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So I was stuck between having the urge to rewatch all of Doctor Who and Torchwood and the fact that I really really wanted to watch a couple season 4 episodes immediately and not have to wait to get through the rest of the show to see them (and plus, I was aware that I really should not be starting giant rewatches when I have schoolwork and crap to attend to). So to compromise, I decided to watch a few season 4 episodes and then do a rewatch of the entire series, including interspersing Torchwood's seasons (like, watching season 1 of Torchwood after season 2 of Doctor Who rather than all of Doctor Who and then all of Torchwood). Yes, I am totally crazy for doing this when there are only a few weeks left in the school year and I know I really should be working on other things. I also haven't decided whether or not to watch Children of Earth. On the one hand, most of it is really, really awesome (i.e. the first 3 parts) and it makes me actually like Gwen (which will help after watching 2 seasons of her annoying the crap out of me). On the other hand, well, there's the obvious. I'd rather keep the relative happiness of the season 2 finale in mind than what happens in COE. But back on the first hand, I am kind of in the mood to just get emotionally wrecked (as evidenced by the decision to rewatch Doomsday out of all the episodes in season 2 I could have chosen. Seriously, as much as I love it, the only times I've watched it were when I first aired, and then when it aired on SciFi network and I was watching all of season 2 with my mom. But for months after it first aired, I couldn't think about it or even like... make icons of it or anything without starting to cry. It definitely destroyed me. Much as COE did!). But we'll see. I know for sure that I'm going to skip the Christmas special of Doctor Who preceding season 4 because for one thing, it's not on Netflix Instant Watch (as the rest of Doctor Who, including The Christmas Invasion, so I'm not exactly sure why this other special isn't up, but whatever, and as Torchwood is also up on Instant Watch, including COE), and for another, I just really don't like it and have zero urge to rewatch it. The same goes for all the specials from last year except for The Waters of Mars and possibly Ten's final episode, as I only watched it once (the first part I watched twice) and because I want to see Ten saying goodbye to everyone again. So anyways, that's the plan for this week! As I said, I am crazy. But first, random thoughts on the 4 seasons 4 episodes I watched yesterday:

Partners in Crime
I really love this episode. I adore Donna and Ten seeing each other for the first time, and I love how much Donna's adventure with Ten back in the previous Christmas special affected her, and I love that she asked if he was still alone and he mentioned Martha and she asked about Rose and Ten looked so sad and it was just such a nice scene. And Wilf! I love the scene between Wilf and Donna outside looking at the stars.

Also, the Adipose are still freaking adorable.

Turn Left
I don't really know what to say than alskdjfkl I always forget how amazing this episode is. It's just so good and so emotional and such perfection. Donna is amazing. And being an insane shipper, I adore how crazy Ten goes when he hears about the woman who helped Donna and that she said Bad Wolf. (Well, I mean, it's more about all the universes ending than the fact that it was Rose, but still. I love how insistent he becomes about what her name was, anyways.)

The Stolen Earth/Journey's End
Donna stopping the Doctor to ask him about Rose coming back being a good thing, and his responding "Yeah" and smile totally destroys me everytime. Oh Ten/Rose. And their epically long running towards each other at the end of the first part is ridiculous, but I can't help but get all emotional and all anyways.

l;kajsdflkjsd IANTO. Ok I'm still way not over Children of Earth. sigh.

Ok, I'm not spoiled at all for season 5 other than what's been shown in the trailers, so I don't know what the Big Bad of the season is, but can it not be the Daleks? Because seriously, after watching this, I realized that the Daleks are involved in the season 1, 2, and 4 finales. The Master is involved in season 3 (and also if you count the specials of last year as kind of a season, then the finale of that also included the Master). So maybe we can have a new adversary this year? Perhaps? Just a thought? The fact that the Daleks are coming back in the next episode gives me some hope that they won't also be coming back for the finale, but who knows. I shouldn't be too worried, I suppose.

HOW MANY PEOPLE IN WHOVERSE HAVE THE LAST NAME OF SMITH OR JONES? It became apparent how ridiculous it was in this episode, because it was like Harriet Jones, Ianto Jones, Martha Jones, Mr. Smith (Sarah-Jane's computer), Mickey Smith, Sarah-Jane Smith. Come on, now.

I love the scene on the computer with all the people connected to the Doctor discussing what to do. I feel like he would have been just... so proud that they were figuring everything out and trying to come up with a plan and everything. It was really nice.

lk;ajsfd omg I totally forgot about the German Daleks. That cracked me up so much. "EXTERMINIEREN!" lol forever. Also, the Daleks spinning around at the end and going "EXPLAIN! EXPLAIN!" Have I mentioned how adorable I find the Daleks sometimes? Because seriously, I do.

I kind of love when like... Donna goes off and starts hearing a heart beating or whatever is going on, but that just leaves Ten, Jack, and Rose to talk about their options. It's just awesome. I mean, I love Donna of course, but it was nice just the three of them having a moment together again. As fun as it was at times to have all the companions back, having so many of them seemed to take away from the impact of each alone, if that makes sense. Like, I mentioned when I first saw the episode that I could have done without Sarah-Jane (nothing against her, I like her a lot, but I'm the least emotionally connected to her in all of the people who came back) or Mickey and Jackie or even Ianto and Gwen and Martha (although I did like the brief moments between Martha and Rose). Like, if just Jack and Rose had come back, I would have liked it much better, I think. Then there could have been more time for just them. idk, I just miss when it was the 3 of them traveling together, despite how brief it was.

It's hard enough seeing Ten all sad about leaving Rose with Ten 2 and knowing that Ten 2 can give her what he can't but still being upset about it, but then they have to add on Donna dying and Ten having to erase everything. ugh. That part is just as devastating as Rose being left in the parallel world. And it has Donna also saying that she was planning on being with him forever. Poor Donna. My roommate was in the room with me when I was watching this, and I had to try very very hard not to burst into tears because I realized how ridiculous that would look. It was hard though. Oh Donna. :(

Anyways, after I watched those episodes, I started the whole rewatch, and I got through The Doctor Dances and have random thoughts on all the episodes I watched, but I think I'll wait to post them when I'm done with season 1.

On a different note, has anyone ever watched Wire in the Blood? I remember seeing it mentioned once or twice by someone or a few people and I think the reviews were positive? idk, I found it on Netflix Instant Watch and the plot summary seems interesting, but I don't usually just jump into shows blindly; I typically have a good idea of at least some of the things that will happen. I don't know if anyone's watched it or not. Also, Spooks (or MI-5? Whatever it's called wherever you are)? I remember hearing more about it being good, and it has freaking Matthew McFaddyen, so I'll probably get to it much sooner, but any info on that? I have this urge to check out shows I haven't seen before, and once the school year is over (which is only 3 1/2 weeks away!) I'm going to be pretty bored and will need entertainment. Any other show recommendations would also be appreciated (you can see pretty much everything I've ever watched in my profile).

Time for class, and then more Doctor Who this afternoon/evening! And I have to work on a group project for an hour or so, but whatever, I'm focusing on the positive.

Date: 2010-04-13 07:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I watched the first few seasons of Spooks when it aired on A&E. I quite enjoyed the show but I never got really into it. I loved some of the characters and of course Matthew McFaddyen is awesome and hot in it. But I lost interest and then stuff changed (I don't want to spoil you in case you watch it) so I eventually gave up on it completely.

Date: 2010-04-13 08:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm inclined to check it out for Matthew McFaddyen, but I'm not sure yet. There are other shows that I'm also interested in checking out, and some I want to rewatch, so I don't know. Now that you mention it, I do think I remember reading someone's reaction of something that happened on the show (I have no recollection of what it was, though) that they didn't like. I don't know, I might check it out. But anyways, thanks for the info!

Date: 2010-04-13 09:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I watched the show before Matthew McFaddyen was a big name like his now and it was what made me fall in love with him. Honestly, I say put in on your "to-watch" list but don't make it a priority if you have other shows (like The Doctor who re-watch I noticed you're doing) which are more important to you.

Date: 2010-04-13 09:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks for the advice! Yeah, I don't think it's going to the top of my list (and definitely not before I finish my Doctor Who rewatch, particularly since I'm heading towards finals very shortly), but if I get bored during the summer (which I'm sure I will), it'll be one of the shows I might check out.


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