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A rather good effort from Noel Clarke. I can't say I liked it as much as Out of Time, but it's on a similar level to Small Worlds and Random Shoes.

I thought it was an incredibly gritty sort of episode, especially in terms of character development. We got to see the very unpleasant sides of Gwen and Owen. Gwen appears to have turned into a bit of an emotional fuckwit, what with the telling Rhys of her affair and then drugging him and begging him to forgive her. At least she and Owen broke it off. That fling felt rather OOC the whole time.

I suppose this was sort of a sci-fi tribute to Fight Club. And it's weird, but in terms of what I can and can't watch, really extreme fighting (caged or no)/savage beating is something I can't stomach. I had difficulty sitting through Fight Club itself, and as little actual violence as we saw here, I still recoiled.

Also, WTF @ Owen snorting at the Weevils. That was creepy like whoa.

Are we up to episode ten of DW already? Damn, only three more weeks of Who after this. :/

So that would be.....three from three for Steven Moffatt penning awesome Who episodes (five if you count his count his series one effort as two eps)? :D It's a shame that he's been stuck with the budget-episode-with-very-little-of-the-Doctor (Moffatt is at his best when he's analysing the Doctor himself), but this is a vast, vast improvement on Love and Monsters. And Moffatt is apparently getting to write a two parter for series four, so no complaints there.

I can't say that I was terribly freaked by the monster of the week, as cool a concept as it was. I do love horror thriller stuff like this, as I'm much more able to stomach it than plain horror like the Weevil Fight Club in Combat. Anyway, I can understand if parents didn't want their kids to watch this episode. If I was ten I probably wouldn't be able to sleep tonight!

Not a whole lot to add other than that. Just about DIED when I saw DI Shipton (HAY IT'S BEN FROM HOTEL BABYLON! HI BEN!). As expected, Sally and Lawrence (and other supporting characters) were well-developed. I think they'd make pretty good companions, as it happens. And part of me was positively itching to know what Ten and Martha were doing at the end running about with bows and arrows. Speaking of which, there is something hugely entertaining about Martha working as a shopgirl to support Ten in 1969. Hahaha, it's sort of a reverse of Human Nature! *wants to see more of that too* Can someone point me to fic?

Oh, and I got the TARDIS reference as well. Apparently it's a dig at the OG forums, but I think there may have been some wank in the greater fandom population over the TARDIS windows before New Who begun. As would be expected. ;p

Utopia next week. Wheeeeee! A bit miffed to see that Ten has split the Torchwood finale into two seperate episodes though. Might download End of Days this week instead of waiting for it to screen so I can see Jack transition from Torchwood to Who.

In non-telly news, Alan Alda's new book is being shipped to me as I write this. They've sent it a few days before the actual release date too. Yay! Something to take with me to read on the plane to Melbourne for the AFL Grand Final. Yes, we might be going! Though St Kilda won't be playing in it after last night's game between the Magpies and the Crows (reasons to do with getting into the top eight in the ladder, you see). Damn you, Collingwood! The one night we want you to win and you lose. -_-; Still, going to Melbourne for five days is fantastic. Every time I've visited I've enjoyed myself.

Anyway, back on books. Hoping sincerely that the release date for Hugh Laurie's next novel doesn't change, since it's now less than a month away. I've been reliably informed that the 'Paper Soldier' page has been on Amazon for over two years and the release date has changed several times. Still, if that doesn't get shipped, at least Stephen Colbert's book should be coming around the same time. I'm rather hoping that I'll be able to have time for some recreational reading in between my New Testament Greek classes in summer semester and thesis preparation. I desperately need to break a little from all the New Testament/Church Fathers/NT scholarship I've been reading. And Laurie and Colbert would certainly do that. :D
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