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10/18/17 07:40 pm
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I didn't deliberately read up on seventeenth-century English history history in preparation for A Skinful of Shadows; it was just a fortunate coincidence that I'd just finished Aphra Behn: A Secret Life right beforehand (thanks to [personal profile] saramily, who came into possession of the book and shoved it into my hands.)

The thing about the English Civil War and everything that surrounds it is that it's remarkably difficult to pick a team, from the modern perspective. On the one side, you've got Puritans and repressive morality and NO PLAYS OR GOOD TIMES FOR ANYONE, but also democracy and egalitarianism and a rejection of the divine right of kings and the aristocracy! On the other side, you've got GLORY IN THE DIVINELY ORDAINED KING AND THE PERFECTION OF THE ESTABLISHED SOCIAL ORDER, but also people can have a good time every once in a while and make sex jokes if they feel like it.

Anyway, one fact that seems pretty certain about Aphra Behn is that she grew up during the Interregnum and wrote during the Restoration, and was very much on Team Divine Kings Are Great. Would Puritans let a woman write saucy plays for the stage? NO SIRREE, NOT AT ALL, three cheers for the monarchy and the dissolute aristocracy!

There aren't all that many facts that are certain about Aphra Behn, especially her early years -- the first several chapters of this book involve a lot of posed hypotheticals about who she might have been, how she might have got her start, and who might have recruited her into the spying business. It does seem fairly certain she was a spy: code name Astrea, Agent 160. (Me, to [personal profile] aamcnamara, after seeing Or last month: "I don't know that I buy all that Agent 160 business, there's no way that was something they did in the 1660s!" I apologize for doubting you, Liz Duffy Adams.)

Admittedly she was the kind of spy who spent most of her spy mission stuck in a hotel in Antwerp writing irritated letters back to King Charles' intelligence bureaucracy, explaining that she would happily continue with her spying mission and do all the things they wished her to do if only they would send her enough money to PAY HER DANG HOTEL BILL. (They did not.)

Besides her unpaid expense reports, most of what is known about Aphra Behn comes from her context and her publications, and the things she wrote in them -- only some of which can absolutely definitively be traced to her at all; several of her short stories and novellas are disputed, including one of the ones I found most interesting, "Love-Letters Between A Nobleman And His Sister." This early three-volume novel is extremely thinly-veiled RPF about a wildly trashy historical trial involving King Charles' illegitimate son, his best friend, the best friend's wife, and the best friend's sister-in-law. All of these people then went on to be involved in a major rebellion, which the second and third volume of "Love-Letters" cheerfully fictionalizes basically as it was happening, in the real world.

One of the first English novels ever written by a woman [if it was indeed written by Aphra Behn], and arguably the first novel written EVER, and it's basically one of Chuck Tingle's political satires. This is kind of amazing to me.

OK, but back to things we think we're fairly sure we do know about Aphra Behn! She wrote a lot about herself talking, and about men judging her for how much she talked; she wrote a lot of things that were extremely homoerotic; she also wrote a lot about impotence; she was often short on money; she cheerfully stole other people's plots, then got mad when people accused her of stealing other people's plots; she rarely wrote anything that was traditionally romantic, and most of her work seems to have an extremely wicked bite to it. She did not read Latin, which did not stop her from contributing to volumes of translations of things from Latin. She was almost certainly not a member of the nobility, but she believed in divine right, and divine order, and divine King Charles, even though it seems likely from her writing that she did not believe personally in religion, or God, and the King probably never did pay her bills. An extremely interesting and contradictory person, living in an interesting and contradictory time.

And now I think I need to go find a good biography of Nell Gwyn - she's barely relevant to this biography (Aphra Behn dedicated a play to her, but there's no other information available about their relationship) and yet Janet Todd cannot resist throwing in a couple of her favorite historical Nell Gwyn one-liners and they're all SO GOOD.

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10/18/17 07:39 pm
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Texas Gothic...

10/18/17 06:01 pm
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Title: Growing Up Fast
Author: [personal profile] badly_knitted
Characters: Dee, Ryo, mentions Bikky and Carol.
Rating: G
Setting: Around Vol. 2 or 3 I think.
Summary: It’s almost Bikky’s twelfth birthday, and Ryo can’t believe how fast he’s growing up.
Written Using: The tw100 prompt ‘Twelve’
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Growing Up Fast.. )

Drabble: Burden Of Guilt

10/18/17 05:38 pm
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Title: Burden Of Guilt
Author: [personal profile] badly_knitted
Characters: Ianto.
Rating: PG
Written For: Challenge 470: Prison at [community profile] tw100.
Spoilers: Cyberwoman.
Summary: Ianto doesn’t feel he’s being punished enough for what he did.
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A/N: 100 words first try!




Burden Of Guilt.. )

Doctor Who Magazine: 518

10/18/17 02:16 pm
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Doctor Who Magazine Issue 518 - Cover (Credit: Panini)Issue 518 of Doctor Who Magazine has an exclusive interview with Tenth Doctor David Tennant and his sidekick Billie Piper

Over a decade on from their time together in the TARDIS, the couple are back for a series of Big Finish Doctor Who audio adventures featuring the Tenth Doctor and Rose
An audio recording’s very different to filming a bit of TV – but the vibe is the same, and the characters are the same. (David Tennant)
It’s like when you hang out with an old friend who you haven’t seen for years, and then loads of stuff has happened between you, but it’s sort of just like you’re immediately there again. I love it. (Billie Piper)
Also in this Issue
  • MATT LUCAS
  • Matt Lucas talks about his new autobiography, which he wrote while playing Nardole in the latest series of Doctor Who.
  • CAMILLE CODURI
  • Camille Coduri, who played Jackie Tyler, tells what it’s like to be reunited with David Tennant and Billie Piper for more Doctor Who audio adventures.
  • SYLVESTER McCOY
  • In the second part of the interview, Seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy reflects on Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary and looks forward to the show’s future.
  • WHITE WITCH OF DEVIL’S END
  • Meet the people behind a DVD sequel to the classic 1971 story The Dæmons.
  • BOX OF DELIGHTS
  • An interview with Paul Foden, the fan whose home-made TARDIS recently appeared on Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces: Shed of the Year.
  • MATILDUS
  • A brand-new comic strip adventure for the Doctor and Bill in Matildus, written and illustrated by Scott Gray.
  • THE TIME TEAM
  • The Time Team continues its mission to watch every episode of Doctor Who with 2012’s The Rebel Flesh.
PLUS...

Previews, book and audio reviews, news, the Watcher’s column, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!

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We are not social people. Well, okay, we’re selectively social. We have our groups of friends that we see now and then, but we don’t generally seek out new acquaintances. This will become important in a bit.


But we do like to cook. When looking for things to do on this trip, Stephanie found this cooking class that covers several Japanese dishes, and includes a main dish of actual Kobe beef. We figured, “Sounds cool!” and signed up.


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Title: Not As Planned
Fandom: FAKE
Author: [personal profile] badly_knitted
Characters: Dee, Ryo.
Rating: PG
Challenge: 59: Fun And Games at [community profile] drabble_zone.
Spoilers/Setting: After the manga.
Summary: Things aren’t going at all the way Dee planned.
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Not As Planned... )

Doctor Who Drabble: Run!

10/17/17 07:07 pm
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Title: Run!
Author: [personal profile] badly_knitted
Characters: Tenth Doctor, Donna.
Rating: G
Written For: Challenge 189: David Bowie - Run at [community profile] dw100.
Spoilers: Nada.
Summary: Donna has never run so much in her life.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Doctor Who, or the characters.



Run!... )

Drabble: Incarcerated

10/17/17 06:53 pm
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Title: Incarcerated
Author: [personal profile] badly_knitted
Characters: Ianto, Jack.
Rating: G
Written For: Challenge 470: Prison at [community profile] tw100.
Spoilers: Nada.
Summary: Being in prison isn’t always so bad…
Disclaimer: I don’t own Torchwood, or the characters.




Incarcerated... )

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Comics Out This Week

10/16/17 10:43 pm
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This Wednesday, October 18 sees the release of three new comics from Titan.

Torchwood: The Culling Issue #1 is a brand-new story continuing the Torchwood mythos, written by John Barrowman with Carole Barrowman. This new issue features the debut of the mysterious character, Sladen. Who is she and what connection does she have to Captain Jack?

Also out the sixth part of the Doctor Who 2017 event - THE LOST DIMENSION - which features the Void-corrupted forces of UNIT attacking​ The Doctor, Bill, Nardole and The Doctor's Daughter, Jenny, and Doctor Who: Tenth Doctor Year Three #10 - the finale to the epic Vortex Butterflies arc.


Torchwood - The Culling

Writer: John Barrowman, Carole Barrowman
Artist: Neil Edwards
The Culling Part 1

Captain Jack and his Torchwood operatives aboard the alien tech-filled ship the Ice Maiden managed to thwart a plot by the alien Navigators to harvest the Earth, abetted by the Vervoids. Now, the team must help the planet recover, and continue to look for answers amidst the wreckage. But there’s something – someone! –emerging from Station Zero, where the final battle took place... something that will change Jack and Gwen’s lives forever!

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Doctor Who Tenth Doctor: Year Three #10

Writer: Nick Abadzis
Artist: Giorgia Sposito
VORTEX BUTTERFLIES PART 4 OF 4

The Vortex Butterfly’s identity has finally been unveiled... but the Doctor is distraught to discover that this entity is none other than his beloved companion, Gabby! Vortex Butterfly Gabby insists that he left her behind, in every possible timeline, and she was forced to build her own world from pieces of space and time. Meanwhile, present Gabby (staying in London with Cindy and Sarah Jane Smith) is experiencing strange things too – her powers have brought her drawings to life!ething – someone! –emerging from Station Zero, where the final battle took place... something that will change Jack and Gwen’s lives forever!

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Doctor Who Twelfth Doctor Year Three #8

Writer: George Mann
Artist: Giorgia Sposito with Marcelo Salaza


The Lost Dimension Part 6 (of 8)

An unknown force is striking from the depths of space, emerging as impossibly-large white holes over civilized planets, absorbing or annihilating everything that lives.

This force has spread throughout all of time, challenging the Doctor in all of his incarnations.

Jenny, the Doctor’s daughter, crash-landed back into the Twelfth Doctor’s life, only to find that the anti-energy she had been fleeing from had already arrived on Earth –corrupting the forces of UNIT and terrorising the Doctor and Bill!
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Title: Off The Beaten Track
Fandom: FAKE
Author: [personal profile] badly_knitted
Characters: Dee, Ryo.
Rating: G
Setting: After Vol. 7.
Summary: Vacation activities don’t always go as planned, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Word Count: 500
Written For: Prompt 6: Dense at [community profile] anythingdrabble.
Disclaimer: I don’t own FAKE, or the characters. They belong to the wonderful Sanami Matoh.




Off The Beaten Track... )

Ficlet: The Last Cupcake

10/16/17 07:06 pm
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Title: The Last Cupcake
Author: [personal profile] badly_knitted
Characters: Ianto, Tosh, Owen, Gwen, Jack.
Rating: G
Spoilers: Nada.
Summary: How do you share six cupcakes between five people?
Word Count: 460
Written For: [personal profile] theruinedcastle’s prompt ‘Any, Any, deciding who gets the last _____ (can be anything: piece of pizza, item before it sells out, antidote, etc),’ at [community profile] fic_promptly.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Torchwood, or the characters. They belong to the BBC.




The Last Cupcake... )

Sunday 15th October

10/15/17 08:15 pm
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Title: Without Intent
Author: [personal profile] badly_knitted
Characters: Dee, Ryo, OMC.
Rating: PG
Setting: After the manga.
Summary: Dee accepts the risks that go with his job, but this shouldn’t be one of them.
Written Using: The dw100 prompt ‘Wounded’.
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Without Intent... )

Drabble: Silly Question

10/15/17 04:57 pm
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Title: Silly Question
Author: [personal profile] badly_knitted
Characters: Nosy, Gwen, Owen.
Rating: G
Written For: Challenge 469: Long / Longing at [community profile] tw100.
Spoilers: Nada.
Summary: Gwen is puzzled about something.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Torchwood, or the characters.



Silly Question... )

Sunday, October 15th, 2017

10/15/17 02:32 pm
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10/14/17 02:40 pm
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I was resigned to waiting until October 17th for A Skinful of Shadows to come out in the US. However, [personal profile] izilen, horrified at both the long wait after the UK publication and the clear inferiority of the US cover, acquired a copy on my behalf and mailed it over the ocean -- after first warning me it was the darkest Frances Hardinge book yet.

Having now read it, I don't know that it's actually that much creepier than the first third of Cuckoo Song, or the bits of Lie Tree where Faith in her deepest self-loathing slithers snakelike through the island purposefully destroying everything she touches. It definitely has a higher body count -- a much higher body count -- but I mean it's a book about a.) ghosts and b.) the English Civil War so maybe that's to be expected ...?

Like many of Hardinge's books, it features:
- a ferocious underestimated girl struggling to hold onto a sense of self in a world that wishes her to have no such thing
- a recognition that the people you love and who believe that they love you will sometimes betray you, sometimes for reasons they believe are good and sometimes not
- a ruthless and terrible female antagonist whom the heroine cannot help but respect and admire
- a struggling journey up out of solitude towards a coalition built of necessity with the least likely individuals
- including an undead bear
- admittedly this is the first Hardinge book to include an undead bear
- it is also the first Hardinge book about literal ghosts, a lot of ghosts, a lot of very unpleasant and sinister ghosts but also some ghosts for whom I have a very deep affection, including the very bearlike bear.

I also have a great deal of affection for Makepeace - the illegitimate scion of a very old noble family that is quite confident it will be able to chew her up and spit her out, and finds itself repeatedly mistaken. I don't think I love her yet quite as much as Trista or Faith or Mosca, but that's what I said about Faith right after I read The Lie Tree, too, and LOOK AT ME NOW.
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Title: Longing
Author: [personal profile] badly_knitted
Characters: JJ, Dee
Rating: G
Setting: Before the manga.
Summary: From their first meeting, JJ is consumed with an unquenchable longing for Dee.
Written Using: The tw100 prompt ‘Long / Longing’
Disclaimer: I don’t own FAKE, or the characters. They belong to the wonderful Sanami Matoh.
A/N: This one’s a triple drabble.



Longing... )
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Title: Cool World
Author: [personal profile] badly_knitted
Characters: Tenth Doctor, Rose.
Rating: G
Written For: Challenge 189: David Bowie – Real Cool World at [community profile] dw100.
Spoilers: Nada.
Summary: The Doctor takes Rose somewhere that’s really cool.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Doctor Who, or the characters.



Cool World... )

Drabble: Eternity

10/14/17 06:29 pm
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Title: Eternity
Author: [personal profile] badly_knitted
Characters: Jack.
Rating: G
Written For: Challenge 469: Long / Longing at [community profile] tw100.
Spoilers: Nada.
Summary: Jack considers what his immortality means.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Torchwood, or the characters.




Eternity... )

Friday 13th October 2017

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Off LJ News
Signed Christmas script up for auction

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Fanfiction
Completed
Mrs Meister by scripsi (The Master (Delgado), Liz Shaw | Teen)

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10/13/17 06:43 pm
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Signal boost

10/13/17 03:31 pm
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Pull The Football - Save the World by [personal profile] rachelmanija.

Are you worried about nuclear war? I am too. Keep reading for a way to stop it with one simple action.

Maybe you feel small and powerless. But many snowflakes make an avalanche. If we all move in the same direction, we'll be unstoppable. We will only fail if we choose not to act.

Trump has the power to order a pre-emptive nuclear strike for any reason - or no reason at all. He's always shadowed by a man with a briefcase of codes, called the "nuclear football," to enable him to launch nuclear missiles at any time. It would take less than five minutes from his order to the missiles being launched, and no one could stop him. Republican Senator Bob Corker says Trump is leading us into World War III. I believe him.

But we don't have to stand by and let it happen. Let's pull away that football!

Both House and Senate have bills to prevent the President from launching a pre-emptive nuclear strike without a congressional declaration of war. They're both called the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017. Passing those bills may literally save the world.


See link for further details. Please signal-boost if you are so inclined.
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Title: Salty Goodness
Fandom: FAKE
Author: [personal profile] badly_knitted
Characters: Ryo, Dee.
Rating: NC-17
Setting: Back Stage Pass 2.
Summary: Ryo’s body has turned traitor on him, obliterating his self-control.
Word Count: 660
Written For: My own prompt ‘FAKE, Dee/Ryo, Licking,’ at [community profile] fic_promptly.
Disclaimer: I don’t own FAKE, or the characters. They belong to the wonderful Sanami Matoh.




Salty Goodness... )

Fic: A Helping Hand

10/13/17 07:14 pm
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Title: A Helping Hand
Author: [personal profile] badly_knitted
Characters: Jack, Nosy, Tosh, Gwen, Owen, Mickey, Andy, Ianto.
Rating: G
Spoilers: Nada
Summary: Nosy has a problem, but getting help from one of its friends turns out to be a lot harder than it should be.
Word Count: 1775
Content Notes: None necessary.
Written For: Challenge 57: Scratch at beattheblackdog.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Torchwood, or the characters.




A Helping Hand... )
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Posted by Marcus


The shooting script for Peter Capaldi's last episode as The Doctor is being sold at a charity auction.

The script for Twice Upon A Time is being auctioned to raise money for Star Trek legend William Shatner's Hollywood Charity Horse Show, a charity set up by the star to raise money to support a number of charities dedicated to helping those in need.

The script is signed by the two Doctor's in the story, Peter Capaldi and David Bradley, as well as other members of the team, and has been donated by Mark Gatiss, who is playing The Captain in the story.

Online bidding in the silent auction begins next Sunday, October 15th

The winner of the auction will not be sent the script until after transmission of the episode this coming Christmas.

A full list of charities supported can be found here.

A feed!

10/13/17 11:13 am
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[personal profile] estara created a DW feed from the Wordpress RSS feed of the travel blog, so if you don't want to follow us over there, via email, or via Twitter or Facebook, you can subscribe to the feed. Note: I won't see any comments posted there (I could set up an alert, but I'd have to manually subscribe to each and every post, and that's just not happening), so you'll have to post any comments you have over on the blog, Facebook, or Twitter.

https://telophasetravel-feed.dreamwidth.org/

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Editor's Note: If your item was not linked, it's because the header lacked the information that we like to give our readers. Please at least give the title, rating, and pairing or characters, and please include the header in the storypost itself, not just in the linking post. Spoiler warnings are also greatly appreciated. Thank you!


Fanfiction:

Complete:
Double Drabble: Destiny Or Chance? by badly_knitted [Ianto, Jack, TARDIS | G]
The sands of time by m_findlow [Jack | PG]
Joining the team by m_findlow [Ianto, Team | PG]

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EDITOR'S NOTE: who_daily will no longer link fanfiction that does not have a header. For an example of what a "good" fanfic header is, see the user info. Please note, the fic must have a header with the fic, not just in the link post, in order to be added to the newsletter. Thank you.



Off LJ Links
Doctor Who News: Lethbridge-Stewart: The New Unusual / fifth series limited edition run
Doctor Who News: Doctor Who Series 10 Complete DVD, Bluray and Steelbook
Blogtor Who: Doctor Who - The Early Holiday Gifting Guide
Blogtor Who: Review - The Behemoth is a Pure Historical Adventure for the Sixth Doctor
Blogtor Who: Release Date & Extras Confirmed for Complete Doctor Who S10 DVD & Blu-ray
Blogtor Who: Out Now - Titan Comics Doctor Who: The Lost Dimension #5
Blogtor Who: Mr Men - The Doctors Time and Space Collection Available To Pre-Order
Blogtor Who: Blogtor Chats with Debbie Moon about her Short for Twisted Showcase
Verity!: Extra! – Unfortunate Episode Titles
Whoogle: Doctor Who Series Ten - DVD and Blu-Ray Steelbook due for release on the 13th November

(News via via blogtorwho, tardisscanner (Whoogle News), og_news, among others.)
(For additional news, please visit: googledw)


Fanfiction
Single Part/Completed
Car Park Life by bas_math_girl [Tenth Doctor/Donna | PG]


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Crossposting woes

10/12/17 02:05 pm
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Looks like I can't find any services or plugins that crosspost from Wordpress to Dreamwidth right now as my old standby plugin no longer works, and the only other plugin I can find also doesn't work.

Which means that if you want to follow Toby and I on our trip to Europe coming up in a few weeks, you're going to have to use one of these, unless I find something else:

http://travel.mushtee.com
http://www.facebook.com/sfolse14
http://www.twitter.com/telophase
http://www.twitter.com/myrialux

If you'd rather have notifications sent to your inbox, you can sign up using the form in the sidebar of the travel.mushtee.com blog and it'll send you an email every time either of us posts something there.

Anyway, given how little traffic happens here nowadays, I suspect not that many people will be missing it. :)

FAKE Fic: Uncoordinated

10/12/17 07:07 pm
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Title: Uncoordinated
Fandom: FAKE
Author: [personal profile] badly_knitted
Characters: JJ, Drake.
Rating: PG
Setting: Soon after Vol. 1, Act 3.
Summary: Drake is finding his new partner more than a little confusing, while JJ has his own reasons for being perplexed.
Word Count: 1056
Content Notes: None necessary.
Written For: Challenge 79: Clash at beattheblackdog.
Disclaimer: I don’t own FAKE, or the characters. They belong to the wonderful Sanami Matoh.




Uncoordinated... )

Ficlet: The Big 40

10/12/17 06:50 pm
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Title: The Big 40
Author: [personal profile] badly_knitted
Characters: Jack, Ianto
Rating: PG
Spoilers: Nada.
Summary: Jack is trying to decide what to do for Ianto’s upcoming fortieth birthday.
Word Count: 500
Written For: Prompt 459: Cheap Date, at [community profile] slashthedrabble.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Torchwood, or the characters. They belong to the BBC.




The Big 40... )
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Posted by Marcus

Doctor Who Series 10 - Steelbook (Credit: BBC Worldwide)BBC Worldwide have released details on the release of Series 10, Peter Capaldi’s final series as the Doctor, as a complete set, available on Monday 13th November.

In Series 10, the Doctor is keen to show his new friend, Bill Potts, the wonders of the universe, and their travels bring them face-to-face with Ice Warriors and Cybermen. His adventures draw to a terrifying conclusion as a long lost face from the past returns.

The Complete DVD and Blu-ray will include the extras listed below:
  • Becoming the Companion
  • Travel with new companion Pearl Mackie from the London stage through the doors of the TARDIS to a once-in-a-lifetime role, or as Pearl says, “the most insane thing that's ever happened to me.” Featuring exclusive interviews with Pearl, Peter Capaldi, and Steven Moffat. Narrated by Ingrid Oliver.
  • Out of This World
  • As Pearl Mackie steps aboard the TARDIS for her first adventure as Bill Potts, Ingrid Oliver (Osgood in Series 8 and 9) looks back at the debuts of the Doctor’s recent companions. What can we learn from their first voyages on the TARDIS, coming face to face with their first monster, and their first encounters with the mysterious stranger called the Doctor?
  • Smile
  • Acclaimed writer Frank Cottrell-Boyce is back for Bill’s first big adventure into the future, and Frank provides a unique insight into the writing and filming of this chilling episode, along with the perks of the job! Featuring interviews with Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie and Steven Moffat, and narrated by Ingrid Oliver.
  • …Who’s There?
  • We creep silently through this spooky adventure as writer Mike Bartlett and Director Bill Anderson reveal the secrets of how to make a truly scary episode of Doctor Who. And find out why they couldn’t have chosen a more terrifying location… Featuring interviews with David Suchet, Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie. Narrated by Ingrid Oliver.
  • Rona Munro – A Modern Classic
  • No writer has ever penned an episode of both classic Doctor Who and the new series – until now! Rona Munro, writer of the 1989’s Survival, explores the similarities between her classic and modern episodes. And Peter, Pearl and Steven turn their eagle eyes on an ancient mystery! Narrated by Ingrid Oliver.
  • Doctor Who: The Fan Show – After Shows
  • Join Christel Dee and a host of Doctor Who actors, writers and creatives to discuss the making of Series 10, and most importantly, assess the intensity of TARDIS crew’s hairstyles along the way, in this original companion show.
  • Doctor Who: The Finale Countdown
  • Interview with Pearl Mackie and unseen film footage from the Concert
  • Knock Knock binaural sound
  • The Binaural Sound edition of episode 4, ‘Knock, Knock’. Binaural Sound gives an immersive spatial sound experience for headphone listeners.
  • Doctor Who Extra: The Return of Doctor Mysterio
  • Behind-the-scenes of the Series 9 Christmas Special.
  • The Doctor: A New Kind of Hero
  • A short documentary that accompanied The Return of Doctor Mysterio, which lookss at the character of the Doctor and how he’s a unique hero.
  • The Finale Falls
  • Behind-the-scenes of the Series 10 finale.
  • Inside Looks
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Audio Commentaries


Doctor Who Series 10 - Steelbook (Credit: BBC Worldwide)Doctor Who Series 10 - Blu-Ray (Credit: BBC Worldwide)Doctor Who Series 10 - DVD (Credit: BBC Worldwide)


The release is avaiable to preorder as a Steelbook, DVD and Blu-ray.
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Posted by Chuck Foster

Lethbridge-Stewart exclusives (Credit: Candy Jar Books)Candy Jar Books have announced the fifth series of the Lethbridge-Stewart range of novels will be released as limited editions available exclusively via their website, with the first book, The New Unusual, now available for pre-order.

The New Unusual sees Anne Travers and the team investigate strange goings-on at hippy dream-ins, which sends them to Australia. Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen says:
Adrian Sherlock first came to my attention via John Peel, and when Shaun and I discussed the idea of sending the team to Australia, it seemed common sense to have an Australian write the novel.
Adrian continues:
That was an idea I warmed to immediately, having always wanted to see Australia more connected with world of science fiction. Australia’s an amazing country, with many exotic and fascinating wonders, so it was a lot of fun to include them in the narrative.

The New Unusual takes its title from a favourite line of dialogue spoken by the Doctor in the opening episode of the Doctor Who serial, The Mind of Evil. He states that the purpose of the Brigadier's team is to investigate new and unusual menaces. When Andy first gave me the chance to pitch an idea for the novel, I knew I had to tap into the spirit of the times and that meant a fad or a craze, something the kids were into. Furthermore, I knew there had to be a hint of the mind-bending surrealism of the time, which reflected some of the experimentation with drugs such as LSD. But it had to have an explanation that was right for the world of Lethbridge-Stewart, something unearthly and threatening.

Anne Travers takes centre stage for the first half of this novel, with Shaun Russell, head of publishing, explaining:
Anne continues to be a popular character, easily strong enough to lead a book on her own. When planning these books out we like to keep a balance between our two lead characters, and this year we’ve already had two Brig-centric novels and one Anne. This marks Anne’s second major plotline this year, as she continues to deal with the fallout of her father’s death and what effect it has on her place in the world.
Adrian adds:
I had the idea that Anne knows there is a menace and becomes increasingly determined to uncover it. But in any good story, the main characters encounter opposition when they pursue their goals. It seemed to me that Anne might do what she has to do to succeed, overcoming opposition, yet feeling increasingly that she is unhappy with herself. A crisis comes when any one of us betrays our own values in order to achieve an end. I was fascinated by the notion that she might not like who she is becoming, if she goes too far and leads her friends into too much peril.

And with Lethbridge-Stewart, the story offered a good opportunity to present him as a man in total contrast to the youth of the time and their willingness to seek that which is ‘new and unusual’. I knew that he had to go beyond simple soldiering and face real threats and the possibility of his own death. I knew he had to see himself, to learn a little something about himself, in this adventure into the unknown.

The book continues a trend running through Beast of Fang Rock, Moon Blink and Night of the Intelligence, taking a look at aspects of the hippy movement of the late-‘60s, early-‘70s. The striking cover art, featuring Anne Travers and Bill Bishop is full hippy get-up, is by Adrian Salmon:
I knew my wife would kill me if I didn't draw the cover. She's a tough Aussie gal and when I found out The New Unusual was set in Australia, I asked to be the artist to bring Old Tom, Anne and Bill in all their grooviness to life!


Novels in the fifth series are limited editions of 400 copies, and will only be available to buy from Candy Jar Books - they will NOT be made commercially available. The New Unusual can be pre-ordered individually or as part of the discounted UK bundle, international bundle, or part of the yearly subscription offer.

Lethbridge-Stewart: The New Unusual (Credit: Candy Jar Books)It's the early 1970s, a time of change, a time of turmoil, a time of surrealism, LSD and the Age of Aquarius, a time of fads, Moon landings and wars, and the young people of the world are seeking something new - and unusual!

For Anne Travers, an encounter with a so-called 'dream egg' is just the beginning of a long nightmare. Her scientific curiosity aroused, Anne begins to probe the secret underground scene known as 'dream-ins', where students and others meet to get involved with a new craze and, perhaps, something far more alien to human experience.

And for Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, who finds himself drawn into Anne's investigations, this probe will lead him and the Fifth Operational Corps to the wilderness of the Australian Outback, to a little opal mining town called Coober Pedy and a search for answers.

The New Unusual includes a revised ‘exclusive’ version of The Playing Dead short story.



Please note this is the final week to be able to get a preview copy of The Lucy Wilson Mysteries: Avatars of the Intelligence. The book will not be made commercially available until March 2018.
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