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Well, new X-Files was on here in Blighty last night, after my months of fevered speculation and anticipation I naturally made sure I caught it. And did it live up to my expections?

As ever, for me a pithy comment will never suffice when an epic rambling dissection is an option, and with that Wordpress thingy I started a while back and still haven't made much use of, I thought, why not indeed?



Tl:dr - Nothing would have, tbh, but I liked it a great deal. At the same time, I can understand completely the reasons some others have expressed for not being as enamoured with it. So yeah - looking forward to next week's now :D
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So, I went and watched this obscure arthouse film you've probably never heard of yesterday. And I finally made use of that Wordpress account I started ages ago to record some hopefully non-spoilery first impressions.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, I quite liked it.


Jul. 26th, 2015 07:52 pm
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I've set up a blog page at Wordpress. A bit late to the party, probably, but I still can't get my head around Tumblr:


I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it yet, exactly, but I do occasionally get the hankering to write lengthy meta-ish things that don't directly relate to fanfiction or the kinds of things most of my flist here are into, so it could be an outlet for that kind of thing.

Don't worry, I'm determined to stay here until they finally switch it off or whatever, and if I do post anything over there I'll be sure to link to it here.


Jul. 15th, 2015 09:19 pm
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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?
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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.
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...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 )
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!
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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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...was a fairly whacked-out cartoon they used to show on Children's BBC back in the early 90s. It was about this alien planet (I assume) where there was, well, a lot of ocean. A bit like Earthsea or somewhere. And pirates. And "dark water", which was like this Lovecraftian abomination from the Beyond, one part oil slick one part The Blob, which was slowly eating said planet and generally interfering with the kewl adventures of the various pirates. Oh, and there was some likely young Chosen One looking for lost amulets or something in order to fulfil his Destiny, and possibly do something about the dark water. It was actually better than I've probably just made it sound.

That, however, has little or nothing to do with this week's episode of New Doctor Who...

It is a truth universally acknowledged (well, that might be overstating it a tad) that you cannot truly know yourself until you have been put under some sort of existential pressure. It is only in the moment of crisis, this somewhat overdramatic take on human nature posits, that somebody fully understands who they are and the things of which they are capable. I do not think I am exaggerating when I say that I experienced such a moment a few minutes from the end of Dark Water...

Mucho SPOILERS and raw, emotional truth under the cut! )

Anyway, that's enough from me. Let's wait until Saturday and then you can all watch me trying to eat those last words there. ;)
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So, more supremely fanw*nky thoughts on UNIT dating, pulled together in the course of writing this Brig fic I’ve got on the go.

As at least one commenter on the previous post, and various people over the years, including the likes of Ben Aaronovitch, have astutely observed, if they hadn’t stuffed it up royally in explicitly setting Mawdryn Undead in 1977/1983 and stating that the Brigadier left UNIT in 1976, then there wouldn’t be a UNIT dating controversy at all. We could just take the comments in The Web of Fear at face value and assume that the main UNIT stories all took place in the then-futuristic mid-late 1970s, running into the even more then-futuristic early 80s, when the cars, clothes, money, hairstyles and social attitudes just happened to resemble those of a decade or so earlier.

On that basis, we could simply say, as the new series has at numerous points, that “time can be rewritten” and that Mawdryn Undead all took place in some weird parallel reality, possibly deliberately created by the Black Guardian to trap the Doctor. Except that on the one hand that seems like a slippery sort of solution to the issue, and on the other you’d expect the Doctor himself to notice and comment on something like that if that was indeed what was going on.

Also, where’s the fun in it? ;)

It gets worse! )

tl:dr: On the basis of all of the above evidence, and in the spirit of “the death of the author” and all that jazz, I propose that while it’s impossible to say for certain, the preponderance of information we do have suggests that The Web of Fear takes place in either late 1967 or early 1968 at around the time of its real life production and broadcast.

And I went on rather longer than I intended to there. Next time (I know you can’t wait! ;D) we’ll consider The Invasion and Spearhead from Space and wade right into the stinking morass that is actual UNIT dating…

Dun dun dun!
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Like, wouldn't it be nice if the Brigadier had taken Liz out to a nice restaurant for a meal and a few drinks? And then they could have gone back to his post-divorce bachelor pad to look at his etchings, because the Brig seems like the sort to have etchings.

Oh right, the other sort of UNIT dating?

So I've got my fic mojo back a little bit these past couple of weeks. Basically, re-watching The Web of Fear and The Invasion while in the right frame of mind has made me commit a bit of Brig fic (more to come soon). And doing that sort of leads me to consider the old UNIT dating conundrum. I know, I know, it's effectively insoluble (1980, Sarah Jane, really?!)and better Who minds than mine have been defeated utterly by it, but I was just musing about it and musing led to looking things up and, well, it kind of veered off UNIT dating into thinking about 1960s Doctor Who stories generally. So, yeah.

Warning for extreme fanw*nkiness below! ;)

No, really, I'm not kidding! )
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Is it just me being a curmudgeon, or is it a bit early to be crowning Jamie Mathieson showrunner-in-waiting just because he wrote two good scripts in a row? Are people that eager to be rid of Moffat? (And before you scoff at my naivety, I do glance at Tumblr from time to time nowadays and know that yes, yes quite a lot of them are).

[trollishness]Anyway, isn't that Gatiss's job to refuse, given his close links to Der Moff?[/trollishness]

It also seems that Mathieson may have been tapped up by France (yes, the entire country).

SPOILERIFFIC Thoughts Follow )


Jan. 1st, 2014 10:49 pm
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...2014 is nearly 23 hours old and it's been okay so far. I caught up on a lot of sleep this morning; my team won in the football; new Sherlock was preposterous, but just the right kind of preposterous I think. Back to the daily grind tomorrow, but only two days before the weekend.

I hope everything is going okay for the rest of you so far in this new year; if not, I hope it gets better soon, and if so, may it continue for you in the same vein.

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Well, everybody else on the flist seems either to have linked to it or aired their two penn'orth on it, and I am nothing if not easily led. Look, you probably know what it is by now, anyway, but in the interests of not getting shouted at on the internets I've put spoiler warnings all over it anyway, just in case.

Linking to the post I made about it on Who@50, not really to plug my comm, but just because typing it twice or copy and pasting it here seemed a bit of a waste of effort. ;)

jjpor: (Fezzes are cool!)
There's a bit in what I may as well hold my hands up and admit is, somewhat inexplicably, one of my favourite films, The Hunt for Red October where Soviet submarine commander Captain Marko Ramius (played by pro-celebrity golfer/tax exile/domestic violence advocate Sean Connery) and his scumbag political commissar Putin (yes, really - this was at least a decade before Vladimir became famous in rl though, and if you're interested the character's played by that Peter Firth out of Spooks, who has played quite a few Soviets in his time) are having a cuppa tea. Only in glasses without any milk, because they're Russians, see. Well, actually Ramius seems to be the only Scots-Lithuanian in the entire Soviet submarine service, but that's neither here nor there.

SPOILERY Witterings Continue... )

jjpor: (Who@50)
Another slight change of plan to the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Masterplan I unveiled last week...

Details Follow... )

Plan B

Oct. 24th, 2012 09:31 pm
jjpor: (Who@50)

Following on from my modest proposal yesterday...

Having received a bit of feedback from my good flisters [livejournal.com profile] akashasheiress and [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook and considered what they had to say, I'm now proposing a revised schedule for the 50th anniversary ficathons I plan to run next year on the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary comm I'm going to set up:

(The Daleks') Masterplan: )


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