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Christian Cawley is a writer at Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews - All the latest Doctor Who news and reviews with our weekly podKast, features and interviews, and a long-running forum.

Doctor Who Series 8 reaches episode 10 this Saturday with Frank Cottrell Boyce’s In The Forest Of The Night, in which the travellers return to modern day London to find an overnight invasion of trees!

So what’s it all about? Officially:

“One morning, in every city and town in the world, the human race wakes up to face the most surprising invasion yet.

Everywhere, in every land, a forest has grown overnight and taken back the Earth. It doesn’t take the Doctor long to discover that the final days of humanity have arrived…”

The video above, the most recent teaser, tells more, as does the Next Time trailer, below.

As if that wasn’t enough, we’ve got a 15-shot gallery thanks to BBC America!

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In The Forest of the Night airs this Saturday evening (October 25th) on BBC One at 8.20pm (slightly earlier than recent weeks) and on BBC America at 9/8c. Check your local listings for full details.

The post In The Forest Of The Night Preview Gallery & Trailer! appeared first on Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews.

adventures in the voice recognition

Oct. 22nd, 2014 02:00 am
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Settings > my device > language and input > google voice typing > settings > uncheck block offensive words.

Mother fucker.
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Comment with a pairing and I'll write you at least three sentences of porn for them. Alternatively, if you are not into porn, list a kink and a pairing and I will write that for you instead.
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Oct. 22nd, 2014 09:01 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] catdraco and [personal profile] gryphynshadow!
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Posted by Jonathan Appleton

Jonathan Appleton is a writer at Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews - All the latest Doctor Who news and reviews with our weekly podKast, features and interviews, and a long-running forum.

Is it finally going to happen? Are the great detective and the last of the Time Lords going to meet at last, fulfilling the hopes and dreams of legions of fans? Are we going to get to see a Wholock episode or not, damn you?!

Well… we don’t know, to be honest. Time for a big old Kasterborous speculation alert!

In case you haven’t the foggiest what the blazes we’re on about, the Internet has basically caught fire these past few days due to a couple of mysterious photos posted on Facebook of Benedict Cumberbatch filming ‘something special’ for BBC One and BBC Two.

Yes, that’s about it in the way of detail. But let’s face it, it doesn’t take much to prompt a tidal wave of hopeful conjecture that showrunner Steven Moffat has finally decided to ram his two big drama series into one another like a kid playing with his new cars on Christmas morning.

So what more do we know or can we at least surmise from this tantalising snippet? Firstly, the snaps appeared on the BBC1 Facebook page so we can be confident that, whatever Cumberbatch has been filming, it’s official. The photos themselves don’t tell us much but his hair looks to be a good deal shorter than the flowing locks he has in Sherlock – perhaps an indication that whatever the project is, it doesn’t involve Holmes.

In truth there’s no evidence whatsoever that Doctor Who has anything to do with whatever has been filmed. It seems that a good deal of wishful thinking and the fact that Doctor Who has recently been included in the line-up for this year’s Children in Need, to be screened on BBC1 on November 14th, has been enough for people to jump to the conclusion that the Doctor will be paying a visit to Baker Street.

The possibility of a Doctor Who-Sherlock crossover has, of course, long been a rich seam of material for fan fiction writers and Youtube clip creators, and it’s entirely possible to spend a very entertaining afternoon looking up the results of their labours. Steven Moffat has mischievously gone on record to blame the show’s ‘killjoy’ stars and his fellow creative colleagues for the lack of official crossover action, whilst also conceding that such an episode would be ‘better in your imagination than it would be if the two grand old egotists actually met’.

BBC drama controller Ben Stephenson has taken a leaf out of John Nathan-Turner’s handbook by urging viewers to ‘stay tuned’ for an announcement as to what exactly is going on here. One hopes he’s considered that it’s always a danger with getting people’s hopes up that you’ll only ending up letting them down - if this ‘something special’ turns out merely to be some kind of new channel ident clip or a trailer singing the praises of the BBC’s drama output it will surely come as a disappointment to Cumberbatch’s many fans (who are many in number and always heavily armed…).

All will no doubt be revealed soon, but what do you think? Crossover episode? Charity special? Couldn’t care less about Cumberbatch? Let us know!

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Daily Happiness

Oct. 21st, 2014 11:06 pm
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1. Day off tomorrow! I might go in to work for a couple hours, but I haven't decided for sure, and even if I do, it would be midday and I can still sleep in and have a lazy morning. :)

2. We got tasty burritos for dinner.

3. The other day Irene was watching Akira and it made me want to read the manga (I've never read it before, though I saw the movie several times back in the day). The only site I could find raws on uses a file hosting site that allows you to download one file every six hours, so it's been taking what feels like forever to get these, even though there are only six volumes, but I'm downloading the final volume right now, yay.

Poem: "The Life of the Dead" Part 3

Oct. 22nd, 2014 12:22 am
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This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Hairpins," "Blended," "Am I Not," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Querencia," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," "Green Eggs and Hulk,""kintsukuroi," "Little and Broken, but Still Good," and "Up the Water Spout."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Bucky Barnes, Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanova, Phil Coulson, Betty Ross, Clint Barton, Tony Stark, JARVIS, Bruce Banner
Medium: Poetry
Warnings: Past imprisonment, torture, experimentation. PTSD. Flashbacks. Dissociation. Cyclic amnesia. Temporal trauma. Broken people. Internalized oppression. Low sense of self-worth. Self-destructive behavior. Shame. Depression. Suicidal ideation. Physical and emotional whump.
Summary: Bucky experiences life in fragments as his memory cycles through past and present.
Notes: Hurt/Comfort. Mercy. Freedom. Good and evil. Family of choice. Team as family. Trauma and recovery. Healing. Friendship. Love. Nonsexual intimacy. No sex. Trust. Memory. Artificial intelligence. Safety and security. Competence. #coulsonlives

Begin with Part 1, Part 2.

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The audio download edition of The Invisible Man ($0.99 Kindle, $19.59/$2.99 Audible), by H. G. Wells, narrated by Scott Brick, is free direct from Tantor Media.

Book Description
Once a brilliant scientist, Griffin has been gradually consumed by his research. When he finally achieves his goal—becoming completely invisible—the final result is his departure from humanity. He feels no remorse in using his invisibility to gratify his increasing desires. As he gradually loses his mind, it is hard to determine if it is a result of his chemical concoction or a simple continuation of his moral decline.

At a time when science fiction was depicting what wonders the future would bring, H. G. Wells was one of the first writers to explore the dark side of science and to portray how easily mortal man can be corrupted when tempted by seemingly unlimited power. First published in 1897, The Invisible Man helped establish Wells as one of the first and best writers of science fiction. Notable for its sheer invention, suspense, and psychological nuance, The Invisible Man continues to enthrall science fiction fans today.

Get the free audiobook and ebook from Tantor Media (DRM-Free MP3 and PDF). Be careful on this one – some are getting the free price in the cart but it’s popping back to full price there for me (I’ve sent them a note, so hopefully they will get the pricing fixed tomorrow).

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What Happens At Christmas ($5.38 Kindle), the first Millworth Manor novel by Victoria Alexander, is free from Kobo, courtesy of publisher Zebra Books [Kensington]. This may be a glitch freebie, as it is only in the one store.

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You are cordially invited to Christmas at Millworth Manor. . .

Camille, Lady Lydingham, requests the pleasure of your company at a festive house party, as she endeavors to coax a marriage proposal from Prince Nikolai Pruzinsky of Greater Avalonia.

The hostess’s relatives will be in attendance–in this case, a troupe of actors hired to impersonate a proper English family in order to fool the Prince.

Gate-crashing, distractingly handsome first loves like Grayson Elliott are most unwelcome.

Games will be played.

Motives will be revealed.

Mayhem may ensue.

And hearts will be won–and lost–in the most romantic, magical season of all.

Please RSVP.

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The Black Thorne’s Rose ($3.99 Kindle), by Susan King, is free from Barnes & Noble and Kobo, courtesy of publisher ePublishing Works!.

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Stripped of her castle and lands, gently bred Lady Emlyn refuses marriage to a cruel lord and flees to the safety of the greenwood—where she soon falls for a bold forest outlaw, the Black Thorne, who courts danger in King John’s England.

Swept up in a game of passion and daring deception, Emlyn learns too late that the mysterious outlaw and the ruthless lord she despises are one and the same man.

Now, for both Thorne and Emlyn, the greatest risk of all exists in the truth…and love.

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Sunspot Group AR 2192 Crackles

Oct. 22nd, 2014 05:39 am
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It's time to talk about currently airing shows again!!!

Some shows that have aired since our last current shows discussion post:
[if you want to talk about events in earlier episodes, please feel free]

Castle
Gotham
Scorpion
Jane the Virgin
Sleepy Hollow
The Big Bang Theory
The Blacklist
The Originals
Forever
Agents of SHIELD
Selfie
Person of Interest
Sons of Anarchy
Play it Again, Dick
Supernatural
The Flash
Happyland
Marry Me

[among other things, I'm sure]

Feel free to talk about any of the current shows you are watching.

Please keep things non-spoilery unless you want to do spoiler text by turning the text white.

How to do spoiler text on DW:

Use white text. Remember to include beginning/closing brackets and/or other demarcations, so people will know there's a spoiler there, not just a bunch of random white space.

[Spoiler:<span style="color:white;background:white;">your spoilery text</span>]

produces this: [Spoiler:your spoilery text]

I'm not caught up on most of these shows yet, so feel free to make your own comment threads and discuss what you've watched :)

LINKS
*The CW Grants Full-Season Orders to The Flash and Jane the Virgin
*Faking It Renewed for Season 2B Plus spoilers
*The Bridge Cancelled at FX
*Fox cuts its Mulaney order by three episodes
*Christian Slater to Headline USA Crime Drama 'Mr. Robot'
*Dish customers lose CNN, Cartoon Network, other Turner channels



→ For current TV show discussions check this tag here.
→ Non-Current Show Discussion Posts can be found here.
→ New Show Posts are here.
→ Returning show posts are here.

NEW! Eternally Dark: Aubade

Oct. 21st, 2014 11:03 pm
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Eternally Dark Jory loves the night. You meet the most interesting people after the sun goes down. But when a new man approaches Jory at a poetry slam, Jory's love of the night may be his downfall -- or introduce him to an entirely new sort of night life.

Jory Garcia is a slam poet who hasn't performed since his relationship ended. At his first competition in months, he meets a blind man named Robin and is instantly attracted to him. A kiss in an alley exposes Robin as even more of a creature of the night than Jory is, and Jory plunges eagerly into Robin's mysterious world. But knowing Robin is a monster is one thing -- can Jory accept Robin into his life without becoming a monster himself?

Available now from Torquere Press.

And guess what? There's a sale on! Use coupon code BOO to get 20% off at torquerebooks.com & shop.prizmbooks.com. Sale ends 10/31!

happy things post

Oct. 21st, 2014 11:46 pm
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1. I wrote 10 pages of pure crack on RG (#3 in hexarchate trilogy, I'm like 3/4 done now, saving the partial for NaNoWriMo while my brain composts a little more). I have been writing in: Noodler's Black, Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-peki (blue), Pilot Iroshizuku Syo-ro (green), Papier Plume Burgundy, and J. Herbin 1670 Stormy Grey because I am determined that if I am going to go down in history as writing cracky space opera that no one will ever read, I WILL DO IT WITH MY LITTLE PONY BLOOD.

It is so much more of a relief to write PURE CRACK on this novel than worry about it being good. It's a rough draft! It's not going to be good whatever I do! Also, not like anyone cares whether #3 is good or not at this point! Problem for another time! GEKIGANGER ID ATTACK!

(Apologies to any Martian Successor Nadesico fans. We should rewatch that sometime. Sheesh, the memories...)

2. My local library continues to be excellent. I'm currently reading a fun and irreverent book on rhetoric, a topic that, formally anyway, I know nothing about. I also checked out a book on deception in warfare and another on wargaming. Look, if I don't do this kind of thing once in a while they'll take away my Yoon card!

3. I ordered fox ears and tail for the lizard for her Halloween costume, at her request. I briefly considered making them myself, then decided that nah, this is what Etsy is for. Someone else makes money, I get to be lazy, the lizard gets to be a fox. EVERYONE WINS.

4. My mother has been emailing me beautiful iPad photos of flowers and trees in Korea. I miss the foliage and wildflowers in Korea so much, and my mother has a lifelong interest in botany so she would always tell me what everything was (and of course I would always instantly forget all the names except for the really common ones like cosmos and gingko and so on). Also, I had no idea that Hangeul permitted so many cute little emoticons...or I don't know if those are Hangeul emoticons specifically, but hey.

5. I made probably not that authentic chicken adobo last night. (I use vinegar and soy sauce, but no spicy peppers of any kind because the lizard will not eat spicy food.) It was delicious and there are leftovers that I will probably avail myself of tomorrow.

6. Hellsing Ultimate is perfect crack for, uh, after the lizard has gone to bed. OMG so over-the-top lolarious splatter. To say nothing of a world apparently so dystopian that I honestly think that the only way you could save people is to torch the whole place and start over. Because, please, therapists are not going to save Sir Integra, Alucard, or Father Anderson. (Although someone should write me the crackfic where they try.) We've watched through ep. 7 so please don't spoil us!

...what are your happy things, if you want to share? =)

Yuletide Letter 2014

Oct. 22nd, 2014 12:40 am
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Dear Yuletide Writer,

Hello, and thank you for offering one of these four AMAZING fandoms!  I can’t wait to read your fic, and I really hope you enjoy writing for me.

Just a few things before we get to my main prompts:

“Optional Details Are Optional” is something I take seriously, so if you don’t find my prompts compelling, please don’t feel bound by them at all—I’m going to be really happy to read fic for any of these fandoms no matter what. 

In general, I’m happy to read slash, femslash, het, or gen—but regardless of those categories, I prefer plotty stories to pure porn, or character study.  I would prefer not to read graphic depictions of murder or sexual assault.  AUs can be fun but I tend to view characters as the product of their experiences, so you will have to work hard to convince me that the Nannerl or the Phaedo of your coffee shop AU is really the same person they were in their own timeline!

Mozart's Sister ) Artaserse ) Strangers on a Train ) The Last of the Wine )

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Oct. 22nd, 2014 12:40 am
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Dear Yuletide author,

First of all, thank you so, so much for signing up to write for one of these awesome fandoms! I'm going to be incredibly happy whatever you do, so please don't stress out too much about any optional-details-are-optional below. If you have fun writing, that will make it the best present for me. :D

General stuff that I like includes women having relationships with each other -- romantic, friendship, mentorship, really intense and personal enemies, it's all good! -- plus in general ensemble stories, sibling dynamics, found families and friendships, and people growing as people. I SUPER LOVE flawed people being flawed, and ridiculous people being ridiculous. (This definitely doesn't mean I only want comedy stories -- I am pretty much up for anything, tonally -- but I do think that humans are always a little bit ridiculous, and ... most of my requests are for canons that are full of ridiculous people, so.) I am also, for the record, SO DOWN for crossovers, always and forever, if you happen to be inspired to write one.

I would prefer not to see any characters bashed, especially female characters, and although I'm happy to run with creepy or dark explorations of fictional universes if that's what you want to do, I'm generally not a fan of the gratuitously graphic.


And now for the specific requests! )

Thank you so much, mystery author! And again, whatever you write, I will be SO EXCITED BY IT. I'm super excited already! You can tell by the fact that I can't put down my allcaps!
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To A Most Impressive, and Lovely, Thinker of Thinky Thoughts

Happy Birthday, [personal profile] elisi ! I hope you have been having an impressively happy birthday with loved ones and friends! My day is always improved when I read something from you, and I am so very glad we have made each other's acquaintance, so I raise my glass to a woman of great substance, kindness, quality and creative talent!


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