charamei: Eighth Doctor (DW8: Eight)
I've been putting this off and putting it off, and you'll probably see why soon enough: it's long. This was the final 8DA story, by the way: the series has ended now. I hope 4DA fills the gap as admirably as I'm expecting. On the whole, I've enjoyed 8DA a lot more than Big Finish's main line, which I am now hopelessly behind on.

SPOILERS for all of 8DA, including multiple character deaths. Also spoilers for 'Waters of Mars' and 'The End of Time', if anyone has yet to watch those. )

An emotionally packed climax, some serious long-term impact for the Eighth Doctor's future, Daleks... there's a reason this took me so long to process, and that's that this finale was incredible.
charamei: Start writing and keep writing! (NaNoWriMo: Start Writing and Keep Writin)
Regan and Meredith Book 1 is go! Well, technically it was go a week ago, but since I'm only now getting past the first scene I can pretend to postpone the start date ;)

(I restarted. Again. This time there's no First Steps to get in the way, though... bouncing between politically-savvy, cyncial Regan and optimistic, two-hours-old Snail was doing my head in.)

I'm really feeling the rust that comes from not having started a longfic in two years: working out where I go next feels like an uphill struggle each time. But on the plus side, the characters are still feeling fine:

Ania: I'm not your patient.
Meredith: You threw up on my shoes. That makes you my patient.

The people in my head are awesome.

ALSO. Book review. If I sneak it in here, I can maybe trick my brain into writing one?
Doctor Who: The Nightmare of Black Island (Mike Tucker, Tenth Doctor Adventures) )
charamei: First Doctor (DW1: One)
Title: First Steps (Epilogue)
Rating: PG-13
Trigger warnings: Everything but Chapter Three is clean. Chapter Three: Miscarriage/infant death. Also, severe burning and dehydration.
Genre: Babyfic! No, wait. Action/Horror.
Characters/Pairings: Snail, Flabbaduckarusa and Tagalong. Or, in adult-speak: the Doctor, Braxiatel, and the Master.
Wordcount: Chapter: 578. Fic:

Disclaimer: I don't own Doctor Who; I'm just playing in the BBC's sandbox for fun and practice.

Summary: There's being born, and then there's being born into a world with no adults, no clothes, no food and a terrifying alien Thing upstairs. When their Looms birth them straight into the middle of an emergency, can Our Heroes muddle through?

Beta'ed by the amazing [personal profile] in_lighter_ink and finished thanks to the brilliant people over at [community profile] writethisfanfic.

Parts: One | Two | Three | Four | Epilogue | PDF

I'm bored. Are you bored? )
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Parts: One | Two | Three | Four | Epilogue | PDF

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Poll #6964 First Steps end-of-fic poll
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On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the best and 1 being the worst, how did you like this fic?

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charamei: First Doctor (DW1: One)
Title: First Steps (4/5)
Rating: PG-13
Trigger warnings: Everything but Chapter Three is clean. Chapter Three: Miscarriage/infant death. Also, severe burning and dehydration.
Genre: Babyfic! No, wait. Action/Horror.
Characters/Pairings: Snail, Flabbaduckarusa and Tagalong. Or, in adult-speak: the Doctor, Braxiatel, and the Master.
Wordcount: Chapter: 9,276. Fic: 21,925
Disclaimer: I don't own Doctor Who; I'm just playing in the BBC's sandbox for fun and practice.

Summary: There's being born, and then there's being born into a world with no adults, no clothes, no food and a terrifying alien Thing upstairs. When their Looms birth them straight into the middle of an emergency, can Our Heroes muddle through?

Beta'ed by the amazing [personal profile] in_lighter_ink and finished thanks to the brilliant people over at [community profile] writethisfanfic.

Parts: One | Two | Three | Four | Epilogue | PDF

Stop running off! )
Parts: One | Two | Three | Four | Epilogue | PDF
charamei: First Doctor (DW1: One)
Title: First Steps (3/5)
Rating: PG-13
Trigger warnings: Everything but Chapter Three is clean. Chapter Three: Miscarriage/infant death. Also, severe burning and dehydration.
Genre: Babyfic! No, wait. Action/Horror.
Characters/Pairings: Snail, Flabbaduckarusa and Tagalong. Or, in adult-speak: the Doctor, Braxiatel, and the Master.
Wordcount: Chapter: 6,209. Fic: 21,925
Disclaimer: I don't own Doctor Who; I'm just playing in the BBC's sandbox for fun and practice.

Summary: There's being born, and then there's being born into a world with no adults, no clothes, no food and a terrifying alien Thing upstairs. When their Looms birth them straight into the middle of an emergency, can Our Heroes muddle through?

Beta'ed by the amazing [personal profile] in_lighter_ink and finished thanks to the brilliant people over at [community profile] writethisfanfic.

Parts: One | Two | Three | Four | Epilogue | PDF

You're born cold, naked and hungry. And then things get worse. )

Parts: One | Two | Three | Four | Epilogue | PDF
charamei: First Doctor (DW1: One)
Title: First Steps (2/5)
Rating: PG-13
Trigger warnings: Everything but Chapter Three is clean. Chapter Three: Miscarriage/infant death. Also, severe burning and dehydration.
Genre: Babyfic! No, wait. Action/Horror.
Characters/Pairings: Snail, Flabbaduckarusa and Tagalong. Or, in adult-speak: the Doctor, Braxiatel, and the Master.
Wordcount: Chapter: 3,698. Fic: 21,925
Disclaimer: I don't own Doctor Who; I'm just playing in the BBC's sandbox for fun and practice.

Summary: There's being born, and then there's being born into a world with no adults, no clothes, no food and a terrifying alien Thing upstairs. When their Looms birth them straight into the middle of an emergency, can Our Heroes muddle through?

Beta'ed by the amazing [personal profile] in_lighter_ink and finished thanks to the brilliant people over at [community profile] writethisfanfic.

Parts: One | Two | Three | Four | Epilogue | PDF

'I don't want to be got out. There's nothing wrong with me. I'm safe here.' )

Parts: One | Two | Three | Four | Epilogue | PDF
charamei: First Doctor (DW1: One)
Title: First Steps (1/5)
Rating: PG-13
Trigger warnings: Everything but Chapter Three is clean. Chapter Three: Miscarriage/infant death. Also, severe burning and dehydration.
Genre: Babyfic! No, wait. Action/Horror.
Characters/Pairings: Snail, Flabbaduckarusa and Tagalong. Or, in adult-speak: the Doctor, Braxiatel, and the Master.
Wordcount: Chapter: 2,161. Fic: 21,925
Continuity: Both uses and discards varying elements of Lungbarrow. Should stand alone, though; don't be put off if you haven't read it.
Disclaimer: I don't own Doctor Who; I'm just playing in the BBC's sandbox for fun and practice.

Summary: There's being born, and then there's being born into a world with no adults, no clothes, no food and a terrifying alien Thing upstairs. When their Looms birth them straight into the middle of an emergency, can Our Heroes muddle through?

Beta'ed by the amazing [personal profile] in_lighter_ink and finished thanks to the brilliant people over at [community profile] writethisfanfic. Reviews are always appreciated; leave concrit, and I will love you forever.

Parts: One | Two | Three | Four | Epilogue | PDF

Even more than there should have been someone to welcome them into the world, there should be someone here. A technician, a carer – anybody. )
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Parts: One | Two | Three | Four | Epilogue | PDF
charamei: First Doctor (DW1: One)
(With apologies to Ovid and Peter Green.)

It Is Coming. )
charamei: Doctor Who: Spoilers (DW10: Spoilers)
And then I promise not to comment on the rest of the series unless I actually like something, because I appreciate that my utter boredom with and distaste for Eleven does not make for compelling, entertaining or even non-whiny reading.

Cut for spoilers, capslock and rampant negativity. NO REALLY.  )

Gallifrey S04 starts soon and I only ever listened to S01, despite owning the boxset. I'm thinking I go back to that and completely ignore S06; I don't see an improvement in any of the aspects I disliked from S05, and now that I know they're coming I find them even more grating.

Wake me when Twelve comes around.

Courage

Mar. 29th, 2011 04:34 pm
charamei: (DW1: Doctor Susan)
Title: Courage
Rating: PG
Characters/Pairings: Susan
Wordcount: 425
Continuity: Gallifrey, post-Time War, in the void.
Disclaimer: I don't own Doctor Who; I'm just playing in the BBC's sandbox for fun and practice.

Summary: There are many kinds of courage. Some of them don't involve starting revolutions.

That's usually where they call her a coward. )
charamei: Fourth Doctor/Romana II (DW4: Doctor/Romana II)
This has been sitting unfinished on my hard drive for far too long. Then I found the ending!

Title: An Outlaw's Life For Me
Rating: PG
Genre: Humour, fluff
Characters/Pairings: Four, Romana II, and a desperate man.
Wordcount: 1862
Disclaimer: I don't own Doctor Who; I'm just playing in the BBC's sandbox for fun and practice.

Summary: During an enforced stop-over on Gallifrey, the Doctor encounters what may well be his greatest threat ever. Romana isn't so sure.

Not very threatened? Not very threatened? Romana, this is clearly a desperate man. Look in his eyes! )
charamei: (Default)
Full review after part 2 comes out this month, but for now, kudos to Jake McGann! He conveyed actual emotion this time. It's good to hear him growing as an actor.
charamei: Second Doctor (DW2: Two)
I've just finished watching the first season episode You Can Always Find A Fall Guy, in which a dodgy nun frames Jeff because, I dunno, 'Randall and Hopkirk' is the first agency listed in the criminal phonebook of gullible idiots? That would explain the Mafia last episode as well.

Anyway. A pacing comparison:

Either Doctor Who has awesome pacing for the time or Randall and Hopkirk sucks at it. )

But, hey! Marty's backseat driving has shown up. Whoever had the idea to make the ghost a backseat driver is a genius, I tell you, an absolute genius. Also, Jean did something and there was an evil nun. I can live with bad pacing for evil nuns.
charamei: Geek (DW10: Geek)
Happy new year, everyone using the Gregorian calendar!

You know what, this one's so short I can't be bothered writing out the metatext:

/\/\/\


"I'm a temp from Chiswick!"

The Doctor shrugs. "I'm a clerk from Gallifrey."
charamei: Doctor Who: Spoilers (DW10: Spoilers)
The Four Doctors wears its main attraction on its sleeve, of course. It's also a Dalek story, and a time-faffery story (as usual. I mean, how else do you get four Doctors into the same room?). And unlike the previous Christmas specials, they're saying it will never be released as a standalone; the only way to get it is to purchase a subscription to the main Doctor Who line that includes the December 2010 release (#142, The Demons of Red Lodge and Other Stories).

Whether that's worth it or not really depends on what you're hoping to get out of it, I think. )

The only thing that The Four Doctors fails to deliver is fanservice. Given the choice between a fanservice story and a well-told, moving one, I'll take what we have every time.

But... maybe next time we can have a bit more fanservice?
charamei: Geek (DW10: Geek)
A little-appreciated testament to the mathematical and technical capability of the Gallifreyan civilisation (and the BBC's costume department):

Those V-shaped contrasts are made out of three pattern pieces each and are flipping fiddly to get lined up correctly. Maybe this is why Time Lords wear collars that are designed to ensure they can't raise their arms... so you can't see the awkward join at the side-seams.
charamei: (DW1: Doctor Susan)
This Christmas in Who-land: airborne fish, time manipulation, and grumpy old men who won't let go of the past.

It's all relative. )

This Christmas special was compelling and soulful and funny and everything that the other Christmas special wasn't.

Four Doctors next, I suppose. Then I've only got, oh, six more stories to catch up on from the Big Finish main line?
charamei: Skience! (DW10: Science)
Lest I forget.

  • Ingredients for 1 chocolate sponge cake of your choice

  • 1 meringue nest per serving

  • Whipped cream

Instructions )

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I still don't get the Eleventh Doctor. No new thoughts on what's wrong, but the old ones more or less cover it.

Mostly: ehhhh, still not getting emotionally engaged here. Also, new for this Christmas: Eleven is a massive dick.
charamei: NaNoWriMo: I research more for this than I ever did for my thesis. (NaNoWriMo: I Research)
Sudden realisation:

My fandom manifesto for [community profile] asexual_fandom is longer than my MA dissertation.

Ummm.

Probably just as well I'm out of higher education?
charamei: (EGS: Ellen Reading)
It's snowing! It's snowing and I don't have to worry about getting into work until tomorrow and the flakes are really big and it's only three inches but that's an inch more than it was when I got up thirty minutes ago it's SNOWING, WINTER IS HERE, IT'S OFFICIAL - oh, wait. Sorry, Mr Scalzi, I'll stop upsetting November now.

No more am I confined by endless NaNo research to reading historical textbooks! I can get back to reading fiction, which is good, because I miss it.

Doctor Who: Wetworld (Tenth Doctor Adventures, Mark Michalowski)


I have a confession to make. I'm lazy and should have reviewed this four months ago, and as a result, I don't remember it too well now.

But I do recall that it's one of the good ones. )

I really shouldn't wait four months to review things.

Fortunately, I read The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms last night! So I'm not a completely hopeless case.

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms: N. K. Jemisin


Read more... )

OMG BLIZZARD THE SNOW IS GOING ALMOST HORIZONTAL I'm going to have so much trouble getting into work tomorrow but SNOW.

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