auronlu: Nyssa's face in a roundel. (Circular Time)
Oh FRICKING GODS I am so glad Moffatt stepped down before this Doctor Who season started. I'm just sorry Capaldi didn't have a chance with a new showrunner; he was a great Doctor but most of his scripts did him no favors. But then they couldn't have cleaned house. A reboot as drastic as 1970 was just what was needed. It wasn't perfect, but: 

(Vague, slight spoilers but nothing in detail)
  • Kicking out the grimdark; it is possible to have angst and bad things happen without gritty dystopia. Bad things are balanced with some FUN and joy and sympathetic, decent-hearted characters.
  • Doctor MacGuyvering her way out of EVERYTHING; she arrives on Earth with empty pockets, no TARDIS, no sonic screwdriver, and spends a significant chunk of the episode jury rigging solutions out of junk (I think she uses 3 different blowtorches and a soldering iron, over the course of the ep)
  • Doctor intense, focused, and fearless, smart (she lands, sees some humans in mortal danger, saves their asses in about TWO SECONDS, then tries to figure out who she is and what's going on)
  • Doctor figuring things out on the fly, gathering data, adjusting theory when first one doesn't pan out. "I have a plan" "Do you?" "I will by the time we get to the top of this." And then she does.
  • Doctor caring about people and knowing how to Human. She's a little alien, but she's not tone-deaf clueless about people's feelings.
  • Expecting much of the friends she makes while also protecting them.
  • Never once confronts a threat by boasting about her reputation as the Doctor, she flipping DEALS with it.
  • She is always the lead, but her companions are active characters with their own lives and stories, their own skills, their own agency, and they go off and tackle parts of the story too.
  • Did I mention fearless? (Okay, as the Doctor says there's a little panic involved, but mostly fearless). There's a couple times where she behaves in ways no normal person would, charging at danger.
  • Sass, humor, and frenetic energy is 500% the Doctor. Brilliant smile, trademark of more than half the Doctors, is back (along with their eccentric fashion sense)
  • Group of companions like the 60s and early 80s to get rid of unhealthy Doctor/Companion dynamics of Moffatt era.
  • Companions/regulars: Yasmin Khan,  young black (Indian descent) woman who's a junior cop on the totem pole usually assigned to traffic violations; Ryan Sinclair, young black man with dyspraxia who's at home on social media and blogs; and his somewhat timid step-granddad Graham who fell in love with and married his chemo nurse and has been cancer-free 3 years (Graham tends to take a backseat to the two younger companions)
  • It takes place in Sheffield, which means not much to Americans, but it's a workingclass city up north (a lot of British fans were complaining about the northern accents) which normally NEVER is shown on British TV? Not that they'll be staying in Sheffield the whole time; it'll just be a "home base".
  • Minor characters tend to be just random workingclass people. Most of them likable, from the drunk tossing salad out of his kebab takeout to the old night shift security dude talking to his granddaughter on the phone.
  • A reasonable looks-like-the-real-world number of PoC characters and/or women: often all the characters onscreen just happen to be PoC and/or women. And when the Doctor is the lead in a scene, she's almost always got Yasmin and Ryan backing her up as her friends/teammates. There, was that so flipping hard?*
Okay, that wasn't what I was going to post about, but I realized it was going to eat my post, so I put it in a separate post.

Anyway. I feel like THIS is the Doctor Who I wanted, and haven't really gotten except maybe a little bit with Nine. It's not perfect, but it's definitely doing what it should be doing and striving for the things it should strive for. The showrunner hasn't boasted about diversity or any of the stuff the show's doing, it just... gets on and does it (eg first new composer since reboot? happens to be first PoC composer for Doctor Who in 55 years. About flipping time.) And most of all? It's fun. BECAUSE OUR ENTERTAINMENT IS ALLOWED TO BE FUN.

And damn, this Doctor is flipping AdORABLE. 99% of the responses I've seen have been variations of I LOVE HER.


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auronlu: (Lucretia)
This is a Final Fantasy blog. But it's also a fandom blog. So, here's something that's been distracting me, in a good way, for the past several months. The entire rough draft is finished (around 30K words), but later parts need more spit and polish before posting.

Doctor Who (Big Finish) Fanfiction, Team Five
—> Read it on AO3

Title: “Master’s Thesis” (Chapter 1 of Fiveish)
Fifth Doctor, older!Nyssa, Tegan, Turlough, Lasarti, and *cough* Matt Herse
Word Count: 2600
Summary: When Nyssa all but hijacks the TARDIS to return home, she discovers an old enemy taking a sinister interest in her family. Tiptoeing around temporal paradoxes means she can’t let the Doctor find out. It’s a good thing she has a friend like Tegan to rely on.
Continuity: Between Heroes of Sontar and Kiss of Death, but you don’t have to have listened to any Big Finish audio episodes to follow what’s going on here.

(photomanip mimicking the CD cover art used for Doctor Who audio episodes)

This was one of my favorite TARDIS teams back in 1980, except that the writers back then were clueless about how to write stubborn and/or smart women. Poor scriptwriting and sexism are usually NOT a problem in Big Finish studio's Doctor Who radio plays of the past several years, reuniting classic Who actors and giving their characters more development and respect than the TV series did. 
auronlu: (Fangsmirk)
Me and my bizarre shoulder kink. *hides face* I can't remember what possessed me to let slip this personal foible, but I can't really regret the indiscretion, since Flynn-the-Cat keeps catering to it.

Putting this here for ease of future ogling; thank you!

Back: Nyssa and Romana from classic Doctor Who
Front: Lulu and Fang

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