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For my rewatching of old Who episodes, I am now in season five, which is Matt Smith's first season. I always forget how much I love him until I watch and hear him in motion. As much as I want to say that I've been a Who fan since I was a child, Smith will always be My Doctor. Because of the rabid fandom, I had postponed watching it until right when he started, so he is the first that I witnessed "in real time". I am also re-experiencing all the multitude of reasons why Rory is my favorite companion of all time. Of. All. Time. He's so fabulously awkward and insecure in the beginning. Hilarious with his delivery. A nurse. Completely unimpressed during his first visit to the TARDIS.

Oh, chees, the episode after this one is Vincent and the Doctor, which always makes me cry, and The Lodger, which is one of my favorites.

Watched last night's episode, "Listen". I am finally catching on and "getting" Capaldi as The Doctor, and liking him much more. The first couple of episodes, he just felt like an old, slow Smith to me, but he seems to be coming into his own. I've read reviews that say that Moffat is displaying a crap ton of sexism and misogyny with his current writing with how mean The Doctor can be to Clara, but I had been viewing it more of a distinction of just how alien The Doctor is, as he seems confused by simple human shape. Part of it may be blinders to get as much enjoyment as possible out of my show. Mah stories. But I really did the chalkboards.

I have been having idiotic sleeping issues. I seem to only be able to fall asleep and stay asleep if I have a touch of alcohol with Benedryl. I've had severe allergies since I was a child, you see, so have taken allergy pills before bed almost every single night for approximately 34 years of my life, starting at age five, so they generally don't have that much of an issue with drugs that normally knock people the eff out. The combination, however, helps me fall asleep and stay asleep, but causes me to feel exhausted and almost hung over the next day. For the nights that I don't do this, however, it takes me hours and hours to fall asleep and I usually sleep for about an hour and wake up, unable to fall back asleep for many more hours. I'm going to try some melatonin tonight and hope for the best.


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Sep. 15th, 2014 09:37 pm (UTC)
I've also been watching old Who episodes...but the ones I've been watching are REALLY old...as in William Hartnell old. RetroTV started showing them starting with An Unearthly Child back in August, and I've been letting them pile up on my TiVo until I have time to watch an entire story. One is definitely a more gruff Doctor, even more so than Capaldi's Twelve. It's great to see the evolution of the show though.

Good luck with the sleep thing....I have the same issues as you have, and haven't found anything that works yet. Let me know if you do - maybe it'll work for me too. :-)
Sep. 15th, 2014 11:10 pm (UTC)
I watched all of the super old stuff that Netflix had to offer on streaming before moving back to the newer stuff. I adore the hell out of Troughton. Can't stand Pertwee, but have tried. The only one that Netflix didn't have was any with Colin Baker, though now that I'm getting DVDs, I see they have worlds more.

I also have all the books in ebook form that I plan on getting around to one day. GIVE ME ALL THE LORE.
Sep. 17th, 2014 04:06 pm (UTC)
From what I've seen most of the people complaining about the "misogyny" are shrill and hypersensitive. The Doctor is picking on Clara like he picks on everyone now, and she gives it right back to him. That's what friends do. I fully support moffat's quest to rid the fandom of shallow people who only liked doctor who because the doctor was cute.

This last episode lost me about 70% of the way in. What happened to the alien creatures who were hiding? What was the thing under the sheet? It was like they said "hey, I know, let's show the doctor as a kid and clara can interact with him!" and forgot about what they'd been building up to.

Edited at 2014-09-17 04:07 pm (UTC)
Sep. 17th, 2014 05:45 pm (UTC)
I agree that things got weird about halfway through, but I wasn't paying 100% attention to it. From what I've read from others, it wasn't my sucky attention span.

I had been prepared to adore Capaldi, as I adore many of the old doctors, and was fairly convinced (and somewhat happy) that it would leave the fangirls behind.
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