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Very quick feelings about Doctor Who's Series 6 premiere -
  1. I feel sappy about Doctor Who (all of you are realising, after my Parks and Recreation posts and recent Office posts, just how sappy I get about a lot of the fiction I love, I'm sorry) because it really makes me feel so many feelings. Watching this show may be my favourite TV-watching experience, because it's so huge and unrelentingly emotional, and it makes you love its characters, and even when it's being stupid and cheesy, it's so delightful. RTD gets a lot of flak and for pretty good reason, but I still adore the way he likes using the show to drag you in by the collar and say, "FEEL, DAMN IT! ARE YOU FEELING THINGS NOW? how about if I rob your favourite character of all growth? how about if everyone dies?", etc.

    Series 5 dialed that back, I think, and was more along the lines of "this show is mad and its lead is mad and the adventures he has are mad, and we want you to feel the joy of it", which was fine on its own because I really do appreciate Moffat's "everybody lives!" feelings, but god do I hope this premiere set the tone for the series, because it's darker and involves these characters (these specific ones) and I find that intriguing and compelling, and I really can't wait to get into it more - if only to find out how I can summarise this series' premise.

  2. I really don't have the words to talk about how much I adore River/Eleven, not anymore, because Tumblr and commenting on other LJ posts' have drained me, but - I 'ship it so hard. so hard. The flirting and easy interactions and affection and lack of personal space and all the knowing looks are charming and really, Matt Smith and Alex Kingston have fantastic chemistry and I want to watch them while they're talking at each other all the time -

    but there's also the tragedy and terribly-disguised respect and concern and simultaneous cruelty (I'm thinking specifically of that "but trust you?" scene, because fuck. her face in that scene.), and I want to watch them while they're talking about each other or interacting around each other, too, because then we get scenes like River's immediate reaction to Eleven's death, and her speech to Rory, and Eleven's concern for her when she heads down alone, and those things may be the reason I 'ship it as hard as I do.

    Basically I'm kind of bummed that River probably isn't a permanent fixture in this TARDIS. How hard I 'ship it is disgusting and I don't want to think of episodes without her around.

  3. My feelings for both Rory and Rory/Amy have been largely ambivalent but because of the material he was given and how much Arthur Darvill brought it, I am now feeling good about this 'ship (i.e. I don't mind seeing more of it, hooray), and I am feeling great about Team Eleven as it currently is (because Rory's interactions with every character in the main cast so far have been brilliant). And the more I think about it the more I like what he brings to this team - grounding and calming and with a lot of good intentions about reigning in the crazies he's surrounded by - not just because he's afraid, but also because he wants them to be okay, too.

    Rory, you should stay.

  4. Matt Smith is still wonderful and quietly devastating and chilling and captivatingly insane, both in the dorky way and in the "I don't know what my boundaries are" kind of way, which is awesome. Also I want to mention that the sheer age 1100-year-old Eleven had was beautiful. And I adore his face. His Easter-Island-statue-inspiring face.

  5. Casting Mark Sheppard was genius - recognisably sci-fi but not all that recognisably American, if that makes sense.

  6. Eleven/Amy and their crazy tactility and their faces and the way he grabbed her hand when they ran out of the TARDIS in Florida. aaah, you crazy kids.

  7. Am not concerned with plot, really. I'm just sitting around and waiting for the show to bring it (because they will).

Have I ever mentioned that the only song sung by Kurt Hummel on Glee that I've really enjoyed is 4 Minutes? Probably not, because it's ridiculous of me. And Glee is the worst. (Look, Glee music is important for my guilty-pleasure/shower music.)

-- rachu
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