Cunning Plan - mata090680

Doctor Who



This episode was a bit of a mixed bag for me. I loved the smaller character moments and I appreciated some insight was given to the Doctor/Master dynamic since I’m clueless to anything about the latter. But as much as I thought John Simms did a very good job with the material he was given, there is a problem with the material. The Master/Saxon, even with the reality manipulation, still comes off as a crazy buffoon. Wouldn’t someone as brilliant as he try to blend in better? He eventually admits that his mind control device isn’t 100% effective and it seems as soon as people get close to him they can see the guy is a loon. So, popping gummy bears while the president is speaking to the world didn’t really work for me.

They addressed Torchwood which made me happy. A jeer within a cheer though for the lapse in continuity between the Torchwood finale and Jack’s joining the Doctor. However, at least we know now that he has been working with Torchwood for awhile. And, man, that revelation may have turned me into a Jack/Ten shipper. “When I did that I did it for you in your honor.” Jack changed his life and who he was to rebuild an organization that was about destroying the Doctor into one that supported and honored his goals and ideals. Talk about love! And here’s the kicker:

Doctor to Martha: It’s like when you fancy someone and they don’t even know you exist.
Jack to Martha: You too, huh?

::dies::

Other things I appreciated:

The escape from the facility in ‘Utopia’ was plausible! I hadn’t thought about the Doctor whipping out his sonic screwdriver and fixing Jack’s teleportation device.

Much like “Bad Wolf” from Season 1, Saxon has been there all along and trying to get to the Doctor through Martha. The men in black types suddenly make sense.

That the Doctor makes sure to grab his coat and the laptop before the apartment blows up. Hee!

I will appreciate it if they kill Martha’s mother. God do I hate that woman. Until they arrested her she couldn’t figure out something was not right? And being manipulated by the Master’s technology is only so much of an excuse. She’s demonstrated from the beginning that she has had no faith in her daughter’s choices.

All in all, not as good as the last two outings, imho, but it had it’s moments.
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I liked how Jack shifted from fun, flirty guy to the guy who led Torchwood.

"You have to ditch the car! NOW!"

Although I had to laugh when they were talking about how Jack couldn't get his team. Yes, there wouldn't have been any problems if Owen had been around.

::massive eyeroll::

What is the deal with Saxon's wife? She made her choice? Is she just that controlled?
What is the deal with Saxon's wife? She made her choice? Is she just that controlled?

Maybe I am just a conspiracy theorist, but part of me is wondering if the seemingly controlled is actually the controller in cahoots with the thingermabobs whose names just escaped me.
I wondered that too, but somehow I doubt they'll have someone controlling the Master. Maybe she's just a regular old evil human being?
If he isn't being controlled, then why is he still hearing drums (which he futhered with the Archangel project)? Somehow I think the wife is tied up in it, even if she is just an evil human.

::ponders::

BTW: It's entirely your fault that I am now so currently obsessed with DW. You and that nefarious dvd, my friend. You knew I would be doomed!
::bats eyes innocently::

You know it just struck me that I am very weird with the gift giving. You got 'Who' DVDs as part of a baby gift and another friend got an autographed Tahmoh Penikett photo as a wedding gift. On the brightside, years later you'll still remember MY gifts. :)
I was puzzled by Mrs Saxon too - but I think it's a matter of paralleling. She's the Evil!Companion to set against Martha the Good Companion.

So far she's a pretty useless Evil!Companion, though.
I am massively thankful that Owen was not around. Though maybe the Doctor would have offed him. Hmmmm...

There's definitely more to Saxon's wife than meets the eye. I feared at first that she was the meek trophy wife oblivious to who her husband is and what he is up too. But she enjoyed the killing way too much and seems to have been in on this all from the beginning.
And ::cough:: snapping the Master's neck from behind made perfect sense to ME.
Doctor to Martha: It’s like when you fancy someone and they don’t even know you exist.
Jack to Martha: You too, huh?

::dies::


I loved this for what it was, but it also got me thinking to my re-watch of series one last week. I think this was very much how Nine felt about Rose until Bad Wolf/PotW when Rose (IMHO) realized she loved him, too. And I think that's for me why I like Rose/Doctor as companions above and beyond being a couple. Rose wasn't instantly in thrall like Martha (which annoys me to no end) and I think that really intrigued Nine.
Rose was intrigued by the Doctor and what he could offer her, but I never saw her as enthralled even after she fell in love with him. They've scaled back on Martha's unrequited love the past couple of weeks (thank God), but she needs to accept Jack's attitude of "You too?" and moving on. I have a feeling she's about to get a glimpse of the dark side of the Doctor and maybe that will help her realize there isn't going to be any happily ever after.
Much like "Bad Wolf" from Season 1, Saxon has been there all along and trying to get to the Doctor through Martha.

Oh! This made a little lightbulb ping inside my head. Now you put it like that, it's slotted things into place a little bit more neatly for me. In fact, now I'm wondering how accidental the Doctor and Martha's meeting was in the first place. Did the Master engineer that too? The first episode seems so long ago I can't remember the details.

And yes, I too am glad the Doctor rescued his coat before the apartment blew up. Since they've taken away most of my visual pleasure in David Tennant by turning him into an elderly man, I'm glad at least I still have the coat to cling to. ;)




In fact, now I'm wondering how accidental the Doctor and Martha's meeting was in the first place.

Oh, now that is intriguing. It's like the chicken and egg argument and which came first? I'm a bit murky on the details of the first ep of the season, but I do recall that the Doctor knew he had to be at the hospital because something major was going to happen there. And Martha makes the comment when they get back to London that it's only been four days since she left. Since the Master has been setting his plan in motion for eighteen months it's possible that the Martha/Doctor meeting was no accident.

I hope the Doctor reverts to his young self (so to speak ;) quickly for the simple fact that old age makeup is never a good thing to see on TV.