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not really spoilery.... *g*

[21:59] matociquala: Ten is such a cut-rate Doctor.
[22:00] matociquala: I mean, if a woman in a bridal gown appeared on Four's deck unanticipated, he'd just ask her if she'd like a cup of tea.
[22:01] matociquala: Nine would ask *her* for a cup of tea.
[22:01] katallen: ::grins::
[22:01] matociquala: Stand there glibbering and speechless for ninety seconds, indeed.
[22:01] katallen: plus What? is totally the wrong question
[22:01] matociquala: yes.
[22:01] matociquala: "Who?"
[22:01] matociquala: "How?"
[22:01] katallen: ::grins::
[22:01] matociquala: those are useful.
[22:01] katallen: Who? is even thematic
[22:01] matociquala: hee
[22:02] matociquala: And he says "This can't happen" a lot, doesn't he?
[22:02] katallen: for a Time Lord ... yes
[22:02] matociquala: Usually about something that's demonstrably happening....


Offering tea is such a Proper British Response, you see. I loved the Fourth Doctor. None of the others really do it for me, I'm afraid.
Well, what **else** do you do when a strange woman appears on your spacecraft? It's the only thing.
Ten's wee Scots Time Lordy hearts are broken. He is having an EMO MOMENT. Okay, an emo half-hour, because RTD would not know subtle if it were being shoved sideways up his nose. But seriously, the Tenth Doctor can be excused for shouting What! What! What! under the circs.

Go mock Torchwood. I will help. Step off the Tenth Doctor, for he is developing a personality, manic though it be.
Sorry. Ten is mine to mock. I tried really hard, but any chance I had of liking him was utterly destroyed by the narrative's complicitness in his even-more-than-usual-for-the-Doctor unalloyed arrogance.

On the other hand, he gets points for: "Oh, I'm sort of homeless." *g*

It's not actually Tennant I can't stand. It's the scripts. He's as much a victim as the rest of us, poor dove.
Now you've got me thinking about the responses of the other Doctors.

One would be very cross that the bride was there in the first place. He'd probably lecture her, too.

Two would play his flute and be terribly calm and Chaplinesque in the face of the bride's irritation and fear.

Three would barely glance at her and then go right back to trying to repair the TARDIS. And any time she tried to introduce herself or ask for an explanation, he'd say, "Yes, yes," and go right back to muttering about the TARDIS and the current crisis.

Four, as you said, would offer her a cup of tea. And a huge smile. And a jelly baby.

Five would look somewhat bewildered that she was there, then shrug and finish programming coordinates for another world into the TARDIS. She wouldn't get any explanations she was on another planet, if then.

Six would be very rude to her. He'd also try to figure out how to take her back to where she came from. Immediately.

Seven--not sure. I never saw Seven.

Eight would be focused on saving the Earth from the Master and his allies, so I doubt if he'd pay her much mind at all.

I think this series needs a couple of problem-solving Elements, frankly.

That would liven things up.
... Heh.

I wonder if some fans just kind of crapped bricks when it was revealed that Cybermen (well, those alternate Earth Cybermen, anyway) were no match for the Daleks...

But of course, it's something to watch the season finale on Sci Fi one night, and then catch "Robots of Death" on local PBS station the next... Those squabbling miners with their pseudo-Bowie makeup and Flash Gordon costumes... and, of course, the robots...

*two robots trying to strangle each other*

"Kill the Doctor."

"Do not kill me."

I got a little annoyed at Rose Tyler after a while. I was hoping they'd bring back Leela... now there was a companion... keeping in mind I missed "School Reunion" both times it was on...
Rose had such promise, and then developed a positively Whedonesque inability to learn from mistakes she'd already learned from....
Of course he's going 'what?' because we are far too Americanised and he's actually going 'What the fuck?' just pre-watershed and two words short on a children's show at 7pm. At least that was my interpretation ;-)
niiiiiiiice icon.

Yeah, but a Real Timelord (TM) would still only have said it once.
I mean, if a woman in a bridal gown appeared on Four's deck unanticipated, he'd just ask her if she'd like a cup of tea.

I would have thought a jelly baby. ;o)
On a first date? *g*
Aah, even Four is a pisher. Two would have brought out a big can of assorted teas and gotten snarky if she'd asked for a Celestial Seasonings flavor he didn't have, and One would have told her to make the tea herself or get out right there and then.
No Doctor in the history of ever would have used a teabag because the Doctors are BRITISH damnit.

I nearly wept when they used teabags on Torchwood.

This is me defending Ten

I think the whole point of *The Runaway Bride* is that Ten is out of control, as much so as the TARDIS.

Look at his face when he blasts the spider to hell. That is one scary man. Donna is frightened of him, tells him to stop, and he doesn't listen. Nine would have listened to Rose saying the same thing, or would have ignored her and regretted it later. (Second-season Rose had no spine. Let us not speak of it.) At the end, Donna tells him that he needs somebody to put a stop to him, and that she doesn't want the job, thanks very much. She's not that girl.

Ten is a frightening man, he needs to be slapped, regularly, and Donna isn't up to the job. He is also a seething caldron of need; otherwise, he wouldn't have asked her to come with him. (She's compelling, but she's not really an agent in this episode; she's just dragged along by the hand.)

Here's hoping RTD *does* something interesting with this thoroughly broken guy and doesn't just Mary Sue him to hell.

Re: This is me defending Ten

*g* if we were talking about another show, with another creative director...

...I might have hope.


As near as I can tell, RD can;t currently decide if he's ripping off Chris Carter, Joss Whedon, or Rockne O'Bannon. :-P