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Doctor Who 2.02 Tooth and Claw

April 22nd, 2006 (08:13 pm)
impressed

current mood: impressed


So the secret origin of Torchwood is revealed. Wonder if they still remember the Doctor?

Very much a shout-out to classic Doctor Who in a way, complete with base-under-siege approach when they were trapped in the library, running down corridors followed by monster and an intriguing mix of back story and actual historical fact. Add in the new series's technique of including pop culture references like the running 'we are not amused' joke and this is probably one of the best episodes yet.

Nice to see Tennant settling down into the role, though it looks like he's gonna be rude quite a few more times yet. But wow, Queen Victoria is hardcore. Shooting people, getting bitten by a werewolf and banishing the Doctor from England. Let alone setting up Torchwood...

Love some of the little touches - Dr MaCrimmon from Balamory, Sir Doctor of TARDIS and the library scene were splendid. Arm up, indeed. Anyone else twitch an eyebrow when the Doctor licked the wall?

The running joke of Rose being naked was a nice little touch as well.

EDIT : One particularly good thing that came up on Fear Forecast -
"Mistletoe!" exclaims Samuel. Adam warns him: "You wouldn't want to eat it, because it's really poisonous." Mum's impressed: "That's right. It's a parasite that grows on other things." "Wow," announces Adam, "just like the werewolf!" Mum looks even more impressed by this.

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Posted by: Daveosaurus (southerndave)
Posted at: May 3rd, 2006 11:31 pm (UTC)
K9

Having finally watched the episode (through the use of various miracles ranging from illicit downloading to the transportation of CD-Rom disks via Fast Post) I'd fairly much agree with that... the only real disagreement I have would be about the "Sir Doctor of TARDIS" scene. I honestly found it embarassing to watch. Otherwise this whole characterisation of Victoria as a sprightly late-middle-aged lady (she would have been about sixty at the time) a refreshing change from the haughty old lady stereotype she's been saddled with in fiction over the last century.

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: May 4th, 2006 04:04 am (UTC)
Dalek - D'oh [__kali__]

It's good, but School Reunion is even better. At the rate this series is going, I may be dead before the season ends.

But yes, I cringed a little at Sir Doctor of TARDIS. But that was all forgotten by Queen Victoria's 'Now get out' speech.

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