- The local comic book expo announced Nathan Fillion as the first guest for next year. He was here three years ago, but I'm not going to say no to more Nathan Fillion. :-) The expo claims he really liked it the last time he was here and has wanted to come back ever since. Now that he has all of this free time, he can certainly do the con circuit. Plus, he can go visit his family up in Edmonton once the con is over.

I kind of want to believe that this is a lead up to a Firefly reunion. 2017 is the 15th anniversary since the show premiered. I don't think many of the cast are working right now so it wouldn't be that hard to gather them all together for a weekend. I'm only short three more signatures for my Serenity comic! If I can get the rest in one fell swoop, I will be super happy.

- I checked out the first episode of the animated reconstruction of "The Power of the Daleks" and it's okay. I can't imagine watching the rest of the serial like this. Like, I don't mind the odd animated episode here and there, especially if it's filling out an incomplete serial, but if you're going to do the whole thing, you really need better animation. I know, the BBC budget for this isn't huge, but something a bit more smooth would have been nice. The movement of the characters feels a little stilted or jerky at times and other times they're just standing there, not doing much of anything. Oh well, just more incentive to find more missing episodes.

- I also checked out the first episode of The Grand Tour aka The Show That Isn't Top Gear But Is Totally Top Gear But Just With More Money. It's more of the same when Clarkson, May, and Hammond were hosting Top Gear, and that's just fine. I really only watched Top Gear for the fun and weird antics the guys got up to. I do miss The Stig, though. He mostly just drove cars around the track, but when they did allow him to do other things, like have him riding the Tube in a four way race across London, he was amusing to watch.

- They finally started casting for the new Star Trek series! Michelle Yeoh will be playing a starship captain. She won't be the captain of the Discovery from the sound of things, so it's probably just a recurring role, but that's still cool. An Asian captain! I don't think we've really had one since we saw Sulu as the captain of the Excelsoir. Hopefully this leads to more casting announcements. They really need to get their butts moving if they want to make the premiere date of May next year.

- And Happy Whoniversary (yesterday)! Just over a month until a new episode!
Title: The Fox and the Doctor (1/1)
Rating: G
Word Count: 1,504
Characters: Eight
Timeline: Set after Doctor Who the TV movie
Summary: A publishing house tries to buy the rights to the Doctor's life story.
Disclaimer: Doctor Who has belonged to the BBC for 53 glorious years.
A/N: My contribution to [livejournal.com profile] who_at_50's 53rd anniversary fanwork-a-thon. Ever since [livejournal.com profile] jjpor posted that 2016 was the 20th anniversary of the TV movie, I had this ridiculous plot idea floating around my head. It's all in good fun, but maybe it has a smidgen of truth, too.

A rust coloured fox sat in the grass at the Doctor's feet. It was no bigger than your average house cat and its fluffy tail, tipped with white at the end, idly flicked back and forth. The creature stared at him with gleaming black eyes. )
- Well, I'm officially unemployed now, but what are you going to do.

- At least now I have time to knit and read. I've been visiting my sister and my niece a lot over the past couple of weeks and I once again I get in an hour of reading while taking the train in and out of downtown. Maybe I can finish off the pile of books I got from my book club. I am definitely grateful for the knitting time. In my enthusiasm to make things, I decided to knit all of my Christmas gift. I've finished two but I still have two more to finish. Fingers crossed that I get them done on time.

- Speaking of knitting, I've been watching Jessica Jones and I can't stop staring at her grey scarf. It's an infinity scarf, but I can't make out the pattern on it. Hell, it might not even be knitted. But that's how my brain works now. I look at knitted items and I obsess over how they were made. I think Jessica's scarf may be a seed stitch pattern, but who knows.

- I'm only three episodes in to Jessica Jones, but I like it. Similar to Daredevil, they really down play her powers and so the show feels more like a detective show rather than a super hero show. I'm surprised they haven't referenced Daredevil yet, but maybe there's something later in the season. And damn, David Tennant's English accent is so slick; I'm so used to his rougher Tenth Doctor accent. I know Kilgrave is crazy and sadistic, but I would totally listen to anything he has to say with that accent. ;-)

- And Happy 52nd Whoniversay! It was two years ago that I got to tour the TARDIS set. Man, I really need to get back to Cardiff at some point. I didn't see enough of the city when I was there.
Title: No More (1/1)
Rating: PG
Word Count: 799
Characters: TARDIS, the Moment, War Doctor
Timeline: set during "The Day of the Doctor"; spoilers
Summary: They can save him from himself before he does the unthinkable.
Disclaimer: It all belongs to the BBC.
A/N: Written for [livejournal.com profile] who_at_50's 52nd anniversary fanwork-a-thon. I'm not sure what I was thinking when I wrote this, but it was nice to write something for the War Doctor, who is so new to the canon.

Two boxes sit outside of time. One is blue, one is copper and both are antiques in more ways than one. )
It's been ten years since NuWho premiered. While it may not seem like a ginormous milestone like fifty years, it's still pretty significant. I wouldn't have gotten into Doctor Who as a whole if the show hadn't come back for a new generation.

How did I get introduced to Doctor Who? Well, it's very Canadian.

I started watching Doctor Who because of hockey.

To be more accurate, it was a lack of hockey. It was the 2004-2005 season and there was a hockey strike or something going on. The players weren't playing so there were no hockey games to air. The CBC, the hockey airing powerhouse at the time, suddenly had this giant gap in their schedule. How were they going to fill all of that air time? For a TV station known more for 1) hockey 2) news and 3) comedy programs (in that order), it was a little strange that they were the ones who picked up the Canadian airing rights for Doctor Who.*

But airing it they were, so there was all of this coverage about the show's return in the Canadian newspapers. My local paper had something. Even the Globe and Mail, the serious national newspaper, had an article. I remember reading these articles, but I don't remember being excited. It was just a new sci fi show to me, one being aired on an unlikely station. I had every intention to watch the premiere, but I wasn't waiting for it with bated breath. I had no idea just how popular and everlasting Doctor Who was.

At the time, Canada was a week or two behind the UK, but back then, I wasn't aware that there could be a viewing gap between North American and the United Kingdom. So I watched "Rose", completely oblivious to the presence of the larger fan community. Now, I should mention, I'm a huge geek. You would have thought that I would love Doctor Who right away. I didn't, though. I watched "Rose" with my dad and my sister and I remember turning to my dad and asking, "So, he fights these guys (the Autons) all the time?" The show didn't make sense to me. Who was the Doctor? What was up with this TARDIS of his? What was the point of the show?

As confused as I was, I decided to keep watching. Nothing else was on, after all. By the time I got to "The Unquiet Dead", I had to go online and research the back story of Doctor Who. I mean, what kind of show forces you to do research? I never had to do that before. But that's when it finally clicked for me. Once I understood that the show had a very loose concept - the Doctor randomly travels around in time and space with no larger mission - it all fell into place. The possibilities of the show were endless because the Doctor landed somewhere new and different every week. The plots weren't restricted to one time and place. You could go anywhere.

I hadn't been blown away by such an idea since Star Trek: the Next Generation. Suddenly, there was this world with this huge playground to enjoy and play around in. How could I stop watching now? I wanted more. So yeah, I was hooked. So hooked, in fact, that I started watching the show through "alternative means" just so I could get caught up with the UK. And I haven't looked back since. :-)

So, thank you, Gary Bettman, for screwing up the hockey season that year. I wouldn't be a Whovian otherwise.

*Actually, it wasn't that strange. Turns out the CBC provided funds for the first three seasons, so that's how they ended up airing Doctor Who. There was Canadian content of a sort, so that fulfilled the CRTC mandate. So, stand proud, Canada. Some of our taxes helped to pay for stuff.
Title: Gentleman Caller (1/1)
Rating: G
Word Count: 3,824
Characters: Gita Chandra, Haresh Chandra, Sarah Jane, Twelve, Sky, Clara
Timeline: Post-"Mummy on the Orient Express" for Doctor Who and post-"The Man Who Never Was" for The Sarah Jane Adventures. No spoilers.
Summary: Who's the grey-haired Scottish man the Chandras keep seeing at Sarah Jane's house? Does she have a new boyfriend?
Disclaimer: Everything belongs to the BBC.
A/N: Written for [livejournal.com profile] who_at_50's 51st anniversary fanwork-a-thon. A huge thank you goes to the awesome [livejournal.com profile] dbskyler for the wonderful beta. This fic would be ten times worse without your help.

While he knew Gita was asking out of concern for their friend -- they both still remembered Sarah Jane's short-lived engagement from a few years ago -- this was a bit more snooping than Haresh was comfortable with. "Leave it be, Gita. If Sarah Jane has a boyfriend, she'll introduce him when she wants to." )
- Happy 51st Whoniversary! if I had a copy of "The Day of the Doctor" handy, I'd be watching it right now.

- Next year it's New Who's 10th anniversary. Kind of hard to believe it's been ten year since the show came back. I think Moffat has said he doesn't have anything planned, but it'd be cool if they had a little something. Have the Autons back for a story or sneak in Nine somehow. It shouldn't detract from whatever Twelve is doing in the episode, but a small acknowledgement would be fun.

- On a completely different note, I stumbled upon the trailer for the Paddington Bear movie and I giggled when I saw Peter Capaldi. I knew he was in it, as Mr. Curry the mean neighbour, but reading about it and seeing actual footage are two different things. Is this Capaldi's niche? Playing grumpy guys? I'm actually kind of interested in seeing the movie purely because he's in it. See, he impressed me so much as Twelve that I will watch anything he's in. :-)

- I started playing Dragon Age Inquisition this weekend so I foresee all of my free time being dedicated to killing digital demons and hellspawn. I haven't done too much yet but I did have a good giggle when I realized that one of my party members is voiced by Gareth David Lloyd. Seems like someone at BioWare is a Torchwood fan. ;-)
Whoo, only 365 days to go until Doctor Who's 50th anniversary!

I totally didn't realize that the official BBC site has been adding new entries for every episode right from the beginning. Wow, way to go BBC. I can't wait to see what they do next year leading up to the big 5-0.

Oh man, next year is going to be so awesome...
Just a quick, "Yay, Doctor Who premiered 48 years ago today!" post. Two more years until the 50th! Whoo!

If I had a copy of "An Unearthly Child" I'd watch it right now.
Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] quean_of_swords.

An Unearthly Child to the Big Bang:
When you see this post, draw a TARDIS from memory and post it on your journal. Crayons, No. 2 pencils, MS Paint, it doesn't matter. In celebration of the ~flexibility~ of canon in the Doctor Who universe, no points are given for accuracy. :D

I wanted to post something for Doctor Who's 47th anniversary and this was too good to resist. Whipped up in Adobe Photoshop.
Title: Home (1/8)
Rating: PG
Characters: Ten, Martha, Ian, Barbara
Timeline: Set during "Blink"
Summary: Stranded in 1969, the Doctor turns to some old friends so he and Martha can return home.
Disclaimer: Nope, these characters still ain't mine.
A/N: Posting this in honour of Doctor Who's 46th anniversary. The story itself was mostly inspired by "The Transit of Venus", a Big Finish Companion Chronicle audio drama, and me cramming in the first two seasons of Classic Who in about ten days. I wanted to re-visit Barbara and Ian and jumping on the "the Doctor and Martha dropped in on Ian and Barbara while stranded in 1969!" bandwagon seemed like the best way to do it. A shout-out to my beta [livejournal.com profile] agapi42. Thank you so much for all your help!

Doctor Who is 45 years old today and doesn't it look great? ;-) Anything special going on in the UK? Specials? Re-broadcast of the first serial?

I found a copy of "An Unearthly Child" a few months back and was surprised by how good the story was. It's always easy to fall into the trap of thinking the show was crap because it was the 1960s and they had no money or special effects. But really, that's the charm of these early episodes. The stories were still cool, even if the set looked like it was made out of cardboard.

An Unearthly Child pic spam )

Happy 45th anniversary, Doctor Who. Just look how far you've come. And you did it all with just one show. None of this franchise stuff like how Star Trek does it. ;-)


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