Number 12

Aug. 5th, 2013 12:14 am
hildy89: (blue box)
It seems like only yesterday I was joining the Internet in freaking out over Matt Smith's casting. The age, the hair, then "Ooh, what is he doing with his hands?" and "Wow he talks fast" and then the evitable "But.. but... I liked him!" Smith hasn't quite worn the tread off the tires the way Tennant did for me. I watched end of "End of Time" before the Big Announcement on BBC America and I swear it was a special form of torture. (I may have giggled inappropriately at Anneke Wills referring to 8 as the "prettiest Doctor". No argument from me, Polly.)

The new Doctor casting pleases me greatly. (Also I saw the rumor earlier and I said "Oh. Oh yes." Not least because I just finished watching BBC's The Hour and he was one of my favorite characters. I'm glad to see an older Doctor, but I'm curious which direction they'll go. Ornery and crotchety or serious and edgy? Or neither? Matt Smith's first promo pic screamed Twilight gothy and he turned out quite madcap. I can't wait!

I am debating whether to indulge in Big Finish's sale/discount on the early releases. There's even a special "Early Years" subscription option that's really tempting if I can figure out which chunk I'd want -- the ones in between Storm Warning and Chimes of Midnight are the current option, but oof, there are some I really haven't liked.
hildy89: (always miss shaw)
Sorta update: I talk a little over here about what I'm reading/watching/etc lately. I also talk about how I'm not writing. I'm trying to nudge it into life with some goals. I honestly don't know why my writing urge has been so quiet lately. I've been reading a lot, so maybe I'm just priming the pump trying to figure out what I want to really write. It's frustrating as hell.

I'm trying (and failing) to keep up with some of my podcasts. Um, Radio Downloader was shut down by the BBC, so anyone I recced that to earlier may need to find another source, which is really a shame. I liked the way it'd grab the episode whenever it aired for later. I do have a massive backlog of "In Our Time" to get through. I've also been listening to Verity Podcast, a Doctor Who podcast compromised of a bunch of women. What's eerie is listening to Deb Stanish who basically sounds very similiar to [livejournal.com profile] neadods. And maybe I've watched entirely too much BBC if I can make out Scottish Liz's accent without subtitles. (And now I've challenged her -- she's suggesting doing one in broad Scots -- I'm fully expecting to go "The Doctor did what now?")

I bought but haven't listened to the new box set of "Counter Measures" and subscribed to the "Confessions of Dorian Gray" that I inexplicably fell in love with over Christmas. Big Finish is also twigging my Emma Peel by giving us audio versions of the David Keel-John Steed era The Avengers, starring Milner from [livejournal.com profile] foyleswar as Keel. I wonder if they'll bother adapting the two that survived -- "Frighteners" and "Girl on a Trapeze".
hildy89: (sidonia)
Big Finish appears to be dipping its hand into downloads. The first program available is an adaptation of Gaston Leroux's "Phantom of the Opera". You can download the episodes and the soundtracks. The only thing they don't state anywhere is the format, whether mp3 or whatever.
hildy89: (blue box)
I noticed a license plate when I was walking to lunch today: BOYK9S

So there are girl K9s somewhere?

Of course, I had Willow's "Was it a boy demon?" in my head, too.

[livejournal.com profile] bigfinishlove has posted the masterlist for the Big Finish Audio Ficathon along with the unused prompts. I received "Neither Enemies Nor Allies" showcasing two of my favorite characters from the "Gallifrey" spin-off Brax and Narwin. It also nicely integrates bits of other canon. So many audios to listen to, not nearly enough time.
hildy89: (eighth doctor)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] hildy
Recipient & Prompt: [livejournal.com profile] teghrannah; Eight, Charley, "Kill me"
Title: Because I Would Not Stop for Death
Rating: PG
Warnings: None
Spoilers: "Neverland"/"Zagreus"/"Scherzo"
Summary: She'd pleaded with him, but he couldn't. He'd asked the same of her, but she couldn't.
Author's Note: Written for the [livejournal.com profile] bigfinishlove Audio Ficathon. The title comes from an Emily Dickinson poem of the same name; Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] sarajlarson for a quick read-through.

Because I Would Not Stop for Death
hildy89: (blue box)
So I've been listening to a bunch of Big Finish audios recently. Most of them are Eight's continuing adventures with Charley, but there are a few oddball ones in there too.

I do always find it ironic whenever someone says how popular Tom Baker was in America as the Doctor, because he was certainly never my Doctor. If I saw the series on PBS, it was always Colin Baker or later Sylvester McCoy. Likewise, I knew Peter Davison mostly for his role in the Campion series, not for the Doctor or the "All Creatures Great and Small". (This will be relevant, really.)

Companion Chronicles: Beautiful People )

Other Lives )

Neverland (revisited) )

Seasons of Fear )

Zagreus )

Scherzo )

Winter for the Adept )

I'll wait to cover the Gallifrey series after I get through the first series.
hildy89: (our first date)
So I've had a longer week than intended. My parents came into town for their usual round of doctor appointments and catching up with family. Then Friday I came down with a dreadful cold/allergy attack that sapped all my energy over the weekend.

What did I do with my "free time"? I watched two movies. One was Dirigible, a 1931 movie directed by Frank Capra and starring Fay Wray, both prior to their rise to fame. I was more interested in the pretty airship scenes than the Hollywood love triangle. So much for being a romantic at heart. I also finally watched "Casino Royale" with Daniel Craig. I quite liked this incarnation. Sauve, but lethal. It was hard getting attached to the romance, though, knowing the original story.

It's October, so I've signed up for another round of Nano. Friends of mine can sigh dramatically "Of course you did". The Nano journal is over at [livejournal.com profile] nanonano. Most years it's just me talking about the writing process and updates with the occasional friendslocked excerpt. Last year I did [livejournal.com profile] mini_nanowrimo, so who knows.

I also signed up for [livejournal.com profile] bigfinishlove's Doctor Who Audio Ficathon, so I spent some of this weekend lining up my ducks on what canon I'd require. (I actually like the "Recommended canon" section of the signups. While it may seem narrow, it does let you know what your requester was thinking when they signed up. Not sure if that'd work or hurt for other ficathons.)
hildy89: (our first date)
Having a "late game" on Sunday has some good side effects. I duped the last two Boston Blackie movies off the dvr onto tape. I'll have to keep a weather eye on TCM to see if they ever reair "Alias Boston Blackie". I didn't find this batch as interesting as the "Watching the Detectives" group, but mostly these were from the later years of the Columbia series. I still haven't duped off "Dirigible", a 1931 Frank Capra movie with pre-King Kong Fay Wray.

As a fan of the Big Finish audios, it's nice to see the [livejournal.com profile] bigfinishlove community. They're running an Big Finish DW audio ficathon. I'm debating whether to sign up for that. I'm leaning in favor of it now, but we'll see.

I've mentioned that 1980 era "Another World" is on AOL Video. In a weird surprise, I've discovered Kevin Conroy (better known as the animated voice of Batman) playing on two of the Proctor & Gamble soaps, "AW" and "Search for Tomorrow" in diametrically opposite roles. If you're a soap fan (or even play the spot the star game), SFT is a trippy trippy experience. I've only watched two episodes from 1984 or thereabouts, and besides Kevin, I've seen Jane Krakowski, Malachy McCourt, Lisa Peluso and Matthew Ashford. If you've watched AW, you'll also recognize long time regular Larry Haines. He briefly played Ada's 1940s era sweetheart & master chef Sidney Sugarman.
hildy89: (8th doctor/charley)
Big Finish is doing their summer sale ending July 31st. Alas no good deals on the monthly releases. Mostly focuses on the various spin-offs for the Doctor Who crowd, including the UNIT, Dalek Empire, Sarah Jane and Gallifrey series. A pity they hadn't included the "Dark Shadows" or "Sapphire and Steel" ones.
hildy89: (8th doctor/charley)
[livejournal.com profile] azarsuerte has started a Charley Pollard fanlisting called Edwardian Adventuress. She also reports after some question of what category to put her in, the category heads still put her in Characters:TV, because Doctor Who is primarily a tv fandom. So if you want to do fls for other audio/book companions and presumably pairings, you should apply under the TV section. Silly multimedia spanning fandoms...
hildy89: (eighth doctor)
So sick again unfortunately. My day home coincided with a blazingly hot day outside. If this is what June is like, I'd hate to see what constitutes our real summer this year. I'm curled up on my spare couch (different the ankle spraining loveseat) catching up with some Big Finish audios before the thunderstorms hit. (I just hope they leave my A/C intact please?)

Spoilers for the whole BBC7 Doctor Who 8 series )
hildy89: (liz shaw)
If you happen to buy the Sonic Screwdriver Flashlight, don't panic when it doesn't work straight out of the box. I opened mine yesterday and discovered this. After everything that happened at MWC, I was prepared for the worst case scenario. I felt like a silly kid with my own new Christmas toy and worried I'd broken it already. Nowhere is it mentioned on the packaging or instructions, but there's a tab inside that blocks the flashlight from working. Once you've removed that, it lights up with an ominous blue light. I solemnly promise I won't try to open my door with it. I might search for missing keys though.

I'm on a Big Finish roll. The last two MWC have left me diving back into the Whoverse. I listened to "The Blue Tooth" Companion Chronicle featuring Caroline John reprising her role as the divine Liz Shaw. Blue Tooth review )

Oh, and [livejournal.com profile] suzy_queue, I've ahemed the first season of "Torchwood" for a weekend marathon. I know who to blame for this. *stern glare*
hildy89: (8th doctor/charley)
I was so wiped out from my trip home that I opted to stay home from work yesterday. Not the wisest move from a financial standpoint, but I just knew I wouldn't be too useful to anyone. I caught up with some laundry and groceries. While I was gone, Giant has reorganized their fruit juices, eliminating the large jugs of Hi-C I live off. I'd rather not rely on the little juice boxes. Fortunately Harris Teeter is also within walking distance and I can see whether they have any. I also put in a request with the manager so they know my displeasure. I'm hoping it's just temporary as they sort out their stock. [livejournal.com profile] hildy cannot live by water or apple juice alone.

I bought the "Chimes of Midnight" off [livejournal.com profile] neadods at MediaWest. The Eighth Doctor and Charley have arrived at an Edwardian house on Christmas Eve, but nothing is quite what it appears. Chimes of Midnight review w/ related thought on 10th Doctor )
hildy89: (liz shaw)
Can I say how much I'm looking forward to the Big Finish's Companion Chronicles, especially Blue Tooth? No, no, I really couldn't say.
hildy89: (8th doctor/charley)
The weather has threatened thunderstorms at any second. Consequently the humidity has shot up, causing the apartment to be very uncomfortable. The forecast for the rest of the week is equally bleak.

Big Finish audios; spoilers for Neverland and Something Inside )
hildy89: (our first date)
I finished listening to my first Big Finish Doctor Who audio "Storm Warning". Considering the memories I have of that horrible tv movie, I found myself quite liking Paul McGann as the 8th Doctor. Here was the idiosyncratic and otherworldly soul we've come to love. On the other hand, I'm well known for my love of British accents, so maybe it isn't that surprising.

Charley reminded me of SAJV's Rebecca Fogg in her delightful first appearance. That's an amusing observation since India Fisher is Francesca Hunt's sister, so clearly they keep adventuring in the family.

Overall I enjoyed the story. I do agree with some reviews that say the last two parts are the weaker half of the storyline. Too much trying to set up and explain their alien world building.

As I mentioned, though, I'm an airship geek, so I know a little more than most about R-101 and her history. Mostly they got it right, except for a few things, one minor and one massive. I've pulled a good deal of information from Airship Heritage Trust website with information on all British airships, including the R-100 and R-101. Also a chapter from the Hindenburg: An Illustrated History with some lovely photos.

More on the R-101 w/ spoilers for Storm Warning )

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