promethia_tenk: (river hello sweetie)
Listened to The Diary of River Song 5x01. I think I would have been happier if they just locked them both in a room for an hour and let them have it out, but look, I'm never gonna say no to some River'n'Missy caper action.

I had to pause for a solid thirty seconds to cackle out loud when spoilers, sweetie )
promethia_tenk: (six)
Finished all of the Sixth Doctor.

Thoughts . . . )

I'm gonna take a diversion back to the Fifth Doctor for awhile, but I'm looking for suggestions for how to tackle One, Two, and Three. I've dramatically preferred watching whole Doctors' eras straight through (as far as that's possible) as opposed to picking and choosing episodes, but I'm open to doing them in any order.
promethia_tenk: (Default)
What do I need to do to get a series where the Master and the Rani stage sexy/evil capers throughout time and space? The Doctor can go bugger off somewhere else.

Is Big Finish on this?
promethia_tenk: (five)
Have gotten through all of the Fifth Doctor. Probably my favorite writing of any Classic Who I've seen so far has been in this era (and Four's last season).

Tegan came out from behind to become the best companion, but I rather want a lot of Big Finish with all of them. Preferably some where everybody is a bit less crabby.

And I don't know if Five is my favorite, but I will fight anybody who says anything mean about him. And his magical foster home for tragically orphaned alien princesses.

In lieu of further commentary, please accept this picture of Peter Davison:

I mean . . . )

For my own amusement, I have been ranking all the companions as I watch. My criteria for ranking them is pure squee level, so this does not take into consideration things like general quality of stories and arc:

Controversy! )
promethia_tenk: (four)
I have watched all of the Fourth Doctor.

It took me a little under a month and I didn't even die once.
promethia_tenk: (leela)
And I need fandom to know I'm holding it personally accountable for not telling me how awesome she is.


18 Nov 2018 05:02 pm
promethia_tenk: (Default)
I think this might be my favorite plot of the whole season so far?

Spoilers. Ish. )
promethia_tenk: (chibbs is serviceable)
Because I'm a fan, dammit!

So, the new season of Doctor Who has not been doing it for me. Bless Jodie Whittaker and her Doctor, they are blameless in this. She's delightful and perfectly cast.

And, hey, the plots have mostly been middling to rubbish, the dialogue is dull and frequently clunky, and the writing in general is uninspiring. But if you were unprepared for any of this then you didn't do your homework.

What's really getting to me, though, and the thing that I was definitely not prepared for is how little emotional investment I feel in any of it. If Chibbs can do anything, surely he does characters and their relationships, right?!?! I've been batting around reasons for why things aren't clicking. Do we just need more time? (Torchwood was solid dreck for a season and a half before erupting into brilliance.) Is three TARDIS companions one too many? (Quite possibly yes, I'm thinking.) Am I just bitter that somebody thought we still needed a white dude on the cast? (Yes.) But I recently read a review somewhere that really snapped things into perspective for me, which noted that Ryan and Graham are now the heart of the show. And, frickety-frak, the reviewer is right. Ryan and Graham's relationship has been the major emotional through-line of the whole thing, has born most of the emotional weight. And it has been rather nice to watch, for what it is. I don't have a problem with their relationship in and of itself. I rather love Ryan, who is so my favorite. (Graham is fine.) But in the meantime Yaz is still underdeveloped and the Doctor hasn't really established a meaningful bond with any of them yet.

So let me ask you: how is it that, in getting a female Doctor, the show has somehow become more male-centric?
promethia_tenk: (witch)

I had a feeling I was going to love this and it's all!??! So??!!? Great!?!?!?!

Give me all the stories about wrenching back self determination and autonomy in the face of both coercive and abusive religious power structures and male privilege and fill them with witches and powerful middle aged women and Michelle Gomez and a really fantastic soundtrack, please and thank you.

I don't even like things about teenagers, as a rule.

Also it's stinking gorgeous and when there was a scene of two guys talking 2 hours and fifteen minutes in it felt weird and out of place.

(I'm only a few episodes in, but. Everything is beautiful.)
promethia_tenk: (clara twelve)
So, if I've paralleled Clara Oswald with Bill Potts, Missy, River Song, Amy Pond, a sentient doomsday device in the guise of Rose Tyler, actual Rose Tyler, the Doctor's technologically-generated offspring, the Doctor's mother, and a couple of others, do I label is as Whoffaldi or no?


In other news, I need this for so many reasons and only most of them are Michelle Gomez:

promethia_tenk: (twelve close)
Title: Rain King
Fandom: Doctor Who, Twelfth Doctor
Music: 'Rain King' by Counting Crows
Length: 4:11
Download: coming soon!

On Tumblr, On Ao3

A/N: For Owls, who taught me how to love series nine. And for Elisi, who taught me how to love vids and reached through the internet to make this happen.


I'm the Doctor. I've lived for over two thousand years, and not all of them were good. I've made many mistakes, and it's about time that I did something about that.

-- Twelfth Doctor, 'Deep Breath'

Just as the one-eyed merchant, seller of currants, melts into the Phoenician Sailor, and the latter is not wholly distinct from Ferdinand Prince of Naples, so all the women are one woman, and the two sexes meet in Tiresias. What Tiresias sees, in fact, is the substance of the poem.

-- T.S. Eliot, Notes to 'The Waste Land'

Water always wins.

-- Tenth Doctor, 'Waters of Mars'

Lyrics )
promethia_tenk: (eleanor)

promethia_tenk: (eight)
So, literally the best thing to come out of my foray into Big Finish so far is the bonus commentary track for An Earthly Child, the episode where Eight reunites with Susan and meets her son, Alex. So Paul McGann is commentating on the episode, and at this point he's been playing the Doctor on the regular for years and he's like 'Why did I never hear the Doctor has a family before this? Is there a reason nobody told me? Do we not talk about it? Is it because nobody thinks he has sex?'

Oh, my sweet summer child. lmfao
promethia_tenk: (eight)
That bit in the binge consumption of any genre series where the stand-along stuff has lost its novelty and you're just being dragged along by your fingernails, praying for the moment it's all gonna go off the cliff.

promethia_tenk: (eight)
Well, I finally broke down and downloaded a Big Finish thing. If you never hear from me again, you'll know what happened.
promethia_tenk: (bigger on the inside)
Apparently Moff is adapting The Time Traveller's Wife for HBO. Do not know if want? It's intellectual incest at the very least.

This feels vaguely like a joke. Is it April and I didn't notice? No, Variety believes it too, apparently.

I suppose I should finally get around to reading that thing . . .
promethia_tenk: (eleanor)
For anyone who loves The Good Place (I think that was approximately my whole flist) and didn't realize they have a podcast (as I didn't): The Good Place team are making a podcast in which all the behind the scenes people talk about making the show, and god I love that kind of stuff. I'm only an episode and a half in and it's great.

Here or wherever fine podcasts are distributed. Suggest listening from the beginning.
promethia_tenk: (clara who)
Randomly woke up at 3am and realized something:

If the Clara in the Library with Ten died to save him, she would have been scooped up by CAL.

Which means there's a very good chance that there's been a Clara hanging out in the Library computer with River all this time.

I can't believe it's taken me five years to think of that.