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Apr. 16th, 2011

I don't know why I'm even surprised that something written by RTD eventually turns out to be all kinds of tragic & depressing, even if it's from 14 years ago. Maybe it was the whole historical drama thing that inadvertently sent my mind on a wrong track? The sepia of the opening sequence? The fact that it doesn't have 'Torchwood' in the title?


But as green_maia said, you don't pick the stories as much as the stories pick you.

And they don't let you go.

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elisi
Apr. 16th, 2011 10:12 pm (UTC)
Can I ask what you've been watching?
solitary_summer
Apr. 16th, 2011 10:22 pm (UTC)
S1 of The Grand. The effect is a bit like CoE, although obviously on a much more personal scale; you're watching, and it's good, and there are darker bits, but it's not too bad, and all of a sudden things escalate and you're glued to the screen and, OMG did that really just happen?, no, no, no, they can't do that!, but of course it happens anyway.
elisi
Apr. 16th, 2011 10:33 pm (UTC)
The only other thing of Rusty's that I've watched is Casanova (which was broadcast prior to Doctor Who) and yeah, it too goes pretty dark in typical Rusty fashion. Although it doesn't end with glumness, but hope (even if it's false hope), so it's not too terrible. (Of course he was working from history, rather than making it up... *g*)
solitary_summer
Apr. 16th, 2011 11:02 pm (UTC)
This is darker.


(spoilers)





It's set after WW1, and there's this maid working in the hotel, who over the course of the final three episodes falls in love with one of the guests (it's a bit more complicated than that, but in a nutshell) and ends up sleeping with him despite everyone's warning, because he's nice and different and not like all the other men. She gets fired, but he invites her to live with him, and for a couple of day she gets everything she dreamt of, dresses and gifts, and isn't a maid any longer, but suddenly a guest herself, but then he has to return home, and of course he isn't taking her with him. So she's effectively at a loss what to do now, because she doesn't want to give up that bit of status again, and when one of her (ex-)boyfriend's business partners makes her an offer, she agrees to that, but ends up beaten up and raped by him and two of his friends. She beats him to death, and in the end is being hanged for that. The end is especially haunting, because the storyline is juxtaposed with the wedding of one of the brothers who own the hotel.

It's maybe not the darkest story RTD wrote before CoE (sometimes I wonder if that place doesn't go to Utopia/LotTL...), but it strikes me as perhaps the most overtly dark one.

Edited at 2011-04-16 11:03 pm (UTC)
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