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11 October 2016 @ 08:51 pm
From the genius of Roger Hargreaves, via this week's Radio Times, I give you a glimpse of the Doctor Who/Mr.Men mash-up appearing in a bookshop near you next spring.

The article can be found here.
Trailer of the Doctor Who spin-off Class, coming 22nd October (more info):

Doctor Who Christmas Special title: The Return of Doctor Mysterio. First Look trailer:

[Teaser summary (click to open)]The Doctor, joining forces with with an investigative journalist, played by Charity Wakefield, and a superhero to save New York from a deadly alien threat.
Steven Moffat says: I’ve always loved superheroes and this Christmas Doctor Who dives into that world. My favourite superhero is Clark Kent. Not Superman, Clark Kent.
Canadian actor Justin Chatwin, plays Grant in the special, he says: Working with the amazing people at Doctor Who has been one of the most fun and rewarding projects I’ve ever had the pleasure of being involved with.
Matt Lucas returns as Nardole, a character first seen in last year's Christmas special. He told Comic-con
I thought it would be really exciting to be a real part of it, and I am a big fan of Peter's work and have been for a long time
Also joining the cast is Adetomiwa Edun (Lucifer, Bates Motel), Aleksandar Jovanovic and Logan Hoffman. Executive Producer Brian Minchin added: We all have the best job in the world getting to make Doctor Who and getting to make a 60 min programme to be shown on xmas day is so exciting

Doctor Who BBC Writer's Room event blog post.

Crowdfunded official Digital Pinball game released by Farsight Studios for iOS, Google Play, Steam (Mac/Windows), Mac App Store, Amazon and Ouya.
The 53rd Anniversary of Doctor Who is looming over us and, as in previous years, I thought it would be nice to commemorate it at who_at_50 via the medium of fanwork.

I therefore announce the who_at_50 52nd Anniversary Fanwork-a-thon, celebrating more than half a century of Doctor Who-related goodness. All - that is all - forms of fannish endeavour are welcome - fanfic, fanart, fanvids, fanmixes, icons, podfic, and absolutely any other medium in which you want to express your creativity and celebrate your love for that which is Who, almost certainly including some I've never even heard of. Signups are open from today; posting of fanworks will commence from 1 November 2016 and continue throughout that month. Anything evoking the idea of the extraordinary longevity and diversity of Who would be especially welcome, but maybe the best way to do that is by creating the most typically Doctor Who-like Doctor Who fanwork you can?

If you're interested in taking part, please take a look at one of the posts linked below for details and rules (there aren't many rules!) and if it looks good please leave a comment. See you there, hopefully.

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04 October 2016 @ 03:04 pm

public_call is a secret santa fic exchange for Doctor Who and its various related fandoms, run through LJ and AO3.

Sign-ups: 3rd - 16th October (request 3 to 15 relationships, offer 3 to 20. One each must be New Who and/or Torchwood.)
Deadline: 20th November
Posting period: starting 1st December

Sign-ups are open now.

More info: Detailed Rules and FAQ
25 September 2016 @ 10:10 am
It’s Oktoberfest time in Germany! My figures enjoy their beer and pretzels. I even have a brass orchestra!

The houses in the background are cardboard packages for wine bottles. I’ve kept them for many years.
Because of her costume Astrid Peth always ends up as a serving lady in my pictures. Sorry Astrid! And the guy next to her looks as if he already had enough ;)

Jack brought both his old and new boyfriend - will that work out? Reason for more beer on John’s part, I guess.

More detailed close-up pictures can be seen in my LJ here: detailed Oktoberfest pictures

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public_call is back for 2016! All Whovian canons are welcome in this secret santa fic exchange for Doctor Who and its various related fandoms:
  • sign up to write a story about two or more Whovian characters someone else has requested

  • receive a story with a relationship you have requested
(Writers are free to write any relationship as a pairing/moresome or as platonic.)

Nominations: 15th - 30th September (nominate up to 15 relationships)
Sign-ups: 3rd - 16th October (request 3 to 15 relationships, offer 3 to 20. One each must be New Who and/or Torchwood.)
Deadline: 20th November
Posting period: starting 1st December

Nominations for relationships are now open.

More info: Detailed Rules and FAQ

I'd like to start a discussion about an aspect of the Doctor that confuses me.

Why is it necessary for the Doctor to be a tortured soul? Why all the tragedy?

For me, starting back in the Classic Series in the 80's (as an American seeing it on PBS) one of the things I loved about the Doctor is that he seemed to be a mature man who had his shit together.

Sure, he couldn't drive his time machine, and he was always bumbling around and getting things wrong. But within himself, in his soul, he seemed to be such a refreshing character, a man who enjoyed his life, who liked himself, and who, (while having tragedies in his past,) did not dwell on them.

I admired that. I aspired to be like that. To be able to live fully in the now. To be someone who had accepted himself, warts and all, and didn't worry about it. He seemed at peace with himself, whole-hearted in a way not often seen on TV.

Modern life seems to be consumed with worrying about everything. Every character has to have some big "tragedy" or they aren't considered interesting. I find it boring. And predictable. And done to death.

So, that's my question. Why does the Doctor have to be a tortured soul? Wouldn't he be more original in today's TV landscape as a non-tortured soul?

Wouldn't it be nice to have a hero to look up to who was not perfect, but who had the maturity to accept himself as he was, accept his life as it was, and still enjoy life to the fullest? Not in a shallow jesterish way, not as a way of "covering up" his "pain" but simply as a man who is whole hearted? (Instead of "broken" like so many others.)

What are your thoughts? I know, from a writing perspective, it's considered good to have a character who is not perfect and who has conflicts and dramatic things to deal with, but does that mean he has to be tragic?

07 September 2016 @ 10:54 am
Title: A Pleasant Accident
Author: Ragna (scandalbaby)
Fandoms: Sherlock/Doctor Who
Characters/Pairings: Eleventh Doctor (“John Smith”)/Molly Hooper
Rating: G
Summary: John & Molly go on their first date and Molly has an unfortunate accident which leads to a pleasant surprise.
Authors Notes: Part of my “The Private Lives Of Teachers” series and written for day 3 of Molly Hooper Appreciation Week.
Current Music: Fiona Apple - Criminal | Powered by Last.fm
04 September 2016 @ 02:41 pm

Here is the latest piece. I can be seen at 6.15 just under the "The" of the title card.
30 August 2016 @ 12:59 am
Title: Body Heat
Rating: G
Word Count: 1,931
Fandom: Doctor Who
Pairing(s): (pre-) Jenny Flint/Vastra
Setting: sequel to The Lizard Womand and On the Case
Summary: Silurians cannot regulate their own body temperature – but humans can.

Link(s): on LJ & on AO3