caz963: (DW Ten coat)
Having seen and been inspired by the housekeeping posts made by some of my f-listees, I thought I should probably have a look through all the fandom-related rambling I did in 2010 and see if it warranted organising. To my surprise, there was quite a lot of it.

Here, then are the thinky-thoughts, reviews, picspams, fanfic and meta that I posted last year:

Doctor Who )
Other Telly )
Fandom-related memes )
Picspams. Mostly David Tennant centric! )
Fanfiction )
caz963: (ten goodbye)
Has it been thirty days already? Blimey. What am I going to do with myself now? I've had fun doing this, although there were times when I felt I was posting about the same shows too often. But then most of the prompts included the word "favourite", so I suppose that was bound to happen.

Anyway, the meme ends on a somewhat depressing note, as for the last day, I have to post about the saddest character death.

No surprises here, either, I'm afraid.

There were several I could have chosen. The deaths of Mrs Landingham or Leo McGarry in The West Wing, Babylon 5's John Sheridan and ER's Mark Greene all made me cry a bit ... but considering we're talking about the SADDEST character death (which I'm taking to mean the one that made ME saddest), in the end, I think it HAS to be this guy.

Vale Decem )
caz963: (DW Ten coat)
Wow. The penultimate day already?

Today's subject - My current TV obsession.

Is there anyone reading this who doesn't know the answer already?

It's Doctor Who of course. Although I have to qualify that a bit, because my obsession at the moment seems to be with working out why I'm not as in love with the current series as I was with the last one (or four) and with theorising and speculating with other like-minded obsessives fans as to what the hell is going on with all the cracks in the fabric of the universe and why the characterisation is so flat. Whereas before, it was because I looked forward to seeing the characters I loved and following their stories each week.

da da da dum, da da da dum... oooowheeeeooooo!!!!!!! )
caz963: (sully and mike)
Today's mission - should I choose to accept it. My first TV show obssession.

Considering my advanced age, I'm amazed I didn't have to think too hard about this one - and no, it's probably not the one you were expecting.

I've posted about this before, on Day Thirteen. I think the first show I was ever incredibly fannish - to the point of obssession - about was The Tomorrow People.

I'm sure it'd look incredibly ropey today - worse, probably, than Classic Who in terms of wobbly sets and men-in-suit monsters. But like Who, I remember it telling really good stories - in this case, about a bunch of kids/teenagers who for some reason have evolved into a different species and have telepathic and telekenetic abilities.

For a kid's show, I think the plotlines were quite sophisticated and I don't think I ever felt I was being talked-down-to.

I never saw the 90s remake, but given the way television seems to be mining its archives for old ideas to bring back, you never know - we might see it again someday!
caz963: (josh & leo)
Today - The best Pilot episode.

This is going to come as no surprise. The first episode of The West Wing is, quite simply, perfection. In 42 minutes, we were introduced to a set of characters we were going to come to know and love over the next seven years, and each and every one of them (well, almost) was beautifully drawn and expertly played. These were people with baggage and flaws and Sorkin laid them out for us to see right from day one. That doesn't mean they didn't develop - of course they did - but in essence, what we got of them in the pilot was absolutely who they were.

The sequence where we meet Josh, CJ, Leo and Toby is masterful as in a few short moments we learn something about them which completely encapsulates them as people. CJ at the gym trying to make time for a personal life, Josh clearly not having one as he wakes up from his desk (not for the first time judging by the way the cleaners are just working around him), Leo being dapper, urbane - and a real stickler for the details, Toby's wonderful, gruff pedantry.

I don't think it was the tie that got me into trouble )
caz963: (Ten & Donna JE)
Today - OMG WTF? Season finale.

I was gonna be with you... fovever. )

It still makes me cry like a baby.

Nuff sed.
caz963: (Snoopy typing)
Today's task is to post about a show I plan on watching (old or new).

Sadly, there are loads of these, and I probably won’t get around to any of them. Two that immediately spring to mind are Glee and Mad Men. Oh, and Damages, so that's three.

I have a feeling that although it's a 'musical' show, Glee might prove a bit too fluffy. Not that I object to 'fluffy' TV - I just find it doesn't hold my interest all that much these days. That's happened with Castle. I've watched a few episodes, but after about fifteen minutes of the last couple, I've picked the laptop back up and am only half watching it. (The fact that it's on at the same time as White Collar doesn't help.)

ETA Oh! I forgot a couple! Channel 4's Misfits - and I need to finish watching Being Human

Maybe over the summer.

And I say that every year.
caz963: (respect the thing)
Today’s post is about my favourite quote.

Yeah. Another Mission Impossible. As any self-respecting West Wing fan knows, there is a WW quote for practically every occasion, so it’s going to be impossible to choose ONE favourite.

LOADS of quotes under the cut )
caz963: (W&Gbitch)
Today's theme is - the most annoying character.

I can honestly say that I don't have a large number of characters to choose from for this one; in fact, I can only think of two or three who would merit that description. I'm also taking this to mean a character who isn't supposed to be annoying but who, for whatever reason, rubs me up the wrong way.

Right now, there's only one name that jumps out at me - Amy Pond.

We've repeatedly been told that we're supposed to find her "quirky" and "sassy" and lots of other words that indicate the same thing, but all I see is a self-absorbed brat with an overblown idea of her own importance.

And that's putting it nicely.
caz963: (doc & donna universe)
Today's task is to post about my favourite series finale.

Now, this is one of those times where the fact that we don't speak the same language on both sides of the pond is important. Because in the UK, we use the word "series" to mean what in the US is referred to as a "season". So, while I'm currently watching series 5 of Doctor Who, my leftpondian friends are watching season 5.

I take it that for the purposes of this meme, "series finale" actually means "the final ever episode of the show".

Okay, now I've procrastinated about that, I have to choose one.

The End. )
caz963: (Midnight hug)
Today I have to post about my favourite 'ship. But as usual, it's turned into an essay. Oh well...

Shippiness behind the cut )
caz963: (kiss)
Today's theme is - favourite kiss.

You must remember this... )
caz963: (huddle)
Today on the 30 Day meme - The Best TV Show Cast.

There's only one possible answer to that:



Although I confess I do love [livejournal.com profile] zinke's answer, too!

I said when I nominated WW as my favourite show ever, that it was one of those happy accidents where everything just 'worked'. Other than one casting mistake in Season 1, this was an incredible team, from the President himelf down to the assistants, Margaret, Ginger and Bonnie. And it wasn't just because everyone - even Rob Lowe, who I don't think has ever been better - was a good actor. It was more than that - they all just 'gelled'.
caz963: (batshit animal)
On today's show... My favourite title sequence.

Er.

I've been trying really, really hard to think of one, but I'm drawing a blank. To be honest, if I'm watching a show on DVD I'm likely to skip the title sequence. I'm sure there are good ones - and for me, I think it depends as well on whether I like the title music or not. So yeah, I liked the OLD nu-Who title sequence because I liked the re-vamped theme. I still shudder in horror at the new version, though.

But a favourite title sequence?

I really don't think I've got one. So instead, I bring you awesome feem toons!

Stand By for Action! )

Now that's more like it!
caz963: (DT BP Lights)
Today - my favourite mini-series.

Most UK series could be termed “mini” up against the 22 episodes that usually constitute a US series. I mean, LoM was only 8 episodes a series, as is A2A… some series only have 6. But I guess that a mini-series is something which is self-contained, rather than something on-going as it were.

If I'm only supposed to be nominating one of everything, then I'm failing spectacularly aren't I? Whenever a kid at school asks me, "Miss, what kind of music do you like, then?" I have a hard time answering, because how can I pick Mozart over Mahler or The Beatles over The Who? It depends on so many things - what mood I'm in, what I've been listening to recently, what's caught my ear lately. My answer would be different each day, probably, and it's no different with books or films... or TV shows.

So here, once again, I fail at choosing, because there are several candidates for "favourite" mini-series. Bugger it. It's my meme, so I'm choosing more than one!

It is a truth universally acknowledged... )
caz963: (leverage gang)
Today I have to post about my Guilty Pleasure Show.

*scratches head*

Um. )
caz963: (donna looking up)
Today, it's the turn of my favourite female character.

I didn't have to think about this one at all really. Well, no, actually I did, because I had to make sure that I was choosing my favourite rather than the one that's currently on my mind.

But the answer was the same -

The most important woman in the whole of creation )
caz963: (DT shades b&w)
I might have been looking forward to this one. Just a bit. Because... today on the 30 Days of TV meme - my favourite male character.

I don't have to post anything else, do I? You all know where I'm going to go. And that I can't name just one -

Don't make me choose! )
caz963: (DW Ten TPS)
Today, I have to post about my favourite childhood show.

Huh. Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.

Having reached my advanced age, it's a bit hard to remember what I used to watch as a kid other than Doctor Who, of course... and here I am, thirty-five-odd years later still watching it. The earliest thing I can EVER remember seeing on TV is Patrick Troughton and Frazer Hines being chased through a disused underground tunnel by a Yeti! Three was my Doctor - until Ten came along - and Jo and Sarah-Jane were my companions.

There are two other shows that made an impression on me though - enough of one for me to remember them more than thirty years after I first saw them.

The first is a show - a sci-fi show, quelle surprise! - called The Tomorrow People. I think it ran from the mid 70s and it was about a group of kids/teens who had evolved beyond "homo sapiens" to become "homo superior". They were telepathic, were able to teleport around and do all sorts of other cool stuff. It ran for about 5 or 6 years I think - and it was revived in the 90s, although I didn't watch.

The other show I remember was a serial called Children of the Stones. The main character and his son moved to this rather creepy village in which there was a mysterious stone circle. I remember it was pretty scary, too - and there was timey-wimey stuff as well as a Village of the Damned thing going on with the locals.

I'd love to see it again - I'm sure that some of it won't stand the test of time, but I remember it was a bloody good story and that, at the end of the day, is the most important thing. Actually, I'm surprised it hasn't been re-made.

Oh - and special mention goes to Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet :-) I still watch 'em when they're on... oh, the nostalgia!
caz963: (doc & donna laughing)
Today's task - An episode you've watched more than 5 times

Blimey. It's not getting any easier as the days pass, is it?

The diffculty here is the word AN as in only one, because there are quite a few. As you'd expect, they all come from my favourite shows... stands to reason really, because you wouldn't watch an episode more than five times if you didn't like it, would you?

So I can't name just one episode I've seen more than five times.

Lists and vids under here )

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