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What's your Doctor Who dream?

I just thought about this, and just wanted to see what you'd answer. What's your Doctor Who dream, meaning, if there's one thing associated with the show that you could do, what would it be? Three rules:

  • It must be related in some way to DW (including expanded universe), even tangentially. So, if you wanted to have dinner with David Morrissey, that fits, as he did appear on the show.
  • It must be possible. As far as we know, anyway, so no "become the Doctor's companion" (unless you can prove that it's possible, in which case, we are all coming with you). "Play the Doctor's companion" is possible.
  • It must be something you haven't done before. So, I can't answer, "Meet Peter Davison", because I already have done so.

So, what's your dream? Think about it and be wild! It could be anything! Write an episode? Direct an episode? Become best friends with Peter Capaldi? Re-write and re-shoot the end of season 4 so that Donna doesn't get her mind wiped? ;) Destroy all copies of "Time-Flight" in the world so that we can claim it never existed? Discover a perfect copy of "The Highlanders"? (Oh, please please please!) Let's hear it!

Mine behind the cut...

I'd like to perform some Doctor Who music with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, preferably with the orchestra being told not to snicker at me (I'm a terrible musician). Not a real performance - just a rehearsal is fine. I'd prefer the Series 2 theme, as it's the most orchestral and least electronic version, but really, any of the background music would be fine. I want to see the sheet music, sit among the musicians, and hear how all the parts balance. That's my dream.



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Jun. 19th, 2016 04:12 am (UTC)
This is awesome! And I love your answers!

Jun. 19th, 2016 05:51 pm (UTC)
Well, what's your answer? :D
Jun. 20th, 2016 03:17 am (UTC)
Hee!! Now that I've had time to think: I would love for one of my fanfics to be in an official zine, I would love a bit part in the show and I would love to be asked to give an idea for a new bad guy. :D
Jun. 28th, 2016 07:50 pm (UTC)
Wouldn't it be awesome to contribute just a tiny bit to canon, in any of those ways? I wonder if there's any way to work toward that? If there is, I really hope you get the opportunity - you've the talent to make it wonderful.
Jun. 28th, 2016 11:34 pm (UTC)
Bless you, dear lady! :D My hubby is always on me to write novels. I've played with the idea. Dark fic by night, writerly writer by day, lol!!

I was told recently that my Strax and Craig humor piece was someone's headcanon. No better compliment that!! They actually thought it was a 'good night' clip or something. I was rather flabbergasted (and stupidly pleased...head won't fit through a door now. :D)
Jun. 28th, 2016 11:44 pm (UTC)
You haven't written any novels? Really? I thought you'd be a natural at writing longer, in-depth stuff like that. Go go go!!

I completely agree - no better compliment than being told you've made someone's headcanon. I've had that happen once or twice, though I don't remember what about, and it just melts your heart, doesn't it?
Jun. 28th, 2016 11:53 pm (UTC)
LOL! Ahhh, you flatter me. Never considered myself that talented or imaginative (I'm always so busy noticing the people around me and their own talent. :D)

It DOES. And gahh, it inflates my ego terribly! :D
Jun. 19th, 2016 07:54 am (UTC)
Very good question, very good suggestions and I love your own answer! That sounds awesome!

I've thought about it but I don't really have a dream. My dream would just be to make the show great again. I am not very enthusiastic about it right now and I am missing that.

I guess that does not go into the "realistic" category but if they ever decide to make a doll animated movie, I'd like to be able to take part in that!
Jun. 19th, 2016 05:56 pm (UTC)
Oh it certainly fits into the "realistic" category - it might be a stretch, but it's physically possible for you to take over the show and take it in a better direction. That's what this question is about, what your dream is, thinking about what you would want, even if it's rationally nigh-impossible.

I agree with you, by the way. I feel the show has become completely unremarkable in the last three years, and I pretty much live in its past, in the stories that inspire me. I am hoping Mr. Chibnall makes it great again.

Edited at 2016-06-19 05:58 pm (UTC)
Jun. 19th, 2016 09:59 pm (UTC)
Oh no, I did not mean that I want to be the one to make it great again. I want THEM to make it great. I want to just sit and watch. I know how much hard work it is LOL

But if I could do what I do now, with the action figures, in a professional official way, that would be fun indeed.

In the beginning, when everything was new, Matt and Moffat and all the time travel, it was fun for a while. But the longer it went on, the more you realized that it was all a big piece of nothing. Nothing ever mattered. The universe got reset all the time. People died and lived again. I had no idea what was true anymore. And I didn't care anymore.

And I especially didn't care anymore when it became clear that Moffat wanted to cut all strings to the past. I think a show like this should have continuity and not him changing everything that was done before. So yeah, hoping for Chibnall as well. Broadchurch was awesome.
Jun. 28th, 2016 07:47 pm (UTC)
Oh, I see! Yes. I want them to make it great again, too! Nothing in the show matters anymore. They've taken the "time can be rewritten" idea and made it into a mantra, making sure that everything (including the Time War, gdi!) comes out happy. Meaning is sacrificed for spectacle and angst. Continuity is thrown out the window. And now, with immortal Clara and Ashildr wandering the universe in a TARDIS, the Doctor is no longer unique and special.

I don't want Chibnall to undo what Moffat did, because, like everything that came before Moffat, his stuff deserves to stand. I just hope that he quietly guides the show back on track.

I know that people have made careers out of action figure posing. The show "Robot Chicken" was born out of an action figure comic strip called "Twisted Toyfare Theater" in the (now-defunct) magazine Toyfare. They created a universe of action-figure Marvel characters and produced hilarious stories in exactly the way you'd picture grown men playing with them, with sarcastic dialogue and whatnot. The format translated very well to film shorts, which is how they came up with "Robot Chicken". Have you thought of creating a website with your stories?
Jul. 2nd, 2016 12:09 pm (UTC)
I hadn't heard of Robot Chicken and just tried to watch an episode but it's like with many animations - I simply can't stand the weird voices. Especially when they talk very quickly. You look at probably the only person in the whole world who never has watched Ice Age or Toy Story. The only exception I make is Shrek, I really like that one.

But in general I prefer Shaun the Sheep for example, or Wallace and Gromit, which is cute but has only noises.

Have you thought of creating a website with your stories?

Well, my LJ IS my website ;) At first I posted the pictures only to fandom forums, but then I wanted a place to have them all in one place. As I don't know how to do HDML code, I thought this was the best way. In the meantime, I also have pages on Facebook and Tumblr, but on both you can't really sort it by fandom. While here I can have link lists with descriptions.
Jul. 2nd, 2016 04:46 pm (UTC)
Well, I really meant more like Robot Chicken's predecessor, Twisted Toyfare Theater, which was a comic strip in a magazine. You can google it and get some idea of what it was like. The humor was meant to be a bit crude, like teenage boys playing with their action figures, but you can see how they formatted it and built little stories.

I can certainly see why you don't like Robot Chicken. I've never been a fan of it either (seen a couple of episodes), but it was very popular here in the US among the geek crowd.

And I join you in the society of people who haven't seen Ice Age. I have seen Toy Story, back when it came out, but haven't seen the sequels. My favorite of the animated movies is The Incredibles, but Inside Out is up there, too. You might like Wall-E, which has very little dialogue, but I wasn't fond of it, though a lot of people really loved it.

Yeah, I can see how that's a big problem. I wouldn't know what to recommend, as I have no idea how to market visual arts. I'll ask a friend of mine who does this kind of thing if he has any suggestions. Oh, have you thought of creating a deviantArt page where you can post your images and point back to your LJ blog? Just for exposure.
Jul. 3rd, 2016 06:46 am (UTC)
I loved the movie "Team America" with dolls. All the little backgrounds they built, that was impressive! And even though the humor was sometimes over the top, I still found it funny. I guess it's just different with puppets on strings.

Yes, I did watch Wall-E, and liked some scenes of it, but fast forwarded other ones. Once in a while a little Wall-E figure crosses my ways on Ebay and I ponder whether to get him ;)

I have been thinking about DeviantArt but I am not sure. Are you there? Is it like a community, where everyone comments on everyone's pictures? Are you required to comment back? I am already posting on so many pages, it takes a lot of time to keep up with it, and I don't want to join a community without participating and just dump off my pictures. I get the feeling that it is like with AO3 and FF.net - everyone posting in both places. So I was wondering if people who already know me from somwhere else are going "Oh no, now she turns up here too!" LOL

I haven't looked into it yet, how it would work with stories that have 20 pictures and more. Is there a limit for how many pictures to post in one entry? Can you link the entries together, to have a neat list? Or did you mean, not posting the pictures itself, just a link to LJ? How would that work?

Another one once said, no demanded! "Put this pic up on Instagram". I guess for easy sharing. But here we have another problem: So far I did not watermark them. If they go out there more, they should have a watermark, when people share them around. I'm not sure I really want to do that. I don't like watermarks, plus it is even more work to go back and watermark all the old ones.

In general, it is a lot of work to go back and add all old pictures to a new page. I haven't even uploaded all the very old Stargate ones to LJ. I'm also not sure I really want to as they were really bad and simple ;) Maybe as a Throwback Thursday, to show how far we have come.

If you look at the flagcounter at my LJ, you see a lot of people visiting, from countries I don't even know where they are. They may not all comment, but the traffic certainly is there. And the counter only counts the first visit, so these are all different people, not the same coming every day.

The good thing with LJ is, that you can post in communities for more people to see. Only that most communities are dead by now :(

I also have started to post some of my longer stories to AO3 once I figured that they also allow art. And there may not be many comments on Tumblr either, but they do get shared around and I get new followers almost every day.

Sorry to ask so many questions!
Jul. 3rd, 2016 09:09 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean about posting to way too many sites! I post my fic to LJ, Teaspoon, ffnet, AO3, and dA, and even just those are so much work for one little story. It doesn't help that each of them have their own formats and requirements to keep straight. I tried to expand to tumblr, figuring that there's a large fanfic community there, but I just never really got into it. (Also, there just isn't interest in the kinds of stories I write, so I don't think it would be worth the amount of effort needed to make a tumblr blog successful.)

dA is kind of a strange beast. It's meant to be an artist's showcase, where you can put up finished works to display them or put up WIPs and ask for advice and criticism. In reality, it's whatever people want to do with it. I just use it for exposure - the site's not really designed for literature, but there are sizable writing and fanfic communities. And I think that's probably your best bet for utilizing dA - use it to garner interest in your work and point the audience at the existing work in your LJ blog. Here are suggestions:

  • Don't go all out and post all your stuff on dA. Instead, post regularly, like one work every four days, but make sure that in the description at the bottom, say, "Did you like this? I have more at (link to LJ blog)."
  • Make the link specific. For example, if you post a DW work, the link should point to a page on your LJ blog that's a table of contents of all your DW work. Or if you already have a master list (like I have at stickied at the top of my LJ blog), make the link point to the DW section. (I can teach you how to do that in HTML.)
  • Look for groups for action figures (mouse over More, select Groups, then use the Search bar on that page) and join them, then when you post a new work, make sure to share it in the group. This will get people who are interested in action figures to see those works. Some groups may ask you to comment on other people's posts, just like they'll be commenting on yours - if you don't want to do that, don't join the group (or join the group but don't post anything in it, just use it to see what others are doing).
  • Organize your gallery well, so that people wanting to see your stuff can tell exactly where to look. Paying for your account gives you more options here, such as making subfolders and descriptions. I paid for mine so that I could put chapters of novels into a folder, rather than have them scattered through the gallery.

Here are a few things to look at:

  • My dA account. Not very useful to you, since my stuff is almost all writing, but hey. :) http://shivver13.deviantart.com
  • Batced's account. He's an action figure enthusiast who I followed because he used to do a bunch of DW works. He doesn't do those anymore, but I'm still following him. http://batced.deviantart.com
  • People doing serial pictures (comics or other stories) tend to put them in one long strip, rather than post each picture in separate works. Here's an example, which is also one of my favorite DW fan comics ever - in it, Susan engineers all of the Doctors and companions to appear in the First Doctor's TARDIS to have a Dance Dance Revolution contest. http://shivver13.deviantart.com/art/The-Twelve-Doctors-Play-DDR-568005968

Let me know if there are any other questions you have, and I'll see what I can do to answer them.

Edited at 2016-07-03 09:10 pm (UTC)
Jun. 19th, 2016 07:20 pm (UTC)
Write a Big Finish audio! More realistically, meet one of my favourite actors from the show, or the classic actors, or the BF writers.
Jun. 28th, 2016 07:37 pm (UTC)
Oh yes! Writing for Big Finish would be THE thing! I just cannot imagine hearing Peter Davison, Colin Baker, or Sylvester McCoy (or if I could dream, David Tennant) reading lines I wrote. But, with your talent, you could make it happen! I wish you the best of luck!
Jun. 29th, 2016 01:29 pm (UTC)
Whoaaa, thank you ;) You can talk, you and your awesome stories! *chuckles* ♥
Jun. 23rd, 2016 12:35 pm (UTC)
Great question! I've been thinking about it for few days now and I have two answers. I'd like to talk to Russell T Davies and thank him for the seasons he's made, and ask him what he thinks about bringing Gallifrey back and some other current decisions. I'd like honest answers though, not dyplomatic ones like for the press but I know it's unrealistic.

I'd love Doctor Who to become more popular in my country. If I could, I'd release all new series on dvd in Poland, properly, with extra scenes and commentaries, so fans like me don't have to order it from abroad and can watch it translated. I believe it happens one day, Sherlock became really popular here and we had the special screened in cinemas like in other proper countries.

I like your dream, the music on Doctor Who is amazing. Sometimes I go to a site called Virtual Piano, play a piece on youtube and try to play some piano tunes (or anything that's simple enough) on my keyboard. If I could play any instrument properly, I'd love to play a piece with the National Orchestra of Wales :)
Jun. 28th, 2016 07:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, that would be wonderful, to get to talk to RTD and find out what he thinks. There are a number of people I'd love to get honest answers from, but like you said, that's unrealistic and we'll just never know. :)

The problem with DW is that it's niche enough that it's difficult for any broad population to understand and enjoy it. Sherlock is far more mainstream. I'm crossing my fingers for DW to spread over there like it should!
Jun. 29th, 2016 04:39 pm (UTC)
There are a number of people I'd love to get honest answers from, but like you said, that's unrealistic and we'll just never know. :)
This is why we call it dreams ;)

The problem with DW is that it's niche enough that it's difficult for any broad population to understand and enjoy it.
Is it, though? Well, I suppose it depends on what would we call a broad audience. When I say I want it to be more popular in my country, I don't mean millions watching it on Saturday evening on a national channel, I mean it being available on dvd and the title sounding familiar to at least some people outside the Internet, that sort of thing. The basic idea of the series is simple, and travel is a very common trope, as is the hero archetype, so I'm sure there's many people in the world who'd love Doctor Who but never saw it.
Jun. 29th, 2016 05:48 pm (UTC)
That is what I mean, really. There are a lot of people who haven't heard of it simply because it's 1) science fiction, 2) time travel-based, and 3) foreign (to both you in Poland and me in the US). I take as my example my entire family - for some reason, of my parents and siblings, I was the only one who had any interest in fantasy/sci-fi. I'd heard of DW as I was growing up and watched a few episodes (always one random episode from a story, which is why I never understood what was going on or got into the fandom, though I did understand that the guy in the scarf was the same as the handsome blond with the celery), but no one in the rest of my family would have even thought to try it. It was hard enough getting them to watch British shows in the first place, and then to add sci-fi and time travel on top of that...

I find that in general that if I step outside of my current circle of friends and mention the show, it's more likely that the person I'm talking to hasn't heard of it than they have, because, at least here, sci-fi is still not considered mainstream, or if it is, then it's the futuristic big spaceship and lasers type of sci-fi that we get from Star Trek and Star Wars - entertaining and easily understood hero's journey type of stories.

Unfortunately, a property has to have a wide audience for the BBC to promote it in an area. Here in the US, we're lucky to have BBC America showing DW, but it's there because it's a proven property, but many lesser BBC shows are not shown here, in favor of repeated reruns of Graham Norton (sorry, sarcasm). It's all down to marketing costs and profits, really. I do hope that you get your dream, though - I think it's one of the more likely dreams of the ones mentioned here. :)

Jul. 5th, 2016 07:21 pm (UTC)
I find that in general that if I step outside of my current circle of friends and mention the show, it's more likely that the person I'm talking to hasn't heard of it than they have
Really? I heard much has been done to promote the series in the States in recent years and imagined it's more popular there; but then not many things get national fame in a short time, I suppose.

Since you mentioned "foreign"; I wonder, to what extent British or Australian films or tv series feel "foreign" to Americans? Is a British film as foreign as a French film? I know there are cultural differences and some language differences between the US and the UK, and differences in making tv, as American series tend to be longer than the British ones, but it felt always a bit weird for me that someone would spend so much money on creating an American version of a British tv series when the original should be understandable there. I get that for a fan, there's a difference between going to a convention in the country to meet your idols, and going to a convention across the ocean, but for an average viewer?

Funny thing, I keep forgetting Doctor Who is a science-fiction series. I don't think you need to be a sci-fi fan to be a Doctor Who fan, I'm certainly not. I watch it for the drama and sort of observe it as a phenomenon, for all the self-references and rewrites of the series' mythology. But you're right, many people don't even try Doctor Who because they say "I don't like sci-fi". I always tell them "I'm not a sci-fi fan, either".
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