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30 March 2007 @ 09:42 pm
here's a shocker:  

I'm a Talent!

You're a risk-taker, and you follow your passions. You're determined to take on the world and succeed on your own terms. Whether in the arts, science, engineering, business, or politics, you fearlessly express your own vision of the world. You're not afraid of a fight, and you're not afraid to bet your future on your own abilities. If you find a job boring or stifling, you're already preparing your resume. You believe in doing what you love, and you're not willing to settle for an ordinary life.

Talent: 77%
Lifer: 15%
Mandarin: 41%

Take the Talent, Lifer, or Mandarin quiz.

Having never watched Who before this new series, I found it very strange and fascinating to watch David Tennant play the Doctor, since the only one I've ever seen is Christopher Eccleston. I keep sitting there trying to think, "How would the last Doctor have done this?" and I don't know. I can't tell if that's because Tennant's doing an extremely fine job of playing an ongoing character (and I'd need to see earlier Doctors to really know that, I think) or if he's playing the character closely enough to Eccleston's version specifically that I'm not experiencing cognitive dissonance when I expect to, or if I've just accepted the new Doctor straightaway and the differences in how they might act are irrelevant because it's the same person, or...it's very confusing! And interesting! :)

Also, I thought Eccleston was pretty damned heartbreaking, but I spent pretty much this entire season going "snif!" I don't know if that's because it's better written (it is) or if it's Tennant's Big Brown Eyes, or if I'm just getting more familiar with the character in general and therefore more sympathetic to him, or what, but man. I knew (in general) what was going to happen at the end of season 2, and grew increasingly squirmy with agonized anticipation, and it basically paid off. WAUGH. I really, really would like to see Eccleston play those scenes, just to see the /differences/ as much as the samenesses. Kind of like the Jimmy Scene in season 5 Highlander (a comment which will make sense to two people reading this). -sigh- Also, while I appreciate why they did it, I wished they'd just closed the season with the Doctor alone in the Tardis, rather than pulling in a New Adventure and a Plucky Ending. I liked the heartbreak.

Actually, the heartbreak was part of why I liked "Girl in the Fireplace" so very very much. (That, and the very excellent lines I've seen quoted here and there on the net: "I believe it is customary to have an imaginary friend only in childhood. You are to be commended for your persistence," and, "What's a horse doing on a spaceship?!" "Mickey, what's pre-revolutionary France doing on a spaceship? Get some perspective!") But mostly I liked that the Doctor encountered Madame Pompadour for what, a total of several hours of her life, and he still very clearly loved her. I imagine you have to fall in love fast and hard when you're immortal, because there's really no time for anything else.

And obviously the Doctor (or this version, anyway) just adores humans, too (I love, love, *love* the bit in "The Impossible Planet" where he first warns Captain Zach that he's going to hug him, and then does so. I don't know if I like the warning, the hug, or the fact that Zach gave him a warm hug back best, but I liked it all. *beam*), which makes it all that much more agonizing. *sigh* (Possibly I have a great whacking weakness for very old immortal characters capable of making the hard decisions without much in the way of visible regret yet still able to fall hopelessly in love. You think?)

I got it from somewhere--nwhyte, probably--that the Doctor seems to be getting younger as he reincarnates down over the decades. If the show were mine to deal with (and I'm sure this's been suggested before, but still), I'd have the 13th and final incarnation be as a child. Twelve or so, so he could grow up and start the regeneration process all over again, thereby allowing the show to continue. It's what *I* would do, anyway.

Anyway, it was good stuff, and coincidentally the new season starts tomorrow night. I can't decide if I'm going to watch it or not, because if I start I'm going to have to make an effort to *keep* watching it, and I haven't watched TV on TV for years now... :)

This afternoon I put books into envelopes until I ran out of envelopes, and also until I ran out of copies of THE CARDINAL RULE. I have four left I'm keeping for myself, and all the rest are gone, gone, gone. That's kinda sad. Sniffle!

Ok, that's it from me. :)

ytd wordcount: 63,700
miles to Minas Tirith: 17

Current Mood: distressedSNIIIIIF!
Current Music: doctor who theme music
Alix (Tersa): Dr Who - Ten Bond (bibliophile1887)tersa on March 30th, 2007 09:53 pm (UTC)
Like you, I have only really watched Dr. Who in the current reincarnated series (I've seen scattered episodes of Baker and three other actors whose names are escaping me, but they have left so little a dent on me that I can't compare them).

I like Eccleston. I've always liked Eccleston, ever since Elizabeth (and later, The Others). But I love Tennant's doctor. I love the feyness of him, in the old sense of the word. He seems bright and sprightly and fun-fun-fun, then he makes some decision which, by human moral standards, seems so cruel and heartless that it takes your breath away that he can make it so easily and do it with the same sparkling smile on his face.

And basically everything you said.
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on March 30th, 2007 10:00 pm (UTC)
Indeed. The decision when he decided to take down the British PM for the sin of trying to take her own fate and that of her people, into her own hands was so cruel, so patrician, that you realised that the nice cuddly Whovian father figure could get very upset with his children if they didn't follow his rules.
kitmizkit on March 31st, 2007 08:02 am (UTC)
I'm so totally torn on that bit! On the one hand, I don't think she should have blown the ship up (oh how I loved her "Harriet Jones, Prime Minister!" It made me laugh every time.). On the other, I *completely understand* why she did, and while I also understand why the Doctor took her down, I was surprised he actually /did/ it. I can't exactly say it seemed unjustified, but in light of trying to control their own fate, yeah, it ... well, yes. Cruel. (You can tell I'm a professional writer, can't you.)
madmiss on March 30th, 2007 10:29 pm (UTC)
I can´t believe I missed a compitition! GAGH!.. books... books I don´t have... !!! And just for good measure !!!
(BTW Yeah!!! CD in print!!!)

Anyway.. How is ye? Send me news... I´m feeling isolated here in rural Patagonia.
Pádraig Ó Méalóidslovobooks on March 31st, 2007 07:35 am (UTC)
Do you need my address, or do you have it already?

I work every second Saturday, so ephiriel tapes Doctor Who for me to watch when I get home. Don't forget that Paul Cornell has a two-parter in the middle there somewhere.
kitmizkit on March 31st, 2007 07:53 am (UTC)
I do not seem to have it, so please email it to me!

Yeah, I'm looking forward to Paul's story. :)