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Doctor Who when i descend into smut-land
backburner WIP And then She Forgot
Donna has a hard time not remembering her life with the Doctor. Only as soon as she remembers she forgets again. I'm not sure if i'll ever finish this one. Pretty sure it was meant to be a babyfic...
WIP Something Blue 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12?
The Doctor and Donna visit a planet at random and stumble upon an agrarian/historical/scientific theme park! What secrets will they uncover? R/NC-17 babyfic with >> fastforward trope.
Confluence of Fate 1 | 2
What exactly did the Doctor mean when he said that he was going “To get my reward”? Why was Wilf seeing that Woman, and how did the Doctor recognize her? What happened to the Master when Gallifrey was banished? The Doctor's interaction with the Noble family is far from over, in fact, it's about to get a lot more complicated. Metacrisis fix-it with 10, 11, and (author created) 12: written post-End of Time. PG ~Time-tot fic
Confluence of Picnickers
Fluffy one-shot sequel to Confluence of Fate. G Time-tot/kid fic
WIP (backburner) Decrypting the Tardis Manual 1 | 2
Donna is still trying to figure out the most anomalous bloke she's ever met, the Doctor is merely stumbling upon his next adventure, and the Tardis, of course, has other ideas. Surely destined to become NC-17, partially gutted for another fic so we'll see.
WIP ~backburner Denial
First couple of chapters complete. I might get this done if i could actually get my sister to surrender my series 4 DVDs...
Echoes in the Library
Missing scene between the Doctor staring at River, all handcuffed up, and the "All right" exchange with Donna. PGish
Echoes on Stone 1 | 2 | 3
The Doctor and Donna stumble upon an alien fertility festival and are forced to participate... or else. My take on the old cliché, which i never thought i'd do, but the last one i read irritated me to no end. So i'm diving into smut land with the forced sex story. Not only that, but it's alien!sex smut. R/NC-17
WIP (backburner) Echoes of a Stolen Journey 1 | 2
WIP (backburner) Friend Mine codename: Deep End
Has anyone ever seen Enemy Mine? That might give you a general idea of what this will be about. I'm not going to say yet. xD
WIP (coming off the backburner next!) Incubus Verse
Incubus 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | anatomy | 9 | 10 | 10+ | 11 | 12
This is A/U, set post-Midnight, is not part of any of my other series, and is probably the result of an illness and drug-induced haze. Canon changes: the Master didn't age the Doctor with the Laser Screwdriver, and the Doctor isn't exactly asexual...but he hasn't exactly figured that out yet. Alien anatomy is obviously going to play a part in this story. R/NC-17 alien babyfic
Fighting a Fixed Point 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
Incubus from Donna's point of view. R/NC-17 babyfic
Just a Kiss drabbles (semi-WIP, backburner) Jack | Rose | Reinette | Jackie | Martha | Joan | Astrid | Donna | Christina | Amy | River | Marilyn?
Just how powerful of a genetic transfer is a Time Lord's kiss? G/PG ~babyfic
Crimson Ten Delight Petrichor 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6
The Tardis crash lands in a rainforest. Per usual, the natives are suspicious...and misunderstood. And, because it's a porn battle, you just know that sparks are going to fly. R/NC-17
current WIP (unposted) untitled Petrichor sequel 1
(you guessed it) babyfic R/NC-17
WIP (backburner) Slap
I'm not sure if i'll be finishing this one. The general idea is that the Doctor likes it when he gets slapped. I mean really likes it. Might morph into an 11/Donna fic because it's not really working with 10...i keep picturing 11's console room while i'm writing this for some reason. R/NC-17
Super!Temp is just trying to get some work done! Could be set before Runaway Bride, or between said episode and Partners in Crime or post Journey's End, anything works... except Dee. G
Unshed Tears and a Smile
What was going through Donna's mind when the Doctor ran to Rose in Stolen Earth? G
Where the Lines Overlap (three dream drabbles)
One Paramore song and a prompt resulted in three drabbles written post-Journey's End. PG-13
Whispered in the Night
Ten and a certain female character mentioned in the End of Time (i don't want to give it away!) have a wedding night with mixed results. R/NC-17
Star Trek Voyager nothing above PG-13
9 Days ~ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | escape | birth
Voyager's captain and crew are kidnapped. Will they be able to escape? And why is the Captain acting so strangely? J/C, T/P (Torres/Paris) The first pregnancy fic i wrote (twelve years ago! There are post dates at the bottom of each page at my old website). Yes, i am reusing the same pregnancy trope in my Doctor Who fic Something Blue...only to an even more extreme level.
I wrote this poem shortly after "The Raven" premiered. "Annika" deals with Seven and her journey to become more human.
Which captain is the best? Kirk vs. Picard vs. Sisko vs. Janeway. My first fanfic...seriously. Yes this is the first fic i penned. I'm not exactly sure when but it was pre-2000, sometime between Fall 1995 and Fall 1999.
Janeway recruits Chakotay as her first officer: My second episode addition (this time to "Caretaker"). J/C
If I Miss, I Get to be Captain
What happens when Chakotay actually does perform on a talent night. J/C and T/P
A two-word poem and two haikus about the two characters who made one of the cutest couples in the universe.
My Gift to You
I wrote this poem the day after i saw "The Gift:" my tribute to Kes/Jennifer Lien...whose character got destroyed in one of the worst ways imaginable.
My Husband with the Coffee Eyes
My second Drabble, a companion to "My Wife with the Champagne Shoulders." Kathryn muses as she makes love with Chakotay about what she was missing when she always pushed him away. Also J/C, also not NC-17.
My Wife with the Champagne Shoulders
My first Drabble: Chakotay adores Kathryn as they make love. J/C, and it isn't explicit.
What should have happened in the episode "Fair Haven" (or so my teenage self thought). A barfight, a confession, and... well, i can't tell you the whole story! You have to read it for yourself. Most definitely J/C.
Peeping Tom, Shroy Tuvok ~ Tom | Tuvok | Seven | Chakotay | the Doctor | Harry | B'Elanna | Neelix | Kathryn
After Janeway and Chakotay go on another ill-fated away mission, Chakotay tells Kathryn how he really feels. Will Kathryn push him away more? Or will she finally confess her love? Each part is told from the unique perspective of a member of Voyager's senior staff. J/C, T/P, 7/D (or is that S/D? A/D?) Note: I was really proud of the format for this when i originally posted this. All the text and links corresponded to whose point of view the chapter was written in. Probably annoying buy i thought it was a good idea at the time. Check it out...
- what i hear:Hunger Games and first two Twilight soundtracks shuffle
In DotD the War Council mentions that the High Council have their own separate plans. So EoT and DotD are happening at the same to the planet of Gallifrey. The way time locks seem to work is that time is suspended/accelerated inside the bubble, nothing can get in or out. The Tardis wiki only says time travel can't get in or out but in the Stolen Journey Daleks couldn't get into the Torchwood bubble and appeared to be frozen to Gwen and Ianto even though they were still existing and moving around inside of it. In EoT the High Council is attempting to bring Gallifrey out of the time lock they created before they are destroyed by the Daleks. So basically, the High Council was trying to run away but leave the Daleks in the time lock. Ten stopped them from escaping in EoT because a) it would have destroyed Earth, and b) the Time Lords were insane and it would be a really bad idea to unleash them on the universe (look at the way Cass reacted to Eight in Night of the Doctor).
The way Ten used to talk about the time lock, it felt like Gallifrey hadn't ever ended, actually, as if the War was frozen in its last throes of mutual self-destruction and it would just repeat on a loop forever. Even if the War Doctor had destroyed Gallifrey it must have happened after the Master and Ten stop their attempt to escape from the time lock. Rassilon isn't trying to get out of a pocket universe, he doesn't know anything about what the War Council is doing at that point, and he can't be trying to bring Gallifrey out of a time lock if the planet is already destroyed. Furthermore, he isn't trying to bring Gallifrey out at the same moment that it was put in (even though to him it can only seem as if the lock has been happening for mere days or hours), he's bringing it out decades after it originally went in and at a completely different part of space than where it already exists. He's essentially turned Gallifrey into a huge Tardis somehow and is using the planet to travel through time and space simultaneously to get out of a bubble that has it sealed decades/centuries in the past (depending if you are judging this by a universe constant time or the Doctor's personal timeline).
If sending Gallifrey back into the time lock destroyed it then Ten would be responsible for the end of the Time War, not the War Doctor, so Nine's angst and claim that he killed them all would be a complete lie/fabrication and make no sense whatsoever. Ten is sending them back to await their destruction at the hands of the Daleks (from the High Council's perspective) and War Doctor (from Ten's perspective). Which as it turns out never happened, or did happen once but gets erased if you like to think of it that way, but i personally don't think it ever happened. All Nine remembers after regenerating from the War Doctor is that he started to push the big red button, that's it. The sad thing about Nine's anger and depression is that he never went through with the choice that he thought he did. The irony of EoT is that Ten has already saved Gallifrey but forgotten about it.
So as it currently stands, Gallifrey is still existing in a pocket universe (assuming they can deal with the Daleks that were on the surface of the planet and still existed while it was pushed into the pocket). Either Gallifrey never actually went anywhere while it was trying to get of the time lock or the Doctors waited until it was restored to the time lock to put it in the pocket universe. But they Time Lords are still insane. Or at the very least Rassilon is.
- where i am:floor
I did like the anniversary special better on the big screen but really feel like John Hurt was created simply to stand in for Eccleston, and his Doctor was just tweaked a bit to make it work, which is a shame. I wish that at the very end they would have actually used the surviving actors instead of poor stand-ins with rubbish CGI. It looked horrible on TV, it looked even worse on a theater screen.
I have mixed feelings about Elizabeth. It seemed like all of Ten's angst from the latter specials was missing, for one thing. And that doesn't make sense to me really as it seems to be meant as an insert between Waters of Mars and End of Time. In a way it would make more sense if placed between Planet of the Dead and Waters of Mars attitude wise. And i can see that they were insinuating that Ten would go back to Elizabeth since there's a portrait of him and he's declared to be the Curator, etc. They actually don't show why Liz 1 would want to behead him...they make it look more like she would just say that for a reaction, maybe to judge where he was in his timeline? If he actually knew her maybe he would be "Haha, yeah right honey" instead of "What?!?"
I really don't understand what they're doing with Clara. She feels like a stand in for River and still reminds me way too much of CAL. It is very hard for me to believe that she's not a regeneration of River or the daughter of Eleven and River, it's just really hard. I'm not comfortable with what they've done with her character, i'm not comfortable that Ten was kissing her hand after next to no interaction with her, and i am sick to death of Moff introducing new arcs while leaving old ones unresolved. There's Jenny, the crack, reuniting Melody with the Ponds, clarifying Kovarian and the Silence, the Great Intelligence, what the heck Clara as the Impossible Girl means when she's doing things that Alex said River has done/is going to do, etc. Moff has made a right mess of things and i don't like it. He's making it very hard for me to keep watching the show.
I don't dissaprove of TPTB bringing back Gallifrey but i don't see how saving the planet and the kids helps anything. Rassilon, the High Council, the War Council, the soldiers, we have been led to believe that they have gone insane and that there is nothing noble left in them. Even if we do bring them out of their frozen moment and back into our space time won't they still be insane and not caring who gets hurt/in their way? Furthermore, why couldn't the Moment actually be the thing that did that, who chose to hide Gallifrey away in a moment (oh wait, that's only her name)??? Sure, it was awesome to see all the Doctors, and isn't it convenient that all of them forgot it over and over and over...and over again, but: i just thought it would be nice if the Moment could figure out to use all her power for something other than destroying a galaxy. Which, let's face it, is extremely ironic considering Rose's careless behavior in series 4.
Ugh, i hate not being able to just love the anniversary and feeling like it was too short, half baked, and somewhat cheated.
- where i am:floor
- how i feel: confused
The odd thing is that i enjoyed The Five(ish) Doctor Reboot more. It had classic Doctors, even better humor, included people like Pertwee's son, Davison's kids, and the actress who played Lauren's BFF. Oh, and PJ and Sir Ian! I enjoyed it quite a lot. Was a bit surprised/confused by the Barrowman bit (they were insinuating that he's a closet straight person? lol) but it was hilarious hearing him singing away in the background constantly. McGann goes "missing", the trio plays Daleks and Zygons, DT forgets about Wilf being on the way, Georgia is pounding away the ice cream. Sooooo funny.
Am i the only person who liked the shorter classic special better? Maybe i'll like the anniversary better when i watch it tomorrow (er, later today) at the theater.
- where i am:floor
- how i feel: amused
I write on Tumblr a lot more than i thought i did.
The Doctor is a surprised by the question, like 900 years of time and space and he has never shagged a companion, why would he start now? The thought never crossed his mind. And Rose is like...ew. Chemistry quotient: never in a million years.
So Rose is angsting cuz her mother is upset. And of course she is: her daughter disappeared on the night the mannequins came alive. That's pretty terrifying. Who wouldn't assume the worst? This all could have been avoided had Rose not hung up on her mother, that probably caused Jackie many a sleepless night. And the Doctor, he doesn't "do domestic". It's amazing that he hasn't run already. He got slapped for Rose. Unbelievable. So we're reduced to a relationship that everyone assumes is sexual, and mum doesn't approve, and isn't this all so mature?
But notice that the Doctor isn't acting like he wants Rose to stay with him or that he wants her to leave. I don't know if Nine is all "I'm a tough guy, gotta keep a front up", or if he genuinely doesn't care. Unlike when Martha and Donna choose to leave Ten, he doesn't even make a move to stop her. Nine doesn't angst, he's like "Well if you don't want to come, I'm certainly not going to make you. Good riddance, I don't want you to come, either." He could be trying to protect himself. No way of knowing, really, he's not sharing.
This completely blindsided me. I had never realized that Rose had called the Doctor gay and i don't have the slightest idea what she meant by it. Was she friendzoning him? Is she just joking? Is it meant as a put down? I am completely confused what her intent was. She's having a laugh at his expense about the slap but what does his sexual orientation have to do with it? Does Rose think that the Doctor is gay, is that why there was such a strong "No" about the sexual relationship question?
Mind the gap, love, that is enormous. And of course he would be hard put to find someone his own age to have a relationship with, but the amount of baggage you might have thought he had was something on the order of thirty years and now you've just discovered that it's a lot more than that. Does Rose even consider there might have been companions before her? I don't remember enough of School Reunion to answer that offhand.
Rose, do you even remember the guy you left in an alley 48 hours ago? Who you were chewing out the Doctor about because he had forgotten to be concerned whether he was alive or dead? Who took you to Clive's house and you rescued from the Autons? Just completely space your boyfriend, why don't you? You should have at least texted him that you're home by now.
For some reason, Rose thinks the Doctor has all the answers ahead of time. He's looking for disasters, running towards danger, he wants to be surprised. He has really simple needs, honey. And it's the Tardis that's filling them (took him where he needed to go, again).
He is such a liar. And he's so earnest about it.
Poor Mickey is mostly just around for comic relief. But it's about time they got back to him.
Finally, the truth is out! The Doctor is in a relationship with his rubber mallet. Blimey he abuses the Tardis enough, it's a miracle she puts up with him at all.
Mickey is still very much invested in this relationship. In his mind, he and Rose are still a couple. Even after being through hell because of her “disappearance”. Jackie's a bit ticked off that he didn't tell her about the Doctor, but she wasn't being trusting or supportive towards him. There was no way she would believe Mickey when telling the truth any more than she would have believed Rose. She assumed the worst about Mickey, just like she assumes the worst about the Doctor. Jackie needed to see the truth for herself. Very typical overprotective mother stuff, Jackie's heart is in the right place.
So he apparently thinks that Rose has been unfaithful. The interesting twist is that the Doctor and Rose are fully denying this, we the viewer have no evidence that they're anything like a couple, and behind the scenes Chris and Billie are claiming that the Doctor and Rose fell in love at first sight. This, dear readers, is true love. Mickey Smith thinks his girl has been unfaithful, but he loves her and wants to be with her anyway. After getting a few cheap shots in at her expense.
It would be interesting to know what Rose meant to say here. What, in her mind, is more important than a boyfriend?
See, Mickey isn't dumb. He's contributing more than Rose is here. He prompts the Doctor to think in a direction that is very important later in the episode.
You know, i wouldn't exactly call any of this situation domestic. Everyone is hurt and behaving badly. See, the Doctor is terribly thoughtless when it comes to not considering the feelings of the family and friends that get left behind when he sweeps new companions off their feet. He created this mess, not Rose. Well, she contributed when she agreed to come along, but it's not wholly her fault.
Also, Rose is defending the Doctor, won't let anyone say a thing against him. She fights with him like crazy, but she doesn't let anyone else do it, apparently.
This is not a relationship that is over. It may be rocky, it may be immature, but Mickey is a stand up guy. He's willing to be walked all over. Once again, their relationship reminds me of Amy and Rory.
Rose, honey, stick with the Doctor, and he will take you places that you've never dreamed of. Just a little glimpse into the life the Doctor had before her (this is old news to Classic Who fans). And the Doctor begins to see that Mickey (got his name right this time) is not as stupid as he looks.
/gasp The Doctor might not be a man? Does that make
him her a woman?
Can i just take a moment to say...Penelope Wilton is awesome. Calculated overacting aside, she completely sells a woman who just wanted to improve healthcare for her mother but ends up stepping up to the plate during an alien invasion of government (oops, i guess that's an American metaphor, what would the British step up to?). She overhears this assistant telling the bad guys that the Doctor is important, smoothly snags Rose, and proceeds to get the intelligence she's been gathering to the right people. Harriet Jones, i salute you.
But first, she needs to fall apart for a second.
Now i've seen people call Rose "compassionate" but i think this is hilariously anything but. The middle aged member of state that you've just met is not keeping it calm, she is crying. And Rose goes "Um...." thinking What do I do, what do I do? Is there anyone else around here that might be in charge of consoling people? Guess not. xD
Hindsight is 20/20
Rose still doesn't seem to be sexually attracted to the Doctor. She denied it repeatedly over the course of this episode and seems to feel connected to him in a big way that has nothing to do with boyfriend/girlfriend material. She is completely certain that he wouldn't just abandon her. That's a lot of faith. Is it well placed?
- where i am:floor
- how i feel:we are amused
- where i am:floor
- how i feel: surprised
Can i just start out by saying that i really don't like this episode very much. I'm not a Dickens fan. I don't like seances and ghosts. I don't do Halloween. But Eve Myles is awesome.
Okay, so i guess Rose took their little talk to heart more than i did? She's all serious all of a sudden. The fighting was still there while the Tardis was heaving, but now she's like, drooling. But is it really over the Doctor? Cuz it seems like she's really drooling over the Tardis, who's purring away in the background. Only i don't think Rose even acknowledges the Tardis as being a living thing yet. Chemistry quotient: Wow, we're really traveling through time together!!! I hate to be a naysayer here but so far it still feels like she's only with him because he can show a girl a good time, not for him. I know this will change eventually, but she's still at the beginning.
Is it just me or is this like the only time the Doctor ever commands a companion to change into something period appropriate? And that grin! I think he's just messing with her so he can have some alone time with his Tardis.
This has got to be in the back of the Doctor's mind any time he starts a new relationship, friendship or otherwise. Short life, dangers lurking everywhere, age coming on so quickly, it's all so fragile. Moff likes to play this up with Amy and River later on. Chemistry: you're beautiful, but you're just a kid, and i'm not setting myself up for heartache. Okay, so maybe there's a tiny bit of chemistry there. But he's also pushing her away.
And that's the thing, isn't it? Nine can't seem to get the Tardis to go where he's aiming half the time. I love the bit in “the Doctor's Wife” where she says “I always took you where you needed to go.” Bit of a letdown, but we're here now, so lets look around, bump into a celebrity, you know.
This is a great nod to the fans, how they feel proprietary towards what they are a fan of, as if they're the only ones who have the right to criticize the subject of their devotion. Aren't we fickle? Er, astute, i meant, yes, we are just overflowing with observation. Moving on...
Yes, he's worried about her, but he's all matter of fact about it. He's not paralyzed with worry, he has time to fanboy. He's a hard egg to crack.
See, the Doctor knows when to stand back and let his companion give other men what for. Per usual, he is having fun. Maybe he gets off on this? Nah.
See, i didn't even remember this, but Gwyneth sees it. Rose has been thinking about her father, and that's the real reason she wants to travel with the Doctor. Foreshadowing ftw. She's not thinking about a relationship with the Doctor, she's thinking about her father. But Gwyneth sees the path Rose is on, to the Bad Wolf, with/through/in the Tardis.
Uh oh. Rose knows what this means. The Doctor is going to feel guilty and want to fix things. And the way he looks at Rose when she objects is the way Rose looks at Gwyneth when she talks about people in the future being half-naked.
It's good that Rose stands up to the Doctor cuz he's not thinking straight. Of course he should feel sorry for a people that his people hurt, but nothing about this smells right. Rose might have a donor card, but the corpses in Dickens' age certainly didn't. And the Doctor is forcing his beliefs on these people. That's not right. In the last episode the Steward listed religion as one of the things that was banned on the station. People can't do that, they have religious beliefs whether they realize it or not, label it as religion or something else. Gwyneth chooses to help the Gelth because of her religious beliefs. The Doctor chooses to help the Gelth to sooth his broken soul, that is part of his religious beliefs, he feels that he needs to heal those who were hurt in the Time War. In the last episode, the Doctor scoffed at the idea of Global Warming, in this one he scoffs at the idea that people's bodies are something should be respected after their original occupants are dead.
This is something that i think is important about time travel. Some people say you can't change the past, like every event is a fixed point. That's not the case in Back to the Future and it's not usually the case in Doctor Who. I think that's really important in terms of Rose's journey at this point. Her father's death can possibly be changed in her mind. That's where her focus is, and the Doctor doesn't even see it, not yet. Okay, maybe he isn't as observant as i gave him credit for.
The first clue that the Gelth had ulterior motives are that Granny killed her grandson. The Undertaker said business was booming, the Gelth were probably responsible for some of those deaths, as well. Come on, Doctor, couldn't you have seen this coming? Unfortunately, we the viewer had more information in hand than the Doctor or Rose did. And this is Rose's chance to say “I told you so.” Chemistry quotient: I'll stand in front of you in the middle of this hopeless situation.
Guilt. More guilt... Getting timey wimey 411 out of the way.
Wait, what? You guys are having fun now? Chemistry quotient: isn't it great we get to die together.
Chemistry quotient: damn it, I messed up again. Maybe Clive was right, Death does follow him wherever he goes. ):
Hindsight is 20/20
They were so setting the Doctor and Rose up for Father's Day with this episode. It's really weird, i felt like Gwyneth had more chemistry with the Doctor than Rose, and she was dead. The goodbye just felt a little forced and premature, but then i was watching Dickens figure it out and run around, saving the day. It just goes to show you that the Doctor doesn't have all the answers, isn't always right, and human intuition sometimes wins. You tell him, Rose.
Okay, so this seemed a tiny bit shippier than any of the other episodes so far except.
- The Doctor is always fiercely protective of his companions
- Rose is kind of sort of using the Doctor
- Rose is hung up on her dad
Yeah, i didn't really realize there was premeditation on her part with going back in time to save her dad. Brilliantly played, RTD, brilliantly played. So i'm not sold yet. A guy can look at a woman in a dress, think she's hot, and not want to be in a relationship with her. And again, a man can be on the verge of death in a morgue and be glad he's not alone but not want to marry the woman he's with. They gotta work harder to sell it to me.
- where i am:floor
- how i feel: awake
- Canon only encompasses what happens on the show itself. Novelizations, comic books, behind the scenes, and interviews do not equal canon.
- Sci Fi 101: Handy is his own person, as he is a clone of the Doctor (that also has some of Donna's DNA). I highly recommend watching The Island or Star Trek TNG episodes featuring both Data and Lore to drive this idea home. The Island is actually a really good example of this since Lincoln has some of the memories of the man he's cloned from but makes completely different choices. You can also see Dark Angel for some examples of how clones can be completely different, namely “She Ain't Heavy”, or “Pollo Loco” and “The Berrisford Agenda” (or another episode with Alec in it). Clones are basically like identical twins, they have identical genetics, can have separated or shared history, but they are a completely different person who will make completely different choices or the same choice for different reasons (Wasn't there an episode of Arrested Development that focused on that?).
- I think Rose had more initial potential than any of the other nuWho companions but that TPTB held her back and she could have been much much more. But i really like how she investigated the Doctor, keeps her head in times of stress/fear, doesn't take shit from anyone, and was presented with a athletic physicality (wish they would have explored that more, she's kind of like another Susan, really, which will probably make people hate me, but Susan was originally supposed to be less of a wilting flower and kick more booty).
So to start out the Doctor is showing off the Tardis, pumping her console (i did you not!), you know, trying to impress Rose. He does this with all his new companions, right?
They finally get out of the Tardis, and then the aliens start to show up and Rose is like “What's going on?!? This is way outside my comfort zone.” The Doctor likes to do this to companions, too, a la “Gridlock”, “Planet of the Ood”, “Beast Below”, and “The Rings of Akhaten”. History is all well and good but can they handle the alien and unknown?
And right off the bat, Nine starts flirting with the tree woman. Jabe has gotta be old, like trees live forever, right? Chemistry quotient: guh.
Rose isn't feeling anything but like a third wheel here. She feels no claim on the Doctor, no jealousy, just curiosity. Chemistry quotient: was that, like, an alien make out session???
So the Doctor is concerned about Rose wandering off. Why shouldn't he be, that's one of his rules, “Don't wander off.” And he was having such a good time. Jabe, though, moves in for a bit of a scan. She likes to investigate, too (she actually reminds me of River a bit here, with her handheld scanner, and her mature authority). Chemistry quotient: distracted and intrigued.
Okay, Rose is wigging out now, getting sad and overwhelmed, but i love this: she takes the time to get to know Raffalo. This girl is used to being treated like machinery, seen and not heard, and Rose goes and makes her feel special for a few seconds, confides in her, realizes that the Doctor could be a complete sicko. And in a small way that aliens are completely normal, too.
So Rose takes a while to get used to this idea. I guess we can't all grow up watching Star Wars and Star Trek and Lost in Space. But the Doctor, he's a bit crushed, poor thing. After all, he is alien. And i don't think that Rose ever really gets that, i think she thinks Nine is like an eccentric uncle or something. Or she tries to forget. And that's just her, comprehending things the only way she knows how. Right now she's scared and overwhelmed and she'll get the hang of things. But once again, great starting out place, leaves plenty of room to grow, which is wonderful when you're watching a new show. Yay.
Oops, he's in trouble again. These 21st century women tend to get touchy about things like this. He'll learn eventually. But Rose finally realizes that maybe she should know something about the Doctor's background. We knew she'd get there! Character development ftw! But unfortunately the Doctor closes up and distracts her with shiny instead.
Oops, Nine's getting tetchy now. “I show her the universe and she whines that her mum's gone.” Rose, honey, she's still alive, you just talked to her. But it's all timey wimey and i'm not sure i fully understand and a new viewer certainly doesn't get it at all. We'll all get there someday. Wait til we get to "Blink"! "Smith and Jones"! Or "the Big Bang"! Those will confuse you even more!
TOTALLY OFF TOPIC their host/Steward has a personalized coffee mug that was drawn on! Like he has a kid somewhere out there and keeps their gift close to him so he can remember home. /melt Oh, no, he's gonna die, and his kids are never going to see his Daddy again!!!! /sob
RTD liked this joke, i had forgotten the “wife” bit was in here, only remembered “concubine” and “prostitute” for some reason. They deny it of course. Chemistry quotient: protesteth too much? Nah. The Doctor denies all, flat out, doesn't seem slightest bit interested. And you know, Rose basically orders them to go have sex. She just doesn't see him that way.
This is pretty much how every woman reacts to the Doctor. Chemistry quotient: bewildered.
I adore Rose here. No way are you touching my chin, Michael Jackson. And i think she's catching on, that it's better to mingle and survive than stagnate and end up the last pure thing. Please don't try to call me a pot or a kettle, i learned this one well over a decade ago, thank you. But of course Rose messed with the wrong trampoline.
I love Jabe, how observant she is. But no Jabe, he's a man, he always enjoys trouble. You are used to serenity and sunshine no doubt. But because of her age and royalty status i think that it is easier for the Doctor to connect with Jabe. He's a Time Lord, and there is so much history that he has lived and seen and he can't exactly tell Rose, she just couldn't handle it. He doesn't even have to tell Jabe. Chemistry quotient: vulnerable and understood and not alone. Followed by more flirting. And then Doctor to the rescue!
Back to fighting like cats and dogs with Rose. Whiplash back to the fan room.
And the Doctor is still running with Jabe, but it doesn't look like it's going to end well. Which, of course, it doesn't. /sniff
This is really dark Doctor, here. Not exactly what we're used to seeing in old Who or of Nine so far. I'm sure the Doctor has seen a lot of people die, and it's amazing that he can still care as much as he does, really. See, he's alien, there's only so much we can understand him. We're used to him being peaceful and “there's gotta be another way” but this has a certain kind of poetic justice, because all of this destruction, the deaths of the Steward and Raffalo and Jabe, actually had meaning. But Rose, for all her earlier vitriol, doesn't want Cassandra to die, not like this. Us humans think it's more humane to lock someone in a cell for a hundred years. Some part of the Doctor believes, despite his best attempts to hide it, that sometimes a death is the only thing that can pay for death. It's not how we usually see him at all.
OT: Rose, someone was watching, and you're standing with him right now, only he hasn't gotten there yet. More timey-wimey!
He does finally open up. He prefers it when she's joking around, not serious. It's because he's running from his past. Chemistry level: lets have fun together, kid. I guess that's a bit more chemistry. But it still feels like a game, like he just chose to have Rose around because she's there and he can't stand to be alone. Hey, it's great to have relationships for fun or for practice, but i'm not feeling like they're serious. Not at all. I just get the sensation that he really would have healed more quickly with someone like Jabe traveling with them, too. I like in classic Who how the Doctor usually has two or three companions traveling with him. I like that a lot. The problem with that is that one of them tends to get locked in a room for half the episode like Rose just did. She could have played an even more active role here had TPTB let her.
- where i am:floor
- how i feel: awake
So i want to try to write 50,000 words this month. I'm going to count all the words i write this time, picspams, fanfics, etc. I was hoping to get a little writing in this morning but have a migraine. I keep on thinking i'm going to still make it to work and then my sister starts playing the violin again and i get nauseous...while sequestered in my room. I'm too sound sensitive right now. And probably light sensitive as well but i'm not noticing it as much as scents, oddly enough. Which also puts a wrench in my plans to go see Ender's Game today.
So i don't know if i can focus enough to write with all the noise in the next room. I want to try, but i'm sure some of you are wondering why i don't just sleep...and i'm not sure i can with all the noise. Maybe i should find my ear plugs. The good news is that trying to write will probably just end up putting me to sleep.
- where i am:floor
- how i feel: sick
- what i hear:violin...Avenger's theme?