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Classic!Who s9—The Sea Devils

Well, that is another much-belated review. But a delightful Master story! Seeing the Doctor and Jo pay a visit to an imprisoned Master was pretty much the best thing ever. I quite loved the two sides of that—first, the pretence of a reformed and pretty much overpowered Master, guarded by a staff that had been trained to resist his hypnosis. (His intense hypnotism face went almost cross-eyed. XD His frustrated face wasn't bad either.)

The pleasantries of their encounter were just amazing, the Doctor/Master fun went beyond all limits again, not to mention the amazing humorous tidbits such as the Doctorʼs first and first-glance remark being that the Master had PUT ON WEIGHT of all things. Boy, youʼve been looking at his body for sure XD There was also the Master working out (Time Lords are such shallow fuckers XD), and the Master watching kiddo TV and taking it very much too seriously. SIMM AND THE TELETUBBIES WERE A TRIBUTE, GUYS. My life is made.

But yes, well, the Master was actually not very repented at all, but doing anything he liked, down to requesting TV in his room. XD And he was completely manipulating Trenchard, who was in charge of the prison and thought he and the Master were allies up until they werenʼt. And then he got killed off. Interestingly, the Master manipulated him by using his patriotic streak and making him think he was doing stuff against enemy agents, blah blah. This actually couldnʼt be more wrong, since the Master is plotting against the humans and wanting to get the Sea Devils on his side and cause war between the two to annihilate the human race because the Doctor likes them. Very valid reason. (Dysfunctional OTP alllll the way.) 

In the meantime, Sea Devils are a cousin species to the Silurians, and the ending of that one story comes to hit the Doctor in the face: “Last time you tried to negotiate a peace, how did it end?”. We-ell. But this time it is the Doctor who, when the peace fails (theyʼve been trying to do treaties forever seriously, new!Who hardly got such an original concept as Eleven made it sound with his “whoa, my friends are negotiating a peace treaty” attitude, bless him), has to blow up the Sea Devils, the very thing he got quite mad at the Brigadier about when it was him doing it. (Side-note to say that UNIT and the Brig are rather absent this season, first episode and maybe the last. Jo and the Doc are cool on their own but I miss them.)

There is also the swordfight of legend. There is the Master getting a captive Doctor to work alongside him, which is not at all a pattern of his. Then the Doctor corrects the Masterʼs errors loftily, and the Masterʼs little smile is a precious thing, but then he claims credit for the whole thing. Never mind that because the Doctor tricks him all the way through. Priceless I tell you. But both of them can still be remarkably clueless around the other for sheer plot reasons, such as the Master not triple-checking the Doctorʼs work to make sure it shall not purposefully go boom, and the Doctor leaving someone to watch over the Master, HE WILL USE HYPNOSIS, FOOL! As I said, plot reasons.

Because there were other people in this episode but the Master and the Doctor, I will say a word about Jo Grantʼs cuteness and epicness, her skill in escaping and freeing the Doctor and her wonderful teamwork with him. The little "After you." as they were escaping, the handshake—I canʼt even.

The Doctor, ungrateful bastard that he is, shamelessly stole a plate of sandwiches from her later. Stealing sandwiches is a thing in this show. Channelling Yates, Doctor! (And he even told her off for wanting them in the first place, too, JUST LIKE YATES.)

Also, Joʼs outfits look utterly lovely and yes, thereʼs girlcrush time involved. SO CUTE.

The side characters were also fun: Trenchard, and the horribly gross and obnoxious official called Walker, who acted like he knew better than everyone, pushed for open war against the Sea Devils, treated everybody like shit, was sexist and even physically gross (demanding food and tea while trying to launch a war/annihilate a species), then acted like a complete and hilarious coward when things got bad and he became a prisoner, looking like a sorry little chicken while Jo and captain Hart were actively trying to escape and get shit done. The caricature semi-villain, semi-just-a-godawful-human-being characters are really a thing, and they often are headdesk-worthy bureaucrats as well, who thinks theyʼre so much better than everyone else, you will notice.


Quotable lines:


Three: [about the Master, at first glance] "My word, he's putting on weight."

Master: "I am the Master and you will obey me. You understand? *You will obey me.*"
Guard: "You'll let us know when you've finished with the book, sir?"

Three: "Is there anything that I can do for you at all?"
Master: "There is one thing. Please come in now and then to have a chat." /NOT SHIPPY AT ALL

Jo: "You felt sorry for him, didn't you. You wanted to come down here and see that was all right."
Three: "Well, he used to be a friend of mine once. A very good friend." [♥♥♥]

Master [to Trenchard, because he is totally an overpowered prisoner]: "I wonder, do you think I could have another television set? For the bedroom. […] Colour, of course."

Master [about the TV show he's just been watching]: "It seems to be a rather interesting extra-terrestrial life form."
Trenchard [slowly]: "Only puppets, you know? For children."
Master: "Oh."

Sailor Guy #1: "What's that noise?"
Sailor Guy #2: "It's a mermaid. She can't resist us."
[It was a Sea Devil. Pretty sure Guy #1 died.]

Jo [about the radio the Doctor is working on]: "Hmm, I've seen things like that in a modern art exhibition. You don't honestly think you can transmit with it, do you?"

Three: "Well, though I say so myself, I think that's a remarkably efficient piece of work." [stuff blows up in his hands]

Three [getting uncuffed]: "How very kind of you."
[getting cuffed back to the chair] "How very unkind of you!"

Hart: "Well, I presume you're a trained diver in addition to your other accomplishments then, Doctor?"
Three: "Naturally."

Walker: "Your opinion is quite immaterial, Captain Hart."

Walker: "Murder? War always is, my dear. Where on Earth's that girl with my toast?"

Three [to the Master]: "In about ten minutes from now the whole place should go up. Enjoy your revenge."

Master: "But--but we'll both be killed!"
Three: "That's right. Unless we can both escape."
[together or not at all, all the way]

Three: "I reversed the polarity of the neutron flow." [He does that a fair bit, I'd gathered]

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irishvampire13
Jul. 5th, 2015 09:13 pm (UTC)
Yay! Been waitin' on this one! *is excited*

Seeing the Doctor and Jo pay a visit to an imprisoned Master was pretty much the best thing ever.

I loved that. I loved the civil pleasantness between the three of them. And the reform bit would almost have been convincing...if it weren't the Master we were talking about. ;)

SIMM AND THE TELETUBBIES WERE A TRIBUTE, GUYS.

OMG, my day was made at that point!!! :D

and thought he and the Master were allies up until they werenʼt.

Yes, that does tend to be the point where it all goes wrong. ;)

(Dysfunctional OTP alllll the way.)

OMG, he is so fucking possessive, lol! "If I can't have you, then you can't have your pets!"

There is also the swordfight of legend.

LOVELOVELOVE!!! That was beyond epic! They did well at it; so many swordfights I've seen are just clang-clang-look-cool-but-don't-do-shit...this was OMGgoingtokillyouifyoustaystillfortoolong!

The Doctor, ungrateful bastard that he is, shamelessly stole a plate of sandwiches from her later.

Bad Doctor! That was naughty! Poor, poor, adorable Jo!

gross and obnoxious official called Walker

Ugh, that pig. What a creep! And such a fucking wimp!

Three: "Is there anything that I can do for you at all?"
Master: "There is one thing. Please come in now and then to have a chat." /NOT SHIPPY AT ALL


OMG. So damn shippy! Awwwww, I actually almost felt sorry for him at that point!

Jo: "You felt sorry for him, didn't you. You wanted to come down here and see that was all right."
Three: "Well, he used to be a friend of mine once. A very good friend." [♥♥♥]


*loves*

Sailor Guy #1: "What's that noise?"
Sailor Guy #2: "It's a mermaid. She can't resist us."
[It was a Sea Devil. Pretty sure Guy #1 died.]


Ah, yes; the Mermaid-that-wasn't-from-Hell absolutely couldn't resist your charms. *snickers* (And Guy #2 could have been Robbie Coltrane's brother, he sounded so much like him!)

Three: "Well, though I say so myself, I think that's a remarkably efficient piece of work." [stuff blows up in his hands]

Adorable as all get-out! I about died, that was so cute!

Three [getting uncuffed]: "How very kind of you."
[getting cuffed back to the chair] "How very unkind of you!"


*snickers* Yeah, like it was really gonna be that civil. Dream on, Doctor. (And I can't imagine why that scene made me think of you. *innocent smile*)

Master: "But--but we'll both be killed!"
Three: "That's right. Unless we can both escape."
[together or not at all, all the way]


I know; so Amy/Rory, there!!!

And the disappointment on the Doctor's face as the Master got away this time; almost a perfect counterpoint to the glee he'd obviously felt before.

Loved the episode, loved your review; just fun, all around! :D

Edited at 2015-07-05 09:15 pm (UTC)
flowsoffire
Jul. 9th, 2015 06:58 pm (UTC)
Been waitin' on this one! *is excited*
It’s been a bit belated, sorry ;)

I loved the civil pleasantness between the three of them. And the reform bit would almost have been convincing...if it weren't the Master we were talking about. ;)
It was really so delightful and entertaining :D

OMG, he is so fucking possessive, lol! "If I can't have you, then you can't have your pets!"
This so much XD

LOVELOVELOVE!!! That was beyond epic! They did well at it; so many swordfights I've seen are just clang-clang-look-cool-but-don't-do-shit...this was OMGgoingtokillyouifyoustaystillfortoolong!
Yeah, they really nailed it! :D Intensity ftw!


Ugh, that pig. What a creep! And such a fucking wimp!
The kind of character you just love to hate ;)

OMG. So damn shippy! Awwwww, I actually almost felt sorry for him at that point!
I wanted to squish him! Which was very reckless and not a good idea at all.

(And I can't imagine why that scene made me think of you. *innocent smile*)
I don’t know, either. *bats eyelashes*
irishvampire13
Jul. 9th, 2015 07:31 pm (UTC)
I don't care if it's late; it was worth it! :D Your reviews always are; they're so fun and insightful, and they give me ideas on what I should see next.

It was really so delightful and entertaining

It totally was; I loved that scene. :D

This so much

Now that I'm shipping them, I so adore that about him!

I wanted to squish him! Which was very reckless and not a good idea at all.

Squishing the Master...yeah, I can see that being a bad thing, lol! You'd be dead (or at least hypnotized) before you knew what was happening!

I don’t know, either. *bats eyelashes*

Not a clue! (Lovely little monster...)
flowsoffire
Jul. 13th, 2015 07:08 pm (UTC)
Glad you like the reviews so much! :)

You'd be dead (or at least hypnotized) before you knew what was happening!
Probably ;)

a_phoenixdragon
Jul. 6th, 2015 12:16 am (UTC)
OMGOMGOMG...THIS IS A POST MADE OF AWESOME!! I semi-remember this one...and cannot wait to get to it with the kiddos!!! Eeeeee!!

*HUGS*
flowsoffire
Jul. 10th, 2015 07:22 pm (UTC)
It is ALL THE GREATNESS! :D
irishvampire13
Jul. 12th, 2015 07:56 am (UTC)
AS ARE YOU TWO LOVELIES!!!

:D *loves my girls*

(Hehe, sorry; figured I'd better get that in before I get tied to a chair, or something. *smiles cutely*
scripsi
Jul. 6th, 2015 05:32 am (UTC)

I love The Sea Devils!


Seeing the Doctor and Jo pay a visit to an imprisoned Master was pretty much the best thing ever.


Isn’t it just! I love how happy the Doctor looks on the boat to the island, when Jo looks grim and then when he sees the Master he looks positively giddy. It’s all “Weee, I’m going to see the Master!” And the sword fight is EPIC! I read somewhere that Delgado had a badly hurt shoulder when they filmed it- he must have been a real trooper!


I think the Doctor think it’s pretty great to have the Master on hand, actually. He probably think that as long as he is exiled he will at least be able to see the Master on a regular basis.


Doctorʼs first and first-glance remark being that the Master had PUT ON WEIGHT of all things. Boy, youʼve been looking at his body for sure


Not checking him out or anything, oh no! :D


XD the Master watching kiddo TV and taking it very much too seriously.


Funny, I always thought he said that to make fun of the Warden. It’s funny either way, though. And I love the tribute!


But yes, well, the Master was actually not very repented at all, but doing anything he liked, down to requesting TV in his room


For someone always claiming he doesn’t like Earth, he picks up an amazing number of habits; drinking, smoking and television.</i>


Interestingly, the Master manipulated him by using his patriotic streak and making him think he was doing stuff against enemy agents


I was a bit surprised when I re-watched, because I thought Trenchard had been hypnotized, but he isn’t, he is manipulated and fooled. I’m sure the Master thought it was great fun…


to annihilate the human race because the Doctor likes them. Very valid reason. (Dysfunctional OTP alllll the way.)


It’s very much “If you won’t let me play with your toys I’m going to break them”, isn’t it? I think the master is in a sulk because the Doctor don’t want to rule the Earth with him. So yes, of course, very valid reasons! XD


I think the Sea Devils are much better than the Silurians in Old Who- they look pretty scary, at least until they move. Another one of those monsters I wouldn’t mind seeing again.


Jo is at her best here. she gets to be brave and independent while being adorably kittenish at the same time. Also Doctor/Jo interaction at their best. (Am I very weird for having a hankering for Doctor/Jo/Master fics?)

The only thing I miss in this episode if the Brig showing up to be snarky. I would have loved him saying a thing or two about the Navy. :D
flowsoffire
Jul. 10th, 2015 07:02 pm (UTC)
Such a lovely ep! :D

Isn’t it just! I love how happy the Doctor looks on the boat to the island, when Jo looks grim and then when he sees the Master he looks positively giddy. It’s all “Weee, I’m going to see the Master!”
IT CAN'T GET ANY BETTER :D

And the sword fight is EPIC! I read somewhere that Delgado had a badly hurt shoulder when they filmed it- he must have been a real trooper!
Whoa, indeed!!! That's mighty impressive!

I think the Doctor think it’s pretty great to have the Master on hand, actually. He probably think that as long as he is exiled he will at least be able to see the Master on a regular basis.
Quite likely, and I love the sound of that ^_^

Funny, I always thought he said that to make fun of the Warden. It’s funny either way, though. And I love the tribute!
I hadn't thought of that, he sounded so serious—and genuinely puzzled!

For someone always claiming he doesn’t like Earth, he picks up an amazing number of habits; drinking, smoking and television.
True :D The hypocrit.


I was a bit surprised when I re-watched, because I thought Trenchard had been hypnotized, but he isn’t, he is manipulated and fooled.
Yes, I'd thought the same at first!

It’s very much “If you won’t let me play with your toys I’m going to break them”, isn’t it? I think the master is in a sulk because the Doctor don’t want to rule the Earth with him.
Sounds like it, yes! :D I love him, hahaha.

I think the Sea Devils are much better than the Silurians in Old Who- they look pretty scary, at least until they move. Another one of those monsters I wouldn’t mind seeing again.
True!

Jo is at her best here. she gets to be brave and independent while being adorably kittenish at the same time. Also Doctor/Jo interaction at their best.
Truth!

(Am I very weird for having a hankering for Doctor/Jo/Master fics?)
Nah, that could be quite lovely :)

The only thing I miss in this episode if the Brig showing up to be snarky. I would have loved him saying a thing or two about the Navy. :D
YES I miss him! ♥
lost_spook
Jul. 7th, 2015 01:46 pm (UTC)
Aw, glad you had fun with it.

SIMM AND THE TELETUBBIES WERE A TRIBUTE, GUYS. My life is made.

Heh, that's what comes with New Who being written by fans - nearly everything in it is a tribute to something in Classic Who! But especially that.

RTD even put the Macra in it! ;-D

This one is, of course, all about the sword-fighting, Clanger-watching, and sandwich stealing. I think possibly there were some Sea Devils and a plot, but I can't be sure.
flowsoffire
Jul. 11th, 2015 06:20 pm (UTC)
Heh, that's what comes with New Who being written by fans - nearly everything in it is a tribute to something in Classic Who!
And it makes EVERYTHING all the more perfect, the classics and the new eps! :D

RTD even put the Macra in it! ;-D
I love that! I hadn't even realized at first :D

This one is, of course, all about the sword-fighting, Clanger-watching, and sandwich stealing. I think possibly there were some Sea Devils and a plot, but I can't be sure.
Very true. And mmmm? Sorry, did you say something about a plot? Oh, yes, right. I was busy squealing, apologies ;)
lost_spook
Jul. 11th, 2015 08:16 pm (UTC)
Heh, of course, one of the joys of watching Classic Who for the first time is now going to be getting all the references and things (and, oh, they are endless!) in New Who. :-)

Who needs a plot? ♥
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