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I forget now what made me shy away from Regeneration Who last year -- something gave me the idea that it would be a trainwreck like the Discworld con -- which means I missed out on a year of a pleasant little Whovian relaxacon. By ChicagoTARDIS numbers it's modest; in comparison to Gally One it's miniscule... but then, I don't go to Gally anymore because the sheer numbers of people start to freak me out. I'm piss-poor at judging numbers, but it's at the hotel that does the Shore Leaves and Farpoints, and they top around 1500, and ReGeneration used half the ballroom. So I'm guesstimating it at the 750 range, give or take a hundred.

This weekend was triple-booked in all my fandoms - Friday and Saturday had Sherlockian events and Saturday also had a special Emma event for the Janeites, but I wanted to know if ReGeneration might someday serve as a ChicagoTARDIS substitute. It won't -- it's much lower key -- but low key is not a bad thing, especially when 221B Con is coming up in two weeks.

Colin Baker and Peter Davison are both good guests; I'd learned at a previous con that the two together are not to be missed, and they remain twice the fun when paired. Other excellent panels included the "Ultimate Dalek panel" (Nick Briggs sang "I got you under my skin" into a ring modulator) and a Second Doctor panel that included all of Troughton's remaining companions and his son.

I got to chat with Rob Shearman, but not Nick Briggs, alas. There's no lobbycon at ReGeneration, so it's "bumped into by serendipity" to have a chat, unless you pay for the fancy-dancy package. Perhaps I'll consider it next year. (Perhaps I will also get a hotel room next year, but this year I couldn't overlook that a hotel room was $150 a night, while a tank of gas merely $20, and ReGen doesn't have a masquerade.)

It's the first time I've been back at a local convention since I dropped off the con scene to renovate the house, and the first time I've been at the Hunt Valley without being concom/crew in some manner in... golly, nigh onto 30 years! So that was weird.

Perhaps I should suck up to the ReGenerations folks. :)
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It's been a while since I've talked about Doctor Who on LJ...

I've enjoyed this season much more than last, for many reasons. I think the two-parter format has been a wise one; it allows for stories to take their time to resolve without sudden handwaving in the last 10 minutes without dragging on forever and ever amen with filler scenes and recaps. Speaking of filler scenes, the season arc was not hammered in with zero subtlety and random scenes that made no sense on the rest of the context of the plot just in case we spent more than 10 minutes forgetting that There Is An Arc This Season, Have You Noticed?

But most of all, while I was always mildly fond of Capaldi and have been rooting for him, and in the last few weeks he's been nailing scenes that called for the kind of earthshattering fury that Eccleston and Tennant could provide. (Smith never made "Oncoming Storm" in my mind. At best, he was the Oncoming Strop.) Three weeks ago when he first truly cut loose I thought "at last. He's not the guy playing the Doctor, he's The Doctor."

More than that, he's been given those scenes. Doctor Who has been playing it safe for several seasons, IMO, twiddling around in its own universe and dealing with its own internal fictional politicians. Nice to see Moffat remember that the original Time Machine was first and foremost politi-social commentary.

That said, I am surprised Moffat (cut for tonight's spoilers) )
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I can roll with the idea of there being fixed points in time that the Doctor cannot change without making a mess that unravels everything. But I can't roll with the idea that there are points in time he doesn't know because, hello, written records.
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Very short reaction: under the cut )
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Adventures in Time and Space was lovely and a little heartbreaking.

The Five(ish) Doctors is brilliant and hilarious and I'm going to have to watch it a dozen times to catch all of those cameos. It's really impressive, the people willing/wanting to be part of that!

Night of the Doctor was unexpected and fascinating.

And ah... Day of the Doctor, there is so much to say! Spoilers, sweetie )
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bookcover

I'm the 3rd chapter, page 26.
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I'm no longer on a lot of the LJ comms from the Marthagate days (and the virtual world has moved from LJ too), but the intra-author chat on Who and Race has pointed out this Tumblr:


http://sourcedumal.tumblr.com/post/51459243056/doctor-who-has-a-strong-track-record-of-diverse

The backlash to the backlash begins. Time to buckle my seatbelt; it's going to be a bumpy ride.



ETA: The ipad tries to autocorrect the tag ”drwho" into Derchowitz. O.o
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The Daily Mail has denounced Doctor Who and Race as wrong, elitist, and a waste of paper, with a side order of its authors probably being a racist waste of transplantable organs.

I think this means I've made it as an author.
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Oh, that was proper Who! But then, with that cast and those guest characters, it could not fail.
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Once again, more excited about next week than this week.
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Tonight's episode in three letters )
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BlogtorWho has casting/character spoilers of which I am in two minds )
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Two things:

1) That costume suits Matt.

2) Mark Gatiss was having WAY too much fun with that voiceover!

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