fajrdrako: ([Doctor Who] - Jack/Rose)


Last night I watched the Doctor Who episodes "The Empty Child" and "The Doctor Dances", because it happened to be on the SPACE channel when I was having supper with Pim. She's kind to me; she knows it's my favourite Doctor Who story. It's a while since I've seen it, and I loved it again. I didn't even argue with her when she said the story made no sense. I think it makes more sense than most Steven Moffat plots. Things often make no sense to her, that make good sense to me.

And, well, it's the Captain Jack episode, as far as I'm concerned. Captain Jack at his best.

This morning on the bus as I was on the way to work, a mother got on with a child who looked just like the little boy in "The Doctor Dances". The spitting image. Even the same age, and the same hair - and in the episode, his hair was rucked up by the gas mask; I don't know what this little boy's excuse was. He was equally cute.

The illusion that he was a child from the London Blitz was diminished as soon he started to talk. In French. Playing with Matchbox cars on the bus windowsill with his mother.



Speaking of Captain Jack Harkness... did you all see this wonderful story? Aww, made me sniffly just to read it. Then he made me laugh when he dances with Misha Collins, the most mischeivous angel who ever flew:



The article it accompanies, by Stubby the Rocket, is fun; it's called John Barrowman Kisses Everyone. Because he does.


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An article about Captain Jack Harkness: Captain Jack And River Song Met, Decided They Want A 'Doctor Who' Spinoff. Well, of course they do.

I'd like it too, if only because it's not likely to be the dirge to morosity that Torchwood Miracle Day was. And since the loss of Elisabeth Sladen and The Sarah Jane Adventures, there's a gap to be filled.

Now, I was never, and am not, a big fan of River Song, partly because I saw her as playing the role in Doctor Who that Captain Jack ought to have been playing. Replacing him, in other words. What did she do that he couldn't do better? Nothing that I could see.

Putting them together -- well! It would be like two peas in a pod, but why not? They'd be fun. They'd be loads of fun.

Bring it on.

As for the rest of the article: I don't want to know the Doctor's name, and I'm hoping that episode won't tell us, despite its name. And: why is Captain Jack being left out of the Doctor Who special? I had thought that since Steven Moffat was the first writer to write Captain Jack, that he'd want to include him. Perhaps he sees him as a Russell T Davies creation, and doesn't like the character.

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30 Days of Doctor Who: Question 20: Prettiest scene.

We're back to "The Empty Child": Captain Jack and Rose dance on top of his invisible spaceship tethered to Big Ben.



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30 Days of Doctor Who: Question 19: Favourite Jack moment.

...All of them?

No, really, much as I loved Captain Jack Harkness and the idea of Captain Jack Harkness, there are lots of Jack moments I don't like, and they came with increasing frequency as time went on. So... my favourite?

At the end of "The Doctor Dances", when Captain Jack has realized that the nanogenes threat to humanity was due to his inadvertent error, and he must rectify the mistake with his life. He does to his death reminiscing about sexual adventures in his past: "The last time I was sentenced to death, I ordered four hypervodkas for my breakfast. All a bit of a blur after that... I woke up in bed with both of my executioners. Lovely couple, they stayed in touch! Can't say that about most executioners." He toasts his ship with a no doubt welcome hypervodka - and is rescued at the last second by the Doctor, who brings him into the TARDIS to dance.



This scene has everything I most loved about Captain Jack and Doctor who: the casual courage (with humour), the neat alien spaceship, the positive sexual attitude, the last-minute rescue, the theme of responsibility and karma. And besides... my three favourite Doctor Who characters, all together for once.

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30 Days of Doctor Who: Question 7: Favourite episode.

A two-parter: "The Empty Child" and "The Doctor Dances".

Reasons:

  1. It was one of the better uses of time travel: set in London during the Blitz. An interesting time, portrayed in an interesting and different way.

  2. I love the nanogene plot: the 'villains' were not really villains, but wanted to make humanity perfect, and didn't know how to get it right.

  3. The story introduced Captain Jack Harkness, and he was at his best. Funny, smart, personable, forming an instant bond with Rose and the Doctor. I loved the rapport between them. I loved the idea of the Time Agents - and yes, I know it wasn't new with this episode, but it was new to me - and Jack's quest to find out what happened to him.

  4. Rose had a terrific Union Jack T-shirt.



  5. I loved the theme of the lost, orphan boys being cared for by a resourceful girl sneaking into houses when people went to air raid shelters.

  6. I liked the way Captain Jack realized his responsibility, and was ready to give his life to fix things - and then was saved by the Doctor, and taken into the TARDIS. Lucky Jack.

  7. I loved the theme of the Doctor Dancing.

  8. I loved the period detail.

  9. The story always makes me cry. A little. In a good way.


This is a story by Steven Moffat, and because of this, I thought I liked Moffat's writing. A lot. I thought that with "Blink", too. Funny, though, when we got to more of Steven Moffat's stories, I discovered I didn't like them as much as I expected to. Perhaps he was then putting his greater creative efforts into Sherlock?

I can choose a second favourite Doctor Who episode, it's "Father's Day".

fajrdrako: ([Doctor Who] - Jack/Rose)
Title: Lavender and Rose
Author: [personal profile] fajrdrako
Fandom: Torchwood
Characters: Gwen Cooper/Captain Jack Harkness, Jack/Others
Rating: G
Form: Drabble (100 words)
Disclaimer: Not mine, no claims, all property of the BBC.
Notes: Cross-posted to my Dreamwidth account, my Livejournal account, The Torchwood 100, and my fanfic journal.

Lavender and Rose )

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Title: Temptation
Author: [personal profile] fajrdrako
Fandom: Torchwood
Characters: Gwen Cooper, Captain Jack Harkness
Rating: G
Form: Drabble (100 words)
Disclaimer: Not mine, no claims, all property of the BBC.
Notes: For the Torchwood 100 challenge 'Piece of Cake'. Cross-posted to my Dreamwidth account, my Livejournal account, The Torchwood 100, and my fanfic journal.

Temptation )

Patience

Nov. 15th, 2011 11:07 pm
fajrdrako: ([Captain Jack Harkness])




Title: Patience
Author: [personal profile] fajrdrako
Fandom: Torchwood
Characters: Captain Jack Harkness, Ianto Jones
Rating: G
Disclaimer: Not mine, no claims, all property of BBC.

Patience )

fajrdrako: ([Torchwood] - Captain John Hart)




Title: The Red and the Black
Author: [personal profile] fajrdrako
Fandom: Torchwood
Characters: Jack/Ianto, Captain Jack Harkness/Captain John Hart
Challenge: tw100, challenge: contrast
Rating: G
Disclaimer: Not mine, no claims, all property of the BBC.
Notes: Cross-posted to my Dreamwidth account, my lj, guns_n_poodles, tw100, and to my fanfiction journal.

The Red and the Black )

fajrdrako: ([Doctor Who] - Doctor/Jack)




It's been a long time since I've written fanfic of any type.

Title: The Sensory Infusion of Pegasus Tor
Author: [personal profile] fajrdrako
Fandom: Doctor Who
Characters: The Ninth Doctor, Captain Jack Harkness
Challenge: from [personal profile] baronjanus (Thank you!)
Rating: G
Disclaimer: Not mine, no claims, all property of the BBC.
Notes: 805 words.

The Sensory Infusion of Pegasus Tor )

fajrdrako: ([Captain Jack Harkness])




From time to time I go to The Comic Book Shoppe and stare happily at the beautiful busts they have. Favourite characters, like Magneto, Gambit, and Logan. Emma Frost. Natasha Romanov.

So today Forbidden Planet sends me an announcement: they have a Captain Jack Harkness bust.

Lovely.

If they come up with a Daken bust that looks good, I'm doomed.

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Title: Imprisonment
Author: fajrdrako
Fandom: Torchwood
Characters: Captain Jack Harkness, Toshiko Sato
Challenge: tw100, challenge: locked in a room
Rating: G
Disclaimer: Not mine, no claims, all property of the BBC.
Notes: Spoilers for Torchwood episode 2x12, "Fragments". Cross-posted to my Dreamwidth account, my lj, tw100, toshiko_sato, and to my fanfiction journal.

Imprisonment )

fajrdrako: ([Torchwood] - Jack/Ianto)


From LJ's fannish5: Name five characters whose fashion sense you admire.

Thank you, fannish5, for giving me the opportunity for picspam.

I decided that to make this list manageable, I'd pick characters from TV shows. There are many whose look I don't like: I don't generally like the Doctor's fashion sense, for example. Eleven almost had it, but blew it with the blow tie. Nine looked good, but not striking - no, that's wrong, he was striking, but it was his presence, not his clothes, and not the way he wore them. Clark Kent's farmboy fashions didn't impress me. Dean Winchester's cowboy non-chic has a certain charm. Then there's the Trenchoat Brigade: John Constantine, Castiel, Columbo - what, do they all start with a C?

Without further ado... )

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