So I went to the Doctor Who premiere at Village East theater last night. I basically spent all day Sunday finishing off all the papers that I needed to finish for the week in order to justify taking a whole day off. I got there at 1pm and the line was already around the block as in down one block, take a left, keep going down the block, find out that it's still going down the same block.
So I settled in for a six hour wait. Talked to the two guys who were at that place in line - whose names I didn't learn until hours later when we finally got around to introducing ourselves. Probably should have friended them on facebook. We talked about books and movies - interesting that we all agreed that Heinlein but Delaney is pretty cool even if Delaney is always challenging a heteronormative viewpoint. Somewhere in the conversation, they got on the BDSM topics as Chris had just gone to The Eagle whereas Patrick said that it wasn't the same and I laughed at the old New Yorker "it's just not the same as it once was" snobbery but then they had to explain that The Eagle is the gay leather bondage bar. And that started a lot of discussion where I as the token straight actually learned a whole lot more about bdsm culture than I thought possible. I mean, sure, me and Chris were both more familiar with fandom and furries than Patrick (and Patrick refused to watch Showgirls which the two of us were rather shocked by) but for the most part Chris and Patrick were doing most of the talking.
Better stories - Patrick talking about how in his Central American private high school that he was the kid with the dad who drove the lamborghini so he could be as flaming as he wanted. Later on Patrick's friend showed up and said that he had a similar experience in his Catholic high school as the meanest and scariest nuns were also fag hags so no one messed with him by virtue of fearing the nuns (and he asked out the priest, of course). Patrick talked about a guy that he went home with who tied him up and tickled him for two hours. THen untied him and that was it. Only a couple days later, he ended up going home with the same guy not realizing that it was the same guy until he was tied up and realized that he had to go through that shit again.
Chris' best story was about how he was a sub and the radio station was playing soft rock. Instead of gagging him, the dom just said "shut up" and as they tied him up, he started singing along to "Uptown Girl" so that was the end of his time as a sub. He was always too demanding as a sub anyhow.
At 7pm, we discovered that our "your in the third theater" tickets were not going to work for us as it was full and then they gave us hats (anyone want a Doctor Who hat) and red tickets and told us to go away until the 10pm show. SOme of us did. I went off to get a shwarma, but as far as leaving and coming back at 930 - uhuh. Waited six hours to get to the head of the line.
At 930 the actors came out and I got to see the top of their heads as everyone crowded around them with cameras and pictures to sign. THen they got into an RV limo and went off. I think that the other people on that Q & A panel were coming out too but no one crowds a writer for autographs and photos (not even Neil Gaiman).
So then they let us in FINALLY. After 9 hours. The episodes themselves were pretty good but with some reservations. Dr. Song is taking the line that they are going in opposite directions so we've seen all of her future interactions with the Doctor and every time he sees her she will know him less. Only in The Library, it was already stated that he shows up a week before she makes that trip to the library to give her his sonic screwdriver. So presumably they aren't in a indirect proportional relationship. Also, Moffat set up the ending to the series in the first episode, which he kind of did throughout the last season. I liked that RTD had continuing storylines that culminated in a big finale. However, I wonder about Moffat announcing his series ending from the first episode like he did with season 5 with the cracks in space and time. On the other hand, I do like that Moffat is planning for spectacular endings without being a repetition of the "world is going to end" apocalypses so beloved by RTD.
And I'm not really sure why the Doctor took such a hard line against the villains of the episode as they were all ugly and creepy but they didn't seem like they were all THAT bad for the human race. Of course, that's always a problem with Doctor Who stories - there's always this "yeah, let's kill those guys" coupled with "murder is wrong" sermonizing. It was more obnoxious with RTD where he really couldn't write a villain who wasn't a completely despicable and beyond redemption. With the villains for this episode, they didnt seem like they were all that bad - they certainly weren't daleks or cybermen - so the Doctor's position seemed very kneejerk and clumsy.
Can't really give much more. Good show though.