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Hahahaha that was fun and had a very old-school Six-era vibe to it (I consider that a compliment really, like the best parts of Six's era: the crazy plots and the fun characters). I think it made about as much sense as a fish on a bicycle, but that's okay. There were dinosaurs and robots and a big game hunter and Queen Nefertiti and a bad guy whose creepitude was nearly Sharaz-Jek level. If this had been an old-school episode it would have been longer and had more things tie together, but it wouldn't have been nearly as funny or fun.

Lots of cute little scenes strung together, this one, hanging on by the skin of their teeth to a plotline that could best be described as what you get when you give a can of silly string to a hyperactive child.

I found nothing wrong with it at all :)

I only watched it once and it was last night, but I did also look at the live streaming tumblr to remind me of the awesome


Eleven's been sneaking way too many jelly babies, and yet, I do love him to pieces.

- Stopping giant robot/alien locusts from destroying ancient Egypt, with Queen Nefertiti. And that was just a throwaway setup line!
- Then off to the Indian Space Agency to figure out why a giant ark is hurtling toward the Earth in some future time. Yay, Indian Space Agency!
- Then pick up the gang. "I have a gang now." I know people aren't going to like Riddell because he's a sexist big game hunter... He's from 1902 and he's a bit of a caricature but you know what, the Doctor hangs out with him and so I think he's probably got some redeeming qualities in there. Also, Amy and him shoot dinosaurs together.

- Rory's dad! Did the Doctor not meet him at the wedding? Ha it just reminds me of Doomsday when Rose whispers to him... "My mum's still on board..."
- Rory's dad has a trowel. Of course he does.
- "I'm 31. I don't have a christmas list." "I DO!!!!" LOL

- Nefertiti: Are you a queen? Amy: Yes. Yes I am. (Good to see Amy has learned the lessons of Ghostbusters)
- Nefertiti reminds me of Erimem, which makes her even more awesome, of course.
- I will not have my companions flirting! Ha!
- Did anyone else notice that the Silurian scientist was saying something like, "All species have adapted well, except one..." I wonder if there's anything to that that might show up later. But I doubt it.

- Triceratops as a big puppy was kind of silly. I think they'd be more like hippos. Angry hippos that can kill you with their nasty horns. But whatev. Then it would be a lot harder to ride them.

- I was a little bit annoyed at the McGuffin red herring of Soloman the Pirate "knowing" the Doctor. But I really loved that scene. "I'm a Saggitarious. Probably." And how he goes from bouncy to intense very quickly.
- I also loved the robots because they reminded me of the furniture assemblers in The One Doctor. They are also the worst shots ever, wth?

So we also learn, Do not Fuck with Queen Nefertiti; she will end you. Good. And then the Doctor's like, well, here's your missiles, think how valuable they are. Sorry, I know I'm supposed to be all, the Doctor's a pacifist, but I was just going YES YES YES because that guy was a small-time bastard. And the Doctor did give him a fighting chance to get the missile tracer off his ship. Instead he totally pulled a Montalban. TOTALLY.

In the end, the Ponds want to go home, the Doctor is a bit sad about that, and Brian wants to eat a sandwich and watch the earth turn.

OH and I loved Rory's nursing kits and him and his dad flying a spaceship, and Riddell sneaking past the sleepy baby t-rex and Amy wanting to high-five Neffi and the bickering robots and "did I mention missiles" and Rory and the Doctor kissing LOL and... *flings silly string everywhere*

Date: 2012-09-09 09:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] a-phoenixdragon.livejournal.com
I wanna lick your review and then cuddle it all night...

THANK YOU.

Date: 2012-09-09 11:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
LOL :D Thanks.

Date: 2012-09-09 09:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] auntiemeesh.livejournal.com
Plot? Who needs plot? Dinosaurs, spaceships, Rupert Graves, Queen Nefertiti, Brian Pond ("I'm not a Pond" "Oh yes you are"), all of it was great fun!

Date: 2012-09-09 11:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
It is a very good thing the robots were terrible shots though.

Also, I forgot the Doctor's very first... "Run" when the dinosaurs appeared. I lol-ed.

Date: 2012-09-09 09:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jenlev.livejournal.com
Loved so much about this episode. Adore that Nefertiti gets to see other time periods and live a different life. She rocked in every way.

I think that the companions can only travel for so long before wanting to go home...er, to whatever home is for them. It's hard to swallow all of space of time for every meal. Even the Doctor struggles with that. This is what I'm telling myself so that I don't feel sad that the Ponds spend months away from Eleven and the TARDIS.

Date: 2012-09-10 12:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
Yeah, I think it is one of the central themes, that the freedom of always running is its own kind of trap. I wrote a story about it (eve11.livejournal.com/472613.html) once upon a time. With Erimem, who like Nefertiti, is awesome :)

Date: 2012-09-10 10:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jenlev.livejournal.com
Um....LJ says the page is not found? Meep.

And you've articulated the cost of that kind of life very well. It's interesting how they're layering that in so far this season.

Date: 2012-09-10 11:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
sorry! Must have lost something in copy-paste. The story is Walks Through Walls (http://eve11.livejournal.com/472613.html): I wrote it for a [livejournal.com profile] sixathon ficathon a while back where my prompter asked for "Six buys Erimem a new cat." Honestly, though, it's about life and running and stopping :)

I think next week's episode is going to also deal with darker themes, especially given that exchange between him and Amy I've seen from the trailer. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrEUBl2pacU) (linking to avoid spoiling any very spoilerphobe friends who may come across this, since it's for next week)

Date: 2012-09-10 09:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jenlev.livejournal.com
Oh, thank you! And yup, I'm thinking you're right. They're creating the layers of consequences choice and loss very well.

Date: 2012-09-09 10:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladymercury-10.livejournal.com
Everything was amazing and I am still too happy to say anything coherent about it. *jumps around the room*

Date: 2012-09-10 12:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
:D I'm watching it again before the football game.

Date: 2012-09-09 10:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lordshiva.livejournal.com
Yeah I kind of loved it. I loved Brian's balls and his handy pocket spade. And I loved the Doctor kissing Rory and then slapping him for getting his hopes up. I loved it a bunch. I even loved the classic evil villain come on to the queen about how he'd "break her." It was a romp of delightful rompiness.
Edited Date: 2012-09-09 10:49 pm (UTC)

Date: 2012-09-09 11:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
It was frenetic but it had all the elements of a good shipbound story. I have to watch it again. :)

Date: 2012-09-09 11:38 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] aurora-novarum.livejournal.com
I really enjoyed it too. And I love the actor playing the big game hunter, so I couldn't totally dislike him either.

"I was a little bit annoyed at the McGuffin of Soloman the Pirate "knowing" the Doctor." I'm not sure what you mean. Solomon didn't know the Doctor, he just heard him being called "doctor" and thought he'd lucked into a medical man.

What I'm trying to figure out is if the scans showed up nothing on him because the Doctor fiddled with a couple buttons after he'd first been scanned, or if it had something to do with how he'd been erased last week.

To be fair, the Doctor did give Mr. Filch (hey I've been reading Harry Potter of late, I kept waiting for him to yell "Students out of Bed" all episode) a chance to leave when he mentioned the missiles. Then the guy just figured he was keeping the profits for himself and the Doctor did his "you're dead to me" look and told him "don't ever judge me by your standards.

I love the dad and the trowel and Rory having random space medical kit stuff in his pocket. I even liked how they were color coordinated, although not enough to be twins.

I wondered about Brian not being at the wedding too, but it could work canonically anyway, because just because he may be aware Amy's raggedy doctor showed up at the wedding, he might not have realized the phone box was more than a disappearing/appearing prop but was a spaceship. Yeah, I know. It's a stretch.

I too noticed all species except one too. Hmmm...

Date: 2012-09-09 11:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
Red Herring then, instead of McGuffin? I am mixing my metaphors. It was a bit annoying because the way it was played out, it seemed like they were setting up that this guy had some sort of history or knew the Doctor, but he just wanted it to be a doctor, any doctor.

I think that the scans showed nothing on the Doctor because he's been "laying low" lately and nobody knows who or what he is anymore. Not necessarily from the Dalek erase, but just from like, last season where he said he was getting too big and it was time to step into the shadows.

Date: 2012-09-10 12:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lostrack621.livejournal.com
Bad Wolf Bay! Again!

...had to say it.

Loved the episode, too - I think I missed some funnies because I was doing some other things on the computer while watching...so maybe I'll watch later this week.

Date: 2012-09-10 02:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
There were some subtle ones and he dialogue went by so quickly!

Date: 2012-09-10 05:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lyricwrites.livejournal.com
Triceratops as a big puppy was kind of silly. I think they'd be more like hippos. Angry hippos that can kill you with their nasty horns. But whatev. Then it would be a lot harder to ride them.

This, fortunately, is extraordinarily easy to fanwank. You see, that wasn't a wild triceratops, which tend to behave like a Cape buffalo with a bee up their nose. No, it was the kind that the Silurians knew they would definitely be wanting on their new world: a domestic triceratops. Traditionally used as a draft animal, bred for friendliness because they're dangerous if they aren't, and generally steered by using the Cretaceous equivalent of an apple on a fishing pole. By the time Solomon massacred the Silurians, this one was at least trained enough to know that (a) humanoids have small round objects that are often delicious, and (b) when in doubt, sniff the pants; there are often apples in pockets.

As for the rest . . . yeah. This was crack. Sweet, sweet, crack. I like crack. So, no problems here.

Date: 2012-09-10 07:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
LOL. Ha, funny enough a fb friend recently linked to this shirt (https://controversy.wearscience.com/design/coexistence/) which now I figure should have a homo reptilia at the plow instead.

(warning: I don't know your religious views, but the link is to an anti-Intelligent-Design website that makes no apologies for such.)

Date: 2012-09-10 09:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lyricwrites.livejournal.com
My religious views are that (a) people ought to be exceedingly good to each other whether there's a god or not, and (b) intelligent design is stupid. So, no worries. I like the T-shirt!

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