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captainbritish:

We are the Wanderers in the Fourth Dimension, a Doctor Who podcast with your hosts Captain British and Major Stratos. This week we discuss the brand new season of Doctor Who featuring Peter Capaldi as well as discuss our theories and expectations on the show’s future.

If you like what we do then please feel free to subscribe and hit us up with a comment, tell us how we’re doing!

Choco and I decided to get our Doctor Who podcast going again, huzzah. Give it a listen, if you’re so inclined. We’d love to hear your feedback!

Plugs for Dash.

universeinthebox:

Listen/purchase: Stray Ami Soundtrack - Part 1 by Trevor Hamer

Hey guys! Just a quick reminder that the first Stray Ami soundtrack is Available on Bandcamp for $1+, meaning that you can get it for $1, or if you’d like to give more to help support our amazing composer, Trevor Hamer, you can! Every bit is appreciated, and it’s a lovely soundtrack, you can listen to it above, and click the links in the player to purchase.

And even if you can’t please spread the word! 

Important! This is such a lovely soundtrack, it always helps me write, and I highly recommend you buy it, or give it a listen! Trevor works so hard to make every episode sound amazing, so please show him your support!

universeinthebox:

drawsomething:

One of the plane doodles I did this last weekend was for the podcast Stray Ami. After giving it a listen, I thought that maybe I wanted to try to do a bit more for it than just a little sketchbook doodle. 

Stray Ami is a story told by Blanc, the imaginary friend of a little girl named Andale. It’s a terribly sweet story that’s also a little bit nostalgic for me, and little bit sad and a whole lot wondrous. It’s everything I remember about childhood, told in an imaginative and enjoyable way. 

Blanc loves Andale dearly, and listening to him tell the story makes it incredibly easy to love her (and him, too). 

I would heartily suggest everyone I know to go give it a listen, too. 

You can find it here, on their website
or you can subscribe to it on itunes
or follow them on tumblr!  
or facebook, for the strange and brave folk who use facebook. 

What I’m saying is that I love this story and want you guys to listen to it and love it too, the end. 

A lovely bit of fanart from a wonderful artist named Noel, along with a ringing endorsement of the Podcast! A huge thanks to her for this amazing piece of Blanc and Andale, it is just so beautiful and wonderfully done, it is certifiably amazing, and we dearly appreciate it, and the good press!

From the staff to her, we must say we frankly cannot stop smiling. 

Thank you,

-Universeinthebox

*Falls over dead*

Since this has filled my inbox for days, I’ll go ahead and address it DOCTOR WHO SPOILERS BELOW.

My Thoughts on Deep Breath

Honestly….I liked it but I wasn’t a huge fan…

Let me preface by saying that I Had absolutely no problems with Capaldi as the Doctor. He was lovely and different, I think he’s the most unique Doctor we’ve had in a while, which should be quite interesting. He’s kinda like Three mixed with One and just a dash of Forth, since he has a simular kinda weird, older face, and pulls of that Forth-y kind of ‘I might like you, or hold you in total contempt, you will never know because my face is so hard to read’ kinda look.

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I mean look at that face, he could just be listening to you passively, or plotting to throw you into the sun. He’s MUCH less readable than 11 or 10, which is fresh. I loved that ‘Attack Eyebrows’ comment, and a lot of his time on screen has some REALLY smart and clever dialog that you might not catch first time round. 

Alright, now with that out of the way, let me say the biggest thing that bugged me about this episode.

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This dinosaur. This dinosaur right here was a BIG problem for me. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the moments where the Doctor was translating for her, and seeing him so broken up at the loss of a creature so alien to us (Figuratively) was great characterization. It made for a FANTASTIC opening that could really only happen in Doctor Who, but my problem was…after the dinosaur met it’s end…it really wasn’t properly addressed again. It’s never properly explained how they manged to BURN A DINOSAUR TO CINDERS, as a matter of fact the method of spontaneous combustion in general is kinda glossed over. It’s not a big part of the Half Faced Man’s character. Usually if the first half of your episode sets up spontaneous combustion as a large part of a murder plot, it’s delved into a little bit more, but it was just kinda glossed over once the Dino was out of the picture.

The problem, the big problem, for me was that after the dinosaur was gone, you could have totally forgotten it happened and if you changed one or two lines in the later half only slightly it wouldn’t have mattered. It could have been anything in the middle of London, there was nothing except for a few bits of technobable about eye-fluid that necessitated that it be a dinosaur.

And I know what you might be thinking ‘It helps explain just how long the Half Faced Man has been on earth’, and that’s true. But the same thing could have been explained any old way. The Doctor could have found an ancient plant or a bit of amber around the restaurant. The thing that bugged me is, IF YOU’RE GONNA HAVE A DINOSAUR IN THE MIDDLE OF VICTORIAN LONDON THAT BETTER BE YOUR MAIN PLOTLINE. 

I’m sorry, but that is just not a sideplot. That is not something that you ignore for the rest of the episode. I mean sure, if you want to use that to explain the age of the robots in London, go ahead, but you still put a dinosaur in the middle of Victorian London. They try to kind of handwave why that’s not in the historybooks by having one guy say ‘It’s the government’ but I gotta call shenanigans on that. The fact that the people of London know what dinosaurs are in whatever time-period that was means that someone, somewhere in that town knows their dinosaurs and brought said knowledge to the masses. If that didn’t make a FOOTNOTE in modern history, you’ve got a problem. 

I’m sorry if I seem really stuck on the dinosaur thing, but can you blame me? I was EXCITED when I saw that in the trailer, I thought that was the CLIMAX of an episode. ‘Oh God, a dinosaur in the middle of London, that can’t be good’, but nope, it’s gone halfway through and used to explain 5% of the villain’s back-story. I mean…just…just no! If you’re gonna do something that out there, that strange and that creative, you had better bloody well explain it all the way through, and there’d better be a satisfying pay off. By bringing that element into the world of your story the viewer expects something to be done with it. You can’t open with a T-Rex in the middle of London and have that as a SIDE PLOT. 

Okay…Okay I’m done….

OKAY WAIT NO I AM NOT DONE

AGAIN I’M SORRY BUT I LOVE DINOSAURS OKAY? And Doctor who has only recently been able to do anything with dinosaurs, we got Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, which I liked a fair bit, but before that the most we got were the Silurians and a third Doctor Audiodrama/book:

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If you’re gonna put a dinosaur in all your trailers, IN THE MIDDLE OF LONDON NO LESS, I want that dinosaur to be a main part of the plot. And that’s not just a personal preference, it is a legitimate pacing problem. If you watch the first half, and the second half of this episode, it seems like two different episodes. There’s just too much going on. It’s writing 101, if you introduce too many fantastic elements things get muddled. 

I mean the episode should have been about robots running a restaurant that steals human body parts (Which is a GOOD set up) or about a dinosaur in Victorian London. If I said the sentence: I want to write a story about an organ stealing restaurant set in Victorian London, where a dinosaur chokes on the TARDIS and gets transported to that time-period and blown up in the middle of the city’ I’d get whacked on the head. It made the episode too busy and I didn’t like it. 

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Okay…now I’m done…I just…I really like dinosaurs okay?

Anyway, moving on from that, I liked a lot of the rest of the episode. I’ve had a really hard time connecting to Clara since she got in as companion, and I thought she had some really, really great moments in this episode, so I’m starting to warm up to her. There’s been this really weird habit of the writers (And while Moffat gets the brunt of my ire there are people beyond him) of kind of hand waving her durring the last few episodes. She was hardly there in the 50th, and her big moment in 11’s last episode was to cry against a crack in the wall and beg OTHER people to save him. That Clara and this Clara don’t even seem like the same person, this Clara out bluffed a robot who was wearing other people like a suit, into not hurting her in a metaphorical poker game where all she had to play with were Uno cards. 

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This doesn’t seem like the ‘Sidekick’ Clara we have been seeing since she came back from her Victorian death (Baring Rings of Akhaten and Hide.) This is the Clara that kicks fanny in her own right and if left alone by the Doctor could probably talk down the Daleks with a spoon. THAT is the Clara I’ve been wanting to see, and seeing it made me grin like a moron.

Now that’s not to say that Clara’s problem free. To me, one of the main themes of the episode fell a little flat. The theme is of her being so bugged by the Doctor’s change of face. Vastra is very harsh to her about this in a leagthy scene in which she calls her out for being shallow. The reason that scene doesn’t mesh with me is that…it really doesn’t seem like Clara of all people should be THIS shocked about it, if anything she should be taking it better than the Victorian crew. She lived an infinity of lives with EVERY Doctor, this should just be another week for her. And even if the defense that she may not remember all of that is posed (Which they should really address in-canon at some point, it seems like it’d be kinda important to her character) she was there durring the 50th, she stood in the same room with three of the Doctor.

imageI mean I don’t care if the War Doctor is younger than Capaldi as far as casting goes, he looks like ten miles of bad road in a hailstorm and she was hunky dory with meeting him. This could not feasibly have been a surprise to her. She had to be the most prepared of any companion in modern Who for this kind of thing, and a HUGE chunk of the episode is her reacting rather poorly to it. It takes the 11th Doctor calling her up (An admittedly touching scene I liked) to get her to really warm up to him. I mean sure, she saw her best friend change right in front of her, but she literally got pecked on the cheek by another version of him once, AND saw a version of him thought to have committed mass genocide. It just seems a bit odd to me to hinge such a large part of the episode on her reaction when she basically had a crash course in regeneration. 

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As for the ‘Victorian Crew’ as I’ve dubbed them. I like these characters, I liked them when they were introduced, and I like them now, but they need to evolve a little. I know Drax’s antics are funny, and that whole tossing Clara the paper scene literally made me pause the episode, but they need to evolve a little. They’ve been here since A Good Man Goes to War and they really haven’t changed much. We get the same jokes every time we see them. Moffat kind of points and says ‘Oooh Lesbians, how weird and funny’ to the point where I think Vastra and Jenny’s genuinely interesting relationship has become more of a gag than a legitimate part of the universe, and those funny Antics from Drax are getting predictable. When they were first introduced it made the Doctor’s universe seem huge. It was “Wow, he met all these people while we weren’t looking’, but returning to those same characters every time he needs a sulk or a rest makes the universe seem a bit smaller. I’d like some variance. I mean every season has a ‘Hub’ time period that’s usually the modern day, and I like that they’re changing it up so that the hub is a bit less familiar, but usually the characters at the hub are drastically affected by the Doctor’s actions, and have to change and adapt as a result. Thus, returning to that period of time has a bit of suspense. Sure this is because those characters are usually ‘Normal’, but even creatures from beyond the stars can change…They just seem kinda samey, to the point where when I see them in an episode I get kinda wary, which makes me sad. 

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Okay, away from that, back to the good stuff. In the end, though I think the Half Faced Man could have been served better as a villain if half the episode focused on him more rather than the dinosaur, I DID like him. The actor did a great job, and the villain fits thematically with the themes of the episode, amazingly so actually. If the episode focused purely on those themes, the man who steals faces being met by a Doctor dealing with his newest visage, it could have been amazing. The Doctor is wondering who he is now, and if his long life has made him so alien to his past self that he’s just not the same man anymore. That is a wonderful crises for the Doctor to have, and that speech about replacing the head and the handle of a broom was one of the best moments of Doctor Who I’ve seen in a while. The problem for me was they tried to do too much with it, the episode seems too busy and the pacing suffers. If they’d had more of a slow build instead of ‘Dinosaur in London’ as the opener, to build up the villain and build a structure upon those good themes presented later, I feel it would have been stronger. 

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All in all I just feel it suffers from some problems that the series has been plagued with a lot in its newest incarnation. They’ve begun to kind of handwave the effects the Doctor’s travels to the past have on the future (That is not a new problem, giant cyberman in ye’old London town? Come on, that’s gotta be pretty important when Light-bulbs aren’t even terribly common. 11 handwaves it, but never commits to explaining.), the series grows a bit too muddled at times (Again, not a new problem, but particularly noticeable with Moffat and his longer arcs). And Moffat continues to be really weird about women in general, I’m not sure I like that new (Possible) villian from the end of the episode. I think we kinda did the whole ‘Maybe evil, maybe not’ love interest business with River Song, but that seems to be the only kind of villain to appear in Moffat story-lines. The second I heard the word ‘Boyfriend’ I groaned audibly. I know he can do better than this, but as of late I’ve kinda lost faith in him as a person and as a writer. It’s really sad because I do love this show, and there are some sparkling moments of pure brilliance in here, but there’s so bogged down by a disjointed plotline, bad pacing and odd characterization as far as Clara’s delima that I kinda just lose my excitement.

I do look forwards to the next episode, and seeing Capaldi settle into his role more, but I’m kinda worried…That’s all I’ll say for now.

-Squeak

Anonymous asked: Hey Squeak! I just had a quick question: how many different projects are you a part of? I know pony in a box and universe in a box and I love your work in them, but I wanted to know all of the other things you're involved in. Thanks! :)

Well, besides Ponyinabox and Universeinthebox, I’m not up to terribly much. I’m also maginally involved with Docsinabox, I THINK, I’m an honorary member of Ponies with Pockets, and I’m the writer of the Doc-and-Jack-Pony blog.

I’m also working on a couple novellas, including Misprinted, which is out now for PWYW.

awesomearriacom4286love asked: Squeak when is your brithday?

Actually it already passed, it was July 9th, I’ve just been a derp (And got very sick for a minute) and hadn’t checked my P.O box in a few weeks. 

There was another package in my P.O Box today, and this one came all the way from Italy! It was from Fabrizo, who played Goggles in Tales of a Junk Town Pony Peddler, and whom has been a friend for a while. I’ve never gotten anything from Italy before, I spent a while just looking at the packaging!

Inside was a letter on this really nice soft paper, and a note wishing me a Happy Birthday! Fabrizo, you have REALLY nice handwriting, my return letter will probably not look this fancy. In anycase, inside the package was one of my favorite things! 

A book! I love reading and discovering new authors, and this book is just filled with lovely illustrations. I can’t wait to read it, I adore when friends recommend things for me to read, let alone actually send me things to read. I’ll have to post a review when I have read it. It looks extremely interesting! 
Thanks a ton Fabrizo, this is a lovely book, and I’ve never gotten anything from Italy before. I am sending you many hugs from America, and a thank you letter with my terrible, terrible handwriting. Onwards and Upwards! 
-Squeak 
P.O Box #9121
1440 w Edgewood Ave
 Jacksonville, Florida 32208 USA.

There was another package in my P.O Box today, and this one came all the way from Italy! It was from Fabrizo, who played Goggles in Tales of a Junk Town Pony Peddler, and whom has been a friend for a while. I’ve never gotten anything from Italy before, I spent a while just looking at the packaging!

Inside was a letter on this really nice soft paper, and a note wishing me a Happy Birthday! Fabrizo, you have REALLY nice handwriting, my return letter will probably not look this fancy. In anycase, inside the package was one of my favorite things! 

A book! I love reading and discovering new authors, and this book is just filled with lovely illustrations. I can’t wait to read it, I adore when friends recommend things for me to read, let alone actually send me things to read. I’ll have to post a review when I have read it. It looks extremely interesting! 

Thanks a ton Fabrizo, this is a lovely book, and I’ve never gotten anything from Italy before. I am sending you many hugs from America, and a thank you letter with my terrible, terrible handwriting. Onwards and Upwards! 

-Squeak 

P.O Box #9121

1440 w Edgewood Ave

 Jacksonville, Florida 32208 USA.

I got another package from Mr.Hobbs, to whom Good Show Goodnight was dedicated last year. His newborn daughter is apparently doing very well, and he cannot wait until she is old enough to listen to the plays! That warms my heart immensely. In anycase, inside the package?

He made this lovely plaque, with all the kind words my staff sent me in their dedication short Bittersweet Squeaks. The glass on the front got kinda beat up, along with the frame, but it was so sweet, and so thoughtful it made me tear up nonetheless. I’m going to fix the frame and hang it up right in the middle of my wall, it’s such a lovely thing. He also included his own kind words at the bottom, and it’s just so heartwarming. 
Thank you so much! This is wonderful,
-Squeak 
P.O Box #9121
1440 w Edgewood Ave
 Jacksonville, Florida 32208 USA.

I got another package from Mr.Hobbs, to whom Good Show Goodnight was dedicated last year. His newborn daughter is apparently doing very well, and he cannot wait until she is old enough to listen to the plays! That warms my heart immensely. In anycase, inside the package?

He made this lovely plaque, with all the kind words my staff sent me in their dedication short Bittersweet Squeaks. The glass on the front got kinda beat up, along with the frame, but it was so sweet, and so thoughtful it made me tear up nonetheless. I’m going to fix the frame and hang it up right in the middle of my wall, it’s such a lovely thing. He also included his own kind words at the bottom, and it’s just so heartwarming. 

Thank you so much! This is wonderful,

-Squeak 

P.O Box #9121

1440 w Edgewood Ave

 Jacksonville, Florida 32208 USA.

I got another package today, this one from the PIAB staff, apparently purchased from Etsy, inside?

A DOCTOR WHOOVES MESSENGER BAG! 
This is so cute I swear, and it’s the perfect size for me, I can put my sonic screwdriver inside and everything. I’ve started carying around a sketchbook recently and this makes it so much easier to carry! Plus now when I bike to the post office, I can put whatever has arrived, in an actual messenger bag. This is so neat, it has little clasps.

And an inner pocket for smaller items!

It’s so practical and nice looking, I’m going to use it whenever I can! 
A huge thank you to the PIAB staff, you guys are amazing and you once again have me ginning like an idiot. 
-Squeak 
P.O Box #9121
1440 w Edgewood Ave
 Jacksonville, Florida 32208 USA.

I got another package today, this one from the PIAB staff, apparently purchased from Etsy, inside?

A DOCTOR WHOOVES MESSENGER BAG! 

This is so cute I swear, and it’s the perfect size for me, I can put my sonic screwdriver inside and everything. I’ve started carying around a sketchbook recently and this makes it so much easier to carry! Plus now when I bike to the post office, I can put whatever has arrived, in an actual messenger bag. This is so neat, it has little clasps.

And an inner pocket for smaller items!

It’s so practical and nice looking, I’m going to use it whenever I can! 

A huge thank you to the PIAB staff, you guys are amazing and you once again have me ginning like an idiot. 

-Squeak 

P.O Box #9121

1440 w Edgewood Ave

 Jacksonville, Florida 32208 USA.