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Monday (1/30/12) 10:19pm - ... wherein Peter posts a Weekly Media Update.

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TV:  Doctor Who [2006, 2x06-2x13]
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Doctor Who [2006, 2x06-2x13]
I'm continuing to watch this show as preparation for the upcoming run of The Professor at Salvage Vanguard Theater.  Honestly, I don't have much to say beyond the notes I've already posted.

I'm surprised at how strictly monster-of-the-week the show's been, but that said, I'm impressed with how well they're staging and pacing the action.  "The Satan Pit" and "The Age of Steel", for example, were both absolutely riveting in a WTF-will-happen-next sort of way.  And honestly, I think TV rarely does action thrillers all that well -- it's much more a people-chatting-in-rooms sort of medium.

That said, it often feels a bit... well, not "shallow", but like their attempts to give the episodes depth often come out a bit clunky.  Jane Espenson has written about how a screenwriter should know what an episode is about *and* what it is *really* about, and it's the "really abouts" that often feel tacked-on and muddled.  For instance, the Doctor storyline of "The Satan Pit" tries to address questions of whether the Doctor has faith in anything, and those scenes felt a bit like "let's cut away from this phenomenal action to watch your two stoner college buddies talk philosophy."  It culminates in a Big Speech about faith (delivered to a Satan-beast that certainly can't understand it) which, though expertly delivered by Tennant, doesn't feel like it's what the episode is actually about.

That said, depth isn't really the show's job, and at this point it delivers excitement and fun almost effortlessly.  Onward to the next season!

(Side note:  turns out I was wrong all this time about the Doctor Who premiere being delayed a day due to the Kennedy assassination, and it fact it was *always* scheduled for November 23rd.)

For next time:  more Doctor Who, and probably not much else.

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