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Day 16 – Your Favorite Who-Related FanFic

Alex by schrodinger. I usually avoid OC fics like they were on fire, because they're usually poorly-written Mary-Sue fics full of girls with implausible names who travel with the Doctor and charm the pinstripes off of him. But schrodinger has created a wholly original character in Alex, and not only is she not a Mary-Sue, she's barely even likable:

She's nineteen years old. She likes -- in no particular order -- high-heeled shoes, fingernail polish and energy weapons. And the first chance she gets, she's going to kill a Time Lord.
 
 


Alex does have a few redeeming qualities, such as her intelligence, her sense of humour, and her rather impressive repertoire of swear words. You end up kind of loving the little psychopath by the end of the first story. And I defy you to not fall in love with schrodinger's future Doctor. He bears a passing resemblance to Eleven, with his tousled brown hair and green eyes, but that's where the similarity ends. Unlike Eleven, he's almost supernaturally calm. He has a dry sense of humour and an inability to get overly disturbed by Alex's cheerful attempts to kill him. He dresses sort of like Ted from How I Met Your Mother. But for all that, he can go all Oncoming Storm with the best of them.

Alex is part one of a (sadly all too short) series. Part 2, Among Mad People, features Bernice Summerfield, which is worth the price of admission right there. It's a multi-chapter fic that doesn't fail to deliver the goods. Plus, did I mention Benny's in it? Two-Body Problem is quite good as well. It's a nice little coda to the series.

If you haven't already read this series, do yourself a favour. Read it right now.


Day 17 – A Piece of Who-Related FanArt





If you know who created this, please let me know, because it's AWESOME. I mean, seriously. Can you imagine what the reaction would be if Bill and Ted saw the Master's TARDIS from The King's Demons?

"Iron Maiden? EXCELLENT!!11!"

I want someone to write a fic where the Doctor, Bill and Ted, and Marty McFly arrive at the same point in time. Hilarity would ensue, obvs.

The Days of Who... )

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Day 14 – The Villain Who Scared You the Most




Yeah, this scared the shit out of me, but probably not for the reasons intended.

(Although Prisoner Zero was pretty scary, no? Those teeth!)

Day 15 – Favorite Who-Related Tumblr

Mofftiemnao is probably the most consistently funny Tumblr thingy I've come across so far. Blog has a way with words.

BTW, if you're interested, mine is here. It's no Moffteimnao, but then again, it couldn't be, could it?

Stay tuned for the rest of the days! I'm slowly catching up!

The rest of the Days of Who... )

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I am so far behind on this meme. It's been a weird week, with work and heat and a haircut and a pointless job interview and lots of hanging out with friends, and it's sort of hard to sit in front of a computer when your apartment is a jillion degrees and your hair is melting. I would have updated from my patio, but I as yet don't have a laptop, netbook or iPad. (I WANT AN IPAD.)

Ahem. Anyway, here are the first of the two meme days that I missed. More to follow.

Day 12 – Whatever Tickles Your Fancy



I hate pears, too. Blerg. Last summer, during Worldcon, I tried to find a plastic pear for Paul Cornell to sign. [personal profile] nonelvis , [personal profile] columbina and I looked all over Montreal's Chinatown. We found every other plastic fruit you can imagine, but no pears. I mentioned this to Paul, and he was disappointed, because he liked the idea of having his own fruit, just like Steven Moffat (Moffat has bananas, which are good, apparently).

Before I went to Gallifrey 21, I tracked down a couple of pear fridge magnets, and I got Paul to sign one for me. I gave him the other one, much to his bewilderment. No word yet on whether he keeps it on his refrigerator. Here's mine:
 




Day 13 – Your Favorite Villain

I don't know why, but I just love him:


He's so awesome. He kills people with strawberry fondant surprise.



(Hey, I never said he was the best villain, just that he's my favourite.)


The Rest of the Days of Who... )
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Day 10 – A Who-Related Photo That You Took

This is the cake from my friend's nephew's 13th's birthday party. As you may have guessed, it was Doctor Who themed. My friend throws kick-ass kids' parties. They usually involve a treasure hunt, and for this one, her nephew JS was the Tenth Doctor. He and his companions, Rose, Jack, and Romana (me) traveled through space and time in the TARDIS (the downstairs bathroom) looking for the segments to the Key to Time.


Ever wondered what blue tastes like?

There were puzzles to solve, codes to break, a piñata, and my friend's brother who is an engineer, disguised his robot to look like a Dalek:


Yes, it's an actual robot. One day, he's going to build a Dalek.

Anyway, the party was awesome. Tons of people got involved, playing all the various characters, decorating the house (I wish I had a picture of the bathroom TARDIS, it was so amazing) and coming up with all the games and puzzles. We even managed to get one of his birthday presents, a sonic screwdriver, to play a major role. JS was thrilled to bits with this birthday, and he still talks about it two years later. He's almost too old for these parties now, which is too bad.

But don't worry, my friend has a niece. She's only three, but she's already a Doctor Who fan. One of her first English words was "EXTERMINATE!"


Day 11 – Your Favorite Season (Classic or New)

I can't choose just one season out of all of them, so I am going to pick one from the classic era, and one from the new series.

Hands down, my favourite classic series season is Season 16, otherwise known as The Key to Time. It's the season that introduced Romana, who is my favourite classic series companion. She was a character that could hold her own against Tom Baker's Doctor, and Mary Tamm did a fabulous job at it. It had Douglas Adams as both a writer and a script editor. There were pirates (in SPACE!), knights, androids, the Doctor flirting with Unlimited Power, Romana's fantastic wardrobe, and a robot dog. Plus a really intricate story that takes an entire season to tell. It's pretty amazing, really. I have watched it many times, and I was very happy to receive the box set for Christmas last year.





My favourite new series season is (wait for it...) Series Fnarg 5. Yeah, a big shock, I know. But as much as I love the other seasons (all criticisms aside), Series 5 delivers on so many levels. It has consistently great stories (yes, even Victory of the Daleks. Shut up, I like it), Matt Smith is amazing as Eleven, Amy Pond is fun and weird, bow ties and fezzes are now cool, and cracks in the wall are now scary. There's RIVER FUCKING SONG, Rory, and a series-long story arc that makes a ton of sense and pays off in so many ways. Plus, the series finale was just so emotionally satisfying.

Plus, how cute are Mazza and Kazza? SO CUTE:


I am so sad Series 5 is over. Saturdays are just not the same without it.


More meme this way... )


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Day 09 – A Who-Related Photo That Makes You Angry/Sad



This makes me both angry and sad.

It makes me sad, because Donna was going to travel with the Doctor forever, knocking about the universe with her best mate, and now she can't even remember him or her brain explodes. She was once the most important person in the universe, and now she's back to being the shallow, oblivious Donna from The Runaway Bride. Her whole family has to tiptoe around her for the rest of her life, and she walks around with holes in her memory. All those experiences were stolen from her.

It makes me angry, because Russell T Davies essentially ruined the character*. He sent Donna on an amazing journey, where she learned and grew and became awesome, and reset her to her old self. Why did all her memories have to be taken? Why not just block off the memories pertaining to the metacrisis, since those were the ones causing the problems? The whole thing was cruel and unnecessary, and it makes her journey mean nothing. I think I would have preferred that Donna died, because her death could have had meaning. I know he was going for tragic, here, but this wasn't tragic. This was just a waste.

I can't even watch Journey's End, because it makes me so angry, and I sometimes have a hard time watching the rest of Series 4, because I know what's coming.


The Rest of the Meme... )



*He didn't exactly do wonders for the Doctor here, either. There's something a bit squicky about the Doctor forcing his way into another person's mind, while she begs him not to. That he's doing it to save Donna's life doesn't make it any better.


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Day 08 – A Who-Related Photo That Makes You Happy






I know, I know, a picture of the Blitz isn't supposed to make someone happy. But [livejournal.com profile] othellia must have been reading my mind, because I saw The Empty Child a little while ago, and it occurred to me that Eleven was probably hanging out with Amy and Churchill right around the same time. And hey, Jack's probably there a bunch of times, too. I'm so glad I'm not the only one who thought this!

This picture is currently my desktop background, because it's so well conceived. Go check out the original.


Moar Meme... )







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Day 07 – Your Favorite Piece of Music



I thought about choosing something from Series Fnarg, because the music has been so good, especially now that it's not played at full blast anymore. Amy's Theme in particular is really wonderful. I thought about Martha's Theme, or A Noble Girl About Town, but I think the one that I listen to the most is probably this one:

Madame de Pompadour



I love it because it's haunting and sad, and because it breaks my heart just a little every time I hear it. I love the little music-box thing at the end. And I love that it brings me right back to this gorgeous episode, with the courageous courtesan and her Fireplace Man, which was the episode that made me fall in love with Doctor Who.


More meme this way! )


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Day 06 – Whatever Tickles Your Fancy

I came across this a while back, and it is so weird and wonderful I couldn't not post it. Enjoy!




(BTW, yes, that is Colin Baker. I KNOW, RIGHT? So awesome.)


The rest of the meme... )

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Day 05 – Your Favorite Companion

Kameleon.



Hahahaha! NO.

My favourite companions (yes, again, there are more than one) are Romana, Donna Noble, Martha Jones, Amy Pond and Kameleon Ace. They  aren't afraid to give the Doctor a hard time when he needs it (which is often), and they pull his ass out of the fire more than once. They rein the Doctor in when he gets too crazy, and he would be utterly lost without them.

The other days... )
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I skipped yesterday, because I felt crappy. But that means today you get a double post, so quit your whinging.

Day 03 – Your Favorite New Series Episode

Again, so many to choose from! I think before Series Fnarg, I would have said either The Girl in the Fireplace, Blink, or Midnight. But now that the latest series has ended, I think I can safely say that my favourite episode is Vincent and the Doctor.

Like Amy, I have always had a bit of a soft spot for Vincent Van Gogh. His story is so heartbreaking, and his life was so tragic, yet he managed to create some of the most iconic paintings of all time. Just about everyone is familiar with his work. I myself have a print of Starry Night hanging in my living room.

So to see his character brought to life in a way that treats him with respect, without treating his mental illness lightly, is always a wonderful thing to see. Yes, they had to Who it up a bit, because there has to be a hook of some kind to draw the Doctor in, but the monster was really secondary to the story.




Day 04 – Your Favorite Doctor(s)


I love all the Doctors. Yes, even Six, who doesn't get enough love. But I think I would choose Four, Nine, Ten and Eleven.

Yes, I know it's cheating to pick all the new series Doctors and the most popular Doctor of all time. But I can't help it. Four is My Doctor, because he's really the first Doctor I remember watching. For most North Americans, he's the first Doctor we ever saw, and we imprinted on him like baby ducks. Even when Doctor Who was barely a blip on my radar, I could instantly recognize Tom Baker's Doctor. Tom Baker (and his scarf) will always symbolize Doctor Who for me. I love his energy, his delivery, his big grin and his alienness. I love that he played even serious scenes for a laugh sometimes, because I think it's what the Doctor would do. His Doctor wasn't human, and he didn't react the way humans would.

Nine was the first New Series Doctor, and he brought something new to the role. He has a vulnerability that the others didn't have, because of the Time War. I am not always thrilled that Rusty killed off the Time Lords, but it did give Christopher Eccleston a chance to act all broody in black leather, which totally worked for him. You get the sense that he wants to be happy and fun-loving, but he can't because he's so damaged. So he pretends anyway. And it gives him a sort of manic energy. Nine is all kinds of messed up. It was a new direction for the Doctor. I am sad that Eccleston only did one season, but at the same time, I don't think more than one season of broody angsty Doctor would have worked out.

David Tennant's Doctor is more relaxed. He has shed most (but not all) of the Time War Angst, and he seems to be more about the happy fun tiems of time travel. Ten is unpredictable. One minute, he's a ferret on a caffeine high, bouncing from one interesting thing to another, and the next minute he's the Oncoming Storm, bringing the smackdown to people who dare do the wrong thing. He has the Angst, just like Nine, but he tends to hide it better, until it all comes boiling out. David Tennant is such a great actor, and he can turn on an emotional dime. One of the great things about Ten is you can tell David Tennant just loves playing him. Tennant is One Of Us, a geek and a Doctor Who fan. Plus, he's pretty easy on the eyes, isn't he?

And then there's Eleven. Like a lot of people, I was initially skeptical when Matt Smith was announced as the Eleventh Doctor. He was only 26. But Steven Moffat's no dummy. He's One Of Us, too, and he wouldn't pick just anybody to play the role of the Doctor. If he saw something in this weird-looking young guy that said "Doctor" to him, I was willing to give Smith a chance. And I am so very glad I did. Matt Smith is amazing as the Doctor. He's quirky and odd, with tons of energy, but he has the gravitas and demeanor of an old man. He had me convinced that he was a thousand years old right from the get-go. (Yes, I said a thousand. The Doctor clearly lies about his age.) Matt Smith brings something back to the character of the Doctor that I didn't even realize was missing until he showed up: Joy. The driving force in Eleven's life is no longer angst. It's sheer, wondrous joy. You got that sense from the first time he bounds up the ramp to the TARDIS console. He loves his life, he loves traveling, and he loves getting into trouble (even if he denies it). Matt Smith's Eleven is quickly becoming my favourite Doctor. I hope he sticks around for a long time.

Plus, he makes tweed and bow ties sexy

The rest of the days... )

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Genesis of the Daleks


What's not to love? It has Daleks, Davros, the Doctor being faced with a terrible moral decision (which eventually sparks the Time War), Sarah Jane being all awesome and climbing a giant tower, wonderful lines like this:

The Doctor: Excuse me, can you help me? I'm a spy.


And the best thing ever: HARRY GETTING HIS FOOT STUCK IN A GIANT CLAM!



Seriously, Character Options, you have to make a Harry Sullivan and Giant Clam set. I would pay real money for it.


And then, there's this:


The rest of the days... )
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...I probably would, too. As long as it wasn't a high bridge. I am scared of heights.

Half my flist is doing this meme, and I thought, well, I like memes. Why not? So here we go.

The 30 Days of Who Meme


Day 01 - Your Favorite Quote


As if I could limit it to just one. There are so many good ones! I'll try to limit myself to just a few.
 

Think about me when you're living your life one day after another, all in a neat pattern. Think about the homeless traveller in his old police box, his days like crazy paving.
--The Seventh Doctor, Dragonfire
 
When you're a kid, they tell you it's all ... grow up. Get a job. Get married. Get a house. Have a kid, and that's it. But the truth is, the world is so much stranger than that. It's so much darker. And so much madder. And so much better.
--Elton Pope,
Love and Monsters

Who has a sonic screwdriver? Who looks at a screwdriver and thinks, "Ooo, this could be a little more sonic?"
-- Captain Jack Harkness, The Doctor Dances

People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually, from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, it's more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly... timey-wimey... stuff.
--The Tenth Doctor, Blink

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IF YOU COMMENT ON THIS JOURNAL ENTRY, I SHALL...
1. Respond with something random about you.
2. Tell you which color you remind me of.
3. Tell you my first memory of you.
4. Tell you what animal you remind me of.
5. Ask you something I've always wondered about you.
6. Tell you my favorite thing about you.
7. Tell you my least favorite thing about you.
8. Challenge you to post this on your journal

Meeeeems!!

Dec. 29th, 2009 02:32 pm
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Memeage from [info]deadflowerss:

To celebrate and commemorate the tenth Doctor's tenure,post your favourite quote in your livejournal.


 

"When you're a kid, they tell you it's all 'Grow up. Get a job. Get married. Get a house. Have a kid, and that's it.' But the truth is, the world is so much stranger than that. It's so much darker. And so much madder. And so much better."

Elton Pope, <i>Love and Monsters</i>


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From [livejournal.com profile] shaxophile, the "Resistance is futile" meme: You leave a comment saying, "Resistance is futile."
  • I respond by asking you five questions to satisfy my curiosity.
  • You update your journal with the answers to my questions.
  • You include this explanation in your post, and offer to ask other people questions.
What's your Halloween costume this year?

Well, that one's easy:



I'm the one in blue who isn't Spock.

We were so awesome, we were finalists in the costume contest! (Alas, we did not win-- a haunted tree from The Wizard of Oz did.)

Describe your ideal Doctor Who companion.

Donna Noble. Donna had it all. She was fun, funny and smart. She had the Doctor's back, and was a true friend. She was brave, and was capable of making good decisions. She didn't take the Doctor too seriously, and knew when to take him down a peg or two. She loved him, but wasn't in love with him. She showed true character growth-- she went from screechy and ignorant to curious about the world, and she became the most important woman in the universe. She overcame many of her insecurities, and became a better person. The Doctor was her catalyst for change, but the potential was always there. I like to think that even without her memories, she's living up to that potential.

Donna is a tough act to follow. Amy Pond has her work cut out for her.

What's your favourite fandom, and why?

I love Doctor Who fandom, but I was born a Trekkie, and it will always be my first love.

I got involved in fandom when I was 17 because of Star Trek, and I love how the new movie has created a whole new generation of Trekkies. I'm a member of [livejournal.com profile] ontd_startrek , and I think most of the members of that comm came into the fandom because of the film. But the movie was a gateway for them-- through it, they're discovering and loving TOS, the delightful 80s-ocity of The Next Generation, Sisko's awesomeness on DS9 and even Voyager and Enterprise. They love Shatner, and think 60s Nimoy was sex on legs. I love that Star Trek is cool again. Take that, bitches from high school! You thought Trek was just for losers? The President of the United States is one of us!

Last night, when my friends and I were at the bar in our groovy 60s Trek costumes, we had people giving us the Vulcan salute all over the place. People loved our little landing party!

Desert island. One book. (And it's not The Inflatable Book of Edible Plants.)

Oh damn, because that was first on my list.

I guess it would have to be my giant copy of The Yale Shakespeare. It contains the complete works of Shakespeare, plus a bunch of essays. I'm not just saying "Shakespeare" to sound smart. The book will have practical uses. I could spend years reading it, and never finish. Plus, it's really big. I could use it as a lean-to, as a weapon to fend of ferocious animals, or even a raft to get off the desert island.

What's your favourite part of living in Quebec?

Quebec City has an undefinable quality I've never experienced in Montreal or Winnipeg or Edmonton. When we first moved here, we lived in a 350-year-old house, in the heart of the old city. Every day, I walked through an area steeped in history. You couldn't turn a corner without coming across some historical site. This city is also full of nature. I currently live off of Grande Allée, one of the main streets in my part of town. It runs from the walls of the old city along the Plains of Abraham, and it's lined with big old trees. This city is full of trees and nature, more so than any other place I've ever lived in. The pace of life is slower here-- traffic is minimal, unlike in Montreal where gridlock could last hours. Crime is low, and it's just a nice place to live.


Your turn. Post "Resistance is Futile" in the comments, and I'll ask you questions!


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Grapes of Wrath, Dubbie!


When you see this, post a random quirky Middleman exclamation in your lj. Thanks [livejournal.com profile] biichan !

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I am ganking this from a another forum I hang out on.

Stephen Fry wrote a letter to his 16-year old self
, and one of the forum members asked what we would write to ourselves, if we had the chance. Here is my response. I've polished things up a bit, and added one or two things that I thought of later, because I originally wrote it at one in the morning.

Dear 16-Year-Old Me )
 
What would you write to yourself? What advice do you wish someone had given 16-year-old you?

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...and I'm cheating and doing a meme, which I stole from [livejournal.com profile] calapine .

But it's a meme about books! )
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You are Sneakers!
You're an active girl, who's all about function
You dress for the occasion - comfort comes first
Your perfect guy? Someone who can keep up with you.
You'll find him - but you might have to slow down to see him!
Is anyone surprised?
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Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] nonelvis and [livejournal.com profile] magicallaw for this:



Does this holo-whip make me look fat?

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