Locked in the vault, Missy sends the Doctor out to run some errands and pick up some things for her. Even after all the thousands of years he's lived and everything he's done, navigating the makeup store proves too much for the Doctor. Bill's help is enlisted.
The Twelfth Doctor’s title sequence has been pretty consistent during his time, or has it?
The opening titles are almost as important as the Doctor when it comes to defining an era of the series. Though Doctors have shared them or had multiple versions during their run, each has that definitive sequence. The one you associate most with that incarnation. When it comes to Tom Baker, you immediately think of this rather than this. Think of the Matt Smith era and this springs to mind more often than this.
Which brings us to the outgoing Doctor Twelve. At first glance, you might think that Capaldi’s the title sequence has been pretty consistent since its series eight introduction. A few changes in order and lettering but otherwise identical. In actual fact, it’s undergone a surprising number of variations throughout the Capaldi era.
You might already know that this title sequence was actually based on a concept by Leeds-based designer Billy Hanshaw. Steven Moffat caught his work on YouTube and invited Hanshaw to help the BBC develop the Twelfth Doctor’s now-iconic opening.
This title sequence remained unchanged until the final episode of series eight, ‘Death in Heaven’. As a ploy to convince the Cybermen not to delete her, current companion Clara claimed that she was the Doctor in disguise. The titles, which followed the scene, were changed accordingly. Clara’s actor, Jenna Coleman, was credited above Capaldi and her eyes were used in place of Twelve’s attack eyebrows.
The next story was 2014’s Christmas special, ‘Last Christmas’. Appropriately, the titles were changed once again to include Nick Frost’s name – guest starring as Father Christmas – and a snow-capped TARDIS.
Series nine reverted back to the normal intro at first. The biggest exception is in the fourth episode ‘Before the Flood’. Giving a walky-talky fourth-wall-breaky preamble direct to the audience, the Doctor strums a few notes of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 on his electric guitar. The last note carries into the opening titles with the usual theme song arrangement replaced by a rock cover. It seems that Capaldi’s own musical talents were employed on this version.
Episode nine of the ninth series, ‘Sleep No More’, made a dramatic shift away from the usual title sequence. To fit with the “found footage” format that writer Mark Gatiss was going for, the title sequence is eschewed altogether. Instead, a brief title card is shown in amongst all the video static, with the words “Doctor” and “Who” highlighted:
After Clara’s apparent demise in ‘Face the Raven‘, we had a one-hander episode featuring the Twelfth Doctor flying solo. Even though Coleman would make an appearance in a vision and be credited at the end, the opening titles omitted her name. Instead, Capaldi’s name lingers and eventually zooms off before Attack Eyebrows activate. Coleman’s name would be restored to the titles for her final episode, ‘Hell Bent‘, where Clara would depart.
The Husbands of River Song
With Clara gone, River Song filled in as companion for the 2015 Christmas special. After 14 episodes, Alex Kingston finally got her name in the opening credits! ‘The Husbands of River Song’ added the same snowscape as ‘Last Christmas’ did last christmas. But they also threw in some baubles for good measure.
And so, after a long break, the tenth series premiered. The new title sequence for the series underwent some minor tweaks. Of course, since Pearl Mackie was joining the cast as Bill, Jenna Coleman’s name was replaced with hers. Matt Lucas, who had first appeared in ‘The Husbands of River Song’ as Nardole, became a series regular so his name was added too. The Attack Eyebrows were also moved so that they came in after the Doctor Who logo. Also the episode title was made bigger and bolder.
And thus it has remained all through the series. There are two more episodes of the Capaldi era yet to air which may throw another variation our way. But we’re pretty confident this will be a near-definitive list of his intros. So…yeah…
Oh we can’t end on such an anti-climax. Aha! I know…
BONUS: Lego Dimensions
The 2015 video game ‘Lego Dimensions’ featured a plethora of licensed characters and the Doctor was no exception. As the incumbent incarnation, Capaldi reprised his role to voice his minifigure counterpart. For the ‘Doctor Who’ level, the team at Traveller’s Tales – who developed the game – constructed a Lego-themed rendition of the opening titles. Complete with a minifig version of each Doctor getting up to scrapes.
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I am eying this one for Root/Shaw: London, 1839 Ex-cavalry officer Captain Grahame Westmore is restless for change, but escorting a diplomat’s spoiled daughter to Vienna isn’t what he had in mind—though for once he hasn’t been hired for his skills in pleasuring women! Independent, fiery and strong-willed, Elowyn Bagshaw is not the simpering lady he expected. Used to getting her own way and giving the orders, Elowyn will not be controlled so easily. Grahame soon realizes that he’s got a fight on his hands—and it’s one they’re both going to enjoy! Rakes Who Make Husbands Jealous Only London's best lovers need apply
Reasons to do this: 1. Shaw pretending to be a man 2. Shaw escorting a duplicitous Root pretending to be a diplomat's daughter 3. Shaw in cavalry uniform 4. Shaw in cavalry uniform on a horse 5. Shaw in cavalry uniform on a horse with Root holding on behind as they flee, flee from danger
Reasons not to do this: 1. All the other unfinished fics I have 2. I don't know anything about history ever *sighs*
Nearly home time for me, then it's nose to the grindstone in fic town.
I've really enjoyed co-modding this fest for the past few years. All of you have been really great, and have made it the best modding experience.
However, it's pretty time-consuming, and I've taken on some other responsibilities since last year, so I'm just not going to be able to do femslashex justice this time around. It's been a rough decision, but I'm going to step away from the fest permanently.
Fortunately samuraiter is happy to stay on, but in the assistant capacity as he's taken before, not taking over the lead.
Therefore, we're looking for one or two people to take over primary mod duties on this fest, starting this year's round (planned for early August through mid-October.)
Work would include setting up schedules, answering questions about the rules, making the main posts, doing about half of the tag set modding, monitoring sign ups, running matching, answering more questions, checking posts as the come in (usually split with Samu), and setting up all the pinch hits. There's usually a fair bit of time sunk into set up and tag sets, and then a mild amount of stress and a good deal of time around the due date and reveals.
Experience dealing with fest run on AO3 would be a plus, especially given the troublesome nature of the tag set.
If you're interested, drop a comment here including your mod experience, and if you'd prefer to work with another co-mod, or just run it between you and Samuraiter. Comments are screened. Anon commenting is on.
Another day, and I am beginning to suspect that the hamster is on vacation. What have you been doing?
— Thinking. Maybe a little, maybe a lot. — Writing. — Planning and / or researching. — Editing. — Sending things to the beta. — Posting! — Relaxing, taking a break, etc. — Other stuff-ing. Look at the comment.
Meta question: Of the options above, which is your least favorite one to have to pick on any given day?
FANDOM: Pokémon (anime) FIC LINK: AUTHOR LINK:DeLiz RATING/WARNING(S): G WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 3,000 MAIN CHARACTERS: Pikachu, Meowth, Ash
FIC SUMMARY: Meowth and Pikachu got locked in a cupboard. Pikachu is unimpressed by this, but he's currently unimpressed by a lot of things, so that's normal. Meowth, being the wonderful friendly nemesis he is, decides this is a fact worth exploring.
You know, just for kicks.
RECCER'S NOTES: After a few hiccups, my laptop decided to keep on living after all. Hurray! (This was the monthly reminder to BACK UP YOUR SHIT, kids, brought you by CloseShaveINC.) Let's see if I can't catch up.
A cat, a cupboard, a very angry electric mouse. Meowth works well as the narrator; while essentially a decent person, he's also enough of an arsehole to thoroughly enjoy Pikachu's frustration. (And Meowth's narration means we don't need to hear Pikachu's words, because that would be... weird.)
A Time Lady of nearly five years was probably on a par with your average human grad student, and a quicker learner. She just had to remember now and again to do some stuff with crayons and gluing bits of paper or… whatever it was children did. She had a hard time remembering. After all, she did want Athena to be able to relate and make friends. She’d probably never properly met another person her age before. That would have to be remedied.
Because there’d always been one side to her sister that was coolly analytical, quietly observing as the wheels turned in her head, but it was usually under several layers of spirited sarcasm. And it was becoming a bit unsettling to see that dispassionate quality so much on display in a five-year-old child.
Candy Jar Books has announce its latest volume of The HAVOC Files, collecting short stories from early 2017 (in print for the first time) and brand new exclusive material.
This volume contains three short stories previously available in digital format and released early 2017, plus five brand new stories, including the final episode of the three-part novella, The Lost Skin by Andy Frankham-Allen (episodes one and two of which were published in The HAVOC Files 2 and 3).
The Contented Mind by Wink Taylor
The Runaway Bomb by Nick Walters (previous digital release)
United in Blood by Mark Jones (previous digital release)
The Cruel Oil by Harry Draper
All the King’s Men by Alyson Leeds
The Great Magician and the Spirits of the Vasty Deep by Gareth Madgwick
The Slow Invasion by Andrew Allen
The Two Brigadiers by Jonathan Macho (previous digital release)
The Lost Skin: Episode Three by Andy Frankham-Allen
Range Editor Andy Frankham-Allen says:
This is probably our most exciting volume yet, because it features five stories that are a direct result of our recent open submission period. We had such an amazing response and received so many varied ideas, most of which made it as far as the one-page outline stage. Many of those led to a commission, and HAVOC 4 presents the first five of those commissions, all by authors new to the range and, some, completely new to profesionally published fiction.
Among the authors new to range are Andrew Allen, who is a Brighton-based writer, actor, director and workshop leader, as well as the co-founder and Artistic Director of Cast Iron Theatre. This collection also introduces to the range, Wink Taylor, who was a writer/actor for both Sooty and Basil Brush, as well as creator of the popular childrens’ character Theo the Mouse. He is also well-known for his voice impersonations of various Doctor Who characters, notably the Third Doctor and Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.
The cover has been designed by Richard Young:
Shaun (Russell, Head of Publishing) had promised me The HAVOC Files cover since book two came out, so I was over the moon when he said that I was doing book four. I've always had the idea of using the Brig and a filing cabinet, but my initial ideas just weren’t working for me. I then came up with another idea, but it was felt that this new idea was too similar to another cover I had done. Shaun and I then bounced several other concepts back and forth, trying to make the ‘4’ the main element, and after some very minor adjustments just to tighten things up, we had something we both liked.
Like the previous volumes, The HAVOC Files 4 is only available direct from the Candy Jar Store, and is a strictly limited-print run.
HAVOC 1, 2 and 3 are also all available for digital download on Kindle.
Candy Jar is also pleased to announce that the upcoming Lethbridge-Stewart Quiz Book will contain an exclusive story written by Tim Gambrell: "Lethbridge-Stewart is called back to Bledoe to help an old friend he barely remembers, and memories of quiz night with the Bledoe Cadets soon surface..."
Let’s recap. Bill has been converted into a Cyberman. The Master has returned and been reunited with his latest incarnation. Peter Capaldi’s penultimate episode is an epic with an extended 1-hour running time. Two Masters. Cybermen. As series finales go this has all the ingredients for spectacle and it sure delivers.
It is difficult to know where to start with this one. Even trickier is discussing this dramatic final episode without revealing any crucial information regarding it. What can be said with absolute confidence and sincerity, however, is that Peter Capaldi is phenomenal. There are several moments during the episode where viewers will beg their television sets for him not to leave. In certain scenes, Peter Capaldi is nothing short of breathtaking. The Doctor finally reveals his motivation after all these years which only makes you cheer for him louder. As the era of the Twelfth Doctor draws to a close it is only fitting that Capaldi bows out on such a high.
Unsurprisingly John Simm and Michelle Gomez make for an utterly fabulous team. They devour their dialogue with the perfect combination of glee and deranged mania. Finally, viewers get the multi-Master story they deserve as this pairing proves to be the ideal combination. Their narcissistic relationship dynamic is a fantastic watch. Simm slots effortlessly back into the role even raising his game to meet the standards set in recent years by Michelle Gomez’s wicked Mary Poppins persona. After a series droning on about the Vault, Nardole also finally comes into his own as a crucial and valuable asset in the battle against the Cybermen.
In amongst all the chaos, it is the characters in the situation that drive the story forward. All of the players have their individual moments to shine proving to be a harrowing experience for all involved. Not least, the viewer. As with last week’s ‘World Enough and Time,’ there are twists and turns aplenty, in a thrilling climax worthy of the finale to Series 10.
Plus you will never believe who turns up!
In addition to the Mondasian Cybermen from last week, the episode also features Pete’s World Cybermen, first seen in 2006, and Nightmare Cybermen, first seen in 2013.
Samantha Spiro, cast in the role of Hazran, will also be familiar to fans of Game of Thrones. Her character Melessa Tarly appeared in the Season 6 episode ‘Blood of my Blood’. Spiro has also played Barbara Windsor twice, most recently in the BBC’s docu-drama ‘Babs’.
Alit is played by child actress Briana Shann who recently appeared in the powerful Ken Loach movie ‘I, Daniel Blake’.
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