Tansy Rayner Roberts

Watching New Who: The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon

July 15th, 2014

We are incredibly honoured to have tied for the William Atheling Jr Award, alongside Galactic Suburbia. Thank you to everyone who voted for us, and to all our readers for your support and for spreading the word. We also want to thank Lynne Thomas, Jo Anderton and Kathleen Jennings for their guest contributions. Congratulations to not only Galactic Suburbia on their well deserved win, but all the amazing nominees – you are producing some wonderful writing! We are looking forward to writing many more reviews about the show we love, and hopefully catching up with the new season soon.

David is coming to New Who for the first time, having loved Classic Who as a kid. Tehani is a recent convert, and ploughed through Seasons 1 to 6 (so far) in just a few weeks after becoming addicted thanks to Matt Smith – she’s rewatching to keep up with David! Tansy is the expert in the team, with a history in Doctor Who fandom that goes WAY back, and a passion for Doctor Who that inspires us all.

We are working our way through New Who, using season openers and closers, and Hugo shortlisted episodes, and sometimes a couple of extra episodes we love as our blogging points. Just for fun!


“The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon”

Series 6, Episodes 1 and 2
The Doctor – Matt Smith
Amy Pond – Karen Gillan
Rory Williams – Arthur Darvill
River Song – Alex Kingston
Canton Everett Delaware III – Mark Sheppard
President Richard Nixon – Stuart Milligan

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You Can Leave Your Hat On: the BBC Musketeer Edition Part II

July 14th, 2014

There are going to be three of these now. I’m not sorry.

This is an extra special Musketeer Media Monday month – I’m reviewing the whole Season 1 of The Musketeers (2014) across three blog posts. Check out Part I: Looks Good in Leather.

bbc-three-musketeers-2014promoI’ve come to the conclusion that the BBC series The Musketeers (2014) is largely about the hats. I’m actually fighting the urge to write Musketeer hat fanfic right now.

Seriously, the hats are important. They use their hats as umbrellas, when it rains on them. It rains on them a lot. I don’t know if that’s a Prague thing or if the directors are all very enthusiastic about wet Musketeers.

Each of the Musketeers has a special relationship with his hat. Athos uses his largely for slouching and hiding his feelings, and on one very memorable occasion, faked his own death for half an episode simply by pushing his hat a little further down his face. Aramis’ hat has a long enough brim that he regularly uses it to keep smoke and powder out of his eyes when shooting his musket. Porthos’ hat is larger and fancier than anyone else’s, just like his pretty armour.

D’Artagnan has no hat. That pretty much sums up his relationship to the rest of the Musketeers. He wants to be them, because they are older and better at everything, and they all have really great hats. He is occasionally allowed to borrow hats for comedy and espionage purposes, but otherwise… no hats for you, kid!

Sometimes, the hats are metaphorical.

There are spoilers in these episode reviews. The better the episode, the more spoilery I get. Read with caution, or just watch the show already.

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Galactic Suburbia 104 Show Notes

July 14th, 2014

You can download or stream the new episode here.

In which we gaze into the World of the Future with a double dose of Culture Consumed and Culture Yet To Consume.

Culture We Are Looking Forward To

Alex: new James SA Corey; Isobelle Carmody’s last Obernewtyn novel; every TPP; Guardians of the Galaxy; Snowpiercer; Saga.

Tansy: The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison; Kameron Hurley, The Mirror Empire; Ben Peek, The Godless; Sailor Moon

Alisa: Extant

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ROBOTECH REWATCH 7: Dating in Deep Space

July 12th, 2014

robotech rewatchRobotech will be rewatched after these messages!

I’m enjoying the rewatch so far, not least because Raeli (Ms9.5) is enjoying it along with me. Jem (Ms4.11) is far less convinced, as the aliens scare her which necessitates a regular application of a blankie to the head. She starts perking up with interest once the lady aliens arrive, though…

However, this is not that day!

I’m doing my best to restrain the Minmei bashing (which is an essential aspect of Robotech fandom) because my daughters both like and identify with her. Also, it has to be said, she’s not the only female character who is regularly portrayed as a ditz… and let’s not even get started on the ridiculous inner turmoils of Rick Hunter, Drama Queen.

Minmei’s not the only airhead at this party, is perhaps my point. Though she’s the only one who has age as an excuse… that’s right, it’s birthday party time!

This weekly rewatch of classic animated space opera Robotech is brought to you as bonus content for the Musketeer Space project. Thanks everyone for your support!

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Verity! Extra! – Doctor in a Strange Land

July 10th, 2014

VerityExtraDrStrangeLand-210This week’s Extra! features crossover madness! Join Deb, Erika, Katrina, and Tansy, as we muse over what it would be like to plop the Doctor into other fictional worlds. What makes a good crossover? Which Verity isn’t really comfortable with crossovers? Who coins the term “Capaldi-flicted”? And who observes that Capaldi “gives good cape”? Listen and see!

Then let us know in the comments what fictional worlds you’d like to see the Doctor (and/or his companions) visit. Inquiring Verities want to know!

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Musketeer Space Part 8: The Nesting Habits of Musketeers

July 9th, 2014

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Wednesday is Musketeer Space day! It’s the school holidays here, and I’ve just finished editing a book, so hopefully lots of musketeer writing this week. Thanks everyone for all your lovely comments about Look Good in Leather, the first of my Musketeer Media Monday reviews of the BBC Musketeer series. I’ve been acquiring a whole bunch of other adaptations to review including the Mickey/Goofy one from Disney, the one with Tim Roth, and one that appears to be a gender-swapped Hong Kong action movie. So there’s THAT to look forward to…

I’m SO CLOSE now to the next milestone on Patreon, and really hope we hit that $200 level because I am storing up all kinds of brilliant ideas for a Christmas story. Hello to all new subscribers! Thanks for joining the party.

This chapter is a bit different – the last bit of calm set up and worldbuilding before the first wave of crazy plot antics begins. It’s going to be a fun month!

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PREVIOUSLY IN MUSKETEER SPACE: Dana D’Artagnan came to Paris Satellite to become a Musketeer pilot – but closest she got was befriending three of them. The Regent was pleased with her valiant contribution to drunken bar brawls, and rewarded her with a job – but not the job she wants.


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Looks Good in Leather: the BBC Musketeer Edition Part I (2014)

July 7th, 2014

bbc1It’s Musketeer Media Monday again! This month, we have a series instead of a single movie, so I’ll be reviewing it over more than one Monday.

I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but I think The Musketeers (BBC 2014) may have ruined me for all past and future Musketeer adaptations. Which is a hell of a thing to say when you’re partway through writing your own Musketeer story… but I love this show so much. Stating the bias up front, here. I want to eat this show with a spoon. I have literally bought the t-shirt.

The BBC Musketeers is a gorgeously made show, with full commitment to swords, swagger and scenery. The scripts are fun, irreverent and fast-paced. There are also a huge variety of female characters with agency, who make an active contribution to the story, despite the deep and necessary focus on machismo, brotherhood and other blokey things of blokehood that is part of the Musketeer baggage.

I think the proves the case that sometimes it’s the adaptations that take more liberties that can better capture the spirit of original material. This is a thoroughly modern Musketeers, and maybe in 20 years it will look at dated as Kiefer and Co. do to me now, but I don’t care.

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ROBOTECH REWATCH 6: Death by Flashback

July 5th, 2014

robotech rewatchWelcome back to the Robotech Rewatch, the blog about the show that put all the wrong people in charge! This weekly rewatch of classic animated space opera Robotech is brought to you as bonus content for the Musketeer Space project. Thanks everyone for your support!

Episode 7. Bye Bye Mars

More months have passed.

Like the Wolf in Red Riding Hood, Breetai and Exedore’s Zendraedi forces drop out of hyperspace and get to Mars ahead of the Micronians, ready to set a trap for them as they bring their basket of goodies to Grandmother’s house. Most of the humans on the Mars outpost have already been wiped out by other Zendraedi forces, so it’s a good place to hide.

Exedore is horrified that Breetai has summoned Khyron’s forces for backup. By all accounts, this young blue-haired captain is too nasty for even the Zentraedi, with rumours he has killed his own men for looking at him funny. As soon as Khryon turns up, he establishes himself quickly as an arrogant little shit, who laughs maniacally at random intervals. Oh yeah, Breetai, no way this could possibly go wrong for you.

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Musketeer Space Part 7: A Royal Reception

July 2nd, 2014

Welcome back to Musketeer Space! This is the first chapter with a non-Dana POV scene, and there are going to be lots more of these from now on, as Dumas started changing things up quite a lot in the original, and I’m going to match chapter for chapter as much as I can.

Also, exciting! New characters are introduced here, my gender-swapped versions of King Louis and Queen Anne of Austria. Still quite a few weeks before any diamonds turn up, though.

This week, I sent out the first newsletter, The Pilot’s Slice, to all Patreon supporters of the $3 level or higher. These will be monthly. If you should have received one and didn’t, please let me know. The spaceship names have started rolling in, too, with at least one featured substantially in this chapter!

Finally, this is a red letter week because it’s the first time I’ve had to make a substantial retroactive change to a story detail so far – Treville is now ranked as an Amiral, not a Commander because I messed up her title before. And yes, the missing ‘d’ is intentional, because I like the French word better. In case you were wondering, our Musketeers remain ‘Captain’ as casual address, because they each have their own ships, but their actual rank is Captain-Lieutenant.

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Dana learned an important lesson about not getting involved in random swordfights in bars when drunk. Well, no, possibly no one learned any lessons. But at least Athos agreed to get rid of his beard, because that was an accident waiting to happen.

Now Read On…
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Galactic Suburbia 103 Show Notes

June 30th, 2014

terri-icon-cropNew episode is available to stream or download.

In which we talk harassment policies, upcoming publishing projects, Hugo reading and more!


Update on the Elise Matthesen harassment case from Wiscon 2013.

Anna Tambour collection – The Finest Ass in the Universe to be published by Twelfth Planet Press in July 2015

Kaleidoscope Table of Contents including Tansy’s story Cookie Cutter Superhero

What Culture Have we Consumed?

Alex: finished Fringe; Orphan Black season 2; Europa Report; Hugo reading: finished the novelettes, most of the novellas and shorts. Bikes in Space vol 2

Tansy: The Two-Hearted Numbat, Ambelin & Ezekiel Kwaymullina; Romanitas by Sophia McDougall, The Machine; The Musketeers;

Alisa: ON HOLIDAYS AND ONLY KNIT And Orphan Black, random PhD update of sorts

Thanks to Patreon supporters so far – we’ve hit our first milestone! To keep us Going!!! Our next milestone: quarterly spoilerific book/media club episodes become a regular feature.

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