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braisedbywolves From: braisedbywolves Date: April 11th, 2010 11:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
despite nearly being put off by the utterly rubbish bit with the food at the beginning.

I.. the.. I... what?
j4 From: j4 Date: April 12th, 2010 09:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Er... that was Dr Who, wasn't it? I didn't dream it or something? The stupid bit where he's trying lots of different foods while he's trying to adjust to his new body, and spitting everything out across the kitchen? It was like something out of 'Bottom'. Totally retarded. Yes, I know it's only a tiny bit of the whole thing, but, y'know, it was the first bit, and it went on about twenty times longer than necessary.

(Yeah, internet heresy, I know. I'm sure that bit was actually a clever reference to the bit in Blah Blah Blah of the Daleks where the chap with the scarf does that thing with the thing and it's incredibly significant to the plot arc.)
braisedbywolves From: braisedbywolves Date: April 12th, 2010 12:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm sure that bit was actually a clever reference

Oh, no (or at least I don't think so*)! It's exactly the opposite - the start of a new series, and we are being introduced to the new Doctor at the same time as Amelia is, so we find out that he's intense and flighty and alien but not scary, and basically: Tigger. And that's before the sitting down conversation, where we see that he's intelligent and concerned and constantly probing at situations. There's a lot loaded very efficiently into that first ten minutes.

None of which is to deny its surface appeal of a slightly grown-up child grumpily taking care of a child-like grown-up, and the statement made by it - this Doctor Who will be trying to be the best kids TV show ever. I would have lapped this up at the age when I was watching T-Bag and the like.

[Edit: didn't mean to sound insistent, just that it was generally the best-pitched opening I could have hoped for. I remember saying at about the fish-fingers-in-custard point that they had just captured the heart of everyone between 3 and 10. And mine, but that's less important]

* apart from the general tradition that the first episode of the New Doctor has him acting a little odd as a handy method of putting the new lad's stamp on it - heightened a little by it being a new producer/main writer.

Edited at 2010-04-12 12:41 pm (UTC)
j4 From: j4 Date: April 12th, 2010 01:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hum. I see where you're coming from with the analysis of what they were doing, but it was still a complete turn-off for me.

I'm sure it's great for kids, but I think that's generally part of the problem with Doctor Who for me: I didn't watch it as a child, so when I watch it now I'm basically watching kids' TV as a grown-up but without that warm fuzzy haze of nostalgic affection which would smooth out the clunky bits and make me feel more tolerant of the stupid bits.

Sorry, I don't mean to be mean about something you love... :-} addedentry is a huge fan & has also tried to convert me (though he did this by making me watch some dreadful old episodes of it from the dark ages which I think I actually fell asleep in the middle of...) but I just Don't Get It.
juggzy From: juggzy Date: April 12th, 2010 06:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
There are social satire aspects which, althoguh childlike in their execution, are the parts I enjoy the most.
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