It's Time We Told the Truth Around Here...

Okay, I'll admit it. I screamed and clapped for every colored Dalek that came through that gateway. This much is true.I will also honestly tell you that this is the first episode where I looked at Matt Smith and saw the Doctor. (Even though he continuously does that im-looking-at-you-over-my-brow thing that creeps me out.)


However, here are some truths that wont be so easy for me to say. Am I the only one who feels like these episodes have all been ill paced? I feel like everything that happens in these episodes is happening in 20 minutes. The Daleks had arrived before I even turned the television on, and the world was in danger before I had even turned the volume up. They have to figure out how to space these things evenly in the time that they have. Otherwise, I'm not going to care about anything or anyone that is up for annihilation or extermination.


Here's more truth: Why has Amy Pond saved the day yet again? I understand that a good companion is useful and relevant. But I also understand that we watch this show because the Doctor will somehow always find a way to save the day. He's our hero. And right now I feel like Amy Pond is actually what he regenerated into. Maybe she IS the Doctor! A ginger AND female. Now, don't misunderstand, I am in no way knocking a woman saving the day. I feel like the eleventh Doctor is in a position where he needs to gain his audiences trust. If this is the third episode and he's still failing at saving the planet...


Truth number five: How absolutely *ridiculous* was that extreme close up of the crack at the end of this episode? We get it guys. You're building up to something. Jesus. With the Bad Wolf stuff, it was fairly less than obvious. And I still find new Bad Wolf symbols every time I rewatch an episode. I will say that I am very interested in the fact that Amy didn't remember anything about the Daleks. And deep down inside of me I was hoping that the Doctor would say something along the lines of, "You should remember. Everyone should. I ...I lost somebody important to that war." As his eyes focus on the doors of the Tardis. He didnt.


Speaking of Tardis doors, let's talk about truth six. I am completely overjoyed that he has not given Amy Pond a key to the Tardis yet. I'm happy about the fact that half the time he doesn't seem to care about her all that much. He leaves her in places all the time. And he hasn't upgraded her cell phone to be able to call anywhere, anytime yet. I feel as if he's taking his time with this companion. I like that. Perhaps he hasn't let go of his past as much as we think he has.


So, the Daleks return, they are blasted by airplanes in outer space, and they live to see another 18 episodes of Dalek over use. All in all I give this episode a B. River Song and the Angel's next wweek. Let's pray it's not a sloppier version of "Blink" and "Silence in the Library" thrown together.

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Apr 20, 2010 7:47PM EDT

Oh well, Erika... For much that we usually agree, I have to disagree on one thing this week. I was absolutely and utterly mad when I saw the new rainbow coloured Daleks. I mean, they do look amazing, I won't deny that, BUT... When have Daleks EVER changed? I guess my point is we are used to some changes in the show; companions always change, the doctor has to regenerate, and I was quite OK with having a new TARDIS and even a new sonic screwdrvier... But are we talking Daleks or Cybermen? Since when have they changed, or been upgraded... If there is one thing that is constant in the show is the fact that Daleks have always been stubborn as regards changing... I did like how they explained the reason for changing, tho... Old Daleks being contaminated and stuff, but FFS, they ARE Daleks. Maybe if they had only changed the colours OR the shape, but not both... Old Daleks looked rusty and on the smallish side... It would almost make you feel kinda nice to them, if you didn't know they were the meanest thing in the world, you'd like to have one as pet, hehe. But new Daleks... even though they look cool as hell, the fact that they are huge, and colourful... IDK, it almost immediately throws a red flag! I mean... if I find one of those I'm not gonna say, oh poor cute ol' thing you look rusty, lemme help you (remember the episode when Rose meets the Daleks for the first time?) I'm just gonna run away as fast as I can... I mean, they do look deadly! There is no place for sympathy torwards them right now. So... New Daleks... If you ask me, bad bad bad and even worst move from the Moffat team.All of you're other truths... Well, I totally agree. Amy is being a bit TOO good. I know Donna and Rose (and that other companion I won't mention cuz I loath her) did save the day every now and then... But what's with this companion doing it all the time! Give the doctor a break, HE is the genious, not her! -Loved your ginger and female comment there, you should totally post it in the GBB!!!-The crack... OMG that sucked! I mean... it's supposed to be a hint, people!!! Stop rubbing it in our faces! We got it, we are not stupid, there's a crack in the fabric of space, got it, move on plz! If you wanna have a cool arc, then you should have us guessing the whole time what it is... Little hints, people, little hints! And they should be all over the episodes, not in the final second of each of them... GAH! This episode made me soooo cranky! Like you said, with Bad Wolf... we still go back and watch that season and we still find new clues that we missed the first time... What the heck, how can you miss a huge crack in the wall while you are waiting for next week's preview... Geez! Maybe we are wrong and the crack has nothing to do with the arc, and it's just them teasing us... But the way things are going, I'm really doubting that.Time issues... You are totally right, they are not pacing themselves... I know we are nto supposed to miss a single second of the show, but mhm... Can I have a little quiet time? It's like they are running so fust they'll eventrually trip over their own feet, and it's gonna be catastrophic! Idk... maybe I was in a bad mood when I watched this episode, but I was really disappointed.What at least makes me less angry about this episode is the fact that it wasn't written by Moffat himself, this was the first episode in his era to be written by someone else. So, great! It wasn't Moffat's total fault that the episode was a bummer, someone else wrote it, lol. I still got tons of faith in him. Hope he did write next week's episode, I really don't wanna feel this is a rerun gone bad of Silence in the Library and Blink.All in all, I give this episode a C, and it's not a D or an F just because it's Doctor Who, and I love the show anyway... The season was doing OK, I found the first episode amazing, second was ok, this one... well, you've seen my thoughts... Is it just me or does it seem as they're going downhill?

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Apr 21, 2010 1:41PM EDT

I know that this isn't going to measure up to what yall have written, but the poor doctor, he just can't manage to become Ginger to save his life, maybe that is why he hasn't given her the TARDIS Companion Package...jealous.

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Apr 21, 2010 5:21PM EDT

Dalek Issue: IDK, really, they annoy me most of the time, anyway, but I don't find them threatening one bit. I find myself wondering if they are gay with their pretty rainbow colours^^
Super-Amy-Issue: I'm on board with you on this one, I'm still waiting for the Doctor to prove himself. Come on, one sappy speech at the end of episode one doesn't make you the Doctor! Yeah yeah, he saved the world from the Atraxi, but frankly it wasn't all that impressive. I want the Doctor back, the one that actually does stuff and isn't becoming his companions sidekick!
Episode-Timing-Issue: To be honest, I was bored throughout the first half an hour of this episode. I didn't even really want to rewatch it, and that's saying something with Doctor Who. I feel like they're still lacking the flow the episodes need to work, first nothing happens, then in the last 15 minutes it gets interesting. Not the way to go.
Time-Crack-Issue: OMG this is becoming stupid -.- I want to be challenged, damnit! I want to look for my clues and to speculate and to go "HA!" triumphantly when I found a clue, not have it shoved in my face like that. I would rather go "OOOOH *facepalm* So THAT'S what it was all about, my God I was stupid" at the season finale than "Yeah, yeah, I know, move on".
Amy-Key-Issue: I don't know, I wouldn't mind if he gave Amy the key. I think that when it comes to continuity, he should, judging by his previous behaviour. All of his other companions of the NuWho series would have one by now. And he does seem to trust and really like her.
I'm really intrigued as to why Amy can't remember the Daleks. I'm guessing parallel universe of some sorts, what do you think?

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Apr 21, 2010 5:34PM EDT

Look at these long long comments, I think because you were expecting much less from Matt Smith you've found faults with him that arn't really there. I like him as the Doctor, and Amy Pond being not completely useless is actually quite refreshing, I think you want to hate this Doctor so badly that even the neccessary foreshadowing cracks annoy you, but with David Tennant you would be eating it up loving every little bit of it, because that is what you want.
I think these 3 episodes have been great, and from the preview of the next, I think it's going to be amazing, this season.

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Apr 22, 2010 7:32AM EDT

Oi, I don't hate Matt Smith! How could I, he is the Doctor! That doesn't mean I don't see flaws in the show so far. Maybe I do get worked up about some of them, but others are completely legit. In case you haven't noticed, we don't only criticise but also say what we love.
And you really don't get what my problem with the cracks is, do you? I don't think the cracks are bad, I think they could be presented to the audience in a better way. Remember Bad Wolf, which was actually hidden all over the place and which you could look for? Can't do that with the cracks 'cause they're so bloody obvious. I take pleasure from looking for such clues, and now I can't.

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Apr 22, 2010 10:03AM EDT

1. @Turkeystick - Whoa whoa! None of these things were bashing Matt Smith at all. I personally like him alot. Although the comments are long, if you glance through them you'll see most of the problems lie with the show itself right now. Which, speaking of -
Perhaps they got so lost in their new bigger budget, cooler special effects, that their working less on the stroy and more on the parts where...well, things get to look cool.
2. @Garasvaldi You're a person of simple words. But I like what you say. :)
3. @Eriludar: I will tell you this: When they exterminated the little brown Dalek, it made me really sad. I thought, "But wait! They wont look like that anymore?" And now that I think about it, if the Cybermen came out in full on rainbow colors I would be pretty upset as well.
4.@Bukab: I award you 2 points for having that Alien name ready already. I didnt even catch their name. And I feel like this version of the Doctor isnt as...smart as 10? I feel like 10 was a genius! Even more so than 9. 9 and 11 just feel cranky to me. lol!With the key issue, I just feel like, if she's going to be saving the planet, I'm just glad he didnt rub the cake further in our faces by throwing her a key *immediately*. This way it shows that she may be an amazing companion but she's not in control or so valuable that she isnt expendable. What do I mean? I guess I mean he's implying that she ...ugh. I'm trying to say that everyone is worth the same. From those that watch to those that save the world. Because everyone is brilliant just for coming along. Therefore, she wont get a key any sooner than she has too. Although, it was rude for him to snatch it back.
And if she cant remember Daleks, what else is forgotten. I wonder if this will lead back to some old friends. But no, I feel like they said their super fond farewells to everyone.

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Apr 22, 2010 10:47AM EDT

HEY! I love Matt Smith so far, it's not him whom I'm critizising! I just hate the new Daleks, and I found the episode kinda boring...
@ErikaSimpson22 I really LOLed when I read the snatching key sentence... I actually LOVED that, he might not the smartest fish in the pond right now - even if he's still brilliant! - But he definitely kept his rudeness!!! You gotta admit you LOVE a rude doctor! hehehe

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Apr 22, 2010 10:59AM EDT

Rude Doctor equals wonderful Doctor!
@eridular isn't it weird using screennames now! I just want to say, So anyway Erika...

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Apr 22, 2010 2:50PM EDT

@ErikaSimpsom22 *bows* Professional Geek, at your service.
Yeah, I've had the feeling, too. 10 was really brilliant at pacing around, talking at 150 km/h, ruffling his hair (that's my favourite part!) and coming up with a bizarre answer that made sense.
What did we get from 11 so far? Hacking into a video-conference, writing some lousy virus (although admittedly on a cell-phone) and tricking Prisoner Zero into pretending to be himself.Then we've got him "vibrating the chemoreceptors" of the spacewhale- aka known as making it barf him and his companion out- then him promply trying to fry the whale's brain with a giant laser.Then we've got him hitting a Dalek with a wrench, accidently awakening new Daleks in the process and bluffing his way out of Dalek captivity with a jammy dodger....Okay, now as I'm writing it down, it's not that bad of a track record... Maybe he's pulling it off wrong or something?

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Apr 22, 2010 5:14PM EDT

@Bukab That's the feeling I got... Like he's a totally new man, he's learning as he goes more about himself, we need to remember that. I mean, he wasn't even fully regenerated when he beat the Atraxi. Prolly his clumsiness and Amy's spotlight has more to do with that. As if he was still trying to figure out who he is, and such!
@ErikaSimpson22 I totally do!!! But I guess it'd be complicated for other review readers/posters... Like "Hey, Erika, did you notice that huge crack at the end of the episode?" and then "Oh, yeah, I totally did! How lame is that, Erika?" LOL, we'd certainly create some confusion! hahaha

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Apr 23, 2010 8:06PM EDT

wow... ok um.. ya.im too lazy (lol) to write anywhere as much as ya'll (also particularly because ya'll just took the words out of my mouth! ..well, some of ya'll) so imjust gonna say..
@Bukab- i AGREE 100% on what you said! (: and...
@turkeystick- it's not that we (or I) hate/dont like Matt Smith (i actually like him WAYYY better than i thought i would) it's just that i HATE THE WRITING! Now, i know that Moffat had written some great episodes but now that he's up on top, he's not looking so hot.. T_T
and OMW! I DO NOT LIKE THE NEW DALEKS! THAT IS ONE THING THAT I WILL NOT ACCEPT CHANGE TO! THEY LOOK LIKE THEY ARE ALL GEY DUDES WITH THEIR GAY PRIDE RAINBOWS (no offense ment to any gay humans reading this) [:
um... i guess that's it-theatregeek-

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Apr 23, 2010 8:26PM EDT

Finally, someone that agrees with me on the Dalek issue!

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Apr 25, 2010 11:13AM EDT

I have to disagree, I have found all the episodes to be of a very high quality, and remember, Moffat is the guy who came up with some of the best episodes of previous seasons. I don't think the cracks in the wall are going to turn out to be such an obvious clue, have more faith :)
And Personally I've enjoyed seeing a companion that can put the Doctor through his paces, its a refreshing change, and I reckon it will have something to do with him 'finding himself'
*But the Daleks, was anyone else thinking power rangers lol

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May 2, 2010 1:01PM EDT

May I just say: I'm so glad that this is here and you guys all care enough to talk about my personal fave showAnywho, I am starting to get really frustrated with all these new renditions of old things: we all knew Tennant had to go, and I am all for giving Matt a fair chance, as well as Amy Pond. However, I feel like now the show is being totally refurbished for a new audience- they keep putting in basic background snipits to educate a new set of people and its so frustrating.. the way they present everything, as if it's all new to usBut that's not really what's bothering me: here it is-- I feel like all they're doing with this new doctor is having him go through all the old issues again especially with the Daleks coming back, and the Weeping angels...As for the Daleks- I am NOT cool with this.. it just doesn't feel right. Too many things turned new.. new doctor, OK, new sonic screwdriver and TARDIS.. ok... new theme song and symbol.... allright... but the Daleks too? Come on, some things have to be consistent.As for the Angels, I loved Blink, but I feel like it is better for us not to know more about them.. I think its better for them to be contained in that one episode.
Oh- and did anyone else have an issue with the Doctor being okay hurting the star whale?? What the f was that?! He couldn't come up with any other solution?? That really bothered me.
But, I do hope lazareth is right.. I loved the revealing of Bad Wolf and hope that I'm just missing something.Also, I hope they bring back the Doctor's daughter at some point, I really liked her spunk.

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