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08 July 2015 @ 12:36 am

...that is too much fic. Hope I didn't forget anything.
18 June 2015 @ 04:50 pm
*blatantly stolen from elyssadc*

So I've realized that it's been just a few months shy of a year since I first watched a Who ep. Naturally I've seen New Who, but I've been slacking a bit on getting my classic on--or I'll start an arc and wander off, or rely on wiki to tell me what happens so I can move on to the more fun bits rather than finishing it off. What better than public shaming to make me get cracking on my old Who?

ONLY ARCS I'VE FINISHED IN FULL GET BOLDED. This will hopefully discourage my 'oooh, a shinny object! *flee*' ways.

Recs as to what in particular to watch are welcomed, naturally.

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01 May 2014 @ 12:00 pm
Title: Behold, the Bridegroom Cometh
Author: x_los
Rating: R
Pairing: Theta/Koschei / One/Other!Master
Summary: "One and the Master talk about their granddaughter Susan." (a tidied old b_e kink meme fill) (original here:
Beta: aralias


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30 April 2014 @ 12:00 pm
Title: "Cheetahs Never Win"
Author: x_los
Rating: NC-17
Pairing: Eight/Cheetah!Master
Summary: B_E kinkmeme prompt: “Taming of the Cheetah!Master. Make one of the Doctors get him off that doomed planet!”. (a tidied old kinkmeme drabble: original here:
Beta: aralias


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29 April 2014 @ 12:00 pm
Author: x_los
Rating: NC-17
Pairing: Theta/Koschei
Summary: "The blood-soaked myth of him was there when the Golden Horde came, a relic of the Kievan Rus."

"Something with magic, sorcery or alchemy. Bonus if it's set in a historical setting!" (a tidied old b_e kink meme fill) (original here:
Beta: aralias


28 April 2014 @ 12:00 pm
Title: Kohl'd Comfort
Author: x_los
Rating: R
Pairing: Eight/Ainley!Master
Summary: "Mismatched D/M, drag or make-up" (a tidied old b_e kink meme fill) (original here:
Beta: aralias


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25 April 2014 @ 12:00 pm
Title: "The Unhappiest Place on Earth"
Author: x_los
Rating: G
Pairing: Ten/Simm!Master
Summary: B_E kinkmeme prompt: “The Master uses Lucy to taunt the Doctor”. Something of a crack response. (a tidied old kinkmeme drabble: original here:
Beta: aralias


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24 April 2014 @ 12:00 pm
Title: Captive Audience
Author: x_los
Rating: R
Pairing: Three/Ainley!Master
Summary: "Three/Ainley!Master, locked-up or imprisoned together. Bonus if it's post-Five Doctors" (a tidied old b_e kink meme fill) (original here:
Beta: aralias


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23 April 2014 @ 12:00 pm
Title: Web We Weave
Author: x_los
Rating: R
Pairing: Five/Ainley!Master, suggestions of Adric/Ainley!Master
Summary: "Doctor/Master (Master/Adric), the Master explains to the Doctor exactly what he did to Adric in the Web (of bondage)." (a tidied old b_e kink meme fill) (original here:
Beta: aralias


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21 April 2014 @ 12:00 pm
Title: War Materiel
Author: x_los
Rating: NC-17
Pairing: Three/Delgado!Master, Brigadier/Delgado!Master
Summary: "Delgado Master/Brigadier (hypnotised?), the Doctor watches." I really wanted this page of the meme done, and this was the ONLY outstanding prompt, and so I took this hit. (a tidied old b_e kink meme fill) (original here:
Beta: elviaprose, aralias (just for two paragraphs, she was rightly terrified of the rest)


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10 April 2014 @ 12:00 pm
Title: Revenant
Author: x_los
Rating: NC-17
Pairing: Three/Crispy!Master
Summary: "He is at once living with the ghost and the corpse of the man he loves. The Doctor thinks of how unfailingly he has done what he should when it comes to the Master." (a tidied old b_e table challenge prompt)
Beta: elviaprose, aralias


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07 April 2014 @ 12:00 pm
Title: A Helping Hand
Author: x_los
Rating: NC-17
Pairing: Three/Delgado!Master
Summary: "Any Doctor/Any Master: One has the other held captive, is watching him on a security camera and wanking. Anything OTHER THAN on the Valiant." Set during Frontier in Space. (a tidied old sizeofthatthing kinkmeme fic, original here:
Beta: elviaprose, aralias


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04 April 2014 @ 12:00 pm
Title: If the World Should Perish Twice
Author: x_los
Rating: NC-17
Pairing: Three/Delgado!Master
Summary: B_E kinkmeme prompt: “Doctor/Master, The Mind of Evil, missing scene with the Doctor tied up awaiting the Keller process." One of Two answers (this is The One With Sex). (a tidied old kinkmeme fic)
Beta: elviaprose
A/N: Original here: .
Title inspired by Fire and Ice, by Robert Frost.

"Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice."


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03 April 2014 @ 01:21 pm
Title: Observer Effect
Author: x_los
Rating: PG-13
Pairing: Three/Delgado!Master
Summary: "Doctor/Master, The Mind of Evil, missing scene with the Doctor tied up awaiting the Keller process" One of Two answers (this is The One Without Sex). (a tidied old B_E kinkmeme fic, original here:
Beta: elviaprose


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Title: "The Aeronautic Herpetological Adventures of the Doctor Jackson Lake" (Drabble)
Author: x_los
Rating: PG
Pairing: Jackson Lake!Doctor/Goosnake!Master
Summary: The Doctor encounters an old enemy and deals with an invasion. Exactly 100 words, excepting the title. (a tidied old B_E Table Challenge drabble)

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A/N: The Doctor remembers the rice joke from Shada: . Title supposed to sound slightly steampunkish.
31 March 2014 @ 04:21 pm
Title: "Forgot the Time" (Drabble)
Author: x_los
Rating: R
Pairing: Ten/Simm!Master
Summary: B_E kinkmeme prompt: “Anything Doctor/Master with hot telepathic sex.” Exactly 100 words, excepting the title. (a tidied old kinkmeme drabble)

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A/N: This one I chopped some words out of and spent ages trying to get back to 100. It took me forever to remember how “Those sharp joys were all the better for being fleeting.” worked, but once I knew I was really reluctant to change the wording, even to make the phrase easier for the reader to access, because I quite liked it as was (and ‘unpacking’ that satisfyingly would take more room than a drabble has the luxury of).
31 March 2014 @ 03:58 pm
Title: "Dressing-Down" (Drabble)
Author: x_los
Rating: R
Pairing: Six/Ainley!Master
Summary: B_E kinkmeme prompt: Six/Master. The Master can't stand the Doctor's outfit. Understandably. Exactly 100 words, excepting the title. (a tidied old kinkmeme drabble)
Beta: aralias

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A/N: A tidied kinkmeme drabble, original here: .

This must be either a BDSM scenario that’s gone incredibly (literally, I cannot credit it) well, or the stuff of Ainley!Master’s headiest fantasies. Spent a solid 5 min today looking at ‘like’ and ‘those’ and trying to tweak that into something slightly better/slightly more in-voice--to no avail. Ah well.
09 January 2014 @ 04:45 am
I think I *just got* why The Curse of Peladon is named that. It's totally a Pellinore & Questing Beast joke, isn't is, via Malory and TH White? Or has the madness taken me?
Why am I doing a commentary for such a random-ass little thing? Because I used commentaries to track what I've proof-read on Ao3. Also rabid completism. Carry on.

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23 January 2012 @ 11:10 pm
Originally posted by obstinatrix at To UK Flisties
Originally posted by de_nugis at To UK Flisties
(Taken most recently from amber1960, slightly adapted.)

If you're from the UK and you believe in freedom of speech and an uncensored interenet, you really need to sign this petition. There are others floating about, but that particular one is the best way to ensure that your voice gets heard. It's hosted on the directgov website and addresses parliament directly. If it gets more than 100,000 signatures, it becomes eligible for discussion in the House of Commons.

Everyone's been getting so worked up over SOPA -- and rightly so -- that ACTA seems to have slipped under the radar. This is hugely problematic, because ACTA is a similar bill, but it has the potential to be far more damaging than SOPA ever could be.

Some people seem to have this misconception that ACTA is the 'European SOPA', but that simply isn't true. It's a global treaty, and it's already been signed by eight countries, including the US, Japan, New Zealand and Singapore. Europe votes on Thursday. If they vote 'no', the bill will have to be taken back to the drawing board and reformulated, which should buy us some time at the very least.

If you think this doesn't affect you, you're wrong. If ACTA passes, it could well signal the end of the internet as we know it, and that isn't an exaggeration. It's not just about watching movies and television online. If ACTA passes, sites like YouTube, Livejournal, Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook and even Google and Wikipedia could become impossible to maintain. ACTA would allow ISPs to monitor your net activity and cut off internet access for your entire household if one person is suspected of breaching copyright. Think Big Brother is Watching. I don't think I need to emphasise just how damaging it can be to be without internet access in this day and age, when we rely so heavily on technology.

It's not only bloggers and fandom that would be affected, either. Small businesses, independent film-makers and unsigned musicians who have previously found their niche online would also suffer hugely, and would be at risk of being bullied into submission by Hollywood and multinational corporations under accusations of copyright infringement. All those artists who found fame by uploading covers of songs to YouTube would never have had the opportunity to do so under ACTA, as those cover versions would be prohibited.

I know the internet has its problems, but to my mind it's the single greatest invention to come out of modern times, and it would be an absolute travesty if we were to lose that now. From a personal point of view, I can't even put into words how important this is to me. I've met some of my closest friends through the internet and online fandom, people whom I would likely never have met without it, and it's given me this amazing social support system. I don't want that to end here, and I want to preserve it for future generations so that they can have the same experience and opportunities I've been given through my online interactions.

I know that opinions on the seriousness of copyright infringement and online piracy vary wildly, but that isn't really the point. Internet giants such as Google are opposed to this bill, and it's pretty safe to say that they're not in favour of copyright infringment, as anyone who's ever had a fanvid taken down from YouTube will be painfully aware. Whatever your stance on copyright, this isn't the way to go about dealing with it. This is dangerous legislation that impeaches on some of our most basic human rights, such as the right to privacy and freedom of speech.

So if you're from the UK, please, please sign the petition. If you hail from elsewhere in the world, there may well be similar movements in your own country, but I think the most effective thing anybody can do right now is to keep talking about this. Talk about it on Livejournal, on Twitter, on Tumblr, on Facebook, and anywhere else you can think of. Make sure this issue is never far from people's minds. The internet is an amazingly powerful tool: let's utilise it while we still have the chance.

Please repost and spread the word :)


Please consider reposting this, especially if you have a large proportion of UK flisties. And please consider spreading the word via other platforms: Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, your own personal network.

I'm pretty concerned that the following aralias podfics:

Wonderwall (30.27)
A List of the Lost (19.34)
When We Were Six (10.23)
Insensible (5.09)
Complications in the Plot (2.16)
Society Offenders (8.25)
Waterloo (8.57)

Come to Utopia (17.29)
Sartorial Differences (12.10)
San Francisco Dues (7.36)
Herding Cats: audio (4.18)
Time Lords Made Us Do It: audio (5.40)


may be lost, as they were only featured on megaupload and fileshare, and the later expired, and the former, well. I'm pretty sure she didn't have storage space for backups. Apparently I have Wonderwall, but it looks like ONLY part 1, not the full 30 min file, which I presume includes the sequel, "Masterplan"? Please let me or her know and send them along or something, if you have them?

It just enrages me that there's no redress for anyone at all affected? For people who put up things in good faith, and have now lost them/maybe don't have alternate copies? Because maybe fanfic's in a shady place, but it's not for profit--and I am willing to bet that a TON of podfic got killed, and can't ever be re-accessed, b/c it's by people who didn't have room for the files on their computers, or who have left fandom and can't be reached.
15 December 2011 @ 02:44 am
aralias and I did a fun dual-voice podfic of my short Seven/Ainley!Master comedy-fic Failure Rate, which, if you are so inclined, you can check out here!
* Long fics in particular - Let No Man would be great, Crane Wife, Final Game,  
* humorous cheetah fic,
* stories that are a year or two old- ones they've got different perspectives on now - and/or fics they have a particular affection for. Though I suppose you could also go with one you dislike or just haven't looked at in a while, to see if it's better than you remember. IDK, pick one (or more!) you've got something to say about.
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"Hm--I haven't given it a ton of thought. Which is weird given that I wrote that whole Eight fic set in a tea house...

I think Three bitches about UNIT canteen tea but actually doesn't mind, and drinks asian teas and finer, rich, possibly malty old-fashioned blacks for pleasure, potentially no objection to sugar and milk when he thinks the tea would benefit from it (I'd say similar things about One). Three could go for a chai.

Four drinks WEIRD SHIT like Tibetan yak butter tea (Two might be this sort of man as well, but also like a nice English or Irish breakfast, sweet and milky).

Five is a STAUNCH TRADITIONALIST who takes his Earl Grey without milk, it's not SUPPOSED to have milk, you know *glare*, and allows himself a respectable amount in say, Indian teas.

Six likes bubble tea and IS NOT ASHAMED. Sugar. SUUUUUGAR. His one snobbery is against 'Herbal *tea*--HERBAL TEA?!?! *spit* PERI! I know you're American, but how COULD you?!'

Seven goes for the bitter, milkless, smokey lapsangy ones that bespeak the mystery of the Cartmel Master Plan with every enigmatic sip *eyeroll*.

Eight WILL TRY ANYTHING O_O but is mostly a sugary milky blacks man.

Nine will go for plain PG Tips or Twinings Everyday, or a good builders, and Ten likewise.

Eleven's tea-leaves haven't been grown yet, and will be harvested by River, wearing a bee-keeper suit for no reason. 'Spoooooilers' she will whisper to the leaves. These do not care, because they are leaves, but the sound will carry across the paddies to a monk walking along the Indonesian road, and this monk will breed a plant which people will use in salads in the 27th century, and one day Rory will eat a salad with that in it and discover he is Mildly Allergic. "I won't be having that again," he'll say, once the swelling has finally subsided. It will be v. moving."

BYO TEA RELATED THEORIES AND THOUGHTS! Show related or just random.
07 August 2011 @ 01:46 pm
I HAD a lead quote for my thesis, and then Doctorow published a messy, ambivalent, very public piece saying The Exact Opposite Thing. Halp?

I need papers or news articles in which people are dismissive about fanfic--not in a 'you molested my character!babies' way, but the other typical bullshit. It's Not Art, Only Useful as a Training Exercise, It's Just Weird, Why Don't You File Off The Serial Numbers, Blah Blah stuff. I KNOW there was a GOLD article about this in the NYT aaaages ago, but I cannot for the *life* of me find it.
11 June 2011 @ 11:17 pm



- Nadja, lovely girlfriend Katy and I went, and I felt slightly uncomfy--I started counting the people filing into the Podcast Recording, and stopped at 29. Of those, 5 were women (including us and one panelist's girlfriend). More people filed in at the back as the Podcast went on--all dudes. This was actually a far better ratio than the con at large. The Maybe 70 attendees included no more than like, ten ladies. And the Big Finish People were, save about three classic!actresses and All Purpose Lisa Bowerman, dudes dudes dudes. Also, Oh the Greying of Sci Fi Fandom--we were easily among of the youngest people there, barring a very few children who appeared to have come avec parents.

- Held in some random school gym. Cute school, but pretty inherently funny to be in a school gym with all these people.

- Katy had me believing there would be NO PANELS, NONE AT ALL, which is the only reason I was willing to arrive late. And late we were--halfway through the Benny panel (ONE OF MANY, KATY), which contained the EXCITING NEWS that Brax would be rejoining Benny/that she wasn't stuck in a Divergent Universe forever. Hasn't Eight shown us Divergent Universes are a bit naff? Something about the lack of regular characters/lasting and concrete consequences in what we think of as Our Universe (or at least the one in which we are invested as listeners). :/ But anyway. Lisa Bowerman looked a little tired today. I would not have thought her at all under the weather had I not seen her at Scifi London, looking very fresh and bright even though she was reading eviscerating genocide fiction. She's so clever and engaging, and made a very good point about keeping Brax as a through line for Benny. Miles Richardson made one as well, about the huge cast of the collection seeming to typecast characters--today Bev will rip someone off and Adrian will have a fight!!--just in order to make the writing flow around such a group. Gary Russell and Scott Handcock brought up the necessity of making sure Benny herself was the focus of the story.

I respect these points, and agree with them, but they don't seem to me to justify a reboot without the Collection cast. As Bowerman pointed out, the ensemble's popularity is significant. And what exactly is gained by dropping them? A less 'soapy' show, as I believe Handcock put it? Perhaps, but ensembles like Star Trek: Next Generation and Deep Space Nine managed fine with large casts, at points brilliantly. The word 'soapy' has a somewhat uncomfortable pejorative connotation here that seems to imply that the perceived femininity of such character and relationship-based storytelling is not only not desired here, but is not generally desirable. Over dinner at Leon afterwards (the Bankside? not amazing, Katy appreciated the architecture's loveless marriage to the decor but little), we talked about whether we sloughed characters in Benny to gratify a writerly urge to make Benny a traditional, male adventure hero, with little in the way of solid family relationships and friendships, freeing her up to travel and form fluid, temporary bonds in the service of a variety of stories. Nadja said something I've heard before, which remains very true, about Dead Parents Syndrome--the family killed off to kick-start the quest narrative, but also, without the text acknowledging it, to free the hero from such impediments.

I've always liked Benny a lot for the ways in which, like a well-written Doctor, she's a non-traditional hero. While the Doctor performs a subversion of traditional modes of heroism via his relationship to power, knowledge and violence, Benny's subversion, which is sometimes also about her relationship to knowledge and her career as a practicing academic, often hinges on her gender and her negotiation thereof. It's not that I love the time's Benny's whinging about getting back to Peter as though he's all that validates her existence--but I love that Benny /has/ a son, /has/ a maybe-husband with whom her relationship is still dynamic, has friends and professional commitments and political entanglements which are important to her and remain so. It's relatively rare to have a character so contextualized while Questing Around (rather than, at best, having a semi-mythologized home to return to at the end of things), and rarer still to have that character be a woman. In an effort to make the series 'more focused around Benny', the writers seem to me to be undercutting some of the key things which define her as a character and a hero.

Though how the HELL did Brax get where she is? Did he follow her? Like a big stalker? Whatever, I ship it.

Also, please see Katy's Blog for a depiction of the GLORIOUS mustachio he is sporting ( I tell you, it is truly a thing to see.

-- We all got to mock the Benny theme 'Adventure is my Name.' AS I HAVE ALWAYS YEARNED TO DO.

- Maybe, though, I am NOT a good judge of the direction Big Finish should pursue because I am not at all representative of this fanbase, judging by this con--older dudes, to a (inevitably) man. Very Outpost Gallifrey/More "To the Death", please.

- The Pod Cast with Nick Briggs, Paul Spragg, Jamie Robertson, David Richardson and Robert Shearman was interesting, and about when I discovered I ABSOLUTELY cannot speak to people. I've always hated MEETING actors, who I in theory don't care about because wanting to talk to them represents a strange conflation of them and their characters (I want, for example, to hang out with Six, not necessarily to speak to Colin Baker, nice though he may be, but who I do not know from Adam, really, and I certainly don't need anyone to write their name down for me), but turns out writers are almost as bad. Because despite telling myself that they're not the character and I don't care, I find I /cannot look Miles Richardson full in the face/, even if he's wearing a suit jacket and a handkerchief with white polka dots and the best mustache ever and I generally want to hug him.

It's the not knowing what to do. If they were mean, I could be dismissive of them, and that would feel all right, because I would not respect or care about the opinion of mean people. And it's wanting people to think well of you that makes them thinking well of you nearly impossible, because you're silent and half hiding behind your girlfriend and grinning strangely like you've the brain-worms. IRONIC, as Alannis Morissette would say. But everyone was nice to a fault! If I had a purpose there, like I was working with them in some capacity, that would be fine, because I'd have some legitimate excuse for being there in their presence. And what do you do, have a little talk with the writers, ask them an intelligent question? It seems not quite the right format because someone's queueing behind you with an accordion file of pre-removed CD covers for signing looking increasingly annoyed at the woeful incompletion of his collection with every passing moment, and while the writers are nice people it's not a very conversational set up, you won't be able to discuss something in depth or become friends? And did you cringe at 'become friends', because I did a little at the twee preciosity. And yet IRL proper or on the internet, based on such strong shared interests, that's pretty much what one does? But they can't be EVERYONE'S friends, they've lives and friends of their own, and so there's this awkward inherent falsity to this interaction that I feel could only be solved by someone handing me a pot of coffee and asking me to go 'round and check up on the shiny people's cups and/or working for Big Finish as an intern/writer/coffee-lady.

Is this the dilemma of the writer!con/con generally, or is it just me and my special brand of mad?

- Katy did VERY well in the Pod Cast, asking a question in a clear, articulate manner! Meanwhile I am mortally afraid of the teddy bear that is Rob Shearman. Siiigh.

- TRAGICALLY Katy got asked BY NEV FOUNTAIN if she liked Peri and the Piscine Paradox (comedic mispronunciation courtesy of next-seat!Shearman). You know, the one she hated, the ONLY one of his she hated, which the rest of the internet loves beyond anything. Poor Katy. She did buy his book though, which she'd wanted. I... bought nothing, because I am le po. Oh, grad school.

- Colin Baker seemed rather deflated today, which is striking because he can seem very bombastic and enthused and lovely in things like Podcasts. Another weird thing about cons: the expectation of performing your personality, of MORE than civility, of effusive (potentially false) friendliness. I mean I suppose many customer service professions want this, but here it seems so much more personal. Perhaps the man just has off days. Again, the perils of wanting to meet Six rather than some niceish man.

- Nick Briggs is a lovely man, so much so that I forgive him some naff writing. WHAT a Tom Baker impersonation. Satsumas, love it.

- Jason Hay Gellery is very nice, but quite ENTHUSED about you buying his CDs. Went strange and coy in his presence, felt awkward when he approached Nadja and I b/c felt quite singled out as one of the few chicks about? Not in a sexist way, just--we were hard to miss, there were about 3 of us, and he was SO ENTHUSED. Could have had a proper chat, but let Nadja fob him off on her love of Pertwee era. God why was I so rubbish today?

- Katy just now from the couch: "THERE ARE SO MANY WORDS IN THIS BOOK!!" re: The Inside Story. aha. It seems a v. nice book. She bought it today.

- What a GREAT little cafeteria, though it was called a 'tuck shop', and I had to have that term explained to me at embarrassing length. So cheap! So convenient! So perfectly-okay-tasting! Goodness that was nice and thoughtful of them to provide! A visually impaired guy was having a conversation with some people in there, and I was a bit surprised that the appeal of radio plays to the blind hadn't previously occurred to me.

- Shearman's so down on his own work, it's surprising. Apparently people think that Holy Terror and Chimes of Midnight are very similar stories, and so Shearman thinks he has like, one or two Who!ideas in him? Which I completely wouldn't say. I mean look at Jubilee, and its inherently different themes from those of Scherzo (a vastly under-rated classic, terrifying and brilliant) or the aforementioned Chimes. I could write whole essays on his Who work, and hell, maybe I will, so that Outpost Gallifrey doesn't stand as the popular consensus on this work. It just /sucks/ that these do not get accolades as lit, when they have with such amazing writing.

- He also said Frobisher didn't sell! Can you believe that?! I don't know. There are two major reasons I think that might not stand in the way of using Frobisher now:

a) I think that may have been long enough /ago/ that sales figures were just /generally/ lower for all of Big Finish compared to more recent offerings, after they'd built their fanbase, and also,

b) Big Finish and the audience relationship to it both have matured and grown more sophisticated since then. People are perhaps more willing, now, to accept Big Finish /created/ companions, let alone favorites lifted from the comics. Big Finish has established a relationship of trust with the audience, and on the strength of that capital they can do more, and venture further from a fixed basis in the show.


- Sarah Sutton talk was interesting from a production standpoint, and somewhat interesting from an 'oh hello, Nyssa' standpoint, but the Big Finish Con seems to straddle an awkward divide between sci fi con 'BEHOLD: ACTORS!!' panels and a more academic conference model. I could have gone for more of the latter, I love a good talk and it produces the sort of unique content that justifies my presence there and purchase of a ticket, and the comfortable and dialogic format emboldens me to participate/feel involved/think/ask questions. We could, for example, have had a very good Gallifrey!panel with the writers in attendance and perhaps Richardson. There's a LOT to talk about there. Maybe a chair with some thought-through questions to prompt discussion?

- My GOD Miles Richardson is nice. Again, *uncomfortably* nice. SO NICE!! Watching the Benny Animation at the moment--his voice just came in and I nearly died of embarrassment. It was his first con apparently. He and Lisa Bowerman has a little bicker about who could sign Katy's CD most extravagantly, and competing over it. Their BFFship charms me entirely. Also he hates facial hair and only grows it for parts. SO WRONG.

-- Sophie Aldred has made an unwise hair decision, and a very wise 'sitting next to someone with much worse hair so I look comparatively fine' decision.

--Why was this in /Barking/? Just cheaper? Middle of nowhere, transport was relatively expensive and a bit annoying.

-- Had two questions I REALLY wanted to ask the Podcast people, but did not, because too cowardly.

* If it's not TOO technical, what's the BBC rights sittuation? Why, for example, can you have the Master or the Rani /sometimes/ but not all the time?

* Davies wrote India Fischer once and said that without Charley there could have been no Rose. Big Finish, by shepherding Who through a part of the Wilderness years and putting a lot of effort into its development, clearly made a huge impact on New Who. Similarly to Charley and Rose, there could never have been a River without there having been a Benny. How do you feel about this backwards borrowing of ideas, which presumably is not compensated, while you have to pay BBC licensing fees? Is this appropriative, flattering, some mix of both?--probably not a pleasant question to ask in that it might be awkward, given that they /know/ Moffat as a person and such.

--Big Finish is working on an animated!Reign of Terror! How cool is that!

--Robert Hardy apparently did a bit of some show some time ago in which he was essentially the Doctor without a TARDIS. Katy and I have always thought that would be casting made in heaven.

--very nice line from someone about how Who was here forever now, so we could be a bit relaxed about the seemingly vexing things because it's not THAT big of a deal--little can destroy Who

--3 stories organizing conceit quite interesting

--Jason Hay Gellery noted that Americans have sort of an intrinsic bias against audio, lacking the context of the radio play with which to understand it

--Apparently Moffat's putting the Daleks in mothballs for a bit because he doesn't much care for them. Ho hum.

--A pity Alan Barnes and Katy Manning could not make it, as they are great.

--We are watching Princess Bride atm. It is a thing of such gentle, warm joy. So well made, intelligent, charming and dear.
04 June 2011 @ 11:12 pm
I don't even care what RTC quite rightly says re: how it's all over the place and nonsensical and characterization-dropping, I enjoy quite a lot of Edge of Destruction. I wouldn't if I were watching it as part of a series, in real time. Real Time makes me invested in characters/the season as an arc, more analytical, and less able to casually shrug off a dropped ball. I'm insistent on quality and don't yet have the distance necessary to enjoy occasional loveable badness, as I do with classic!Who. Which is maybe as it should be--it's right to demand the show be consistently good and not lose what's best about it, and right to get over failures eventually, so long as there's no irreparable damage. Maybe in time I'll look at S6 of New Who with the casual 'meh' detachment, amusement, and appreciation-on-good-points I reserve for serials like Remembrance of the Daleks and Ghostlight. My only fear would be that S6's problems are carry-overs of Seven era's problems re: fetishizing power, not dealing well with questions of agency, not properly thinking through the way watchers interacted with it as a text, and prestiging gods over characters, and that as such I can't say the Cartmell Master Plan can be laughed off now as a folly of the past that did no lasting damage--maybe it /did/, maybe the problems with S6 are the result.

But with Edge I laugh off the legitimate issues regarding everyone seeming to come in with wildly different acting styles that preoccupy the RTC writers, either as a point of mockery or something almost to be celebrated for its gusto. I like the episode's dramatic visuals, which paired with truly odd line deliveries in spooky voices give the serial genuine creepiness. I like this completely random dark, paranoid, murderous Susan and her enthusiastic spacebed stabbing. I love a good psychological bottle episode, and while this isn't quite one, it's the forerunner to Ten's Midnight in many ways, preparing the ground for that episode's 'something wrong with the ship' claustrophobic distrust and gnawing antipathy between its characters. The very IDEA of the TARDIS being itself the enemy in a way, and of the ship becoming unheimlich, is truly threatening.

This being the first glimpse of the TARDIS's sentience is intriguing. One's reaction sort of implies that the Time Lord line on TARDIS sentience is, at the moment, a relatively restrained one, which doesn't surprise me as an intellectual position the Time Lords we see in early Who would take up. It does, however, serve to enrich my knowledge of their culture/relationship to the TARDISs: one of deliberate stodgy demystification that resists romanticization, and prides itself on its intellectual rigor for doing so. Time Lords are unwilling to ascribe sentient personalities to technology, even these crafts, with constitutionally have a significant psychic component. The Doctor's sometimes-noted preference for organic over mechanical life could be rooted in a larger TL worldview (which he'd hate to acknowledge, being pretty iconoclastic). 

I really like One's apologizing to Barbara at the end and giving her a little talk, and his dizzy monologue on the birth of stars. These are some of the best facets of One: his total absorption in the wonder of the universe and his occasional doddery but compassionate and intelligent empathy, grandfatherly in the best way. RTC notes that Barbara's puzzle-solving doesn't quite work, but it seems to read more as a literary analysis to me. Maybe Babs double-majored. And Barbara's yelling at the Doctor is of course as excellent as everyone says it is, though not, I think, a major turning point in One's character arc, which is a slow project of learning to trust (again), and of taking his enormous capacity for, again, wonder and passionate investment in the universe and directing it (either for the first time or once again) towards individuals and their situations. If we're going with a narrative of Barbara winning One back to values and convictions he once had but has since become bitter and jaded about, Aztecs might be really revealing, because it could hint at a Doctor who's *tried* to alter fixed events, as Barbara wishes to, and has come up against a bitter realization that there are terrible things it's impossible or inadvisable to change, and that his well-meant interference has only made the people he's tried to help worse off. He warns her with a kind of sympathetic voice of experience. 

I'd really love some good One bildungsroman. I've said it before, but the more I watch, the more I think it. 
01 June 2011 @ 01:07 pm
Um, idk if you want this in your life, but even hating new!sherlock as I do, I love this:

Fanfic about characters writing fanfic--secret!kink? Between this and the similar long Merlin!fic, maybe. Anyone know any other examples? Also I thought I COULD USE THIS FOR MY THESIS SOMEHOW. O_O