Tags: david tennant is pretty okay i guess

dw :: ten/rose :: worst day of my life

the season finale many years in the making

I don't post much on LJ anymore but some moments feel like they ought to be memorialized here, since they sort of started~ here. Like this one:



goldy_dollar and I went to the Wizard World Philadelphia con to see David Tennant and Billie Piper, which was completely surreal. That part is all a bit of a blur tbh -- for one brief moment in time David Tennant and I were touching each other which is truly the important thing lmao.

Adding to the surreality was that joining us to the con was bazat89 -- FINALLY after all this time I have seen Liz in the flesh! It was awesome and generally too brief. bluetooth16 was there too! I've met a lot of internet friends over the years but the combo of Liz + Amanda + David + Billie was something else.

I ALSO got stopped by someone named Claire who said she had read my LJ and my fic, which was awesome -- hi Claire!!!
eng :: words words words

so this is what it feels like when doves cry

  • My paid account expires soon, which is super weird? I've had a paid account for so long, it feels almost traitorous to not have one. AND MY BLESSED ICONS. On the other hand, I'm not really making enough right now to justify the expense, especially with LJ so quiet. Oh LJ. I miss your heyday. So naturally this made me want to update lj!
  • Life is pretty okay. I like work, mostly, although I need more hours, but at least I have some kind of purpose and the company is really cool. It's interesting working for such a small company because all my previous jobs were with quite big organizations. We went go-karting a couple weeks ago! The CEO drove me home!
  • I've also been driving more and have become much more comfortable with the highway et al. Of course, this is just in time for it to start snowing and totally fuck with my life anyway.
  • On the 13th I'm going to one of those "live" (except, uh, not) screenings of Richard II, with goldy_dollar and a couple other assorted people. I've never gone to see one of these play/theatre broadcasts so that should be interesting. I also need to brush up on my Richard II because at present I have basically no recollection of the play at all, despite studying it. Woops.
  • The 16th is my friend's birthday and I think we're going to a spa? Which... I'm actually not super thrilled about because I'm not a spa person, but it should still be pretty fun. I am more looking forward to the "hang out afterwards with food and wine" part.
  • On the 18th I'm seeing Eddie Izzard with a friend. He's been in town before and I missed him so I'm glad we were on top of things this time. Live comedy is so great and Eddie Izzard is so great, I'm pretty pumped.
  • And then the 23rd is of course the infamous 50th anniversary. Since goldy_dollar has RUTHLESSLY ABANDONED ME in favour of being a lawyer, I'm going with two university friends to the 3D screening here on the Saturday. I was a bit skeptical about spending money on something that is available for free and will likely not be great, but on the other hand I really like seeing things in big busy theatres, so I'm hoping the general air of excitement and fun will help make the whole thing a better experience for me. So I'm excited, more for the experience of seeing two people I haven't seen in ages and being in a big chattering crowd than anything else. Prayer circle the ep doesn't suck as hard as it could.
  • And at some as-yet-undisclosed date... S2 OF THE WALKING DEAD GAME.

    THE MOST ANTICIPATED MEDIA-RELATED EVENT IN MY 2013 LIFE. WHAT DO I NORMALLY DO WITH MY HANDS, SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY, OH MY DARLING CLEMENTINE

    If you haven't played The Walking Dead Game I 100% recommend it and it is far more of a storytelling experience than a... zombie action game experience. AND I CAN'T WAIT FOR S2, COME TO MEEEEEE
dw :: ten :: i can see that

alec hardy, human disaster



AHHHHHH TEN BABY I LOVE YOU SO MUCH

More rationally, I am still of the opinion the script for this thing is most likely going to suck. But there are some things that Steven Moffat's writing cannot take from me, and set photos like this are one of them, so I am going to revel in it. Gimme a couple nice ones of Billie to work with too, ty. (If you were wondering, other things on the list: Murray Gold music and press rounds. People I love complimenting each other! While I vomit rainbows!)

In slightly different news, is anyone on this side of the internet watching Broadchurch? Frances accused me of liking it merely because David Tennant is in it, but let me tell you, I have watched many a thing because David Tennant is in it, and that is really not a guarantee of my praise. Also, Broadchurch is by Chibnall, so admitting I am loving it means admitting Chris Chibnall wrote something good, and I think you can all appreciate what an effort that is for me.

But it is good! I got super into it! It's a nice balance of decent drama and total hilarity (unintentional most of the time) that keeps me entertained through every episode, which is basically all I want from TV. I really love Ellie, feel quite awful for Beth, and for once I am actually super fond of David Tennant's character, even if (naturally) I express that fondness with sheer unadulterated mockery.

Anyway consider this long endorsement my way of saying that if you were considering watching it but unsure, go for it. And if you are watching, come talk to me. Theories! Thoughts! etc! Collapse )
to :: office of the future

and now i guess i will go find parks and rec

I. I keep coming to make an lj post and then stopping because I realize I don't really have much to say. But I got a new default icon and I want to use it, damn you all, so I am posting anyway! Dealwithit.gif

I blame my lack of having anything to discuss partly on the fact that my lj tends to be fandom-dominated and nothing interesting has been happening in Doctor Who fandom since forever. I guess they start filming series 7 in a week or so. I would be lying if I said I was super pumped, but I am pretty curious about who the next companion will be. Oh, and I guess they announced some more writers, including my bro Toby Whithouse. And also my mortal enemy Chris Chibnall.



Series 6 stole his "writer of my least favourite episode ever" crown. HAS HE COME TO RECLAIM IT IN SERIES 7? My guess is "probably". I seriously can't with Chibnall, like at least with Moffat I can see the things he does that appeal to people even when they don't appeal to me.

II. In other fandom-ish news I guess, we watched Decoy Bride last week, the shitty romcom David Tennant filmed approximately a billion years ago just after Doctor Who. I wasn't expecting much and I still thought it was disappointingly awful. The script was just generally poorly-written and ill-conceived and the characters behaved in ways nonsensical even in the land of romcoms. I started writing a post about why it was so terrible but it's not even funny-bad, just bad-bad. Consider this my suggestion that no one spend the $10 or whatever it is to rent this or go see it in theatres. This is why God invented the internet.

So to cleanse our palates, Tay and I (re)watched Casanova.


Eighteenth century hipsters


Tay had never seen it before; I think Casanova is the first non-Doctor Who thing I saw David Tennant in back in like 2008 and I accidentally watched the episodes out of order, so I didn't remember it particularly well other than that I had enjoyed it despite having to jigsaw the plot together due to my own incompetence. Anyway, my memory served me well, because it was excellent. Probably my favourite non-Doctor Who non-Shakespeare David Tennant-related thing, predictably. Oh RTD, I both love and miss you. I assume basically all of you have seen it by now but if you haven't go watch that instead of Decoy Bride. Alternatively just rewatch it instead of watcing Decoy Bride, both of these options are preferable.

III. We also watched Karen Gillan in "We'll Take Manhattan". It... was pretty dull IMO, but Karen was adorable. Unfortunately the moral seemed to be "people realizing that Karen Gillan is beautiful", which is a hard moral to really connect with.

IV. Considering I started this post with nothing to say, it's gotten pretty long. I will end with a meme lifted from kilodalton: Leave me a character and I'll tell you my top 3 ships for them.
dw :: cloen/rose :: he needs you

polar bears are adorable, btw

I. My Christmas break is finally drawing to a close on Monday. I've just got two classes to finish up my degree this semester -- one of them is a seminar with some long title called something like "Science Fact and Science Fiction", and one of them is a linguistics class about writing systems. Further material to form snobby opinions about Gallifreyan? I think so!

Christmas break has been nice, though I'd be lying if I said I wasn't getting a little bit cabin fever-y. Yesterday we finally did our Secret Santa exchange which was a lot of fun. I got a necklace tree stand thing, which is something I wanted, except that most of my necklaces are apparently too long and drag on the dresser anyway? Which seems to defeat the point of the necklace stand. I am not really sure what to do about this since I'm pretty sure my necklaces are all of average length. Wtf.

II. I have spent much of this break watching various things with spud14 and/or firstofoct and sometimes shinyopals. I have learned about both bears and birds thanks to David Tennant and we also watched The Borrowers (with Robert Sheehan & Christopher Eccleston -- very enjoyable) as well as a version of Othello that had Eccleston as "Iago" (and Keeley Hawes as Desdemona). I put Iago in quotation marks because it is one of those modernized versions and his character's name is actually Ben Jaygo or something, but actually it was quite good! Different, but interesting, and eerily topical. Then through Keeley Hawes' Wikipedia page I learned that she's in a version of Canterbury Tales with John Simm and Billie Piper, among others, so clearly I need to witness this as well.

III. I've been trying to make a post for ages but the reality is I have very little to say that is interesting. Here's a quote that's been floating around Tumblr which you may not have seen otherwise, from some book called Doctor Who and Philosophy: Bigger on the Inside:

“Firstly, Rose is neither shallow nor stupid. She doesn’t settle for second best. She gets the person she fell in love with. And, as a bonus, he’s now able to spend the rest of his life with her, as she with him. Secondly, the very same person who experienced the heartbreak of losing Rose for the first time now experiences joy at the prospect of a lifetime in her company. In this full sense, the Doctor who lost, finally wins.”


WELL PUT, ...SOME GUY NAMED PAUL DAWSON. I AGREE. And on that note, a fic rec:

Three Proposals by arliddian
PG; Ten2/Rose
Of all the traits he’d absorbed from Donna Noble, the last thing he'd expected to inherit was a desire to get married.
Read it because: Precious Ten2/Rose fic is becoming rarer but this was wonderful! I would say more but it would all just be synonymous with "adorable".

IV. This post is dull, it needs a meme or something. But I haven't seen any around in ages. You could ask my unpopular opinions I guess..? I don't know if any of them would be surprising to any of you though. I don't even have a fun gif to share. I should've quit while I was behind.