- magister and matgb
- All the time I got to spend with my dad as a kid watching 60s sci-fi while my mum was watching the news.
- All the friends I made through HP fandom, who supported me through pregnancy and leaving Ian and much much more.
- The fact that once a year, every year, I get to see Horror Express on the big screen and chorus "Monster? But we're British!" with a few hundred other seriously disturbed people.
- My sexy Davros picture (don't ask)
I'm not a big one for princesses and such, as you can probably guess from the list.
- Irene Adler - Sherlock Holmes and derivatives. Allegedly the daughter of King Ludwig of Bavaria and entangled with the King of Bohemia, I'm calling Irene royalty. She's an adventuress and she's smarter than Sherlock Holmes. Who can fail to be impressed by a woman who is generally acknowledged to be smarter than the smartest man on the planet?
- Delgado!Master - Doctor Who. What? He's the king of Atlantis! He totally counts!
- Princess Smartypants. If you've got a couple of minutes, listen to Rob Brydon reading the first Princess Smartypants book - you'll need to watch for the pictures too. It, quite rightly, got put on The Grauniad's "feminist books for five year olds" list. Princess Smartypants plays guitar and rides a motorbike, and she's genuinely fabulous.
- Mr Shine - Discworld. Mr Shine! Him diamond! Him brainy troll and good Thud player.
- The Borg Queen - Star Trek. Especially as played by Alice Krige in First Contact and Voyager.
Finally getting around to doing last week's fannish5: Name your five favourite fictional marriages.
- Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart and Sgt Benton (Doctor Who). Nobody is ever, EVER going to convince me that Doris is not a post-op Benton. Right from Benton's first appearance in The Invasion she is clearly in love with the Brig, and there are LOADS of bits of body language throughout the UNIT era between the two characters which suggest at something a lot more than a professional relationship. And then in Battlefield, where you get Doris with lots of screentime, the Brig actually refers to her as Benton in the garden centre. It's a very sweet relationship, and a victory for trans acceptance.
- Lady Sybil Ramkin and Sam Vimes and Carrot and Angua (Discworld). These two are one entry because they are essentially the same relationship dynamic, just with different specifics. Both feature a strong, powerful woman, and a man who is empowered, rather than emasculated, by having a relationship with a strong, powerful woman. Hollywood scriptwriters, take note.
- Bill Adama and President Roslin (new Battlestar Galactica). Shipped them from Season 1 of BSG, and my ship came in. Despite my issues with the ending of BSG, the relationship between these two characters is beautiful, complex, and well-realised.
- Sarah-Jane Smith and Peter (The Sarah-Jane Adventures). Although it was set up as a sham by the Trickster, Sarah-Jane and Peter's love for each other was very real, and Peter's moment of self-sacrifice at the end of the story is so quietly, understatedly noble... And, you know, Nigel Havers. I would.
- Spock and James T Kirk (Star Trek TOS). This is totally not just an excuse to post this (NSFW) video again: