New Eleventh Doctor era scenes

It's wonderful how people have been creating new content to entertain us while we're all in lockdown. Here are two lovely little Doctor Who scenes from the Eleventh Doctor era!

"The Raggedy Doctor by Amelia Pond" (written by Steven Moffat): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0Hk9Va3ul8

"Rory's Story" (written by Neil Gaiman): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVqW4XjZwC8

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Sarah from Hand of Fear

New "Day of the Doctor" introduction by Steven Moffat

Just to show how out of the loop I am, apparently there was a worldwide re-watch of "Day of the Doctor" today, with hashtag #SaveTheDay (although I'm not on Twitter, so don't have much use for hashtags).

However, I was not too late to find this: A new introduction to the re-watch for these social-distancing-times, written by Steven Moffat and using voice help from Dan Starkey as Strax:


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Sarah from Hand of Fear

Television round-up

Hello everyone, and happy new year!

I haven't posted for awhile, mostly because I haven't had much to say. I am not currently feeling very fannish about anything. But right now, I am in the mood to talk about how I am not in the mood to be fannish. So here, have a post. ;)

First off, Doctor Who. It was the fandom that brought me to Teaspoon, and then to LJ, and then here. (It hasn't yet brought me to Tumblr, though, which is a problem since that seems to be the place where most people are hanging out now. Oh well, I shall remain here with my charmingly old-fashioned typing words and expecting people to read them method of communication.) I was so incredibly excited to have a female Doctor, and I couldn't wait to see what they did with Thirteen. And then we got last season, and I really didn't enjoy it. Then I saw part one of "Spyfall," and don't even think I want to bother with part two. I am just not enjoying Doctor Who. It's a very sad feeling. The only thing that makes it somewhat okay is the knowledge that eventually I am likely to enjoy it again. After all, I stopped watching Classic Who in the Sixth Doctor era for pretty much the same reason, and look what's happened since. Also I did go back and watch "The Pandorica Opens" today to remind myself of what a great Doctor Who episode is like, and I can happily report that I still loved it to absolute bits. So it's not the show itself that I no longer enjoy, just the current era.

In other TV news, I am watching The Good Place, and they are winding down the series and I am finding it very disappointing. The show was great in season 1, and mind-blowingly fantastic in season 2, but it's been a lot more Medium Place ever since. So I'm not really caring now about how they decide to end it.

Also, I just started watching The Orville, which is an interesting show, but I doubt that I will become fannish about it. The latest episode I saw, "Majority Rule," was pretty heavy-handed social commentary, although it did make me feel nostalgic for Sliders, which is an old TV show that perhaps no one on my flist has seen. But the "Majority Rule" planet would have been an excellent alternate Earth in a Sliders episode.

But I did just hear about some new TV show coming out with Hugh Laurie in it called Avenue 5. Does anyone know anything about this? Apparently Hugh Laurie is again using an American accent, which I find amusing. It also looks like it might be something that I would really enjoy. It is, alas, on HBO, which I do not have, but maybe I should look into finally getting it? Here, have a trailer and judge for yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8Zr3f-_Ft8

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Sarah from Hand of Fear

Yuletide update

I've been having a stressful time lately, and while I got an idea for my Yuletide fic in mid-November, and even wrote the first 300 words, I have spent the last two-and-a-half weeks diligently not working on it. As in, I would come home from work and spend the evening thinking about how I really ought to open up the file and do some writing. Or open up the file and look at what I'd written so far. Or, okay, what if I just opened up the file? I didn't have to look at it as long as the file was at least open on my computer. But then I was always too tired, or too stressed, or too something, and I put it off for another day.

Last weekend I thought I would make a lot of progress. And surely I would have, if only I had opened up the file.

So these last few days I have thought seriously about defaulting. I've never defaulted for Yuletide, and it seems crazy to default when I have an assignment I think I can genuinely write, including having an idea for it and everything. The only problem is, I'm not actually writing it.

But the default deadline isn't until Tuesday, so I decided to give myself through this weekend to see how things went. And tonight I finally managed to open up the file and read what I had written a few weeks ago. And . . . I liked it! And then I wrote some more, and as of right now, the fic is 940 words long. So assuming I can open up the file again tomorrow and Sunday, I have a pretty good shot of actually being done with it soon.

In the meantime, I got my Yuletide gift a few weeks ago, which is by far the earliest I've ever gotten it. I'm trying to decide how much I want to shake. Maybe once I've posted my own fic, I'll feel more deserving of a gift.

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Sarah from Hand of Fear

Yuletide and disappointing television

I have some vague ideas for my Yuletide fic, but nothing that has really sparked yet. In the meantime I have done some canon review, I have arranged to get access to another piece of canon to review, and I just realized that some canon that I already own might also be helpful to review. Hoping that all this reviewing will help spark a fic.

Speaking of Yuletide, I'm glad I didn't request "The Good Place" this year because I've been disappointed in the current season. It's gone from being a funny show that occasionally touches on ethics to an ethics show that is occasionally funny. At least they're still changing things up enough for me to hold out hope that it will start being good again soon.

And speaking of disappointing television, I'm very sad about how much I'm disliking the current season of Doctor Who. But it looks like the next few episodes weren't written by Chris Chibnall, so perhaps at least one of them will be good.

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Timeless clips

So the recent Doctor Who episode started making me feel nostalgic for Timeless, and I went looking for clips.

Here's a whole montage of people introducing themselves in the past with modern pop culture references: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efvMmCTAgUU

And here's a clip where Rufus (the black pilot of the time ship) deals with some racism, which happened on the show *all the time*: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZeCgOfmf10

And sure, Doctor Who had Rosa Parks, but Timeless had Katherine Johnson, and Bass Reeves -- go Google him if you've never heard of him, or better yet, watch this short clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYxrU-WaKGQ -- and Josephine Baker, and Wendell Scott (Google him, too), and HARRIET TUBMAN. So, yeah.

In fact, the show was great at showcasing historical people of color and making you go Google them afterwards. They also knew how to do an infodump in a way that was actually interesting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_95cqpBH_4

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dalek tea

Anticipating the pronoun change

So I was randomly reading some entries about the Doctor, and happened to notice that the author used "he" and "him" even though the statements weren't tied to a particular Doctor or era. Which made me start to wonder: once Thirteen gets going, will we see start seeing generic statements about the Doctor that use "she" and "her"? Or will those pronouns only ever apply specifically to Thirteen?

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