ffutures: steapunk dalek (dalek)
This is Cubicle 7's Doctor Who RPG, one of the better ones by all accounts:


This new collection presents recent .PDF ebooks for the official Doctor Who Roleplaying Game from Cubicle 7 Entertainment. Embark on your own adventures across time and space as the Doctor (any of his first 12 incarnations) and his companions (any of them too) -- or invent your own Time Lord, new companions, and a new TARDIS -- or create a ragtag band of time agents, or even a UNIT base protecting Earth. With the Doctor Who RPG the power is in your hands, and maybe in your Sonic Screwdriver.

(In July 2017 Humble Bundle presented a collection of 11 of Cubicle 7's various "Doctors Sourcebooks" for the RPG. Now this new offer from the Bundle of Holding (which isn't associated with Humble Bundle) duplicates only the core rulebook from the earlier Humble offer; all the sourcebooks, supplements, and adventures in this offer are new and have never been presented in a bundle.)

We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to the charity designated by Dominic McDowall of Cubicle 7 Entertainment, BBC Children in Need.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer is US$142. Customers who pay just US$19.95 get all three titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $70) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks:

  • Doctor Who Roleplaying Game (retail price $30): The complete game (previously published as Doctor Who - Adventures in Time and Space) based on the Vortex System (Rocket Age, Primeval).
  • All the Strange, Strange Creatures Volume 1 (retail $20): Aliens the Doctor has encountered on his adventures, aliens he has not yet met, and aliens he hopes never to meet again.
  • Paternoster Investigations (retail $20): The sourcebook of Victorian-era adventures and Paternoster Gang campaigns.

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $29.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with four more titles worth an additional $72:

  • Gamemaster's Companion (retail $20): A TARDIS-full of guidance for running Doctor Who RPG adventures, along with three complete scenarios.
  • The campaign sourcebooks The Black Archive (retail $14), about UNIT, and The Silurian Age (retail $20), about dinosaurs in spaceships.
  • All of Time and Space Volume 1 (retail $18): A collection of four complete adventures -- Ghost Engines, Northern Knights, Schrodinger's Expedition, and Tomb of Cleopatra.

The offer also includes a 30% discount on purchases of Doctor Who RPG print products at the Cubicle 7 webstore.

This is very pretty, with tons of illos from Capaldi-era and earlier iterations of Doctor Who, and the system looks very playable. It reminds me a bit of Time Lord, the only Doctor Who system I actually wrote for, which gave similar priority to role playing over combat etc., and has fun skills and traits like "Resourceful Pockets" (produce any item from your pockets as needed) and "Reverse the Polarity of the Neutron Flow," pulling scientific rabbits out of your hat. I think that I can safely recommend it. But as usual I need to point out that I'm not paying for it, if you do your mileage may differ.
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The old [community profile] calufrax Doctor Who fanfic reccing community has gone dormant, which is a bit of a shame since it pointed me at some good stories. However, there's a new one called [community profile] tardis_library which has a wider remit and looks promising. Only a couple of posts so far, but may end up being useful;

The advantage of this one is that you can rec stories on any site, not just A Teaspoon and an Open Mind.

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Gacked from [personal profile] nelc - What the Doctor Who titles would be like as performed by Tangerine Dream. Interesting...

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Requested by [personal profile] eledonecirrhosa - fanfic commentary for Hanging Out With Halo Jones - the original is here. Notes are in square brackets and bold [like this].

Hanging Out With Halo Jones - Commentary )


Jun. 10th, 2017 11:59 pm
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So Dr Who did their take on VICTORIANS IN SPAAAAAACE! and on the whole it worked pretty well. Some obvious questions about the back story of the two senior British officers went unanswered, but I suppose you can explain it as records getting lost or assuming a new identity.

And next week they're doing The Eagle of the Ninth, with added tentacles...


Apr. 26th, 2017 09:01 pm
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My friend Roger (who is not a blogger of any sort) posted me this picture, found by his son, and showing the perils of letting advertising algorithms decide what you're going to show on your site. Posted with his permission:

Oops... )

The site appears to be wn.com - with wn standing for world news.

ffutures: steapunk dalek (Dalek)
...was great fun, with a nice creepy plot and good resolution, and the new companion Bill really worked well. I just hope that they can keep things this good.
ffutures: (marcus 2013)
Several years ago I promised [livejournal.com 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.

Unfortunately it's come out at more than 10000 words, and is apparently too big to post on Livejournal in a single post. Since I don't want to mess around with multiple posts here's a link:


Please comment there using OpenID if you don't have a Dreamwidth account
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.

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