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03 January 2010 @ 06:24 pm
Doctor Who - End of Time  


Some of these things are larger aspects, others just details...

1. Timothy Dalton's Rassilon. Given the role that Rassilon played in Gallifreyan history and culture, having him portrayed by an actor capable of pulling off such a larger-than-life figure, seems only fitting.

2. The two Vinvocci undercover scientists. Green, spiky and cute ;-)

3. Finally warming up to John Simm's Master. When "Utopia"/"Sound of Drums" aired a few years ago, I found this particular incarnation of the Master so farcical and over the top that I was actually fearing the worst, only to be surprised by how well-written, fitting and nuanced the scenes between him and Ten were this time around.

4. Ten paying his goodbyes to the people important to him before finally giving in to regeneration. I don't really know how to explain this, but for me this seemed such a typical thing for him to do. Methinks, few incarnations have needed human companionship and support as much as Ten did.

5. Ten being sung to his rest by a chorus of Oods. Now cracks a noble heart. Good-night, sweet prince; And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.

6. The short glimpse we got of Eleven after the regeneration regeneration.

 
 
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Selena: Time Lords by Crazy Celebrianselenak on January 3rd, 2010 07:24 pm (UTC)
The Vinvocci undercover scientists were indeed very cute and just the sort of whimsy RTD likes to include in his epic stories.

Re: the Master - come on. Remember Crispy!Master of The Deadly Assassin infamy? Remember Ainley!Master near the end of Castrovalva with the "show yourself!" rantings? Roberts!Master in the tv movie of doom? John Simm's Master in Sound of Drums and LotTL was almost restrained by comparison. (Not by comparison with Delgado, obviously, but the above mentioned gentlemen were between Delgado and Simm.)

I thought Timothy Dalton as Rassilon was excellent casting as well, and was surprised at the negative reception elsewhere. (Although the "this is clearly why James Bond changes appearances; he's a Time Lord" jokes were cute.)
Bimobimo on January 4th, 2010 07:10 pm (UTC)
I never watched Deadly Assassin, but Ainley!Master in Castrovalva and Eric Robert's performance in the TV movie of Doom? Oh yes, I do see your point...

I think my initial reservedness against Simm!Master was mostly caused by not being too happy with "The Sound of Drums" in general. There were quite a few things that I enjoyed, like Tennant's and Simm's take on the good old Doctor/Master bondage game chemistry or the twisted relationship between the Master and Lucy (one of my favourite New Who minor characters so far, btw.). However, for me these positive aspects never really made up for the fact that the episode, as a whole, crossed my personal "this is way over the top"-threshhold the second the Master burst out into spontaneous dancing.

Although the "this is clearly why James Bond changes appearances; he's a Time Lord" jokes were cute.

Well, this theory would also provide an excellent explanation for Bond's repeated defiance of probably every single known law of physics *g*
Kathyh: Kathyh Dr Who endkathyh on January 3rd, 2010 10:56 pm (UTC)
I don't really know how to explain this, but for me this seemed such a typical thing for him to do. Methinks, few incarnations have needed human companionship and support as much as Ten did.

Yes, that's it exactly, and the fact that he was able to say goodbye to them made his regeneration slightly less painful for me.