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Picspam Reaction: Doctor Who 5.07
...Well, why not. *beats writer's block with large stick*

Contains profanity and speculation based on things I think I know about future episodes...Also contains references to Classic Who episodes which may prove to be quite spoilery for future story arcs. Also also, if you had trouble watching this episode for any reason or avoided watching it all together, you'll want to skip this reaction post.

Doctor Who 5.07 - Amy's Choice

Oh god. It's this one, isn't it? It is. I think. Oh god.

-Pastoral scenery, relaxing music... it can only mean DOOOOOOOOM!!
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-I want that house. As long as it comes with a groundskeeper, because that hedge would never get trimmed again otherwise.
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-Okay! Baby on the way. Well, so those pictures that were everywhere weren't from as far ahead in the series as I thought? Maybe? Photo 3

-Oh, crap, now there's ducks and Rory's on a bike and the more peaceful and pastoral this is, the more hell it's going to be by the end. Oh god.
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-I am also seized by a sudden urge to bake things. This could be A subliminal attempt to distract myself from the inevitable doom and misery. Also, it's after 2AM and if I try to bake something, the fire alarm will go off. Not because it's after 2AM, just because it always does when I bake things. *makes popcorn instead* There. On with the doom.

-What the hell is up with Rory's hair? It's like a combination of Ash off Supernatural and Macgyver, and... uh. No.
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-"Leafblowers." *snerk* Um. Also no. Although I'm sure the Tardis has displaced a few leaves on landing in its time, it's hardly effective at it.

-"I've cracked your flowers."/"Oh. Amy will kill you." Heeheheheheheh.

-So, gaining my bearings here, I guess this is all after the Doctor returned them from Venice and unspecified points afterward to get married, start a life together, start a family etc, except it's not going to matter in 45 minutes is it? Oh god.

-"You've swallowed a planet!" Tact is not this Doctor's forte. Or any Doctor, really.

-Five years later, good to know. Oh god.

-"...Are you pregnant?" I just laughed so hard, little sparkly things went swimming across my vision. No tact and also a tad oblivious, though really according to one theory, Gallifreyan reproduction involves Looms, so maybe he should be cut a bit of slack.
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-Houuuuuuuse. *grabby hands*
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-"I don't just abandon people when they leave the Tardis." Ahem. Sure. Susan? Ring any bells? Though... I have half an idea that the Eleventh Doctor is trying to reinvent himself, in a way, to distance himself from the "Time Lord Victorious" incident, and might be professing traits he feels he should have. Also, this implies that while they travelled with him, he stopped in on at least one or more old companions. Hmmm.

-"Look at this.... bench. What a nice bench." Made of awkward.
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-"What do you do around here to stave off the, y'know-" ...did he say self-harm? That's... unexpected... O.O

-"Listen to the birds." Suddenly having flashbacks to the Stephen King writer-whump movie 'The Dark Half'...

-Of course not all is well, we haven't even hit the opening credits yet.
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-Yep, just hanging out on the floor of the Tardis, having a shared hallucination. Or something. Now I really want to know who the person peering out the window was. Oh and Rory, dude, your subconscious needs a haircut.

-Okay, I haven't said much about the new Tardis design. I'm not keen on it, but I'm starting to see meta in it. It's all busy and shiny and flashy and inorganic-looking, and about as far from Ten's interior as you can get without actually losing the console or the roundels entirely. And as I mentioned above, it seems to me like Eleven is fleeing what Ten briefly became. He's got this screen of distracting shiny bits and whatnot, but every once in a while the screen slips a little. I'm wondering if it's to distract other people or to distract himself.... I don't know. It's too late/early in the day to be thinking in character meta that might be utter crap.

-"I had a terrible nightmare about you two!" Safe, happy and leading typical human lives? Well and boring, I suppose. Eleven has a bit in common with Sherlock there. Must be the Moffat effect.

-Yeah. Rory's subconscious definitely needs a haircut.
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-"Exactly the same dream."/"Are you calling me a boat?" No Amy, you called yourself a boat and seriously, priorities? Shared dreaming is weird, shared dreaming aboard the Tardis in flight is alarming. I think, anyway.

-"Did I say nightmare, no, more of a really good...mare." Nice try. *pats*

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-Aw. Hee!
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-"Are we flashing forwards or backwards?" Pretty certain it's forwards, but for the love of Pete STOP SPINNING THE BLOODY CAMERA! *is nauseated*

-Credits! Fire! AAAAAAH!

-See? The console room has never been so full of shiny, distracting bits and bobs, and from this perspective, all the stuff in the console room makes picking out the people in it slightly more effort than it's ever been before. Definitely meta in that. *nods*
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-"Shall I run and get the manual?"/"I threw it in a supernova." I can believe that. The Tardis would probably have a digital backup squirreled away in case of major screwups though. She's a wise old thing.

-"Hey. Pregnant." I'm totally on Amy's side here.
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-Oh that's never a good sign.
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-"It's dead." Meh. It's the Tardis, it'll get over it. Oh and now the freaking birds are back. Arg.

-There are little white entirely uncappable things falling from the sky. Snow? Ash? Also, it's like the future-world is getting realer; it's gaining other people at the same time as the Tardis lights went out... making the Tardis less real? Or something. Either way, DOOM.

-Creeeepy. And it is definitely snowing. And there are flowers. So, not too stable on the reality scale in the dream (or whatever it is) either.
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-"There's something here that doesn't make sense... let's go and poke it with a stick!" Of course. That's practically the Doctor's personal Prime Directive there. XD

-"Can we not do the running thing?" Heee!
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-"You're incredibly old aren't you?" Didn't we just have a discussion about tact, Doctor?
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-HOLY CRAP IT'S no, no it isn't him, never mind then. Still, popping on board the Tardis, messing with the controls... hm. They're both dreams, aren't they? Yep. *waves hello to the plot development with a suspiciously familiar taste in men's neckwear*
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-Dream Lord. Wow. Morpheus has really... changed since I last read Sandman comics. O.o

-"Oh Amy. Have to sort your men out. Choose even." DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM.

-"It's you, stupid."/"Oh. Good. Thanks." Heee! Oh Rory. DOOOOOOOM...

-"If you had any more tawdry quirks, you could open up a tawdry quirk shop." Well true, but he's had 900+ years to develop them.

-"Your brain is completely see-through." *snerk*
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-"Ask me what happens if you die in reality."/"What happens?"/"You die, stupid, that's why it's called reality." Morpheus may have lost a foot or so in height and hair and developed a rather mundane fashion sense, but he's gotten snappier with the dialog. I think?

-Hee, sorry. The sweater and the grumpy go well together.
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-"But my mind isn't working because this village. Is so. DULL!!" Yeah, he's got a few things in common with Sherlock here.
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-"It's okay, we're doctors." Oh crap. *facepalm*
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-"This is my life now and it just turned you white as a sheet, so don't ever call it dull again." *grins* Ah, Amy.
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-Every village should have an open to the public ruined castle. Absolutely.
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-"Is nobody going to mention Rory's ponytail?" SERIOUSLY! It's beyond mullet. I don't even know what's beyond mullet.

-It is seriously snowing during this scene. If you run it and look over the playground carousel you can see it coming down like mad. At this point I don't know if it's meant to be part of the plot, or if it was just snowing during the outdoor scenes. Hm. The Tardis is cold in the Tardis dream, it's snowing here... maybe they're all in cryo-suspension somewhere?
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-Really, who wouldn't trust a face like that.
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-Those freaking birds are REALLY ANNOYING ON HEADPHONES just saying.

-I cannot adequately explain the joy I have for Rory pointedly zipping up his jacket. Oh Rory.
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-A very kitchen themed gadget. Eggbeaters, a mug, a bottle opener thing and a mug.
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-"I was promised amazing worlds, instead I get duff central heating and a weird, kitcheny wind up device." Welcome to the Tardis, dude.

-...It better be a very efficient generator. O.o

-"It's not a heating malfunction, we're drifting toward a cold sun." ... buhhhhh.... um. PHYSICS? No, really, PHYSICS?!?

-"There's no such thing as a cold star." YES. THANK YOU. Okay. So, both are dreams, and they're in a cryo-suspension facility... surrounded by old people I guess?

-"I'd say we've got about 14 minutes until we crash into it." Putting that at about the 32 minute mark of the episode.

-"Because we'll have frozen to death by then." Really and truly, the Eleventh Doctor is such a shiny, sparkly optimist, isn't he?

-"A weird new star, only fourteen minutes left to live and one man to save the day?" So much love for Amy's quiet background uncappable facepalming.

-He's surprised by the birds. HE'S SURPRISED BY THE BIRDS!! Oooooohohohoho! This meeeeeeeans... ooo! He's in cryo-suspension too! They all are, and all dreaming together! Or something like that.
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-Okay, the kids have turned to sand. That's never good.
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-"No, they're very old people." Okay, so, they're sucking the life out of... what were the kids though? Imaginary or in the same thing? And if they are all in cryo-suspension, then the old people are the ones keeping their minds alive by living through other people's dreams until the dreamers are drained of consciousness and turn to sand? Hmmm...

-Doctor Who. Making you aware that the elderly can be evil monsters, badass heroes or madmen in blue boxes who save the world a lot since 1963. Do not underestimate the elderly, they will mess. You. Up.
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-"There's only one person in the universe who hates me as much as you do." Actually, I don't know if it's hate, it's coming across to me a bit like an embittered stalker fanboy. And if you're referring to the Master, um.... I don't think so. I'm trying to think who else it might be from the classic era, but except for one unlikely candidate, I'm drawing a blank.
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-"He used to slip me the odd free toffee." Yeah, not so much these days, considering this is your dream world and someone's turning it into a nightmare.
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-"Morning." Ahhhhhhhahahahahaah. Hi redshirt. Bye redshirt. Needed to have one to demonstrate the creatures weapon in action. Can't say as I see the biological logic to a creature having a weapon like that, if it's for hunting, it doesn't leave much behind in the way of food. If it's defensive, they aren't behaving in a defensive manner. At the moment. Still.... meh. I'm over-thinking the alien design on Doctor Who, aren't I? That way lies madness.

-Heh. Shades of a zombie movie much? XD
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-Oh dear. They've separated haven't they. Never a good idea.
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-"You're probably a vegetarian aren't you, you big flop-haired wuss." Hahahahaha.

-Aaaaaand he's locked himself in the fridge, so more cold. Seriously, cryo-suspension.
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-"Ice can burn, sofas can read." Well there's a Missing Adventure I'd like to see!

-"Competing? Over what?" Amy can be a tad thick sometimes.
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-"If we're gonna die, let's die looking like a peruvian folk band." *cackles*
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-"Maybe I'll keep her, and you can have pointy-nose to yourself for all eternity." Oh dear. It's all about Amy, isn't it? Not really surprising, given the title of the episode. :-P
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-*thud* "I'm sorry." *thud* "I'm sorry." Awwww, Rory.

-I repeat. Aw, Rory.
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-This Doctor's driven (and technically stolen?) more Earth street vehicles than most in the past several. Two out of seven so far. Ten did two over his whole duration, and one of those was his own.
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-"He always leaves you, doesn't he? Alone in the dark." As images go, the Doctor unconscious on the floor and covered in frost is rather... chilling. (Sorry, sorry, I had to.)
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-I have a blanket like that!!! *giggles*
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-Aw Rory.
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-"I wanna do something for you." Oh god for a second there... never mind. Stupid thought. He's cutting his ponytail off. There are alien infested senior citizens gaining entry to your house with walkers and power tools, now is not the time for romantic gestures, Rory! Between the discussion while sneaking into the vampires' lair and this, he really does have a crap sense of timing in this area.
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-"You do have a history of- ...being very lovely." Heeee.
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-Oh god.
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I'm sorry I doomed you by liking you so much, Rory! Poor bastard. (Also, yes, I know, vaguely. I'd be reacting a lot differently if I didn't, so in this case I'm rather glad I got spoiled for this. Hush.)

-Amy's quiet little. "Come back." OW.

-"Then what is the point of you." Owwwwwwwwww.
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-Eleven spends a hell of a lot of time getting whacked with the guilt stick, doesn't he?
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-"Either way, it's my only chance of seeing him again." Ow, ow, ow, ow. OW. Just ow.
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-"Because if this is real, I don't want it." *takes a deep breath and walks away from the computer for a while* Right. On with it.

-And, yeah. Karen Gillian is damn good at acting when she gets going.

-Punch him. I don't care if he is a hologram.
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-"I loved Rory and I never told him." ...hang on. You're marrying him, and you've never said you loved him? That's... impressive. In a very sad way. Poor Rory! No wonder he's all freaky that you're abandoning him at the altar!

-Sure, if you're going to go off yourself, why not mow down a few of the elderly alien hosts that killed your fiance spouse along the way. A companion running down old folks. Yet another thing I never thought I'd see on Doctor Who.
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-Oooo, that's getting a tad close... I guess these 'cold stars' also have a very weak gravity well too.
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-WELL HI THERE RORY! So this isn't the... with the thing.... before the other thing? I should just keep watching, shouldn't I?
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-"Well done, you got it right." Okay fine, so I was wrong about the cryo-suspension thing and both worlds being a dream, and the snow was just them feeling the cold of the freezing Tardis. Wouldn't be the first time I've been wrong, won't be the last. Still, this joker having enough power to infiltrate the Tardis, control the Tardis completely, possibly make a star that radiated cold, control the dreams of three people including a Time Lord, and do it all for sport, and then still honour his bargain.... that is a hell of a lot of power. I'd guess Black Guardian, but he doesn't strike me as the 'honours his word' type. Anyway, it's good to know that even when the powers off, some of the roundels function as windows on this interior redesign. They must be looking out really tiny and efficient peepholes in the Tardis shell, unless they're looking out the Police Box windows, though I think one of them earlier was covering an angle that couldn't be covered by the windows.
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-"I hope you've enjoyed your little fictions." ...Oh no. DAMN IT. *does some emergency potentially spoilery googling* No. Not him. Phew. Who is it though??

-Okay, and there's the hologram thing too. One thing that hates him as much as this Dream Lord fellow does. Not the Master, probably not the Black Guardian, not the other guy who I don't even think hates the Doctor that much, not a Dalek or any of the usual lot, who does that leave? He controls the Tardis, he makes impossible physics things, unless this is still a dream in a way. Who hates the Doctor that much? Is this guy the personification of the Doctor's guilt and self-loathing? ...oh my god. That's it, isn't it. The Dream Lord is the beginning of the Valeyard. Eleventh life, Twelfth comes next, he's starting to split. Is he? But what about the cold star thing??

-"This is good. I am liking this." Aww.
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-"Was it something I said? Could you tell me what it was so I can use it in emergencies and maybe birthdays?" Gaaaaaaaaaawd, Rory needs cuddles. Also, now might be a good time to tell him you love him, silly.

-"Blowing up the Tardis." I KNEW THEY WERE BOTH DREAMS!!! \o/

-"The Dream Lord has no power over the real world." ... oh my god, of course he doesn't. *facepalm* Well, that was an easy clue that I completely failed to get. *headdesk*


-Tardis go boom. Rather disturbing that it's so easy to do right from the console. Eleven seems to have a thing for either blowing up the Tardis or threatening to blow it up with a cookie. At least so far. Twice in seven episodes, three times if you count the explosion-already-in-progress when he regenerated.

-"A speck of psychic pollen, from the candle-meadows of Crastonslaver." Dream pollen? Okay... It's sparkly.
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-"The Dream Lord was me." Oh you'd better clarify that statement quick or you're going to get severely belted by your companions.
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-"Feeds on everything dark in you, gives it a voice, turns it against you." ...sooooo... the Valeyard was started off by a case of psychic hayfever? O.o

-"Those things he said about you. You don't think any of that's true." Heh. Yeah. It's the Doctor's self-loathing and guilt come to life. It doesn't form from nothing.
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-"How did you know it was a dream, before you crashed the van?" Yep. I suppose it's an extremely Shakespearean-tragedic way of saying I love you and not at all advisable in the real world, but it's effective. And might result in a bit of shouting in a minute, but more likely hugging.
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-Or kissing. There's always kissing.
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-HELL YEAH VALEYARD!!!! Totally, absolutely, and something that has to happen in this regeneration if there isn't a bit of handwavey retcon that makes an entire season of Classic Who a massive paradox.
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-And the flick to black screen. Perfect! I so hope that's where they're doing with the Dream Lord, because it sure seems that way to me!! \o/

SO! That went better than anticipated! Delay of doom!

All questions and ponderings are rhetorical, please don't answer them, and please no discussion of episodes I haven't got to yet, aka, nothing after DW 5.07. :-)

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ciaranbochna From: ciaranbochna Date: July 23rd, 2011 10:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I personally love the idea of the Valeyard, makes complete sense to me. Amy's line to the Doctor, umm yeah. *shuffles backward*

I just love your comment about the Dreamlord, it was my first reaction too..lol

And the physics, yes, that does not work folks:P

*sends more creative vibes*
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: July 24th, 2011 05:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I personally love the idea of the Valeyard, makes complete sense to me.

I know! I love extended continuity! I hope that Moffat being as much of a fan of the original series as I've heard he is does have plans to build up to that schism.
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caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: July 24th, 2011 05:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dr. Who was always based at least a little on Sherlock Holmes.

Oh yes I know that quite well. I was speaking more in terms of the specific character quirks Eleven and Cumberbatch's Sherlock seem to share.

You really should watch all of Sherlock.
aelfgyfu_mead From: aelfgyfu_mead Date: July 24th, 2011 03:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was going to tick off some of the comments you made with which I agreed the most, but there were far too many.

"Aw, Rory" is every episode for me (sometimes with "Wait—where is Rory?").
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: July 24th, 2011 05:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am quite surprised by how much I like Rory. In the bits I'd heard before watching he sounded kind of bland and forgettable, so I'm very glad I heard wrong on that.
aelfgyfu_mead From: aelfgyfu_mead Date: July 24th, 2011 06:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Bland and forgettable? Anything but!
claudiapriscus From: claudiapriscus Date: July 24th, 2011 04:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
You picked up on the "both dreams" thing a lot earlier than I did...the funny thing is that what gave it away for me ('only one person hates me as much as you do') convinced you of the opposite. My chain of thought went: "Oh, it's the Doctor's self loathing! I guess they're both dreams."

I wonder if it's because I don't really know much about the classic series.

Edited at 2011-07-24 04:25 pm (UTC)
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: July 24th, 2011 05:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
There is a lot of the classic series to watch to be fully aware of anything that might come up, but I wonder if someone's gone through and made a list of directly related episodes. If you just want a quick reference after watching, there is a quite thorough Doctor Who wiki. If you google anything and 'wiki' it's usually the second result that pops up.
From: yumpeanutbutter Date: February 17th, 2012 01:29 am (UTC) (Link)
I kinda love the Dream Lord. So....I dunno. Snappy? Bad word. Either way.

Out of none other than my own curiosity, what do you think of Eleven?
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: February 17th, 2012 05:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Eleven's not my favourite, but he's acceptable.
From: yumpeanutbutter Date: June 27th, 2012 05:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Agreed...my personal favorite is 4...I think. I was just curious about you xD
caffienekitty From: caffienekitty Date: June 27th, 2012 05:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm a Ten girl, but Four is next in line. ;-)
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