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Stars Wars birthday cake!

For my son's tenth birthday outing to see The Force Awakens tomorrow. Took a lot of work, but I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out! :-)

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Happy Doctor Who Christmas!

Look what my son and I got for Christmas!


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Hell Bent (Doctor Who 9.12)

I think this may be one I really have to watch again before I really know how I feel about it. SpoilersCollapse )

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Getting back into fandom

It's weird, but this season has finally made me start loving Doctor Who again. I've actually started wanting to rewatch episodes (the last couple of seasons, I've literally only got round to rewatching in the last few weeks before the next season, and then only really because I honestly couldn't remember what had come before) and discuss them and think about them again. I hadn't realised how much I'd missed that – the interaction with fandom and the fun of looking at episodes as a writer again. The fact that I can. Because I'm pretty sure the reason I stopped doing that was that, mostly, Moffat's Who just doesn't make any sense. Oh sure, it's chock full of meaningful imagery and timey-wimey cleverness and intricate writing, but the one place where it seems to fail is in making sense from a character point of view. The main reason I stopped analysing it is because I couldn't work out the characters' motivations in doing what they do, and that was a shame because that's what I watch drama for. It's what I'm interested in – the people in a story, far less than the story itself. And while Moffat's stories are often wonderful, they often, for me, lack a strong sense of character and that's made me lose touch with the series.

I don't really know what's changed this season but somehow I feel like I'm connecting with the Doctor again for the first time in way too long. I suspect a large part of it is the marvellous acting of Peter Capaldi, but I've also started to connect with Clara too, and feel that her character was finally starting to actually show the traits they kept saying she had (the recklessness, the control freak thing), so obviously it's not just the acting. Either something's changed in the writing, or something's changed in my brain!

The reason I started thinking about this was that I was re-watching Last of the Time Lords with my son last night (and Utopia and The Sound of Drums a couple of nights before) and I still love those episodes to bits, even though I've watched them about a hundred trillion times, both for research because I used to write the Master and (still write) Jack, and because I just loved them. I know exactly what's going to happen in every single moment of each episode, but I still love watching them and I still get something out of watching them, because there's just so much to see. Okay, so the Tinkerbell Doctor ending is incredibly twee, and I still don't see why Martha actually needed to get up to the Valiant in time for the countdown etc. etc., but I don't care, because everything is driven by character and in that respect it makes sense. And the characters and their interactions are fabulous. (Also, last night, I even spotted something new – or possibly something I'd once known but had since forgotten – the fact that the Master's screwdriver sounds like a sword coming out of a sheath when it's being activated, which fits in beautifully with all his other 'old-time villain' traits such as loving a countdown and corny dialogue.)

I can't imagine wanting to watch even the best of season 9 (the first two, Ashildr's second ep, the Zygon ones, the final three) as many times as I've watched the Master trilogy, but at least I feel like there's something there again. Something that's made me connect with Doctor Who and its characters again.

After all this time, it's quite a relief!

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Heaven Sent (Doctor Who 9:11)

That was an amazing piece of television. Spoilers, including speculation for episode 12Collapse )

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Face The Raven (Doctor Who 9.10)

Well. Looking back on the episode, I can't really seem to remember much actually happening, but I enjoyed it so it can't be all bad. SpoilersCollapse )

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Sleep No More (Doctor Who 9.9)

Well, that was different. Cut for spoilersCollapse )

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The Zygon Inversion (Doctor Who 9.8)

Awesome. Best episode since the anniversary episode, because like that one it actually made me feel. There are probably a lot of plotholes, but right now I don't care, because being made to feel things is what I watch these things for and I've missed that!

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9.3 Under the Lake/9.4 Before the Flood

Wow. That was awesome. SpoilerishCollapse )

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The Witch's Familiar (Doctor Who 9.2)

Well, that was the first episode in well over a year that I really, really enjoyed. SpoilerishCollapse )

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Sharing Buffy with the next generation

Woah, long, long time since my last post. Long time since I even logged in as Unfeathered, to be honest. My transition out of fandom back into real life has finally become complete enough that now I'm even too busy in RL even to tag my RP threads, a lot of the time. How things have changed since I first started out on LJ, desperate for an escape from RL!

But, even though I sincerely doubt anyone's still reading my journal, I had to come on here and share that I've just shared Buffy with my son for the first time. Cut for lengthCollapse )

Anyway. I'm just so chuffed that, having shared the whole of Doctor Who (except Torchwood, obviously!) with him, I can now share my first fannish love with him too!

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Dark Water (Doctor Who 8.11)

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Time Heist (Doctor Who 8.5)

Well, that was more like it.Collapse )

Note to self: must get a Twelfth Doctor icon!

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Robot of Sherwood (Doctor Who 8.3)

Well, that was more like it! What a romp! It got a bit overtly meta at the end (I don't think spelling out what it's all about is at all necessary at this point) but all in all, extremely enjoyable and lots of fun. Put a big grin on my face!

ETA: Oh, also? Was anyone else struck by how very much Ben Miller looked like Anthony Ainley with that beard?

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