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[personal profile] el_staplador requested Meet Me at Midnight for the Fic Commentary Meme.

This was a recent one, written to finish off one of my remaining [community profile] who_allsorts prompts on my Fourth Doctor claim, the prompt being, "I will go alone," which, in conjunction with Four, made me think of the line from Androids of Tara where the Doctor says, "They always want you to go alone when you're walking into a trap, have you noticed that?" So I thought it could be fun to play with that being the Doctor's voice of experience speaking there.

I picked the prompt set out a couple of years ago now, and the vague idea had been lurking for a while, and then suddenly the full idea just struck me, and I wrote it and it was a lot of fun. I do have my original notebook version, but it didn't see a lot of changes, overall.

Each segment was, hopefully (and judging by comments, fairly successfully), a typical scene with each Team TARDIS of Four's era. (Well, barring Four, Romana & Adric, but the E-Space trilogy is still on my to-watch pile.)


Cut for various traps )
lost_spook: (dw - amy)
Author: [personal profile] lost_spook
Title: Meet Me at Midnight
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1973
Notes/Warnings: None, other than for silliness and frivolity.
Summary “They always want you to go alone when you're walking into a trap. Have you noticed that?”

Meet Me at Midnight on AO3 | on the Teaspoon
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My now-regular Thursday feature! (We'll see how long this lasts. ;-p)

1. For some reason I'd been feeling a bit down the last couple of days, but you know what is always at least a little bit cheering at such moments? Multi-era Doctor Who fanvids. I was cheering myself with Marching On by xxdrosexx and then wondering why I didn't have any yet that went up to Twelve, so I went looking, and found this, which is also great:

Cut for embed )

Because Doctor Who is, after all, that great big improbable and ridiculous thing of joy and monsters. :-)


And I'm continuing to enjoy watching (or reading) from the sidelines as the Public Call fics get revealed, so here's two more good ones:

2. A Taste of Home by dbskyler (G, 1784 words. Fourth Doctor, Sarah Jane Smith, Harry Sullivan.) Sarah, the Doctor, and home. Lovely glimpse of some 'missing scenes' from Terror of the Zygons.


3. Side Quest by annariel (G, 6388 words. Harry Sullivan, Fourth Doctor, Sarah Jane Smith.) Harry is collecting equipment for the Doctor when he runs into an adventure of his own. Can he foil the evil Dr. Richards, while at the same time helping the Doctor and Sarah fend off an alien invasion they somehow never quite have the time to explain properly to him? Excellent missing adventure, with Harry getting to prove his worth.


4. The Terrible Doom That Came To Honeysuckle Cottage by Psychomachia (Teen, 2592 words.) There's a saying old says that love is blind
Still we're often told, seek and ye shall find
So I'm going to seek a certain lad I've had in mind.
One of the best and funniest fics to come out of last year's Yuletide: the Cthulhu Mythos meets P.G. Wodehouse's Honeysuckle cottage. (Definitely a don't-need-to-know-canon fic.)


5. By Wise Council You Shall Make Your War by beer_good_foamy (Teen, 722 words. Edmund Blackadder, George Colthurst St. Barleigh, Baldrick, Bob. Crossover with Buffy the Vampire Slayer.) In each generation, a Slayer is born. She alone will stand against the etc etc. In 1917, that was a young woman named... um... Bob? Good thing the Watcher's Council have an auxiliary member already in place in the trenches. What it says, oh yes, oh yes. :-D

Vid recs

8 Jan 2016 12:50 pm
lost_spook: (dw - amy)
Before I forget, here are some great vids I've enjoyed that were posted over the holiday period:

4 Doctor Who & Star Wars )
lost_spook: (dw - eleven reading knitting book)
My entry for [livejournal.com profile] who_at_50's 52nd anniversary fanworkathon!

Title: Quest Object
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook
Rating: PG
Word Count: 3859
Characters/Pairings: Sarah Jane Smith, Harry Sullivan, Fourth Doctor
Notes/Warnings: Written for [livejournal.com profile] hc_bingo square “attacked by a creature”, [livejournal.com profile] dw_allsorts prompt “most precious prize” and the who_at_50 fanworkathon, for the Fourth Doctor era.
Summary: Harry and Sarah are down in some caves, trying to retrieve an important artefact, but the trouble with lost artefacts is that they tend to be well-guarded…

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Story here at AO3 | Teaspoon (pending mod approval).
lost_spook: (I Capture - writing)
1. Two more [livejournal.com profile] runaway_tales installments:

Errors, Corrections (All ages, 661 words. Charles Terrell, undercover for the revolution – compiling lists.)

The More Things Change... (PG, 1198 words. Charles Terrell, Anna Miller, Edward Woodfield. For some people, it seems the rebellion isn’t over.


2. I was poking around at some very old fic the other day, including some efforts from This Time Round (the pub outside reality where Doctor Who characters go in between stories, courtesy of alt.drwho.creative on usenet), and while most of my TTR fics don't really transfer so well out of the Round, I found this Harry and Sarah do a classic Agatha Christie fic and though, despite being rather meta-ish at the edges, it's comprehensible as an AU and hopefully fairly entertaining & so I've been tweaking it and uploading it to AO3.

(Some of the characters are aware of the narrative they're in though, and there's some playing around with that. I seem to recall the original idea was that there were things called 'genre bubbles' that could occur around Nameless, and the characters in the vicinity would all start acting in accordance to narrative rules of that genre. Hence Harry and Sarah in a Miss Marple story.) I seem to have written it some time during or soon after S4 of New Who.

Murder at Mill Cottage (23135 words) by vvj5
Chapters: 11/12
Fandom: Doctor Who (1963), Miss Marple - Agatha Christie
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Major Character Death
Relationships: Sarah Jane Smith/Harry Sullivan, Ben Jackson/Polly Wright
Characters: Harry Sullivan, Sarah Jane Smith, First Doctor, Charley Pollard, Eighth Doctor, Polly Wright, Ben Jackson (Doctor Who), Jamie McCrimmon, Jane Marple, Various Characters, Amelia Rumford, Louisa Pollard, The Master (Delgado), Inspector Mackenzie (Doctor Who), Mehendri Solon
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Detectives, Metafiction, Humor, POV First Person, This Time Round, Murder Mystery
Summary: Dr Sullivan's finally got a nice little practice in the country, just like he always wanted - except it turns out there's a murderer at large. It's lucky for him he's got help from a visiting journalist, and, of course, his favourite little old lady, Miss Marple...
lost_spook: (dw - sarah jane)
From [livejournal.com profile] persiflage_1: Sarah Jane and Harry discussing Four's scarf.

Title: Passing the Time
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 587
Characters/Pairings: Sarah Jane Smith, Harry Sullivan
Notes/Warnings: Casual mention of giraffes. No spoilers. (All fluff, and no substance, really.)

Summary: Sarah and Harry discuss cells, escape plans – and the Doctor’s scarf.

Passing the Time )
lost_spook: (dw - Three)
It's amazing what grows slowly on your hard-drive, like some sort of 70s DW themed invasion of pixels... And maybe count it as my tribute to Nicholas Courtney and Elisabeth Sladen. And belatedly to Barry Letts.

Teasers:
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Total Icon Count: 80

All praise to the Great One! )

The usual: want, take, have, credit. Comments are ♥

Credits: V few textures (other than mine/the program's) but some textures by:
leilax @ the preamble
livvielocke
[livejournal.com profile] how_we_fade @ [livejournal.com profile] fade_art.
lost_spook: (dw - sarah jane)
There is definitely something the matter with this year; Diana Wynne Jones died last month, and before that Nicholas Courtney (who, if anyone was as important/moreso than a Doctor, it was he) and now, Elisabeth Sladen. Which is impossible, isn't it? If someone had asked me to make a list of who might be next (and why would you do that, you morbid person?) I would never, even on a very long list, have listed her. But respectable news sites are all agreeing it is not an internet joke, so it must be true.

It doesn't really matter who was your favourite companion (mine was not Sarah Jane, but only because DW has such a lot of excellence to choose from in that matter, and also because I always had this suspicion that maybe Elisabeth Sladen was more awesome than Sarah), but she had over its initial run become somehow the quintessential companion. My dog-eared DisContinuity Guide talks often of her epic screen-saving ability that even dignified a lot of sfx that didn't deserve it. And when I was watching 'New' Who, it took me a very long while to believe it really was my DW. (It might possibly have been The Adventures of Rose Tyler, from what I could see, which was fun, but not what I was after). But then Sarah walked back in, and clearly, it was still DW, and that was a marvellous thing, even before you think how wonderful and improbable it is that then the Sarah Jane Adventures could exist. Actually, in my head, I've always secretly cast the young Elisabeth Sladen as Elizabeth Bennet, and there's not much of a higher compliment you can pay a person than that.

So, anyway: it is true, and such a shock, and much much too soon (at least another 20 years at the outside, please) - and my prayers and sympathies to her family and friends & colleagues.

Not much else to say, but here's a link to a lovely fanvid by [livejournal.com profile] dbskyler which I was planning to point people to this week, anyway: Story in Your Eyes (Hope you don't mind, [livejournal.com profile] dbskyler!)

Also, in my bits & pieces icons pile, there were these, so here's a small offering, found on my harddrive:

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(I didn't think anyone would mind the Brig sneaking in, as I found him lurking there, too. He is looking at Sarah, anyway, so there.)
lost_spook: (Ruth!)
The first few (not necessarily in order, though - sorry!):

For [livejournal.com profile] pitry: Screwdriver )


For [livejournal.com profile] primsong: Job Satisfaction )


For [livejournal.com profile] paranoidangel42: Outmanoeuvred )


For [livejournal.com profile] persiflage_1: Burned )

I promise the rest won't be too long in following (and I've still got 2 spare gaps - and I'm not going to tell on anyone who doesn't run the meme in return, really...)
lost_spook: (Harry)
Story: Five Times Sarah Lied to the Doctor About Harry
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook
Rating: All ages / PG
Word Count: 1250
Characters/Pairings: Fourth Doctor, Sarah Jane Smith, Harry Sullivan (Harry/Sarah>
Warnings: None

Summary: The Doctor has his suspicions, oh yes...

For [livejournal.com profile] akashasheiress who said I would never write a fic about Sarah and Harry trying to hide their relationship from the Doctor for that Fic I Would Never Write meme. Naturally, owning a twisted mind, I wondered what sort of relationship… And then stopped and made it at least a little bit shippy.

I don’t know why it took so long to type up, though. I wrote it ages ago now. However, with a bit of effort, I made it in the same year! Happy New Year to all!

Story under here )
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Title: UNIT: The Great Mince Pie Mystery
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 6033
Characters: Colonel Crichton, Sarah Jane Smith, K9, Winifred Bambera, Other

Summary:December 1984: Colonel Crichton is trying to see Sarah Jane and K9 off the premises; elsewhere some vicious little aliens are causing trouble - and they'll eat anything from mince pies to members of staff. It must be Christmas.

A few notes - don't worry, despite being another 1980s UNIT story, it's set earlier and is a standalone bit of nonsense. (For those who have been reading, it does give us the chance to meet another one of the Doctor's successors...)

And since it was set in December 1984 and it seemed wrong not to refer to Band Aid, I... Well, it then seemed good to me to put in references to as many Christmas songs as I could. (Or: It Seemed Funny At The Time).

So, a competition: whoever spots the most songs gets to give me a prompt & I'll write a ficlet or short story over the festive period. Pm me here or via Teaspoon with your answers and prompt and we'll see what happens. (This seems really egotistical, but I think as soon as I say there are refs to songs, some people will look for them & all I can do to make it up to them online is to offer fic. I can't even do icons).

If you want to, pm me by Dec 19th with yr answers & prompt or two &, (given the fact that there won't be a lot of takers), you'll be in with a good chance. Obviously, no adult-rated, graphic prompts (you won't get them and you wouldn't like them if you did) and, sadly, slashy stuff is not my thing either. It doesn't have to be Doctor Who. (I wrote a list of things I will try here, for a meme). I imagine I'd write it rough while I'm home and type it up after I get back, so it would appear around New Year. No one will know who won till then. Most of the quotes/refs are so obvious I might as well have hung tinsel round them, but some are more obscure. Count this 'comp' as my apology. (Christmas stories should be more dark night, candlelight and starlight and hope, but I fail yet again.)

It's an offer and if no one does pm I shall pretend someone does and I'm emailing the fic to them, la la la.

Usual disclaimer: This has not been okayed on to Teaspoon yet. If it doesn't appear, I'll look even sillier.
lost_spook: (brigadier)
I've just posted it here. I don't know when it'll get okayed, of course.

The Colonel arrives at Weston Hall, Sarah appears, so does Torchwood's agent. I apologise for rather large amount of stuff with the original characters but it needs it to work. It is very dialogue-heavy so easy going, anyway (hopefully) and Bambera and Crichton try to out-terse each other. (Bambera wins, obviously).
lost_spook: (brigadier)
Title: UNIT: Strange Weapons
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook
Rating: All Ages / Teen
Characters: Colonel Crichton, Bambera, Sarah Jane Smith, K9

Summary: UNIT 1985: Good scientific advisors are hard to find. Dr Webber discovers why when he’s expected to deal with zombies, aliens and Torchwood on his second day and his only help is a tin dog and a ghost. Colonel Crichton and Sarah Jane are planning an exit strategy of sorts and Bambera is trying to keep her men from joining the opposing forces. They'll all be lucky to survive.

Some explanation under here ).

As of this evening, still awaiting approval on Teaspoon.
lost_spook: (Harry)
For [livejournal.com profile] jjpor in the crossover meme, although I did try not to write it: Four, Sarah and Harry meet Lieutenant Gruber in a distressing incident involving his little tank.

Gruber, for those who don't know Allo Allo was played by Guy Siner, also General Ravon in Genesis of the Daleks. (Fellow Allo Allo star Hilary Minster is also in it as a Thal. It really does distract from that serial when you know the sitcom). Allo Allo is a 1980s/90s British sitcom set in occupied France.

Under Arrest )
lost_spook: (Harry)
All right, I will post the other chapters here eventually, but I am a little busy right now, so the whole thing is here at the This Time Round Archive.  But I will have to put the others here eventually, just because Miss Marple really does need italics.  (She has pretty much one per sentence, I tell you...)


http://www.ttrarchive.com/millcottage.html
lost_spook: (Harry)
TTR: Murder at Mill Cottage
Part One: Dr Sullivan in Practice
(All Ages, Sarah Jane Smith, Harry Sullivan, Miss Marple and various other supporting characters from a certain 45 year old TV show).

Edit: I've just done something weird to my entry again.  Oh, well.  There must be a html code out of place, but it's hiding when I g to look.  (I've got to get better at this.)  I just realised the below doesn't actually sound like the story, which is a mock-Agatha Christie mystery (I can't quite claim parody) with Harry as narrator & village GP.  If I explain too much more about why & the joke I'm having (with myself if no one else), it'll give away too many clues about whodunnit.  Well, assuming anyone cares...  But put Harry and Sarah in a Miss Marple - don't they fit nicely? - and then think about The Murder of Roger Ackroyd...

Harry's the local GP in Nether St Yorick, Sarah the journalist who's arrived just as there's a murder.  Together they attempt to solve the mystery, but find there are some things that should be left to little old ladies.

My latest This Time Round effort, the idea shamelessly stolen from Helen Fayle, who should have kept something that priceless better guarded.  (That Harry and Sarah should be the leads in an Agatha Christie type village murder mystery).

I'm posting it here because I think the idea's general enough to appeal outside TTR, plus I can give Miss Marple italics here (& writing Miss Marple without italics is not easy).
 

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Chapter One: Doctor Sullivan in Practice )
lost_spook: (dw - sarah jane)


Another one for Whoniverse1000:

Waiting Game
(All Ages) Brigadier, Sarah Jane Smith.
At the end of Planet of the Spiders.

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