Seven

"No, Not the Mind Probe!!?!"

"I loathe bus stations. Terrible places, full of lost luggage and lost souls."

In Stunning 2D! [probable SPOILERS for NuWho episode "Flatline"]
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Is it just me being a curmudgeon, or is it a bit early to be crowning Jamie Mathieson showrunner-in-waiting just because he wrote two good scripts in a row? Are people that eager to be rid of Moffat? (And before you scoff at my naivety, I do glance at Tumblr from time to time nowadays and know that yes, yes quite a lot of them are).

[trollishness]Anyway, isn't that Gatiss's job to refuse, given his close links to Der Moff?[/trollishness]

It also seems that Mathieson may have been tapped up by France (yes, the entire country).

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Fic: Escaping the Web, Part 2
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Title: Escaping the Web
Part Two: Hounslow West
Rating: Teen (Gen)
Word count: 9,325 so far
Warnings: Some violence
Summary: The horror infesting the London Underground has been defeated, and now it's time for Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart to pick up the pieces and build for the future. If he can, that is, with the shadowy agents of a certain Institute doing their best to interfere...
Characters: Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, Other characters
Disclaimer: Doctor Who and its many associated characters and copyrights do not, of course, belong to me!

The next chapter, in which Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart continues to deal with the aftermath of the events in London, with a glimpse of the beginning of the crisis and of family life with the Lethbridge-Stewarts. Less in the way of military minutiae and more plot in the next one, hopefully. :)

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Announcing the Who@50 51st Anniversary Fanwork-a-thon!
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Calling all Doctor Who fans interested in taking part in the [community profile] who_at_50 51st Anniversary Fanwork-a-thon, celebrating more than half a century of Doctor Who-related goodness. All - that is all - forms of fannish endeavour are welcome - fanfic, fanart, fanvids, fanmixes, icons, podfic, and absolutely any other medium in which you want to express your creativity and celebrate your love for that which is Who, probably including some I've never even heard of. Signups are open from today; posting of fanworks will commence from 1 November 2014 and continue throughout the month. Anything evoking the idea of the extraordinary longevity and diversity of Who would be especially welcome, but maybe the best way to do that is by creating the most typically Doctor Who-like Doctor Who fanwork you can?

If you're interested in taking part, please take a trip to the comm and take a look at the signup post which will hopefully explain what you need to do to participate:

The Livejournal version is here

The Dreamwidth version is here

See you there! :)

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Fic: Escaping the Web, Part 1
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Title: Escaping the Web
Part One: Piccadilly Circus
Rating: Teen (Gen)
Word count: 4,389 so far
Warnings: Some violence
Summary: The horror infesting the London Underground has been defeated, and now it's time for Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart to pick up the pieces and build for the future. If he can, that is, with the shadowy agents of a certain Institute doing their best to interfere...
Characters: Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, Other characters
Disclaimer: Doctor Who and its many associated characters and copyrights do not, of course, belong to me!

I know I have enough WIPs on the go as it is without starting another multi-parter, but this one's been burning a hole in my imagination since I re-watched The Web of Fear last weekend and demands to be told... Based on his remarkable headwear in that story and some stuff I've read online during the week I'm now acting on the assumption that the future-Brig was not actually in the Guards as specified in some spinoff media (and by the tie he's wearing in Mawdryn Undead!) but some unspecified Scottish infantry regiment similar to, but not exactly like, the Royal Highland Fusiliers. There are various spellings of his friend Billy's surname online but Ian Marter opts for "Routledge" in his novelisation of The Invasion and who am I to argue? :)

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Monday, 19 September 1994
All too true...
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Twenty years ago today.

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Calufrax Needs You...!
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Seriously, Livejournal's foremost Doctor Who fanfiction reccing community needs fresh reccers - if you haven't already, please read the below post by the comm's admin [personal profile] nonelvis and give it your serious consideration:


Originally posted by [personal profile] nonelvis at WE ARE ESSENTIALLY OUT OF RECCERS. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.
I hate to capslock at you, but seriously: we're out. [personal profile] clocketpatch will be reccing for the next couple of weeks, and [personal profile] ffutures has graciously volunteered for another stint in September, but other than that, my reccing calendar is empty.

Please, please, please: if you've ever thought about reccing but have never stepped forward, now's the time. If you've recced before and want to try again, now's the time. If you're not sure if you want to rec, contact me, and I'll talk you into it answer any questions you have about it. And if you have friends who might want to rec, please share this post with them.

Reccing periods last two weeks; complete rules and sign-up instructions in this post. Thanks, everyone, for any help you can offer here.

Tumblr, Facebook, Google+, and other users reading this: you don't need a LiveJournal account to rec! If you're interested in reccing, you can comment in the sign-up post, leave me an Ask, or email me at nonelvis42 on Gmail. (Note: if you're a Facebook user who wants to volunteer, please contact me by email; I have no Facebook account, and LJ doesn't send OpenID users comment notifications, so I have no reliable way of reaching you beyond email.)


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Surely Some Mistake...?
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I think it's pretty much a truism of Doctor Who fandom that everybody's - everybody's - favourite story is some other fan's most hated. And the reverse, of course.

For me, this bit of news is yet more proof that that truism is, er, true. Once again I am given cause to reflect what a long shadow, for better or worse, the Ten/RTD era still casts over the series, even when we're literally only a couple of months away from moving on to Twelve. Best moment in science fiction, horror and fantasy? Best moment in Doctor Who? Best moment in the post-2005 series, even? Not even close, for me. Not even in my top twenty, if I had to compile one. Could possibly be in my bottom twenty, but I suspect there would be quite a lot of Series 2 moments in there, tbh.

When, oh when, will people stop disagreeing with me on t'internets???!! ;D

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Rik Mayall
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Astonished and saddened this afternoon to read that one of my pop-cultural touchstones Rik Mayall - Lord Flashheart, amongst many other things - has passed away today. No word as to cause yet, but 56 is too young in any case. My thoughts go out to his family.

One thing he did that I haven't seen mentioned in any of the articles and obituaries that are online now, but which stuck very vividly in my mind, was his "reading" (more like slapstick performance-art re-enactment) of Roald Dahl's George's Marvellous Medicine on Jackanory back in the day. I remember it being an absolutely frenetic, bravura sort of performance that was probably wasted on the kiddly-winks such as myself who were watching it.

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Obscure & British Commentfest 2014
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Just to let you know, my esteemed associate [personal profile] lost_spook is once again running her Obscure & British Commentfest. I strongly recommend that you check it out:



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Fic: The Dome on the Moon, Episode 3
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Title: The Dome on the Moon, Episode 3
Rating: Teen (Gen)
Word count: c. 6,500
Warnings: Some violence
Year: 1968
Summary: Recently rediscovered in a forgotten TV archive in the former People’s Democratic Republic of Ruritania, the only remaining full episode of a missing classic from 1968!
Characters: The Second Doctor, Jamie, Zoe, the Cybermen
Disclaimer: Doctor Who and its many associated characters and copyrights, of course, do not belong to me!

Written for the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Ficathon, horribly over-deadline but finished at long last. Also my (equally overdue) entry for the Two leg of the [community profile] who_at_50 50th anniversary fanwork-a-thon-a-thon. The prompt year was 1968. I actually started writing this before the rediscovery of Enemy of the World and Web of Fear was announced, so at the time the idea of writing a single episode of an otherwise lost story seemed like a cute sort of conceit; now, I wonder whether the other episodes are out there somewhere...

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