ffutures: steapunk dalek (Dalek)

Several years ago I promised [personal profile] selenak that I would write a Beatles story. It took a lot longer than I expected. This is a crossover between Doctor Who, Torchwood and the film Help! (1965), in which the Beatles played a fictionalised version of themselves. While the Beatles (and some other real people) appear in this story, it is the fictionalised versions that are portrayed in this story, not the real people. Major spoilers for Help! if it’s actually possible to spoil a 50+ year old film, and a lot of plot derailing.


All characters belong to the Beatles etc., not to me, and there is no intent to infringe on their copyright or deprive them of income. Many thanks to Selenak for help with some of the details - I hope you think it's been worth the wait.

In Torchwood / Doctor Who terms this is VERY wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey, and thinking too much about the continuity will just give you a headache…

Comments please before I post to archives

10000 words! )


ffutures: (Adipose2)
That was a slightly odd Dr. Who xmas episode - it felt like the Xmas part was grafted onto a story which otherwise had sod all to do with Christmas, and was VERY different to the usual sort of Dr. Who plot. I won't say more to avoid spoilers, but they just REALLY redefined what can exist in the Who universe, and I'm not sure it quite worked for me - it had me wondering where one of the protagonists was during every alien invasion etc. since the start of New Who!
ffutures: (marcus 2013)
Does this sound like plausible Torchwood equipment circa the 1960s?

[Jack] quickly flashed the Torchwood version of psychic paper, a warrant card printed with a subliminal fractal pattern that triggered obedience and short term memory fuzziness. He took care to cover it before anyone had an epileptic fit.
ffutures: (Dalek 2)
My most interesting Xmas gift so far has been a copy of The Dalek World, a 1965 annual by Terry Nation and others. I suspect that my niece paid considerably less than they're asking for here:


I owned a copy when I was 13 or so, but it was exterminated or was otherwise lost many years ago.

Doctor Who was fun, and was a nice take (I suspect possibly the last one they'll do) on the Doctor/River relationship. No spoilers!
ffutures: (Adipose2)
...so I may as well start the ball rolling.

Big spoilers! )

There will probably be more spoilers in comments if any.
ffutures: (marcus 2013)
Very pleased that The Problem of Susan has been recced on [livejournal.com profile] calufrax, which means there'll be links to it on the front page of the big Dr. Who archive for the next week or so.


later - edited in the correct title of the bloody story! Reminder, do not post while half asleep!
ffutures: (marcus 2013)
Do we have any idea when and how Britain became a republic in the timeline that's now home to Rose Tyler and family, where Harriet Jones is President?

I've a vague idea for a story but it needs the change to have happened in the late 1930s or early 1940s.
ffutures: (marcus 2013)
When was the Shadow Proclaimation last mentioned on Dr. Who (TV and I suppose Torchwood, SJA, etc. but not the spin-off books etc.) - was it before or after the Pandorica and the reboot of the universe?
ffutures: (Drusila - Romana)
Juliet Landau (Drusilla in Buffy) is taking over the role of Romana in Big Finish Dr. Who audiobooks.



Can a TV version be a possibility?
ffutures: (TARDIS & ISS)
What if the family that The Doctor and Donna rescued from Pompeii decided to honour him, not only by adding him to the household gods, and by their son becoming a doctor, but by changing their family name to Doctor... or in Latin, Medicus.

Which evolved with the passage of time to become its Italian equivalent, Medici.

So the reason that Lorenzo De Medici becomes Leonardo DaVinci's patron is that the family vaguely remembers The Doctor and wants to honour him by sponsering the arts and sciences. Not sure where you would go with this, but I'm sure that someone can probably link it in to the various episodes that reference the Medicis, Leonardo, etc.

If anyone wants to use this please do, but a credit of some sort would be nice.
ffutures: (TARDIS & ISS)
Is there an equivalent of a Bacon number for Doctor Who? e.g, Actor X was never in any version of Doctor Who, but he was in a film with Actor Y, who was in a film with Actor Z who played a Companion, so X has a Doctor Who number of 2. You get the idea, I'm sure.

It occurs to me that with last night's episode most of Hollywood probably now has a Doctor Who number of 2 or 3, if not less... Sigeurney Weaver, for example, now has a Doctor Who number of 1.

Comments may be spoilery.
ffutures: (Adipose2)
Should I interpret my flist's silence on tonight's Doctor Who as stunned awe?

Or would it be more accurate to say that nobody is saying much because, despite Neil Gaiman's involvement, it wasn't an especially good episode, and nobody wants to be the first to say that?

In that case, let me relieve you of this burden. It was okay-ish. Just really nothing very special, and not a patch on e.g. The Doctor's Wife, so a little disappointing to those of us expecting the usual Gaiman magic.

Don't get me wrong, if you haven't already seen it, it's as worth seeing as any other average episode. But Gaiman has done much better, and so has Doctor Who.

There will probably be spoilers in any comments.
ffutures: (Madame Vastra)
REALLY silly steampunk, and has Madame Vastra, Jenny, and Strax. The best since Easter, I think!
ffutures: (Madame Vastra)
Gacked from [livejournal.com profile] lizardladylove - Demon's Run sequel - 2 days later...

ffutures: (Madame Vastra)
[livejournal.com profile] md_kiryu has posted an absolutely brilliant end title video for a Dr. Who spinoff based on one of the series most beloved married couples, Madame Vastra and Jenny.


Now if the BBC would just make the show...
ffutures: (clanger)
I've written up my Clanger presentation as an illustrated report and posted it to several archives.

It's canon that The Master, arch-enemy of The Doctor, was interested in The Clangers, small pink knitted creatures from another world... How could this possibly be a problem? Read the report and find out - There's even a PowerPoint version!

At AO3

At Twisting The Hellmouth

Also posted to the Doctor Who fanfic archive, where it is in the queue for moderator approval.
ffutures: (clanger)
Ages ago I prepared a presentation on The Clangers for a symposium at the UK national SF convention, the Eastercon, organized by [livejournal.com profile] major_clanger. I'm looking at presentation sharing services, and thought it would be a good one to try. The only problem is that the service I've used shows the whole slide in one view, rather than allowing transitions, fades, etc.

I hope it'll amuse anyway...

OK, Livejournal doesn't seem to have let me embed that properly - can anyone see it in any browser, other than by clicking through to the hosting service?


If anyone would like me to upload the actual powerpoint presentation I can probably do it, it isn't horrible huge, but I'd be interested in reactions to this format, and suggestions for hosts that support more Powerpoint features.

Later: Here's the actual powerpoint:

ffutures: (TARDIS & ISS)
I recced this on [livejournal.com profile] calufrax a few days ago and thought I'd rec it here too - an absolutely perfect crossover between Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe stories and Doctor Who, pitch-perfect for both fandoms and for the eras in which it is set. Strongly recommended!

The Orchid Thief by Leviathan

"Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin have solved a lot of tough cases in their careers as detectives. But never one like the one that begins with the new arrival in the Plant Rooms. Before it ends, they'll deal with a tattooed lady, miniaturized corpses, and Things from Another World!"
Third Doctor, Multi-Era, Tenth Doctor - All Ages - No warnings - Crossover, Mystery
Characters: Jo Grant, Martha Jones, The Doctor (10th), The Doctor (3rd), The Master (Delgado)
Published: 2009.04.21 - Word Count: 14320
ffutures: (K-9)
Now that's the sort of episode I like - it made sense, it wasn't solved by magic hand-waving, it didn't recycle an old villain for the umpteenth time, and it was FUN!

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