ability post-Hell? They did seem v keen to emphasise Dean's mistrust of Sam's superpowers (when you'd think 'demonic anti-christ' would be a bit more worrying than 'a bit psychic'), so it would rack up a whole new reason to be angstily filled with self-loathing for the poor boy. Hurrah! Though presumably he'll be demony or undead or a ghost or something anyway. Incorporeal Dean who can't shag or eat...oh, that would be too cruel....
[identity profile] wrote:
May. 18th, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)
I know! The gargoyle! The poison bit! (Which, yes, very definitely Christie, but Allingham used it on occasion as well.) Weekend house party! Yeah, there was no way I wasn't going to enjoy this episode.

Yeah, Dean keeping the fact that he's having hallucinations and such from Sam, until Bobby throws it in his face? Extra nifty, in my warped worldview. And I think it really would be totally awesome if he kept at least the ability to recognize a demon after he gets out of Hell--it'd be a perfect complement to Sam's superpowers! yeah!

Do you really think TPTB would keep Dean demony or undead or incorporeal? For the whole run of the season? That could seriously fuck up both Dean and Sam. Which would be interesting, but I'm not sure they'd be willing to go that long...
[identity profile] wrote:
May. 18th, 2008 06:10 pm (UTC)
1920s country house party: seriously, there is no way to make me happier. (Well, apart from a genuine Campion crossover, complete with Petey cameo, but we can't have everything.)

See, that was one of the things I felt they buggered up a bit, Dean's hallucination thing - because I assume that was intended to be a different thing from his sudden ability to see a demon's inner face (otherwise he was seeing Demon Sam in the teaser??), but because it was all packed into one episode, it felt like two very similar ideas were being blurred together. (Unless they were supposed to be the same thing, in which case, um, sorry, still confused...).

I don't see how they could keep Dean incorporeal for a whole season. Much as Randall and Hopkirk-style lols would ensue, demon-killing has got to be a mite tricky if you can't hit stuff - espeically if you're Dean. Spike stopped walking through sofas fairly quick: they killed off the Crichton double after a bit. I think it's the kind of gimmick that's good for a few eps only, realisitically.

[identity profile] wrote:
May. 18th, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC)
I so would have been ecstatic if Allingham had popped up. I mean, INCREDIBLY unlikely, but this is Doctor Who after all; what's bending a few rules to them?

Oh, but the hallucinations thing has precedent in the show--the first time the crossroads demon showed up, the people she was taking were seeing hallucinations, hearing the dogs before they actually came, that sort of thing. None of those people were being hunted by demons, though, the way Dean was, so they wouldn't be seeing demons' faces for what they truly were under the mask...

Oh, dude, it would be kinda cool and useful if Dean came back with Extra Special Demon-Killing Abilities, due to having spent some time in Hell. But that would probably backfire pretty quickly, making the two brothers too invincible.