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28th-Nov-2013 11:15 pm
I have now seen My Little Pony: Equestria Girls twice, which is probably two more times than any self-respecting adult should see it. For those unfamiliar with the premise of Equestria Girls: it is a film about Twilight Sparkle, the main character of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (who is, as you may have suspected, a pony), travelling through a portal to another world. In which she is a human. In high school. And meets human versions of all her pony friends. And there's a shoehorned-in light romance plotline, involving an alternate-world teenage boy and Twilight Sparkle. Who, I might remind you, is a pony.

It is astonishingly stupid.

Perhaps inevitably, I love it.

No, you don't understand how severe this is. I even find the romantic subplot genuinely cute. Developing a crush on a human when you are secretly a pony seems (a) a bit weird and (b) ill-advised, but apparently I don't care.

I've had this song from the film stuck in my head all day. I find cheerful, catchy songs about friendship impossible to resist, which is probably part of the reason Friendship is Magic has me so thoroughly in its clutches. Oh, dear.

I've had a rocky relationship with Doctor Who for... more or less the last seven years, but the fiftieth-anniversary special was a lot of fun! More than just being a fun hour or so, it reminded me of two things: firstly, that Doctor Who was once something I really enjoyed, and secondly, that I really miss Nine (I was pretty heartbroken that Ten and Eleven were hanging out and Nine was nowhere to be seen).

Therefore, in the ongoing bizarre nostalgia explosion that my adulthood is turning out to be, I've rewatched the first two episodes of the Ninth Doctor's series! And oh, I still love the Ninth Doctor. He's just fantastic. And also quite a bit scarier than I remember. That thing he did to Cassandra in 'The End of the World': wow. (That thing he did to Rose, too; it never really hit me before, but he comes back from the Time War and finds a companion and the first thing he does is show her the destruction of her planet.)

I also seem to be falling in love with Nine/Rose all over again, which I wasn't expecting! There had been pairings I'd enjoyed before I saw the 2005 Doctor Who series (Squall/Zell, Satoshi/Daisuke), but the Doctor/Rose was the first pairing I fell in love with in a MASSIVE EMOTIONAL INVESTMENT, READ ALL THE FANFICTION, WRITE ALL THE FANFICTION sort of way. No, hang on, I've just remembered all the slightly worrying James Sunderland/Mary Shepherd-Sunderland fanfiction I wrote. But I do think I 'shipped the Doctor/Rose quite a lot harder than anything preceding it.

(Sudden revelation: all the het I 'ship is really messed up. If they're the same species (see Doctor/Rose, Mitsuki/Takuto, TWILIGHT SPARKLE/FLASH SENTRY I HATE MYSELF) and there's no massive age gap (er, Doctor/Rose and Mitsuki/Takuto again, plus Jeff/Annie, Rogue/Logan and Katniss/Haymitch), I'm not interested, unless it's something like James/Mary or Naegi/Ikusaba, which have a whole host of alarming issues surrounding them. I'm surprised I love Nate/Elena so much; it's so much healthier than most of my 'ships!)

Anyway! Let's push my worrying taste aside for a moment. My interest in Doctor/Rose absolutely plummeted after the Ninth Doctor regenerated; I felt that the Tenth Doctor's dynamic with Rose was very different, and the new dynamic didn't really appeal to me. And I'd assumed that I wouldn't really care about Doctor/Rose on this rewatch, whether because I'd moved on or because my dislike of Ten/Rose would have somehow tainted Nine/Rose for me. I'm delighted to discover that I'm wrong!

When I think about it, maybe it's for the best that Eccleston didn't come back for the fiftieth anniversary. We may only have had thirteen episodes with the Ninth Doctor, but they were, for the most part, a pretty great thirteen episodes. I don't know if he'd ever be able to make a return that would match my expectations.
29th-Nov-2013 07:21 am (UTC)
Developing a crush on a human when you are secretly a pony seems (a) a bit weird and (b) ill-advised
Perhaps they could indulge in a little light horseplay?
29th-Nov-2013 08:53 am (UTC)
You are banned from this journal.
29th-Nov-2013 06:57 pm (UTC)
neigh, lass!
29th-Nov-2013 01:24 pm (UTC)
I loved how Equatria Girls basically the first two episodes of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic except with Twilight Sparkle teaching the others five about friendship rather than the other way around.

30th-Nov-2013 12:35 am (UTC)
Yep, I'm so watching this once dissertation is done. Or something is completed...
30th-Nov-2013 08:53 am (UTC)
...ahahaha, is 'enjoy' the right word? ENJOY. It's on Netflix if you have it.
2nd-Dec-2013 09:25 pm (UTC)
I don't, but am considering :) Also, I'm now shipping Katniss/Haymitch and it's ALL YOUR FAULT.

I reallyreallyreally want write fic. HELP.
2nd-Dec-2013 09:48 pm (UTC)

That's what you meant by 'help', right?
3rd-Dec-2013 01:33 am (UTC)

I might. First I am writing something ridiculous for Rei. Then there may be K/H. Because I am a terrible person.
1st-Dec-2013 04:27 am (UTC)
You ship a magical unicorn with a human boy? That's actually very much what I'd expect. (It's kind of weird, but also kind of adorable.)
12th-Dec-2013 05:58 pm (UTC)
Nine is definitely my favourite Doctor, and he definitely has some of the best episodes and a great arc. Of his whole series, there's only really one episode that's a bit shoddy (the first one), and even that's only for the infamous Plastic Mickey Scene. Chris Eccleston has a great deal of charisma and a fantastic acting talent - he pulled off 'ancient wise alien/scarred war veteran/childish enthusiam for everything' so well!

Supposedly Chris Eccleston read the script for the 50th and refused to be a part of it? To some extent I can see why: although a lot of it was good fun, I spent at least half of it huffing at one thing or another. ^^; I never thought I'd miss RTD, and yet... coherent story arcs! Oh, my heart.
13th-Dec-2013 01:18 pm (UTC)
I love Eleven, despite having issues with some of the writing surrounding him, but Nine. He was just so good!

and even that's only for the infamous Plastic Mickey Scene.

I spent quite a lot of my first-episode rewatch cracking up at the 2005 special effects, I have to confess.

Supposedly Chris Eccleston read the script for the 50th and refused to be a part of it?

If you're referring to this, it's not an actual Moffat quote; it's from a parody blog! I think it's unlikely that they'd write the script before they knew exactly which actors were going to be involved.
18th-Dec-2013 09:23 pm (UTC)
I actually didn't know anything about that blog until you linked it to me. XD I'd heard it from Mogamus, and I'm not entirely sure where she got it from. I tend to implicitly trust everything she says. If what she says is physically impossible, the laws of the universe simply bend to make it so that she can never be wrong.
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