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June 15th, 2006


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10:11 am - A little more newbie-fan squee
Basically, this just means that I am, despite my weekend mourning of the Ninth Doctor, on a fannish high right now. I spent all of last evening reading Lungbarrow (thank you, vertigozooropa, for the e-book link) because I couldn't get enough. Well written, involving, fairly complex (not to mention claustrophobic) adventure story.

I've decided I'm probably going to like the Doctor in most of his incarnations--even if the Seventh kind of makes me nervous.

Also--and I'm sure you all will let me know if I'm an oddball here--is it weird for me to be mildly smitten with Chris Cwej? He's *adorable*.

Now I'm reading Paul Cornell's Human Nature (nobody tell my super; it's in another window on my compy here). :-)
Current Location: work (bah!)
Current Mood: optimisticoptimistic

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From:rj_anderson
Date:June 16th, 2006 12:06 am (UTC)
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No, it is not at all weird. Chris is adorable.

You need to read anything and everything you can find written by kateorman, by the way. Trust me on this. Also very good would be anything by Lance Parkin.

And Human Nature is simply one of the best DW novels ever.
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From:izhilzha
Date:June 16th, 2006 01:00 am (UTC)
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No, it is not at all weird. Chris is adorable.

Yay! I'm not weird. :-) He's just so utterly sweet--in a manly sort of way. And childlike but not childish (someone used the term innocent in the book, can't recall who, but it fits well enough).

Notes taken on authors to look up. I was planning on finding Kate's stuff...though I haven't noticed any of hers in used bookstores. I expect that means they're good enough that nobody wants to ever sell them. :-)
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From:vertigozooropa
Date:June 16th, 2006 12:12 am (UTC)
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I don't know if your book tells you this, but it's pronounced, "shvay".

I think you will like the Doctor, to some degree, in all of his incarnations, save for the First and Sixth. The First, I can't imagine anyone really liking, because he's a bitter, mean, crusty old man who's short with everyone. The Sixth, you may or may not like, because his regeneration went wrong, and he's unstable. Something about him is not often likeable.

Also, he has the two worst companions ever (Peri, who I don't like because she's a British actress failing to impersonate an American, and I don't think she can act, and Mel, who I like, but has a high-pitched, scratchy voice).

Some day, if I make it in the "Hollywood" scene and I move to California, you may avail yourself of my Doctor Who resources. You could overdose on fandom.

Me, I'm drowning in the stuff, so I don't really notice it.

I like the new episodes, though.
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From:izhilzha
Date:June 16th, 2006 06:56 am (UTC)
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I don't know if your book tells you this, but it's pronounced, "shvay".

It didn't, but wiki did, because I figured they might have an entry on Chris, and they did. :-)

I think you will like the Doctor, to some degree, in all of his incarnations, save for the First and Sixth. The First, I can't imagine anyone really liking, because he's a bitter, mean, crusty old man who's short with everyone.

LOL. Well, you may be right. I shall be seeing some First in a couple of weeks from my friend V. There shall be LJ posts.

The Sixth, you may or may not like, because his regeneration went wrong, and he's unstable. Something about him is not often likeable.

Heh. Hmm. You're spooking me a little, though even Ninth had his unlikable moments, and I still liked him in them. *shrug* He's the Doctor; what can I say?

Some day, if I make it in the "Hollywood" scene and I move to California, you may avail yourself of my Doctor Who resources. You could overdose on fandom.

Bwah. I could indeed. I have a feeling one could drown oneself in this fandom; there's so much source and quasi-source materiel! *drools* Erm, sorry--I'm still a little excited.

Also--Dan, I know you're not overfond of fic, but would you read a short one if I sent you the link? It's a pretty brilliant short story, somewhat meta, and I thought it was a wonderful...oh, I don't want to give it away. I liked the POV, I'll just say that....

Me, I'm drowning in the stuff, so I don't really notice it.
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From:vertigozooropa
Date:June 16th, 2006 04:43 pm (UTC)
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Sure. Send it. I'll try to get to it.

Not like "Night's Candles," which is still in my inbox....
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From:izhilzha
Date:June 16th, 2006 05:44 pm (UTC)
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Well, here you go, then. Upon A Time is by astrogirl2.

And you really haven't read Night's Candles? Tsk. Well, whenever you get arond to it. :-)
From:darmok47
Date:June 17th, 2006 12:21 am (UTC)
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I didn't think I'd like the 7th at first, but I've definitely grown to. The worst thing about his episodes is the music. :) And Mel, in the ones with Mel, but I haven't seen much of those...
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From:lit_gal
Date:June 17th, 2006 07:56 pm (UTC)
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Hey, I just wanted to double check that you're covering Invisible Man for Rerun.
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From:izhilzha
Date:June 18th, 2006 06:11 am (UTC)
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Oh! Right! I'll go and find the link to the main post. I don't have terrifically widespread access to the fandom (because it's so tiny, comparatively), but hopefully the access I do have will be enough to gather in some fics. :-)
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From:lit_gal
Date:June 18th, 2006 06:17 am (UTC)
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I would love to see some good IM fic, so I hope so too. I miss that show.
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From:redstarrobot
Date:June 18th, 2006 07:53 am (UTC)
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One and Six aren't the most popular, but really are very charming in their ways, so don't let people scare you off. :) I actually got very fond of One, while writing him into that fic recently; he is grumpy and sharp (and not always helped by the way they produced TV in the early 1960s, which didn't always allow for reshooting any scenes, so it's essentially live), but also very loveable. Despite being the old man of the bunch, in many ways, he comes across to me as actually the one of the very youngest and brashest, with a teenager's total arrogant certainty in himself - when you see him interact with his Second and Third selves in The Three Doctors, you realize how really refreshing it is and how big a presence he is in the story, despite how much the actor's health curtailed his involvement. He has some extremely memorable episodes, and some very moving moments. Six is also actually very good, but he really suffers from poor companions and poor scripts, so it's difficult for me to say I like many of his stories, even if I think he's very promising. (I have problems with much of the '80s. While Five is very popular, I think the show started sliding a bit after Four's run ended, hit its nadir in Six, got a tiny bit better and looked like it was going to continue on that way until, rather suddenly, in season 25, there was a major, and very brilliant, set of changes to the show.)

I actually think that starting with seasons 25 and 26, the McCoy years that fed the NAs you're reading, are the best move into the old series for new fans of the new series, and after that, things like the Tom Baker and Pertwee years, and just jumping around to find what you like. (The Tom Baker era has a lot of the gothic horror that you can see in Lungbarrow.) The Virgin New Adventures are a great choice, too - definitely a mixed bag, but they aimed very high, and when they hit, they were stellar. Cornell, Aaronovitch, Parkin, and Orman tend to be the most popular, although you'll find some very good one-offs by other authors, too, and some which are great love-them-or-hate-them stories (the divisive ones, I find, are usually doing something right). (The Virgin series is also where most of the writers and script editors from the last season poured all their unrevealed backstory and plans for the season they never got, so it's sort of a slight variation on what might have been.)
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From:izhilzha
Date:June 18th, 2006 08:53 pm (UTC)
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Thank you very much for coming over here and lending your wisdom to the hunt of a new fan. :-) I have yet to figure out what I can get my hands on (as none of my RL local friends are big into Who, as far as I know)--I have a couple tapes a college friend made me, so right now I think I'm just going to watch/read whatever is at hand (making choices if there's enough to pick and choose!), and see how many of the Doctors I can sample before I try to get my hands on everything for one of them (except Nine, of course; DVDs, here I come).

I actually think that starting with seasons 25 and 26, the McCoy years that fed the NAs you're reading, are the best move into the old series for new fans of the new series, and after that, things like the Tom Baker and Pertwee years, and just jumping around to find what you like. (The Tom Baker era has a lot of the gothic horror that you can see in Lungbarrow.)

A good thought, one that I shall keep in mind. Again, thank you!

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