Hell Bent

Dec. 8th, 2015 07:35 pm
crystalcazzie: (DW River hair)
Right, well, thoughts on that finale...

Doctor Who )
crystalcazzie: (DW Eleven/River)
I'm reading all these tweets about Alex Kingston at the Chicago Tardis con and I love it so much! The thought of Matt cornering her at HER WEDDING to tell her how jealous he is that she's doing Doctor Who with a different Doctor is everything to me.

Cos really, although I am getting more and more excited about the Christmas special, Eleven will always be River's Doctor and you will never convince me otherwise.
crystalcazzie: (DW River hair)
Not long now until Heaven Sent. I'm a bit wary about this episode because while I've definitely warmed up to Twelve, I'm not sure how I feel about an episode with just him. It's not even Twelve without a companion but with other characters, it's almost entirely him on his own. But apparently it's really good, so I shall wait and see.

Before that though, some more topics from the November meme:

22. You can add any new button to facebook (e.g. a dislike button, a stfu-about-your-kids button, etc...) -- what is it?

I remember talking with someone about Facebook once and we decided that "I don't care about your children" pretty much sums up our experiences with the site, so the stfu-about-your-kids button sounds pretty good to me. (I mean, I understand that as a parent you feel your child is wonderful and everything they do is worthy of documentation, but the rest of us really don't need to know every time they eat dinner or spend time with granddad or whatever else you want to share with us today.)

23. What's one goal you have for 2016?

Learn to drive. I really have to get over my fear and do it.
crystalcazzie: (Made of Awesome)
Today was a wonderfully healthy and productive day in which I ate popcorn, watched The Dark Knight Rises, and made snickerdoodles.

I've heard characters in American shows mention snickerdoodles all the time but I had no idea what they actually were (beyond being some sort of cookie, obviously) and for some reason I'd always assumed they had nuts or something and I wouldn't like them. Turns out they're delicious and I definitely foresee myself making them again in the future!

And now it's time to catch up a bit more on the November meme:

16. What would you consider your spirit animal?

A manatee.

17. What's one good thing that happened to you today (or this week)?

New pictures of River Song in the Doctor Who Christmas special. And the resulting outpouring of love and excitement on Tumblr. Takes me back to the glory days of the Eleventh era when we all got excited over new episodes and flailed together. I miss those days.

18. What's one complaint you have today?

I don't know, today's been a pretty good day. I suppose I could say the Amazon Video app on the PS4 not working for some reason, but I quite enjoyed the sense of accomplishment I got from finding a way around the problem (by unplugging my Fire box from upstairs and bringing it down) so I can't really complain.

Yay TV

Nov. 24th, 2015 07:40 pm
crystalcazzie: (DW River hair)
I'm sorry, I just have to flail over TV for a bit here:

Castle )

Doctor Who )
crystalcazzie: (DW River hair)
Thoughts on Face the Raven

Doctor Who Spoilers )
crystalcazzie: (Laura Roslin)
Face the Raven is on tonight and I'm not sure I'm ready for what's going to happen to Clara. Not that I have any idea what it is, mind. My current theory is that she'll be turned into a sort of non-evil bad guy (I wish I had a better way of explaining that) and the finale will be about the Doctor having to defeat/save her. But who knows. I haven't read any spoilers so this is a complete guess that may be way off the mark. (I did, however, have a dream that Matt Smith returned and Eleven and Twelve teamed up to save Clara together. So, you know, that would be cool.)

And I still don't have an idea for what will happen to her in the end, other than becoming Missy's companion which I really don't believe is actually going to happen, because I highly doubt they'll go ahead and kill her. And we know there's no way she'd be content with leaving the Doctor to settle down into a normal life. Maybe whatever happens to her changes her so much she can't go back to being human and so she has to go off and fulfil her destiny as Queen of the Universe or something. Or Queen of the Underworld. Maybe the Nethersphere wasn't as destroyed as we thought...?

Anyway, moving on to other TV shows, I decided to have a go at my favourite BSG episodes after all. It's so difficult though cos it's a show where the main storylines run over multiple episodes rather than each one being a distinct and discrete entity. And I binge-watched almost all of it so it all runs together in my mind. But here we go...

Battlestar Galactica:

1. The Oath
2. Blood on the Scales
3. Unfinished Business
4. Sine Qua Non
5. The Hub
6. Home parts 1 & 2
7. 33
8. Resurrection Ship parts 1 & 2

Perhaps you're right, [livejournal.com profile] rachg82, and this means it's time for me to do a rewatch. I think it's been long enough now that my heart can take being broken all over again! And with shows like this it is always interesting to go back to the beginning, seeing things from a new perspective with the knowledge of what's to come and who people really are. (Despite starting the show late, I did a very good job not being spoiled. I had no idea who the final five Cylons were, for example, or any of the relationships that were going to happen other than Roslin/Adama.)
crystalcazzie: (DW Eleven/River)
Apparently there's a favourite episodes meme going around LJ, so I thought I'd give it a go. And in doing so have discovered how bad I am at choosing favourite episodes.

I wanted to do BSG, but I just can't seem to think of it in terms of individual episodes. Other than The Oath and Blood on the Scales, which would definitely be on the list if I'd done one.

Doctor Who was quite easy. I have definite episodes of this show that I absolutely love and will rewatch again and again. Also, two-parters totally count as one episode for the purposes of this list.

Doctor Who:

1. A Good Man Goes to War
2. Let's Kill Hitler
3. The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang
4. The Wedding of River Song
5. Vincent and the Doctor
6. The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone
7. The Doctor's Wife
8. The Angels Take Manhattan

Any Doctor Who fans reading this will probably have noticed a slight bias in my choices, lol!

I'm also going to do Buffy and Castle, although with these I know that I may suddenly go 'Oh, wait, what about x?! How could I have left that out?!' cos I'm just going with what I can think of at this moment:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer:

1. Hush
2. Once More with Feeling
3. Tabula Rasa
4. New Moon Rising
5. Halloween
6. Amends
7. Gingerbread
8. What's My Line parts 1 & 2

Castle:

1. Probable Cause
2. Target/Hunt
3. Cops and Robbers
4. Cuffed
5. After Hours
6. Tick Tick Tick/Boom
7. Vertias
8. The Time of Our Lives
crystalcazzie: (DW Amy/Rory)
On Saturday morning I was up before 7am to get a train then a tube then the Emirates Air Line cable car to go to the ExCel in London for the second day of the Doctor Who Festival. I was in my cosplay, with added fez, and I'm so glad that I didn't chicken out and just wear my normal clothes because it really was so much fun.

Here I am at the welcome sign in all my Eleventh Doctor glory:



(That photo was actually taken at the end of the day, but shhh. Let's pretend it was the beginning!)

Inside the Festival Hall there was a giant Lego Tardis. Two things I love brought together!:



I took quite a few photos of the talks, but they didn't all come out very well cos I was a bit far back. I've put a few of them up on Tumblr. The ones from the Meet the Cast talk are here and then I have a separate post with pictures of Mark Gatiss with Mr Sweet because I loved how adorable it looked. Far cuter than any poisonous, blood sucking leech has any right to be! Those pictures are here.

The props and prosthetics were really interesting and I bought quite a lot of things including a little plush Eleven that talks when you squeeze him, a Sonic Screwdriver bottle opener, badges, a Tardis necklace, wristbands, a lanyard, a mini Eleven vinyl keyring, a random Titan figure (I got regenerated Nine), a Tardis tote bag, a Festival tote bag, a Festival handbook, a Festival t-shirt, and a Sherlock mug that I'm planning to give to Rob at Christmas cos I know he likes Sherlock.

Overall I didn't spend too much money, and, like I said before, I once again resisted the lure of the purple coat. Despite how pretty it is:



Really brings the whole cosplay together, don't you think? (I wish I had a better picture of me wearing it though.)

Once the convention was over we headed back on the Emirates Air Line, which gave us beautiful views of East London at night. It was pretty windy too, so we swayed quite a bit along the way! We then had cocktails and dinner in the O2 where my clothes probably looked quite a bit weirder than they had in a convention centre full of other cosplayers!

Overall it was an excellent day and I'm hoping that I've converted Paul to the joys of cons so we can go to more together in the future. I'd definitely like to cosplay again. =D

Home Again

Nov. 15th, 2015 07:15 pm
crystalcazzie: (DW River hair)
I have made it home! Despite South West Trains's best efforts to thwart me with overrunning engineering works and replacement bus services!

I won't be making a post about the Festival tonight because, as is the story of my life lately, I am very tired. But I have next week off work (yay!) so I shall hopefully do a write-up tomorrow. Also unpack and try to find places for all the new things I bought while I was there. But you'll be glad to hear that I once again resisted spending too much money on the official purple coat, even though it is so pretty and I want it.

DWFestUK

Nov. 14th, 2015 11:37 pm
crystalcazzie: (DW River hair)
The Doctor Who festival was excellent. I shall make a proper post about it tomorrow or Monday when I'm home again.

Off I Go

Nov. 13th, 2015 02:51 pm
crystalcazzie: (DW Eleven/River)
This is another flying post as I am about to head off to London to spend the afternoon/evening with Paul before we go to the Doctor Who Festival tomorrow. I have my cosplay packed and ready to go. I also bought a fez to go with it so it'll be even more clear who I'm supposed to be!
crystalcazzie: (DW Eleven/River)
I have to say, based on the adverts and all the build-up, I expected Downton Abbey to have been a bit more wrapped up last night than it turned out to be. I suppose Mary getting married was something, even if it did happen ridiculously quickly, but all their declarations of love fell a bit flat cos Henry's left no impression on me whatsoever and it felt like their wedding came out of nowhere. I know their romance has supposedly been building all season, but it hasn't felt like it. (In fact this is the first time all year I've actually remembered his name, which says a lot about how invested I've been in this storyline!)

At least they finally acknowledged that Mary might have some issues being married to a man who races cars when her first husband died in a car crash. Of course this only merited a short scene and then it was all forgotten again, but still. That's probably the best you can hope for with Downton now.

And I still think Bertie's going to go back to Edith. That's going to happen in the Christmas special. It has to.

Anyway, onto the November meme. Topic 5 is Favourite Romantic Pairing:

Now, I know I've been saying that pretty much every single topic so far is a tricky one, but this is definitely the hardest yet. Shipping is such a huge part of my fandom life and, as with TV shows, I usually go through stages of being super obsessed with a ship for a while before finding a new one and becoming super obsessed with that, but just because my super-obsession has moved on doesn't mean that I don't still love the old pairings or ship them any less. So rather than trying to pick one, I'm going to go with a top ten eleven in no particular order:

1. Eleven/River (Doctor Who)
2. Roslin/Adama (BSG)
3. Sydney/Vaughn (Alias)
4. Willow/Tara (Buffy)
5. Michael/Sara (Prison Break)
6. Chuck/Sarah (Chuck)
7. Xena/Gabrielle (Xena)
8. Castle/Beckett (Castle)
9. Max/Logan (Dark Angel)
10. Mulder/Scully (The X Files)
11. Brennan/Booth (Bones)

Even this was difficult and I keep thinking of other pairings that I could have put on the list. I may have a bit of a shipping problem...
crystalcazzie: (DW Eleven/River)
So, day 4 of the November meme is Favourite Show. This is such a tricky one cos I love TV and go through stages of being super obsessed with various shows, so my answer to this can change so much depending on when you ask me. In times gone by I might have said Alias or Prison Break or Voyager. A couple of years ago I'd have said Doctor Who without a doubt. I've started to drift away from it now, cos I don't love Twelve as much as I did Eleven, but I'd still say it's a strong contender. And it gives me a good segue into this:

My costume for the Doctor Who Festival next weekend. I'm a bit worried that I look more like a waiter than the Doctor...



If only I'd bought the official replica of his coat when I was at the 50th anniversary convention a couple of years ago. If it hadn't been ridiculously expensive I totally would have done, but alas. Still, I'm hoping that the sonic screwdriver (and the fact that it's a Doctor Who convention) will make it clear to people that I am, in fact, the Eleventh Doctor and not there to take drink orders.
crystalcazzie: (DW Eleven/River)
I just spent more money than I probably should have on a Kipling bag because I thought it was the right shade of blue to look like the Tardis. I'm going to the Doctor Who Festival in a couple of weeks and I wanted a Tardis-looking bag to take with me cos I'm planning to cosplay as the Eleventh Doctor and didn't want my bag to look too out of place and ruin the effect.

I do wonder if I'm being an idiot for even thinking about cosplaying though. It's a very extroverted thing to do and by its very nature invites attention, which I do not do well with. And I know some people put together amazing outfits, hand-making elements to exact specifications, whereas I've just bought a bowtie and a waistcoat off eBay and am hoping that they look close enough to what Eleven wears that it'll work.

Of course there's still the (very high) possibility that I'll chicken out and just wear my normal clothes anyway. I hope I don't though. I feel like this would be a good step forward for me, confidence-wise, and what better place to do it? It's not like I'll be out of place, there's going to be loads of cosplayers there, and my rubbish outfit will probably work in my favour cos it's not going to attract as much attention as if I had a really good one...
crystalcazzie: (DW River hair)
It's November and that means I get to decide if I want to attempt NaNo again this year. I'm thinking probably not since I have enough trouble writing journal entries, let alone an entire 50,000 word story. But maybe I should have a go at writing something. Maybe my difficulty writing is because I'm out of practice and I should force myself to do it more. But I don't like the idea of writing something bad, even though I know I'm the only one who'll ever read it.

I could also attempt NaBloPoMo again. That's a bit easier since I don't have to write that much, just something every day. Of course in that case I'd have to remember to visit LJ on a regular basis, which could be an issue.

Hmm, I'll see how I feel. But for now, have some rambling about TV shows:

Bones, Castle, Doctor Who, Prison Break )
crystalcazzie: (DW River hair)
I woke up during the night right around the time of the super blood moon so I tried to have a look at it. I had to awkwardly twist out my window and still all I could see was the moon looking a bit duller than usual and, if anything, smaller than it normally is. I didn't bother to try and get a photo of it but I am glad I saw it for myself.

I didn't do a very good job of falling back asleep afterwards so I'm feeling rather tired now. So I shall take this opportunity to ramble aimlessly about TV:

Doctor Who )

Once Upon a Time )

Castle )

I'm also slowly catching up with The Walking Dead after a few weeks away from it. I might need to pick up the pace a little but I'm hoping to be all caught up when the new series begins next month.

Wine & Gin

Sep. 22nd, 2015 07:09 pm
crystalcazzie: (Minerva Drunk)
I should probably have made this entry a week ago but, as we've already established, I am absolutely rubbish at updating Livejournal in a timely fashion, so here we go.

I finished by birthday week on a high. I went up to London to meet up with Paul and we went to Vinopolis for a wine tasting. We did the self-guided tour, which meant we had credits loaded onto cards that we used in the funky machines to select our samples. So that was fun and we were able to try a lot of samples! =D We ended the visit in their bar where I had a By the River cocktail (a drink that I may or may not have chosen based entirely on my love of River Song...) while Paul decided he simply had to try some absinthe. Judging by the staff's reaction I'm guessing they don't sell much of that particular spirit! And judging by Paul's reaction he won't be ordering it again! Although I do think that that probably wasn't the best setting to try a drink like that and maybe he'd have liked it better in the right circumstances.

The next day we went to the Beefeater Gin Distillery where I discovered a gin & tonic that I didn't hate. Normally I can't stand the taste of tonic but this one was pretty nice. It had a bit of a grapefruit flavour, which I liked.

Later that day we went to the City of London Distillery, where we did not go on a tour but we did spend a lovely hour or so sitting in armchairs while drinking gin cocktails. Paul's experience with absinthe the day before had led to a discussion about bucket lists and we continued the conversation that evening, coming up with ideas for our lists and things that would be on them which we've already done. I may have to write out a proper list at some point.

The next day saw less drinking as we decided to try our hand at baking. We made a chocolate bread pudding, which turned out pretty well, and watched Doctor Who. Paul is now up to the Eleventh era, which pleases me cos Matt Smith is the best and I'm very much looking forward to being able to flail over and discuss his episodes! (Of course if it turns out that Paul doesn't like Matt's Doctor then I'm afraid our friendship won't survive.)

And speaking of Doctor Who, how good was The Magician's Apprentice? I loved it! Mainly because I love Missy and want her to stay forever. But this does give me hope that I'll actually like this series, unlike the last one which I didn't really care for. I'm still not completely sold on Peter Capaldi, but this was a much better first episode than Deep Breath.

32

Sep. 7th, 2015 09:43 pm
crystalcazzie: (DW River hair)
It's my birthday and I'm old! And possibly the slightest bit tipsy. We had champagne out on the patio earlier, and I'm currently drinking red wine cos we've just had dinner and yeah... slightly tipsy.

We went to Alresford today, which wasn't as interesting as I'd hoped it would be. But more interesting is the fact that this was the first year in a long time that I wasn't aware of the exact moment I turned a year older. Usually I'm watching the clock and am ready to mark the minute it happens, but today I just suddenly looked at the time and realised it had passed and I was officially 32. I wonder if that means anything.

I got a lot of lovely presents, including Doctor Who Cluedo and University of Kent Monopoly (I didn't even realise that latter one was a thing that existed until I opened it!) Mum has so far beaten me twice at DW Cluedo, which I find rather unacceptable on my birthday, but I am currently winning our game of University of Kent Monopoly. I am rather put out that she owns Keynes College though. That was MY college. I'm a Keynes alumna. I should own it, dammit!

I'm feeling quite sleepy and drunk and should probably go to bed soon. I might watch a River/Doctor episode of Doctor Who first though, to end the day on a high note.
crystalcazzie: (DW Eleven/River)
A week ago today I started off my London adventure by going to the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular! It was amazing and I love Murray Gold's music so much. I do wish there had been more of a focus on the music of the Eleventh Doctor's era, but that's just my personal preference. I would have loved to have heard Together or Not at All - The Song of Amy and Rory (even though it would totally have made me cry right there in the arena) and The Wedding of River Song. I'd also hoped they would play the full version of I Am the Doctor, which is one of my favourite pieces ever, but I had to make do with it being part of The Pandorica Suite. Not that I'm complaining, because it is used so perfectly there and is one of the most epic things I've ever seen/heard!

I knew of two people I'd met before that were planning to go and hoped to meet up with them for a drink or something beforehand, but it didn't really work out. One of them was ill and had to cancel. The other one I did manage to see for a couple of minutes before she hurried off. I fear I was a bit awkward and didn't do a very good job talking to her, which upset me a bit. I thought I was doing better with things like that but it was like my brain froze and everything inside me tied up. I made sure to text her during the interval to ask what she thought of it so far, cos I didn't want our last interaction to have been so awkward! And I think it was ok, she texted back and we had a conversation about stealing one of the Daleks that went right past me, and afterwards she mentioned a video she'd taken where a Cyberman looked right at her! She put it online and it is indeed very cool!

I had a really good seat too. Right at the front of C-block, so there was a walkway right in front of me which meant I had a really good view when the monsters came out and into the audience. The Dalek going right past me was brilliant. And I got terrorised by a dream crab walking right towards me! Sadly the Cyberman bypassed the bit I was in, which was a shame. But at least there was no danger of being upgraded!

I took a load of photos and some of them came out really well. I put them on Tumblr, but I'll share them here too:

All the Strange, Strange Creatures )

Peter Davison was a wonderful host; very funny and charming. I loved all his references to being replaced by Colin Baker, and David Tennant being his son-in-law, and the fact that the venue had had to be evacuated a couple of days before because they found an unexploded WWII bomb nearby. I was especially fond of one of his comments near the end where he said "This evening has been a blast. And I mean that in the sense of it having been a very good night and not in the sense of an unexploded World War II bomb."

So overall, it was a brilliant evening. Topped off by a drink at the Udderbelly on the Southbank where Paul and I proved that we were hip and down with the kids by taking a selfie of ourselves with our drinks and posting it on Twitter.



So cool.

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