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Rose and Her Doctor

April 2010

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Too Late

Children of Earth

I just watched Day 4, and I'm bouncing between being numb, sad, angry and in denial. I looked around at other people's responses, needing some connection. There's a lot of anger at RTD floating around, some sadness, some disconnect.  RTD has given us characters we loved. It was hard when Owen and Tosh left. Now Ianto is gone, too, and I guess this is the end. The hub is destroyed, most of the team is dead, Gwen is pregnant and nobody is doing any Spock to deal with the evil slime shooters. The bureaucratic conversations sound all too plausible. Can't you just picture it?  This is the darkest-before-the-dawn moment, but I can't figure RTD will get the sun to truly shine again. The image of the child attached to the noxious slime-balll won't leave me and its all too damn sad.

Like everybody else who saw Days 1-3 I was impressed. When I looked back over a few eps of season 2, I realized how much better this was than any of the Torchwood I'd seen before. Apparently RTD hadn't written anything but the pilot for Torchwood, so this is his bookend to that. Although he only penned the 1st and 5th day, he oversaw the rest. When I think about how he finished season 4 of Dr. Who, it is hard for me to muster up a lot of hope for this last day.

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I don't know what to think. Tragedy is all about catharsis, but I'm not sure where the denouement will come in this. I'm a little groused, because if I wanted hopelessness and anger, I'd just read Real Climate.

It does make me wonder about the Torchwood panel at Comicon, though. Barrowman says that he's ready for a fourth season, but I don't know how the fans will react. Everybody is pissed. I haven't seen one positive oh, it'll be alright, remember Tosh and Owen died and it went on kind of reaction.
"Barrowman says that he's ready for a fourth season, but I don't know how the fans will react. Everybody is pissed. I haven't seen one positive oh, it'll be alright, remember Tosh and Owen died and it went on kind of reaction."

I know what you mean. But with 6.2 million viewers, many of them new, and a move to BBC One, there is a lot of conversation (see http://www.digitalspy.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1068332) about how old characters can leave and the show still goes on. I guess other shows have changed major characters and survived, so long as the new characters are written well. For example John Frobisher is an intriguing well-developed character, and I suppose the evil Agent Johnson is coming around. Clement McDonal was brilliant, but that was truly Paul Copley's doing. I hear reports that RTD does redeem the show in the end, but I just don't know if it is worth the ride. For me it's not (just) Ianto, but it dips too far down into helplessness before it rights itself (which I'm sure it must, somehow). The scenes where they choose the 10%, where they show the child in the tank, and where they pour the cement on Jack are the worst for me. Like I said, I'll watch the ending. I signed up for this, and I'll have to deal with what it brings up for me, and admire Davis' skill in hooking me to this extent. But I don't have to like it.