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Sunday, April 12th, 2009
9:15 am - Planet of the Dead (spoilers)
I've had time to sleep on it, but not watched it again, so these are like reflective first impressions. Bit long winded, sorry.

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Also two episodes out of three of Red Dwarf and I still don't know what I think. I miss the laughter track, that much I know, but otherwise... I'll have to see how tonight's episode wraps it up.

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Sunday, March 8th, 2009
2:00 pm - And did I mention the invisible wings?
The Scarifyers

The Scarifyers, a supernatural/comedy radio play starring Nicholas Courtney (DW's Brigadier) and Terry Molloy (DW's Davros - well, one of them), and frankly knowing that much was enough to make me want to listen. And I have very much enjoyed the 3 stories that make up the series so far.

The Scarifyers for some reason doesn't seem to get much love, possibly because it's too small for a fandom in it's own right and people in Who fandom who might enjoy it may not have ever heard of it, what with it not being from Big Finish. It's from the wonderfully named Cosmic Hobo Productions and their website is here, and Radio 7 are playing the third right now (but sadly the first part has been and gone already.)

But it really does deserve some love and attention because it's very very good.

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Friday, March 6th, 2009
8:25 pm
Was lucky enough to get out of work early and was home before 2pm this afternoon. Sadly I got home only to fall asleep on the sofa and effectively waste the extra couple of hours. It was a bit of a kittycat moment really, the sun was coming in and I was warm and cosy and zonk. And that was that.

Then when I woke up I found that I couldn't get ITV4 on the TV for some reason (it's fixed now, I assume there was a transmission problem) and had to watch Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) on the ITV livestreaming site, which is YouTube quality picture-wise and appalling for sound, both out of sync and oddly distorted. I'm rather fond of ITV4 and it's selection of old fantasy stuff though; R&H(D), The Champions, UFO, Space:1999, these (along with Who, The Avengers and probably other stuff I'm forgetting ATM) are the shows I grew up watching because my Dad basically took issue with current, ie 1980/90s, programming for some reason and welcomed the VHS revolution with open arms. Just went off to Amazon and bought the Sapphire and Steel boxset too, it will be interesting to see if it freaks me out in adulthood as much as it did when I was a kid.

As for TV that was actually created in my lifetime, there's new Red Dwarf for Easter! I can't believe I didn't know about this until now. I admit I enjoyed the Kochanski eps less than the earlier ones, and don't really recall the final series at all - I should probably do something about that - but I'm excited by this news.

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Tuesday, January 27th, 2009
12:47 pm - Convention!
Yesterday I got back from the Pegasus 4 (Stargate Atlantis) convention and I am still shattered! Fell asleep on the train, then fell asleep on the sofa but I should be ready for work tomorrow.

I had such a good time this weekend, everything seemed to go pretty smoothly and I'm just really glad to have gone. So thank you to crippsy_99 , majorkennedy , Sah and Nikki (whose name i have probably spelt wrong) especially. Also the woman on the Big Finish stall for the Doctor Who audio discussion, and for listening to me asking about an Eight/Lucie boxset because I maintain that it would be a good idea, and the woman in the photoshoot queue for keeping me company. I love that everyone is friendly at these things! Now all I have to do is find a way to remember all the steps to the con dances until next time - and maybe get rather rather fitter too.

No photos because I forgot my camera <insert insult to my camera and ability to take photos to start with here> but here is my group pic, with me looking deeply uncomfortable - this is due to having a camera pointed at me rather than because I actually was uncomfortable. I also look eighty-seven shades whiter than the guests, damn winter in England.

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Will now have to keep my eyes peeled for other people's party/hanging about/talk photos and steal them as necessary, LOL.

Oh, and if anyone knows of an Idiots Guide to Facebook, please let me know, because I find LJ quite taxing enough and Facebook makes no sense.

In other news, my job is not only safe, I have an assistant who is very nice and even feigned interest in my impending departure for the con despite clearly never having heard of a) Atlantis or b) conventions before. Work is hell though, in order to keep afloat we've basically had to take on a helluva lot more work which makes every single day thoroughly exhausting - and this is coming from someone who was off two and half weeks over Christmas, three days sick after new year (legitimately!!!) and has been off since Thursday for the con. I feel exceedingly sorry for the new girl, though obviously not enough to really do anything about it.

And finally, I've been nominated for two fics at the CoT awards. I don't know who did it (and frankly I'm pretty darn surprised) but, if you happen to read this mysterious person or persons, then thank you. I appreciate it.

Now I better start to sort out my suitcase...

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Sunday, November 30th, 2008
9:00 pm - Who's the new Doctor? Some babble by me.
Cut for rambly and out of date Doctor Who thoughtsCollapse )

Enormously looking forward to tomorrow's Sarah Jane Adventures. I am caught between major squee and the forlorn knowledge that all my fanon will abruptly be Jossed.

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Thursday, July 17th, 2008
10:34 pm


Has everyone seen this? ^^^^^^

New Joss Whedon stuff. Yay!

It has cheered me up no end after a day that was tolerably miserable right up to the last half hour when I snapped and said some stuff I regret and had to endure the sort of talking to that is worse for being deserved. Then I walked home in the rain in a very self indulgent manner. But there's nothing like a good supervillain musical to distract me!

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Sunday, July 13th, 2008
6:03 pm - Classic Who: Spearhead from Space
So far I have mostly completely wasted this weekend. I feel I should probably feel more guilty about this, but I just don't. I have lolled around, eaten a large bar of chocolate and drunk many cups of tea.

I have also watched Spearhead from SpaceCollapse )

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Saturday, July 5th, 2008
8:42 pm - Reaction post: 4.13 Journey's End
Doctor Who, spoilers, obviouslyCollapse )

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Friday, July 4th, 2008
6:05 pm
Having received a text from my Mum this morning to let me know that there's a Doctor Who article in today's Daily Mail, I have just looked at their website to see what they have to say.

There are no spoliers for UK viewers but anyone who's not seen 4.12 should give it a miss.

Here

I have been forced to write a reply to the article which get's pre-modded so might well never show up, but seriously, a 'life long fan' wrote this, did they?

My reply went as follows:


It would be nice to have had a journalist who has actually done more than the most cursory bit of googling to write their article.
The show is called Doctor Who, the character is The Doctor.
Davison didn't wear a stripy blazer, Tom Baker is counted by many as the most popular Doctor and as such could hardly be said to have been 'undone' by his silly scarves. I cannot imagine why you've called Colin Baker bland, but at least you have his name spelt right. It's Christopher Eccleston, not Ecclestone. Also, what exactly has *air travel* got to do with anything, this is Doctor Who, not Mile High.
Unnecessarily personal stab at RTD too, and as he's the same man who wrote the nice manly muscular ninth Doctor you so adore, I don't see why you blame him for Tennant's script?
I'm not sure what the point of this article is. You spoilery bitCollapse ) Hmm. Insightful. Thanks.


Which is possibly OTT, but it annoyed me. Yes, I know it's a TV show and not truly important, but if you're going to get paid to write an article you should at least research it a little.

Everyone and their dog seems to try to out themselves as a life long Doctor Who fan now that it has a bit of popularity.

So, my credentials, to be mocked, dismissed or whatever. This is where I come from in Whodom.
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The chances that random journo/TV critic is really a fan is probably 50/50 at best. I don't actually care. I wouldn't object to a review/puff piece saying, 'you know, I don't really like the show that much so I've challenged myself to talk to real fans and discover what makes them enjoy it.'

But one more piece saying 'oh I hid behind the sofa because I was so scared, but weren't the sets wobbly and didn't all the Doctor Whos have silly costumes and I love the Daleks best of all because you just have to run up the stairs to defeat them. Gosh, aren't I cool and derisive all at the same time. I appeal to everyone now!' and I might scream.

Not everyone has to like everything (though obviously if you don't like Who you are bad and wrong), the world would be dull if everyone was the same. But just a leeetle respect guys please. I don't go round taking the piss out of your favourite shows. Unless your fav is Big Brother when, yes, hands up, I totally do.

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Saturday, June 28th, 2008
8:35 pm - Reaction post: 4.12 The Stolen Earth
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12:22 pm - Fic: Freedom (Delgado!Master/Omega)
Title: Freedom
Pairing: Delgado!Master/Omega
Rating: PG
Word count: 930
Summary: Before Omega kidnapped the Doctor, he encounted a different Time Lord.
Notes: The prompt from the_randomiser was 'The Master(Delgado)/Omega/Sunset'. Cross-posted to whoniverse1000


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Wednesday, June 25th, 2008
8:36 pm - Big Read Meme
The Big Read thinks the average adult has only read six of the top 100 books they've printed below.

01. Look at the list and bold those you have read.
02. Italicise those you intend to read
03. Underline the books you LOVE.
04. Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've only read 6 and force books upon them.

As taken from dozydormouse, strikethrough means tried to read and gave up.

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Only twenty-four read and frankly there are a few that I wouldn't have chosen for myself but was forced to read at school. Also, I don't understand why Narnia and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe count separately...? But as I usually live in the sci-fi/fantasy section and spend too much time on TV tie-ins, and I am quite slow (it usually takes at least a week to read a book and that's if I apply myself wholeheartedly to the task), I'm rather impressed I've read even that many.

I have only underlined one book* because whilst there are several books that I truly enjoyed reading and are very good I didn't really LOVE (in capitals!) them. There are books there that I found compelling, or got quite emotionally invested in, or had characters or plots that've stayed with me, but I find it hard to associate the term LOVE with them.

*The Secret Garden. I can't for the life of me remember why I had this book, I suspect my Mum chose it for me, but I read it one day one summer in a plastic tent in the garden when I was probably about ten. It reminds me of a really lovely time in my childhood and I hate all adaptations of it on the principle that Mary doesn't look like that and the garden certainly doesn't look like *that*.

On the subject of books, Doctor Who: Fear Itself and John Wyndham's The Kraken Wakes both arrived today (as did a Buffy Comic's omnibus, which I suppose is technically a book too), and Gregory has infomed me that should he ever get around to sending me my birthday present it consists of 6 books. Goodness knows what, but I did make Hitch Hikers' Guide noises at him last month (I have read the first two books in the series but not the rest). So my To Read pile is now huge and I should get off the computer and get on with it. Except, you know, I'm being distracted by the internet.

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Sunday, June 22nd, 2008
6:24 pm - I have committed fic! And no one is more amazed than me.
Title: Scarcely Bears Thinking About
Fandom: Doctor Who
Rating: G
Characters: Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Sarah Jane Smith, Jack Harkness
Spoilers: 4.11 Turn Left, also Planet of the Spiders.
Words: 1,918
Summary: We’ve seen Donna’s side of the story, but how did things happen for the Doctor’s other friends?
A/N: One scene and very talky. I haven’t managed a written-on-the-day-after-airing fic in years so I’m quite proud of this, even though it’s not the most action packed story in the world.
Also, the title obviously comes from the Master’s comment in The Five Doctors: A cosmos without the Doctor scarcely bears thinking about.
Disclaimer: All belongs to the BBC, I own nothing.

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Saturday, June 21st, 2008
10:01 pm - Doctor Who 'Turn Left' Reaction Stuff. Spoilers!!
I've never really done a proper reaction post to an episode, but there's no Casualty and it was a good episode.

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Wednesday, June 4th, 2008
7:52 pm
Argos haven't bloody shown up. I just phoned their customer service dept and they apparently came at 3.10 but 'couldn't gain access to the property'. Which is interesting as I have been sat here remarkably bored - there's something about knowing you can't go out that makes staying in less enjoyable - all day! My door bell is six times louder than any noise has a right to be, if they'd rung I would have heard. I have a sneaking suspicion that they've done what the idiots from Currys did and tried to knock on downstairs' back door, except the idiots from curry did so in a loud and obnoxious enough manner that I saw them out the window and directed them to come round the front to the right road. I blame sat navs. People don't bother doing things like looking at the name of the road or, apparently, the house number if they've got a computer giving them orders.

So they're coming tomorrow, at some point, probably. I wonder if there's anyway to get Argos to pay me a days wages?

Anyway, I have at least done some long overdue tidying up, throwing out and generally sorting out long overdue things.

Then I faffed about screen capping Attack of the Graske for no reason other than seeing David Tennants range of mad Doctor expressions:

cut for gratuitous random and very large DT spammage. seriously, I was bored.Collapse )

And I've got my paints out and made a mess.

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8:34 am
Off work today, waiting on deliveries of furniture and stuff. Finally should have curatins for the living room, a new tv stand, bookcase and headboard. Sadly I was also up and about just as if I'd gone to work because between the two companies (Next and Argos) I have to wait from 8am to 8pm and I hate opening the door in my PJs. Now I just have to wait for the inevitable call from the delivery guys to say that I don't exist on their sat nav, and am I sure I know where I live?

Finally caught up with Battlestar Galactica, it would be nice if someone, just one person on that ship was a little bit happy, but I can't fault it for being compelling.

Last Saturday's Doctor Who proved once more that I have no critical capacity for Who at all. There were problems with it, notably the OMG Look, Catchphrase, it's a catchphrase, please repeat me in the playground!!1!!ELEVENTY!ONE!!; and a big fuss about spoilers which was a bit undermined by one of the biggest shock moments appearing on the last trailer. There was also a horrible flashback to Series 2's Inappropriate Joke from the Awful Episode, well there was for me anyway. And is making a library scary to children really sensible? I think it would have been good to use the bowels of the TARDIS for this, and said as much to Gregory on the phone the next day and he gave me a half dozen reasons why that wouldn't work, but that's beside the point. I miss seeing TARDIS corridors. And the cloisters. And, where can I start a petition to get the Butterfly Room realised on screen?

But I still I enjoyed the hell out of it. Quite an embarrassing amount, actually.

My Mum is visiting this weekend (and so will be subjected to my Who-Squee on Saturday). I have to collect her from the station at something past eight on friday evening which is frankly later than I would have wanted but nevermind. She is staying til Monday (my birthday!) which means that this is the longest time we'll have spent in each others company for years. I was living in Stockport last time she stayed over which was 2003 or so. I think I crashed at hers once after that, but not much after.

She asked if I was looking forward to her staying and I admitted I was a little nervous. She got all put out and said 'but I'm your Mum!' which made me feel awful, but we're just not close anymore. I am concerned that an entire weekend is just too much. Fingers crossed it all goes well...

current mood: bored

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Thursday, May 29th, 2008
11:07 pm
So, for the last couple of weeks the guys at work have been going on about some brilliant, feel-good advert featuring a dancing Joe 90.

And all this time I have been imagining the Con Dance of Doom, boggling at the possibility that that's on telly, and assuming that they're all mad.

Now finally I have seen this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nATEqsvXl1k

1) It is brilliant and has cheered me up in a way that only a puppet dancing to crap 90's music can.

2) It is positively hilarious that they've totally missed the pun! Do they have no supermarionation distinguishing faculties!?!

Yes. I have a simple mind, easily pleased.

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Friday, May 23rd, 2008
11:10 am - Why the Doctor is the Doctor, and not the Master?
In response to a post on who_otp
here

Or, how I've accidentally convinced myself the Doc's a bit evil.Collapse )

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Tuesday, November 20th, 2007
12:07 pm
Quite an eventful weekend!

Friday I went with my boss to give blood, and got told that I am so far under the iron limit that they're sending a sample off for tests and I won't be able to donate again for at least four, maybe six months. I suppose I'm not suprised. I gave up my (vaguely) healthy eating as soon as the nights drew in and it got bitterly cold, and have been told that caffine hampers iron absorption so I have cut right back on my mammoth daily tea intake. On the plus side I was still allowed some custard creams even though I couldn't give blood. A silver lining to everything!

Saturday and I was off to Collectormania, which was amazingly quiet, but good to see Stephen, Alasdair, Laura, Stevie and Gem again - I've forgotten how to do the lj username thing. Met Jason Momoa and Torri Higginson who were both very nice, though Jason was a bit under the weather, but Torri was very chirpy, so much so that in the photoshoot she asked me about my t-shirt (it's in 'ancient') and as I was trying desperately to make a good smiley photoface the question threw me a bit. I sputtered and then said, oh so eloquently, "It's, I , it's... I can't talk and smile at the same time!" but the pic came out well in the end. Asked her about Weir returning to Atlantis, and she said she didn't know, but sci-fi was very forgiving and basically never say never. Also had actual converstations with Connor Trinneer and Dominic Keating, which makes up for the last several times meeting them when I've made a prat of myself. Dominic was saying about his Irish heritage and how he'd done the accent before in a play but never on TV, I asked if his character in Heroes would return and he said it was unlikely. He also said that he'd originally signed on for ten episodes but one of the other Irish actors had a row with someone in charge and suddenly they were all cut down to 4 eps. He also rather inelegantly plugged his film: "Go see Beowulf, I'm in it!" Went and asked Connor about Atlantis, he said that he's in back in series 4, and the way they leave the character means they'll have to have him back in series 5, assuming the writer's strike let's them shoot a series five. "He's evil" he said, looking rather pleased with himself.

Sunday I returned for a whole hour and a half just to see Peter Davison, who I sort of gabbled at in an excited 'You're the Doctor' kinda way. He was very plesant about it though. I wish I had my brain together enough to ask a question but three questions to guests on Sat, (four if you count "can I have a picture with you!" to Jason) is a personal best as it is. Went to the Doctor Who talk which was interesting, although, I think it was a bit thoughtless of people to keep asking about David Tennant. Most bizarre sight of the day has to be Katy Manning doing an impromptu Dalek impression, upside down and shaking her head.

Then I had to run back home to change for Farrah's wedding, which, in the end, we were massively early for as the groom's family turned up over an hour late. Still I'm very glad I went. Farrah looked stunning in red and gold, and Billy looked like a rabbit caught in the headlights, bless him! The oddest thing about the wedding was the cultural thing of the bride being expected to look sad (because she's leaving home) throughtout the whole thing. Especially as before the service she was practically bouncing with glee. Someone set off one of those party popper things as she was entering the room and everyone jumped and I could see her fighting down the urge to laugh, staring determinedly at the floor. Stupidly left my camera at home when I transferred stuff from my normal back to my girly one though, sometimes I really am an idiot.

Last ep of The Sarah Jane Adventures last night, no more Whoniverse 'til Christmas; this is the problem with the BBC now, they flood the tv screens with so much Who that poor sad addicts like me get used to it being there, then a series ends! At least there was no cliffhanger.

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Thursday, September 20th, 2007
3:49 pm
Had our Investors in People review report back yesterday and we passed again!!! Because it's Ramadan we can't have a full staff celebration, but the girls and I had some gorgeous chips (from the most miserable chip shop owner on Earth) to celebrate - any excuse to indulge ourselves! Although I still can't understand why I was teased mercilessly for laying chips out neatly in a barm cake (it ensures a standard chip to barm ratio, and what's wrong with that?)

Also because it's Ramadan we have hardly any patients in; such a large proportion of the local population being busy fasting. We also have council workmen destroying improving the outside of the terrace that it's putting off passing custom.

The problem with that is that it inevitably leads to internet shopping, four books, my train tickets to Milton Keynes and two photoshoot sessions later I realised just how much I have spent just siting here and have only just talked myself out of a new MP3 player. Another day like today and my resolve probably won't last though.

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