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21st May 2005 (at a little past 18:30!)

I am a bad, bad fan. I'd been planning all year to do something when the 21st May ticked around, but everything's been so crazy lately that I forgot. And now it's been and gone, and I am so, so sorry, Jack. Believe it or not (sometimes it seems like it, sometimes it definitely doesn't), the 21st was the tenth anniversary of the first screening of "The Empty Child" - the tenth anniversary of the day that Captain Jack Harkness made his debut. I have never really been happy with New Who, I admit. It usually pleases me well enough whilst it's on, but once it's over I rarely rewatch it, and don't often remember what it was about. I didn't really like the Ninth Doctor; I hated the Tenth, and came to hate Rose too in his company; I couldn't stand Donna Noble; and John Simms' Master was worse than the whole lot of them combined. And then some. But Jack... Doctors aside, Jack's the best thing to happen to the show since Ian and Barbara. And I'm sorry that I didn't celebrate your anniversary properly, Jack. It's nothing personal. As a consolation prize, here's my favourite Jack fanvid, from years ago, by somebody named Senmurv. I love it.



So happy tenth, Captain Jack. I miss you and your swishy coat, and your smile and your indiscriminate flirting. You know, ten years on, and swashbuckling gay/bi/othersexual heroes are still in pretty short supply - basically there's still just Jack, and that's more than a little bit rubbish. He's getting lonely, television. Isn't it time that we gave him a friend?

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lost_spook
May. 23rd, 2015 05:47 am (UTC)
Aw, happy birthday, Jack! And that is a fun vid. :-)
swordznsorcery
May. 23rd, 2015 09:32 am (UTC)
It is fun, yes. YT had it blocked for years, but it came back recently. Sometimes there is at least a little justice in the world! :)
oonaseckar
May. 23rd, 2015 07:01 am (UTC)
swashbuckling gay/bi/othersexual heroes are still in pretty short supply
Buffy! In the graphic novels, at least, er, sorry if this is spoilery for you but she gets herself a ladyfriend at one point. Score one for the ladies! I'm wracking my brains because I could swear that there's at least one other female bi action hero/sff star who's bi, but it won't come to me. I don't mean Willow, I guess we're not counting sidekicks.

You don't like Doctor Donna? *wounded* OMG. Love her so much. I guess we have opposite tastes in New Who. I also adore Chris Ecclestone and I like John Simms too.

Hang on, Constantine! Carrying the, um, what colours is the bi flag? I don't know if his orientation is faithfully rendered in the telly production, though, and I have an uneasy feeling it isn't. Didn't care for the telly version anyway, though. Groo, the insects ep, eeeeeep.

ETA: Xena Warrior Princess! *Lucy Lawless eeeping and squeaking* *swoons*

Edited at 2015-05-23 10:04 am (UTC)
swordznsorcery
May. 23rd, 2015 09:39 am (UTC)
Oh, I loved TV Constantine. I know a few comics fans who didn't like it though. And they had him show precious little interest in anybody, so his sexuality was anybody's guess! But yes, women don't do too badly. That's a bit faily on its own though really. Gay/bi women are sexy, because men like them (allegedly). Gay and bi men, on the other hand, are not allowed to buckle their swashes, at least in the mainstream media. At a push they're allowed to be sidekicks. There's a Torchwood book called Trace Memory, and that has Jack doing proper swashlebucking, and rescuing his (male) love interest in proper daring style. It's fab (it's a properly good book anyway). But on the whole "hero" still has a pretty narrow definition.
liadtbunny
May. 23rd, 2015 10:45 am (UTC)
A super vid indeed:D And Happy Belated B'day Jack!

Yes, it is pretty rubbish when you can count heroes on the fingers of one stump. So much for diversity!
swordznsorcery
May. 23rd, 2015 04:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah... When Jack came along (and Lucifer Box right after) it rather pointed out how dull it is when you get the same sort of heroes time after time. Boy meets girl. Girl is pretty, boy is heroic. Insert sex scene here. Sometimes they try to turn that on its head ("Cutthroat Island" had the girl being the heroic one, and the boy needing to be rescued by her, but it bombed badly, probably for exactly that reason. I love it to pieces though). Boy rescuing boy, or girl rescuing girl, would at least be a change of scenery!

*grumble grumble*
liadtbunny
May. 24th, 2015 12:20 pm (UTC)
Boy rescuing boy, or girl rescuing girl, would lead to one half being killed off and the other weeping on a diff gender's shoulder (how cynical am I?).

swordznsorcery
May. 24th, 2015 12:39 pm (UTC)
Cynical, but probably right!
emeraldarrows
May. 24th, 2015 05:23 pm (UTC)
Aw, I love Jack sooo much. :D
swordznsorcery
May. 24th, 2015 07:36 pm (UTC)
Of course! Everybody with sense loves Jack. :) And we've already established that you have good taste.

Except in your choice of favourite Cartwright brother. ;)
emeraldarrows
May. 24th, 2015 07:49 pm (UTC)
LOL. :D
meathiel
May. 27th, 2015 08:53 am (UTC)
Wait what ... you don't like Ten???
swordznsorcery
May. 29th, 2015 04:21 am (UTC)
I used to. He and Rose started to bug me though. And then his treatment of Martha and Jack was unpleasant, and by the time he finally left, I was glad to be shot of him. I just rewatched the Martha season for the first time though, and he annoyed me a lot less this time. I'm going to give the Rose season a go again some time too.

I do really like David Tennant, I must say. Such a nice bloke, and I really wish I liked his Doctor more!
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