Happy New Year, everyone! May 2017 be kinder to you than 2016—even if you had a good 2016!

My New Year's Resolution, carefully formulated mere days before I heard rumors of LJ's impending demise is . . . drum roll, please . . . to post more on LJ!

If the worst happens and LJ goes kaput, please look for me on Drnamwidth instead: http://aelfgyfu-mead.dreamwidth.org. I've backed up my whole LJ there, and we can hide there, as in a bunker.

I am optimistic, however, so I will post here.

I've been around, and I'm sorry I haven't been more visible. I've been reading posts and generally replying, but things got away from me early this year, and I kept feeling as if I couldn't post to LJ until I posted more to LJ to explain where I'd been, but some of these will be friends-locked entries, and . . . and . . . and. . . .

There will be posts.

There will be more posts about the tv I'm watching. Brief version, with more to follow: just a taste )
aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Twelfth Doctor)
( Dec. 30th, 2016 09:34 pm)
We saw the Doctor Who Christmas special and enjoyed it. It was pretty silly even for DW, but I loved the characters (well, not sure about Nardole, but certainly Grant), and I had forgotten what a wonderful face Peter Capaldi has. A lot of DW is people reacting to one another, and this Doctor is so much fun to watch reacting! "Some situations are just too ridiculous to be allowed to continue" has been filed for future reference. I'm sure it will come in useful often.

We've also started "The Power of the Daleks." We TiVo'd it off BBC America, but it was wiped from our TiVo! Apparently the machine decided we'd hit our limit of five items, but in fact we hadn't; the folder had nothing in it. A friend pointed out that we can still watch on BBCA's website, so we've been doing that, despite the very painful repetition of the same two commercials at each of the frequent commercial breaks: one for the show we are watching, which seems quite beside the point, and one for s1 of Dirk Gently, which we already watched in full, and if one ad per episode didn't convince us to watch, why would five?

So my longings for real seasons are back. Have you all already seen this little Radio Times article with a two-minute scene with the new companion, Bill (played by Pearl Mackie)?? I just ran across it today looking for an update on when the new season will start.

I didn't find any reliable update, just a quote from Peter Capaldi that he thinks it will start up again in April. Now I want to see more of Bill! And the Doctor!
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Prisoner)
( Sep. 1st, 2015 08:43 pm)
I heard about that author suggesting that Idris Elba was "too street" to play Bond. (The author has apologized.)

I was thinking, "Wasn't Sean Connery pretty street when he got the role as Bond?", so naturally I went to IMDb. It's a big of a mixed bag: Connery was doing some Shakespeare in the 50s but also something called "The Boy with the Meat Axe" on Armchair Theatre.

And then I found Hell Drivers. Seriously? It sounds pretty run-of-the-mill, but look at the cast!
Stanley Baker: Mr. Rochester from the 1956 Jane Eyre
Herbert Lom: Dreyfus from the Pink Panther movies (and a whole lot of other roles in other things)
Patrick McGoohan!
William Hartnell!
Jill Ireland
David McCallum!
Sean Connery!

It looks like a fan girl's paradise! Has anyone seen this?

(For that matter: has anyone seen "The Boy with the Meat Axe"?)
aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Winter Soldier)
( Jan. 1st, 2015 09:12 pm)
I know I haven't posted much in 2014. I've been reading a lot more than I've been writing, if that's any help! To try to get back into LJ, I'm reusing this meme from [livejournal.com profile] astrogirl2. I am, however, apparently incapable of giving a single answer to most of the questions. Below a cut for length )
. . . but I can't seem to find the right image. As I said elsewhere, I think that's why I have almost no icons of Doctors, though I have several of companions. I'm not sure what the right image is. I'm not even certain I'd know it if I saw it.

Anyway, I saw "Listen," and here's my reaction: spoilers! )
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aelfgyfu_mead: (Doctor Donna)
( Aug. 24th, 2014 05:08 pm)
Okay, so I owe y'all an entire season's worth of posts on last season on, well, everything I watch. I haven't forgotten.

But I've just seen Doctor Who, "Deep Breath," and I can actually share a reaction while I'm still having it! Of course there are spoilers behind the cut )
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Winter Soldier)
( May. 26th, 2014 05:10 pm)
I keep meaning to post and not doing it! I will try to make some shorter posts instead of the kind of longer round-up that I'm not likely to finish.

I discovered that my fanfic site The Mead Hall went down, probably in late November 2012. I have been paying it so little mind that on the rare occasions I have looked in the last 18 months, I have found it not working and made a mental note to talk to Brilliant Husband and then promptly lost the mental note. I have done this at least twice before I realized that it's really down! On the other hand, my ownership of the site expires in July, and I'm not paying for it again, so I'm letting it go. I am in the process of moving my fanfic all to AO3; you can find me here.

I have 18 stories up now. None of my Primeval or Stargate: Atlantis stories have made it yet, but they will be there; if you want a specific story added that I haven't yet put up, just let me know, and I'll put it at the top of my List of Stories to Move!

Also note that I have given up on writing recommendation posts. I just can't manage to do it. I have been saving up Sherlock stories for a rec post, and I just don't think that's ever going to happen, because I've mostly gone off Sherlock except for stories by a few writers, and I cannot find the motivation to make a post for a fandom where I'm hardly doing any reading. Most of what I did mean to rec, I bookmarked on AO3, so you can go to that link above, click to see my profile, and then find my Bookmarks in the left-hand menu.

Moreover, I suddenly fell into Marvel and Captain America fandom. (Okay, more honestly: Winter Soldier fandom, with healthy sides of Captain America, Sam, and Natasha, though the proportions of those vary.) Aware that I can't manage rec posts, I have begun trying to make slightly fuller summaries of stories I'm bookmarking as recommendations so that not only can I remember them when I look back, but friends can decide whether they might want to read each.

On the downside, I realized yesterday that I appear to have tagged fully half the stories I've bookmarked "friendship," and I suspect I'd have tagged a lot more that way if I'd been tagging for people other than just me when I started making bookmarks. And "friendship" actually describes what attracts me to nearly all these stories, so you might not find it a useful tag if you decide to search my bookmarks.

Behind the cut: a brief summary of Where I Am in Fandom, for those who are curious—and to help me remember what I might want to tackle in individual posts. This list may change as I think of something else I want to remember. Fandoms )
Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] bentleywg for tipping me off about The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot. Peter Davison wrote it, three of our old favorites appear in nearly all of it, and there are many cameos and inside jokes (probably some I didn't get). Watch it, and tell others. I haven't seen anyone else link to it yet, and every fan of the first 26 seasons should watch!
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aelfgyfu_mead: (Doctor Donna)
( Jun. 16th, 2013 12:25 pm)
Via [livejournal.com profile] flingslass, "Will Doctor Who Have A Very Special Surprise For Us In November?" by Rich Johnston. No official confirmation yet, but apparently discoveries have been made. . . .
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I was so excited about Neverwhere being made into a radio show and then about World's End (see here) that I overlooked one more credit under Martin Freeman's name, which I just noticed today:
Saving Santa, where all the credits are voice credits, so it appears to be animated. Voices include:
Martin Freeman
Tim Curry
Tom Baker as Santa!
Noel Clarke
Chris Barrie
I have seen a couple of mentions of this, but the best link comes from [livejournal.com profile] joonscribble: "James McAvoy and Benedict Cumberbatch join Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere" by Meredith Woerner at io9. I enjoyed the book, never saw the tv version (but heard bad things about it), and now really want to know when and how to listen to this! James McAvoy and Natalie Dormer star, with Bernard Cribbins as Old Bailey, Christopher Lee as Earl of Earl's Court (the man is 90 years old! and he just keeps going!), Anthony Head as Croup--oh, and Benedict Cumberbatch as Islington.

No wonder they're having trouble scheduling the filming of the next Sherlock series.


(I just looked up the principals from Sherlock in IMDb and found Martin Freeman will be in World's End with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, and I want to see that already: "Five friends who reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from 20 years earlier unwittingly become humankind's only hope for survival," IMDb tells me. BC, Rupert Graves, and Louise Brealey are also keeping very busy. The surprise is not that Sherlock has been delayed but that they're still confident they can ever get all these people together at once again!)
aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Rory & Amy)
( Aug. 2nd, 2012 09:32 am)
From [livejournal.com profile] bentleywg and [livejournal.com profile] a_phoenixdragon, the new series 7 trailer for Doctor Who! Spoilers, of course:

Bring on the spoilers! )

Does anyone know when the new season starts on BBC and (more importantly for me) BBC America?

How am I supposed to be calm and get back to work after watching that?
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aelfgyfu_mead: (Doctor Donna)
( Oct. 31st, 2011 09:19 pm)
Apparently this was made some time ago, but I only just saw it—thanks to [livejournal.com profile] nialla42!

"Doctor Who Cast & Crew Special"—it's under 4 minutes, and it's a hoot. Watch!



ETA: You MUST follow [livejournal.com profile] nialla42's link in comments below to see the other video. NOW.
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aelfgyfu_mead: (Doctor Donna)
( Oct. 31st, 2011 09:19 pm)
Apparently this was made some time ago, but I only just saw it—thanks to [livejournal.com profile] nialla42!

"Doctor Who Cast & Crew Special"—it's under 4 minutes, and it's a hoot. Watch!



ETA: You MUST follow [livejournal.com profile] nialla42's link in comments below to see the other video. NOW.
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Rory & Amy)
( Oct. 2nd, 2011 02:47 pm)
Could it really be that no one on my flist has posted on "The Wedding of River Song" yet? But I don't know what to say!

As if that would stop me! Spoilers ahead )
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Rory & Amy)
( Oct. 2nd, 2011 02:47 pm)
Could it really be that no one on my flist has posted on "The Wedding of River Song" yet? But I don't know what to say!

As if that would stop me! Spoilers ahead )
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