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Following New Who tradition of the new Companion first getting a trip to the future and then one to the past, this one offers a fuiture where Emojis survive as a major mode of communication. Which, let's face it, is likely. :)



Bill continues to endear herself in her joy at exploration. There were Companions who'd have felt let down that the first alien planet they visit is an apparantly deserted modern architecture exercise complete with agriculture, but Bill's delighted. At the same time, she's not prone to uncritically like everything (the quick question as to why the robots served the Doctor two portions), and a great example of how new eyes can point out something not remarked upon for ages (the connection between the Police Box inscription and what the Doctor does/potential explanation as to why he never seriously tries to reinstall the chameleon setting). The interplay between Pearl Mackie and Capaldi continues be easy and charming, too.

As to the main plot, it seems to start out as a standard Whovian Evil Robots event, but then does the Moffatian U-Turn of the Doctor finding a solution that's not destruction but resetting. Mind you, if I were the colonists, then "your robots got sentient, it was a misunderstanding now cleared up, deal" wouldn't be very comforting when faced with the deaths of friend and family. That kind of thing took four seasons in BSG, and included a mutiny. Still, right now the entire rl world situation is so dire that the Moff's dogged optimism is something I find I emotionally need.

Arc mystery: we learn the Doctor made a promise to SOMEONE because of Certain Events to stay on Earth (except in the case of an emergency, which, let's face it, is the easiest get out clause of a promise ever if you're the Doctor, because about 99 % of his trips end up being emergencies needing help) and guard the vault at the university. This of course is the closet thing New Who has gotten yet to the basic Third Doctor era set up, which again makes me wonder whether SOMEONE will turn out to be a Classic Who rather than a New Who character.

Date: 24 Apr 2017 08:51 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] chelseagirl
Even though it was all pretty obvious, Capaldi really sold it. It hit my postcolonialist buttons in all the right ways. And M., who can be really tedious about how "I grew up with this in Britain" said "that's a *real* Doctor" once again.

I like Bill. It feels refreshing that there could be a companion without the Weight of All the Universes on her, and who won't be falling in love with the Doctor.

Date: 25 Apr 2017 18:03 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] watervole
That icon needs updating...

Date: 25 Apr 2017 17:30 (UTC)
muccamukk: The Eighth Doctor rubbing his chin contemplatively. Text: "This calls for cake" (DW: Calls for Cake)
From: [personal profile] muccamukk
I still think Someone is Susan and the Thing is Gallifray. Time will tell, I suppose.

(No way that Moff's NOT going to tie up the gallifray plot before he hands the show off tho.)

Date: 25 Apr 2017 18:02 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] watervole
I'm really hoping Susan will show up. Surely the photo on the desk is to remind us of her so she can show up. Fingers crossed.

Date: 25 Apr 2017 18:51 (UTC)
muccamukk: Eight from Night of the Doctor, looking sombre and beat up. (DW: Battered)
From: [personal profile] muccamukk
I'm just hoping she gets a better send off than she did in the Eight radio plays. Ouch.

Date: 30 Apr 2017 03:25 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lokifan
Yeah, Bill and Twelve are a delightful combination and I'm enjoying her SO much. "Advice and assistance" was a great moment.

Yeah, the ending was a bit... I felt like they were expecting a LOT of the colonists, and also surely recognising that a species is sentient is the moment you realise you CAN'T wipe them like you could a computer. "Imagine if someone did that to you." IDK. I loved the first 30 minutes of horror and Bill being adorable.

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