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The Imponderables

Yesterday I got the news that a friend of mine, whom I haven't seen in many years, had a massive heart attack and died suddenly.

I found myself feeling shock, of course; and a strange sense of something missing, but no real sadness. As I said, I hadn't seen him in many years. I literally can't remember the last time we spoke, or the last time I actually saw him -- he was an old Elfquest pal, a friend from post-college years, and even a former lover (long story, that). We had spent many good times together. A few bad ones. He was one of the few of my friends at the time who came down to Tucson to be with me after my father died. And yet I felt almost nothing but a curious sense of undefined loss.

I had to think a bit, because I was honestly still a bit MORE depressed over Matt Smith leaving Doctor Who, which I'm sure makes me horrible and shallow, but there it is. And while I freely admit that Time of the Doctor was one of Moffatt's lesser efforts (finding out that it was the compressed ideas for the ENTIRE SERIES EIGHT that Smith was supposed to have been signed for made it a little more understandable), I was not unhappy with it. I also have the irrational overreaction when I see "The only good thing was Capaldi at the end!" to not like him at all... which is silly, because I'm sure he'll be a fine Doctor. It was not exactly the ending for Eleven I wanted, but at least he got to die of old age, which a Doctor hasn't gotten to do since One.

So does it make me a horrible person that I'm far more focused on a cult television show?

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cornerofmadness
Dec. 29th, 2013 04:40 am (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear that (and naturally wondering if I knew him as well).

Oh okay I didn't know that was sort of a whole season compressed into one (Hey do you know why Chris Ecclestone didn't do the Day of the Doctor. The parents keep asking me). I didn't particularly like this episode. It had enormous plot holes.
wildrider
Dec. 29th, 2013 03:00 pm (UTC)
I don't know if you would -- he never really belonged to the mail/paper holts, he was chief of a local one (Silvercreek).

I did enjoy it, but I'm one of those people who can take my mind off the hook and just get into something (and then actually think about it LATER). I thought Matt Smith was absolutely on top of his game for the whole thing, though, plot holes notwithstanding. It was bumpy and cluttered and messy, but HE was magnificent.
cornerofmadness
Dec. 29th, 2013 03:46 pm (UTC)
ah then most likely not.

I can't argue that. He did an excellent job and the aging make up was fantastic.
sillymagpie
Dec. 29th, 2013 06:34 am (UTC)
I didn't know him as well as you, but I mainly felt sad that anyone would die that young. He hasn't been a part of our daily lives for about 20 years. Then again, I don't think my emotions are anywhere near as intense as they were in my twenties or even much of my thirties.
wildrider
Dec. 29th, 2013 03:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah, in some ways. I know I don't get as emotional over a lot of things as I did when I was younger.

But considering how close John and I HAD been, I feel like my lack of emotional response is just a weird wrongness.... :/

laurawise
Dec. 29th, 2013 11:43 am (UTC)
[hugs]
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