tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (prepare for awesomeness)
David Tennant and Billie Piper will be in the 50th anniversary special of Doctor Who!

This is actual news from the real BBC and it's not April 1st.  This is real.

TEN (or 10.2) and ROSE!!!!!!!!  In a new episode!  Airing this November!  I'm stuck in exclamation point mode because I'm just that excited!!!!!!!

Please don't fuck this up, Moffat.

Rather than just retyping DAVID TENNANT AND BILLIE PIPER over and over in increasingly large and bold type, here is a selection of gifs to attempt to convey my joy.

gifspam cut to spare your flist )
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (in want of a companion)
For anyone else who feels that new friends are a good thing, especially since LJ has been a little quiet lately, I direct you to the Doctor Who friending meme that [livejournal.com profile] eve11 is currently hosting. 

tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (amy/rory)
That was better than a lot of recent episodes written by Moffat, but it still had some problems.  I give it one thumb mostly up.


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Spoilers for 7x05 )
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (amy floating hair)

I haven't yet seen 7x05, but I have thoughts about Doctor Who series 7 so far!  I'm enjoying it more than S6, although Moffat's episode was my least favorite by far.


Asylum of the Daleks )


Dinosaurs on a Spaceship )


A Town Called Mercy )


The Power of Three )
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (prepare for awesomeness)
This post exists to link to some things that have been linked a ton of other places, but they are so worth seeing that I want to do my part to ensure that the entire internet sees them. 

First, the latest post on Hyperbole and a Half, Adventures in Depression, is insightful and sad in addition to having the usual Hyperbole and a Half humor.  Large parts rang so true it felt like the blog had been posted from inside my head. 

Next, on a happier note, the two greatest things on YouTube, at least if you are a Doctor Who fan. If you haven't seen them yet, prepare to squee:





WHO WANTS TO JOIN ME FOR A FANDOM GROUP HUG NOW? 

I love how David Tennant just looks so excited to be doing the goofy marching dance in every single shot of the 500 Miles video.
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (formalwear 11/amy/rory)
There were a lot of things I liked about "The Wedding of River Song" and some things I loved, and overall I enjoyed it.  However, I don't feel that it managed to salvage some of the messy, frustrating plot arcs of S6 as a whole, and it didn't speak to me emotionally as strongly as previous New Who finales. 

spoilers! )
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (doctorrealizedjackcouldshowup)
I am somewhat baffled by the almost universally positive reviews I'm seeing for "Closing Time" so far, because I wasn't a fan. 

Spoilers for Doctor Who 6x12 )
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (epic hug 10/rose satan pit)
After yesterday's Doctor Who made me think of The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit, I stayed up far too late rewatching them.  I'd forgotten how utterly fantastic those episodes are.  (BTW, there's no deep meta thoughts here, just me gushing a bit. ) The guest characters are all real people I care about (especially Ida and the captain).  The building atmosphere of menace works really well.  The combination of the gritty sanctuary base and the ominous beauty of the black hole is visually impressive.  The music is some of my favorite from all of Doctor Who.  If it comes up on my itunes, I'm instantly back there, staring up at the black hole and contemplating the horrors of ancient evil and mortgages. 

And of course, there's Ten and Rose.  I love them so much.  Tennant is great in both his quiet moments of contemplating a life without his TARDIS and his grandiose shouting at Satan.  The seeds of crazypants!Ten are there in his urge to fall at the pit, but it makes perfect sense in context.  Rose is great when she tries to make friends with the Ood, and even more magnificent when she starts ordering around all the personnel on the base to make sure they survive and find the Doctor.  "Oh, she knows" is a lousy substitute for saying something, but she does know, and anyone with eyes and/or ears knows as well. 

Yeah, the plot of Satan in a hole is kind of overblown, and I caught two incidents of screams audible in a vacuum (science fail!), but this is Doctor Who we're talking about.  None of that distracts from the joy of watching characters I adore face down danger and come through.

In summary, dvd technology is great.  Doctor Who goes on, and I love getting fresh adventures (even those weeks it makes me shout at the screen), but I am so grateful to be able to revisit the era of the show that had an unmatched pull on my heart:  the Doctor and Rose Tyler, stuff of legends.
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (amy/rory)
I decided to post about "The God Complex," then realized that  I never posted about "The Girl Who Waited."  I'll cover TGWW briefly first, then move on the the latest episode.

The Girl Who Waited )

The God Complex )
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (doctorrealizedjackcouldshowup)
Well, that was certainly an episode of Steven Moffat's Doctor Who.

Spoilers! )
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (happy traveling 11 & amy)
RIght now, I'm bursting with anticipation about two big things:  Doctor Who and Dragon*Con! -Doctor Who:  I'm excited!  I feel like S6 has been an uneven mix of some really amazing episodes and some true duds, but I'm hoping Moff & co. have been saving lots of good ones for the end.  There are still heaps of unanswered questions that I'm hoping to learn more about.  I've been carefully avoiding all spoilers, but I do have a batshit theory that I fully expect not to be true.

Bizare baseless speculation time! )

Meanwhile, Dragon*Con in less than a week!  They've announced that there will be a showing of that week's Doctor Who episode in a big ballroom so we can all squee together.  SO EXCITED.  As usual, I've procrastinated my amateurish attempts at costuming.  There may be a second post about that later.

Edit:  this is the first time I've posted since the latest LJ "upgrade."  This cut wizard thing is making my life difficult.  Also, I go to edit a few words and all of a sudden my entry became a giant block of text.  WTF?
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (bad wolf)
I have a Doctor Who thought question for you! Over in Sherlock fandom I've read a number of excellent fics fusing the world of Sherlock with the His Dark Materials book trilogy, giving all the characters daemons*. I started wondering how such a fusion would work in the Doctor Who universe. Specifically, would Time Lord daemons be like human daemons? Please note that this is purely a speculative exercise; I have no plans for writing DW/HDM crossover fic (though I'd happily read any that's already out there...)[Poll #1752951]Feel free to use the comments to speculate further on this topic and/or suggest daemons for Doctor Who or Torchwood characters.

*A very quick primer for those who haven't read Phillip Pullman's excellent His Dark Materials Trilogy:  in this alternate universe fantasy, each person has a daemon, which is essentially an external manifestation of his/her soul.  Daemons take the shapes of animals.  During childhood they may shapeshift freely, then at adolescence they settle on a form that remains for the rest of the person's life.  Daemons have real physical form and may touch their own humans, inanimate objects, or other daemons, but touching another person's daemon is a deep cross-cultural taboo.
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (vastra/jenny)
I have decided that the news about Doctor Who having a shortened series in 2012 only makes sense if Moffat needs to free up budget and writing time for the development of a Madame Vastra/Jenny spinoff series.  All other possibilities are madness.  (Or at least depressing.)  Victorian interspecies lesbians who fight crime can make even this sour news palatable. 

After the tragic passing of Elisabeth Sladen, the Whoniverse is down a children's show.  My concept is that Vastra and Jenny start employing a pack of rascally but adorable street urchins, Baker Street Irregular style.  Eventually they adopt the core group of urchins and become a crime-fighting family that happens to be headed by two mommies, one of whom is a lizard.  It will be the best show ever.

Meanwhile, you must watch this if you're one of the few people on the Internet who hasn't seen the Grand Rapids Lip Dub, a video wherein the people of Grand Rapids, Michigan responded to being labelled a "dying city" by Newsweek by creating a giant, highly-choreographed lip-synch video to "American Pie."  It's got a pillow fight, dancing in the streets, a wedding, kayakers, and more cool stuff I don't want to spoil.  It's also quite moving.  With the shitty economy and general messed-up state of the world I think we all feel a bit like a generation lost in space, so this celebration of life despite the supposed death of the music (or Grand Rapids, or the world we thought we knew) is really resonant. 

tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (oncoming storm nine)
There has been some debate this season about the morality of some of Eleven's actions this series and to what degree the Doctor does or should tolerate violence.  Personally, I imprinted on Nine, who would sometimes cause the baddies' deaths and even threatened to use a gun (and didn't bother Jack about his gun use quite as much as Ten did), but he hated it and generally found some other way.  He ultimately declared that he'd chose to be a coward, not a killer, every time. 

However, to add to this discussion, I bring you a video of classic Doctors shooting stuff/aliens/etc. set to gangsta rap. (Lyrics NSFW)


(found via io9)
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (pond rory pond)
I don't know if I'd call that a bad episode, but it wasn't as good as it could (and probably should) have been.   Color me mildly disappointed.  (What color is disappointed anyway?) 
My thoughts on The Almost People, rambling and full of SPOILERS )
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (tardis & 11 <3)
Tonight, there was Doctor Who on a pirate ship.  To repurpose Benjamin Franklin's comment about beer, this is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy*.  Mind you, it wasn't a terribly good episode in most ways, but I'm not going to let a little thing like that get in the way of my enjoyment.

*Note:  Moffat is very much not God, though when he okayed a pirate episode he might have shared the loving us and wanting us to be happy.  For now.

Avast! Here be spoilers and abuse of capslock! )

-NEXT WEEK IS NEIL TIME.  THERE IS NOT ENOUGH CAPSLOCK IN THE WORLD TO EXPRESS MY EXCITEMENT.
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (formalwear 11/amy/rory)
So, new Doctor Who happened.  I'm late to the reaction post party, but I'm here now and wearing my party hat.  (Party hats are cool.)

major spoilers for 6.01, The Impossible Astronaut )
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (formalwear 11/amy/rory)
I need to do a RL update at some point, but here is a short mostly-fandom post instead.

-I've started watching Fringe!  I'm only at 1X11, "Bound," so please no spoilers in the comments!  I'm enjoying it a great deal, primarily because Olivia Dunham is a grade-A BAMF.  I adore all the emotions going across her face, her dedication, her resourcefulness, that rare but lovely smile, and in general everything about her.  After so much time spent primarily paying attention to fandoms with male leads, it's SO refreshing to watch a show with a female lead that passes the Bechdel test in most episodes.  The plot seems to be getting better as it goes along, and I've heard that it gets better yet.  I really hope the future includes more Astrid, for she is awesome and deserves more to do than being a gopher.  Also, the credits feel like a lame rip-off of the X-Files credits, but whatever.  Olivia Dunham is way more important than credits.

-Less than a month until Doctor Who!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  (Yes, this news totally called for that many exclamation points.  Maybe more.)  I'm excited.  I've been trying to avoid spoilers like the plague, though I did watch the trailer.  It looks awesome, but I think I like the "1911 version" with ragtime music and grainy b&w footage even better.

trailer under the cut for the spoiler-phobic )
-I have a random desire to read some Merlin fic.  (By "random," I mean that I had Vienna Teng's "Harbor" stuck in my head, which made me think of [livejournal.com profile] kaydeefalls 's Gwen-centric vid to that song, which made me think of Merlin.)  Anyone got recs?  I prefer things the canon setting to modern AUs, though AUs relating to events are fine.  Encouraged, even, since canon in that show is frequently so unsatisfactory.  Any genre, any ship (other than fics that portray incest as a sexy thing...fics dealing with myth!canon messed-up Arthur/Morgana or fics written before we learned certain familial relationships are fine).  Female characters being awesome, fics giving S2 or S3 Morgana character development the canon never allowed her, and stories where the magic feels, well, magical are especially encouraged.

-On Saturday I went to a city-wide yardsale a nearby town was having where they encouraged lots of people to have a yard sale on the same day.  I meant to get some useful household stuff like an end table, a rug, wall-mounted hooks, maybe some kitchen things.  Instead I bought three books, a game of pictionary, a pair of shoes, and a Haagen Dasz bar (from an ice cream truck).  Oops. 

-Doctor Who!  April 23rd!  It's exciting enough to say again!
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (ten/jack darkness+confetti)
Title:  Mercy of the Fallen (4/4)
Author:  TARDIS_stowaway
Rating:
  Teen
Characters/Pairings:
this chapter Jack/Ten, other chapters Jack/Nine and Jack/original character
Spoilers:
  Through Children of Earth and The Waters of Mars.
Warnings:
  Cursing, story as a whole contains descriptions of violence
Disclaimer: 
Not mine, no profit here.  Do I look like the BBC?

Summary:   If wishes were horses, this spaceship would be even more crowded and smelly. Trying to escape his past, Jack instead comes face to face with it in the form of the Doctor, on the run from his own recent tragedies.
Author's notes:  I could hire a choir of Ood to sing my thanks to my wonderful beta, [livejournal.com profile] wendymr . Thanks also to all the people who have been commenting; you brighten my day.

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Chapter 4 )
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (nine come with me)
Title:  Mercy of the Fallen (3/4)
Author:  TARDIS_stowaway
Rating:
  Teen
Characters/Pairings:
Jack/Nine, Jack/Ten, Jack/original character
Spoilers:
  Through Children of Earth and The Waters of Mars.
Warnings:
  None other than angst in this chapter, story as a whole contains descriptions of violence, cursing
Disclaimer: 
Not mine, no profit here.  Do I look like the BBC?
Summary:   If wishes were horses, this spaceship would be even more crowded and smelly. Trying to escape his past, Jack instead comes face to face with it in the form of the Doctor, on the run from his own recent tragedies.
Author's notes:  Huge thanks to my ever-helpful beta reader, the fantastic [livejournal.com profile] wendymr.

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Chapter 3 under the cut )

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