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I remain terrible at focusing on audios when I can't come up with something for my hands and eyes to do.
Maybe I should take up knitting again? I mean a twenty year break is a bit long, but, knotting can be pretty. But iirc I gave up because it hirt my hands and arms, so possibly not.

Um, actual story... there were a lot of elements I couldn't see why they were there, didn't add to the plot, did next to nothing thematically. I think the bit with the genius baby who really resents how long he was left to lie in the cot with an adult brain makes plenty of sense, but, it was all parts and pieces else. I was unimpressed. And there's whole characters who run around having absolutely no impact on the plot and waving around like weathervanes at each new change. I don't think it really worked.

But it's possible it would work better if I were more concentrating. *shrugs*
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6 and a new companion, a Leading Wren called Constance Clark.

I have rediscovered a technique for listening to entire audios at once: do something else with my hands. Find the right something is the trick. Today I went through old magazines about home decorating and tore out the bits I want to keep. I have a nice stack of stuff to get rid of now. Also in the middle I made a meal.

I think I liked this audio. It's about smart women, which is always a good start. But it's also about world war two, and I feel weirdly bruised on that whole era today. Like it's one giant flinch.

Still, codes and codebreaking and signals and spies and enemies and having to work together and a whole lot of running around. Quite the adventure. And they fixed things with thinking, which is yaay.

I definitely like Constance. She starts off by telling off the Doctor, which is as it should be, as far as I can see.

... I'm listening to these stories about brilliant and accomplished women saving the world, and I'm sitting at home in my pyjamas, again, still. If I can't find it inspiring or really identify, then I end up a bit :( and embarrassed about it.

Don't know what I'm really looking for lately, just end up dissatisfied with everything.

But I think it was a pretty good Doctor Who story.
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The cue cat scanner remains a very useful tool. So now all my new Big Finish Audios are in the LibraryThing. ... I have so many.

Terror of the Sontarans is interesting, with a whole we're not who we are riff but with an interestingly varied set of characters. Usually if it's called 'terror of' they just mean Sontarans are scary, but this one is more 'what actually scares sontarans'.

it's very pretty horror.

... audio, but the descriptions are proper eerie.

I like it plenty, but it feels like it has far less of Mel and the Doctor than usual.
... actually that might be why I like it.

but I'm typing to try and stay focused - vaguely regretting splitting my concentration, because it's being interesting - but this way I stay awake.

and part three of four just finished.

I'm really not very good at listening to audios when I've got nothing else to do.

so I'm not really concentrating as i would like

and I liked this story better when it was creepy spooky. this part is more fighty.

the ending wasn't my favourite. but it was okay. ish.

... in retrospect I like the ending of the previous one better. more making friends.

it was a spooky interesting story that built up to a standardised ending that was a solution the sontarans could and did come up with without the doctor. not quite the right shape.

but good bits before then.
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I am not good at listening to audios when I'm sitting at home. I nearly fell asleep in the middle. Also I ate six biscuits, which was three more than I intended to eat, but still less than a packet, so that's okay.

... as you may guess, I was not enthused by this story.

I'm feeling a bit blah about Doctor Who lately, which let me tell you is deeply weird. I mean, it's Doctor Who. It's a foundation text. There is Doctor Who for every mood and all occasions.

... but I'm not feeling it.

... weird.

So, this one was about an orbital warehouse and the planet that worships it while waiting for delivery. It could have been funnier. It did a few things, but I kept distracting myself trying to make it funnier in my head. Retail and online delivery gives so much mileage. What would a civilisation built around Loyalty Cards really be like? But it most ran around the warehouse avoiding rodents and traps until they all stumbled into their corner of the real mystery.

I can't tell if the story was a bit blah or I was. I gave it three stars out of five on librarything on the theory it was ordinary and I'm in a demanding mood.

7 and Mel is also not a team that gives me feels though.

Also, in an attempt to not fall asleep in the recliner before the adventure was over, I rearranged the drawers in the CD cabinets so there's room for the new big finish. But I very small bammed my head on the corner and made one unit top heavy and only realised when I sat down to type this that I still haven't put them in Library Thing but I have now muddled up the cataloged and uncataloged boxes.

tiny annoyances.

I know if anyone actually reads these as reviews they're not here to read about my tiny annoyances, but my point is, I think my review is more about the bumps and snoozes than about the story itself.

shall do better later, I expect.
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Not a subtle allegory, but with that title you wouldn't expect subtlety.
Just a story about the dangers of fascism, set in the 80s, which ends with a woman as prime minister... of the Daleks.

The Daleks brainwash people through broadcasts and video games, until humans run drone warfare for fun.
Except some people don't need brainwashed, they just reckon if the Daleks are going to trash the planet anyway, might as well sign up to lord it over the rest of the slaves and be killed last.

You know, in some moods this would be funny.
Parodic exaggeration would be funny.
And then you get to hear it all blow up at the end.

I find it rather more depressing when they defeat the Daleks by making them too Dalek to live, rather than by making them too human to survive other Daleks. I mean either way they all die, but watching hate blow itself up is darker.

... listening. because audio. but audio does have the best fx.

I have decided to listen to Doctor Who and do exercise. I been set some lower back exercises today and told I should make a routine. Routine is always easier with incentive, so, Doctor Who audios.

And I have so very many still to get through before I'm caught up even.

So I just need to clear the front room enough to have some floor space and learn some exercises to do...
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Not only am I not impressed, I'm actually kind of angry.
There's a guy that dies first. That the Doctor hears is in danger, sees being locked in, and ignores. Someone the Doctor doesn't even try to save.
Guess the color of his skin?

in a just world you shouldn't have enough information, and yet.

Read more... )

and there was one speaking female character, to five main men and some random lines from more.

I expect better from Doctor Who.

I require better.
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I don't know quite what to do with that.

I mean, I have reactions, but my main one is utter exhaustion at the death rate of characters of color on TV. Read more... )

Quill though... on the most shallow level, does anyone know where to get Quill's shirt? Because that looked awesome. Read more... )

When is next season of Class then?
Is next season?
Because I feel the structure of that episode only made sense if they're absolutely certain of a next season, and indeed one in the really near future. As a mid season finale it'd be fine. But I can't find word one about renewal so I'm puzzled about their priorities.

Class 1.7

Nov. 29th, 2016 12:18 am
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What Quill did indeed. It's weird, it's good, it ties in to the whole rest of the season so far, but in lots of ways it's its own show, like Quill goes off in her own subgenre.

I'm not keen on one specific point: Read more... )

I like how Quill accessorises. Choker and bracelets solid metal looking. Not letting observer forget.

I don't quite know what to do with the Doctor leaving her like that in the first place, or the whole presence of freedom fighter terrorist slave in the story at all. I mean she's interesting, but she's an argument, and not one that resolves.

Though I like how school governors fit in the argument here.

I liked all the locations in this episode and the excuse to take a tour of alien thought patterns and the argument about religion or lack thereof and how freedom is just plain complicated as a concept. And how they started with the overlooked ones, dreaming of freedom. It's the power of belief, the power of stories, hope in a box again.

I have no idea how this all will wrap. I can come up with some ideas, they've left a lot of parts around, but I don't know what they'll do with them.

And now I care enough I'll be tense all week wondering which way they'll jump.
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They locked the main cast in a room together and had them yell at each other for a whole episode
that's the masterclass right there
and I was gripped.

I mean now the episode has finished I'm finding less to sink my thought teeth into
but while it was running I didn't do anything but watch
so it clearly won.

I now have to plug the computer in for another hour before it'll last long enough unplugged to watch episode seven
and it is five in the morning
so possibly that is not the best plan
... but I'm still fairly likely to do,it.


Nov. 28th, 2016 03:14 am
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am doing that thing where I'm too busy watching episodes to write how good they are
even though I meant to watch like one a day
am now considering starting episode six.

so, quite good.

am unsure about what it is doing with disability
but it is certainly doing it more interesting than usual.

am paused because the power ran out and the power cord is a bit short for how I was watching
but once recharged will watch more and pout until I run out.

Am also sad I haven't been watching as they released
because more think time.

weird conflict.

Everyone is so good though
characters everywhere
and complex personal stuff under the winning.

also now the iplayer mostly works for me without sticking mostly
there's tons of other stuff i didn't notice
suddenly easy.

I always feel daft when that happens.
like probably it was always easy and i didn't the right buttons.
but, interesting now.
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This series is very good.
(also, on the bbc iplayer if you can get that)

Feelings! All the feelings!
I had to pause it at one point to have a feelings.

More m/m in the DW verse again. More in the DW verse than the rest of F&SF as far as I can find. I like the idea he's choosing a new family vut since this is where they're starting I fear drama's tendency to go horribly wrong.

I'm not so much having big thinking about this one because see
feelings, all of them.

but this is very good.
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This might be gorier than I'm really up for. I mean I know I watched Torchwood but I had to get really analytical on some of those episodes to avoid being freaked out. Skinned bodies are just... a bit much.

Also my tablet gets rather hot watching video. not awesome.

The characters and plots and everything are proper complex and I like the rather a lot. Read more... )

Very much enjoying the quality of the writing here.

Also I always forget when I'm not watching a British show how much easier it is to read and how much more I can get out of it.

... though this one is a bit making me feel old and disconnected, because youngers world has a set of assumptions that are new to me, and ease of use of computers to stay connected that I realise is simples now but which is still new to me.

... am I going to turn into one of those olders who only watches reruns and things with people my own age?

... or is high school a setting designed to make others feel oooooooold?


Nov. 26th, 2016 03:36 pm
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I watched Class episode one today.
It worked on my tablet today. Don't know why it was all stutter stuck the other day.
Pretty sure it was good. Also pretty sure I should have stopped ten minutes in when I realised this was yet another one of the days when input more complex than text makes my brain feel all clawed apart, because by the end of the episode it was Very Upsetting and also I was having trouble with all that input at once. So I'm slightly unable to evaluate it today.
Which is annoying. And also why the unwatched DVD shelf has stayed full this long, so I don't know why I thought this would be better. Guess I didn't, just wanted to watch Doctor Who.

Class had all the elements I look for in a story, complexly diverse cast interacting in complex variations, disability, several someones differently terrible at social, and a super offputting violent one. ... that might be a weird thing to have in the preference menu, but I am in fact predictable that way.

Pretty sure I'm going to love it.

When I'm capable of loving complex input again.

Which is not today.
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Hard science fiction with orbital mechanics and oxygen supplies key to how things work out when a bit of space junk turns out to be alien technology. But also a love story between an Indian Prince and a slave girl. And a politics story about how the British deal with India. Nicely layered.

There's plenty of women in the story, British and Indian, and they all do useful things sometimes and unhelpful things other times and make the story go.

I gave it 4/5 but honestly it lost a star because I don't like Flip much and 6 is my least favourite Doctor. But they've got proper running around saving things going on here.
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Not bad for a navy recruitment campaign. Little bit thin if you're not interested in all the toys.
Read more... )

But the moral dilemma about the Silurians gains a grim twist when two sides are using them as ways to advance their own agenda. And they still all end up dead. :-(

There should always be a better way. But it never works on Doctor Who, because they don't want to change the world that visibly. And this is why we need Star Trek too.
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I did all the Tuesday jobs, plus some of the Monday jobs and a bit of Sunday... so it's not a surprise I'm proper tired now.
But that means I get apple pastries to eat and nice things to watch.

I discovered the gap in my Doctor Who collection when we were doing a Doctor/Master rewatch, and only picked up the Doctor Who: Colony in Space DVD on Sunday.

Read more... )

Plot not a favourite, but that one speech with the Doctor and the Master is plenty worth the couple of hours watching the whole thing.
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I have watched 4/6 of Mind of Evil
Read more... )

I quite like this one, I'm just yawning and distracted.

Maybe the last two episodes will change things, but right now I need sleeps instead.

Doctor Who

Dec. 10th, 2015 06:17 pm
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I rewatched the last two episodes of Doctor Who back to back. Full of feels this time. I still don't like where it went but it did go there in style.

Was thinking about the Doctor's beginnings: Read more... )

Recent seasons of Doctor Who have bothered me frequently and from many angles. The niggly feeling their politics is not my politics is... distressing.

But Doctor Who remains a story generator par excellence, so there's always more and more interesting stuff to do with the toolkit as presented.

And this season end certainly opened up the possibilities.
Even if it seems a frustrating aesop, all things considered.
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Right now I am just :-D

Because that was the first time in a couple of years I have just fallen in love with the Doctor all over again.

That was awesome.

Read more... )

Do not read spoilers (under the cuts). This one is fun.

And I had all the feels the story wanted me to.


Read more... )

I am :-D and looking forward to next week quite a lot.
... aaaaand expecting disappointment, but hey, looking forward to it, that's a bit new.
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Wonder of wonders, an actual Doctor Who story. 8 and Charley and C'rizz, but nothing awful or objectionable, just an adventure. Read more... )

An 8 and Charley story where the most I can complain of is a probable Bechdel fail is quite a surprise.

That story was a Doctor Who story and pretty okay and had lots of bits I liked.


Jan. 2nd, 2015 03:02 pm
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That made marginally more sense than I recall.
It'd still strongly recommend not bothering to listen to it, unless you feel a pressing need to follow Charley's arc and how they get to the next bit. But it probably does fit together, past the annoying voices and the way eveyrone is deliberately out of character except Charley, who is simply annoying.
Read more... )

So, I don't like Charley, I think how she's having feelings is being creepy, and while I like 8 a lot he isn't always himself. So... I haven't relistened to the main range 8th Doctor audios for a very long time. As far as I wrote online, I listened to Zagreus in 2009. I don't recall relistening. And I'm relearning why.

And yes, I should find something different to listen to rather than complain to the internet, this is quite true.

... just as soon as I think of it...
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Today I listened to Charley and 8 in Seasons of Fear, Embrace the Darkness, The Time of the Daleks, and Neverland.
Big Finish get better as they go along. but I still do not like Charley at all at all.

There was a thing Big Finish did when they got the Highlander audios to play with where they decided the mechanics were more interesting than the characters. They invented new and interesting things to do with Quickening, and in the process messed around with the characters we actually wanted to hang out with to the point they might as well have given them different names.

Big Finish really like messing around with time travel. Paradoxes and the laws of time are their happy places. So Charley's story is one long and intricate journey through made up physics, and while it's interesting to hear new laws of paradox in almost every story, it's not the variety of interesting I am there for. So again, playing with the mechanics, plenty fun, but not quite what I think of when I think of Doctor Who.

But there was plenty of good character stuff too, for the Doctor. Times to be clever and opportunities to make mistakes and times it all works out in the end by being willing to talk with anyone.

Charley though just continues to wind me up. She has the opportunity to get kidnapped or held captive by people from all over time and space. I do realise that this is a central feature of Doctor Who, getting captured and escaping fills up a lot of time in a lot of stories, but she gets captured and gets rescued and otherwise spends a lot of time tied to chairs and so forth. It's dreary.

Seasons of Fear Read more... )

Embrace the Darkness Read more... )

Time of the Daleks I have listened to relatively recently, but it don't half work better as part of a Charley arc than as a set of Dalek stories. Dalek stories get dreary fast, plus this way it's obvious there's weirdness centered on Charley and more things make more sense. I always like Read more... )

And then there's Neverland, which feels like the focus could be tighter on the interesting bits, yet presumably thinks it was all interesting bits. I liked best Read more... )

... I just don't like Charley. It's annoying. There's so much more story left with her in it. And I like 8 a lot.

Today I liked Doctor Who more than I have for a few days. I still feel I need to think up better things to do with my time, but, it seemed improved. Or my mood is.
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Listened to 1963 Fanfare for the Common Men.
Which was diverting enough, it was okay. Stuff about fame turning people into monsters seems fun.

But then I went back to listening to 8 from early on, even though that meant listening to Minuet in Hell, a thoroughly misconceived story that should never have been a Doctor Who adventure and is also just really rubbish writing. As well as spending the whole adventure waiting for the Doctor and his companion to regain their memories and develop a personality, which deprives the audience of the characters they're actually there for, it should have trigger warnings over it for how it treats women. Read more... )

... wow I'm still really pissed off about Minuet in Hell. I should put it in a different folder so I don't do this again next time I forget why I'm not listening to it.

Then there was Invaders from Mars, Read more... ) Aside from that the story was okay, lots of running around and weaving the thing into history in a daft Doctor Who way.

Lastly there was The Chimes of Midnight. I remembered I don't listen to that, but I forgot why. Well, I remembered it was tedious and repetitive because the paper thin characters turn out to be a Clue just a really boring one, but I forgot it needs trigger warnings for suicide.

It had a nice hopeful ending, but the two discs of story about suicide weren't really balanced out by the two or three sentences of the Doctor and Charley saying to choose life and how even tiny tedious miserable lives are worth it.

I should probably have skipped to the ending once I remembered. That was tedious and totally depressing.

So, I think I'm done with Doctor Who for the day.
... or possibly longer. but then I'd have to think of something else to fill the hours.
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Yeseterday I listened to two 7th Doctor audios, Starlight Robbery and Daleks Among Us.
There was plenty of plot with running around doing things, and I usually like 7, but my lingering impression at the end of the story was, that's a lot of dead women.
Read more... )

I'm sure nobody sat down and consciously decided that the trouble with Doctor Who is having too many women doing too much. They just sat down and decided that men were more interesting, and wrote a three disc story arc accordingly.

So I was bored, and felt strongly that the story didn't want me around.

Doctor Who gave me that feeling.


Read more... )

So here's the thing: The latest season of Doctor Who on the TV almost all annoyed the hell out of me, with two episodes that were acceptable. Listening to new Big Finish audios is feeling tedious and seeming full of the same gendered problems as everywhere else. Relistening to old Big Finish is just feeling like seeing cobwebs when the lights come on.

I appear to be bored of Doctor Who.

This is not a thing that should be possible, and is somewhat alarming.
... well, theoretically alarming, but mostly seems more just tiresome and blah.

I need to figure out what would be exciting. What would be interesting and engrossing and fun.
... having done cultural studies the list is never simple, but there has to be something.

It has to be something that invites me in and wants me there. That sounds basic but it's by no means guaranteed. And Doctor Who should give me that. The Doctor always wants new friends. He's standing in the TARDIS with the light spilling out and his hand out making an offer. All of time and space! Meet new people and mostly save them! And so many awesome women in this story!

Except the longer I'm here the more I see how we're treated, how we're always pushed aside and eventually kicked out, how we have to choose to follow his awesome life around and so very seldom get an awesome life of our own out of it.

My escapist fiction just keeps kicking me out of it. On purpose. Repeatedly.

And I know with Doctor Who specifically the only way to fix this, the proper only way, is for the Doctor to regenerate as a woman. After the scripts for the season have already been written, so nobody gets any bright ideas about everything or anything having to be different.

But there has to be other stories where we fly the damn ship.

I think I need to go look for those.
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I kind of don't like it when people hate on a show every week and keep posting about it, so I should just stop.
(but seeing as I failed at that, sorry, people who like it should stop reading here)

This one was trying so hard to make me have feelings it was like it hit a trip switch so all it got was just

No with a side order of creeped out and bored, but mostly just no.

Also Read more... )

I don't know, does it boil down to I Didn't Like It?
I can't figure out why not.
I don't have any grand or clever thoughts here, I just... felt nothing but nope, creeped and boredom.

Maybe it's just me.
but I was actually in quite a good mood until I watched this.


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