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Dr Who: The Beast Below
I do not cry at TV programmes.

I have never, ever, cried at Dr Who.

I am crying now.

Fairy tale. Science fiction. Call it what you like.

As for the relationship between the Doctor and Amy - oh, FSM, but that was brilliant.

Can it get better?

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Me, I've cried at loads of TV - Morse dying, and Cutter, and gawd knows how many other things over the years. Including DT's Doctor.

This rather took me by surprise, because I've barely had a drink :-) It was lovely, wasn't it? Young Smith is developing nicely. Next week's looks like fun, too.

Running time was a bit short of 45 minutes, though, I noticed.

It was exactly the right length, I thought.

And from very early on, had 'winner' written all over it. I do like the way the Amy/Doctor relationship is developing.

Any bets as to how many Liz 10s will be at the next con?

It was exactly the right length, I thought.

Yes, there didn't seem to be anything missing. They obviously decided not to pad it at all, which is a good sign. It used to amaze me just how much drama Babylon 5 could squeeze into forty-two minutes, but of course it does help to have a continuing storyline and setting, whereas Who generally has to start more or less from scratch every time.

Another five minutes might have filled in some of the plot holes/lack of backstory. That might have affected the pacing, though.

I just don't cry at TV programmes and only very occasionally at films. I bawl over some books, though. Come to think of it, unselfish courage always pushes my buttons.

Disconcerting, isn't it?

I was very close to tears. And it felt unforced - I have cried at DW before (the end of 'School Reunion' always gets me, because K9), but I loathed the way Rusty's Who always made me feel I'd been manipulated into crying.

I am so loving the new series so far.

It was deliciously underplayed.

If you keep quiet about this I won't mention Bonekickers.

Who are you and what have you done with Lil?

I still can't believe I cried at characters in whom I have no investment while I watched Stephen and Cutter die in Primeval perfectly dry eyed.

Mind you, unselfish courage in making hard choices pushes my buttons (though threats to children does not) while there was no slamming every button in sight with a sledge hammer in the hope of getting a reaction.

I was very sorry for the alien, but I found the parallel with the doctor was over-signalled -- Amy went on and on about it.

I didn't see it that way, but possibly I was influenced by the RTD years when they went banging on with the angst forever - this seemed far subtler.

I think I still have Coupling in my head whenever I see Moffatt's work -- funny, but not subtle, and with some worrying subtexts about women.

I've not seen Coupling which was not my kind of thang.

Oddly enough I wasn't too impressed by this one... lots of nice moments and I like Amy and 11 but otherwise... dunno. Something didn't gel for me.

I do seem to be in a minority in this *g*.

I rather think it depends on personal foibles here. Amy's insight really got to me...

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Of course it is still NuWho but it is the difference between, say, the Troughton era or the Baker era (and I much prefer the former.) I'm not invested in either classic or NuWho and, to be frank, now we have got rid of Tennant and Rose and RTD, the series now appears entirely watchable and as good most of classic, if not better. Certainly better than the Tom Baker era, which I did not like at all.

I also hope we have seen the last of John Simm as the Master.

This episode happens to have pushed my buttons, but it now makes as much sense as it has ever made. It was always fantasy, after all.

As Moffat said in the DR Who Confidential, Who is fairytale.

I've maintained for years that Who is basically science fantasy, but even fairy tales need internal logic. To be fair, the Moff can do that.

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