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06 July 2008 @ 11:19 am
Re: 4x13 Journey's End: 
(This is all re: Donna Noble.) 

What the hell kind of storytelling is that??  CRAPTASTIC.  The whole point of a story, a good story, is how a character grows and changes.  So, let's take Donna and make her SPECTACULAR and BRILLIANT and believe in herself, finally, and then TAKE IT ALL AWAY AND PUT HER RIGHT BACK WHERE SHE WAS AT THE BEGINNING.  WTF??

So pissed off.  The only teensy tiny good moment in that crappy character arc ending was the Doctor telling her Mum to stop belittling her in so many words.  But that was a mere nano-fraction of a thing and doesn't begin to make up for the absolute assassination of the best Who Companion in the new series.

OMGOD by the end of this I even disliked Rose, just a little bit.  Because she gets everything she ever wanted w/a big frickin' bow, and Donna gets shafted.  I mean seriously, it's like the second Doctor was created for the express purpose of giving Rose and the Doctor a happily ever after that shouldn't be possible.  Rose is far from the first Companion to fall for the Doctor, but unlike Sarah Jane or any of the rest, she gets to live in a parallel world w/him forever.  WTF.  It is clear to me that Rose is RTD's favorite character ever, and the end of that particular arc felt like badly written fanfic to me. 

Or maybe I'm just that pissed about Donna. 
Current Mood: aggravatedaggravated
Miss Crankypants: Life On Mars Not The Tardisaka_paloma on July 6th, 2008 07:43 pm (UTC)
And now you understand why I was so happy to hear that Steven Moffat (writer of my favourite New Who ep, 'Blink', as well as a Hugo award winner for writing 'The Girl in the Fireplace' in series 2 and 'Blink' in series 3) is taking over as showrunner for Doctor Who in 2010 when the next proper series is set to air. I just have to be patient and hope this year's Christmas Special and next year's specials (I can't remember how many they're planning) in lieu of a proper series, are decent.

I've been very tired of RTD's heavy handed storytelling for a while now. While I really loved Rose in series one and two, I'm pretty much done now and will be very happy to never see her character again. And I don't think it's just that your pissed about Donna. RTD may have successfully revived Doctor Who for 21st century viewers, for which I am grateful, but he is in many ways a very weak writer, especially when it comes to the resolution and character development, so I do think that is a large part of your reaction.

Anyhow, I knew that Donna would be "leaving" at the end of series four which bummed me out because I love her so much. From what I was reading and what seemed to be implied, I thought she was going to die. Which, in retrospect, would have been preferable and would have served her character more honestly than what was done to her instead. Sure, I would have cried like a freaking baby but I think that would have been better than rolling my eyes and WTFing and pretty much screaming at the screen for RTD to just leave already!

Edited because upon further thought, I think Steven Moffat's 'Blink' has been nominated this year for the Hugo, but winners haven't been announced yet. He did win for "The Girl in the Fireplace'. Of that I am sure.

Edited at 2008-07-06 07:46 pm (UTC)
ex_kaz_maho on July 6th, 2008 09:12 pm (UTC)
I don't think we've seen the last of Donna. Look at the ridiculous number of shots of that bloody great ring she's been flashing around. Um... There's got to be significance to the fact that it's pretty similar (the same?) as the Master's ring from the end of series 3.

Just saying. ;)
Anya: Doctor Who - Ten & Donna {team}madame_parker on July 7th, 2008 12:44 pm (UTC)
That last episode was all noise! It's like it was written with only one thing in mind, Rose getting her happy ever after. I'm right with you about the writing. Donna was amazing, she's my Companion and what RTD did to her is worse than death. I would have been far more happy if she had died, it would have been painful but she would have gone knowing just how truly amazing she is.