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I am still binging DW - old-skool and New - and one of these days I'll write about them...

But in the meantime, with all the fun and games with photobucket I started weighing my options. This included a little archeology, namely investigating all the things I abandoned on gdocs when it turned to Drive and got bad. Apparently, I abandoned a lot. There was even ready to post fic and fic that is partly done and stills speaks to me enough to maybe get finished.

Two fics have gone up on Ao3. I'll either link them or post them here shortly. And also I realized pathetically I never added my only long-fic, Laughing at Stars, to my masterlist. So that's done (at least on LJ - my masterlist on dreamwidth is just the import with LJ links. One of these days I'll fix that.) But today I uploaded Stars to Ao3 and spend the rest of the day wrangling artwork and formatting. X_X

And on a side note- does anyone know what's up with TSP? They've been down for over 24 hours now. I was in the middle of rereading a very long fic series.

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So awhile ago I ranted about how disappointing Britbox was. And just when I was going to cancel after the beta-testing ended, they plunked all of Classic Who there. So we ponied up the first month's fee. (Thus inspiring my re-watch posts.)

Well tonight I was loafing around YT and discovered clip for An Adventure in Time and Space. Something I'd entirely missed due to my absence from general fandom (and the general suckiness of Tumblr* at spreading DW news).

The clips looked amazing so I immediately scoured the internet for a way to watch it. Netflix failed me, Amazon only turned up a Blue-ray copy after some aggressive searching and IMDb was utter fail at linking. Belatedly I thought, well let me search Britbox. I pasted it into the search expecting nothing. So it took me a minute to figure out what was happening when the site not only turned up a result but went ahead and started playing it. There may have been an unearthly fangirl squee when my brain finally shifted into gear.

The family ended up watching it as well. It was lovely and sad. I knew some about the history of course. All that time spent on the forums weren't for naught. But it's different seeing it dramatized. I never knew how much Harnell loved the show. It was a bit heartbreaking.

DH is now determined to watch all the Hartnell eps on Britbox. (DH is movie crier and I know this got to him too.) So I guess my re-watch list is growing. (Though these don't count as rewatch, just a new-to-me.)

So you win this round, Britbox.

*And in other news: Tumblr sucks. (Sorry, had to get my quota in for the day.)

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Season 10 (I think?) New Who

So since I haven't gotten around to writing more about the rewatch, I thought I'd post about the new stuff.

We pretty much gave up on Eleven after the Pandorica. We were pretty hit n miss on eps before that since we haven't had live TV for years and my mom resents DW and the use of her DVR for it.

We did manage to watch part of Twelve's first ep but nothing since. But then Junior caught Smile when were over at my mom's on a Saturday. I missed the first 20 minutes. We saw The Pilot on BBCA's site as a promo freebie. And then Junior sweet-talked his grandma into a little DVR space.

So I was dubious about Twelve. I sorta afraid he was another Three. (Three will always be number 12 on my list of top 12 Doctors. ;) BTW my current ranking is Five, Ten, Eight, Nine, Four, Seven, Twelve, Two, Six, One, Eleven, Three) But I'm good. I'm sold.

The eps - Spoilers ahoy

The Pilot- Getting a little tired of zombie-type stuff (mostly because after watching the original Walking Dead with my dad as a child, I'd reached my quota for zombie stuff for all time. So the latest zombie craze kinda makes me want to punch something.) But at least this wasn't all that zombie-like. I really liked Bill and how she's not overly wowed by Twelve. I found it interesting that they revisited the Time Lord hiding out in a university idea from Shada. The Vault is some new weirdness. I've seen clips from The Husbands of River Song, but that gives me clue who Nardole is, so we are having to just shrug and go with it.

Smile - I missed the beginning but it was an okay ep. Pretty typical stuff. Seemed more like one of the shorts you'd get in the annual storybooks than a full ep though.

Thin Ice- My first thought on seeing the monster was whether this was the levitation thing from that ep of Torchwood. Would give an explanation for how it ended up on Earth. Finally started to get a feeling to Twelve's personality. The grumpiness is growing on me and starting to feel endearing. Not a bad ep.

Knock Knock- Not as scary as the previews made it seem. A couple of reviews I read said much the same, but I'd hoped they were wrong. Oh well. I'm fine with the "everybody lives" stuff in this ep - well except for the "villains". Sometime the body count gets to be a bit much. Finding myself liking Bill for trying to compartmentalize her life and not letting her time traveling take over everything. New Who tends to overdo the angst factor, IMO. Missed most of the vault stuff in this one. The DVR always cuts off the end.

Oxygen- Zombies but not zombies. Okay, I guess I can let this pass. I did like the not at all subtle slams on capitalism. The Doctor's blindness is interesting, but this season's plot arc seems uncharacteristically subtle for the Moff. I'm happy most of the eps are being done by other writers. This one did have some good scares I have to admit.

Extremis - I'm on the fence about whether I like it or not. All the suicides seem a bit OTT for the matrix thing. Did the book mention the alien invasion? I wasn't quite clear on that. I suppose that would explain the suicides though. The bit where the monk was speaking Italian bothered me, because the TARDIS should have been translating. It didn't occur to until someone else brought it up that that was a clue. Clever. And the Master is in the vault. The MOff's not even trying anymore. The was my very first guess. Ten always wanted to keep him, remember? The ep had a good ending I thought.

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Big Finish - Sherzo

Okay -so I've listened to the first two Eight and Charley seasons in pretty random order. I heard Neverland and Zagreus on the library site and that cliffhanger has been killing me ever since. I bought the last two unheard season 2 audios - Time of the Daleks and Embrace the Darkness, plus Sherzo - and told myself I was going to listen to them before moving on to season 3.

Well, how do you think that worked out? ;)

So I stayed up until stupid o' clock last night listening to Sherzo. (I d/l in MP3 format and I was going to just *one* track. umm.) And *dies* It was terrible and wonderful and dark and lovely and unsettling .....ugh. It wasn't as bleak as I'd feared though. The quotes and edited together clips on Tumblr and YT made me fear the worst. Instead it was much more hopeful than I expected. Eight has been half-insane since the end of Neverland and this finally sees him starting to struggle his way back to finding himself. And... I think I need to listen to it again.


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DW rewatch 1

So I've been working all week at volunteer stuff and just wanted to sit down tonight to listen to one of the three new BF audios I bought last night (yay, for mom's day presents) but when I went to d/l - oh look the site is down. *cries* So guess it's a good time to review some Old Skool DW.

Two - Tomb of the Cybermen

So we started with Two. I was seriously pleasantly surprised. I was expecting lots of wobbly sets and sloooow stories. So far I've only gotten through the first two One stories and I found them so terribly slow. The only second Doctor stories I'd seen until now were the bits and pieces from my Lost in Time set. But the story moved well, the cybermen in this were Much better and much scarier than the cybermen in the Four episode I watched (more on this later). This was also my first time seeing an ep with Victoria and I liked her pretty well.

I don't like using number ratings because it seems very arbitrary and I always overthink, so I'll just categorize this one as fun and would watch again.

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Well Big Finish has sucked me back into this fandom. Yay? What can I say, I can't stay away.

So because I love a good survey and have been on BBCA panel forever, I got invited to beta test Britbox. I wish I could have given them rave reviews, but it was thoroughly underwhelming. (I made it clear in their market testing surveys that I considered a no-Doctor BBC/BBCA streaming service a deal breaker.) And low and behold when it debuted guess what? No Doctor Who. No sci-fi at all. And no anything I'd ever heard of either - aside from Absolutely Fabulous and Are You Being Served. I can see better BBC stuff on Netflix and frankly on my DVD shelf. And I then I found out ITV was part of this. Where was all the good ITV stuff? I mean - The Thunderbirds, The Avengers? And not my thing but come on- what about The Saint and The Prisoner?

But if you love Britain's Most Boring Documentaries (Planet Earth? Hahaha, no), or lots of soap operas and a bunch dramas so slow they are rated an insomnia cure, you are all set.

And on that note you know what else it lacked? One single kid's show. Even Netflix has offerings like The Sparticle Mystery which is bad and kinda does everything wrong, but hey, it's offered.

So I made all this clear in my beta panel surveys and I was ready to hit cancel the second my 90 day beta ended. (They were launching at the point and it would cost actual money.) Then I guess they heard the boos and just before the beta ended, they added classic DW and Red Dwarf. (I'm not a fan of the latter but Junior is.) So DH and I decided to let it ride a month and see what happens. So to make it worthwhile I needed to start watching DW. It was on Hulu for a while, but somehow all the ads made it unappealing. I'll probably be reviewing my rewatch here, because a lot of these are so much better than I remembered. It was hard work being a PSB DW viewer as a kid and knowing that watching meant you were plunking yourself down for 90 minutes of viewing while your Saturday morning ticked away.

So this turned into a bit of a rant so I'm going to shut up now. I meant to write just a short note that I was going to review the eps on my rewatch. So see you then.

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Happy New Year!

So I'm considering writing fanfic again.

That is- I am writing fanfic again. Non- Doctor Who fanfic. That I'm considering finishing and posting. I don't know if I'll post here or just link to the Ao3 post.

You'll know when I do, I guess.

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Music Meme

Since, apparently, I'll do anything to delay grocery shopping.

1. Open up your music player. Hit shuffle.
2. Record the first few lines of the first 25 songs that come up.
3. Skip instrumentals, but don’t skip the embarrassing ones.
4. Let your f/list guess the song names and artists. Google is cheating.
5. Cross out the songs that have been guessed.
6. Pass it along.

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