A couple of requests?

Jul. 21st, 2017 01:22 pm
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It's Friday and Jodie Whittaker is still playing Thirteen. I TOLD YOU I WOULDN'T BE OVER THIS SOON.

Anyway, my requests are teeny tiny ones. Apparently now that I've given up on LJ entirely, I've lost the good icon sources.

Can anyone point me to some Thirteen icons? I know ya'll have them, because I've seen some, so point me that way?

And if anyone has some good Bill icon sources?

Actually, if anyone knows where the Doctor Who icon makers are posting to on DW that would help *so much*.

I have posts I need to write. Posts about England/Worldcon trip plan (less than two weeks, OMG!) and arranging meets, an AMA post, probably MORE Doctor Who thoughts. But right now it's hot and humid and my ridiculous big fluffy cat keeps sitting on me and so my brain is too fuzzed out to make them.

How to Tell Someone About Your Dreams

Jul. 21st, 2017 01:04 am
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I seem to vaguely remember that I did have a dream about Tim Gunn building a submarine.

I do want to be thin, smart, successful, polite, well dressed, and dignified. I think, on good days, I manage to pull off polite.


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Over the last year or so, I've been seen making this quote: "I feel that my board games collection is complete, There is nothing current that I want to add to it". This statement is both true from a certain point of view, and inaccurate in so many different ways.

Worse, I seem to frequently forget that there are new games coming out all the time, and thus have made the far worse and complete bollocks statement and miss the rider off the end.

The key part of this is definitely the rider on the end, and it is that "current" which makes the whole thing mis-leading. There are actually quite a few games that are not currently available that I've been keeping a close eye on. There is a Master of Orion game that's out in Russian, but not yet in English, I'll be buying it in a heart beat when it does. There are more than a few things Looney Labs could release that I'd pick up the moment I can get my hands on them. Including (But probably not limited to) the new Zendo game they're working on in a not very secret manner.

There are other things I can and will spend money on very quickly. Notably expansions for games already in my collection. My definition of "complete" apparently is a list of all the base games. I bought a couple of older Escape the Curse of the Temple expansions when they were going cheap recently. I've just had the new Star Realms expansion pack advertised to me, and have pledged to Kickstarter. I'll work out later if I can actually afford it right now, or if I should either give it a miss or make one of the other Star Realms players pick it up.

There are a couple of other things that will make me spend money on this hobby. A while back I borrowed Splendor, and despite wanting to like it, didn't. So when I was shown another game that scratched the same itch that I really did LOVE, I instantly went in search of a copy. What I didn't realise at the time was that it was so new that it hadn't really entered UK distribution. I might have mistaken it's rarity for something else, rather than that shops just hadn't got their copies yet. The game, BTW, is called Century: Spice Road. There are also a few games that I'd buy if I stopped seeing the friend who has a copy. Puerto Rico is a good example. I consider it a strong staple of the hobby, and even though I don't want to play it that often, like Catan, I consider it an important game to be able to play. While I have access to a copy, I won't buy one. But should I lose access, I'd consider it. There are actually quite a lot of games in this category including (but no way limited to) Machi Koro, Hey that's my Fish, Roll for the Galaxy, Red Dragon Inn, Caverna, Cash 'n' Guns, Hero Realms, Flash Point, and Zombie Dice.

This was originally going to just be a Facebook update, but I quite quickly realised it was a blog entry, so it ended up here instead. Much better place.
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It's possible I will never reach the point of "enough" with her :-D I've even written a fic. More of an alternate ending to the next Christmas episode, but you know. I have written Thirteen. And One. And Bill. So much fun :-D It'll be posted as soon as it's been edited.


Today I had a (very polite, yay) discussion with someone on Twitter about the potential companion choice. It was sparked by a thing I quoted and RT'd about getting a female companion (and the fact that I want it so much), and the person on Twitter (we'll call him Dave) pushed back about why a male companion is important. I don't think he's entirely right, but he had some reasoned arguments and I can understand his view point.

He's concerned that young boys will be put off by an all-female cast (I disagree there--they're only put off if they're told they should be) and that young boys need a male role model to identify with. I disagree with that, too, but that's coming from a position of always being told that I should be able to identify perfectly well with an opposite-gender hero, thank you, so there's no need for a woman Doctor (or a woman Jedi, or a woman Star Trek captain, or...). Of course, my feelings on this can be easily dismissed as a bit of tit-for-tat going on, which is why I didn't use that argument.

My big concern with casting a male companion as the only companion (note, I have no issue with this in a mixed-gender multiple companions team) is that it would very easy for the companion to end up being seen as the hero/leader/authority figure just because of gender. Ask any woman who has had their less experienced/less senior colleague viewed as "the authority" (i.e. all of us, particularly in technical fields) and you'll know how often it happens and how frustrating it is. I don't want to watch that onscreen every week.

Dave's big concern is that boys need to see a male companion respecting the Doctor and treating her well, but without making him weak or lose authority in front of the young boys. Because boys will turn off if he's a weakling. And...I kind of get where he's coming from, but I also rather gathered from his comments that he and I will never agree on what that looks like. He feels that the male non-Doctor regulars have been poorly-served and one-dimensional. I thought Rory was written well, with complexity, and I enjoyed his role in the TARDIS. Jack is...Jack. We haven't had any other prominent regulars. For Dave, Rory was written as weak and a bit subservient and, er, Jack is queer so he probably doesn't count.

Dave also wanted the male companion to be a little in love with the Doctor, maybe, and still able to show respect without ever being weak or allowing the Doctor to dominate him. As an example to give, Dave wanted to see a relationship like Ten and Rose but with their gender roles reversed.

Which, uh, no. That is definitely *not* a healthy example to give. And something like that would be the opposite of what I think would be good for anyone. I have a feeling Dave and I were watching with very different glasses on. If he wanted to use any example of that dynamic, Nine and Rose might have been better, IMO. But still no.

Having a man as the only companion is a potential mine-field. It would have to be cast very, very carefully (which is why this morning's touting of Kris Marshall as the main contender made me scream and shudder) and the writing would also have to be done very carefully. Frankly, I think it's a balancing act they're going to fail on no matter what they do.

If they write the usual Doctor-companion dynamic, with the Doctor given lead hero/authority status and companion asking questions/pushing plot forward by interacting with aliens-of-the-week/being the cipher for the Doctor's solutions, then a certain group of fans are going to complain because the male companion seems "weak". He's not a good role model for the young boys. Etc.

They'll claim Doctor is an aggressive and over-assertive you know what, even though she's doing exactly what she's always done.

If the writers make those roles close to what that group of fans think of as 'equal', all the women watching will cringe at the way the Doctor is overruled, spoken over, and not listened to until her male companion reframes her plan in his words. We'll be questioning why the Doctor suddenly isn't the hero solving everything with her brain, why it's the companion's solution that saves the day 70% of the time. She won't be the Doctor we recognise.

If the writing is amazing and incredibly clever, they could highlight the way women's contributions are dismissed and their male colleagues are automatically assumed to be in charge. It could challenge that. But it would require some very careful writing and I suspect it would make that first group of fans so uncomfortable that they would make very loud ructions.

Making the solo companion a woman would get past a big chunk of that problem and still give some of the writers a chance to throw shade at the way women are treated in these situations. I loved the way they pointed and poked at racism and white-washing and so on through Bill. I'd love to see them do the same with gender assumptions.

(But as with season ten, it's a theme best used carefully and not every episode, or it gets wearing for everyone.)

(It might also be able to do a bit of heterosexual assumptions highlighting, because I can easily see people moaning about the lack of possibility for companion/Doctor shipping and...dude, femslash exists, okay?)

(Is it shallow that I'd kind of love to see a companion/Doctor combination that I could throw my heart into shipping, for the very first time? I'm slightly confused about this whole thing where the Doctor is suddenly attractive to me. Is this what my friends went through with David Tenant?)


Giving us a TARDIS team of one man and one woman would give us the benefits of both options and, I think, negate a lot of the potential downsides of a solo male companions. Are there still going to be fans crying out because the women are "dominating" the narrative? Absolutely. No matter what happens, they'll shout about that. But the combination would give fans like Dave a male role model to look up to, and it would give the rest of us a hope for a dynamic we can watch and enjoy, without bracing ourselves for something cringe-worthy.

Of course, it all comes down to casting and writing. It always comes down to that. They could cast the perfect combination and kill it with bad writing. They could make casting choices that we all loathe at first and then the writing could prove us wrong.

But I am feeling very wary about the possibility of a solo male companion, and Dave's comments have actually made me more worried about that. For me, it's the one option I really hope they don't go with.

(I'll still watch it if they do, of course. And judge loudly if they get that wrong. And possibly write fic of how the episodes should have gone, if Bill had continued as companion. Doctor Who is the one show I can never stop following.)

Episode 1527: Hamming It Up

Jul. 18th, 2017 10:11 am
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Episode 1527: Hamming It Up

We had the basic idea to do this scene as a parody of Hamlet, complete with dialogue in Shakespearean verse, way back when we began work on The Phantasmal Malevolence. That was several years before Ian Doescher wrote and published William Shakespeare's Star Wars - which, together with its sequels parodying the other movies in the saga, is hilarious and well worth your money if you're in the market for more Star Wars humour.

Anyway, since we know people will mention Doescher's work if we don't do it first, rest assured that this comic was written with inspiration derived completely independently. It seems that mixing Star Wars and Shakespeare is just such a natural thing to want to do that it evolved spontaneously multiple times.

MORE Doctor Who thoughts

Jul. 17th, 2017 02:30 pm
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I've now had twenty-four hours to digest and my brain is still a bit stuck on squee and joy and squee and joy.

I mean, I woke up this morning and a night had passed and IT'S STILL TRUE. JODI WHITTAKER IS STILL THE DOCTOR. IT WASN'T A DREAM.

There was a teeny tiny bit of me that was half-expecting to find out that it had somehow all gone wrong and Kris Marshall was the Doctor after all.

But I also have more thoughts. Some of them I am going to end up ficcing. I've got a Bill and Thirteen plot bunny nibbling my ankles that I'm going to need to play with.

Other thoughts, I just need to noodle through. The first is related to some discussion I saw yesterday about how this should have happened sooner and Moffat should have done it, and I have feelings about this.

There was, predictably, outcry over the casting. There always would be. But you know what none of the butthurt fanboys (and girls, sadly) could do? They couldn't claim it broke canon.

That's huge. HUGE. If Moffat had done it for Twelve, people would have thrown a wobbly *and* yelled about canon. Until that point, we'd had a vague hint about the Corsair and a possible hint about the Doctor being a little girl once (or that might have been something Missy said about the Doctor, I get confused). Someone had to establish, without a shadow of a doubt, that Time Lords can change gender when they regenerate. Someone had to do it with another established Time Lord, so Moffat created Missy. Someone had to show a regeneration onscreen that included a gender and race change. Moffat wrote the General's regeneration in Hell Bent. Someone had to push it in our faces, in ways that couldn't be ignored, that Time Lords are flexible around gender and it's not a big deal for them, so that when we finally had a woman cast as our Doctor, the fans who complained couldn't use canon as a reason to whine.

That's what Moffat did. All that work, which took years, paved the way. He shepherded this in as much as Chibnall, and all that work guaranteed the complainers would look incredibly foolish to anyone with a brain. It was important. Is Moffat perfect? Hell, no. Nobody is. But what he's done over the last few years was important and shouldn't be forgotten or overlooked.

The other thing is that I've seen talk about is the way this casting leaves out fans of colour, because Jodi is a white woman. Someone posted a tweet along the lines of "I cam simultaneously be overjoyed at the casting we have *and* critical that it's another white actor" and that's very, very true. I don't want to harsh anyone's squee. Heck, I don't want to harsh my own squee, because it's so wonderful to feel this squeeful.

I'm also aware that I have the inbuilt privilege of being a white woman, so I'm not feeling left behind.

(Although one critique I saw that totally forgot we've just had a season with a prominent WOC, who was centred a lot *and* got to be a queer black woman in a major role, which is still rare...well, I was glad to see that (white) writer get corrected.)

Honestly, when I was thinking about this, I knew we wouldn't get a WOC. We'd get either a (male) POC *or* a woman. The BBC had to go outside the white male box this time, but it was inevitable that they wouldn't be able to smash it into too many pieces. One of those identities had to be challenged, but not both at once.

And out of the two options, I really thought they'd go with a black or Asian male actor, because casting a woman felt too daring. Too far. A line they haven't crossed yet. It's part of why I was so surprised, so overjoyed, because at no stage did I ever think they'd do this. Not this time. Not yet. For Fourteen? Yes. I had hope. But I expected them to push through the race barrier first, not gender, particularly after everything they've done in the last season to highlight and talk about race and privilege in the text.

And trust me, I would have been every bit as overjoyed right now if that's what they'd done. The only way I was going to be unhappy was if we had another white man in the role, because we've had thirteen of them and if a character can change skin and gender, and it doesn't signify to them, then why would they only ever look like a small section of human society?

I hope they'll cast a WOC for Fourteen. I really do. It's the next logical step. And it really sucks groups of fans feel like they're always being told to wait, that change has to be incremental, because in an ideal world it wouldn't. In an ideal world, the Doctor would have been played by Archie Panjabi or Shelley Conn after Tennant regenerated. I wish we lived in that ideal world.

In the meantime, I hope the TARDIS team won't be overwhelmingly white. I know that I'm not getting Bill back (although my dream is a whole season of Bill and Thirteen travelling together, sometimes flirting, while Bill boggles at her old grandpa figure having turned into a hot woman she can't keep her eyes off), but let's not mess up the progress that's been made so far.

Cast the first Asian actor as a companion. I mean, if the BBC is committed to diversity and reflecting British society as it truly is, then someone with South-East Asian heritage is long overdue. This goes double if they cast a male companion, to ensure "gender balance" in the TARDIS, because we do not need a white dude in the TARDIS right now.

We've had thirteen* male Doctors, let's have thirteen women as the Doctor and have them as diverse as possible. All colours. All shapes. All presentations. No Doctors who are identified as male. No cishet white male companions unless they're part of a big multi-companion TARDIS team.

I think the fandom is ready.

* including the War Doctor.
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Posted by Scott Meyer

Yes, I know that Belloq was a Nazi collaborator, and no, I do not in any way condone that. I needed a joke, and I didn’t think it would have been funny to have any of the positive characters be my role model, so I made the choice I made.

In retrospect, I should have picked Marcus Brody. I could plausibly get lost in my own museum.


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In case you missed it, here you go: https://twitter.com/BBCOne/status/886608239017775106

Yup, I watched the announcement live. I was nervous. I was pacing up and down while I waited and zoomed back to the TV as soon as they said the announcement was going to begin. And then I watched. Tried to guess who it might be from build and gait.

Saw the hand and thought "young, is that a woman's face?"

The camera panned up and I started to get both excited and...something else. I was half-expecting it to be a fake-out. That the person standing there with the TARDIS key would open the TARDIS and the real Doctor would walk out and disappoint me.

Then the caption flashed up. "Introducing Jodie Whittaker. The 13th Doctor." And I might, possibly, have screamed a little bit because THEY FUCKING DID IT.

I mean, really. They did it. There had been reports weeks ago that they'd ruled out a woman, so I'd given up hope. I was almost expecting Kris Marshall after all.

But nope, they did it. Jodie Whittaker wasn't someone I'd seen named at all (although I'm told she was being talked about in a major paper this morning and Tennant had recommended her), but she was absolutely fantastic in Broadchurch so I'm really excited about this. She's got incredible range, she has good comic timing...she'll be able to take whatever they throw at her and do something brilliant with it.

I haven't been this excited about a new Doctor announcement since...I can't remember. As much as I loved Smith and Capaldi, they were both picks that had me initially disappointed because I'd been rooting for finally getting a black Doctor or a woman Doctor. So there had been that little stomach drop before I accepted it and started getting excited about what they could do with the role. Plus, the last time, they did that long weird program that was over the top and in some ways made my little stomach drop moment worse, because there was so much build-up to the reveal.

This time? There wasn't that disappointed moment. There was instant squee. Instant excitement. They've finally gone and done it. Moffat laid so much groundwork for this, demonstrating multiple times that it was a thing the canon supported, and now they're reaping that.

We've got a woman Doctor. We've got a bloody fantastic actor playing her.

I cannot wait.
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For the past nearly-two weeks my life has been all about the tennis. And I could write loads about it here, but I won't, because I have a couple of other things to write about, and because most people probably don't want to know quite that much detail. But I am writing this while watching the wheelchair men's doubles final.

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Last week I worked out what I was doing for July, since I could fit it around the tennis, I just hadn't got around to posting it, for tennis reasons. I am re-learning French, using Duolingo and other apps. I did five years of it at school and I was generally not that great, I was in the bottom set (of two) for GCSE and then somehow I came out with an A and wanted to do more of it. So I did French for Scientists at uni, which was two hours a week for 25 weeks.

I know an awful lot of people use/have used Duolingo, but I also have Memrise and Lingvist on my iPod, that have been sitting there doing nothing. So I am using all three and at the end of the month I will report back.

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I'm glad I didn't sign up for this, as it went live earlier this week and authors have been revealed and I haven't fitted in reading any of it in between. But I did write for it:
Leading Lady (1621 words) by paranoidangel
Fandom: Star Trek: The Next Generation
Rating: General Audiences
Relationships: Beverly Crusher/William Riker
Characters: Beverly Crusher, William Riker, Deanna Troi
Additional Tags: Acting, Theatre, Kissing
Summary: Beverly is having regrets about playing the leading role opposite Will.

When browsing through the requests I came across the Riker/Crusher one and I didn't care much for it. But I read the prompt because I was curious and resistate made a great case for them deserving friends with benefits. So much so that I really wanted to write it. I was going to write it for a treat, but wasn't sure how to make me do it - but then it came up as a pinch hit right after assignments going out and I snapped it up. I really enjoyed writing these two so much that I want to write them again (along with all the other things I want to write, and Unconventional Courtship that I need to write after Wimbledon and the Para-athletics are over).

Mirrored from my blog.

How to Understand Your Enemy

Jul. 14th, 2017 01:00 am
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Posted by Scott Meyer

The rocket-propelled head-butt would be Rocket Hat’s chief offensive move. He’d probably call it the “War-Head,” just to get that “butt” out of there.


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Posted by John Kovalic

<Radio Silence off>

Hi, gang!

I just finished a really cool, massive deadline, and I’m coming up for air.

There’s also a new strip up.

There should have been a lot of new strips up, last month.

That didn’t happen.

I’m better with other people’s deadlines than I am with my own.

I’m trying to change that. I’ve been trying for a couple of years.

One thing I’ve been working on – albeit slowly – is a new DORK TOWER collection.

Of course, that’s been going on for a while.

With the 20th anniversary of Dork Tower approaching, though, getting this collection out has taken on a new urgency, I’d like to Kickstart it, and also use that experience to release a series of 20th anniversary collections of the old trade paperbacks. In color. Looking glorious.

To that end, I’ve been letting the old collections fall out of print. Most are now gone. Like, gone, daddy, gone.

Anyway, I’m going to be traveling a bit, and working on the Tao of Igor almost exclusively. Thinking, writing, planning, plotting.

But I need you folks to keep me honest.

Not talking about it much, up to this point, I haven’t really set myself a deadline for it. So with no pressure, it’s been continuously on the back-burner.

Time to move it up front.

I’m hereby not going to accept any new freelance gigs until the Tao of Igor is done.

With luck, throwing this info out there will garner exactly the kind of pressure I need to bring this over the finish line.

There are only twenty or so pages left on it, and I think you cats will dig it.

But it’s time to get serious, now.

And once the book is done, as in “ready-to-send-to-the-printer” done, the Kickstarter launches.

There are a couple of small Munchkin projects coming up that I know of, and that’s no biggie. There’s also some small commitments I need to get off my plate.

But apart from them – nothing else until the Tao of Igor is done.

Feel free to ask how the progress is going. Indeed, I insist on this. There’s a lot more info to follow, about the Tao of Igor, the Kickstarter, a potential Dork Tower Patreon, cool additions to the web site, getting back to three strips a week, and more. A lot more.

So do keep me honest, here.

I could use some friendly prodding!John

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Posted by Scott Meyer

Panel three of this comic contains one of my rare attempts at actual cartooning. It’s not too bad, overall, but Duke’s hands on the steering wheel need work.

Another idea I had for a children’s book based on a completely inappropriate book for adults was a version of Fight Club called Friend Club. The plot of that move mapped pretty naturally onto the concept of a lonely boy with an imaginary friend—some might say more naturally than it did to the actual concept.

I’ve scrapped the entire idea, because in the end nothing I come up with would ever be funnier than the actual, not made as a joke, series of DUNE coloring books.


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Episode 1526: Pork Barrel Rolling

Jul. 11th, 2017 10:11 am
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Episode 1526: Pork Barrel Rolling

Everyone's favourite doomed Red Squadron pilot demanded a more significant role in our story.

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Posted by Scott Meyer

Everything I say about my mother and the plaster jaw in this comic is true, right down to the little flowers she painted on it.

She also had a pair of earrings that were made of artificial molars.

One of my more prized possessions is an old tooth chart she gave me. It’s this nice hinged case full of individual fake teeth all laid out in neat rows. Back in the day, dentists would use it to compare the person’s real teeth to the samples on the chart, so they would order a good match. I think it’s cool.

When I first got it, I took it to a friend’s house, thinking it was the right mixture of gross and cool for kids to enjoy. My friend’s wife took one look at it and told me to get it out of her house. Later, when we discussed it, she explained that she’d thought it was some kind of Nazi memorabilia. I completely understand her kicking me out, in that case, but’s not a good feeling to have to explain to someone that one of your possessions isn’t evil, just disgusting.


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