elisi: (Gallifrey)
... head over to [personal profile] promethia_tenk's and read about alllll the symbolism and how it hangs together and how Bill fits into all of it.

Spoilers up to (and including) The Pyramid at the End of the World, as well as the next time trailer:

On Bill and The Symbolism: Season Ten Analysis (so far)
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This has been a very very busy weekend and after watching 'Knock Knock' this was pretty much my only thought:

YES THIS COUNTS AS A SPOILER )

Thankfully the other half of my brain, the always brilliant [personal profile] promethia_tenk, HAS WRITTEN A POST, which talks about All The Things. :D :D :D

Go & read. I doubt I'll be 'writing' anything more than what's under the cut.

(My parents have been visiting for the past two weeks. They left this morning. Next weekend it's my sister-in-law's wedding. So yeah, RL eating me alive.)

elisi: (Yes (River) by eatingthepeach)
Fox on the Run by [profile] jetpack_mokey

Summary: Who are you and when are you who you are?

Am too busy flailing to say much. Just go watch ALLLLLL the Doctor/River. ♥
elisi: (Class)
For those in the UK, it's on iPlayer

For those in the US it's streamed on BBC America.

So go forth & watch!! (And then come talk to meeee!)

Back in November I wrote a post on why I love it (on LJ here on DW here), no spoilers obviously.

Generally I just recommend watching the first episode & see if you like it. Yes it's a Doctor Who spin-off, but it's very much its own thing and firmly YA. I had zero expectations and then it just waltzed in and stole my heart. ♥

Also ONLY EIGHT EPISODES. (We are hoping it'll be renewed, which is one reason to get more people watching...)
elisi: (Captain Jack by kayim)
[personal profile] kerkevik_2014 posted his first 'sponsored' fic:

Bushwacked
PROMPT:
Fandom: Torchwood/Buffy;
Characters: Jack Harkness/Spike; P
remise: A case of mistaken identity occurs when Jack meets Spike and mistakes him for John Hart. Angst, perhaps?


Only 250 words, so go have a little read. Interesting take, that's all I'll say. :)


And it's all for Mandy's GoFundMe. If anyone feels like chipping in, I know it will be deeply appreciated. Just a fiver?
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I'm not sure what. So here's a random selection.

Alec Baldwin Just Destroyed Trump & Bannon On SNL
This made me laugh so much that my 15 year old came to ask what the matter was. (Yes you have probably all already seen it.)

And here is a video that... well, was rather prescient:

Donald Trump's Fascist Week: The Daily Show

Via Tumblr:

Before Dr. Seuss did children’s books, he did anti-fascist political cartoons. Remember Trump’s slogan is America First.

~

People have also been posting festivids links, and oh, there is one for Attack the Block. Perfect, perfect, perfect song:

Invincible.
'When they come to destroy the Earth, they'll have to go through you first.'

Plus, speaking of movies:

Vox: Some say Hollywood is out of touch with America. 2017's Best Picture nominees say otherwise.
elisi: (Alexander)
For anyone who loves [profile] luckweaver's Redjay (or who wants to check out that 'verse, which ties in with mine), she has started posting a new story:

Crossroads

Set during S1 of Torchwood. :)
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Originally posted by [personal profile] sdwolfpup at More Joy Day is a GO
Poll preferences point to January 20 as the preferred day, so:

The TENTH More Joy Day will be January 20, 2017


Can you believe the first one was in 2008? That's absurd. Here's the original post about it on LJ. The key points:

In the interest of spreading more joy, I’m proposing that on Friday, January 20th, we each engage in one act, either on the Internet or in the physical world, which brings joy to another person, in the hopes that that person will spread that joy further, and exponentially onward.

Some ideas I had of things we could do:

Fannish: Write a fic, make an icon, make a vid, or make a fanart for someone. Buy someone paid time or userpics. Leave someone a nice comment. Say something nice about something fannish someone else loves. Say something nice about something fannish you love and encourage squee (and squee on someone else’s post if they make one!). Offer to beta for someone.

Other: Offer to donate five dollars to the charity of someone's choice. Send flowers to an online friend in a different city. Buy someone you know online a present. Or a virtual present. Plant a tree or a flower in someone's honor and take a picture of it and post it to your space. When somebody cuts you off at work, wish them well and hope they get where they’re going safely. Make somebody a friendship bracelet. Or a construction paper heart. Call someone you love and tell them so.

Or anything else you can think of!

Then on that Friday, make a post or a tweet saying what you've done (or a note that it's More Joy day), and that will hopefully help spread things further.

This year, by holding it on the day of the US Presidential Inauguration, we are making More Joy Day a stand for the belief in the goodness of people and that each of our individual small actions help keep the world itself afloat. Wherever you are, whoever you voted for, you are invited to join us in doing one small act of joy to prove Mr. Roger's mother's axim to "look for the helpers." There are always so many more helpers than there are those causing harm. Let's prove the power kindness can wield when we wield it together.

This entry was cross-posted at my Dreamwidth account. Please comment here or there. (comment count unavailable comments at DW)
elisi: (Don't mess with River Song by meathiel)
...is easily Peter and Jane (and Mummy too)

Peter & Jane have exciting adventures with Mummy. Mummy likes gin. Peter & Jane like starting fires, trying to kill each other and driving Mummy to drink

Was reading today's post on my way home from work, and I swear it makes me feel better about everything. Plus, the comments are gold. (And how often can you say that about anything?) For all parents muddling through, I can't recommend it enough.

She also wrote a post about 'what advice Mummy would give to new, or newish parents' which is absolutely brilliant and spot-on and full of common sense advice.

There is also a QUIZ:

Ever wondered what sort of a parent YOU are? Why not take this FUN QUIZ and FIND OUT if you are a #SoBlessed Mummy, a #MuddlingThrough Mummy or an #OhFuckIt Mummy.

Enjoy! :)
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Yes, I know the world is collapsing, but surely that's all the more reason to find a show to disappear into for a little while?

It's being said that Class is like Buffy, and that's very true (with caveats). Much like Torchwood was the Angel of the Whoniverse (with its own Billowy Coat King of Pain), there are also differences...

Similarities: Both set in 'high schools' (the students we follow are in Sixth Form, so 16 - 17 year olds), and Coal Hill Academy has its own version of a 'hellmouth'. The structure is in many ways similar, with a 'monster of the week' and that whole richness & depth of writing that we knew and loved.

Ways Class stands out: Buffy was named for its lead character, and revolved around her. Class is truly an ensemble show. The cast is white, Asian, black, gay, straight, and with lots of amazing female characters. (No trans characters, at least not so far.) And oh god, what characters they are. I have rarely seen a show start off with a group of characters so interesting and complex right off the bat. I challenge anyone to say that these 'kids' aren't as complicated or engaging as some tortured 30 year old. (Besides, there are adult characters too...)

If you have never watched, or never liked, Doctor Who don't worry. The Doctor pops in for a guest appearance in ep 1 to help set things up, but it's perfectly self-contained.

Mostly I hope it runs forever because I am RIDICULOUSLY invested in these characters. They are hopeful and vulnerable and conflicted and angry and sad and fall in love and hold grudges and this goes for ALL OF THEM. The women are allowed to be angry. The boys get to be vulnerable. Everyone is a person first and foremost, and plenty of stereotypes are confronted, even as the show isn't shy about looking at issues like toxic masculinity & privilege.

Also, most shows take time to build up, can have a wobbly first season, unsure how to pitch itself (*cough*Torchwood*cough*), but Class hit the ground running. For sheer confidence & excellent writing the best example might be Firefly. This show understands TV and storytelling and it goes places the parent show can't. Partly b/c Doctor Who is aimed at a younger audience, and partly because Doctor Who can't do the multi-character story-arc.

Really, I'm sort of failing to find the right words. I'll be writing proper episode write-ups, because this show is eating my head. It's just so good. It premiered on my birthday, and it's undoubtedly one of the best presents I've ever had. Like - if someone wanted to design the perfect show for me, this would probably be it. I can't really believe it's real. (I watched today's episode on tenterhooks - I understand every narrative trick and yet it completely pulled me in. SO GOOD.)

Sadly I don't know how to watch it outside the UK, but if you can - do. And here are the official opening credits:



ETA: I believe it's available on iTunes? If you can afford a season pass.
elisi: (Class)
So you should watch it too! Look, I even made an icon. :)




Here it is on BBC3! :D

Seriously - good, interesting, well-fleshed out distinctive characters (SO DIVERSE YAY! IN GOOD WAYS!), nice conflicts (both plot-wise and character-wise) at the heart of everything, solid setting and they use the more adult feel to tackle stuff that sometimes gets a little brushed over on the parent show, and also deal with the aftermath. Only two episodes in and I want to spend a *lot* more time with these characters. ♥
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Bojack Horseman is the single most innovative and interesting show around, and you should watch it.



(We're about halfway through S3, and trying to parcel it out so it lasts. Mind you, I should probably mention that it's deeply cynical & rather depressing and yet... one of the most human shows I have ever had the pleasure to watch. <3)

ETA: Oh, and I forgot to mention that it's hilarious! The visual jokes alone...
elisi: (Missy)
'This' being Fleabag.

Here is a short trailer on the BBC. (You can watch on iPlayer)

And here is a longer trailer on youtube. (Apparently it's also available on Amazon.)

Description: 'Angry, pervy, outrageous and hilarious, Fleabag arrives with a bang, as she spins through the city grasping at anyone and anything that might keep her head above water.'

Mostly though, it's one of the funniest things I've seen in a long while. Happened to catch a later episode the other night, and then went back to watch from the start. Enjoy!

~~

Related:

#IMOMSOHARD

7 ways for women to disappear so their clothes won’t upset anybody
elisi: (Capt. John by kazzy_cee)
First of all - with thanks to [livejournal.com profile] sueworld2003 - [livejournal.com profile] hollywoodgrrl has re-uploaded one of her best vids, and one of my personal favourites. So if you have lost it, or never seen it, make haste:



Summary: The unforeseen arrival of John Hart forces Jack to face, and ultimately choose between, his three biggest temptations.

~~~

And secondly:

Star Work by [livejournal.com profile] grammarwoman [on DW]

Summary: Star Wars bitches get shit done.

Does what it says on the tin. (OH GOD PADME'S FATE STILL PISSES ME OFF. GRRRRRR.)
elisi: (Pimpin' by hauntes)
Some quotes from a Doctor Who Magazine... Actually, speaking of Doctor Who Magazine, I’m looking at a digital version of DWM 279 (from 1999) and it’s got a really interesting interview with Russell T Davies, Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, Paul Cornell, Lance Parkin and Gareth Roberts on the idea of Doctor Who being revived and it’s got some of the best (and most ironic) quotes I’ve seen. Here’s just a small selection

~~

Fic rec: Casanova by BiteyMadLady. Summary: Clara wants to meet Giacomo Casanova. Oh my.

(via [livejournal.com profile] calufrax. Short, but fabulous. And now my head-canon.)
elisi: (Roda)
For those following my Seeker 'verse, [livejournal.com profile] luckweaver wrote the break-up scene between the Seeker and Roda:

Goodbye, Lover

Synopsis: “By elimination, dishonesty is the second best policy.” ― George Carlin

To say that Rodageitmososa had taken the Seeker’s behaviour in the Medusa Cascade ‘badly’ was a gross understatement. It would have been more accurate to say that she’d taken it with all the grace of a tired Time Tot; emphasis on the ‘tired’. As though waking up to another Dalek invasion on yet another planet hadn’t made for a bad enough day she’d been captured, betrayed by her lover and humiliated in front of a centuries-old rival.


Set post-A Good Day for Roda, and pre-A Good Day for the Seeker. (I will post a tie-in ficlet at some point.)
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elisi: (Pimpin' by hauntes)
elisi: (Amy + Doctor)
I know I've pimped this vid before, but oh, it's just so lovely...

Safe to Shore (Amy & Eleven) )

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