selenak: (Gwen by Cheesygirl)
Stephen Moffat stepping down (as of 2017) as showrunner of Doctor Who isn't that much of a surprise; he's had a long run, and while back during season 7 I felt he should have finished then, I'm really glad he didn't, because the Capaldi era felt revitalized and turned into my favourite part of his tenure.

The news that Chris Chibnall will take over, otoh, is something that leaves me with mixed emotions. A couple of years ago I would have been horrified, because I really disliked Chibnall's early Torchwood and early Doctor Who episodes. Otoh, not only did I like Torchwood's second season (which he did head), I also liked both his s2 opener, complete with old lady exclaiming "Bloody Torchwood!", and Adrift. And I really was impressed by by Broadchurch, season 1, which was all Chibnall, all the time, to give credit where due. (Otoh, Broadchurch, season 2, also all Chibnall, etc., was, err, where I quit watching, though mostly because making a story with a clear ending go on just because it had been that successful was exactly the bad idea you'd think it would be.) So basically: his DW era could be terrible, could be good, will probably be some of both.

However, one thing I can already predict: we'll get yet more rounds of "OMG this show runner so misogynist!" "But last showrunner so misogynist!" "How can you critique old/new showrunner for such and such when you liked new/old show runner's display of that and this!" "Fandom is so unfair to new showrunner while being blind to old show runner's flaws!" "Are you kidding? During old showrunner's tenure, the wanky complaints were endless, and now you're surprised new showrunner is in for some entirely reasonable criticism?" (Seriously, the way some Moffat-only and RTD-only fans seem to think that THEIR guy got all the fannish bile while the other guy had never been given that treatment baffles me. Of course, if you ever bring that up, you only hear "but it was totally justified in the case of X! Who still didn't get nearly the amount which Y was getting!" (Oh yes he did. Just from other people. Mostly.)


(And then there will be those who have hated on the previous two and will hate on the new one with equal ferveour, because that's fandom.)

Incidentally, I do hope Chibnall will write Olivia Coleman a role in DW, because Ellie (her detective on Broadchurch) is amazing, and he's that kind of crossover producer (as evidenced by the fact Broadchurch not only had David Tennant as the other lead but Arthur "Rory" Darvill in a key supporting role, and in s2 Eve Myles in a supporting role as well. AI definitely hope for some married couples, because Chibnall is good at established couples, their arguments, and their bond. As evidenced by both the Gwen and Rhys relationship on TW and the Latimers on Broadchurch.

Meanwhile, no Twelfth Doctor in 2016 until the next Christmas Special? Now THAT'S awful news. Rusty at least gave us an Easter special, Moff, when he was in a comparable situation. Come on.
selenak: (The Doctor by Principiah Oh)
Day 27 - What would you cross over with Star Trek?

Somewhat late, because I was away from any internet yesterday until late at night, but here we go. Well, considering I've already written the crossovers in question, obviously I would cross over Star Trek with Torchwood and Doctor Who, just Doctor Who, Babylon 5, Farscape, Battlestar Galactica and Star Wars.

The advantage with Doctor Who especially is that between all the various Doctors and companions on the one hand, and all the various incarnations of Star Trek on the other, you have such a rich, infinite variety of combinations for encounters to choose from, so the two DW crossovers certainly won't be my last. It's also the crossover that's currently do-able on screen, technically (if the BBC and whoever owns Paramount now - Sony? - could ever come to licence terms), and I dimly seem to recall that there was a fannish rumor in the RTD era that a plan for such a crossover existed.

But an on screen encounter would probably not include the character interaction I'm interested in, so never mind that, and let's stay hypothetical and fanfiction minded entirely. Since time travel exists in the Star Trek universe, you can even cross it over with historical fandoms. (Fandoms with immortal characters can bring these into the ST future, of course.) So basically there's no fandom I wouldn't cross over with Star Trek. Infinite variety in infinite combinations, after all.

The other days )
selenak: (Katniss by Monanotlisa)
Multifandom:

51 TV Writers Reveal Their Favorite Scenes... to have written, and as I knew a considerable part of these, I realised again I watch a lot tv. Damon Lindelof cracks me up with his description of the “WE HAVE TO GO BAAAAAAAACK!” (yes, I added all those extra A’s in the script)" scene from Lost (though seriously, I can see why that particular scene and the concept change it meant felt so liberating to him at the tme). And all my "love for fannish underdogs" buttons are pushed by the fact that Jane Espenson chose not a scene from any of her Buffy episodes, not from BSG, not from Once upon a Time, but from Torchwood: Miracle Day, especially since what she picked was actually my favourite thing about MD (which I didn't love the way I did Children of Earth but thought wasn't the worst thing ever, either, better than season 1 had been actually, just a regression after the narrative height of CoE), a sequence involving Gwen and Jack. Here's Jane E's spoilery description. ) Since I adored that sequence (I'm weird like that), I'm thrilled to bits she chose it.

The Hunger Games:


The trailer for Mockingjay Part II is out. Since nowadays trailers manage to give away key twists, I was most impressed this one manages to avoid it. If you've read the book, you know what some of the scenes we get glimpses at actually are about, the context certain lines are said in, but the trailer accomplishes two major misdirections without actually lying at all. Kudos, trailer cutting people! Also, this one is going to leave me an emotional wreck. Oh, Katniss. Oh, everyone.

Awesome British Actors:

Stuff like this is why nobody needs to RPF Ian McKellen/Patrick Stewart; they're doing it all by themselves, thank you. :) (Oh, and re: the subject of Ian McKellen's latest movie, while I hadn't felt the need for yet another Sherlock Holmes in theory, I'm of course looking forward to watching Ian McKellen playing him in practice.)
selenak: (Hiro by lay of luthien)
Not a combination I would have thought of, courtesy of [personal profile] ffutures, but one that's interesting to compare and contrast. Disclaimer here: I stopped watching Heroes mid season 3, and the first half of season 3 was such a decline that I've blotted most of it out of my mind. So my Noah Bennet canon derives from what I recall about the first two seasons.

Also spoilers for all of Torchwood under the cut )
selenak: (Breaking Bad by Wicked Signs)
The assigned Yuletide story is posted, now to see whether I can manage the treat I want to write. Meanwhile, here are other people being creative:

Torchwood/Doctor Who:


The mind is its own place The on-going adventures of Toshiko Sato, because Missy never spotted the little things.

Tosh in the Nethersphere, poetically written, quietly saving the world. Absolutely canon compatible with both shows, and heartbreaking in the best way. Also the Owen cameo is perfect. (Err, spoilers for the most recent season of DW, of course.)



Breaking Bad/Frozen:

Do you want to build a meth lab? : one of the most hilarious vids ever, which I found via [personal profile] ffutures. I dare you to keep a straight face.
selenak: (Equations by Such_Heights)
Spoilers, Sweetie! )
selenak: (Breaking Bad by Wicked Signs)
Five Times Jesse Pinkman Met A Companion (The Breaking Who Remix) (11021 words) by Selena
Chapters: 5/5
Fandom: Breaking Bad, Doctor Who & Related Fandoms, Torchwood, Doctor Who, Sarah Jane Adventures
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jesse Pinkman & Walter White, Third Doctor & Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, Tenth Doctor & Sarah Jane Smith, Lance Bennett & Donna Noble, Jesse Pinkman & Martha Jones, Jesse Pinkman & Donna Noble, Jesse Pinkman & Jack Harkness, Jesse Pinkman & Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, Jesse Pinkman & Sarah Jane Smith, Luke Smith & Sarah Jane Smith, Rani Chandra & Sarah Jane Smith
Characters: Jesse Pinkman, Martha Jones, Donna Noble, Jack Harkness, Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, Sarah Jane Smith, Walter White, Gwen Cooper, Rex Matheson, Esther Drummond, Third Doctor, Tenth Doctor, Luke Smith, Rani Chandra, Gita Chandra, Jilly Kitzinger, Skyler White
Additional Tags: Crossover
Summary:

Jesse Pinkman keeps running into past and future time travellers. Or they keep running into him. Sometimes they even bring the Doctor along.



Well, newish; this was my contribution to this year's and last month's remix ficathon, and one of my most ambitious crossovers.

The original story I picked to remix was a short piece in which Jesse Pinkman from Breaking Bad, a few years post show, moves into Sarah Jane Smith's (of Doctor Who and her own spin-off fame) neighbourhood. I liked the idea of Jesse Pinkman in the Whoverse, and of him encountering one of the Doctor Who Companions, precisely because at first glance the shows seem to be so utterly alien (no pun intended) to each other. (Though Jesse, as a canonical sci fi fan, might not think so.) However, the Jesse and Sarah Jane encounter, featuring a Jesse recovered from his ordeals and responsible for Brock and Lydia's daughter Kiira, could only be the conclusion, the happy ending, so to speak, and it had to be earned. What would get me there, though?

Which was when the idea of a "Five times" format and Jesse meeting not one, but five Companions hit me. A few months earlier, I had idly speculated about Companions from other fandoms and Jesse ending up with the Third Doctor (both because he's conditioned to respond to authoritative middle-aged men with a chip on their shoulder taking an interest, and because of the Brig's expression when meeting Jesse), so I knew one of the candidates had to be the Brigadier. I also wanted to avoid the fallacy of blaming all of Jesse's miseries on Walt; Jesse was into drugs (both taking and selling) before ever becoming Walt's partner, and he made decisions at various key points that contributed to damaging others and weren't due to Walt's manipulations. Therefore, one of the Companions, I decided, was going to be Donna Noble, meeting early s3 nihilistic I'-m-evil-so-there Jesse. Few people are as good for cutting-through-crap as Donna, and on her end, it gave me the chance to explore her dealing with her Lance issues.

To balance Donna, and to do justice to the inspiration-to-do-better aspect of the Whoverse, I decided to let one of the segments be about meeting Martha; given the Year-that-Wasn't where Martha walks the earth inspiring people is a canon AU, this was the ideal time frame. Speaking of time: the Whoverse with its timey-wimeyness practically asked for the encounters not to be told in chronological order. However, the darkest one was always going to be the middle. Now there is one season of Torchwood that's conveniently set in the US - the most unpopular one, Torchwood: Miracle Day -, and its basic premise allowed me to follow the Breaking Bad principle of wondering "what WORSE thing could happen to the characters now?" about the BB finale, Felina. The answer being: Felina takes place on Miracle Day, which means nobody who dies in said finale actually stays dead. Talk about adding injury to insult. The fallout of this means post Felina Jesse encounters Captain Jack Harkness, and this is also the segment where I got to explore both Jesse's feelings about Walt and Jack's continued dealings with Children of Earth somewhat.

I did wonder, once I'd finished it, whether there'd be many people interested in both Breaking Bad and Doctor Who who'd be likely to read the story. But I couldn't not write it. It practically wrote itself, once I got going, and I am immensely proud of it.

The rest of the days )
selenak: (Breaking Bad by Wicked Signs)
Aaaand it's time for the remix reveal. I wrote:


Five Times Jesse Pinkman Met A Companion (The Breaking Who Remix) (11021 words) by Selena
Chapters: 5/5
Fandom: Breaking Bad, Doctor Who & Related Fandoms, Torchwood, Doctor Who, Sarah Jane Adventures
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jesse Pinkman & Walter White, Third Doctor & Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, Tenth Doctor & Sarah Jane Smith, Lance Bennett & Donna Noble, Jesse Pinkman & Martha Jones, Jesse Pinkman & Donna Noble, Jesse Pinkman & Jack Harkness, Jesse Pinkman & Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, Jesse Pinkman & Sarah Jane Smith, Luke Smith & Sarah Jane Smith, Rani Chandra & Sarah Jane Smith
Characters: Jesse Pinkman, Martha Jones, Donna Noble, Jack Harkness, Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, Sarah Jane Smith, Walter White, Gwen Cooper, Rex Matheson, Esther Drummond, Third Doctor, Tenth Doctor, Luke Smith, Rani Chandra, Gita Chandra, Jilly Kitzinger, Skyler White
Additional Tags: Crossover
Summary:

Jesse Pinkman keeps running into past and future time travellers. Or they keep running into him. Sometimes they even bring the Doctor along.



Which brought together two of my favourite fictional universes in a mad love declaration for both.

And I also wrote a tiny little thing for Remix Madness:

First Woman of Rome (The Claudian Remix) (506 words) by Selena
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Rome, Historical RPF, I Claudius, Ancient History RPF
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Livia Drusilla & Atia of the Julii
Characters: Atia of the Julii, Livia Drusilla
Summary:

There is more than one way to win. Livia doesn't need to attack Atia in order to destroy her.

selenak: (M and Bond)
Dear Writer,

you are fabulous for writing a story about any of these ladies, and I'm profoundly grateful.

Some general likes and dislikes: I'm more of a gen person but am happy with a shipping-oriented fic as well as long as it explores the character I requested. Also, some of the characters I requested have done horrendous things in their respective canons. If you want to address this from the pov of the people who suffered because of this, feel free; being fascinated by a character for me does not mean excusing all this character did or blame it on someone else. However, I'm also not into bashing characters, by which I mean showing them in a one dimensional way.

Alternate Universes: generally speaking, I'd prefer it if you remained in canon. I'm really not interested in coffee shop AUs. On the other hand, I love the "Five things..." format, so if you want to explore the requested character from that angle, go for it!

Other squicks and preferences are specific to the requested and fandoms.

More specific thoughts for the requests:

James Bond (Craig Movies) )

Call the Midwife )

Torchwood )

Once Upon A Time )
selenak: (Ray and Shaz by Kathyh)
The characters on my list were:

1. Alex Millar (Being Human UK)
2. Hank Schrader (Breaking Bad)
3. Jamie Moriarty (Elementary)
4. Cora Mills (Once upon a Time)
5. Felix Dawkins (Orphan Black)
6. Lix Storm (The Hour)
9. Guinevere "Gwen" (Merlin)
7. Bruce Banner (MCU)
8. Ichabod Crane (Sleepy Hollow)
10. Lucas Buck (American Gothic)
11. Jo Grant (Doctor Who)
12. Ray Carling (Ashes to Ashes, Life on Mars)
13. Andrew Wells (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
14. Cameron (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles)
15. Jack Harkness (Torchwood, Doctor Who)

Now for whacky adventures caused by questions under the cut! With spoilers for the shows/films these characters are from )
selenak: (Norma Bates by Ciaimpala)
How better to begin the new year than with a look back at the last? :)

1. Your main fandom of the year?

I'm a fandom polygamist, always was, always will be. However, I think the fandoms that occupied me a bit more than the others this year were Breaking Bad and Once upon a Time.


2. Your favourite film watched this year?

Wadjda, my review of same linked, which was absolutely amazing and would have been even if it wasn't a) the first Saudi Arabian big screen movie, b) the first Saudi Arabian film directed by a woman, and c) all about a girl.

Runner-up: Iron Man III, which broke the curse of the third movie in a popular franchise being weaker than the previous ones, was highly entertaining and provided a good wrap up to the Iron Man films while leaving Tony and friends available for Avengers shenanigans.
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3. Your favourite book read this year?

It's a tie between Steel Blues, which is just the kind of ensemble adventure with great character stuff I love, and the first volume of Mark Lewisohn's monumental Beatles biography.


4. Your favourite TV show of the year?

It was a very good year for tv, both new (how so awesome, Orphan Black?), and recurring/finishing, but this, too, is a tie of the two named in 1). Though if you push me: Breaking Bad. Because it is complete now and thus one can say it really remained and ended as one of the most amazing accomplishments on tv.


5. Your favourite online fandom community of the year?

I loved the disussion of The Charioteer which [personal profile] naraht was hosting on her journal, but as far as communities go: 2ceuponatime, which will resume its s1 rewatch now that the show proper is on hiatus. It makes think of b5_revisited a few years ago.


6. Your best new fandom discovery of the year?

Considering I didn't discover BB this year but did start to marathon Once upon a Time after Christmas last year, it's the fairy tale show, together with Orphan Black which I marathoned in the summer, and Bates Motel (ditto). Of these three, Orphan Black wins in sheer quality, but Once upon a Time in terms of my emotional investment.


7. Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?

Homeland. Alas.


8. Your TV boyfriend of the year?

Tricky. I don't really have one in the sense the meme means, I suppose, and in terms of my male tv loves of years past (and forever - Londo Mollari, I will never quit you *g*). Not that I didn't like various male characters, sometimes a lot, but never in the sense of crushing on them. Although, you know, if I had to pick one to have an affair with, well, err, I'd probably go for Rodrigo Borgia, him being Pope not withstanding, in the hope I'd get a graceful exit like Giulia and not a bloody demise courtesy of general scheming in Rome.

9. Your TV girlfriend of the year?

Norma Bates. As she's ever so doomed by narrative, I'm trying to steel myself for the inevitable. But Norma is such a vivid, rich character, impulsive, loving, controlling, repressive, resourceful, mamma bearish, hopelessly damaged, helplessly damaging.

10. Your biggest squee moment of the year?

The Day of the Doctor was everything I'd hoped the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special would be. Also, in April I saw Helen Mirren and Judi Dench both on stage in London. Don't make me choose.

(The amazing last bunch of Breaking Bad episodes, particularly Ozymandias, certainly left me breathless, emotionally wrung through and pulse racing, but squee is the wrong term for what I felt.)


11. The most missed of your old fandoms?

You know, I always go periodically back to my old fandoms like Star Trek or Babylon 5 or Highlander, so I can't say I miss them. Writing a Torchwoodstory for this year's DW remix made me rewatch a lot more TW than was needed for the story and made me miss the show, but most certainly not the fandom, the majority which I always remained at a cautious distance from due to my utter lack of Jack/Ianto shipping.

12. The fandom you haven’t tried yet, but want to?

Other than Slings and Arrows, which the "this year I really will do it!" show to marathon, I'm now tentatively eyeing Sleepy Hollow and The Americans.

13. Your biggest fan anticipations for the New Year?

Orphan Black, season 2: will it keep up the quality or have a second year downfall? Also, seeing MCU Natasha Romanov again in Captain America II, and watching the third part of The Hobbit.
selenak: (Gwen by Cheesygirl)
The other day, [personal profile] kindkit asked about bleak Christmas episodes in tv shows, and by sheer coincidence, since the international BBC iPlayer put on the first season of Torchwood (which I don't have on dvd - I have s2 and my beloved Children of Earth), I had the chance to rewatch an episode I hadn't seen for years, which was as good as I remembered. Now s1 is a very mixed affair in quality - hence my not owning it - but there are two episodes which I thought then and still think are sublime, both written by Catherine Treganna (and I still regret she never wrote for the parent show, because her s2 Torchwood scripts are also excellent): Captain Jack Harkness and Out of Time. It is the later which is indeed a Christmas episode - i.e. set just before Christmas, the character mention Christmas a lot, and though I may remember wrongly, it was even broadcast in December. I'm not sure I would call it "bleak" overall, because that's not the emotion you're left with (well, not me), but some very dark stuff happens, and not in a typical Torchwood way. As is lampshaded by a remark from Jack to Ianto, there are no aliens involved here, no monsters, either, no catastrophe to be prevented. "Just three people lost in time." (Which makes it very personal for Jack indeed.)

Out of Time takes a seemingly simple mcguffin - an air plane from 1953 falls through the Rift and ends up in present day Cardiff (just before Christmas) - and makes it into a poignant tale by letting the three interact intensely with three of our regulars. The most optimistic of the three plot threads is the one concerning the youngest inadvertent time traveller, Emma, who bonds with Gwen and is the only one of the three to adapt to and decide for the present day. (Cue lots of neat period details - Emma's delight at bananas and lots of chocolate makes sense coming from somone who lived in food rationing times through the last decade - and slapstick gags, aka naked Rhys, who doesn't know Gwen brought a guest.) Even Emma's plot thread isn't all bliss, though; she's painfully aware she won't ever see her mother again, and the fact Gwen lies about her identity to Rhys serves to highlight Gwen's constant s1 problem of lying to her boyfriend about an increasing number of things (especially since this lie gets found out; indeed, Gwen hitting her own rock bottom, aka the no.1 incident brought up by Gwen haters, ignoring everything she does afterwards, confessing and retconning Rhys is just an episode away). Still, Emma gets to fulfill her dream of a job in London in this new world, and mostly sees its good sides.

The plot thread which looks bittersweet though you could also take the angle of considering it dark, given results and likely results, concerns the air plane's pilot, Diane Holmes, who learned to fly during the war and had no intention of giving it up afterwards. Owen, up to this point usually the most cynical of the regulars (including in his affair with Gwen, which effectively ends in this episode), falls deeply in love with her, and the episode has a neat time reversing conventional gender roles there, as Diane is the adventurer coming and going who while also falling for Owen has no intention of prioritizing this over her desire to fly as she used to (which she can't do in the present and has no patience to wait for). Diane is such a charismatic, devil-may-care character that watching, I never doubt that she makes it through the Rift and is still flying and having adventures somewhere, but you can also be pessimistic; as Owen points out, it's more likely than not that she'll die by flying back into the Rift. The relationship with Diane will affect Owen for the remainder of the first season and trigger his attempt to committ suicide-by-Weevil in the next episode, so for all that their actual scenes in the episode are banter and romance, the dark undercurrent is definitely there.

It's out full front with the third guest character, John, a middle aged businessman, and with Jack Harkness who, having been stranded in time himself, is the one who bonds with him. John is by no means a cuddly like-at-sight character (and has the least sympathetic scene of the three guests when he chews out Emma for partying), but in the end his story is the one I found most affecting. As opposed to everyone else, he still has a surviving family member in the present... his son, who was a child when the time accident happened, and who now is an old man (much older than John himself) with Alzheimer's. The scene where John talks to his son and desperately tries to reach him, reach any fragment of him that still remembers, is gut wrenching and demonstrates the loss by temporal disruption most brutally. After this experience, John decides to committ suicide. Jack finds out in time to stop him, but John points out he'll do it again as Jack can't supervise him all the time, and asks to be allowed to go the way he wants and with dignity. Whereupon something happens that really couldn't have happened on the parent show, and is adult in a way, say, the alien-who-kills-by-shagging shenanigans of ep 1.02 were not: Jack agrees and they sit in the car together while breathing in the lethal fumes, holding hands. Jack, of course, can't permanently die anymore, but the impression you get when watching his resurrection afterwards is that at this point, he wants to. It's the most depressed we see Jack pre- ending of Children of Earth, and the scene I can't help but flashing back to when watching the Doctor Who episode Utopia, when during their long overdue conversation in the radiation chamber the Doctor asks Jack whether Jack wants to die (permanently). If you know Jack Harkness solely from DW, this is not a serious question; if you've watched the first season of Torchwood, which was broadcast before s3 of Doctor Who, it very much is, and so is Jack's reply (that he thought he wanted to, but not anymore). What strikes me about the suicide scene is both how tender it is - Jack is holding John's hand while John dies - and how completely bleak (earlier, when still trying to persuade John to live, Jack said there was nothing after dying, just darkness, which he knew from his first death; Jack when reviving is silently crying, and while John Barrowman is hardly a subtle actor most of the time, he really sells it here). It's not gratious nihilsm: after watching John desperately looking for his son and finding him in his irrevocably unapproachable Alzeheimer state, seeing what age and illness did to his child, you can believe John making this choice, and you can believe Jack choosing not to let him do it alone.
selenak: (Team Bessie by Kathyh)
Alas I'm on the road again, which means no internationally broadcast Richard II for me tonight. It also means a lot of time in trains, which is why you get fanfic recs from the recent DW_Remix ficathon.

Bright Shadows (The Don't Be Alone Remix): gives us Madame Vastra and her reaction when the Doctor shows up sans Companions in that interval before The Snowmen. It's a lovely fleshing out of Vastra and her relationship with the Doctor.

News from Santiago (The Keeping Up With the Jones' Remix): this delightful story takes Jo's grandson Santiago, who showed up with Jo (that would be Jo Grant that was, aka one of my favourite Companions) in the Sarah Jane Adventures episode Death of the Doctor, and lets him report the SJA events to various family members. Which makes it sound like a recap, but the story is anything but: you get a portrait of the various familiy members, of the family dynamics, and of course of the SJA characters. It's just a joy to read all around.

Howthe Doctor Cooks (The Eleventh Time Lucky Remix): uses the MacGuffin of the Doctor trying to cook (err, none too successfully most of the time) to give us incredibly enjoyable portraits of eleven Doctor-and-Companion(s) combinations. It's a love declaration to the entire show, basically.


Consanguinitas (The Immortal Perspective) is a remix of my own story, Consanguinitas, which was about Alice Carter's relationship with her father, Jack Harkness, from her point of view. My remixer gave us Jack's point of view, and I was especially thrilled by the way she handled a spoilery for both stories thing. ) Considering Alice and Jack's relationship with her has a deep impact on my own remix, I was doubly pleased my remixer chose to write this particular tale.
selenak: (Alice by Letmypidgeonsgo)
The Doctor Who Remix Archive went live, and non-anonymously, too. Here's what I wrote:

Purgatorio (The Paint-It-Black Remix) (8180 words) by Selena
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Torchwood, Doctor Who
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Alice Carter & Jack Harkness, Jack Harkness & The Master, Jack Harkness & Martha Jones, Jack Harkness/Ianto Jones, Alonso Frame/Jack Harkness
Characters: Jack Harkness, The Master (Doctor Who), Martha Jones, Alice Carter, Agent Johnson, Steven Carter, Alonso Frame
Additional Tags: Grief/Mourning, Character Study, Children of Earth Compliant
Summary:

In the wake of the 4-5-6, Jack Harkness starts to dream. Of the Master, and of the gift of resurrection. But are the dead truly coming back, or is there another answer to his loss and guilt? Enlisting the help of Martha Jones, he's determined to find out...



Now, off to read everyone else's stories!
selenak: (Gwen by Redscharlach)
Breaking Bad rewatching unfortunately leads to Breaking Bad missing, badly. How so good, show? So very very very good?

...also it contributes to considering dropping Homeland. I don't know, I've watched the latest ep, and during the exposition about Saul's backstory with a certain s3 character I kept thinking, show, I can't help associating real life politics here and you just don't want me to, because seriously? The history of the US and Persia of the Shah era, and the time immediately preceding that, where then-Persia actually had a parliamentary democracy and the US got rid of its democractically elected leader and helped re-installing a monarchy instead, making itself popular forever more, long before Khomenei & Co. came to power - that's what comes to mind when trying to imagine a spoilerly spoil. ) But leaving rl associations aside, it seemed to be to have a sense of emotional diffusion and not really going anywhere. Maybe I'm wrong. A few more eps, and we'll see, I suppose.

In other news, two more days until the Doctor Who Remix ficathon goes live, and I'm starting to get nervous. Writing in the larger Whoverse again after quite a while has been emotionally challenging and satisfying to me, but it also made me look for stories on some of the characters I was writing about to see whether there was anything new in the last two or three years, and, well, some, but what those stories also reminded me was that my pov on certain issues and characters remains definitely a minority pov. So I tell myself, self, be prepared. Not in a Scar-in-Lion-King way, since he wasn't, or in a Torchwood way, since they weren't. :)

Speaking of the Whoverse, it's getting harder to avoid spoilers for the big anniversary episode, because spoiler cuts apparantly are a strange and unmasterable thing to mainstream publications, which makes me wary of navigating the 'net until November 23rd because I don't want to be spoiled.

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Not entirely unrelated: I was thinking about how flexible, or not flexible, affection for characters is. For me, since I can't speak for anyone else. Some characters you immediately take to (or against), sure, but maybe it's a part of getting older than in the last decade, especially in the last five years or so, the number of characters I developed deep affection for not at first sight or even in their first season but later in their respective canons has risen whereas the number of characters I immediately fall for has shrunk. Which, incidentally, contributes to frustration when fandom friends (or acquaintances) start those canons and make snap judgments that make me inwardly go "but wait, yes, such and such certainly seems that way this early, but later she/he becomes so fascinatingly layered that you'll even see those early canon moments with other eyes". To get a bit less abstract, Skyler, Marie and Hank in Breaking Bad or Gwen Cooper in Torchwood are all characters that in their respective first seasons I was indifferent to. Didn't hate them, as lots of fans apparantly did, but I also had no particular fondness for them. Whereas later on they became my dearly beloved favourites I would get defensive about to no end. Or: on good old (well, new) Battlestar Galactica, both the affection for Gaius Baltar or Ellen and Saul Tigh and the dislike of Bill Adama definitely wasn't there at the start for me. I was amused by Gaius and Ellen, and okay with Bill, but my instant favourite in the first season had been Laura Roslin. By the time the show wrapped up, I still liked Laura but didn't love her anymore, deeply loathed Adama, whereas I loved Gaius B., and both Tighs. (The Sixes in their various incarnations are a special case; I had been intrigued by them from the get go but it wasn't love until late s2.) All of this makes me approach long term (i.e. both tv and book series, as opposed to movies) canons in a sightly different ways than I used to: I no longer assume that character x I fell for on sight, on the rare occasion when I do, will still be my favourite later in canon time, and I'm more attentive to and patient with characters that don't immediately fascinate me because who knows, maybe they'll be the ones who sneak up on me when I least expect it.

...and then there is the tried and true method of changing character affection, which I've found works in two thirds of all the cases for me: a majority of other fans decide X is absolutely the worst and turn nearly every fannish discussion around to bash X, often in comparison to extolling the virtues of Y. Now, even if at the start of all this I myself was more fond of Y and had no opinion on X because frankly, X never was that interesting to me, few things are more guaranteed to make me bristle, decide to examine events from X' pov and look at Y with a more critical eye. It's perhaps a bit silly - after all, it's a reaction to other people's reactions, not to something the characters in question did - but it's undeniably there within me. And it works about 70% of the time.
selenak: (Alice by Letmypidgeonsgo)
Day II of No Breaking Bad, Woe distraction was achieved by nominating Yuletide fandoms and - characters, which you should also do since nominating doesn't oblige anyone to actually write in those fandoms, and by getting my Doctor Who Remix assignment.

...which turned out to be an author who had written precisely the required amount of fanfic, and no more. (Five stories.) All shippery, which isn't that much of a problem as it happens to be one of the few things I ship as well. (Though on a less fluffy note, but that's not a problem, either; that relationship just lends itself to crack fic, and to treat it as grimdark all the time would be just as wrong.) What IS a problem is that the first story I clicked was a Torchwood crossover, set after Children of Earth, so, being the big CoE fan I am, I started my exploration with this story. Alas, this meant an immediate inner argument. Starting with the basics, but okay, handwaving the basic premise and saying this does happen: then it's still apparant she hasn't actually watched Children of Earth and just knows one particular thing that happens in it (the one that got the main ships's folllowers upset). So I found myself arguing "but Jack wouldn't..." and "no way" and "if... then he'd rather..." etc. Now, at a quick glance none of the other stories - which are amusing unobjectionable fluff for the DW ship - made me argue. But fiction that gets a strong reaction from me, even a negative one, is just more inspiring, and still arguing in my head, I did get inspired.

Which leads me to a question. I abhor bashing. Of characters, of relationships, and, well, of other stories, too. Plus that's one of the things the ficathon frowns on. But my idea would basically turn the premise of the original story on its head and completely rearrange the emotional priorities of one of the two main characters. Would this come across as bashing or would it simply be seen as creatively remixing?
selenak: (Frobisher by Letmypidgeonsgo)
Look, you may know him as Malcolm Tucker, but I still haven't watched In the Thick of It and thus I primarily think of him as Frobisher from Torchwood: Children of Earth. In which he was so stunning, outstanding and moving that I refuse to believe this wasn't the role that got him his third gig in the Whoverse. (The first one being a Roman in Fires of Pompeii.)

Come to think of it, I first saw him as the Angel Islington in Neverwhere, which was also a good performance, but really, Frobisher all the way. Though I have no doubt his Twelve will overturn that.

As you may have gathered by these chaotic ramblings, the next Doctor shall be Peter Capaldi.

Obligatory bigger picture remark: yes, it still sucks they didn't cast a poc and/or woman for a change. But: not only is Peter Capaldi a superb actor, but he's NOT A YOUNG MAN, and I'm really really glad we're taking a break from the youngsters now. Bring back the middle-aged looking Doctors, I say.

(Also: this means Idris Elba still has a shot when Capaldi's run is over.)
selenak: (Alex Drake by Renestarko)
Recently (as in: the last few weeks) watched British shows reccommended to yours truly:

1) Broadchurch. Aka the one with Olivia Coleman and David Tennant in leading roles which had the nation wondering whether Chris Chibnall has been replaced by a space alien after Doctor Who watchers had been wondering that already, given this two very good early s7 episodes. All kidding aside now: I've seen remarks along the lines of "can this be the writer of Cyberwoman?" and now that I've watched it, I feel tempted to reply: "No, the writer of Adrift." Adrift being my choice for best episode written by Chris Chibnall in his two seasons as headwriter for Torchwood. (And I don't mean that in a damming-with-faint-praise fashion: Adrift is excellent.) Broadchurch has identical strenghts and weaknesses. To recapitulate for non-Torchwood watchers: Adrift is a season 2 episode which revolves around Gwen investigating what happened to several people who may or may not have fallen into the Rift (Sci Fi MacGuffin located in Cardiff). Some of the strongest scenes involve the mother of one of the victims and her searing grief. There is also an ongoing subplot about Gwen and Rhys, recently married, clashing and having a crisis - the Gwen/Rhys arguments are part of what made their relationship so incredibly realistic and one of my favourites, btw - and on top of it all, Gwen discovers that Jack, her boss, may have been involved in whatever happened to the missing people, so paranoia abounds and increases. At the end, when she knows the truth, it's ugly and painful. The first time I watched it, I was so caught up that only later a plothole occured to me, but the episode still touched me so much I did not care. Oh, and there are some devastatingly beautiful shots of the coastline around Cardiff.

...if you've watched Broadchurch, you can see what I'm getting at. If you haven't: Broadchurch deals with the murder of an eleven-years-old boy, Danny Latimer, and the effect it has on the community (the town of the title). (It's a coast town, so there are some devastatingly beautiful coast-of-Dorset shots in every episode.) Our team of investigating detectives are Ellie Miller, married, mother of two, friends with the dead boys' parents (and lots of other people), empathic and talkative, who has been awaiting a promotion as the series begins and isn't happy to find herself passed over in favour of newcomer Alex Hardy, divorced, brooding, man of few words and supicious of everyone. Hardy is, on paper, the most conventional character of the ensemble (brooding Scottish Inspector haunted by tragic past he's trying to make up for by solving this case), but since he's a) the second lead - Ellie Miller is the first one - and b) played by David Tennant, whom I've missed on my tv screen. I didn't mind in the on screen reality. Also, Olivia Coleman is sparklingly delightful and incredibly raw in the dark scenes as Ellie Miller, and Chibnall wisely does NOT burden the odd couple relationship between her and Hardy with UST. There are the expected clashes of opposites (not to mention that he has her job) early on, but it's not of the flirtatious type, nor does it become that later. They do, however, develop respect and slowly something like friendship, which is incredibly important for the series' final two episodes. (Hardy through the series refuses to call Ellie Miller by her first name, insisting on calling her "Miller", and you expect that to change, according to the rules of tv, in some funny or fluffy moment. He does eventually call her "Ellie" one particular time, but the emotional circumstances are anything but what you'd expect early on.

The Latimers - the boys' parents, sister and grandmother - are naturally the family we see most of, and this is where Chibnall's Adrift-proven talent for grief in all its many forms - shock, numbness, outburst, devastation, denial etc. - comes to the fore, as does his talent for couple in-fighting without this meaning the end of the relationship. The cast is excellent throughout, and you can play Six Degrees of Doctor Who not just with Tennant and Chibnall (and Coleman, given her brief appearance in The Eleventh Hour): there is also Arthur Darvill, Rory the Centurion himself, as the Vicar.

Flaws: there is that plothole thing. For example, apparantly the police in Broadchurch doesn't have access to the national crime database at all, since it needs the press to figure out two of their suspects have priors, despite them already having interrogated the people in question. Also, I really doubt two crucial confrontations would have been allowed to take place. But: watching, I was caught up emotionally too much to mind.

2) Scott and Bailey, season 1. This was advertised to me as a British modern Cagney and Lacey, and this I've found to be a very good description. It takes place in Manchester and, like Cagney and Lacey, combines a younger hotheaded detective (played by Suranne Jones, who can also play the Whoverse game, since she was both the TARDIS and Mona Lisa), single, and a calmer, older and married one, played by Lesley Sharpe (amazing in many things, but especially in the miniseries The Second Coming and the Doctor Who episode Midnight, both penned by Russell T. Davies). The friendship between the two women is already established when the show starts, and like in the decades old American show, we get some key conversations in the rest room of the precinct. Where it parts ways with Cagney and Lacey is that their boss, who has been friends with Janet Scott for ages but has a far pricklier relationship with Rachel Bailey, is also a woman, and Jill is basically the main supporting player or third lead, however you want to put it.

I really enjoyed the first season of this show; there is good chemistry between the leads, it combines cases of the week with ongoing emotional developments and one main case (mind you, if you're experienced in genre tv, you can figure out who must be the murderer for that one half way through), and it reminds me all over again that actors on Britsh tv are allowed to both be and look normal instead of as if stepping of the cover of a magazine, and not just the males but the women as well.

Flaws: one. Rachel's boyfriend whom she splits up with in the pilot is so obviously scum-of-the-earth that it's hard to believe she put up with him for two years, let alone give him another chance, even if he's played by Rupert Graves. The show lampshades this by letting Janet marvel why an intelligent and attractive woman would go for a man not fit to wipe her shoes, but the "some people are stupid in love" principle doesn't quite work for me as an explanation. Also, some crucial emotional development in this regard takes place between the last but one episode of the season and the last one. But other than that, I have no complaints.
selenak: (Owen by Linaerys)
Day 30 - Saddest character death.


And we conclude with a horrible dilemma of a question, given that the media I consume offers really a lot of death scenes, now that I think of it. However, let me specify in order to narrow the criteria: "saddest death" is absolutely not the same as "most shocking" or "most surprising". And of course, one viewer's sobfest is another viewers "hooray!" or "why hasn't X croaked it already?" Not to mention that there are some deaths which may be sad but also feel right, even necessary, i.e. no matter my fondness for the characters, I would have felt like the narrative was cheating or not giving them their due if they hadn't died. Spoilery examples for season 3 of AtS, season 4 of BSG and season 5 of SFU follow which are therefore not my choice. )

My other criteria for "saddest death": I have to be emotionally very invested in the characters involved. For example, among the many, many deaths that happen in Lost, the one I'd give the "saddest death scene in Lost" award happens in season 3 and is spoilery for same, then compared to two from season 4 ) It's not in any way an objective judgment or one dependent on writing, acting or directing of the scenes in question, but then "saddest" asks for an emotional judgment.

After trying my best to narrow it down, I came up with four scenes in close competition, which you'll find under the cut.

Spoilers for season 2 of Torchwood, season 4 of Battlestar Galactica, season 1 of Deadwood and season 1 and 5 of The Wire ensue )



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