First Watch: The Snowmen


Some thoughts:

  • Don’t like most of the opening title sequence. Sorry. I like some of the bits of it. Don’t like putting Matt Smith’s head in it. Don’t like the melty blobby wax 1970 effect. Don’t like the tweedlee synthesizer bits of the music. Don’t like the sliding-down-the-scale bits of the music, either, especially as they’re in tweedlee synthesizer. The whole flavor is, “Let’s give up on the cinematic feel we’ve been moving toward and make this whole thing small-screen and cheesy again.”
  • Do like the closing credits sequence very much. I know I’m getting ahead of myself, but it’s worth saying.
  • Don’t hate the TARDIS interior. Still not my favorite, but I’m not seething with disgust or anything. Serviceable. Workable. A bit fun. The coppery one is still the best ever in history, hands down. Thank you, designer, for not making all the controls gleaming and homogeneous. That would have been terrible.
  • This is not a very standalone episode. I recently introduced a non-Whovian friend to Doctor Who using Christmas as a gateway by showing him A Christmas Carol, which was brilliant in nearly every way. This totally works. The Snowmen is far too arc-ish and referential for this and would probably confuse the heck out of my not-we friends.

Edit to add: I don’t want to like Clara too much, but I do. So there. Putting this in the non-spoiler section because everyone knows there’s a Clara and if they don’t, I can’t help it. It’s been blared from the rooftops for months now.

Spoilery aspects:

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Peek at New Interior

The fandom-verse is vibrating. Via many multiples of sources comes this image of the alleged new TARDIS interior to be revealed in the Christmas special:

I don’t like it.

That’s not accurate. I do like it. I don’t like it on the TARDIS. I’m wildly in love with the copper and hex part-steampunk interior as it is now. Am not at all ready to kiss it goodbye, not in the least. I am Miss Pouty-Face about the very idea of replacing it yet, long, long before I’m tired of it.

New Snowmen Trailer?

I am not very gruntled at all at the moment. My twitter feeds are telling me that there is a new Snowmen trailer right here with more details but 1) I can’t get it to play and 2) I can’t find it anywhere else, particularly not on youtube nor BBC America’s site.

Update: Turns out this is the trailer they meant – not a Doctor Who trailer but a Christmas trailer about all of the BBC’s offerings this year.

Mixed feelings about the snogging. Must there always be snogging? I like snogging but I’d like my Doctor to be a teensy bit harder to get.

Now for something completely different, balloon TARDIS.