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Date: 2013-11-25 04:41 pm (UTC)
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I did not see the short, and I'm not sure I care enough to - that sort of meta-spoof is not really my thing anyway.

What didn't I like about it?

I think if I were to sum my reaction to the special up in one sentence, it would be: "Way to blow the mystery, Moffatt!!!"

First rule of writing: there are jokes you do not explain, and things you do not show, because there is absolutely no way you will every do them as well as whatever your audience has cooked up in their heads. You just can't. This special managed to hit two (three? I can't decide whether the Doctor's action should be counted separate from the Time War or not) of those in one go... and blew it as could be expected.

1. Elizabeth. Man, was that a lame way to deal with the recurring joke. Also, as an LizI fan, I hated what they did with her; turned a major bad-ass lady into a besotted joke (actually, she reminded me very strongly of a cross between the Red Queen from Burton's Alice and LizI from Blackadder. Ugh).

2. Time War. There was no way in hell the Time War was ever going to hit the small screen and be even half as awesome as it was built up to be -- I doubt you could even pull it off with a film budget. Anyone with half a brain could have seen that, and I do not understand why anyone involved with production thought it would be a good idea to actually show the Time War.

And what did we get? Soldiers using vaguely laser-like guns against Daleks rolling through streets while oddly-dressed people ran around and screamed. This is the grand war between the Time Lords and the Daleks? This is the galaxy-spanning war that destroyed whole worlds; that wiped entire races from the timestream; that echoed forwards and backwards in time... I'll stop. But where was TIME in all this? Nowhere, because you can't show that on TV without massive explanations of what they heck is going on. So we got a standard 'invasion' scene that could have been in any old sci-fi show.

I'm also pissed about making the Doctor's 'kill them both' solution basically just his own tired-of-this tantrum, rather than the real driven-to-the-edge sacrifice it was always implied to be. Not to mention that killed a lot of the tension of the special by taking out any particular pressure to decide. I particularly found the 'how many children' bit to be tooth-grindingly annoying. First because it's a transparent ploy for audience sympathy, and secondly because if the premise of the scenario is to be believed, they're all going to die anyway at the the eggbeaters of the Daleks.

And for our hook plot, we got... Aliens of London, complete with stupid-looking rubber suits and juvenile humor (suckers instead of farts).

In short: 50 years in the making -- for THAT?

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