Tonight I at least watched The Rise of the Cybermen / The Age of Steel. I love that double episode, and damn, it felt good to sink into that world again. After such a week, it made me feel whole somehow. I probably need to just try to find time to watch more of it during the next week. Losing myself to stories and characters I love, it has this amazing power of restoration.
Funny, though, although I love most of the Doctor Who S2 episodes, I'm constantly thinking "I want to watch Utopia already". Is this normal, constantly wanting to watch Utopia? Or just me? Anyway, I'd say I'm going to go a little out of order, and when I'm done with S2, I'll watch Utopia and the rest of the S3 ending before I start on Torchwood. Because I have no patience to wait for as long as it'll take me to get through two more seasons, at this rate, and I've been wanting to re-watch Utopia for ages. (I've only watched it once, for goodness's sake! At first I wasn't quite ready to watch it again, and then I had moved onto the next season and it felt weird to go back.)
Anyway, a few thoughts about The Rise of the Cybermen / The Age of Steel.
Damn, Mickey's just so wonderful in this. I love his character arc in the show, the way he starts out as someone very ordinary and scared and un-heroic, then occasionally finds it in himself to do a heroic act after all, but he still doesn't change into a big damn hero immediately. He only gradually grows and starts to want to see more, do more, find something more in himself. And then he does, he saves the day and makes a choice of a new life for himself, while still staying himself. (At least up to this point. I don't like the later episodes with him as much anymore, he feels a bit too heroic, no longer the Mickey I got to know and love.)
And the minor characters in this one are so great. I love Jake. (And it's interesting, I remember I picked up there was something between him and Ricky the first time I watched this, then discovered there had been a line of dialogue cut that said it indeed was so.) I adore Mrs Moore - there need to be more middle-aged female badass rebel mad-gadget inventors! The Cybermen rank among the scariest of Doctor Who monsters for me, especially because it's so possible something like that could exist in the future. And I love parallel universes. One of the fanfic possibilities that intrigues me is everything that could go on in the parallel world. Who else out of the whole show's cast is there, in parallel version? How are they different and similar to the ones we know?
By the way, one of the things that annoys me about S2 Rose is the way she goes madly jealous every time the Doctor as much as speaks to any young and nice-looking female. S1 Rose would usually connect with the other women she met, she generally cared about people and would especially seek contact with the other girls and try to understand what's going on with them, and I loved that. But with S2 the jealousy thing, it's such a trope. I know they're underlining her romantic feelings for the Doctor, but could they possibly come up with a slightly less clichéd way of doing it?
Well, other than that, there isn't anything about this episode I don't love. And it's one of those where I actually cry at the ending. Did the first time, did again.