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13 June 2010 @ 11:52 am
Doctor Who "The Lodger"  
Discovered yesterday what it says on screen when the magic box is recording two things at once & you try & watch a channel that you can't access ... which meant we missed the England goal, but reading the news this morning we'd've missed it on ITV HD anyway ;) Feel a bit sorry for the goalie, he's gonna be crucified for that mistake :/ Anyway, onward to Doctor Who ...

Hmm, that was a low point in the season for me. I have an irrational and visceral dislike of that sort of romcom(?) storyline that was being used to showcase this week's guest star (who is apparently famous, and I have to say I did recognise him from the trailers for Gavin & Stacy which make me switch the TV off). Utterly cringe-making for me. J liked it though, so I think this is a case of me being weird, not an issue with the story itself. That said there were still things I liked - the people being lured upstairs was very creepy, especially as you start to work out there's something odd about time going on with that. The cat being the spy the Doctor recruited was cool, I'd assumed at first he meant a person, how peopleist of me ;) The reveal of no top floor was also well done - and I liked the implication that he's taught Amy some bits & pieces about controlling the Tardis or at least getting to the databanks etc.

Trailer for next week looked good (shan't discuss it though as J wants to remain spoiler free). Though I do hope we're not going for "Amy thinks the Doctor bought the engagement ring for her" or at least not for long ...
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An unexpected Haggishaggis on June 13th, 2010 12:12 pm (UTC)
I was worried by that moment but she looked worried, not excited so hopefully they will steer around the rom-com obviousness of the ring.
Margaretpling on June 13th, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
Keeping my fingers crossed :) (From the trailer it does look like there isn't really time for much of it ...)
Phlebasphlebas on June 13th, 2010 12:16 pm (UTC)
I'm just happy the romcom plot didn't involve the Doctor for a change :)
Margaretpling on June 13th, 2010 03:53 pm (UTC)
It's not really something I've seen Doctor Who as doing before, whether including the Doctor or not - I'd not stick to watching it for long if it did ;)
Phlebasphlebas on June 13th, 2010 04:42 pm (UTC)
...unless you count Tennant's entire run?
I enjoyed this one, anyway - it laid it on way too thick at the end (not for the first time this season) but for the most part it was a nice intriguing, offbeat story. Also, the Doctor can talk to cats.
Margaretpling on June 13th, 2010 04:53 pm (UTC)
Well, I guess "romcom" is not the right term for it - coz the thing I hate that this episode did is not there in Tennants entire run. Humiliation telly, people having misunderstandings and embarassing themselves - there for us to laugh at but it's all "OK in the end" coz "true love wins through". So Craig declaring his love for a random stranger fits into it, Craig being humiliated coz the Doctor does everything better so Sophie pays more attention to the Doctor etc. I understand other people enjoy watching it - it's a very idiosyncratic reaction on my part :)
jimreevejimreeve on June 14th, 2010 01:27 am (UTC)
Maybe not entirely idiosyncratic - I really didn't like this episode at all. Dire... what really irritated me was the logic of the plot (such as it was) was sacrificed to an apparent intention to be relentlessly 'comedic'. People are being knocked off, and the doctor plays football, has a bath, and annoys the residents. Odd that he seems to have no real trouble interacting with humans before, but suddenly he's 'hilariously' inept. Hmmm. There's a thin line between 'eccentric genius' and 'rather silly man' and this episode crossed over it in quite a big way. I blame the writers, not Matt Smith, who has the potential to be really good, if someone feeds him some decent material to work with.
Margaretpling on June 14th, 2010 07:48 am (UTC)
I saw it described somewhere else as the piece of fluff before the finale - a sort of palate cleanser I guess. Which makes sense for being comedic (and that's also to showcase the guest star) ... just a shame the comedy was a) of a type I didn't like and b) very heavy-handed as you point out.

Ah well, onwards to next week! :)
Jonbigme on June 14th, 2010 10:34 pm (UTC)
Yeah can't say it was the best one