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I miss Donna a lot.

See, the actual Doctor on the actual TV show really seems to have a problem relating to anyone who doesn't immediately and uncritically become a Doctor fan. This isn't something that just cropped up in the new show- it's really funny to go back and watch the First Doctor having what I can only describe as dick-measuring contests with Ian Chesterton. Liz, famous original Romana, Tegan... the companions who, for whatever reason, don't drink the Kool-Aid are the ones who just don't quite fit in. The Doctor, by all appearances, cannot abide having peers.

I'm going to be citing things from Season Six episodes.

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I'm really not digging the new season thus far, and I can't put my finger on exactly why.

So what's going on here? Spoilers through episode 4 )
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There's always a moment where RTD Goes Too Far.

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Too... much... Doctor Who...

I've got to stop mainlining this stuff.

Huh.

Nov. 25th, 2009 05:26 pm
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Apparently, Michael Moorcock is going to write a Doctor Who novel.

It won't cross over with the Eternal Champion stuff (I hope!), but I can't help thinking...

Is the Time War another manifestation of the Conjunction of the Million Spheres? Because it sure seems like it. The Doctor is a Time Lord hero responsible for the destruction of his people. Since Romana was supposedly retrieved from E-space and made some kind of Time Lord mucky muck, there's room to posit her as the Ermizhad figure....

(Michael Moorcock's Eternal Champion novels, which include Elric and almost everything else he's ever written at this point, rely on a cosmology that, frankly, I can't even sum up. If you're curious, try Wikipedia. Or Google. That's what I'd do.

There's always a tragic hero figure, there's almost always a woman who sparks a betrayal of someone/herself by the hero, and all the tragic heroes and the women are manifestations of the same "persons" playing out complicated, predestined schemes. Occasionally, the gender roles get swapped, so we get a tragic heroine and a hapless boy. Most of the time, the hero destroys the world. It started out as an attempt to write pulp fantasy as unlike Conan the Barbarian as possible, and it's better than I make it sound.)

I bet there's a Black Sword of Rassilon. :P If so, the Doctor should run away from it, fast and far.
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I watched Journey's End again. There are a lot of references in there to "the end of time."

Did Journey's End really see the fulfillment of all the "prophecies" Dalek Caan made?

Have we really seen the only reasons Donna Noble's "timelines" were so freaky and anomalous?

Knowing Russell Davies as I do- maybe I should say, knowing his work as I do- I'm pretty sure the answer is "yes" on both counts. Which is a shame.

There's this thing that happens on TV shows where "smart" characters get to make airy-fairy conjectures about the nature of time and space and being and reality, and speak with authority about situations no one has ever encountered, and always be right. It really bugs me.

I know the Doctor is the hero. But there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of even in Time Lord philosophy. Or, at any rate, there should be.
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When you see this, post a little weensy excerpt from as many random works-in-progress as you can find lying around. Who knows? Maybe inspiration will burst forth and do something, um, inspiration-y.

I wanted to write The Rani drunk.

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A cube hovers in front of a saucer:

"We are the Borg. You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile. Your biological and technological distinctiveness will be added to our own."

"EX-TER-MIN-ATE!"

The answer? )
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Title: Smile of the Rani
Characters: Donna Noble, the Rani
Spoilers: Mild through JE
Rating: PG-13 (cursing)
Summary: The Rani needs a consultant.

Cursing her hangover and whomever it was at the door that had the extremely poor taste to be knocking, Donna Noble wobbled up to her peephole and surveyed her front walk.

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That ending is not acceptable.

Allow me to expound further.

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So here's my list of Companions With Whom the Doctor Might Have Has Done It:

Romana (I'm sorry, but I've seen City of Death), Rose Tyler (not with the Ninth Doctor, definitely with the Tenth), mmmaybe Jo Grant (because of some stuff in her final ep), and I sometimes think the Fifth Doctor and Peri were up to something and she was bitterly, bitterly disappointed by the end of The Caves of Androzani.. (Spoiler: he regenerates into Colin Baker.) School Reunion would like me to believe Sarah Jane belongs on that list, but I'm not convinced. I could believe a crazy night where they almost, but that's it.

So, that's not very many, but Rose was not a brilliant and unique snowflake either. I mean, I believe the Doctor can Have Urges, which was heresy in the old days- but I can't wrap my head around the idea of Ace being intimate with the Seventh Doctor. I mean, ew. (But if you're into that, more power to you.)

So, were we to have a companion with whom the Doctor was not Doing It, in a (let's say) Leela way instead of a Martha way where she pines for him, I would actually find that a welcome return to the old state of, heh, affairs.

(Nothing in this post should be read as indicating Romana, especially the second one, is not the personification of hotness, because she is. Hubba hubba.)
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Title: I'll Be Right Beside You, Dear
Characters: Rose, the Ninth Doctor, the Tenth Doctor
Rating: G
Spoilers: The Parting of the Ways, Doomsday

This is a little self-indulgent, but I think it could have been worse.

It took the Doctor a moment to collect himself. )
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I'm officially tired of the Tenth Doctor now. God, do I miss the Ninth Doctor. When "Nine" had his moments of egotism and self-satisfaction, he had the good grace to actually earn them first.

There's this thing that happens with fictional characters where I realize I don't like them when I have this vivid fantasy of punching them in the face over and over. I think I reached that point...

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A medical-science type person recently advised me to spend more time talking about fannish, geeky stuff. I made her repeat it, so I can only assume she was serious.

Is anybody else ever tempted to write fic in script form?

I keep thinking it would be fun to write six issues from a nonexistent comics series. Nonconsecutive, of course. The first issue would have to be from the Silver Age. Then a couple from the seventies and/or eighties. Each script would have to be accompanied by meta discussing the issue itself, and other stories from the same period of the nonexistent book.

I ran a super-hero role-playing game for about ten years. I could swipe stuff from that, or make up entirely new stuff. The toughest part would be maintaining the simulated tone and making it look like the issues were written by different people.

I keep talking myself out of doing it, for the usual reason I talk myself out of fics: I have huge trouble finishing anything that I can't complete in one setting, because as soon as I sit back and look at something, it becomes clear to me how much it totally sucks.

I was not fond of issue 5 of the Buffy comic.

I read Fantastic Four comics for the trippy stuff. And I don't mean a guy who can set himself on fire but not get hurt. I mean a guy with a tuning fork hat who eats planets. Ultimate Fantastic Four has a mixed track record in this regard. For everything I like about the book (Sue Storm is a biologist and a genius), there's something that really rubs me the wrong way (Reed is, like, four, but he still knows everything.)

I'm going to have to keep getting the book, though, because I read Fantastic Four comics for the trippy factor.

Spoilery. )

There is a famous statement that the planet Saturn is lighter than water- that it would float if you could find a basin big enough. There's a poster of it doing just that. When I think about how impossibly huge that ocean has to be, it scares the hell out of me. (I'm not kidding.)

To really get the trippy factor out of that situation, though, you'd have to figure out which parts of the physics to deliberately ignore, and which parts to discuss. Like, even if you somehow transported Saturn into a (shudder) really big ocean, it wouldn't stay all nice and planet-shaped unless something would make it do that. Many of the moons aren't light enough to float. So now we have Titan, sinking like the rock that it is, and Io sending out a gush of steam big enough to engulf the Earth as the too-big ocean puts it out like an ember...

If I had a TARDIS, I would totally watch the sun expand, especially if it were going to do it super-quickly.
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Title: Second Life
Characters: Lucy/the Master
Rating: R
Spoilers: through the end of series 3
This will be the last one for a while.

Comments are life. )
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Title: The Hand of the Rani
Characters: The Rani (sort of)
Rating: PG
Spoilers: None

The title is from a throwaway line of audio commentary. I had to get it out of my head. )
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This is more Doctor Who fanfic. It will probably be rendered utterly AU as soon as we see new episodes of the show again. I wanted to write something like a proper Doctor Who episode, so that's what I tried to do.

Title: The Final Game
Characters: Donna, Lucy, the Master, the Tenth Doctor
Rating: PG-13
Spoilers: Last of the Time Lords.

This is a bit long. )
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More fic. Because I can.

Title: A Little Present
Characters: Lucy Saxon, the Master
Rating: PG-13
Spoilers: Nothing specific
The BBC owns all of this.


Comments are good. )

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