alexwearspants: (<3 three)
I'm feeling very restless but too headachey to do anything about it. I resent this a great deal. Also bought a bag of almonds tonight with the express intention of sitting down and eating it a lot, but had to give up after only a few. Almonds, I will give you this, you are a very filling nut.

Also watched SJA, which was delightful! It has been some time since I watched SJA, for reasons which I shall not go into, and I am so glad I got to see these two particular episodes. I found out a while ago that many respectable and awesome people do not in fact watch SJA, which is sad and slightly shocking, as they do not have my reasons, merely the Fear Of Spinoff. At the time I wrote a whole thing about why they should which essentially boiled down to:

- It has Sarah-Jane goddamned Smith.
- It has K9.
- It has the motherfucking Brig.
- It has great character chemistry, continuity and dialogue.
- Speaking of continuity it handles Classic References supremely well, see:
a) That time SJ randomly referenced Peladon in casual conversation in a way that was relevant without alienating (please take this on board, New Who. Mythos can be both created and reinforcing Classic w/out having to take a dip in the Exposition Ocean. Check also: 'I Have A History That Is More Than Just Showing You My Faces In Order'.)
b) In a move very similar to Dalek, SJ, who is consistently 'no we don't use guns, we never involve the military, this is not our way' aaaalll S1, flipping the fuck out upon meeting the Sontarans and calling up UNIT. For people who've never seen Classic you can just go 'ooohhhhh these are bad bad guys'. For those who have? The part where she was horrifically tortured by a Sontaran makes the instinctive terror and lack of mercy kinda understandable.
- Did I mention it has the motherfucking Brig?
- It has Ten. (This is not so much of interest to me but you know. To others I guess?)
- And now it has Eleven and Jo. Fffffffffffffffffffffffff yes.

Now I want someone to rant with. *sadfaces about*

SJA - 'Death of the Doctor' Spoilers. And boy did they ever get long and rambly. )

So also my headache is not hugely better and I wanted to/still want to do some writing but can't because of restless energy and achey pains, but am going with it so whatever. Also I really wish I had a turntable. I want to play that vinyl of Three singing lullabies that I have now. I want it so hard.

Perhaps some Three, and then sleep.

Also I have been very shoddy at answering comments lately (read: always.) I will try to get on that (read: most likely will fail.)
alexwearspants: (seven)
So. Con is over and was fabulous. I am halfway through writing up an account from scattered notes and footage taken from over the weekend, but essentially, it was fabulous. And terrifying. And fabulous.

I spent travelling time during the weekend re/listening to Gallifrey Season One, which I'd slept through parts of before, and it was love. Which admittedly was more of a confirmation than a revelation, but still. And then when I got home I watched Invasion of Time. Which was silly and rather sadmaking, in that context. And a lot of fun, still. It's one of the serials I have the most vivid imagery-rememberance of from my childhood, so the weird doubling and prediction/adaptation process of rewatching it did take away a little from what otherwise might have been quite emotional. Which is probably good because I'm only just really catching up on sleep. Baaaaaarely. Overinvested? Yes. Yes I am.

Internet is still sort of buggered, which is frustrating, but we're working on it. Showed stepmother Partners In Crime today (yay Donna!) and watched a lot of fascinating exerpts from the Festival of Dangerous Ideas. Exciting stuff. And now, I think, I sleep. Or something.
alexwearspants: (Et tu)
Hello Internet! How are you? I am well. On the creative front things have been fairly stop-start. I managed to get fic finished, which is now doing the rounds in beta hell and has no title. Long-fic is going nowhere, which is sadfaced, and I have three videos in the works. Cheetah is viable but increasingly problematic, Shalka is grit-your-teeth-and-work-through-it-you're-never-going-find-any-more-animation-than-this and Three is ... at the unfortunate stage of both being the easiest to complete and the one that needs the complete overhaul. So I'll probably poke at that next.

And I've been sketching, a little, and considering icons, but nothing's really coming of that. So we'll see how it all goes.

Also, I'm afraid I have a confession to make.

Internet, I do not like Cumberpatch!Master very much. Actually, it would be fair to say I loathe Cumberpatch!Master. It has gotten to the point that when I see Cumberpatch!Master mentioned I want to scream and possibly do something violent to the person espousing his virtues. There are instances where this is not fair. Actually, in every instance this is not fair, because violence is not cool. But there are cases where people are just musing (which is awesome) and cases where people are doing more (which makes my blood boil.) And I have now seen enough of the latter that my hatred spills over into the former, so Internet I have written a very long post about why this is so. It is very long, and filled with bits of anger and at times it may not be clear! But if you want to read it, it is there. And now I will go maybe eat something nice and try to be cool. Or perhaps I will watch Bones? I do like Bones a lot.

Teal Dear. )

Wow that was a lot of words. Now if only I could do that much on my fic.
alexwearspants: (lets turn the conversation back to me)
It's been a weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek. Recently mostly of awesome. To veer wildly into TMI, I can generally tell just how I'm feeling (even when I don't want to acknowledge it) by how many showers I take a day.* When I'm anxious, I shower a lot. When I'm depressed, I tend not to shower at all (I ... did say TMI.) On Monday I showered four times.

This has led to me taking a week of rest and relaxation and also plenty of other stressful and problematic things because life won't actually not throw things at your head just because you've decided you need some you time. But there's been lots of awesome stuff too. We went mulberry picking and Princess(age 7) made her first ever dinner for the family and there were walks and Dad fixed up the carrier for my scooter (on the downside the carrier for my scooter broke again, but only on the weaker fibreglassed joints so I'm not too concerned) and we played with the dogs and saw family and I rewatched a lot of Bones and started to read another Ben Elton novel(why do I do this to myself?) and talked to people and had good food and wrote a bit and finished half of this Shalka vid (not so good, but cracky-kinda-fun) and generally had a good time of it. Which was nice. Then there was other less-nice stuff. But I don't want to talk about that.

Anyway some fun and interesting stuff has been happening on the internets, and whilst y'all are cool-cat types who have no doubt seen all this I am going to relink it here, for my own further perusal if nothing else.

This article about gender sterotypes plays to many of my biases, and therefore does not require me to think at all, which is nice.

[ profile] karenhealey is about the coolest person on LJ (and possibly all of Melbourne, but then there's Tripod, who are after all one man with three bodies), and she wrote an awesome and interesting and mildy terrifying review of the anti-vaccination movement.

Maureen Johnson, who is also pretty awesome, wrote about the dearth of Boy's Books in a way that made sense, and wonderfully articulated a lot of things I didn't even know I wanted to say whenever this tired discussion comes up. If you've never encountered it before, or even if you have, give it a read. She's funny and awesome and also you should read her blog. Sometimes, there are pictures.

And on a completely different note, this is the coolest Doctor Who/Sense and Sensibility crossover ever. And it doesn't drag and isn't too long and doesn't leave you with nagging questions (thus demonstrating it isn't too short either). You really should read it. It's simply delightful.

Also I've been listening to a bit (for me a lot) of Katy Perry. At least
[ profile] mezzopianoforte will be happy. *sighs*

*And god, god, I know, this is the most enviromentally unfriendly stress-relief method ever I am so so sorry planet ilu I will be rich and plant lots of trees oh dear. (I ... I am not trying to say this is an entirely controllable thing though. Which is not to excuse myself, more just. This is a reaction I've noted in myself, not something I'm necessarily choosing to do.)
alexwearspants: (The Kiss)
Ok, so, a long time ago [ profile] x_los was bugging me about Who-related lists and how I should have them, and more recently [ profile] tardiscrash posted a list on his fandom journal, and I was reminded how many moons ago I attempted to buck the trend by yes, making a list, but instead of Who eps focussing on BFAs. Except I stole that from [ profile] aralias.

Still, here is my bigass list of the first 40 BFAs and general (sometimes spoilery, to the extent of 'IT'S GOT DINOSAUR SKELETONS') descriptions/reactions of the sort that are useless to anyone who's listened to them already. It's weird now to look at what I thought then, because this was when I'd only first really started to discuss this aspect of fandom with other people and I wasn't really doing relistens. So I've got updated thoughts, for what they are, in bold, but even then they're less thoughts and more ... squee and snark. At some point I'll keep updating this list as I'm well past the episode 40 mark, but for now, here we go.

bold is for amazing
strikethrough for terrible
and italics is for completely forgettable

Bigass BFA List Wot I Have Listened To )

General conclusions? Six grew on me rapidly, Eight is swings and roundabouts, Seven gives me rose coloured glasses and BFA still don't really seem to know how to write for Five. There. I've just saved you ten minutes of your time.
alexwearspants: (rainy day six)
So apparently this is the hundredth entry I've ever made on this journal? Which is very exciting and all, I remember on dA I would have made a kiriban or something, idek. I had an evergrowing list of things I would have liked to have said - mainly just Things Wot Have Happened, but it was getting too long and I am lazy.

Spent most of today in pain but in delightfully good company, so it balanced out somewhat I feel. This evening I was bored and needed distracting so I finally fulfilled a threat I've been making for a while and recorded the first two chapters of Doctor Who and the Leisure Hive on my phone. It's interesting how different I sound on the computer vs the phone but both have pretty terrible sound. Every novelisation presents its own challenges. This one has French and Tom Baker's stupid face, but it was fun all the same. The Leisure Hive is one of my favourites, so we'll see.

Anyway, here are things.

Doctor Who and the Leisure Hive, Chapters One and Two.

Chapter One- On the plus and negative side, it does have me making a go at Romana, K9 and Four, which is teeth-grittingly bad but also therefore kinda hilarious. You can hear the point where I give up. This is also shorter, with actual Things Happening.

Chapter Two- Longer, like, ten minutes of reading time longer, and no Doctor, Romana, or anyone. Well. There's Herell. This is a lot of exposition and backstory, entertainingly written, I feel, and actually very much my cup of tea but if it's anyone else's I will be surprised. On the plus side, no heinous attempt at voices at all.
alexwearspants: (<3 three)
Slightly spoilery stream-of-consciousness type thoughts. )

Oh and in not-a-spoiler? Having seen van Gogh's work adds a whole other layer of depth and meaning and beauty and appreciation to this episode, I feel, and also, having actually seen it and loved it, to life. I <3 Vincent van Gogh.
alexwearspants: (happy jack)
Carlo, the Time Lords want their hat back. )

The only problem now is I still don't want to go shopping because I want to TALK to someone about awesome Who! Damnit! Also it's super cold outside and I am snug in mah dressing gown... Hmmmmn. But then today for food I had mayonnaise on toast. I think I need to reconsider my life choices...
alexwearspants: (caught in a bad romance)
Ok so I am doing a semi-liveblog to this, in that.... I am finally watching it. And I'll need to stop multiple times because I get scared.... Well. May as well take advantage of that to rant.

Spoilers )

Annnnnd done. Looking at next week's trailer and ignoring all the.... stuff.... that carries over from this week's ep, all I can do is squee and shout out 'Helen McCrory YAAAAAAY' :D.
alexwearspants: (happy jack)
GUYS. GUYS HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS BEFORE??? IT IS.... I AM..... GUYS I DO NOT EVEN KNOW WHAT TO SAY. (Except that clearly Delgado's sexy shines through everything you put him in. Which is not that much of a surprise, really.)

alexwearspants: (seven)
Ok I saw it? And I liked it! Mostly. Bits of geek rage here and there but I liked it! And I can't be bothered writing up a review because.... I'm lazy. So here instead is my enormous and boring chatlog of watching along. Very little pieces here and there are cut for relevance and it's very spelling fail and grammar fail and interest fail but eh. Oh, and yes. It did in fact take me two hours to watch it, because I kept pausing whenever I got scared. I'M A WUSS OK SHUSH.

alexwearspants: (rainy day six)
*bites nails* We're about to watch Victory of the Daleks. I'm really .... I'm really worried you guys. If they can pull this off to and get me to like it? A Dalek story? Then I know this series is something special.

If they don't.... well. It's just a Dalek story, I guess. *shrugs and tries to appear With It*

..... God don't let me down Eleven.
alexwearspants: (The Kiss)
Oh Internet. You have established that you can be, for the most part, seen in public, and I am proud of you. Was the con awesome? THE CON WAS VERY AWESOME, YES. Will this be incoherent ranting? YES. YES IT WILL.

A Super Long Con Report: Save time. Bone a Cat. )

Now I have to find new Eleven, and maybe have some tea, and oh did I mention that Sylvester McCoy is coming to Australia? I didn't? Yeah, he uh. He is. I'll just be over here. Dying.
alexwearspants: (rainy day six)
Today I am dressed all up in grey, which is always strange to notice when you didn't plan it.

I finished up with Omega, which was, in a word, brilliant. Oh genuinely great Five audio, be still my heart. The ending was not as strong as I could have hoped, but still. It can be done!!

Davros is stunningly good as well, in the sense that I am enjoying it, which considering it's about Davros is .... mind-boggling.

Here, have some old Delgado!Master art. Well. I think from the look of it you can see it is actually D!M's slightly-older-and-much-better-looking brother, on whom Theta crushed for many years, but. This is why we keep practicing.

d!m colour
alexwearspants: (lets turn the conversation back to me)
So. A fun year so far. On Saturday I finally got my licence, complete with little picture of me looking like I'm stoned off my face and/or suffering severe bloodloss. It was meant to happen on Friday, when I have no doubt it would have appeared that I had some kind of rare Amazonian disease that had made my face break out in vivid rashes, but the RTA's computers were down. So vampire victim it is.

It meant that I've had the whole weekend to be puttering around and getting to know the streets. Trying out my first roundabout. Trying (and failing) to park in carparks. Twice.

It's been good.

Today, however, I get to try to ride home for the first time in weekday traffic, and to be honest I'm not entirely happy about the idea. I'm not yet good at riding at consistent speeds. And I sometimes turn too wide. This is all fine. When there's no other cars on the road. So. It could be interesting.

I finally managed to watch End of Time last night. Lets talk about that. ... Ok, lets not. I will write up a reaction to this, because, card-carrying geek, hello? But right now I need to go and see if I can get my scooter home without crashing and killing someone, or worse, myself. So I'll just say ... it was better than I expected. And there is a lot of meat for discussion. A. Lot.


I always liked Omega better anyway.
alexwearspants: (Geek Love)
So I made icons. Not great icons. Not even good icons. OK, actually, I quite like the meerkat ones. Because it's so very, very true. And I want to add 'what?' to my icons, but I love all the icons I already have, so I might just wait until I need it and see how I act under pressure.

What? The Oncoming Emo

Meerkat The Oncoming Emo
alexwearspants: (Geek Love)
OK, so. I really should have posted this last night, but I was tired and thought I could better spend my time reading [ profile] doctorwhy (the worst of the Time Lords.)

Previous episodes back thatta way.

The Tomb Of The Cybermen, Episodes 3&4 )
alexwearspants: (Geek Love)
Am almost completely not!sick again, which is nice. Still plagued somewhat with headaches and churning-gut, but am choosing to believe that that is purely psychosomatic. My internet degree, let me show you it.

Anyway, in an attempt to distract myself I've been dredging through my old files, and on opening this (actually relatively recent one) I realised I'd never posted it, despite my not-so-good intentions. Before I go any further I would like to say that this is not entirely my fault. Anyone who knows me knows I am ridiculously herdish in my behaviour, and whenever I see anything new or interesting I at least want to give it a go.* Normally I get distracted, or it involves equipment out of my price range/local area, or someone has the good sense to stop me.

Not so this time.

This time, when I was inspired by [ profile] shaxophile's awesome liveblogs, I happened to have a brandnewshinyandridiculouslycheap** copy of The Tomb Of The Cybermen on hand. And I had J, who hasn't seen a lot of Old Who, but who is amenable to the idea. And who also has a netbook and a reasonably comfortable couch. I knew I liked Two, I knew I liked this arc, and I knew I had some spare time.

And thus this terrible mess was born.

It is very very clear, on rereading this, that it took me a while to get into my stride. I've also done some for The War Games (yes, I WILL be posting it. My LJ to abuse) and I think they were ... clearer. This liveblog was mostly made up of oohs and ahhhs and hees. And hearting over tiny little things like how often Two and Jamie cling to each other, and how much I love Two's facial expressions. There's lots of unconnected sentences, not so much of the incisive commentary.

But, you know, I really enjoy The Tomb Of The Cybermen. It works as a coherent story in and of itself, and also makes a good introductory episode for a new companion. Jamie and the Doctor are consistently characterised without GIANTFUCKINGENDLESSWHATISWRONGWITHYOUTEN?? unnecessary exposition, which is a good balance for both those who have seen previous arcs, and those who haven't. The story makes it clear why the Cybermen are by fuckery able to match the Daleks in the scary stakes*** and while it is silly and fun and twee and a lot of (the Doctor's. Really, just the Doctor's.) the actions people take don't necessarily make sense, there are also a lot of varied and believable characters. These are professional actors doing a dedicated job. And like much of Two's era, it's a mixture between funny and fearsome, with a dash of sweetness thrown in.

And you know what, no matter how terrible the outcome, liveblogging is a hell of a lot of fun. Try it with your favourite TV show today!

The Tomb Of The Cybermen, Episodes 1&2 )

* This is how nano happened. The first four times.

** Unless one argues, as I normally do, that the standard Classic Who DVD prices are hugely exorbitant.

*** God those mouths.
alexwearspants: (Geek Love)
Alright, so I spent most of my day reading fanfiction (as you do. Or I do. This is a thing that I do.) and I came upon this excellent remix fic. The Eighth Doctor and Delgado!Master and all sorts of goodies. The original is also excellent, but I am discussing the remix, because it brought up an idea that completely contradicts one that I have held in my personal canon since .... um, Utopia? Before then it was just in my 'I will write AUs about this*' box, but RTD did the one good thing in his reign and went and changed that for all us bleeding heart fangirls out there, so that's alright.

To recap: The Master was given a new set of regenerations by the Time Lords** because of his assistance in the Time War. Or rather, he was given his new regenerations so that he could assist with the Time War. On the side of the Time Lords. To defeat the Daleks. I think this should be made clear, because with the Master, you just never know.

In my personal fanon the Master definitely wants the extra lives, but he also understands the seriousness of potential outright genocide in all timestreams for his entire civilisation, and even worse the universe-wide domination of the Daleks. Because if they were in control everything would just be so boring. And the Master is made a special case of and given extra regenerations because he is a demon of a fighter, especially when trapped, and he has no qualms about killing things and he's actually been out and had experience with the universe (and the Daleks) in the past few centuries, and basically, it's probably a smart idea to keep him on your good side. But. I also quite like the idea that this war is such a disaster that every Time Lord in every time stream ever is called back to help with the efforts. (Or even not called back. The Daleks have time travel, they are going to hunt down and kill every Time Lord they can find, so as they're probably going to find themselves under attack anyway, it's probably better to run back to Gallifrey where there's at least backup of some kind.) So not just the Master but the Toymaker, the Meddling Monk, the Rani and so on will all be part of this effort. (Ok, ok, I also like the idea that some of these renegades that we've met manage to escape detection, but my fanon is twisty and not entirely rational.) All of this is also pleasing in that it reconfirms the power of the Time Lords as a species, when they actually pull their shit together. If/when necessary they can find and summon their little runaways, and that adds a nice little edge to the fact that, actually, they also could have at any point tracked down any of the renegades if they'd wanted to, and pretty much the reason all these Time Lords are running around is because the Council have let them. Which makes sense seeing as TARDISes all seem to run off the same energy source.

SO. This is just my personal fanon. But what [ profile] aralias has rather brilliantly suggested in 500 Bottles of Beer is that the Master was brought back to life specifically so that he could be handed the resources of Gallifrey and devise the stunning strategy that would save them all.

Which, considering he used to be beaten by the Doctor every other week ... is maybe not so much of the best idea.

This is probably the best time to make a very important differential. I don't have to agree with an idea to think it's brilliant. But if it's one I've never thought of before? If it's completely revolutionary (to me)? Then I've got to admire it. And I really, really don't think that giving the Master the virtual keys to the city is in any way, shape or form a good idea. The Master's no Sulla, he's a Caesar, and I cannot see him giving up that kind of power once he has it. But the idea is intriguing.

Actually, in an odd kind of way it's almost a throwback to most of his Three-era plots, i.e. 'The Master allies himself with another species who's goals seem to align with his and proceeds to use their firepower/army to take over the planet/universe, betraying his so-called allies at the crucial moment whereby his victory is still assured but he is the one to take supreme power alone and without their interference.' Or as it actually played out: 'The Master allies himself with another species who's goals seem to align with his and proceeds to be beaten by the Doctor.' It sometimes gets to the betraying bit first.

And somehow, magically, the Master has managed to do that in this scenario, except that 1) he actually succeeds, and 2) he didn't have to go through all of that tedious work and plotting and so on and so forth first. In fact, if I were a particularly nefarious 6Ber*** I could even subscribe the whole TV Movie to some bizarre Xanatos Roulette on the Master's part, wherein he gave the Daleks just enough technology before/during his trial to set in motion their eventual threat to the stability of the universe should his initial attempt at a comeback not be a success. He was then able to either stop them early in the game should his initial revival attempt be a success (which, since he was up against the Doctor, clearly was not going to go that way so much) or he waits a hundred odd years until the Daleks have developed time travel to the point where they seriously threaten the Time Lords, and out of necessity he is brought back and given the keys to time!the city!****

Oh my god did he plan his entire capture so he could set this in motion???

... Seriously, there are easier ways to get the Doctor's attention. *eye roll*

OK, so, as you can see, it's a crazypants (though incredibly fun) theory, and that's why I love it. I can't really see the Time Lords ever, ever putting him in charge of anything though (ok, maybe a battalion or something, but seriously not anything they can't afford to lose. Messily.) because a) cannot be trusted and b) seriously. Can't even out think the Doctor. And there is no way they'd ever put the Doctor in charge of all their lives, so.... you see where I'm going with this?

It is a beautiful fic though.

* This is clearly a lie. I do not write AUs. I do not write. (Particularly ironic since this journal was originally started as a Nano blog.)

** And I really have to make another post explaining how this is the ultimate proof that the Doctor can't just 'keep regenerating' once his thirteen are used up. Or I could just say it there. Yes. There you go.

*** Here I mean one who likes to have every bit of continuity tied to every other bit no matter how many crazyknots are involved.

**** OK, yeah, my immediate reaction was there is no fucking way that he actually planned that, so definitely a Roulette. Nevertheless.


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