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27 December 2012 @ 03:49 am
Doctor Who: "The Snowmen" Christmas Special Review  
Doctor Who: The Snowmen Christmas Special

I've come to the conclusion that Clara Oswin Oswald is, in fact, a Cylon.

I also will continue to call her Oswin because I just really adore that name. ♥

This Christmas special was rather different than the previous ones. It had some similarity to the A Christmas Carol episode, but in this one the Doctor was more cold and Grinch-like with wanting to remain distant. It really makes me wonder how much time had passed since the departure of the Ponds, and the whereabouts of River Song. Because, like I mentioned before, Amy's final wish was for the Doctor to not be alone and if nothing else I would think he would've liked to honor this. He brooding about, stopping his work on helping people and saving worlds and the universe just seems rather, well, drastic. I know he mourns and feels the loss of those he losses, especially those who have traveled with him for a long time and who he considers family, and he has every right to. But I think it was a bit overkill to make him into someone cold and distant only to have Oswin be the one to put him back on track and make him become the Doctor we once knew again.

I'm also rather apprehensive with the possibility of there being a romance building between the Doctor and Oswin. Their interaction in this episode was cute, the on-screen chemistry was fantastic and their fast-paced bantering with each other was fascinating to watch, but I'm not too keen on the "young attractive new Companion emerges and must be romantically paired with the Doctor" trope, especially if it's just to get the Doctor out of his brooding funk.

But that's my only little complaint about things so far.

Aside from that, I enjoyed mostly everything else. Particular Vastra and Jenny (they are married! ♥) being wicked and badass together, Strax being unintentionally hilarious, and all of them attempting to help the Doctor.

And of course, Miss Clara Oswin Oswald. She is simply adorable, incredibly clever, and it really makes you wonder precisely who and what she is. I was surprised that her character died again, but there seems to be a purpose that she continues popping up. Are there many copies of her? Clones? Messages from someone or something out there in the universe? Something else entirely? She is quite a mystery, this adorable clever girl. She appears it many points in history and has a special connection. I already loved her from before, but now I'm just so delighted to see where her story may lead to.

My favorite moment of the episode?

After the interrogation moment between Vastra and Oswin (great scene, btw), and Vastra is calling the Doctor to give the word that would, without a doubt, get him to help. The word was "Pond" -- and notice that the Doctor was wearing Amy's glasses in that scene, as well.

Current Mood: awake
noybusiness: never seen an elephant flynoybusiness on December 27th, 2012 04:28 pm (UTC)
I liked the special a lot more than I thought I would (what with carnivorous snowmen). Clara was brilliant and so were all the Paternoster Gang.
meanderingeffervescent on December 27th, 2012 08:41 pm (UTC)
The Doctor never listens when people tell him not to travel alone, though. He didn't listen when Donna told him not to before he met Martha. In some ways I was glad that that was there, because it reminded me of Ten's grief after he lost Rose.

The kiss actually didn't bother me, if only because people are always kissing the Doctor. Ten especially kissed a lot of people :P We'll see if it goes anywhere, since there's the whole relationship with River.
Renée: DW. Amy/Rory.rogueslayer452 on December 28th, 2012 12:12 am (UTC)
This is true, it seems to be never ending for him, the grieving process and self-hatred after losing someone he cares about in such a tragic way. With the Ponds in particular, they became such a huge part of his life (and vice versa) that even with a little sense of closure after such a heartbreaking departure, he still blames himself. It probably hits him harder because he tried to give them an out, to not let what happened to them happen.

I think it struck a cord with me because I didn't expect it to go to that level of extremeness, even though it's understandable why.

The kiss didn't bother me, either (esp with the way Eleven was all dumbfounded and flailing about, lol). And Oswin seems to be naturally flirtatious, much like Amy and River. I think it's in the manner of the way it was presented in the episode? Like, they definitely have natural chemistry and play off each other very well, but there were parts of dialogue that made me kind of raise an eyebrow because it seemed too much of forcing the tension a bit? Idk.

But River popping up again surely will be fun, indeed. ;)
orangerful: bsg pretend we know // demonqueen666orangerful on December 28th, 2012 03:29 am (UTC)
YES EMOTIONS! Especially since I watched the last 5 minutes of the finale since BBC was marathoning them so the glasses were really obvious to me.

I *LOVED* the Sherlock scene and also that Vastra and Jenny are the inspiration for Sherlock LOL - Moffat, you so crazy!

Oswin as a Cylon is probably better than what I said...which is that she is essentially Kenny from South Park (my mom went with the Dinosaurs reference of "we're gonna need another Timmy"). Cylon is better though. ;-)

Curious to see where this is all going.