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vid title: The Waters of Mars
audio: Billy Crudup's Doctor Manhattan in Watchmen
source: Doctor Who
duration: 2:22
spoilers: The Waters of Mars

summary: The Doctor prefers the stillness here.

download: 30mb xvid avi via mediafire

I am looking at the stars. They are so far away, and their light takes so long to reach us. All we ever see of stars is their old photographs.

In my opinion, the existence of life is a highly overrated phenomenon. Just look around you. Mars gets along perfectly well without so much as a micro-organism. Here it's a constantly changing topographical map, flowing and shifting around the globe in ripples ten thousand years wide. So tell me how would all of this be greatly improved by an oil pipeline? By a shopping mall?

I prefer the stillness here. I am tired of Earth. These people. I am tired of being caught in the tangle of their lives. They claim their labors are to build a heaven, yet their heaven is populated with horrors. Perhaps the world is not made, perhaps nothing is made; a clock, without a craftsmen. It’s too late, always has been, always will be, too late.

Date: 2009-11-26 07:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well hell. You've actually done it. You've done what has been on my mind since I started working on Marble House but with visuals that connect the two Doctors even more. I am in awe of your genius and for this I loved your usage of colors. So very....Martian. ;) My favorite part was the visual interpretation of → Perhaps the world is not made, perhaps nothing is made; a clock, without a craftsmen.

Beautiful. Just beautiful.

Date: 2009-11-27 07:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hheheeh, I've been obsessed with Watchmen lately. I got the Director's Cut and fell in love with it even more. I've been wanting to make a vid for the movie, but I haven't found the right song. While watching The Waters of Mars, it hit me as soon as he stepped out of the TARDIS onto the planet that he's becoming more and more like Doctor Manhattan. The Doctor needs other people even more than Jon does, but I can see The Doctor fucking off to another planet without humans for a while. Unless he picks up a companion, I can see him stepping back and letting humanity kill itself. Christ, he has a few times already. I could go so far in depth on it and ramble about how shity humanity is and how it isn't worth being saved.

That part was one I debated adding more cuts in, but I thought it worked better with the longer held clips.

Date: 2009-11-26 09:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
omg. That is an AMAZING combination. I literally flailed when I scrolled down my flist and saw this! omg! *flails some more*


Date: 2009-11-27 07:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks. It wouldn't leave my brain alone after I watched The Waters of Mars.

Date: 2009-11-26 10:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
OMFG, that is the most amazing thing I've seen from you (hell, from anyone) in a long time, and i see many amazing things from you. I haven't actually seen this episode yet, though I'm spoiled for the twist, but what a fantastically perfect mixup between Manhattan and the Doctor. The spectre of Mars hanging over the entire vid is amazing. It's...everything this doctor should have been from the beginning. In addition, the music from Koyaanisqatsi that gets played over Manhattan's opening speech and your use of footage of nukes reminds me of the movie, which I ended up watching for a vid project and which is...weird but gorgeous and that music now hits me where I live for Epic, World-Spanning, Time-Lapsing Stuff so it was doubly perfect from a personal perspective.

But anyway, I ramble, and this is amazing, and I must download and watch fifty more times.

Date: 2009-11-27 07:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

I like The Doctor dark, like black coffee dark and bitter. I would like to see The Doctor tell the planet to fuck off and kill itself, then kick back on the moon and watch. Afterward he'd probably go off, like Doctor Manhattan, and start his own world where he's god.

You remember my twittering about thinking I'd gone too far, so it's awesome to see how you respond. :)

I flipping love Watchmen. It ate my brain for a while and it still is in the back of my mind. I want to do a vid for it, but I can't get the right song. I think it's one of the single most depressing films ever made. And I've watched some pretty depressing movies. It's so amazingly beautiful at times, which adds to how it's sick and awful in the end.

I love rambling, I love reading rambling, so yay!

Date: 2009-11-27 12:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, *nice*. Fantastic editing teases out and explores so *many* layers of meaning--character, narrative, thematic, on and on--through the juxtaposition of these two sources, these two characters and their points of view.

Well *done*.

Date: 2009-11-27 07:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks, I see so many connections between those things, character, narrative, thematic, etc. I can't believe the two sources aren't connected more often. I can foresee someone writing an essay or creating a picspam to compare and contrast them.

Date: 2009-11-27 12:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This is gorgeous. I love it.

Date: 2009-11-27 07:48 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-11-27 05:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
THANK YOU. More later, but thank you for taking this position.

Date: 2009-11-27 07:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Whateva, I do what I want.

You're welcome and thanks.

Date: 2009-11-29 04:14 am (UTC)
ext_218: (fan TW standing)
From: [identity profile]
OK, I haven't yet watched Waters of Mars, so I can't fully place this in the shifting ethos of the Doctor. but it's really haunting. the grainy, nostalgic effects are so beautiful! and it's a genius mashup -- the image of Mars ties it together perfectly. "I am tired of being caught in the tangle of their lives" is particularly chilling.

Date: 2009-12-01 03:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks. It's oddly fitting how well Watchmen and Doctor Who go together.

Honestly, there have been times when I've looked around at my friends and thought, "I am tired of being caught in the tangle of their lives."

I think The Doctor could easily follow the same path as Doctor Manhattan. He cold get tired of Earth, humanity, and the rest of it. He could fuck off to the moon, kick back in a lawn chair, watching the planet and let us continue killing each other until there was nothing left. Then he'd go off and start his own world.

Date: 2009-12-01 04:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
...they claim their labors are to build a heaven, yet their heaven is populated with horrors.

that is so gorgeous! gorgeous & painful.
i haven't actually seen 'waters of mars' yet & i'll probably come back to watching this after i've seen it... but i already adored it.

Date: 2009-12-02 02:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
:) Thanks.

The best parts of The Waters of Mars are at the end. It's solid, but the ending is most memorable.

Date: 2009-12-06 05:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I haven't seen either source (well, not all the way through, heh), but this is still very creepy. Foreboding is probably a better description, but it seems like the damage has already been done and no one's learned anything, so I'm leaning towards creepy. :}

That overlay of Mars was an interesting touch. I like the symbolism, and while sometimes it didn't work so well for me visually, other times it was really striking. :D

Date: 2009-12-06 06:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks. :)

I tend to like Doctor Who when there's a stark contrast between the creepiness and the happiness. This vid happens to dwell more in the former than the latter.

Date: 2009-12-17 03:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This is really beautiful synergy that I'm not sure I would have ever thought of on my own, but I can see the Doctor drifting farther and farther into the apathy regarding humans that Manhattan describes so beautifully and hauntingly in the monologue you used. I love how Billy Crudup voiced that - so quiet and soft yet dispassionate. And this was a gorgeous execution of a brilliant idea.

I noticed above that you said you want to make a Watchmen video but don't have a song - well, I was tinkering with making a Watchmen video and the song I was going to use was Half Life by the Sneaker Pimps ( It was going to be a video about the Comedian. Just thought I'd toss that out there in case it inspired you! The Sneaker Pimps have a lot of vidworthy songs, actually.

Date: 2009-12-21 05:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you. I still adore what Crudup did that that monologue and the entire character.

Neat song. I have a massive To Vid list, but that might be something I'll look into. Thanks. :)

Date: 2009-12-23 07:09 am (UTC)
shinealightonme: (dw tardis graffiti)
From: [personal profile] shinealightonme
This is amazing. Very haunting, very brilliant.

Date: 2009-12-23 11:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks! Love that icon too.

Date: 2009-12-29 10:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Beautiful and depressing. Oh so depressing, exactly like Doctor Who at its best.

Date: 2009-12-29 11:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I like my Doctor dark too. :)

Date: 2010-08-10 08:48 pm (UTC)
actiaslunaris: Voltron: LD - Pidge, thinking aloud (Default)
From: [personal profile] actiaslunaris (from
Without your overlay this vid would be a lot less bleak, less withdrawn. It is a spectre, as someone else said, the horror of the Doctor's megalomania hanging over him. This'll stay with me a long time.


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