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My Doctor Who binging continued last night as I watched all three parts of "Dragonfire". Before I was cramming 'em because I wanted to swallow down all the sixth Doctor episodes without having to savour the taste of them, now I'm binging 'cause I'm enjoying them. "Dragonfire" was the first I really felt invested in in a long time and I think the new companion, Ace, is the best companion since Romana. Ace has a gimmick--she's an explosives expert--but she becomes more than it, unlike previous mere vessels of gimmick companions, with a performance by Sophie Aldred that expresses depth in much the way McCoy's performance betters Colin Baker's.

I didn't actually hate Mel, the companion who preceded Ace. I neither hated her nor liked her--she's introduced in "Terror of the Vervoids" as a person in the Doctor's future--so we never see the Doctor meeting her. As such, she felt like a sort of generic companion--the point of her seemed mostly to demonstrate that "Terror of the Vervoids" takes place in some future date when he's gotten another companion as is his wont. So Mel always seemed like a walking blank to me.

Heh. Mel Blanc.

I think this is also why, in "Dragonfire," where Mel spends a lot of time alone with Ace, Mel actually kind of works. Ace's development seems to cause some kind of feedback loop. I guess, like Chad Everett says in Mulholland Drive, acting is largely reacting.



I might also be binging on Doctor Who so I can finally be caught up with everyone else. I'd like to be able to discuss the new show with other fans at Comic-Con and say things like, "Oh, yes, that was a bit like Jon Pertwee's first season, wasn't it? ha ha ha," and watch as the eyes of the person I'm speaking to glaze over momentarily as they decide whether or not to pretend they know what I'm talking about. I hope I can be enough of a smug prick to finally earn some respect in this town. Every good boy deserves fudge. Don't know what that's a reference to? Then you lose everything!



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From:bri_himself
Date:June 6th, 2011 06:21 am (UTC)
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the new companion, Ace, is the best companion since Romana.

Oh, good - I was worried Sophie Aldred's slightly ropey acting would put you off (when she's good, though, she's good). And the best is yet to come, McCoy-wise, so I'm glad you made it through the much-maligned Season 24 (well, I do like 'Dragonfire' secretly, but don't tell anyone) and into the much-improved Season 25 (I also like 'Silver Nemesis' secretly, but don't tell anyone).

Ace is great. She gets more sensible narrative attention from the scripts than anyone since at least Tegan, and she even gets to be part of a fun 'stealth' storyline, and she BLOWS SHIT UP.

Every good boy deserves fudge. Don't know what that's a reference to? Then you lose everything!

::whoosh::
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From:setsuled
Date:June 6th, 2011 10:29 am (UTC)
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Oh, good - I was worried Sophie Aldred's slightly ropey acting would put you off (when she's good, though, she's good).

She's as good as can be expected with that material--it's not easy to pull off the "I always felt like my parents weren't my real parents and that I was an alien" thing when it's flatly stated like that, unbidden to a stranger. Though I have nothing against the writers going with that sort of story--really, everyone likes that kind of story because everyone's miserable.

And the best is yet to come, McCoy-wise, so I'm glad you made it through the much-maligned Season 24 (well, I do like 'Dragonfire' secretly, but don't tell anyone)

I liked it--I felt really bad for the friendly dragon/robot, and those ice Nazis were actually pretty effective.

Ace is great.

She's badass. I'm two episodes into "Remembrance of the Daleks" and the serial's giving me chills it's so good.

Edited at 2011-06-06 07:51 pm (UTC)
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