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09:11 pm - Bad weekend
I had a difficult weekend, helping a friend who has had a very bad experience. Not anyone you will have heard of. Not a person on live journal. Therefore I didn't do any of the things I was planning this weekend. But very late on Saturday night, at this person's house, I watched a recording of the final Doctor Who. It seemed to me that the episode was utterly terrible. It may be that I was just feeling very tired and unhappy.

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Date:July 6th, 2008 08:59 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry that the weekend was so difficult, and that your friend has had such a bad time. You're a good friend, and it will have helped her to have you there.

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Date:July 6th, 2008 09:02 pm (UTC)
Sorry you've had such a rough weekend. :-(

The episode had good things in it, but it was also flawed, in ways that I think would have made it look pretty awful if you were already feeling unhappy and drained. It's not without merit, but I would leave it for at least a couple of weeks before trying to watch it again, so that you don't have the immediate impact of the bad association.
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Date:July 6th, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC)
Agreed. Like any RTD finale, the plot logic was crap because he knows how to toss out these huge spectacles but not how to resolve them sensibly. The best bits, as ever with RTD, were the individual character moments. But if one wasn't in the mood for companion-squee, then the whole thing would have been awful, since you'd only be seeing the flaws. And certain parts of it were devastating (DN) -- I cried.
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Date:July 6th, 2008 09:53 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear you had such a hard weekend.

I went to see Galaxy Quest with the BoT at a time when I was very stressed over a house move, and angry with him for not (I felt) getting around to related paperwork that he was best qualified to do. I hated the film, even though I knew that many of my friends with similar tastes loved it. So, even though I haven't seen the Doctor Who, I think I might know where you are coming from there.
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Date:July 6th, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC)
I hope things improve for your friend, and I'm sure your support was a great help.

I didn't think it was one of RTD's better efforts.
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Date:July 7th, 2008 12:24 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry about your friend. However difficult the time, she must have been glad that you spent it with her.

I was in a poor position to appreciate Doctor Who after having missed Part 1, but it struck me as a cheaply manipulative episode that wouldn't work with any sort of cynical mood.
Date:July 7th, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC)
Am I the only one who was reminded of the B7 final episode "Blake" by all this? Ye gods, how utterly bleak, and how extremely likely to lead to great big loads of fanfic!
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Date:July 7th, 2008 08:46 pm (UTC)
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Date:July 7th, 2008 10:31 pm (UTC)
I am sorry to hear that. I hope things improve for your poor friend, who at least has your support. *hugs*
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Date:July 8th, 2008 11:25 am (UTC)
So sorry about your weekend, and about your friend. I'm sure having you there will have made all the difference.

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