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Casanova: a fangirl's perspective [Aug. 10th, 2007|10:38 pm]
Six Degrees of Doctor Who


And you, sir, just consider; you love your wife. I love your wife! Aren't we both on the same side?

Honestly, I'm surprised there hasn't been a post about this wonderful show yet.

For those who don't follow David Tennant and jump on everything he's ever done: Casanova is another one of Russell T Davies' babies and boy does it show. It aired in three hour long episodes in 2005 and stars David Tennant and Peter O'Toole as young and old Casanova respectively. I admit that this is the reason I decided to watch Casanova and I make no apologies for it.

Dubious fangirl logic aside, Casanova is well worth the watch. Assuming, that is, you like Russell T Davies and David Tennant. The storylines and sheer fun, but with darker sides as the episodes go on means this whole series wouldn't feel out of place in Doctor Who itself. If you're a historian and craving accuracy then run away right now, this show will make you twitch. If you're after laughs, groans, David Tennant and possibly even some tears, depending on how weepy you are; then this is the show for you.

David Tennant makes young Casanova a sympathetic and believable figure*, no matter how many women he sleeps with as Peter O'Toole retells the story of his youthful... exploits to Edith, a maid. O'Toole gives just the right balance of bitterness to the older Casanova while retaining enough that it's believable who he was when he was younger. Edith is likeable as well, her own relative innocence a direct contrast to Casanova. Of the regulars in young Casanova's time, Rocco (his manservant) particularly stands out as being thoroughly wonderful, sticking with Casanova through it all. Bellino is wonderful as well, as one of his many lovers (although one he keeps meeting again and again).

*[Note: David Tennant uses the same accent he does for the Doctor. Personally, I think this is wonderful and should be abused more by people creating fanvids. In the show it's fine, but taking the lines out of context it can feel quite strange. Imagine the Doctor saying the quotes below and above, because that's what it sounds like!]

RTD as the writer injects everything you would expect from him: off colour jokes, historical inaccuracies (although wonderfully fun ones), bright colours, silliness and a remarkably tolerant towards homosexuality Venice. There's a bit of fourth wall breakage, but it's all done in good humour and despite it being slightly annoying, I was still amused. The show gets darker as the episodes go on, the first being a bit of a romp around Venice whereas two and three confront some more serious ideas while at the same time maintaining their humour.

Casanova on England: And the food tastes different. I'm told the milk is terrible. Oh! And a lot of the men are homosexual... that might have something to do with the milk... might not.

Casanova: Why the disguise?
Bellino: I was penniless.
Casanova: I've been penniless, I didn't change sex. Well... there was one night, but I was VERY drunk...

Complete list of Who cast & crew (I could be here a while, tell me if I've left anyone out)
Russell T Davies - writer and executive producer of both
Julie Gardner - executive producer of both
Murray Gold - music
David Tennant - Casanova and the Doctor
Shaun Parkes - Rocco (Casanova's servant) and Captain Zach (The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit)
Nine Sosanya - Bellino (Casanova's lover {one of many}) and Trish (Fear Her)
Annette Badland - Pauline (an English prostitute) and Margaret Blaine/Blon (Aliens in London/World War Three/Boom Town)

RTD likes to reuse the same people? Whatever gave anyone that idea?

As I said above: if you're a fan of new Who, this one's unmissable. It's so similar to Doctor Who in the general feeling although the issues are less about alien monsters and more about love and sex. It's rated 15 (US equivalent: R) for a reason, folks.


For those who have  seen it (there must be one somewhere... surely?) what did you think? I am aware I am a fangirl so I'm interested into what anyone else has to say!

[User Picture]From: autophanous
2007-08-10 11:46 pm (UTC)
oh, I loved casanova. I cry at it every time -- about fifteen minutes before the ending, the waterworks start, and by the end, I'm sobbing like a family member just died.

such a great cast!

and I know she's not a who cast member, but laura fraser (henriette) is also excellent in another period drama, he knew he was right. I don't know if you liked her in this, but that's also worth checking out. *g*

to make it relevant, david tennant is in it! and he's very funny.
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[User Picture]From: shinyopals
2007-08-11 02:26 pm (UTC)
Ooh, more Tennant.

The only thing I've come across with him in it that I simply haven't been able to watch so far is Secret Smile because he was *too* believable. I've been meaning to watch He knew he was right for a while now!
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[User Picture]From: count_nickula
2007-08-11 01:48 am (UTC)
Ohh, I've been meaning to make a post on this, but shiny things keep distracting me. ;)

Such a gorgeous, funny and charming mini-series. Peter O'Toole is a splendid rake and Tennant *wow*.

I've had a Doc!10/Casanova crossover on the boil...I think it needs re-simmering...
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[User Picture]From: shinyopals
2007-08-11 02:25 pm (UTC)
I've had a Doc!10/Casanova crossover on the boil...I think it needs re-simmering...

Do it! DOOOOO EEET! You know you want to! *bats eyelashes*

To be fair, I have several slightly mental ideas in mind with regards to x-overs because the two universes just fit together so well.
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[User Picture]From: ladysarahii
2007-08-13 01:18 am (UTC)
I loved it! I thought the last thirty minutes fizzled out, but there were so many funny lines in there it made up for it. :)
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[User Picture]From: shinyopals
2007-08-13 05:48 pm (UTC)
The last 30 mins definitely weren't my favourite, I'm sort of in two minds about them. On one hand I can't help but think they were kind of suitable. On the other hand, damn it RTD you had a perfect way of writing a HAPPY ending. As it happens, every time I see the last ep I have to follow it with an overly positive Tenth Doctor episode to make me happy again!
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[User Picture]From: rayden54
2007-10-03 11:06 pm (UTC)
I liked this show, although I had the remarkable lack of foresight to watch it *before* I'd seen Tennant's doctor.

Everytime he'd do something Casanova-ish, I'd stare at the screen and think: This is the guy that's gonna play the Doctor!?!? Him? He's the guy that's replacing [technically replaced, but as I'm in the states...] Christopher Eccleston?

Oh well, it all worked out for the best, except I'm still reminded of The Girl in the Fireplace. Now everytime I try to watch Casanova, I keep expecting The Doctor to come crashing through a mirror during the dance scene (in France).
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