Downtime

Jan. 15th, 2017 02:31 pm
dbskyler: (Sarah from Hand of Fear)
OMG you guys, so I just saw Downtime for the first time, and that was the trippiest thing I've watched in a long, long time.

cut for spoilers, if you can actually spoil this thing of wonder, which I doubt )
dbskyler: (eleven smile)
I came across this great video of a convention panel Q&A with Peter, Colin, Sylvester, and Paul, and it's just fantastic fun to watch all the way through. It's long -- 42 minutes -- so if you want to skip right to my favorite bit, go to minute 17:10 to hear about "Night of the Doctor" and "The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot."

Here's the link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xiy3mkWr8kY
dbskyler: (freemaandpeter)
Thanks to [profile] john_elliott, I went looking for "The Five-Ish Doctors" and found it as a legal stream at the BBC website. From the official BBC summary: "With the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who about to film, the 'Classic' Doctors are keen to be involved."

Peter Davison, Sylvester McCoy, Colin Baker, and Paul McGann wait for the BBC to call them about the Doctor Who 50th anniversary, and it takes off from there. Not only is it great to see these actors again, but the video is hysterically funny. Seriously, I was rolling. It was written and directed by Peter Davison, and wow, does he have a gift for comedy! Aside from watching the anniversary episode itself, I can't think of a better way to celebrate the 50th anniversary than by watching this. If you haven't seen it yet, go watch it!
dbskyler: (tardis)
Really! Of course, it's only about a foot tall, and it doesn't seem to travel in time and space, but it lights up and makes noises! I like that part a lot. The cats like that part a little less.

In other news, I have finished the Downton Abbey Christmas special, so I am now officially caught up! I also now have to officially wait for more Downton Abbey. Rats. I do have to say, though, that there were an awful lot of very important plot developments in that special. I find that interesting, because here in the U.S., I think a one-off Christmas special would leave the characters exactly where they started. Although that's just conjecture, since we don't have Christmas specials in the same way that you guys do over in the U.K. -- we might have Christmas-themed episodes, but they're part of the regular season. It's just weird, because I realized afterwards that I had gone in with this mindset that it would be all holiday-ish and nothing much would happen, and boy, was I wrong.

And, since three things make a post (or so I've heard), let me leave you with the funniest thing I've seen lately on the internet. Credit goes to [personal profile] justice_turtle, who made me aware of the "Boobs Don't Work That Way" site, which is where people post examples of artists drawing unrealistic pictures of women. Then I found this entry on there, which is more of a "bodies don't work that way," and it's hysterical (and completely work-safe): http://boobsdontworkthatway.tumblr.com/day/2012/01/20/
dbskyler: (tardis)
I just got "Invasion" from Netflix, and after watching the first two parts -- and thoroughly enjoying the Brigadier's Brigadiery-ness *g* -- I took a break and watched one of the DVD extras. It was called "Love Off-Air," and I thought that maybe it was going to tell me about some off-screen romance between, I don't know, Frazer Hines and the actress who played Isobel Watkins or something. I couldn't have been more wrong! Instead I got a delightful set of interviews from people who made their own audio recordings of Doctor Who, combined with interviews from the people who then took those recordings and used them to reconstruct wiped episodes. It was full of nostalgia and love -- nostalgia for recording with cassette recorders with their big red buttons, and the need to keep everyone else in the room quiet; nostalgia for the excitement of listening to Doctor Who the next day and revisiting the episode (one person said he would re-enact "Armageddon Factor" with his Doctor Who action figures, but he didn't have a Romana so had to fill in with a Scotty from Star Trek, LOL!); and above all, pervasive love for Doctor Who. They even had a quote from someone who had only heard a friend's recording of "The Daleks," and was convinced that at one point the tape recording had picked up the beeping of someone honking a bicycle horn outside, but when he finally got to see the episode years later, he found out it was the sound of the TARDIS' food machine! And he was disappointed! LOL, I would've been disappointed to learn that was an intended sound effect, too.

Speaking of DVD extra gems, I also recently watched the extras on the "Edge of Destruction" DVD, and they were like a "Here's everyone who created Doctor Who" special event. Interviews with Verity Lambert, and Sydney Newman, and Brian Hodgson, who's the guy who made the TARDIS dematerialization noise -- still used today, and probably my all-time favorite sound effect EVER -- and Delia Derbyshire of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, who took Ron Grainer's score and made it into the original Doctor Who theme by building up the sound electronically one piece at a time.

So that was also very, very good, but I have to confess that the one that really left me with a smile on my face was "Love Off-Air." Of course, it helped that when they started waxing on about the vagaries of cassette tapes, I knew exactly what they talking about, right down to the part where you try to fix them with a pencil inserted into those holes to rewind the tape. : )
dbskyler: (Sarah Pyramids of Mars)
My Sarah Jane Adventures Series Four DVD boxset is here. I watched "Death of the Doctor" and thoroughly enjoyed it.

And then I went back and played the first DVD from the beginning, and saw what I had missed by going straight to the episode: the boxset is dedicated to the memory of Elisabeth Sladen.

Which is nice, but now I am all sad again.

Cancer still sucks.
dbskyler: (Sarah SJA)
Guess what just became available to buy in the U.S.? Sarah Jane Adventures Series 4, that's what! The series that includes "Death of the Doctor"! Plus other good stuff! But also "Death of the Doctor"!

So I did some comparison shopping and decided to purchase from Amazon. The only trouble was, the item qualified for Super Saver shipping (aka free shipping), but only if the total order was at least $25, which it wasn't. So I hemmed and hawed, and thought about adding Doctor Who Series 6 to the order because I do want to own that one day, but I was going to wait until the price went down a little since it's expensive and I have all those episodes on videotape anyway. So I poked around the site to see what else I might want to buy, and there it was: ANDROID INVASION! The episode that I used to have on videotape that I watched and re-watched until it sadly disintegrated due to age. The episode that I really enjoy despite all its flaws, because it has a great plot, great banter, Sarah's face falling off, and a wonderful moment where Colonel what's-his-face says that the astronaut has traveled farther than any human ever has before, and Harry and Benton give each other this look. Yes, I could practically buy the DVD just for that moment. Anyway, there it was, and I was aching to buy it, but it's not being released until Jan. 10. I can pre-order it, though, and the website seems to imply that if I add it to my order, I will qualify for Super Saver shipping. So I hit the "add to cart" button and watch what happens, and I'm just waiting to be told that both my DVDs will arrive together in January after "Android Invasion" is released, and I don't want to wait that long for Sarah Jane Adventures, but no! Sarah Jane Adventures is being shipped now, and "Android Invasion" is being shipped when it's released, and both are being shipped for free!

Hooray!!!!!!!

And now suddenly I'm in the mood to go shopping for a bright pink sailor suit. I can't imagine why. :D
dbskyler: (DT and LS)
Just a couple of random things:

-- I now have 71 "plays" for my fanvid on Youtube! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeS1Cqj6ucI) And believe it or not, not all those plays were me. :D Youtube also provides interesting statistics. Apparently my fanvid is most popular among males aged 13-17. (I'm guessing that's just among people who are logged in, though.) It's also most popular in the US, the UK, and Portugal. Hello there, you Portuguese Doctor/Sarah fan, whoever you are! *waves*

-- Calufrax is looking for more reccers, and I encourage everyone to sign up! It's nice to spread the fic-love around, and give some recognition to your favorite fics. All you have to do is join [community profile] calufrax (membership is open) and then sign up here.

-- David Tennant has a slightly disturbing story about someone who accosted him in a gym shower (!) in order to get an autograph. The way he tells the story is hysterical, though. Go here to see it (start at 10:55): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-rVzs-5Hos

-- The above clip also has a really funny "say the next line from 'Much Ado About Nothing'" competition between David and Catherine. That's right at the beginning, so just hit "play." (Guess who wins?)

-- On a more serious note, [personal profile] honorh has an amazing (and extremely well-written) in-person account of what it was like to go through the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. She was right in the thick of it -- the tsunami washed away her apartment minutes after she got out: http://blog.oregonlive.com/my-hillsboro/2011/04/personal_account_of_tsunami_and_aftermath_in_japan.html

I've already donated to Japan relief, but I'm going to see if I can donate again. I think it's going to be awhile before they recover from this.

-- Speaking of donating, the Just Giving site collecting donations for Cancer Research UK in memory of Elisabeth Sladen is now well over 5,000 pounds. I would like to donate, but it costs me money to donate in British pounds. Anyone know if I can donate in U.S. dollars? Or should I donate to the American Cancer Society in her name instead?
dbskyler: (DT and LS)
Just came across a hysterically funny macro at [community profile] doctorwho, and had to share. Spoilers through S5, but non-spoilery for the S6 premiere.


macro here

(It's possible it's only rolling-on-the-floor-funny to Americans, but you must have advertisements like this over there in the UK too, right? Even if the wording wouldn't quite be the same?)
dbskyler: (eleven smile)
Doctor Who S6 will be starting in less than three weeks!!!! And it's getting broadcast here on the same day as in the UK! WHEEEEEE!!!!!!

I'll be reccing Calufrax that week, and I've got to figure out what to rec on April 23rd. Would that be a particularly good day to do an Eleven-era rec, or a particularly bad day? Any thoughts? What about the day before, and the day after?

I got my package of stuff from amazon.co.uk! I don't know why, but it's much more exciting to get a package from overseas than to get the same package in regular domestic mail. I've started reading "The Writer's Tale," and I'm really enjoying it. The book could have been "The Producer's Tale," as some of the more interesting things (to me, anyway) are about how decisions for the show got made. For example, there's a section on getting Catherine Tate for S4, which starts off with RTD saying "Well, of course she won't do it, she doesn't have time," and then progressing through to the "OMG, she's going to do it" stage with all the changes that entailed to the S4 plans. There was similar stuff about planning the post-S4 specials, including a) a regeneration if DT left and b) no regeneration if he decided to stay on. Although the book is purportedly about writing, and was written by RTD, I now have a much better sense of what Julie Gardner did for the show than I used to.

I've started work on my [community profile] help_japan Man From U.N.C.L.E. fic for [personal profile] curuchamion. It feels like Yuletide, only better, because I don't have to keep the fandom a secret and I can ask curu questions whenever I want. I'm excited, because today I got the first idea for the fic. I don't have the whole shape of it yet, but it's nice that ideas are coming to me already, and I haven't even finished my re-watch yet.
dbskyler: (fezzes are cool)
I have finally finished a major milestone for work, and as a reward I decided it was time to go on to the British Amazon site and buy three things that I can't get from the U.S. site, or are far more expensive there -- Writer's Tale, Single Father, and Takin' Over the Asylum. (Yes, I'll be putting my multi-region DVD player to good use!)

So, off I went to amazon.co.uk. I clicked on check-out, and I told them I'm a new customer. After all, I haven't bought from them before. Except -- strange! -- they said they already have someone with my email address in their system. So I put in my regular U.S. Amazon password, and there I was, there was my account, and there were all my shipping addresses, including places I haven't lived at for years. Even my credit card information was already in their system!

I suppose I should be slightly freaked out, but actually it was kind of nice. They even gave me an automatic currency converter to tell me how much I'm paying in USD.

In other international news, I've been spending a lot of time hanging out in the [community profile] help_japan auctions. There are some amazing offers going, especially in the "interesting stuff" category (which, amazingly enough, is full of interesting stuff!) I'm really amazed at some of the ideas people have come up with that don't require much outlay of money, or indeed any money at all. Like six months of flattering emails. "Box of [local place where offerer is from]" seems to be both popular and doing well, and there are also a lot of offers to send postcards, letters, etc. Who would've thought that plain old, regular snail mail would be so popular in the internet age?
dbskyler: (eleven smile)
Dear LJ: As much fun as it is to stumble across surprise replies to my comments around various communities, do you think you might possibly get around to fixing your notifications problem at some point? Because you see, I don't really have the time to go around checking all the threads where someone might have responded to me. That's why notifications are nice things, especially when you get to my age and don't always remember all the conversations you might have dropped in on. Kthnxbye.

In more interesting news, I've received my copy of the Doctor Who TV Movie in the mail! I've only just begun to explore the DVD extras, but they look pretty good. I mean, there's a whole entire disc of extras! I am also watching with the info text on, which is something I don't normally bother doing, but so far there are a lot of really interesting factoids. Did you know that instead of starting off the movie with Sylvester McCoy, the BBC wanted to use Tom Baker? Can you imagine what that would've done to fandom??? We could've had two Fifth Doctors! The entire numbering system would've been completely messed up! How would we label our fanfic?

Some of you may recall that awhile back I spoke about a certain fanvid that I want to see get made. Well, I've now decided that rather than going around to various comms and hoping to get some vidder to take pity on me and make it, I am going to try to make it myself. My progress so far: I've managed to figure out that the reason iMovie doesn't import my clips despite all the online vidder resources saying that it will is because I have version 2 of the software, and iMovie is currently up to version 11. (Version 2 not only doesn't seem to import clips -- or at least, clips in the format that I have -- but it doesn't seem to do much of anything as far as I can tell.) The good news is, I have free, legal access to version 11 of iMovie. The bad news is, it won't run on my current operating system. So now I have to upgrade my operating system in order to upgrade my iMovie in order to discover if I can import these clips. And then, of course, the actual work starts. Why do I suspect that I may regret this?
dbskyler: (eleven)
So I finally went to buy RTD's "The Writer's Tale" (more because I'm interested in the writing process for Doctor Who than because I'm interested in how RTD writes), but after a long wait, Amazon.com has now informed me that they can't get the book! How hard can it be to get the book? I can get it myself from Amazon.co.uk -- well, assuming they'll mail overseas, but it looks like they will. Other American bookstores are having the same trouble. BBC America says the book is "unavailable" as well. Come on, guys, there's no "region 1" vs. "region 2" issue with a book! The British version is fine! It's still in English! If things are occasionally spelled "ou" instead of "o," I think I can deal.

So now the question is, should I go ahead and order it from England, and pay the international shipping? Or should I wait until my upcoming trip to England and buy it there? Sometimes it's nice to have a book to read while you're traveling, but I don't want to be lugging around anything too heavy.
dbskyler: (She does by me)
I've decided not to do Yuletide after all. I'm just not feeling it this year, for several reasons. First, it's looking like I might have a busy work month. I also notice that two of the four fandoms I wanted to offer have no requests -- how sad! -- and one of the fandoms I wanted to request has no other requests, and possibly no offers. (I realize you can't tell that for sure from the summary, but if no one else wants it, what are the odds that someone has offered it?) Finally, my biggest fanfic wish right now is to have something posted on my WIP by the end of the year, and if there's any chance of that happening, I need to keep myself free from other fic-writing commitments. So, no Yuletide. Instead I'll just sit back and enjoy the action from the sidelines, and look forward to reading the archive once it opens.

In other news, my S5 DVD boxset has arrived! I'm starting to make my way through the extras. Any particularly good commentaries I should listen to right away?

I also had the slightly surreal experience of seeing Matt Smith on the Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Doctor Who on American mainstream network television! Go Matt! And go Craig for being a huge fan and inviting him on! Now we need to get Matt onto other talk shows before he wraps up the Utah filming and leaves the country. Conan, you seem like the type of person who might be a closet Doctor Who fan, how about it?
dbskyler: (Default)
I mean, I know it's Casanova, not the Doctor, but David is using the same accent, and a lot of the same mannerisms, and damn it, I give up, here, have a video of the Doctor confessing to a priest about all the sex he's been having lately.

(Be advised that the video has content I would call teen-rated)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAE0C3l6gGo
dbskyler: (Default)
I mean, I know it's Casanova, not the Doctor, but David is using the same accent, and a lot of the same mannerisms, and damn it, I give up, here, have a video of the Doctor confessing to a priest about all the sex he's been having lately.

(Be advised that the video has content I would call teen-rated)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAE0C3l6gGo
dbskyler: (school reunion)
image behind cut )

Drawn for me by [personal profile] tempestas_inu, who is awesomely talented. It's an illustration of a scene from one of my fanfics. Isn't it great?

First person to guess which fic (who isn't [personal profile] tempestas_inu) gets a virtual cookie, as well as the opportunity to amaze me by being a second person who can remember specific scenes out of my fics.
dbskyler: (school reunion)
image behind cut )

Drawn for me by [personal profile] tempestas_inu, who is awesomely talented. It's an illustration of a scene from one of my fanfics. Isn't it great?

First person to guess which fic (who isn't [personal profile] tempestas_inu) gets a virtual cookie, as well as the opportunity to amaze me by being a second person who can remember specific scenes out of my fics.
dbskyler: (Four and Sarah looking)
Just passing on that the first Ninth Doctor episode, "Rose," is currently free for download at the iTunes store. Personally I don't consider it one of my favorite episodes, and I wouldn't pay for it, but I didn't mind getting it for free. Other Ninth Doctor episodes are only 99 cents. I think they're having a sale or something. So if you want to fill in your Ninth Doctor episode collection, now's your chance!
dbskyler: (Four and Sarah looking)
Just passing on that the first Ninth Doctor episode, "Rose," is currently free for download at the iTunes store. Personally I don't consider it one of my favorite episodes, and I wouldn't pay for it, but I didn't mind getting it for free. Other Ninth Doctor episodes are only 99 cents. I think they're having a sale or something. So if you want to fill in your Ninth Doctor episode collection, now's your chance!

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