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So with Friday being the 49th anniversary of the first episode of Doctor Who, my mother and I have been watching one serial of each Doctor to celebrate.  Which does lead to some plot bunnies.

The first was with The Daleks.  Which is a heck of a lot longer than I remember it being, btw.  Not a good choice for marathoning if you're starting late and a bit rushed.  Still, fun serial, and first you see of the Daleks.  It's back when the Daleks weren't just monsters, but were frightening because it could so very easily have happened to us.  It's a pity that most writers really lose track of that.  Cybermen have this problem too.  I haven't seen the Cybermen done right in a very long time, cause those should rightly be terrifying. 

Digressing from the point though.  Along with the 60's sort of terror over nuclear weapons (which is something we have to sit and think about in this time for it to be frightening, but it's pretty scary to contemplate), you've got Barbara and Ian.  And lots of Barbara flirting with the Thals.  Now, Barbara and Ian are pretty much a OTP for me, but at the same time...  I couldn't stop thinking about what could have happened had she stayed behind with her crush.  It's an interesting sort of AU.  Barbara staying behind on Skaro to help rebuild the world.  Well, it's no different than the Brigadier in Masters of War. It could totally work.  And I could see her becoming a big boss lady while having her epic Thal romance on the side.  XD  Except I like her and Ian far too much. 

The second plot bunny came while watching The Visitation.  Richard Mace is really a pretty fun character for a one off.  What if he had taken up the Doctor's offer for 'a lift'.  Which, considering Five still couldn't get Tegan back to Heathrow Airport, would probably take a while.  He'd have been an awesome companion!  He's older, for one, so outside of the norm for companions.  Plus he's an actor turned thief, which is an interesting skill set.  And you were going to kill of Adric anyway, so it totally doesn't give you too many characters to deal with.  It would have worked.  Though, I'm also quite curious as to his life after.  Him and that scientist guy from Image of the Fendal.  I thought they could both use some epilogues.  That's just me though.

In other news... I've gotten my prompts for the fic exchange.  One of the three was on my won't write list, which isn't stellar, but I should be able to work with one of the other two.  The first one was a little confusing, but the second at least fits one of the broad plots I was brainstorming that I could fit to various prompts.  I'm still fretting.  >.<   I probably will until I finish one of them.  Sigh. 


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Nov. 26th, 2012 04:13 am (UTC)
The Daleks is one I'm always intending to see, but then I see how long it is and I'm like "DO NOT HAVE TIIIIIIME." One day I will have time.

Haven't seen The Visitation either, but from the gist of your plot bunny, it sounds interesting!

One of the three was on my won't write list

That's like me being forced to live with a smoker in a dorm room for an entire year DESPITE ME CLEARLY STATING THAT I DO NOT WANT TO LIVE WITH A SMOKER.

I should be able to work with one of the other two.

See? You can do it. You can do iiiiit. I believe in you.

**sees what's playing in your Current Music thing and PHYSICALLY RECOILS**

Granted, there are actually songs I like from South Pacific (without fail, I always melt at "Some Enchanted Evening," and I can't help holding some fondness for "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair"), but I can't stand the actual play itself. I've seen it twice.

Oh Rodgers and Hammerstein...I am always so helplessly entranced by your musical numbers but always seem to hate the actual plays that those songs are in...OH GODAMMIT OKLAHOMA DON'T GET IN MY HEAD NOW!!!
Nov. 26th, 2012 12:38 pm (UTC)
You need to see The Daleks, you really do. It's a good serial, for one thing, plus all the 60's horror. It's kind of interesting just trying to imagine how terrifying Skaro would be from a 60's perspective.

The Visitation is fun. The Fire of London was so the Doctor's fault. You need to see it. XD

It's an occupational AU, which isn't even the kind of AU I'd potentially consider. >.<

See? You can do it. You can do iiiiit. I believe in you.

>.> It's getting looooooooooong though, and there's a time limit. T_T

You don't like the plays? :o I like them. South Pacific is fun. Rodgers and Hammerstein are usually pretty socially aware in their plays too. I mean, South Pacific was written in 1949 and it's about interracial marriage and the prejudices against it. I seem to remember them playing cat and mouse with the black listers too, only narrowly escaping the Communist witch hunt for pushing things.
Nov. 26th, 2012 04:09 pm (UTC)
It's an occupational AU, which isn't even the kind of AU I'd potentially consider. >.<

*points and laughs* COME AND JOIN US, MEM. COME AND JOIN US.

True, Rodgers and Hammerstein are pretty socially aware about stuff, but they're socially aware about stuff in a very 1940s kind of way. I mean, I like the message they try to send, but at the same time, I physically recoil at the (no doubt unintended) stereotypes and occasional tropy-ness in those plays. It works well for the time it was written, but it's not quite as effective today. ("Wow, I've only realized how quick to judge and heartlessly racist I was once the love of my life has died a heroic martyr for the American cause! Now I must care for his stereotyped children and grow to love them in honor of him and oh wait now he's back everything's better and LOVE HAS CURED MY RACISM.")

Still, the songs are catchy though. OOOOOOOOOak-lahoma where the wind comes sweeping down the plaaaaiiin...
Nov. 26th, 2012 09:28 pm (UTC)
*raises eyebrow* Do you really have any room to laugh and point at anyone considering Pokefic?

Yeah, but I do like happy endings sometimes, tropy or no. XD

I always liked Shall We Dance. That and Impossible. XD
Nov. 26th, 2012 11:23 pm (UTC)

Happy endings are nice, I agree. :)

I have way more old school Broadway songs on my iPod than I probably should admit. THEY'RE JUST SO CHEERY.
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