6 comments on “Fish From Space Have Never Been So Buxom

  1. I think – good. Some bits of the story were undeniably ropey – why do all the female children die on their transit to Earth, but not the mum? Are all those boy children going to be left swimming around the canals, to munch on any poor sod that falls in? What happened to the tidal wave that the Doctor predicted? The cgi as Matt climbed up the church tower was a bit rough. And the fish people’s tolerance for light seemed to shift as the plot demanded. Plus the whole “vampires – not really” thing felt a bit strange. The first half of the story set up every vampire cliche it could think of, and then the second half had to explain them. I would have prefered it if they had been aliens, who just happened to have a biology that worked like a vampires.

    But it also had some great moments – it looked beautiful, Helen McCrory acted the hell out of her role and the not-Venice backdrop was wonderful. Guido was sweet, in fact all of the actors were convincing. And it was funny!! So, the best way to stop an alien attacking your girlfriend is to play the “Yo mama so fat” card. Guido in the stag night top. Rory’s ‘hating every second’ speech to get Amy into the school. Rory’s reaction to finding out he’s sitting on a heap of gunpowder. The whole ‘hands over the mouth’ moment. The Doctor jumping put of a strippers cake!!!

    But the bit that really sold me on the episode was the interaction of the three leads. This was Mickey done right, so Rory comes across as a nice bloke who’s out of his depth, but quickly finding his feet, and Amy comes across as a girl who’s been swept of her feet by a fantasy she’s had for 14 years, but who still appreciates Rory. Not like an attention whore that demands everyone looks at her, but no one comes too close to her shiny toy, like a certain R Tyler I could mention. And the Doctor knows the effect he has on people, but wants to put it right. About halfway through the episode, I thought I might hate Amy, by the end I loved all three of them, and the way they spark off each other.

    Something that watching this episode back to back with Victory of the Daleks really brought to my attention was the way that the Doctor has changed relating to his companions. This isn’t a man who grabs a companions hand and runs laughing towards danger. He leaves Amy behind in VotD. He tries to do the same in the Angel story, but she doesn’t listen, and he’s too put-on-the-back-foot by River to insist. Here, he orders both Amy and Rory back to the TARDIS. At first, I thought this was concern for his companions welfare writ large, but it occurs to me that maybe he wants them out of the way, so he’s free to act as he wants without having to worry about keeping them safe. Is Eleven a major control freak? Look at how menacing he became to Rory when he didn’t have the reaction the Doctor wanted. Look a the fit he pitched at Amy when she tried to make a decision for him in The Beast Below. This is new. And I’m intrigued. Roll on the second half of the season!

  2. Live on your own for too long, and you end up thinking that everything has to be on your own shoulders. You take on far too much responsibility, and you think it’s up to you to fix everything yourself. Just a couple of “seasons” ago, Ten lost his best mate in the worst possible way because his lifestyle turned Donna into an exact replica of him and it was the last straw. Then, The Doctor spent over a year knocking about on his own, a year when pretty much everything went tits up for him, and a year which ended up with him dying to save the life of his current companion.

    Bearing in mind that’s not the first time that’s happened (Five gave it all up for Peri, after all), I’m wondering if perhaps Eleven’s new-found sense of responsibility is a reaction to that. He’s overcompensating out of a sense of self-preservation. If he gets it wrong, the only person he puts in danger is himself (he’s terrified of another Donna situation) and he can usually get out of it if he’s not watching out for someone else. You look out for number one for too long, you end up thinking you’re the only person who can do anything at all, and that’s a dangerous path to tread. It’s certainly a logical extension of the reckless streak that Ten showed towards the end of his time (and I’m also suspecting that pretty much everything this season is happening because of him buggering up the timelines in Waters of Mars – he rewrote time, now times rewriting itself to try and fix the fractures, but the stress is proving too much, hence the cracks appearing everywhere). Perhaps having two people on board will teach Eleven to let go a bit.

    As you say, a control freak Doctor isn’t something we’ve really had before, and his sudden bursts of temper look very much to me like the reaction of a man who’s been too used to having it all his own way and as a result doesn’t like anyone arguing with him. Intriguing, isn’t it?

  3. Good points. I think that the Doctor needs a couple of people with him, so that he’s not their whole world. Since it now seems to be the new paradigm that every companion thinks he’s as lovely as a hot, buttery crumpet on a cold afternoon, the fact that there’s two of them splits his attention, and makes them realise they aren’t his whole world. If Mickey had taken Nine’s offer in World War Three, Rose wouldn’t have been since a prime bitch to Sarah in School Reunion.

    And I’d forgotten Donna in relation to the new companions – although, considering what happened to her, you’d think the last thing the Doctor wants is to leave his companions alone in the TARDIS. But hopefully he’s thrown out all his spare hands.

  4. Something that’s worth mentioning is Rory calling The Doctor on the effect he has on those he travels with, and utterly nailing it. He’s so right, especially in relation to the new series. I’d like to think that Eleven’s little bout of noble self-sacrifice towards the end is a direct reaction to that, but I don’t think so.

    Interesting that despite all of that, Rory can’t help charging back into danger to help The Doctor either. But then, he strikes me as a mini-Doctor, did he but know it – he’ll always do what’s *right* rather than taking the sensible option.

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