Amazing

Jul. 15th, 2015 09:19 pm
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-33543383

Honestly, this is my amazed face. I'm thinking about learning about the planets in junior school when I was about nine and being fascinated by the idea of Pluto, it being so distant and mysterious.

Well, it's technically not a planet anymore (no, sorry - it's not, fellow nostalgics, and the reasons for it not being a planet anymore are imho scientifically sound, so sorry), but that doesn't make it any less fascinating.

I've just been watching the live stream of the press conference from NASA and came away with my sense of wonder thoroughly rekindled.

And just think, for all the world today has a lot wrong with it and manages to be a near-constant disappointment: millions of people - at least - all around the world watching on their computers and other devices as close-up images of Pluto, for pity's sake, are unveiled. Who says we're not living in the future?
jjpor: (Five Rounds Rapid)
Title: Escaping the Web
Part Eight: St. James's Park
Rating: Teen (Gen)
Word count: 46,171 so far
Warnings: Some violence
Summary: The horror infesting the London Underground has been defeated, and now it's time for Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart to pick up the pieces and build for the future. If he can, that is, with the shadowy agents of a certain Institute doing their best to interfere...
Characters: Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, Other characters
Disclaimer: Doctor Who and its many associated characters and copyrights do not, of course, belong to me!

Eventually, the next part! In which Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart makes some new acquaintances, goes for a drive around London and sees the sights, has a lie down and watches some television. A good day all round...?
jjpor: (Seven'n'Ace)
Came across this in the course of my internet perambulations and had to share (some of you may have seen it before, but I hadn't).

You know 70s Pr0n Colin? Well...

https://whopix.wordpress.com/2011/04/11/patrick-troughton-is-jason-king/
jjpor: (Seven'n'Ace)
Extending all of my best birthday wishes to my associate [personal profile] lost_spook - I hope it has been a good day and that watching of obscure 1960s-70s British TV has featured in it. :)

And a very happy birthday too to [personal profile] femme_slash_fan - I hope that whatever you have been doing has been enjoyable and that you've been doing all of the reading and writing that you can. :)


Wishing many happy returns to both of you.
jjpor: (Five Rounds Rapid)
Title: Escaping the Web
Part Seven: Shoreditch
Rating: Teen (Gen)
Word count: 38,138 so far
Warnings: Some violence
Summary: The horror infesting the London Underground has been defeated, and now it's time for Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart to pick up the pieces and build for the future. If he can, that is, with the shadowy agents of a certain Institute doing their best to interfere...
Characters: Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, Other characters
Disclaimer: Doctor Who and its many associated characters and copyrights do not, of course, belong to me!

Back after another lengthy hiatus - I found this chapter quite difficult to write, conscious that I needed to finish the Brig-Gilmore dialogue in this part while making sure not to miss out all of the fanw*nky Who references (and one non-Who reference - let me know if you spot it!) that I wanted to shoehorn in...! Again, I'm trying to give the Counter-Measures audios their due respect while probably riding roughshod over their continuity... ;)

And if you like this, why not read my other, closely-related fic Focal Point, which covers some of the same ground?

And do you know what? It's been a long while since we had one of those UNIT Dating posts, hasn't it...? I may need to remedy that sometime soon...
jjpor: (All too true...)
Finished - at last! My entry for the [profile] dw_guestfest Whoniverse Minor Characters Ficathon! It turned out a bit longer than I was planning. I believe it is still, possibly, the 10th of April in some timezones...

Author: [personal profile] jjpor
Title: Focal Point
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 16,447
Prompt/Chosen character: Isobel Watkins from The Invasion. Sort of.
Notes/Warnings: A fairly strange idea for a fic that came to me when I was working on my other early-period UNIT fic and musing about UNIT dating etc. Once thought, though, I couldn't un-think it. I quote dialogue from the Who story The Invasion fairly liberally at some points, and also lyrics from the song Teddy Bears' Picnic, of all things. None of this belongs to me! With bloody violence, swearing, drug references, oodles of 1960s period misogyny and sexism and unpleasant stuff like that. Canon who characters bent wildly out of shape. OCs wandering into frame. You know, for the kids.
Summary: Isobel is in two minds about her involvement with the Doctor, Zoe and Jamie...

Link: At Teaspoon | At AO3
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After hearing the sad but, I think, not wholly unexpected news earlier this evening, I don't have a lot to say about it that others haven't said more eloquently elsewhere. I have been reading and re-reading (and re-reading) his books for at least the past twenty-five years and I'm pretty much certain that my tastes in literature and indeed my outlook on the world would be very different if I had not done so. Not only are they really funny, they've got a lot of heart and a lot of common sense. I think the world was much the richer for having him writing in it, and is now much the poorer for him having left.

There's a line from The Colour of Magic, which was the very first Pratchett I read:

“Magic never dies. It merely fades away.”

Although, Pratchett's depiction of magic being what it was, it's much, much scarier in context.
jjpor: (Master III)
...while watching the 2008 X-Files movie (a.k.a. I Want to Believe a.k.a. The One With Billy Connolly In It) last night...

No, not "Yay, it's the Skin Man!" but only because I've seen it a couple of times before. That was certainly my main thought when I first viewed it.

And not how different it was to the first movie made a decade earlier, while being if anything even truer to the actual television series (especially some of those dark, nasty little stories in Season 4 or thereabouts), although that is a thought that has occurred to me before in relation to this film.

Musings Follow )
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Brought to you by the inimitable [personal profile] lost_spook:



Seriously - get over there and sign up! I'll be very disappointed if nobody picks up the Spandrell/Gallifreyan police procedural prompt (unfortunately I already have my own bunny demanding attention...)

Fic Meme

Feb. 8th, 2015 10:52 pm
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Nabbed from [personal profile] lost_spook:

Ask me a question about one of my fics. (here and here) It can be absolutely anything in any project and I will answer it the best I can -- even on current progress/plans.

If you'd prefer, you can also ask about my writing for a particular fandom, my writing as a whole, etc.


Hey, it might be fun.
jjpor: (Five Rounds Rapid)
Title: On a Need to Know Basis
Rating: All Ages (Gen)
Word count: 100 in MS Word
Warnings: None
Summary: Some information is best kept to oneself...
Characters: Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, the Doctor (3rd)
Disclaimer: Doctor Who and its many associated characters and copyrights do not, of course, belong to me!

Inspired by a plot point in the Series 8 finale; I may be mixing the timeline up a bit, but this is the first thing that came to mind.

Teaspoon link: http://www.whofic.com/viewstory.php?sid=56815

Or read behind the cut! )
jjpor: (Five Rounds Rapid)
Title: Escaping the Web
Part Six: Green Park
Rating: Teen (Gen)
Word count: 30,101 so far
Warnings: Some violence
Summary: The horror infesting the London Underground has been defeated, and now it's time for Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart to pick up the pieces and build for the future. If he can, that is, with the shadowy agents of a certain Institute doing their best to interfere...
Characters: Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, Other characters
Disclaimer: Doctor Who and its many associated characters and copyrights do not, of course, belong to me!

In which the Colonel and the Air Commodore continue to discuss the state of the world, including some Brig biographical details based solely on my own wild speculations and quite a few fanw*nky references to various Who stories - see if you can spot them all. :D I'm trying to at least acknowledge the Counter-Measures audios here, but not sweating any potential "canon" contradictions, if that makes any sense.

And my my, yes, it looks like there might be another UNIT Dating post coming your way soon... I know you're all looking forward to it. ;D
jjpor: (Five Rounds Rapid)
A new year – new borderline-worrying UNIT dating spam! :D

As you will recall, in previous posts trying to make sense of the fearsomely complex UNIT Dating Conundrum it was established that:

Remembrance of the Daleks and An Unearthly Child definitely both took place in the fourth quarter of 1963.

July the 20th, 1966 was a really busy day for the Doctor and also establishes that the Whoniverse, for want of a better term, is much more scientifically and technologically advanced than “our” world was in the same time period. UNIT stories therefore don’t have to take place in the near future just because they contain then-futuristic elements. The Faceless Ones is also, bizarrely, technically a pseudo-historical.

Also, The Web of Fear most likely took place around the time of its actual production and broadcast at the end of 1967/beginning of 1968.

The Invasion took place roughly four years later, probably in the autumn of 1971 to give us enough time to fit everything else in before the Brigadier’s established retirement date in 1976. This and many of the following UNIT stories therefore do actually take place in the near future from the point of view of the time they were produced, just not as far forward as the production team probably intended (when they remembered). The technological edge isn’t the only difference between the Whoniverse and our own; by the time this version of 1971 rolls around the world political situation also seems very different from “our” history.

And now we push on, with Spearhead from Space, the dreaded Season 6b and good stuff like that!

Be afraid... Be very afraid... )


tl;dr: Spearhead from Space takes place “months” after an unseen missing UNIT story which takes place shortly after the late-1971-dated The Invasion. And Season 6b is real! And more on UNIT dating next time, where I will actually start specifying years, months etc. Don’t miss it!
jjpor: (One)
Time flies, doesn't it? Whether you had a bad 2014, a good 2014 or a middling 2014, I hope all of you have a better 2015.

Among my own resolutions for the new year is to write more stuff and finish more of what I write. I've been telling myself to do that for about the past two years (at least), but fingers crossed. You never know. ;)
jjpor: (Five Rounds Rapid)
Title: Escaping the Web
Part Five: Hyde Park Corner
Rating: Teen (Gen)
Word count: 24,849 so far
Warnings: Some violence
Summary: The horror infesting the London Underground has been defeated, and now it's time for Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart to pick up the pieces and build for the future. If he can, that is, with the shadowy agents of a certain Institute doing their best to interfere...
Characters: Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, Other characters
Disclaimer: Doctor Who and its many associated characters and copyrights do not, of course, belong to me!

After another lengthy delay in getting these chapters posted, the Colonel continues his slow immersion into the secret world, meeting another character from classic Who and incidentally demonstrating that whatever aspersions Three may have cast at him he's far better at soldiering than he is at marriage...

And those of you who've been following my ramblings will know what this means - another chapter up, I can allow myself another UNIT dating post! :D
jjpor: (One)
How the...flip did I not know that William Russell was in The Great Escape before seeing him dragged out of a tunnel by a German guard earlier today?!

Alas, the Luftwaffe dude did not exclaim "Hande hoch, Chesterfield!"

Pre-Who, too, as Wiki informs me the film was released in June 1963 - no wonder David McCallum looks about twelve!

In other news, Last Christmas was imho very good indeed - "Sweet Papa Crimbo!"
jjpor: (One)
...the Doctor Who Christmas Special and all through the house...

The actual clip doesn't exist anymore due to the BBC's old space-saving policy (a different sort of space-saving to the kind the Doctor does), but this excellent recon by Youtube user cbatt91337 makes a very serviceable substitute (with an added bit of Python at the start):



Whatever winter holidays you may or may not be celebrating, I wish you a good evening and an excellent tomorrow...and here's hoping the Doctor brings us the present we want. :)


WIP Meme

Dec. 12th, 2014 09:30 pm
jjpor: (Master 2)
Haven't done one of these in a while, so snaffled from [personal profile] john_amend_all:

If you happen to be working on some creative writing project, fanfiction or NaNaWriMo or what have you, post exactly one sentence from each of your i current works in progress in your journal.

No titles, no pack drill:

Sentences )

I think that will do for now...
jjpor: (Five Rounds Rapid)
...with UNIT's early years, UNIT dating and the great Web-Invasion gap, these sound quite interesting:

http://www.doctorwhonews.net/2014/12/lethbridge-stewart-novels-081214132212.html

Oh, and regarding UNIT dating, I think I've decided how I'm going to deal with Sarah's frankly bizarre "1980" remarks when I get to that bit (just ignore them?!). Which should be about next April judging by the "progress" I'm making with the next chapter of the fic (must do another chapter before I'll allow myself another weird UNIT-w*nk post on here!)

;)

Oh, and you all know about Henry Lincoln's somewhat strange career after he was no longer writing for Doctor Who, don't you? I might do a post about that at some point - that sort of wacky pseudohistorical stuff is one of my sometime guilty pleasures.
jjpor: (Five Rounds Rapid)
Oh, you thought I’d maybe stopped with the pointless UNIT dating posts? You don’t have luck like that.

Previous parts can be found HERE and HERE. To cut a long story short – we (that is, I) had chiefly come to the conclusions that 1. The War Machines takes place in 1966, as helpfully exposited in the serial The Faceless Ones, that 2. the Whoniverse’s 1966 was somewhat more scientifically and technologically advanced than “our” 1966, possibly due to the machinations of a certain Institute, and that 3. the preponderance of evidence would tend to suggest that The Web of Fear takes place in either late 1967 or early 1968, around about the time of its real life recording and broadcast.

Thanks, too, to [profile] john_elliott, who in the comments to the previous post pointed out that the map of the London Underground that can be glimpsed in Web doesn't show the Victoria Line, which historically opened in March 1969 – yet further corroboration for the above dating!

So, having established that, let’s consider the first proper UNIT story… )

tl:dr – I’m saying The Invasion takes place in the fourth quarter of 1971, or thereabouts.

Well, I didn’t get as far as Spearhead and a consideration of UNIT’s role in Season 6b (which totally happened!), but that’s enough of that for now. I’ve sort of told myself I can’t waste time posting about this stuff without completing a chapter of my Brig fic first, so I guess I’d better go and get cracking on that before we continue with these fascinating musings…

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