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We finally get an episode set in space with lots of space aliens and a fully realised alien culture that's alien with different alien languages and alien currency and alien everything and you're bitching because it had SINGING in it? Come ON.

I thought that episode was really good - not flawless, there were some pacing issues, for example, but really good - and it did some interesting things with Clara. Why does the tardis translation circuit not work for Clara? Why did her mum die (we know the date was the same day as Rose saved London from the Nestene consciousness)? I liked that we saw lots of mother daughter stuff, both between Clara and her mum and metaphorically between Clara and Mary. I LOVED that Clara was the one who saved the day (and the doctor).

And the alien races were HHGTTG references and he mentioned Susan and the doctor CRIED because his attempt at self sacrifice wasn't enough and the mummy disintegrated like Christopher lee in the 58 Dracula and the big bad wasn't human and there was nothing to do with earth AT ALL and...

To dismiss all that and give it one or of ten because you don't like singing? That's just churlish.
miss_s_b: (Who: Six (well-hung))
Title: A Meeting of Mechanics
Prompt: Other Doctors
Character(s)/Pairing(s): Mickey Smith, AU Sixth Doctor, AU Bessie.
Rating: PG
Word count: 1757
Spoilers: none
Warnings: slight veiled references to bisexuality and trans people.
Summary: Mickey thought he was settled in his classic car repair shop. Then he got a new customer...
Disclaimer: Doctor Who is not mine, but I am eternally grateful to the creators for making such an amazing sandbox for me to play in.

Author's Notes: AU, set between Age of Steel and Army of Ghosts (from Mickey’s perspective) or between Mindwarp and The Marion Conspiracy (from the Doctor’s point of view). This was meant to be a little ficlet, but has grown out of all control. I may or may not be adding to it, and if other people want to join in they’d be most welcome. Thanks to [personal profile] ponygirl72 for a brainstorm with plot bunnies.

click for fic )
miss_s_b: (Mood: Rock!)
So, I posted my first regular issue of GT yesterday. The feeling of GT readers seems to be that they would be happy to see content from places other than just Dreamwidth Communities, so if you post Who content and would like to be promoted in GT, drop me a comment below or on the GT watchlist "request to be added" post, or send an email to gallifrey.times@gmail.com

Personally I'd like to see more discussion etc. as well as fic, and I'd like to see some graphical fanwork stuff as well. I'm going to go prod at a few of the tumblrs I follow to ask them if they are OK with being linked, because the policy at GT is to not link without explicit permission unless it's a news story in a traditional news outlet. So if you want linking you have to tell me!

Who fan folks

Saturday, March 9th, 2013 10:25 am
miss_s_b: (Who: Six (well-hung))
I don't know if you read/follow Gallifrey Times, but if you do, or you think you might like to, I've put up an intro post and poll in advance of me taking over tomorrow. If you get chance to go and answer the poll, that'd be nice

http://gallifrey-times.dreamwidth.org/57510.html

Doctor Who Related stuff

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013 11:57 am
miss_s_b: (Who: Six (Drag Queen))
What does one do when one's political party leaders drive one to despair? Plunge into fandom, of course.

So.

The first bit of news is that as from this Sunday [personal profile] evilawyer and I are going to be switching positions on Gallifrey Times - I'll be the regular editor and she'll be back-up. I'm possibly going to be making a few changes, and almost certainly going to be linking to more stuff, while avoiding treading on Who Daily's toes. So if you want to be added to the GT watch list and get your who-related posts publicised, do let me know. I don't know exactly how it will work yet, although because I'm a (junior) ed on Who Daily as well, it should be possible to make it work.

The second bit of news is that I am writing fic, for Who at Fifty. It's been a while since I wrote fic. I am hoping it won't go horribly wrong... I've got a beginning but I don't know where the plot is going yet, so if any of you have any unused plot bunnies you want to chuck at me (being deliberately vague as to what I have written so far because I want vague prompty bunnies, not specific ones) I'd be happy to skin them and put them in the stew.

The third bit of news is less newsy. As usual, I'll be doing the Who Daily reaction posts when the new series recommences, so if you review an episode of Who when it restarts please please drop me a link and I'll add it in. From my own experience of being linked from Who Daily, it generally gets you lots more readers than a link from (for example) Lib Dem Voice, so it's good publicity.

The fourth bit of news... Well, I'd better leave it there for now. But it's exciting. And I'm very happy about it. I'll tell you all about that one when it's all done and dusted though.
miss_s_b: (feminist heroes: Liz 10)
(a list of the questions and links to all the answers can be found on this entry)

This is a question that's open to interpretation. It could mean:
  • "When does one qualify for the epithet fan?", or
  • "what age was I when I first became a fan?"
I really don't like interpretation one. Like the ladies of the Verity Podcast, I firmly believe that the only "qualification" necessary to be called a fan is applying that label to yourself. I'm not going to gatekeep. I'm not going to say "you're not a proper fan unless you do/believe/like/know x". That's just shitty behaviour. If someone loves Doctor Who, in whole or in part, and they want to be known as a fan, that's good enough for me.

The second interpretation, then.

Unfortunately, that's harder to answer. I don't actually remember a time when I didn't watch Doctor Who. But when I was, say, three did I know what being a fan meant? I don't know.
miss_s_b: (Feminist heroes: Liz Shaw)
I've been woeful at this while I've been ill. Sorry about that. This post will bring me up to date.

(a list of the questions and links to all the answers can be found on this entry)

Favourite Writer

Robert Holmes. Witty, political, able to work in shedloads of Hammer Horror references, and one of only two writers prior to Big Finish who was able to write Leela properly.

Favourite Couple

Brigadier Alastair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart and Benton, whose love remains true and constant right from The Invasion, through Benton's transition into Doris, and happy old age. It's just a shame they had to invent that "going off to become a secondhand car salesman" line as cover for Benton's transition because of the transphobia of the military at the time.

Favourite Friendship

Androgum!Two and Shockeye. They're just so cute when they are geeking over food.

Favourite Spinoff

SJA. No questions or doubts here. A kids' scifi show in which the cast skews female, the lead character is a strong independent woman in her late fifties, and themes of love, friendship, tolerance and family are thoroughly explored? Hell yes.

Favourite Quote

"What a marvellous butler: he's so violent!" - the Fourth Doctor, City of Death

Favourite Doctor Catchphrase

The Doctor has catchphrases now. Catchprhases are cool? Apparently. I don't like them. Maybe calling the Tardis "old thing" or "old girl" is as near as I'll commit to.

Favourite Doctor Gadget

I don't tend to like the recurring gadgets like the psychic paper and the sonic screwdriver because they are used as lazy story devices by lazy writers. You can't call the Tardis a gadget; she's a LADY. Similarly Bessie. So I suppose that leave us with some of the mad things the third doctor made Heath Robinson style. I'll go with the one in The Time Monster made from a wine bottle a corkscrew various bits of cutlery and some tea leaves. Because the Doctor is a very British Gallifreyan, this gadget does not work unless it has tea leaves.

Favourite Interview

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLcXvmOdwpE - the Mighty Trout. Gotta love him.

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Favourite Guest Star

Brian Blessed. Note: not my favourite guest character, because I'm not massively fond of Yrcanos, but my favourite guest star. Because Brian is just bloody awesome.
miss_s_b: (Mood: :-P)
(a list of the questions and links to all the answers can be found on this entry )

I genuinely can't think of one. People slag off Beryl Reid in Earthshock, but I thought she was fabulous. There's a number of female characters I dislike, but they are almost exclusively played by genuinely lovely actresses. I suppose I shall have to say Catherine Tate, although I recognise that my dislike of her is mostly irrational and based on her comedy persona rather than her personally.

I think the reason I'm reluctant to answer this one is because this morning I dipped into Chicks Dig Timelords. Obviously me being me I read the Sixie articles first, and while Tansy Rayner Roberts's one about Trial of a Timelord was awesome, the one about season 22 (my favourite season, lets not forget) was a sour, one-sided, cherry-picking rant about how awful Peri is. And I recognised in it some of the way I can be cruel about other companions. I think, to an extent, the writer reacts to Peri the same way I react to Ace, and while I have had the opportunity to revisit and re-examine that reaction I don't think she has. And it makes me very cross that my favourite season is covered solely from the point of view of slagging off a character I like instead of the wider story points it has to offer.

So I have resolved to do less slagging off and more positive stuff.

We'll see how long that resolution lasts.
miss_s_b: (TG: Arse)
(a list of the questions and links to all the answers can be found on this entry )

Ah. Foolishly I answered "favourite Actor" in a non-sexist way without looking ahead to future questions, so I have already answered this one here. Ooops. For those who can't be bothered clicking, those I mention are Lis Sladen, Cousin Di, and Jacks Pearce.

ETA: although I suppose, to give this entry some content and purpose, I ought to add that I am a big fan of both Louise Jameson and Nicola Bryant, particularly in the way they have taken to new media and behave on twitter.
miss_s_b: (Who: Maxil (pillock))
(a list of the questions and links to all the answers can be found on this entry )

Favourite Actor

Colin, obviously.
But after him I think, for regulars, it's joint between Nicholas Courtney and Lis Sladen, both of whom were reportedly very lovely. Frazer Hines is up there somewhere too, just for his wicked sense of humour.
For people who didn't appear as regulars, I'll have to mention cousin Di, even though she's not technically appeared in it yet. But aside from her, it's got to be the amazing, stunning, witty, Jacqueline Pearce. I quite liked Jacks, as she prefers to be called*, until I went to a convention in Sheffield last year and absolutely fell in love with her. She's so friendly and engaging, and naughty. Standing in the doorway of the convention hall having a ciggie with her and chatting about booze is a moment I will treasure always.

Least favourite actor

There's not much contest for this one, I'm afraid. Matthew Waterhouse. I don't like his character, he doesn't act the character well anyway, and he's really annoying on commentaries and in interviews.



* LOL I went into Showbiz Chums mode then.
miss_s_b: leela (feminist heroes: leela)
(a list of the questions and links to all the answers can be found on this entry )

This evening's post is somewhat delayed because I have been recording a podcast. No, not the long awaited episode of Baggage Man where we discuss the Horns of Nimon and solve the UNIT dating controversy. Sorry. I thought I'd ease myself back into things by being a guest on someone else's podcast. We had lots of fun recording, and best of all I don't have to do the editing! I shall provide links to the finished product when it appears - it should definitely be of interest to you classic who folks out there.

Anyway, most annoying character. This is going to be hard. I mean, do I go for a companion, a villain, a one off character or a recurring one; maybe even an incarnation of the doctor himself *coughcoughtennant*?

The thing is that all the characters who annoy me, personally, do have redeeming features. I feel it would be unfair to pick on any one of them. The slitheen are mostly bloody annoying, for example, but I have a real soft spot for Margaret. Peter Kay's performance as the absorbaloff really wound me up, but the character was designed by a little kid who did a reasonably good job. Dodo Chaplet is just pointless but she's not actively harmful. etc etc etc.

I think if I'm going to single out any one character it will have to be Rose Tyler. Because I loved her so much with 9. I really did. And then she turned into the sort of person I want to slap. And that really IS annoying. Travelling with the doctor should make you into a better person than you started out as, not a worse one, and for pretty much every other character who travels with him this is what happens (unless they get mind wiped like Jamie/Zoe/Donna). So yes, with some measure of regret I shall pick Rose.
miss_s_b: (Who: SixAppeal)
(a list of the questions and links to all the answers can be found on this entry)

Favourite version of the theme tune

You can watch all of them here:



You have to give props to the original Delia Darbyshire arrangement. Nothing quite like it had ever been done before, and it's been steadily watered down ever since. I particularly detest the current series inability to have it without a full orchestra. The whole POINT was its electronic otherworldliness. Orchestras are bad and wrong for the Doctor Who theme.

That said, I do have a soft spot for the Peter Howell version that suffuses my childhood memories. That BOOOM at the end...

Character whom I love that everyone else hates



Lookit him, he's so lovely.

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