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Star Wars & Doctor Who & Simon & Simon

Which would be a fascinating crossover, but instead is just a post. One heck of an anticlimax, but there you go.

I am distinctly unFacebookian, so ordinarily I wouldn't link to anything there, but this has been doing the fandom rounds, and I love it. It may be the best Star Warsian thing ever created (except for anything involving Han, Chewie and Lando going very fast in a spaceship, obviously).


Fans are brilliant. When they're not being ranty anyway.

Elsewhere, I have been feeling very ungrateful. The BBC has kindly made me much New Who, with proper SFX and an actual budget, but all that I really care about is the old stuff. I've been watching "Inferno"! Grumpy green werewolves from the centre of the Earth! Parallel UNIT! Benton with fangs! And they were all wearing eyepatches, the rotters! It's wonderful. I haven't finished it yet (one more episode to go), but I can't see it going bad before the end. And even if the story itself weren't fun enough on its own, HAVOC certainly are. I couldn't have chosen a better tribute to Derek Ware if I'd tried. Every five minutes, one of his gang seems to leap off something, or through something, or into something. Also fisticuffs. Hurrah! I do sort of wish we could have kept parallel Liz though. Not that I have anything against the regular flavour as such, but that blonde wig of hers is ridiulous, and the dark one suits her much better. Also I liked parallel Liz's sarky attitude, and her Brigadier-shooting. Also also, more telly should involve people called Olaf Pooley, just because - and especially if they're mugging at the camera whilst painted green.

So yes, that was fun. I've actually never seen "Inferno" before - there's a few of those very early Pertwees that I've still to see. He's one of my favourite Doctors, so it's nice to still have a few gaps to fill. They are running out though. (No fair). Even though Sean Pertwee is ageing into a splendid reconstruction of his father, he is so far failing to rush about in a cape and fight monsters. Except when he does. And they wouldn't make it right these days anyway.

Elsewhere, in a world sadly devoid of spaceships (although AJ Simon does spend chunks of the first season wearing the Third Doctor's jacket), my rewatch has turned up what must be one of the most hilariously fan-servicey episodes of Simon & Simon ever made. Rick gets AJ into a competition with a body-building nut. Watch AJ do push-ups! Watch AJ do chin-ups! Basically watch AJ flexing bits for a prolonged period. Then watch AJ get the stuffing beaten out of him, and Rick go on one of his over-protective rampages. It's like somebody back in 1986 hacked into fanfiction.net via a timewarp.

Oh, and I finished reading Once A Crooked Man, otherwise known as the first book by David McCallum. It's good, for the most part. Massive amount of brand names getting thrown about. As an habitual viewer of ye olde BBC, which had a terror of anything that might be seen as advertising, this tends to make me twitch. I did like the characters though, and the story was a good one, with at least one decent trope annihilation. He shouldn't be allowed to write sex scenes though. I say this not to be a prude (though I am, admittedly, the sort who rolls their eyes at such things, and waits for a return to the fisticuffs), but he really, really shouldn't be allowed to write sex scenes. At least without a lot more practice.

And that I think is that.

PS: Beneath the cut, AJ Simon, modelling a brilliantly Thirdish outfit. Only in the 1980s would a bookish introvert wear a conservative black three-piece that's bright red on the inside. Oh, 1980s. Stylistically you were bonkers, but your telly was good.

That's the problem with eighties hair. It really slows you down in a chase scene.


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Jan. 30th, 2016 12:42 pm (UTC)
Fans are brilliant. When they're not being ranty anyway. Lol and true:)

Don't forget the stock footage of the volcano at the beginning! I would like to see a real erupting volcano if it wasn't so dangerous. I want lava not smoke. The Pertwee years were HAVOK-tastic. 'The Ambassadors of Death' DVD is another good one for them.

I'm worried about Sean's arm - has the retro sofa eaten it? Have they checked for autons/the master?

So that's why Bessie went so fast - it was the lining!

I'm glad 'Simon and Simon' is still being good to you.
Jan. 30th, 2016 04:50 pm (UTC)
I hadn't noticed that! Sean, you fool, you should know better than to go near a plastic sofa! His Instagram account is worth keeping an eye on, incidentally. As well as occasional "dressing up as dad" shenanigans, he's also posted some nice stuff of Jon. And yay, I have 'Ambassadors' up next. It should come first, but I fancied some parallel universing.
Jan. 31st, 2016 12:34 pm (UTC)
Enjoy all the rushing about, Bessie-ing, weirs, big buttons and Ronald Allen hanging around being tall:)
Jan. 31st, 2016 04:46 pm (UTC)
Sounds excellent! :)
Jan. 30th, 2016 03:09 pm (UTC)
Bookish introvert who wears black with red trim -- isn't that the definition of "Goth"? :P

Speaking of Three, have you read Jeri Massi's fanfic? I stumbled upon it the other day and immediately thought of you. http://www.jeriwho.net/whofic/whofic.htm
Jan. 30th, 2016 04:51 pm (UTC)
Ha, you could be right!

And no, I had never heard of her. I will have a look, thank you. :)
Feb. 1st, 2016 08:55 pm (UTC)
Star Wars & Doctor Who & Simon & Simon
Which would be a fascinating crossover, but instead is just a post. One heck of an anticlimax, but there you go.

Someone somewhere undoubtedly has a WIP of this on dog-eared paper stashed under their bed.

That ep of Simon & Simon sounds awesomely good. I bet it was a hit with teen fans.
Feb. 3rd, 2016 05:01 am (UTC)
If so, I hope they have a good clear out under the bed some time, and decide to share! Although it would be a very strange tale, it's true. :)
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