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

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

Calufrax Needs You...!
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...?
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
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
Master 2
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
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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Sound/Voice Meme for Doctor Who
So, er, like, y'know, I went and did a meme, like.

Yoinked from [profile] eve11 here.

The internet is an amazing place that has allowed us to communicate and share with each other, but there is just something about listening to someone else's voice and getting to know them through the things that make them unique. Cadence, accent, the amount of times someone says "UM" -- all of those things are a delightful way to appreciate the friends you already have and the friends you are hoping to make.

The instructions are super easy: record yourself answering the questions below the jump and then post it in the comments!

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And as I say, I quite enjoyed doing that. I hope you enjoyed it too. It was quite recreational. If any of you have any suggestions about other things I could ramble about and post here, then please let me know. :)

EDIT: I've had a bit of feedback from a couple of listeners who have said that the sound on the linked recordings is very low for them, so be warned you may need to crank your volume up a bit. :)

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Unconditional Surrender!
There are memes, and then there are memes. And then again there are memes like this one, which for a while back in 2010 seriously - no kidding - took over my life and that of quite a lot of other people of my acquaintance. And now, like Dracula rising from the has risen from the grave! Oh, meme, how I've missed you...

Yoinked from [personal profile] lost_spook:

1. Comment to this post with "I surrender!" and I'll assign you the basis of some TV show idea. (Science fiction show, medical drama, criminal procedure, etc...)
2. Create a cast of characters, including the actors who'd play them.
3. Add in any actor photos, character bios and show synopsis that you want.
4. Post to your own journal.

Or you could even post to the [community profile] isurrendered communities on both Livejournal
and Dreamwidth...!

I warn you, though - start down this dark path and you may never reach the end of it...

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Fezzes are cool!
...2014 is nearly 23 hours old and it's been okay so far. I caught up on a lot of sleep this morning; my team won in the football; new Sherlock was preposterous, but just the right kind of preposterous I think. Back to the daily grind tomorrow, but only two days before the weekend.

I hope everything is going okay for the rest of you so far in this new year; if not, I hope it gets better soon, and if so, may it continue for you in the same vein.


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Season's Greetings...and Goodbye, Eleven...
Less than 24 hours to go, at least here in the UK, until Eleven bites the big one and Mr Peter Capaldi takes up the Doctorly mantle. In the meantime, please allow me to extend the best wishes of the season - and of whichever midwinter holiday you may or may not be celebrating - to all of you. Have a good one. :)

And thinking of Eleven, and my own sadness tinged with excitement concerning his impending demise, I thought I'd just run through eleven of my favourite Eleven stories and why I like them:

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There were certainly a number of others that would have made the list had it been longer, or had I been compiling it on a different day. The only reason The Day of the Doctor didn't make it is because I don't think it counts as purely an Eleven story...and because I'm still recovering from it a month later and can't really offer an objective assessment as yet. I'm sure all of you will have your own that you would have included in such a list while being quietly appalled by some of my choices. Who fandom - I hope it never changes. :) Please feel free to discuss any serious omissions I may have made in the comments to this post.

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50th Anniversary Fanwork-a-thon-a-thon, Bonus Round: Whatever You Want It To Be
Announcing a special emergency bonus round of the [community profile] who_at_50 50th Anniversary Doctor Who Fanwork-a-thon-a-thon to take us up to the end of 2013! For this month, we have a variety of themes in no particular order:

1. More multi-Doctor-based fanworks, because you can never have enough.

2. Fanworks anticipating the oncoming debut of Capaldi!Doctor (whatever his number is now)

3. Hurt!Doctor themed fanworks in commemoration of The Day of the Doctor

4. Any fanworks people may have pending from earlier rounds of the fanwork-a-thon-a-thon

5. Absolutely anything else you can think of and want to post to the comm. At all.

If you're interested, check out the announcement/signup posts as follows:



And remember - all types of fanworks, in any form whatsoever, are welcome!

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