Confession #99: I'm as Fangirly as Anyone Else

Mar
09

In midst of the announcements of the upcoming regime change in Doctor Who land, one major detail was left unresolved: the status of Peter Capaldi's position as the lead. This week we learned that Capaldi has been asked to stay on, but hasn't yet made a decision about whether or not to accept that invitation.

My reaction to this revelation was a combination of elation that the door hadn't been closed entirely on the possibility of seeing Capaldi under a different showrunner and extreme wariness; I know how uncertain my desired outcome is. I recognize that there are plenty of folks on the other side of that fence, but that fact baffles me. I have never for a moment wished anything less than a T.Baker-esque tenure for Capaldi's Doctor, so when I run across folks who think he's the Worst Doctor Evar, I just can't relate at all. As I reflected on that chasm of differing opinion, I realized that I am, in fact, a Capaldi Fangirl.

I almost hesitate to apply the label "fangirl" to myself, simply because of the vitriol that seems to come with it. For some people, being a fangirl is the worst possible thing another fan can be, a close cousin to the "fake geek girl."

I find it interesting to note that there is a strongly gendered component to this particular struggle. It's almost unheard of for someone to disparage another as a "fanboy" when it comes to expressing love for a thing (though it's not uncommon when discussing certain anti-social behaviors), nor do you hear accusations that someone is a "fake geek guy."

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Genesis of the Cybermen

Feb
24

Review of Spare Parts (#34)
Big Finish Release Date: Jul 2002
Doctor/Companion: Five and Nyssa
Stars: Peter Davison and Sarah Sutton
Preceding Story: Neverland (Eight, Charley)
Succeeding Story: ...Ish (Six, Peri)

Years ago when I first became aware of Big Finish and had conversations about which releases were "best," Spare Parts came up again and again. It's thus been on my "to listen" list for ages, though for one reason or another didn't make it into the rotation until now.

Having now heard it, I completely understand why Spare Parts was recommended so highly. It has its pros and cons, as any of the audio adventures do, but what makes it so appealing is the way it adds to the larger tapestry of the Whoniverse—it's the story of how the people of Mondas became the Cybermen, well before the Doctor first encountered those iconic antagonists in his First incarnation in The Tenth Planet.

Any good Cybermen story needs some body horror, and we get it here, though it's not immediate; after all, we need to get to know characters besides the Doctor and Nyssa so that we can be properly appalled when horrible things happen to them. This slow burn adds to the tension as the TARDIS crew struggles with the implications of their actions on the future they know and what they believe, hope, or wish could be changed.

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Giveaway Winners!

Feb
18

Thanks to everyone who entered The Neowhovian Experience giveaway! Prize-winners are listed here below, and I will be in contact with them to arrange delivery of their prizes.

For the rest of you, 2011 and 2012 editions of The Neowhovian Experience are available for purchase online now at Amazon (2011 here; 2012 here) in paperback. All remaining editions (2013, 2014, and 2015) will be going up soon in paperback; we will also release ebook versions of the remaining editions (2012-2015).

As the cover art for 2015 is still pending and my layout designer is still finishing up page proofs, I don't have an exact date for when each of the new editions will go on sale, but rest assured I will keep you posted as the situation develops.

     

Now for our winners!

Grand Prize: Complete The Set (up to all five editions)
Don Pettyjohn
 
Single Edition: First Choice (choice of all five editions)
Kara S
 
Single Edition: Second Choice (choice of remaining four)
John Shriver
 
Single Edition: Third Choice (choice of remaining three)
Derek Kompare
 
Single Edition: Fourth Choice (choice of remaining two)
Laura D
 
Single Edition:  Fifth Choice (final remaining edition)
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Each of the winners will have their choice of paper or electronic editions. I will sign each copy, and will personalize if the winner so chooses. Ebook editions will get signature via Authorgraph. Don and Kara, please email me to get the ball rolling, and I will be contacting the rest of you via social media when it is time to make your choices and arrange delivery.

Congratulations to all, and thanks for reading!

Gallifrey One - Station 27: Day Three

Feb
15

It's interesting how unique a character each of the three days of Gally has, and how consistent those characters are from year to year. For me, at least, Friday is fairly giddy, with a "pinch me; I can't believe how much awesome there is, and it's only just starting!" vibe. Saturday is the super busy con-in-full-swing day that never seems to slow down. Then there's Sunday, which always suffers a vague pall of sadness somewhere in that mental space between denial and acceptance as everyone tries to squeeze all possible awesomeness out of the last of our time together.

As the day marches inexorably toward Closing Ceremonies, the harsh reality of another ending becomes ever more undeniable and friends cling together or seek each other out, having somehow missed each other the rest of the weekend. So as I sit in the unusually empty lobby on Monday morning, I look back on Day Three with a combination of melancholy and gratitude for more great experiences.

My Sunday on the con floor started in the audience of an interview panel with Sir John Hurt. There were several memorable moments, including his answer to an audience question about whether he'd ever, shall we say, taken anything home from the set that he wasn't strictly supposed to take. He said that after the first Harry Potter movie (in which he played Olivander the wand maker from Diagon Alley), he brought home four wands for his two sons and a couple of nephews. Then he told us that people sometimes bring their wands in boxes to him to be signed and "I remember making every one of them."

If that comment didn't break a crossover fandom, the line readings that the moderator asked him to do broke those of us who love Hurt as the War Doctor. He read a piece of Tom Baker's famous speech from Genesis of the Daleks (the "could you then kill that child" part), the bit at the end of Planet of the Daleks when Pertwee's Doctor warns Taron and the other Thals not to glorify war (complete with audience participant as Taron; "you just acted with Sir John Hurt!"), and Capaldi's epic speech from The Zygon Inversion. To end the panel, though, there was only one possible choice—and let me tell you, Sir John Hurt delivering Hartnell's "I will come back" speech to Susan was nothing short of electric. I still don't know how I managed to keep from weeping openly.

Gallifrey One - Station 27: Day Two

Feb
14

Saturday at Gally always feels most hectic, though not in a frenetic way. The stress, at least for me, tends to come from the fact that there's always awesomeness available than it's ever possible for a single person to partake in (though I'll admit I've seen a few folks with time turners...). On the up side, programming never begins first thing in the morning. For some attendees, that means they have time recover a little from the previous night's hangover; for me, it means time to blog.

So after getting my Day One recap finished and posted, I had plenty of time to laze about our hotel room and get dressed in my cosplay for the day before my first event. That happened to be the second of my two panels. Just as my first one, "Ninth Symphony" (a review of Series Nine) proved to be a fascinating discussion with lots of input from both the panelists and audience members.

From there, I headed straight to the Verity! meetup where they were giving away Verity! tumblers, candy, and ribbons (each Verity had her own color). Someone even brought a cake to share (including the inscription "Because cake should be a business expense"). Everyone, fans and podcasters alike, was lovely, and I was sad to duck out early.

However, because I am still at the stage in my fandom where I like to collect autographs and have the occasional photo, my scheduled demanded that I spend some time in the following hours standing in lines to acquire these goodies. Because it is the way of these things, the photos were running a little late. I ended up missing a panel I'd wanted to see, but the need to roll with scheduling changes is part of con life.

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