andraste: From colour stills of 'The Aztecs'. (Barbara as Yetaxa)
I'm not going to liveblog (don't want to miss something!) but I'm happy I got up in time to say that it's fantastic that [personal profile] evilfuzzydoom and I are here on my couch about to watch the 50th Anniversary Special at the same time as thousands of fans in Britain and around the world.

My expectations of the episode at the moment are that a) David Tennant and Matt Smith will be fun to watch together b) John Hurt will be good and 3) things will explode. Anything more than that is gravy.
andraste: Lost Doctor (Eighth Doctor)
So, the 50th Anniversary Mini-Episode, The Night of the Doctor has gone up a day early:

Go watch it NOW. I'll wait. )

I guess it is too much to hope that the 'Moffat doesn't care about the Classic Series!' people on Gallifrey Base will watch this and eat their words, isn't it? (I mean, if Time Crash didn't clue them in, I'm not sure anything can help.)

I ... just ... It now does not matter to me if The Day of the Doctor is any good or not. I mean, it will be nice if it is, but that was really all I needed.
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So I've been meaning to write something for who-at-50 all year, and I finally did! Even if it's just a ficlet. Hooray?

Summary: Every journey starts somewhere. This one begins with an unlocked door.

Rating: G

Word Count: 500-ish

It shouldn't have been unlocked. )
andraste: Debonair Doctor (Fourth Doctor)
So, I have a plan for November, and that plan is to stuff myself full of Doctor Who for thirty days. I would like to get through fifty stories, because when is that anniversary going to come again? (While I fully intend to be around for the hundredth, I am not planning to repeat this feat then. I'll be too busy trying to find time to watch holovids of all forty-seven Doctors, probably.)

Not all TV stories, both because that would be insane and because the thing with Doctor Who is that I love ALL of it.

So far, I have started on the newly discovered The Web of Fear, re-read a couple of Fourth Doctor comic strips and the Telos novella Fallen Gods and listened to the Big Finish anniversary special, The Light at the End.

I quite enjoyed The Light at the End, despite not usually being a big fan of Nick Briggs as a writer. It did what it said on the tin, with all eight pre-Time War Doctors, a plethora of companions, and something for everyone to do. Certainly the best multi-Doctor story Big Finish has done, and it was lovely to hear Tom Baker and Paul McGann working together. At the end of the first episode I was worried there wasn't enough Six, but that problem corrected itself in the second half where he got to do what he does best. Minor spoilers. )

It was not as good as The Star Beast, though. Obviously Nick Briggs should have added Beep the Meep to the cast of thousands.
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I knew that RTD believed the shopkeeper who hangs out with the time-manipulating entity that appears to be a parrot on The Sarah Jane Adventures to be another surviving Time Lord. What I didn't know is that both he and Neil Gaiman thought he was the Corsair!

This is obviously an idea so cool it has to be true. So perhaps it went like this: the Ninth Corsair is snagged by House, who takes his arm, his spine and kidneys. His TARDIS is consumed and he's left to die. Only then the Captain shows up, rescues him and manages to trigger a regeneration, and he turns into Cyril Nri. (Or, I guess, into another person or persons and then into Cyril Nri.) He becomes the Captain's companion and they re-enter the universe at a point after the Time War, but the Captain conceals the Corsair's existence from the Doctor to avoid messing up the timeline. (The Doctor would naturally behave differently if he didn't believe himself to be the last of the Time Lords.)

As for the Captain, well, he's obviously an entity of great temporal power. The White Guardian? (Although then you'd expect him to be a white parrot, but perhaps he's just messing with our expectations.) A rogue Eternal that's taken an interest in ephemeral life? One of the Grace? Some opposite number to the Trickster? And that's always assuming he isn't actually the Trickster in disguise. The Whoniverse is certainly full of strange, powerful beings who could look like parrots if they wanted.
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It is hot. I cannot sleep. I am afraid that the contents of my inbox will eat me if I look at it too hard. So obviously the best thing to do is stay up and play Trope Bingo! And work on something I was writing in ... good grief. January 2010.

One is meant to write a separate story for each square, but since the parts of this are only connected by theme, I don't really see this as cheating as such.

Rating: PG

Characters: Ninth Doctor, Jack Harkness

Summary: Forced intimacy clich├ęs are no match for the Doctor. Ten times the universe failed to get everyone's favourite Time Lord laid, despite its best efforts.

Trope below cut. )
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For anyone who hasn't seen them yet, the Children In Need Minisode is here and the trailer is here.

Short reaction: eeeeeeeeeeee!

Longer, more spoilery reaction. )
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Author's Notes: This is a Daemonverse AU. If you have never read Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials, the basic concept is thus: everyone has a soul. The soul manifests itself in the form of an animal, called a daemon. The daemons of children can change form, while those of adults cannot. And now you know all you need to know about HDM for the purposes of this story. Further notes about everyone's daemons follow the story.

Thanks: To [personal profile] evilfuzzydoom, [profile] brideoflister, [personal profile] lokisrose and the others who read parts of this story for betaing and reassurance.

Rating: Nothing you wouldn't see on the show. Suitable for all audiences from eight to eighty.

Word Count: Circa 4,800

Summary: Eleven reasons the Doctor is glad to have a daemon.

Read more... )
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Doctor Who is now the only thing to ever make me cry with nothing but a storyboard and a voiceover. (I am going to miss Athur Darville so, so much.) The alien that has supplanted Chris Chibnall seems to be sticking around.

For anyone who hasn't seen it, there's an unfilmed epilogue to Angels Take Manhattan here.

Both the video and the rest of this post have GIANT SPOILERS for all the aired episodes. )
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I think I need to watch this again before I can develop real thoughts on it. My firmest opinion is that Ben Browder's hair was less ridiculous than the beard in Jeremiah Crichton. Which is saying something.

Spoilers: Population 81 )
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Hey, Chris Chibnall managed to write a whole episode of Doctor Who that I liked! (Admittedly, I also enjoyed Pond Life, but given its brevity that would have been awfully hard to mess up.)

A couple of niggles, but on the whole this was fun. )
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Not only did Neil Gaiman win the Hugo for The Doctor's Wife, he's writing another episode.

*runs around room making high pitched squeaking noises*

I really, really hope this is for Season Eight so we get it next year for the anniversary.
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A day late since yesterday was Father's Day here in the Antipodes, so I spent it having yum cha with the parental units and then we watched watching The Hunger Games. I did manage to see the episode yesterday morning before my parents got up, though, thanks to our local public broadcaster putting it on their free internet service immediately after it was broadcast in Britain. As a result it got 80,000 views in its first twenty-four hours and I had no reason to, um ... acquire ... it. Good on you, ABC, for striking a blow for common sense.

Short version: I liked the episode! Contains: spoilers. )
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Wow, was this ever not a good audio to finish listening to on the train this afternoon.

I did not think I could ever love a Seventh Doctor & Ace story more than Ghost Light but, well, there it is. Big Finish are sometimes amazing like that. Naturally I highly recommend it. But not before you've heard all the Forge stories, Forty-Five, everything about Ace and Hex, everything about Evelyn's exit from the TARDIS ... and, er, yes. Part of what makes this great is that it's the culmination of so much of what Big Finish have done with the universe.

(Below the cut are giant story-destroying spoilers. If you have any interest in ever listening to audios about Seven and Ace and you haven't heard this already, for the love of Rassilon, do not click.)

Nobody likes spoilers. )
andraste: Oh, Pants. (Happy Death Day)
Pardon my bluntness, but this drives me round the bend: the Doctor does not have two cocks.

I do not know why this keeps coming up (no pun intended) in fandom. People are always asking about it on message boards, and sometimes I even see it in fic, along with other variations on the theme of the Doctor's alien genitalia. It's not that I'm against alien anatomy for aliens - far from it! But we know that the Doctor is visually indistinguishable from a human man. Even when he hasn't got his pants on. How do we know this, without any full-frontal Time Lord nudity in canon? Well, just because we haven't seen him naked, doesn't mean nobody else has.

There one definitive instance where the Doctor's humanoid appearance is confirmed in TV canon, and a bunch of other supporting evidence. In Spearhead From Space, the staff at the hospital where the Doctor is taken after his regeneration don't realize that he isn't human until after they get his test results back. This is despite having stripped him and put him into a hospital gown. So apparently you can tell the Doctor isn't human by taking his pulse, listening to his heart(s), examining his blood or taking his temperature, but you can't tell just by looking.

Other supporting evidence: the Seventh Doctor is also stripped at put in a hospital gown during the TV movie. (Although given the incompetence of the hospital, I'm not sure they'd have noticed if he had weasels in his trousers.) Rose and/or Mickey take Nine's clothes off the freshly regenerated Tenth Doctor and put him in pajamas. (Which doesn't necessarily mean they took his underwear off or that they'd say anything about their contents to Jackie if they had, but it is suggestive.) Ten's clone is naked when he grows from Ten's severed hand, and Donna would certainly have commented if there was anything odd about his appearance. (But since the clone is half-human, that's not definitive.) Possibly there are other instances of naked Time Lord-ness that I'm forgetting.

Other details of the Doctor's genitalia - their size, general disposition and whether or not he's circumcised - are certainly up for debate if you're that way inclined. But he's only got the one penis.

Remember: two hearts, one cock.
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This time, the fic-bit is Sarah Jane Adventures flavoured! AU of Revenge of the Slitheen. (Maria is around somewhere, of course. Perhaps trying to drag her fox terrier daemon away from a lamp post, or doing something else that keeps her from supervising Luke for a moment.)

Read on ... )

Clyde's deamon form came to me in a flash of inspiration, but there are a few notable people in the Whoniverse I'm still just plain stuck on.

Steven Taylor: Almost all male companions have dog daemons. Because they're loyal, brave, honest and curious and, let's be frank, because there is not a huge variation in personality between them. (Obvious exceptions include Adric and Turlough.) So Ian's daemon might be a beagle while Rory's is an Irish setter, but they're both essentially doggy. And yet, I cannot hit upon the right daemon for Steven, despite him being pretty much the same as all the others. Maybe I have just not thought of the correct breed.

Sam Jones: I think it is because she has no discernible personality. It is hard to embody something that doesn't exist in animal form. (No, I don't like Sam very much, why do you ask?)

Martha Jones: On the other hand, I love Martha, and yet I am equally stumped by her. I have no idea where to even start. Suggestions from my friends included a spider, a St Bernard and a peregrine falcon.

Amy Pond: Amy's daemon is as striking and beautiful as she is herself, and so unusual people turn their heads to look at it. There is certainly not another one like it in Leadworth. I just do not know what it is.
andraste: From colour stills of 'The Aztecs'. (Barbara as Yetaxa)
So, one of my favourite types of fusion crossover in the universe is AUs where characters have daemons, as in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series. (For some reason they seem popular in Sherlock fandom. I approve.) Every now and then I find myself speculating about how the souls of my favourite characters would manifest in animal form and wondering if I should write one.

Doctor Who, for example, might open quite differently if people had visible souls ...

Presenting 'An Unearthly Daemon', with due credit to Anthony Coburn. )

I do tend to think, though, that the Doctor's daemon would settle into Earth animals. (A different one each regeneration, of course.) He wanders the universe wearing Earth clothes, eating Earth food and mostly hanging out with human beings. The same would not necessarily apply to other Gallifreyans, or the likes of of Adric, Nyssa and Turlough. Being an alien on Earth might be a bit more conspicuous in this universe if your daemon wasn't small and easy to hide and/or you had holograms. (Unless convergent evolution in the Doctor Who universe doesn't just apply to bipedal hominids, I guess.) People would find Cybermen extra disturbing because conversion would kill the daemon but leave the person walking around in a metal shell.

I cannot help but think that both Two and Seven would have members of the Corvidae for daemons. Probably a Jackdaw and a Magpie. Noisy and attracted to shiny objects, but terrifyingly smart. One's would be something traditionally associated with wisdom but a bit mysterious and scary - a snake or an owl. My only debate about Five's is whether it would be a Cocker Spaniel or a Labrador. She would definitely spend that incarnation be something blond and enthusiastic that loves to play fetch. While physical resemblance to one's daemon is beside the point, I cannot picture Ten's as anything other than one of the Mustelidae, or one of the other creatures that resembles that family by convergence - a mongoose or a meerkat, perhaps. Something with a habit of sitting up on her hind legs to peer at people, anyway. The two I have no idea about at all are Eight and Nine.

As for companions - Jamie's would be a Border Collie. Not a purebred example of the modern version, but dogs of roughly that type have been rounding up sheep in Scotland for centuries. Peri's would be a brightly coloured bird, something we have actual canon evidence for from Vengeance on Varos. I'm guessing a hummingbird, lorikeet or something else that loves flowering plants. And I think Ace's would have to be wolf for plot reasons.
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Last week, the Region 4 box set of The Invasion of the Dinosaurs and The Android Invasion was released. Therefore I had to sit down and watch the good story I like so I could work out if it was worth paying for the terrible story I hate in order to get it on shiny DVD. Doctor Who fans may be wondering which is which in this equation, but while I consider The Android Invasion one of the worst serials ever made, I have a huge soft spot for Invasion of the Dinosaurs. It would be a great story if it weren't for, y'know, the actual dinosaurs.

It's not as though there's nothing wrong with it apart from that. By this point in his tenure, Jon Pertwee was looking bored and tired much of the time. There are also a couple of plot holes that could use filling, and the second half is unnecessarily padded with chase scenes and escaping-and-getting-recaptured shenanigans. However, compared to its glaring flaw, these are minor blemishes.

Usually I don't have much truck with people who think the poor special effects ruin classic series Doctor Who. Who cares that the walls sometimes wobble, the Wirrn are made of bubble wrap and the giant rats are fluffy and adorable? Here, however, the dinosaurs are a serious problem. Malcolm Hulke's script is trying to be an exciting conspiracy thriller, but every time the monsters show up the tension dissolves in gales of laughter at the puppets. At one point, we are treated to the sight of a Tyrannosaurus Rex and an Apatosaurus making out while Jon Pertwee frowns at them. (Apparently he doesn't approve of the interspecies love they have found in the middle of a deserted London street, millions of years away from their own time(s).)

The worst part is, the story didn't even need to have dinosaurs in it! Any threat from history would have worked just as well. Professor Whitaker could have summoned a horde of cavemen or a Roman Legion to clear central London - both things the BBC might actually have been able to afford - and the story would have worked just the same. Along with the lava monster in The Caves of Androzani and the space chicken from Vincent and the Doctor, the dinosaurs are a prime examples of how Doctor Who's need to include a 'monster' can trip it up. Why they ever seriously thought they could pull this off is a mystery for the ages.

Yet, for all that, there are a lot of things to like about this story whenever the puppets go away. Instead of facing another group of alien invaders, the Doctor and UNIT are pitted against an opposition who are motivated by a sympathetic desire to rid the world of war and pollution. Mike Yates gets actual character development as he turns traitor to join Operation: Golden Age. (A decision that's understandable when you consider what he went through in The Green Death. Luckily he'll come to terms with his sexuality have a change of heart about destroying the modern world and help UNIT in his next appearance.) Sarah Jane Smith is radiant in her second story - she spends a lot of time without the Doctor here, and she's smart and resourceful, albeit a bit too willing to trust people who turn out to be traitors. (Well, she hasn't been doing this for very long.) Also, this is my favourite Sergent Benton story. He's loyal, brave, saves the day three times and gets to punch a general! I will never fail to laugh at the way he screws his face up before the Doctor knocks him unconscious.

And despite how it turned out, in a way I'm glad that the program makers attempted something so ridiculous. Doctor Who should always be made by people who have more imagination than either money or common sense.

So it looks like I am going to end up paying for The Android Invasion. Damn.


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