starlady: Queen Susan of Narnia, called the Gentle and the Queen of Spring (gentle queen how now)
[personal profile] starlady
Technically brilliant, narratively highly questionable.

I think I'm somewhere between t'wings' bitter disappointment and [personal profile] recessional's wondering whether the show (i.e. Moffat) will actually have the balls--and I use the metaphor consciously--to follow through in the end, by the end, with what we seemed to be promised in 6x01, when the Doctor said it was time for him to stop running, and then, in the nine episodes since, has…kept running. The most egregious example of his cowardice is surely this episode, when he slams the door on aged!Amy and then tells Rory that it's his choice, his decision, his fault. Rory quite rightly rejects this and tells the Doctor to stop trying to make him, Rory, like him, the Time Lord, but then of course it's okay, aged!Amy agrees to be sacrificed. Bullshit. Telling error: I originally mistyped "aged!River" in that last sentence.

I refuse to believe that this is a zero-sum game, telling Amy's story versus the Doctor's (and Rory's! will the show ever consistently remember that Rory spent 2000 years in a box waiting around for Amy and the Raggedy Man?), even for a show called Doctor Who. It's all the more frustrating because this was easily one of the three best episodes of the season, and as TV, as scifi, as a story about these characters, I loved it. But stepping back and looking at the bigger picture is not salutary.


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Date: 2011-09-13 00:21 (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
When the Doctor said 'they can't be in the TARDIS at the same time' after going to the effort to save both, I assumed one was going to get dropped off somewhere less deadly.

In my head Older Amy escaped, with or without them, and is off being badass somewhere with her Sonic Probe and her Disarmed Rory.

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Date: 2011-09-15 11:25 (UTC)
zeborah: Fezzes are cool.  Amy and River blow it up. (cool)
From: [personal profile] zeborah
Ooh! Yes, that fits perfectly with an idea I had two episodes back. Ficced!