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Musings of a Content Thirty-Something. (Reply).
at 11:51pm on 24/11/2013
They are rather scary, yeah, and with so many characters to work with, it's not something I saw coming when I ventured into Whodom. Although, a few months ago I got the impression that Doctor/River shippers are cool with him having other relationships, which I wasn't expecting based on most D/R experiences, because Doctor/River is also canon. Reminds me, on the way in today, it occurred to me that an equally interesting study would be to look at how those who ship canon ships regard the non-canon ships/shippers in different fandoms, and if there's any patterns with regard to the time fans had to wait for the ship to be canon. I can think of one where it took almost 7 years, and another where it took 4, and I'm sure I'm forgetting some because I'm not thinking about Star Trek. I sometimes think I'm too flexible to be a real shipper, I can see subtext and UST almost anywhere if I watch something enough!
Erm, I should probably mention that this sums me up right now:
I am planning on reading your 50th fic... every time I saw you update it there was a sort of involuntary twitch toward clicking on the cut and then I chickened out for worry I'd get totally sucked in and get nothing done. Which doesn't seem to have stopped me in this comment thread.... ;) And yeah, the keep-coming-back thing made me shake my head, and I was watching it years after the fact before I stepped into Whodom, so I can only imagine what it was like at the time. Surely you jest, her fans are all incredible and kind and all that, and it's the Donna fans who are terrifying. ;-)
It seems that a lot of new Who female companions have special powers, and that's used as a significant basis for their character and character development (or what I think is supposed to be character development?). Err, I forgot where I was going with that, but it was most likely something about the classic Who companions usually just being people, and any special qualities being understated, and they could move on from the ones they got (Sarah Jane didn't keep going on about Eldred, for example).
After seeing the special, I also want someone who will not have the Doctor sonic everything. At least Hurt Doctor asked if they were planning to assemble a cabinet at them so I can sort of read it as self-mockery, but I love the sonic and I was sick of it in about a minute. I was happy to see Ten with a thing that goes ding and could microwave stuff, even though we didn't get to see him make it. Until the runner changes, I guess we'll have to write about Twelve (or is it Thirteen?) saving planets with two teaspoons, a bit of string, some random wires, and his hat.
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