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I had tickets to see The Day of the Doctor yesterday and the theater MESSED IT UP! Like messed it up hard core!


I had a friend visiting from Australia. She's been a Who fan pretty much all her life and has been too busy to see anything leading up to the 50th, so she was pretty excited. I also bought tickets for Justin and Dominic. We got there about 10 minutes before the show was supposed to start, so the theater was really full and we ended up with seats in the second row. Well, 7:30 rolled around, and the show didn't start. About 10 minutes later, they started playing the Doctor Who factoids and playing generic music. The facts cycled through and then we got some kind of animation and everyone began to applaud and cheer. Then the facts started playing again! Then, about 35 - 40 minutes after the show should have started, a man came in and said, "We're having some problems. The show will start in about 10 minutes." And then they left us there, in the dark, nothing on the screen, nothing on the PA, no lights, for 10 minutes! Sonic screwdrivers and nerd rage began to sound all around us.

Well, the show eventually came on, about 45 minutes to an hour after it should have started and everyone cheered and enjoyed the show. It got the climax, when all the Doctors show up to help and I'm thoroughly enjoying it. Like, I'm grinning and bouncing and having a great time. And just as Capaldi says, "No! All thirteen!" the sound cut out and the sound system started playing muzak.

I gasped and then from the back of the theater a guy shouts, "ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME???"

Have you guys ever been in a dark room full of hundreds of angry Who fans? It was like this weird, red, pulsing feeling all around me. One woman ran out of the theater and came back a minute later and said, "They said it'll be fixed in a minute."

The sound came back in just as the War Doctor was leaving the Gallery in his TARDIS. We missed the most important part of the show.

As we shuffled out of the theater, a young guy looking very depressed was handing each person a voucher for a free movie. That doesn't really make up for it, but what can you do?

By that time, Dominic was exhausted. It was two hours past his bedtime and he was upset about the problems that the theater had. We stopped to get something to drink on our way home (the closest theater that was showing it was on the other side of the city) and while Justin was in the gas station, Dominic said, "Mommy, I'm sad." I looked back at him and he looked like he was going to cry. I asked him why he was sad and he said, "I really liked the movie, but I didn't get to hear the good part!" Poor little guy!

I haven't read LJ yet, but according to my Facebook, a lot of my friends were unhappy with the special, and I'm sorry if you didn't enjoy it. I, however, absolutely loved it. Which is not to say I thought it was perfect, but I thought it was pretty tightly written, and I love how they handled Billie Piper's part, and I adored the exploration of the Time War. Now, to address the plethora of other horrible things that had been trapped in the time lock, like the Skaro Degradations, the Horde of Travesties, the Nightmare Child, and the Could-Have-Been King with his army of Meanwhiles and Neverweres. This could be fun!

This entry was originally posted at http://annissamazing.dreamwidth.org/426991.html. Feel free to leave comments here or there. I'm not picky. Dreamwidth comment count: comment count unavailable

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jer832
Nov. 26th, 2013 06:49 pm (UTC)
spoilers
Gawd that sucked. Did you at least get to hear BP's kissing wisecrack, which plus the reaction to timey-whimey were my second and third favourite parts of the show. My first was TB. I will not apologize. He was my Doctor. (If necessary) I've got legit. DW reasons he can be there.
annissag
Nov. 26th, 2013 10:03 pm (UTC)
Re: spoilers
Luckily, I had seen the episode when it aired on Saturday. Sadly, it was the first time Justin, Dominic, and Sandy had seen it.


I did hear that!
War Doctor: I could kiss you, Bad Wolf Girl!
The Moment: That's going to happen!

Loved that! I was really happy to see TB, too.
ladyprydian
Nov. 26th, 2013 08:38 pm (UTC)
Oh my god how AWFUL.

I didn't love it but I'm also not hating it as much as some people (FYI: I know there are some out there pushing the hate and they have also admitted to not watching it).

I'm upset at how they devalued all of RTD's work and, really, the time lines don't make any sense. This</a? post summs that up better than I ever could. I wish they used the surviving 8 Doctors at the clips at the end rather than existing footage. 4 coming back as the Curator had me in tears. All in all though, I find myself rather detached from Who that I pretty much went, "eh, could have been worse."

Edited at 2013-11-26 08:49 pm (UTC)
annissag
Nov. 26th, 2013 10:18 pm (UTC)
There are a few things I agree with in that link. The fact that they should not have been able to access the Time War, for example, but I was having such a good time that I just can't bring myself to care. That sort of issue is what fanfic is for. :)

The rest of it, though, I disagree with. Billie Piper as fanbait? Maybe. But I interpreted it as Bad Wolf Rose affecting every moment in space and time. Bad Wolf Rose making it possible for that choice to change so the Doctor would no longer ache over it. But the fact that Gallifrey is lost would mean that the Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh (to a point) Doctors would not know that Gallifrey wasn't destroyed would keep most of that continuity intact. No, not all of it dovetails, but this is Doctor Who: the show with such a long history that nearly all of the canon is debatable.

I'm no Moffat apologist, and I especially dislike how he has portrayed women during his tenure, but I don't really have an issue with QEI as portrayed in this episode. Granted, she is not my queen, so I have no real attachment to her, but she did fool all of the Zygons into believing that she was one of them and made them all obey her so she could learn their plan and then pass it on to the Doctor. That's both brave and clever.

Ah, I've missed DW discussion! :D

Thanks!
ladyprydian
Nov. 26th, 2013 10:59 pm (UTC)
The rest of it, though, I disagree with. Billie Piper as fanbait? Maybe.
I do think part of the reason why Billie Piper and David Tennant were there was as fanbait. It was certainly leaked early enough to cause rabid speculation and fire everyone up. But hell, they would have had me if they said Tom Baker was in it.

but she did fool all of the Zygons
Yes, but my thing with QE1 is two fold.
1) There was little chemistry between QE1 - to me DT carried those scenes, pushing them along into something less limping. It doesn't help that there have been some very strong QE1's out there in film and theater history (Cate Blanchett and Helen Mirren come to mind) it made Joanna Page’s QE1 very pale and sketchy in comparison.

Queen Elizabeth was a very strong and formidable women so, even during the Shakespeare Code when the joke first came into being, I groaned in displeasure at the characterization. History has not only been written by the victors but also by men. We have so few strong female role models in history that when one becomes the butt of a bad joke, I become defensive.

Which leads into:

2) Even though I disliked the joke, it was better when the Doctor marring QE1 was just a throw away line. Nothing more than a funny little speculative joke given to the fans so they could 'choose their own adventure'.

There were plenty of points in 10's history that could have been chosen - there was no need to recycle something that was, in my opinion, better left alone.
redknightalex
Nov. 27th, 2013 02:38 am (UTC)
I have yet to find the strength time to see it but I am slightly nervous. The Internet was ablaze the entire week and after it aired everyone seemed to love it...which is a pretty good sign I might not these days. I have read a lot of spoilers/analysis and have come up with a pretty fair idea of what happened. Not overly excited about what it could mean to the universe that's taken 50 years to build mostly, nor do I like how it seemed to treat the previous 50 years. Then again, I can't say anything as I still need to watch it. Heh.

I'm glad you did although the mess up at the theater was pretty bad. Free tickets to another movie is slim pickings indeed but better than nothing. Wish I could think of a decent film that was coming out you could go see though.
(Anonymous)
Nov. 27th, 2013 02:45 am (UTC)
Yeah, I can't say whether or not you'll like it. I can say that I *loathed* S6 (with the obvious exceptions), and disliked a large portion of S7, yet I still loved the special. I'd love to hear your thoughts after you see it! Even if you don't care for it. :)
annissag
Nov. 27th, 2013 02:47 am (UTC)
Oops, that was me! Forgot to login!
redknightalex
Nov. 27th, 2013 03:17 am (UTC)
LOL! That just made my night. :)

I agree with you on S6 so by the time S7 came around I was looking only occasionally at posts and spoilers to see if I should be bothered by it. I watched the S7 finale, mostly, and found it to be irritating. I'm assuming that the special branched off from there so hopes are not high but I'm sure I'll let you know what I thought, even if it's just a string of incoherent letters trying to form words!
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