Over the last couple of days, I've listened to two of the really important Eighth Doctor audios, "Neverland" and "Zagreus," and O M G they were wonderful! The first was just a great story, but the second was such a twisty-turny maze, well done with some of the coolest ideas, both story-wise and production-wise. I found myself thinking at the end of each of these that I wish the TV show was more like these audios. And, I am just loving the Eighth Doctor. He just might be one of my favorites.
26. What is the oddest (or funnest) thing you've had to research for a fic?
I really don't know what to answer for this. I'm not sure what I'd consider odd. I mean, well, I have had to try to figure out if quill pens, hand-pumped wells, and chamber pots were still in use in 1913, or if fountain pens, running water, and flush toilets were in common use by then. I actually have more knowledge about that kind of thing in 1813 than in 1913, since I'm a Jane Austen addict. (Thinking about it, I probably should have just watched more Downton Abbey to answer those questions.) I've read up on Madame de Pompadour's life, to inject more reality into Reinette's character. And I'm now pretty conversant with the layout of upper-class Roman homes. For one idea, I've researched life in a medieval convent. Did you know that nuns used to start their day around three in morning? To me, all research like this is fun. I love finding out about historical things - events and everyday life.
However, most of my research for my fics have been within the Doctor Who universe itself. The history is incredibly vast; I'd estimate that what we've seen in the 50 years of the TV show is only about 25% of the canon universe; the modern show, with its spinoffs and books and comic books, is probably only 10% or less of everything that's out there. And that just means I have so much to research when I mention people, places, or events that I haven't seen myself. But it's all great fun. I spend a lot of my time just browsing Tardis Data Core to find out more about this wonderful show, and there's always so much more to learn.