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Dr Who 3x03 "Gridlock"  - Episode Reflection

Watched New Dr Who on the television at the weekend, something I've only done three or four times. I really enjoyed the bit at the beginning were Dr T is asked about Gallifrey. That Martha one was irritating and pressing for answers so he eludes her questions by talking about how beautiful it is (as it exists in his memory for one see, <i>_it_exists_</i>) His delivery was quite painterly - you are there. Tennant does this all quite well, more than romantic, its an enthusiastic sharing of spirit (through sound and image) that is corporeal, is it not ?

And then there was all that really fun jolly stuff about Ardal O Hanlon and cats and cars and surprise lesbians. Nice twist with the race-against-time being a surviving-through-slowness. And the Face of Boe. Though it was that opening monologue that really engaged my executive higher functioning. The fans end was simply dwindling it down to geek-nerd inclusion for those with poor storytelling predictive and understanding abilities (and desperate for a fix of specifics, as any geek-nerd is)

 "You are not alone" raises two points  - The Face of Boe is a useless twat. If he waited until he were almost dead to tell the doctor there were other Gallifreyan(s) then hes a bit of a shit friend. Don't they keep in contact, I'm sure the Tardis gets Email easily. Chances are it were parting compassion thing. Perhaps the doctor and he had a falling out in between stories and it was difficult for Boe to admit his true feelings after a period of memory loss. This too seems unlikely as Doctor Tennant does inspire backrubs and cutting sugar out of his diet. I don't know, I'm just trying to make sense of it all.

Still, Gallifrey and its people were always alive, Martha. Theres just some buttons you shouldn't push too hard. They're not all like me though.

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There is a way for the Doctor to be the only survivor of Gallifrey and yet still have another from that world survive. It's already happened twice, and with the same enemy.

D'ya think the master is having a lark in the Tardis' eye of harmony? That's assuming Paul 'counts.'

I'm leaning towards a different one, rhymes with Bobana.

Hello Stranger. So. blogging about Dr Who draws you out ?

You two are referencing things waayy over my eyes. Please supply exposition.

By Paul I'm guessing you meant McGann ? Aw bless yr rating Cushing heart.

fast lane/slow lane

Also, it occurred to me shortly afterwards the fast lane/slow lane stuff could apply to the likes of Internet 2 :

"This would be a faster, more streamlined elite equivalent of the internet available to users who were willing to pay more for a much improved service. providers may only allow streaming audio and video on your websites if you were eligible for Internet 2.

Of course, Internet 2 would be greatly regulated and only "appropriate content" would be accepted by an FCC or government bureau. Everything else would be relegated to the "slow lane" internet, the junkyard as it were. Our techie rulers are all too keen to make us believe that the internet as we know it is "already dead"."
- Steve Watson

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