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Mini-updates!

(I like Tumblr + Twitter far too much.)

♥ I am currently losing sleep due to the splendour of the Karen Gillan tag on Tumblr. Karen, Karen, Karen! ♥

♥ & I felt like reviving this meme, because I've been listening to them nonstop for the past couple of weeks. & I did it on Tumblr as well & should probably let the love spill out over here as well. Chameleon Circuit are fucking amazing & I love them as much as any of my other favourite artists. They're just brilliant & adorable & so surpremely talented.

O, & everyone should go & look up their song Silence And The End Of All Things - a beautiful song for Amy & Eleven at the end of The Big Bang Two. I've had it on repeat for three days now & it makes me teary-eyed every.single.fucking.time. within the first minute of it. As soon as I hear 'when you wake up, you'll have a mum and dad, but I'll be just a story/that's okay/we're all just stories in the end/so live well and love rory', my eyes just fill with tears. It can be very problematic when one is listening to it on the bus, but that's what waterproof eye makeup & (stolen) designer sunglasses are for.

Answer the following questions using only the song titles of a chosen band.

I chose Chameleon Circuit.

1. Are you male or female? Kiss The Girl
2. Describe yourself. Teenage Rebel
3. What do people feel when they’re around you? The Sound of Drums
4. How would you describe your previous relationship? Silence And The End of All Things
5. Describe your current relationship. Type 40
6. Where would you want to be now? Gallifreyan History 101
7. How do you feel about love? Mr. Pond
8. What’s your life like? Nightmares
9. What would you ask for if you had only one wish? Travelling Man
10. Say something wise. Exterminate, Regenerate

Two & five were actually a lot harder than you'd think. I settled on my answer for five because I'm quite sure my laptop & I have a Doctor/TARDIS bond at times. & because the love of a TARDIS = better than any other kind of love. & I settled on Teenage Rebel for two because I'm just eternally seventeen at heart. & I was a girl when I learnt how to run. So there.

(& as for three . . . well, I probably scare people. & everyone who meets me probably thinks I'm straight-up mental & not in the good way. Too bad I'll never be as BAMF as the Master is. Ah, well.)

♥ I picked out my lesson books today & am going back later in the day to pay for them properly since I needed the barbarian's ident card. It's getting closer & closer, my return to lessons & to having to learn to (mildly) resocialise with people. It's making me feel stressy & slightly ill.

♥ Visiting my favourite uncle & his family for karaoke tonight! ::bounces:: I love karaoke, you know - it's my biggest guilty pleasure! As a former stage actress, I absolutely adore it, even if I can't sing.


. . . & the times we would have had now never had inside that box of bluest blue . . .
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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!


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

Terror of the Vervoids
The Ultimate Foe
Time and the Rani

Audios
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
Leviathan
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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O, goodness. ::clutches internet to her bosom:: Never leave me again, my beloved high-speed internet, never ever!

AHEM.

So, I've actually been without internet for almost a month or two. (we cancelled one cable service provider, meaning I lost the internet since it was all connected, we switched to AT&T, which was a joke, as it never even got set up properly & just . . . sigh, it was a mess, really!) But just this morning, the barbarian & I - well, mostly me, as she left me to field any questions & such from the installer chap that came by - got everything all settled. Hooray!

O, goodness, it's nearly Christmas, isn't it! (Or Yule, or Hanukkah, or whatever holiday you celebrate during the winter months, of course!) I've so much to do - well, as we all, I suppose - baking for the barbarian & I, baking for a visit to my favourite relatives before Christmas, gift shopping & tree-decorating when it gets here . . . o, I just love the holidays, don't you? Which reminds me, I do believe some of you have holiday card posts up? For those of you that are still taking addresses, could you please link me to them? I'd love to have a card or two to display!

Also, I have a bit of a twofold surprise for everyone . . .


I'm returning to school!

Yes, I'm returning to proper (more or less, I suppose) academia in January as a proper student at my local college. Granted, the barbarian sort of forced & wheedled & wore me down until I agreed to return, but also, I was getting terribly bored of such a formless mass of days my life seemed to become. I was getting bored, yes, & missed exercising my mind, but still. I'm quite nervous about the whole thing now, I must admit. As you know, I don't do well with people my own age & I never did well when I was forced to go to school anyway.

So yes, I suppose I'm a bit scared, but really . . . best not to think about it, right?

Maybe. I don't know.

I just . . . who knows, really.

& now for the more fun surprise!


I'm going to be doing another Doctor Who rewatch-athon!

Yes, yes, I am! Remember the great & mighty Troughton rewatch-athon of 2009? The year where I earned my degree in Two-ology? Yes, that's it! Well, as you know, I loved doing the rewatch-athon & recapping & discussing all of Two's serials with my friends & so, I've decided to do it all over again, but this time, for the Sixth Doctor! I was torn between doing a Six or Seven rewatch, as I absolutely love both Six & Seven, but with a little help via Twitter, I decided to go with Six. I love Six to absolute pieces & like Seven, I feel that Six is a vastly underrated & far too maligned as the Doctor. Sure, Six had a lot of poor turns during his era, but I think it's time to start remembering & highlighting the good in his era. The things that make him THE DOCTOR, unquestionably.

So, yes, I'll be doing a full Six rewatch-athon, both series & plus a fair few audios. (Mostly the Lost Stories, but a couple of the multi-Doctor stories as well, along with Davros, which is my absolute favourite Six audio, along with being one of my favourite Big Finish audios in general.) I'll also be adding in the Five serials Arc of Infinity (bonus Colin Baker pre-Six!) & of course, The Caves of Androzani, which needs no introduction. I'll cap off the rewatch-athon (most likely) with Time and the Rani, though there could be audios after that.

Now, with all of that in mind, & a loose structure as to how I'll lay it all out, I just need to decide when I'll begin the rewatch-athon. I wanted to begin it this month, but December is such a busy time for people, isn't it? I thought about perhaps January, when I'd have more money for buying more Six serials on DVD (watching them on DVD is SO much more insightful & I'm absolutely dying to hear Colin Baker's own words about his era!), but then I'll be so busy, what with getting back to a student's milieu & with school-related responsibilities.

Though, Six's era is rather short, & even with the audios, it still wouldn't be as extensive as the Troughton era was - that was nearly twenty serials, plus three audios & three (or was it four?) bonus stories. Six's era, even with the Lost Stories audios, wouldn't even come close to being as massive. So perhaps I could do it this month? (I estimate the whole thing taking a month & maybe two or three weeks of January, roughly.) If anyone has an opinion, please do chime in!

Eeek, look at how long this entry became! I was really just popping in to mention the rewatch-athon & to explain about this total Tumblr&LJ blackout & look what happens! O, well, I never can stop talking once I get started, can I? Well, that said, I'm off to collect audios & Six serials for the rewatch-athon & try to catch up with everything!

(p.s. as you may surmise from this post, I was unable to make it to Providence as I so strongly wished to. The barbarian whined & whined & cried & complained about me going, claiming I would run afoul of all sorts of evil creatures, so in the end, I did not go, just to appease her. I live very poorly with that choice, even if it pleased her. But I don't wish to speak of it, honestly.)
riverdresses: (d ↑ ask her if she wants to stay a while)
We're not going to talk about how this happened, we're just going to do it!

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I'm dithering about whether I want to watch Young Justice. There's bound to be Kid Flash & Arrowfamily shenanigans, both of which I love, but I don't know. Hmm. I still need to catch up on Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, so maybe I'll wait. I know [livejournal.com profile] thiscanbegin is still thinking about it, but do I have anyone else planning to watch it?

. . . Also I happen to be sitting here & oddly panicking at the idea that I have, in fact, completely forgotten how to be fannish/write a damn entry. I really have been away too long, Christ. How do I forget things like this, seriously?

I did, however, just come across a somewhat obscene amount of NA/PDAs while on my search for Verdigris, AKA The Only Iris Wildthyme Novel I Have Yet To Read. Of course, that amount doesn't even approach the quantity of Flash/Green Arrow/Zatanna comics I'm working my way through. Or the JLA ones. WHATEVER. I'LL MAKE TIME FOR EVERYTHING AS I ALWAYS DO. But the Flash/Green Arrow/Zatanna comics come first. FISHNETS & GINGERS O YAY! & that other guy.

. . . My birthday's next week. Well, next Sunday specifically, which is today now. So my birthday's today next week.

I'll be twenty-two. Twenty-two is never anything special, of course, I know that, but that's not why it matters. It matters because it's my birthday I suppose & it still depresses me. Birthdays always do, & probably always will. I don't even know what I want for my gifts any more.

(well, some of them you can't really buy. Unless they sell pretty gingers with green eyes & nice laughs. Or pretty, slightly too-thin British blokes who like to snuggle fully dressed, then sneak out & return with a tall cappuccino for me in the morning.)

The barbarian's birthday is next week too, on the third. I gave her an imp of Black Phoenix Alchemy's Zephyr: A gentle white scent, breezes laced with the scent of springtime blooms and citrus. Lemon, lemon verbena, neroli, white musk, white florals, white sandalwood, China musk, bergamot and a drop of vanilla. She's saving it to wear for our joint birthday dinner. I hope she likes it. She does already, but I hope she likes it even more when she actually wears it. (My BPAL birthday gifts were full bottles of The Lady of Shalott, Ultraviolet & The Phantom Wooer, all of which are some of my absolute favourites.)

Did a bit of LJ cleaning recently, mostly in the form of community decluttering & a small friends-cut. I could have cut more, I suppose, but I'm too nice for really big ones I think. Now I'm trying to decide if I should change my layout. I like the poppies, but I found a v. pretty pink & white dotted one that I like.

Also, I hate tags. Just saying. Tags are like a huge ball of knotted yarn, ugh.

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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