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16 November 2009 @ 12:09 am
The Waters of Mars  
OMG my flist is entirely covered in Doctor Who and Yuletide! :) For the record my Yuletide assignment is very exciting. Yay! I think it would be impossible to write the actual request I was matched with, which involves characters that I find dull, and I'm specifically forbidden to write the slash pairing I would want to write. But it doesn't matter! Because one of the other requests was a pairing that I should have thought about before - they're such a perfectly obvious, perfectly suited couple! So, apparently I'm writing historical RPS again this year... :)

And Doctor Who? Wow. So very good. Roll on Christmas...

I expect what I liked was very much what other people liked - particularly the Doctor going completely fuck-nuts at the end. I love David Tennant when he goes completely insane, he does it so well. I loved the reference to Pompeii, because, of course, this was the opposite kind of insanity to what the Doctor was like there - and of course he doesn't have a Companion at the moment, which we all know never helps.

I also thought Lindsay Duncan was stupendously good, she really sold it for me, because, TBH, I didn't care about the other characters, you don't get the cahnce to meet them for long enough. But she was a captain I would have followed into hell, and I cared about her. Brilliant.

I watched WofM with a mate who thought she was going to shoot the Doctor at the end, and I knew it was going to be suicide as soon as she pulled the gun, because that's the kind of captain she is.

Obviously the squee at the Master was great, as was Mrs Master, Donna and Wilf, although I knew about them all, so it wasn't as great as it could have been. Possibly there was more squee at blond Master than anything... So can't wait for how the Doctor is going to resolve himself, although I can see he'd be out to punish himself now, and as we know, hubris never ends well in the Whoniverse.
prochytesprochytes on November 18th, 2009 10:50 pm (UTC)
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That is a fantastic icon. I shall of course avoid "my bad" in future correspondence, if only in awe at the moustache.

[I am curious, though: why do you not consider "my bad" a valid sentence when you think "Unless she turns up at Christmas" to be one? Last time I checked, a concessive clause does not by itself a well-formed sentence make.]
Malk: Young Earlmr_malk on November 18th, 2009 11:08 pm (UTC)
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Why thank you, I do have a reputation for moustaches. See here my No. 2 Emergency back-up moustache.

Why do I dislike "my bad" so much? I'm not quite sure why that one offends me excessively, but it's one of a group. I think it's just that "my fault" works just as well, and "bad" does not, in any pre-existing context, work grammatically as a noun. Starting a sentence with "Unless" may irk school-teachers, but I see that as stylistics. It's bad if it is unclear what the other circumstance is, but as part of a dialogue, or even a narrative, the context is clear. OK, if I was feeling really picky, I suppose I could have requested "..." or maybe a semi-colon instead of the full-stop prior to it, but it just doesn't exercise me in the same way. "My bad", along with the current popularity of the word "fail", when "failure" would work better, or using "leverage" as a verb, when "lever" is already a perfectly good one, is like fingernails screeching down the blackboard of my soul!
prochytesprochytes on November 18th, 2009 11:11 pm (UTC)
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Equally fantastic moustache.

I suspect that we all have our "blackboards". Mine is "disinterested" and "uninterested" used interchangeably. Grrr.
Malkmr_malk on November 18th, 2009 11:22 pm (UTC)
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Oh yes, that too!
Slovenliness that robs the language of a perfectly nice distinction, damnit!
Valderys: Tenth Doctor - is smugvalderys on November 18th, 2009 11:51 pm (UTC)
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I hate to say it, but you're both wrong - living languages are living. They're not going to stand still just because you want them to!
Malkmr_malk on November 19th, 2009 01:03 am (UTC)
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Rhubarb my dear. Language does change, but:
a) at any given time, there are still correct and incorrect ways of using particular words, and
b) Not liking particular changes is not "wrong". It might be prissy, over-precious, fastidious or reactionary, but it's not wrong, unless of course this is some delightful new meaning of the word "wrong" that is evolving out of the living language even as we speak!