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I seem to always have more Big Finish audios to listen to than I have time to listen. I tend to listen to them on the way to work and since my journey is 20 minutes long it takes three or four days to get through one CD.

They've just done three CDs that are two one hour stories, rather one two hour story. Which, annoyingly, they're not planning to do often because people prefer the longer stories. I prefer the shorter because I can get one story listened to in one week. And I don't have to remember back so far as to what's happening. And it just zips along faster. I liked these.

The one I've just finished is Shadow Planet/World Apart, which is a Seven, Ace and Hex. As part of me going through my stuff and working out what to get rid of, I looked at my Big Finish CDs and thought, given that I've always got some to listen to, and a backlog of podcasts (which I listen to while cooking), am I ever going to listen to these again? I haven't answered that question, but listening to the latest audio made me realise how much I missed the Seven, Ace and Hex stuff and I want to re-listen to it.

And then there was the latest Short Trip, How to Win Planets and Influence People. I'd been looking forward to it for ages because it's Four, Sarah and Harry (finally!). And I'm sure it was originally due to come out much sooner. And then I was disappointed because Sarah and Harry barely feature in it, although they are important in the scenes they're in. But, despite that disappointment, I really enjoyed it. Rufus Hound was better than I expected as the Monk, mainly because I liked Graeme Garden better (mainly because it's Graeme Garden). The way it was done was good and I liked the story.

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This is the post that I haven't had time to write, but have been reminded about by The Librarians and reading a whole lot of Stargate Atlantis fic for SGA Secret Santa.

Names are important. What names people use to call each other, more so. This was interesting when I was in LOTR fandom and read and wrote Aragorn, aka man of many names. For the first two years of his life he is Aragorn. For the next eighteen he is Estel. After that it all gets a lot more complicated.

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paranoidangel: Sarah Jane Smith, Sarah Walker, Sarah Jackson (Sarahs)

Thanks to one of Network's sales, I have a whole lot of late 80s half hour episodes of The Bill on DVD. And I realised that one of them has Lis Sladen in it. In one scene. But I took screencaps aka photos of the telly. The quality isn't brilliant because it's from 1989 and goes a bit fuzzy when I pause it.

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paranoidangel: Sarah Jane Smith, Sarah Walker, Sarah Jackson (Sarahs)

I woke up at 6am yesterday (so annoying, on a Saturday) and something made me think of Sarah Jane of the Chalet School. So I re-read it in bed and then made my way through the other Doctor Who/Chalet School crossover I'd written, and the one [info]hhertzof wrote. I thought it would be useful for getting me in the mood to go back to Lynda Day at the Chalet School. Which it sort of was, but then I liked the relationship between Sarah and Harry that I wrote in SJ of the CS so much that I've spent quite a bit of the weekend re-reading old Sarah & Harry fics.

Those were the days! It seemed like there was loads of it being written and it was great. Even going back and re-reading the stuff I'd written wasn't bad. There are things I'd change, if I was writing them now, but nothing massive. Which either means I wasn't too terrible when I wrote them or I haven't improved since. I don't really care which - I like them and mine's the opinion that's most important, after all.

I was moved to start a Sarah & SJA team up with Kate and UNIT fic. Although I have no idea of the plot, UNIT turn up at Sarah's house. Which then meant I had to go and watch Death of the Doctor, where UNIT turn up at Sarah's house at the start. And since I've been listening to some Jo Big Finish audios, Jo being in it was a bonus and not an excuse to watch it at all.

One day I'll finish a fic I started for a prompt-based ficathon. I currently have 7000 words of part 1, where the Fourth Doctor, Sarah and Harry turn up at UNIT while Martha is working there. And because a lot of fic seems to involve Harry having a crush/being in love with Sarah, this one has Sarah having a crush on Harry. (In Death of the Doctor she says she loved Harry, but I don't think she meant it in that way)

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I thought I was doing well last weekend, sleeping for about nine hours, and then last night I slept for eleven hours. I didn't know I was that tired. I did have bad dreams about work, which involved the computers having been changed to TVs mounted on the walls and it was very hard to work when you had to keep looking so far up and use a remote control, rather than a keyboard. I am not looking forward to going back to work on Monday.

Since my holiday has involved quite a bit of driving I've got through one and a half Evelyn Big Finish audios and now I remember how great she was. In her first one, The Marion Conspiracy, she basically spends her time pushing the Doctor around, decides what she's going to do and doesn't listen to him and pretty much takes the idea of time travel in her stride.

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[info]hhertzof were talking about this and then I realised it would make a good blog post.

I'm very behind on listening to all the Big Finish audios I buy, so I only just got to the January main range release this week. It's one with the Sixth Doctor (who I love in the audios) and Flip (who I don't really care about one way or another). There's a point where the Doctor recognises someone based on their name - and I have no idea if they were ever mentioned in an audio or the TV series or something they're saying has happened but was never shown.

[info]hhertzof is coming up to the last Seventh Doctor and Ace audio and I remember being confused on that one. I remembered vague things about the one before that several months(?) beforehand, but it turned out that I didn't remember something important that would have helped me understand it.

It gets worse with Elizabeth Klein, who I had to look up to have the faintest idea what they were going on about. And early Bernice Summerfield audios referred to events in the books that were published at the same time (and are now out of print).

I could really do with a primer because I just can't remember things that happened a year (or more) previously - especially if it was in something I haven't listened to. And also because audios aren't something you concentrate on - you listen while doing something else (in my case it's mostly driving to work - so I forget about looking things up as soon as I get to work).

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Yesterday I went to the BFI to their screening of An Unearthly Child. They said the bits with the guests will be on BFI Live (presumably part of their website), but didn't say when. So if you don't want to know what they said look away now...

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The upside of not sharing lifts at work is that I've listened to one and a half of the last two Big Finish audios. Half the point of subscribing to their main range was so that I listened to the ones that I wouldn't usually buy (ie the ones without the Seventh Doctor and Ace in). While listening to The Emerald Tiger I realised that I quite like all these characters.

I generally can't get excited about the Fifth Doctor era. None of his companions are any of my favourites and I can't look at Peter Davison back then without thinking that he's Tristan. But on audio it's easier to forget - and he sounds more like Peter Davison these days. I also like the friendship between Nyssa and Tegan and the banter between Tegan and Turlough. And the writers make sure to do something with all four of them, so the TARDIS doesn't feel as crowded as it was with Nyssa, Tegan and Adric.

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My sole post all week has been the latest Big Finish releases, which included the subscriber special The Five Companions. Which was fun - I want to see more of Ian and Steven teaming up now.

Friday was our work Christmas party, which I've only just recovered from. All I did was to sit around and talk (and stand for an hour) but I was tired from it I slept for 11 hours Friday night, still felt tired and slept for 10 hours last night. Now I don't feel tired.

In the work secret santa for the first year in I don't know how many, I didn't get a Doctor Who related thing. I got a rabbit instead. Which is good, because generally you can't go wrong with with rabbits. However, this one has a hole in it that you're clearly meant to put something in, but no one knows what. There was no packaging, so presumably my santa doesn't know either. The most suggested things at the party were mobile, iPod and remote control. I tried putting my phone in it and the hole holds together too well to get anything in there easily. So I am stumped.

There was also food, which I mostly couldn't eat. The chef wouldn't understand that I just wanted to know what was in it, I didn't care about contamination, which she was more interested in telling me. I don't think she wanted me to eat at all. Fortunately, I brought my own - I remember last year well when I got a salad.

I have things booked for January now. I am going to see the Gymnastics at the O2. It feels like we can't get away from that place. I'm also going to see Spamalot. For the third time. But the first and second times were on Broadway and in the West End, this one's in my nearest city.

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Big Finish

Aug. 29th, 2011 08:28 pm
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This weekend I paid all my final bills for my old flat and then gave Big Finish all my money. Well, I bought the Benny box set that's out next month, the Jo companion chronicle and then thought I might as well buy the next Ian companion chronicle, even though it's not out until October.

I also bought a subscription to the main range. I ummed and ahhed over it for ages. I do want to listen to them all, so a download subscription would be fine for that. But I want to keep the Seventh Doctor and Ace stories on CD. Burning those isn't quite the same because you don't get the inserts and prettiness.

So my choices were to get a download subscription and then buy all the Seven & Ace stories on CD, or get a CD subscription and wonder what to do with the rest of the CDs. I ended up doing the latter since it'll work out cheaper in the long run. I made a deal with [info]hhertzof to send her the Fifth Doctor CDs in return for books. Is anyone after any of the Sixth, Eighth or Seventh without Ace ones and wants to do a similar deal?

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I got Frontier in Space from Lovefilm today after [info]dbskyler talked about the commentary I decided I wanted to see it. It comes in a set with Planet of the Daleks, which I don’t like much because it has Daleks in it. Each story has two discs, but Lovefilm only lists one. I just assumed it was because they’re a bit useless (given that they’re a bit useless), but no, it’s because they send you both and count it as one! Very handy.

I’ve only made it through episode 1’s commentary so far, but it’s quite interesting and funny.

Confidential just reminded me that I wanted to say this after the first episode at Easter, but I don’t like to put spoilers in here because hiding them depends on how people are reading and whether they can hold off from clicking on them.

There are spoilers for The Eleventh Hour in here, but not for any series 5 episodes after it.

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Daleks

Jul. 27th, 2009 07:01 pm
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I am behind on listening to the Big Finish Seven & Ace & Hex audios, and I just listened to Enemy of the Daleks today. Now, I have a big problem with Dalek stories. Well, two problems, one of which is exacerbated by audio:

1. Daleks aren’t scary, they’re actually quite sweet
2. They get even less scary the more they talk.

As I was listening this afternoon it suddenly hit me that the Daleks sound an awful lot like Nicholas Briggs doing Daleks voices. Which, yes, I did know before, it was just today that I couldn’t get it out of my head every time the Daleks spoke. So it was hard to remember I was listening to cute little Daleks not exterminating.

Having said that, I quite liked bits of it, so it wasn’t all bad. Mind you, the bits I liked were the bits without Daleks in…

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