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Here we go! Here I am, kicking off my fabulous Sixth Doctor rewatch, AKA the technicolour dreamcoat extravaganza 2011! We're starting this rewatch-athon off not with the Sixth Doctor, exactly, but the Fifth Doctor serial Arc of Infinity which features Colin Baker in a pre-Doctor role & in fact, is what helped him land the role of the Sixth Doctor after Peter Davison's departure. I myself have never seen it prior to planning this rewatch-athon, so it should be quite an experience for me as well.

Following this serial, I'll be recapping Peri's recent Companion Chronicle, Peri and the Piscon Paradox, which features her travels with Five, just before our third serial, The Caves of Androzani, Five's final story.

Arc of Infinity )

Peri and the Piscon Paradox )

The Caves of Androzani )

& that wraps up the Five-era serials for the technicolour dreamcoat extravaganza 2011! Next week, I'll be watching The Twin Dilemma, Attack of the Cybermen & Vengeance on Varos! & next week, I should have my recaps up on Saturday, as per usual - this week was a bit of an anomaly, time-wise!
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Ooooo, I love planning a rewatch-athon, don't you?

So, after looking at the number of serials I would have to work with, I've decided to indeed begin the technicolour dreamcoat extravaganza 2011 this month. Six's era, even with two Five serials & one Seven serial, is just so short that it makes more sense to begin it now & finish in early January. Besides, I'm returning to my schoolgirlish ways in January, & I don't know how busy I'll be, honestly.

& this'll also be a fun little thing to while away the days until Christmas, won't it? ::beams:: I certainly think so!

I've (mostly!) laid out how this will all work, though I'm not sure what little something I'll be making to end the whole thing off, like I did with my Two rewatch-athon. I'm sure I can come up with something, though! I actually DO have an idea of something, but I need to map it out a bit more strongly, I think.

Anyway, enough of my finger-wag! Tonight, this post brings you the audio & serial lineup for the techicolour dreamcoat extravaganza 2011!

Arc of Infinity*
The Caves of Androzani
The Twin Dilemma
Attack of the Cybermen
Vengeance on Varos
The Mark of the Rani
Revelation of the Daleks
The Mysterious Planet

Terror of the Vervoids
The Ultimate Foe
Time and the Rani

Peri and the Piscon Paradox* (comes before The Caves of Androzani)
Davros (comes after Timelash & before Revelation of the Daleks)
The Lost Stories audio series:
The Nightmare Fair
Mission to Magnus
The Hollows of Time
Paradise 5
Point of Entry
The Song of Megaptera
The Macros
(comes before Trial of a Time Lord, as originally planned)
City of Spires
Night's Black Agents**
Wreck of the Titan
Legend of the Cybermen (all coming after Mindwarp & before The Ultimate Foe)
Doctor Who and the Pirates
Project Lazarus
A Town Called Fortune** (all coming after The Ultimate Foe) & before Time and the Rani)
The Sirens of Time

* = bonus serial, ** = Companion Chronicle

The audio order is somewhat tricky, actually - you see, I'm not going to be doing another recap of The Two Doctors, as I did one for the great&mighty Troughton rewatch-athon & after a recent viewing, don't feel that my fundamental opinions about it have changed all that much after two years, so I felt that it would be better for me to add in the Six & Jamie audio trilogy, which I love & which is definitely different from The Two Doctors & won't be a rehash of what I've already talked about. I was originally going to add those three, plus Jamie's Companion Chronicle right in place of The Two Doctors, but I realised that it would clash somewhat with serial continuty (Six is travelling with Peri & I'm not sure of how many opportunities he'd have to slip away from her & have such a grand adventure like this), so I decided to play it safe & add them in at a later date. But just to be clear, the Six & Jamie audios ARE standing in for The Two Doctors in this rewatch-athon.

As for Davros & Peri and the Piscon Paradox, well, those are the ONLY audios I know where to put! Davros actually does establish that Six & Peri are still travelling together & that Six's adventures in that story are happening whilst Peri is off on her own for a bit. Peri and the Piscon Paradox also establishes where in serial continuity that particular adventure for Peri & Five takes place.

Also, I've added a few of Evelyn's audios to the lineup, but again, where they can be placed definitively is rather tricky. I could, possibly, add them in after Peri's departure & before Mel arrives, since we never actually see Mel's first meeting with Six, as far as I know, so I might be able to get away with it, but I'm not sure again.

(There is, actually, an audio wherein Mel & Evelyn meet, but I'm not adding it to this, mostly to keep from adding any more confusion, really.)

The Sirens of Time was also the easiest audio to place - it comes after Five & Six & before the TVM, so I popped it in after Time and the Rani. I did contemplate adding both Zagreus & The Four Doctors, but, well . . . Zagreus requires a bit of backstory, doesn't it, & may be very hard to understand if you don't know who exactly Zagreus is, & of course, there's the absolute crack factor, so I decided to omit it, even though it kind of would have been like another form of Arc of Infinity, i.e., Colin Baker being in another non-Doctor role in a Doctor Who story, like he was in that serial. (& he's quite lovely in it & I really had to talk myself out of adding it!) As for The Four Doctors . . . well, that's partially out of my own personal disappointment in it - I mean, really, if it's called The Four Doctors, they really should meet for more than thirty seconds, shouldn't they? - & partially because they don't actually meet for very long in it.

Okay, so that's the audio & serial lineup, folks! The whole rewatch-athon will kick off next Monday & follow the same format as the last one did - three serials or audios a week, with my recaps posted the Saturday after & with a couple of special things made just for the end of each part of the rewatch-athon. & of course, there'll be links for all kinds of Six goodies in my posts as I find them!

I really hope some of you will drop by my posts & enjoy them - & of course, mention them to anyone else who happens to be fond of Six, of course!
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Okay, so I was going to post a bunch of sad, self-involved, navel-gazing rambling, but no, I'm going to try & stay a bit more positive & talk fandom instead!

I finally got to hear the second series of Cyberman audios, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] infinitejoys! ::blows kisses:: I haven't had a relisten to it yet, but a quick summation of my feelings about it? Mmm, mixed, I'd say. I loved hearing it after waiting for so long for to do so, but I just felt it wasn't quite as spectacular & chilling as series one had been. This series was, no puns intended, more human & organic-feeling. I felt it focused more on the human turmoil & emotion, rather than the Cybermen systematically asserting power on Earth. Also, the cast of characters was bigger in series two, so I suppose it feeling more human was inevetable. I did enjoy it, but I can't quite put my finger on why I felt slightly disappointed by it.
But, I have to say, I wasn't as disappointed in it as I was with Solitare!

& a few spoilery points I wanted to specifically flail & wibble over.

snip.snip. )

O, yeah . . . I might have caught a few episodes of series nine of Smallville recently. & by 'caught a few episodes', that means 'I may have mainlined all of series nine, save for two episodes which I just couldn't get into within the first five minutes, within three nights'.
Now keep in mind I've never seen any Smallville prior to this & my overall impression? It's kind of like Torchwood, but with less death every five seconds. But it has that cracky I-can't-believe-I'm-watching-this-but-I-can't-look-away aspect, I thought.

But you know, that might have had something to do with Callum Blue being in a lot of leather at times. ::shrugs innocently::

(P.S. I lied; I watched Lazarus tonight & that's all I'm going to say!)

Shocking thing? I actually have thinky thoughts about series nine! I didn't even notice those thinky thoughts sneaking in - sneaky thinky thoughts are sneaky! But I did have the occasional thinky thought about Torchwood when I watched it, so fair's fair, I guess.

Okay, okay, in all seriousness, I did have fun watching Smallville & I think I did like it a bit more than I expected. But if I went back to see anything past series nine, I think it would just be series eight, so I could see more of Tess & of course, Zod's arrival, since Tess & Zod came out as as my two favourites, with Chloe coming in third - she's so Tosh-esque! How could I not love Chloe? & I think, in comparison to Torchwood . . . & here's where everyone's probably going to slap me . . . I liked it more than I liked Torchwood, really. But just a bit. For me, Smallville's in the same category as Torchwood - I watch it for fun, but I might not really get involved in it beyond a few characters & pairings.

(& all of this Torchwood-Smallville comparing is quietly lolarious since the whole time, I kept thinking Clark = Jack, Oliver = Owen, Chloe = Tosh, & Lois = Gwen. But I didn't much like Oliver for most of the time! & I love Owen! Hmm.)

BUT! I got a pleasant surprise in Absolute Justice when Michael Shanks showed up! With scruff! & being a bit Daniel Jackson-esque, but with a seriously acidic personality. & he threw down with Oliver! LOVE LOVE LOVE. SO MUCH APPROVAL. & of course, I was like, 'OMG, surprise!Daniel Jackson! Awesome!' Fandoms colliding!

Also, Zod can build Cybermen. ::gigglesnort:: More or less.

Okay, that's it for now. ::looks slightly sheepish:: I think I've embarrassed myself enough for one post. Must go locate Zod & Tess icons. ::skips away::

O! & I looked at Big Finish's website to see when Project: Destiny would be released & I'm pretty sure it's out now!! OMFG FINALLY! ::DANCES:: (but I'll probably cry my way through it, you know.)
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The first cup of China Gunpowder green tea + Withnail & I = inexorably linked in my mind.

(I think it was because I drank so much the first time . . . okay usually whenever I'm watching it. Or rather, I like to write my Eight smut with that a cup of that tea by my side. It feels very right, somehow.)

snip.whinge.snip.whinge. )

So, as you imagine, I took it well, even if I was pretty insulted by being offered fifty fucking cents for three DVDs I'd never WATCHED AT ALL, so I was in a very bad mood for the rest of the day. I feel a little better now - tea & a watching of Withnail & I while picking Eight porn up on Teaspoon will do that for me, but still.

Sigh. I really could have used that money. Fuckery.


I'm finally back into the swing of Eight audios! I stopped literally halfway & seven minutes into The Last, but I finished it yesterday & last night/this morning, I finished Minuet in Hell & today, started Caedroia.

The Last )

Minuet in Hell )

Caedroia, quick thoughts )

& because I got around to snagging . . . a few pictures from a LEGENDARY picspam [livejournal.com profile] infinitejoys did of all the Doctors (ALL OF THEM) in non-Doctor roles, I'd like to share a few of Paul McGann looking quite lovely in some of my favourites.

(& in the last one . . . he makes those specs look rather sinister. OR, he looks like he's playing something of a very Humbert Humbert role . . . WHATEVER, I'M NOT OVERLY INTERESTED IN SPECIFICS, EITHER WAY, IT IS SEXY. & no, most of those caps aren't still open in my tabs, why would you think that?)


'cause I know I'm the cursed one. I know I'm meant to die. Everyone else can watch as their dreams untie, so why can't I?

abandon hope all who enter here

Elizabeth (Betsy). Twenty-two, almost twenty-three, but perpetually seventeen. Whirls back & forth between vulgarity & delicacies like a dervish proper & has been known to disappear for months on end. Worshipper of Carroll, devotee of Lovecraft & BPAL hoarder absolute. Destined for the madhouse.

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