Well just a bit of a change, I have been quite busy the last few months. I rewrote of 'Daughters of the Moon', my NaNoWriMo novel from last year. I was not completely happy with how I finished up my novel last year, so I gave it another go this November. I have also started another fanfic, a sequel to one of my earlier fanfics 'I Burn Eternal' called 'Rise from the Ashes'. Am happy with the progress of it at the moment, am having a bit of fun with it. Also have another fanfic in the works called 'Kiss it to Death'. Have enjoyed writing it so far. It takes place during two episodes Of series nine and a bit beyond.Also working on a fanvid at the moment, but will mention more about that later because am still working on it. Have an article coming up also that I'm writing for Moviepilot about the Second Doctor that I had meant to have published earlier but time wouldn't permit me. Had decided at the time to put stuff I was working on a bit on hold until I saw the outcome to Series 9 of Doctor Who and I had finished off coursework for college. It's great to be back working on stuff now.
Speaking of Series 9. For the most part I thought that it was a rather good series. However, the series finale was a big let down for me. I felt that this was an opportunity to see the Doctor at his very worst. I mean, the Time Lords pushed him to the very edge right. What if instead of what they did do (screw up the timeline so much that now the Doctor couldn't go back to that time even if he wanted to.) He becomes a tyrant worse than Rassilon And Morbius. This is the same Doctor who said in the season finale to series 8 said:
"I am not a good man! And I'm not a bad man. I am not a hero. I'm definitely not a president. And no, I'm not an officer. You know what I am? I... am... an idiot. With a box and a screwdriver, passing through, helping out, learning. I don't need an army, I never have. Because I've got them. Always them.”
What if Doctor Who dealt with in series 9 the hypothetical question, what if it takes something so small as another companion to die to finally push the Doctor over the edge firmly for the first visible time into Valeyard territory. We have the Doctor's reason for being pushed over the edge in stories such as 'The Lazarus Experiment', the Doctor himself noting:
I'm old enough to know that a longer life isn't always a better one. In the end, you just get tired; tired of the struggle, tired of losing everyone that matters to you, tired of watching everything you love turn to dust. If you live long enough, Lazarus, the only certainty left is that you'll end up alone.'
What if the man that had been a hero to many Time Lords during the Time War lives long enough on Gallifrey to become hated by the Time Lords.
Think about it for a moment, every government which comes into power wants to be better than the one that is currently in power however ultimately they become part of the system that they so wanted to get rid of. It is a constantly reoccurring theme of politics going What if Doctor Who spoke about that for a moment. We have already seen a positive reaction to Peter Harness' anti-war speech at the end of 'The Zygon Inversion' and Doctor Who itself as a programme has never in the past shied away from veiled political discourse within the series. So why not do it now. Coming back to the story, make the Doctor a hated figure among his own people and being the cause of the injustice and hypocrisies committed towards the older generations to the younger generations. The hero becomes the villain. What if Ohila confronts him about this. What if some of those soldiers who had put such faith in the Doctor go about trying to stop him by going back in time and stopping Ashildr from ever getting her hands on the Chronolock thus erasing the timeline which had the Doctor finding Gallifrey (I got this idea from Family Guy of all places.) Meanwhile, before the present timeline is erased, the Doctor is confronted by Ohila who allows him the ability to remember everything that has happened in that timeline so when he wakes up in the new timeline, he knows what he has to do. He lies to Clara and tells her that he won't be back for some time, that he has important business in a place that doesn't allow humans (yeah, yeah I know. That's how the Doctor got rid of Sarah Jane Smith but hey, it's good. Beats the alternative.) and tells her that he will be back once everything is sorted out. She knows something is up though and says goodbye to him. And Dave Oswald gets his daughter (the only living reminder he has of Ellie Oswald) back and Clara's Gran doesn't see her grandchild die before she does. (What is it with Steven forgetting about the secondary characters he creates and not thinking of the consequences for these characters. Ugh. Say what you like about RTD, but at least he thought of ALL his characters equally.) What we did get however was a bit of a mess to be honest. When in reality a simpler solution could have been taken (I.e the actions mentioned above.). Where it started to go wrong for me to be honest was after Rassilon was told to leave. I don't know, maybe it was my own wishful thinking, but I had hoped that the Doctor we would see in the finale was like the Doctor we meet at the end of the Big Finish audio adventure 'Afterlife'. I was disappointed.
Anyway, enough about my misgivings about the finale, it was just a blip on an otherwise sterling series and I can't wait for the Christmas episode. (Steven, refrain from working on Sherlock scripts until after you have finished with the Doctor Who ones. You get distracted easily and things do ge mixed up, this has been proven. Oh, it won't matter, he won't see this. I'm ok, hah :) )
In other news, I passed my final assignment and graduated in November. I am really thrilled. Am thrilled also that my time is my own again. I did however get a rather nasty flu a week afterwards. I suppose I had it coming really. I mentioned that I was planning on going to 'Welcome to Night Vale' well I did and it was so great. And I got some time in Dublin afterwards to do a bit of shopping before I went home.
Also went to the Doctor Who Festival in November. Got photos with Jenna Coleman, Mark Gatiss, Michelle Gomez and Ingrid Oliver. I really enjoyed it. Got a couple of things for Christmas as well as a couple of things I wanted for a very long time. Went over a little earlier though and did some shopping with Mum who came over with me. Had a great time, it was great to have some time to relax a bit before I went to the festival. Went home the next day.
Am waiting to hear back from jobs that I applied for, hopefully I get good news concerning it. However due to it being so close to Christmas, I doubt I will hear from them until after Christmas.